Gina McKnight

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Author, Blogger, Equestrian, Poet, Freelancer, Monday Creek Publishing USA



Writing Horses: An interview with Tobi Lopez Taylor

Posted on December 9, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Writing Horses: An interview with Tobi Lopez Taylor

by Gina McKnight

An archived interview from the October 2016 Issue of Arabian Finish Line

No duplication without permission.


Living outside Tucson, Arizona, USA, with her husband, Arabian and half-Arabian horses, writing about horses is second nature to Tobi Lopez Taylor. As a contributing writer for Arabian Finish Line, and the author of two books on Polish Arabian horses, she stays busy at her keyboard. Her writing has appeared in Arabian Sport Horse, Arabian Visions, Horse Illustrated, Blood-Horse, Dressage Today, Archaeology Magazine, American Indian Art Magazine, and other publications, including the anthologies An Apple A Day and In My Life. In addition to being an award-winning writer and editor, she has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology from Arizona State University.

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An Interview with Equine Writer Rachael Eliker

Posted on October 29, 2016 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (5)

Rachael Eliker was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended UNL where she studied Animal Science with an option in Biology, before moving to Iowa with her husband to live on a century-old farmstead. She currently lives on an acreage in Indiana, with her husband and four children where she enjoys challenging home improvement projects, running on lonely stretches of country road and writing young adult fiction.

Céline Elouise, World Equestrian

Posted on May 22, 2016 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (1)

From Schmitten, Germany, Céline Elouise loves American Mustangs. She is the owner of Diego, a rescued Mustang whom she met while working as a volunteer at Diane Delano’s Wild Horse Rescue Center in Mims, Florida USA. At 19, Céline became familiar with America’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM); the political veil and the challenges of the Wild Mustangs. In Mims, she found the horse of her dreams, and knew she had to take him home…

Mark Hanna, The Horse Listener

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (3)

The Horse Listener - author Mark Hanna is on the verge of releasing his new book Easily and Effortlessly: The Horse Listener Resurrected. Mark writes, “I seek to influence the youth and as many horsemen and future horsemen who will listen to my message.” Mark shares his passion for the Arabian horse as he provides insight to horsemanship, being an equestrian, caring for horses, and life in general…

Stephanie R. Corum, Arabian Finish Line Magazine, Equestrian & Author

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Stephanie R. Corum has been devoted to horses ever since she first read Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion when she was a child. Stephanie has competed in hunter, jumper, equitation, and eventing, but now concentrates mainly on dressage. Her current partner is an Arabian/Dutch Warmblood mare named Nadia’s Jewels. Stephanie has a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky where her focus was on equine genetics. She has spent many years working on horse farms as well as for The Jockey Club Information Systems, the Arabian Jockey Club and the Arabian Racing Cup.

Peter Mankowski, CEO SeeHorse Wearable

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Archived interview as seen in the November 2015 Issue of Arabian Finish Line Magazine...From Canada, welcome Peter Mankowski the CEO of SeeHorse Wearable, a device that is designed “especially for the equestrian market by people who love horses.” SeeHorse will monitor your horse’s vital signs to “help you improve the health and performance of your horse.”

Peter J. Hurst, World Equestrian & Poet

Posted on May 15, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Poet and equestrian Peter J. Hurst was born and raised in England. He has worked over 50 years dedicated to horses. A true world horseman, advocate for orphaned foals, now a published poet, Peter knows the value of horses. In 1997, Peter created, a program dedicated to helping orphan foals obtain the colostrum they need to survive.

Fred E. Kunkle, Equestrian/Goldenwings Horseshoes

Posted on May 15, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

From USA, Fred E. Kunkle is an all-around equestrian as well as the salesman for Fred has a lot of horse history and, as a farrier, knows the importance of good shoes. Goldenwings are currently in the final phase of prototype testing in the Sonoran Desert to be sure the shoes will exceed the company’s 40 day/40 night 100% money back quality guarantee. Fred says, “This is the most revolutionary new horseshoe in over 2000 years.”

Vickie Ball-Seiter, Journey with Horses Professional Life Coach

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

From Ohio, USA, Vickie Ball-Seiter has spent years living abroad. Global travel has inspired her to incorporate the most appealing (and healing) aspects of her cultural experiences to create a satisfying life and business as a professional life coach. Vickie is the proprietor of Journey with Horses, a coaching facility where Vickie leads her clients through a simple and transformational process alongside a 1000 lb. horse!

