Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 98: Authors Only

We’re talking to not one, but three authors this week about their published works. One is Doug Payne, who also happens to be your 2022 Kentucky Three-Day Event National Champion. This week, we’re sipping on Dirty Shirleys and spilling about our favorite books. Thanks for tuning in. Click here to stream Episode 98. Special Guests:… The post Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 98: Authors Only appeared first on Heels Down Mag.

Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 98: Authors Only

We’re talking to not one, but three authors this week about their published works. One is Doug Payne, who also happens to be your 2022 Kentucky Three-Day Event National Champion. This week, we’re sipping on Dirty Shirleys and spilling about our favorite books. Thanks for tuning in.

Click here to stream Episode 98.


Special Guests:

Dr. Anna Pesta is a Nutritionist on the Equine Technical Solutions Team at Purina Animal Nutrition. She is responsible for helping to bring innovative solutions from the research team out to the field. She spends most of her time providing technical consultations and support to the sales team on the East Coast, as well as speaking on equine nutrition at horse owner meetings and professional conferences. Anna earned her BS in Animal Science from Kansas State University and received both her MS and PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Nebraska. Her graduate research focused on the use of high fat diets and manipulating the microbial community in the gut. Anna resides in Aiken, SC and is a lifelong equestrian with a special interest in the nutrition and development of the future sport horse.

Doug Payne is a 5-star eventer, grand prix show jumper, FEI dressage rider, USEF judge, author, clinician, and USEA certified instructor based in Aiken, S.C. Doug has a mechanical engineering degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was first named to the USEF High Performance list in 2011 and will compete on the U.S. team at the 2019 Pan American Games. Doug designed and produced “The Rider’s Eye,” an instructional DVD along with Jimmy Wofford. His first book is titled “The Problem Horse Repair Manual.” Doug is married to Jessica Payne.

Carly Kade is an award-winning author, horse owner, creativity coach, and the host of the Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast. She helps fellow writers start, grow, and expand their author careers. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle!Carly’s In the Reins equestrian romance book series was written with horse lovers in mind, no matter which discipline they ride. The horses are as vital to moving the story forward as the human characters are. These books are perfect for poolside reading, taking to the beach, or settling down with after a day of horseback riding.


More on what we talked about in this episode:

This week we’re drinking Dirty Shirleys. | @bellyfull

Doug joins us to recap everything that happened at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. | @dpequestrian

Did you miss Laura Collett’s masterful performance at Badminton? | @EN

We’re rehashing the craziness that was the Rich Strike upset performance at the Kentucky Derby. | @CNN

Thanks to everyone who continues to support us on Patreon! Sign up now to hear two mini-sodes from Justine and Ellie. | @patreon

Product Review: The hosts share their favorite horsey-themed books to read in honor or #BuyAHorseBookDay!

Dr. Anna Pesta joins us to answer all of your nutrition questions. | @purina

Carly Kade, host of the Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast, to talk more about books! | @ckc

Mail Bag: How do you incorporate ‘positive reinforcement’ training?


More about our hosts:

Jessica Payne is a 35-year-old international event rider who is rarely seen without her long-haired chihuahua under her arm. She was born in London, Ontario but grew up in Franklin, Tenn. and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science. She once lost the tip of her pinky finger clipping her 4* horse, and husband Doug says she can “talk to anyone including a wall….and they will like it!”

Ellie Woznica is a 24-year-old freelance book designer and horse trainer because she couldn’t choose which career to pursue and her mom said she wouldn’t make the decision for her. She grew up showing the hunters and jumpers, but in university, she learned to ride western and fell in love with reining. 

Justine Griffin is an award winning 34-year-old journalist who has written about everything from horses to high profile CEOs to her ovaries. (She donated her eggs once.) Two things she loves the most? Whippet puppies and cheese. Justine is a firm believer in unicorns and feminism. So take everything she says with a grain of salt.


Many thanks to our sponsors this month: Purina!

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