Horse Illustrated’s Barn Banter Podcast Features Guests Hope Ellis-Ashburn and Leah Kaufmann in Latest Episode

Horse Illustrated rolls out the fourth episode of its new podcast, Barn Banter. Co-hosts Raquel Lynn and Susan Friedland talk to Horse Illustrated contributor and farm owner Hope Ellis-Ashburn about her ag-centric life and small business owner Leah Kaufmann about her equestrian lifestyle brand. This episode is presented by Title Sponsor Straight Arrow Products. To listen to this episode, visit or search your favorite podcasting app to listen and subscribe to the show.

This month’s first guest, Hope Ellis-Ashburn of Red Horse on a Red Hill Communications, is an award-winning author, dynamic educator, equestrian and farmer. Her work has appeared in more than a dozen agriculture and equestrian publications including Hobby Farms, Horse Illustrated and Young Rider. Her books include “Always Hope: How Dairy Cows and Arabian Horses Inspired Grit in a Young Girl’s Life” and “Kimbrook Arabians: How an Unlikely Midwestern Couple Influenced an Ancient Breed,” along with a riding diary, “New Horse Journal.”

This month’s next guest, Leah Kaufmann, is the CEO, Creative Director and artist behind Dapplebay, a top-selling equestrian apparel and accessories brand. The creative mind behind Dapplebay’s sassy sayings and unique products, Kaufmann fully conceives the equine designs for the company’s attire and accessories. She not only built Dapplebay into a successful business but also uses the company to celebrate a shared passion for horses between the consumer and herself.

Raquel and Susan wrap Barn Banter’s debut episode with the ASPCA Right Horse adoptable horse of the month, Miss Jane. Click here to learn more about this former racehorse and broodmare looking for a rider interested in doing all around work.

Barn Banter releases new episodes once a month at and on all major podcasting apps, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. For show notes and more information about each episode, visit Sponsorship opportunities are available; interested parties can contact Rima Dorsey at

Co-host Raquel Lynn keeps her Paint Horse mare, Fira, on her urban equestrian property in Los Angeles, Calif. She has a passion for fashion and an eye for interior design and creating. Raquel is the creator of the popular blogs Horses & Heels and Stable Style. She is also the author of Stable Style: Barn Inspiration for all Equestrians and freelances for a variety of equine publications, including Horse Illustrated and Western Life Today.

Co-host Susan Friedland is a blogger at Saddle Seeks Horse and frequent contributor to Horse Illustrated. The former middle school teacher and fan of equestrian travel has written three books: Horses Adored and Men Endured, a horse lover’s dating memoir; Unbridled Creativity: 101 Writing Exercises for the Horse Lover; and Strands of Hope: How to Grieve the Loss of a Horse. She’s a proud OTTB mom to her gelding Knight.

Horse Illustrated would like to thank title sponsor Straight Arrow Family of Brands, makers of Mane ‘n Tail, Cowboy Magic, and Exhibitor’s, with over 100 years of grooming excellence. For more information about your favorite products, please visit and find Straight Arrow Products at a tack shop near you!

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