Horse Illustrated’s Initial Podcast Episode on Horses in the Morning Features Ways to Discover and Rediscover the Horse

Horse Illustrated’s initial podcast episode has hit the airwaves for the month of May following the announcement of the expansion of the Horse Illustrated brand with a monthly podcast on the Horse Radio Network’s leading show, Horses in the Morning. The Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning offers up entertaining and informative interviews with horse industry experts with hosts Glenn the Geek, who is the founder of the Horse Radio Network, and Sarah Evers Conrad, Horse Illustrated’s Digital Content Editor. The first episode, brought to you by title sponsor Straight Arrow Products, features ways to discover the horse through one horsewoman’s quest; a western clinician’s life experiences; and through the creativity of an equestrian fiction writer.

The expertly selected guests for the May 25th episode include Alyssa Mathews of the Discover the Horse quest, western horseman and fellow podcaster Van Hargis, and award-winning author Candace Carrabus. To listen in, visit

Alyssa Mathews is on a quest to ride every breed of horse. She is an equestrian YouTuber and creator of Discover The Horse, an equine adventure series and breed education project. Her videos have been shared worldwide and now have millions of views. In 2021, Mathews was recognized as a Female Equine Industry Trailblazer by Horse Illustrated. Her mission is to show the world what horses do for us and inspire others to chase their dreams!

Van Hargis is known as one of today’s most versatile horsemen and clinicians. Hargis has trained and competed in show arena events ranging from reining to calf roping, and he has competed in the rodeo arena in timed events. For Hargis, training horses started more than 35 years ago when the wife of world-renowned saddle maker Billy Cook hired him to train her horse. He uses the arena and the horse to emphasize the most fundamental lesson: the need for a solid foundation, in both horsemanship and humanship. Hargis’ ability to use the horse to educate, motivate, inspire, and entertain will encourage you to take a long look at your life, your relationships, and your horsemanship.

Candace Carrabus is an award-winning fiction author who writes from the Lincoln County, Mo., farm she shares with her husband and daughter. A scoliosis diagnosis at age 11 changed her life. A horse lover from a young age, she signed up for riding lessons and learned much more than posting trot. With quiet power, horses provided comfort and a sympathetic ear, never judging or poking fun at her cumbersome back brace. Those years, though often difficult, taught Carrabus the value of persistence, the healing power of believing in oneself, and how strength can be gained through kindness. Her stories are imbued with the irresistible wonder, mystery, and solace her equine friends have provided.

Episodes will go live on the fourth Tuesday of every month on,, and on podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. For show notes and more information about each episode, and to subscribe for email updates, visit Sponsorship opportunities are available; interested parties can contact Rima Dorsey at

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