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Meet Raymond: A Legend of the Hunter Ring

Meet Raymond: A Legend of the Hunter Ring

Around the hunter ring, Raymond Francis’s name is synonymous with excellence. A trainer, breeder, horse show official and beyond, he is the quintessential horseman—a legend. A revered member of the Professional Horseman’s Association and an inductee into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, Ray has won many of the country’s most prestigious awards for his accomplishments and contributions to the industry. His

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Meet Alena: Hopeful for a Bright Future

Meet Alena: Hopeful for a Bright Future

“Thank you for the leg up.”    Alena Weida is the kind of girl who has always gotten back on the horse.  She began taking western riding lessons when she was 10 and rounded out her high school years as a 4-H-er, barrel racer and rodeo queen. Determined to work her way through college, Alena took a job as an animal technician in the theater industry, where her can-do spirit landed her jobs with everything from horses to zebras

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meet trevor: soaring to new heights

meet trevor: soaring to new heights

"The Equestrian Aid Foundation was a tremendous help to me during a tumultuous time." A lifelong horseman and ranch hand with a quiet assuredness and gentle manner, Trevor made his living as a farrier until the day he was kicked so badly that both his kneecap and femur shattered. After an initial unsuccessful surgery, his doctor performed a total knee replacement that left him temporarily non-weight bearing and permanently

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Meet Meribeth: Reinventing Herself with the Courage  to Change the Things She Can

Meet Meribeth: Reinventing Herself with the Courage to Change the Things She Can

"Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." The Serenity Prayer has been Meribeth’s mantra since the day her life changed catastrophically. In 2014, Meribeth was a successful career groom and barn manager. She was a familiar face among the hunter-jumper circuit’s elite riders and professionals. She had been hired

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Meet Kirk: Overcoming Devastating Health Challenges to Return to His Life with Horses

Meet Kirk: Overcoming Devastating Health Challenges to Return to His Life with Horses

“My heart, spirit, body and mind are so indebted to the Equestrian Aid Foundation. The support has been tremendous - in unimaginable and inconceivable ways.” Kirk is a success story, but he had to overcome life-threatening illnesses to get there. Forced to close his hunter / jumper business in 2004 due to debilitating health problems including hepatitis C and liver failure, Kirk moved back home to be with his family.

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Meet Claudia: Navigating the Road to Recovery

Meet Claudia: Navigating the Road to Recovery

“I don’t know where we’d be without this help.” As far back as she can remember, the only thing that mattered to Claudia was horses. Her childhood afforded sporadic opportunities to ride, but dreams gave way to obligations in adulthood. In 1997 when Claudia was diagnosed with breast cancer, she did not want to go another day without horses in her life, so she and her husband, Michael, bought their first horses and a small

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Meet Carolyn: Back in the Saddle

Meet Carolyn: Back in the Saddle

“When you constantly hear bad news, it wears you down. A lot of stories can't have a happy ending. But I'm glad to say, I'm doing okay.” One month, amateur dressage rider Carolyn Davey was working and riding with high hopes of achieving her equestrian goals. The next month everything changed. Carolyn was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, and chemotherapy and radiation were ruled out as viable treatment

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