Horse Illustrated’s New Barn Banter Podcast Features Guests Courtney Maum and Rebecca Yuhasz Smith in Second Episode 

Co-hosts Raquel Lynn and Susan Friedland talk to author Courtney Maum about her memoir, The Year of the Horse, and small business owner Rebecca Yuhasz Smith about her lifestyle brand and holiday decorating tips. 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, Courtney Maum, is the author of five books, including the groundbreaking publishing guide that Vanity Fair recently named one of the ten best books for writers, Before and After the Book Deal, and the memoir The Year of the Horses, chosen by The Today Show as the best read for mental health awareness. A writing coach, executive director of the nonprofit learning collaborative “The Cabins,” and educator, Courtney’s mission is to help people hold on to the joy of art-making in a culture obsessed with turning artists into brands.

This month’s next guest, Rebecca Yuhasz Smith, is the CEO and designer of Rebecca Ray Designs. Launched in 1997 with the vision of creating high-quality handbags and totes, Rebecca Ray Designs sells bench-made bags produced by American multi-generational artisans on benches without electricity. Rebecca is also a mom, a wife, a farm owner, and raises champion Percheron horses, English Setters, and Border Terriers.

Raquel and Susan wrap Barn Banter’s debut episode with the ASPCA Right Horse adoptable horse of the month, Nomad. Click here to learn more about this friendly, blind gelding looking for a pasture companion home.

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, click here. 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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