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HorseGirlTV.com = The Most Well-Produced Equestrian Podcasts We Know Of

HorseGirlTV Receives A Favorable Review From Campus Equestrian

Recently Campus Equestrian posted a review of on-line service the Nicker Network. We are generally pleased with the diversity which the Nicker Network offers. A great way to follow equestrian events around the world indeed.

However it does not have the one quality that Campus Equestrian seeks in both equestrian and non-equestrian-related webcasts/podcasts, and that quality is 'Warmth.' To their defense Warmth is found on Television in comedies, talk shows and family programming, something that coverage of a sporting event, be it equestrian or otherwise, may not easily lend itself to.

Until recently we had never seen anything resembling television or 'moving pictures' delivered on-line for horse enthusiasts that could be called a proper 'Series,' i.e. something with regularly-scheduled broadcasts and some continuity between the installments. And save for some one-time-only scenarios, we were still looking for 'Warmth' in an equestrian webcast.

We recently came across a website called HorseGirlTV (http://www.HorseGirlTV.com) which is a vehicle for a series of webisodes/podcasts bearing the same name. To our surprise and delight installments of HorseGirlTV have all the qualities we had yet to find until now, as the twice-monthly series of near-ten-minute podcasts has the warmth and humor that other equestrian programming series sadly lack.

We knew we were on to something when HorseGirlTV host Angelea Kelly Walkup interviewed dressage rider Tiffany Tyler about her experiences in Holland grooming for Anky Van Grunsven. The interview not only left intact Tyler's not-so-eager reaction to having to respond to viewer mail it also included a humorous, animated cutaway following one of Tyler's responses (when Tyler talked about Chemistry between horse and rider, suddenly a chemist wearing a lab coat while holding a beaker of fluid was confronted with an animated, angry-looking noisy horse!). Walkup's interview with Tyler was quite informative, including the latter's advice on braiding.

Other installments had us laughing out loud, such as when Walkup went out on patrol with the Prince William County (VA) Mounted Police. Highlights included a parody intro/outro of 'Cops,' well-placed stock footage of the cavalry and some very funny stories from the mounted police officers themselves. Though humor plays a part, the interviews are the bread-and-butter of each episode. Walkup's recent interview with Chronicle of the Horse Publisher Robert Banner Jr. went beyond the scope of the magazine to discuss some of his personal equestrian passions. By visiting either HorseGirlTV.com or HorseGirlTV's iTunes channel (found at http://itunes.horsegirltv.com) one can watch nearly every episode of HorseGirlTV to date. With all but one installment running between five and ten minutes one may easily view six or seven episodes in under an hour.

Besides the webisodes/podcasts themselves the HorseGirlTV.com website contains considerable information about programming, contests and Walkup's blog, which devotes considerable time to her husband Joel and their dachshund Picollo in addition to her horse-related activities. One other feature, somewhat cryptically referred to as "The Buzz," allows equestrian professionals to provide commentary on a subject of their choice.

Walkup, who was raised in Texas and graduated from Southern Oregon University (sadly before they had an IHSA team), kindly agreed to an interview so that we could find out more about how HorseGirlTV came into being and what to expect in the near future.

 

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