Mara Dabrishus, Author & Equestrian

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Originally from Texas USA, author and equestrian Mara Dabrishus now resides in the Buckeye State, Ohio! Mara’s new book Stay the Distance is recommended reading for every horse-lover! Mara grew up in the Arkansas Ozarks, spending a good two decades there before she started to move around for school and work. After Mara received her Masters in Library Science from UNC, she moved up to Pittsburgh and finally Cleveland, where she is a librarian at a small college. This year Mara is doing a bunch of big life events, like getting married and buying a house, so onward and upward!

Karen McGoldrick, Author & Equestrian

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome Equestrian and Author Karen McGoldrick! Karen is the Author of The Dressage Chronicles, a two volume venture into the world of horses by Lizzy, a new rider that soon becomes well-schooled in dressage, life, and more. Karen shares insight to her riding and writing…

Ignacio Alfredo Casafus, World Horseman

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (1)

World Equestrian - Horse Trainer, Riding Instructor, Equine Ethology and Bio-Mechanics Expert - Ignacio Alfredo Casafus is an avid horse-lover and professional horseman. Traveling the world, Casafus has been schooled by Oscar Scarpati, Lucy Rees, and Maneul de Rosa. He knows every end of the horse – from farrier work to dressage.

Lisa Carter, Heavenly Gaits Equine Massage

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

From North Texas, USA, Lisa Carter is the proprietor of Heavenly Gaits Equine Massage. She is a Certified Equine Massage Therapist serving locations around North and Central Texas since 2007. Lisa has multiple certifications from several different equine bodywork schools - incorporating her knowledge and experience with Parelli Natural Horsemanship, equine bodywork, using essential oils for animals and as a veterinary technician to provide her clients with the resources they need to make informed decisions for their horses. She encourages and facilitates network building between equine health care professionals, working together to find the best combination of therapies to meet the needs of the whole horse.

Tammy Prevo, RideFit

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Welcome Equestrian Fitness expert Tammy Prevo, the proprietor and founder of RideFit! Tammy has nearly 30 years of experience in both equestrian sports and physical fitness. She is certified as a Health Coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, as well as a Sports Nutritionist, and Equi-Yoga instructor. Tammy was involved in sports from the time she was a child – playing basketball, volleyball, running track, cycling and mountain biking, as well as competing her horses in combined training and Dressage – by far her greatest passion. Now, Tammy has combined her expertise in equestrian sport biomechanics, with her experience and knowledge of the human body and physical adaptation to develop fitness/conditioning programs for both horses and riders…

Tab Calvitti & Jenna Knudsen - IsaEquine

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (4)


Tab Calvitti & Jenna Knudsen - IsaEquine Welcome Tab Calvitti and Jenna Knudsen, the proprietors of IsaEquine. Tab and Jenna are life-long Equestrians whose love of health and all things equine led them to create a health system that educates and engages horse and rider to optimum health. Peruse their website and journey with them as they encourage and support your success! They are heading to HITS Ocala in March 2015 and will be at Equine Affaire Ohio in April 2015. Check their website for additional venues in your geographic area.

Lynn Baber, Author and Equestrian Professional

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

After careers as both a business and equine professional, Christian writer and Equine Clinician Lynn Baber retired as a National and World Champion horse breeder and trainer. From horses to “contending for the faith” every message is based on God’s Word.

Adam Ellis, Saddle Maker at Adam Ellis Saddles UK

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Welcome from West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, world saddle maker Adam Ellis! Adam is the proprietor of Adam Ellis Saddles of UK Saddles Ltd. Adam's interest in horses began at a very early age, having been heavily influenced by his father who was a farrier for the Army veterinary core and who was highly regarded within the profession as a farrier. Adam was taught to ride by the much revered and respected Army Officer and competitor John Addlington, before receiving guidance from Ben Jones Olympic medalist.

Ivan Dimitrijevic, Equestrian & Trainer

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Ivan Dimitrijevic lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a horse-lover; avid equestrian and trainer. Ivan has a keen connection with horses – a horse-whisperer at times. He has achieved many accomplishments and awards with both the horses and competitors that he has trained.

Shiny Bits of Wisdom by Cathy Herbert

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome from USA, Rider and Writer Cathy Herbert! Cathy is the author, along with DandeLyon Vredenburg, of the lovely new book Shine On! Shiny Bits of Wisdom

Roni McFadden, Author & Equestrian

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome Author and Equestrian Roni McFadden! Residing in Willits, California, USA, Roni is the mother of four and grandmother of fifteen. Married to her husband of 43 years, Roni enjoys horses and the outdoors.