Browse Interviews (61 total)

Clay Mansfield, a farrier by trade, discusses his extensive experiences with the Rocky Mountain Horse breed. Mansfield also comments on his family connections to the breed, which stretches back in time to his great, great, great Grandfather H. B. Hawkins.

Rea Swan discusses the early years of the Rocky Mountain Horse Association, its original goals and aspirations, and the changes the association has experienced through time, which include, but are not limited to, horse conformation practices and technological changes. Swan also shares stories from her lifetime of memories with Rock Mountain Horses…

Doug Pugh shares his extensive memories of horses, including some horse show experiences, and the important role that horses have played in the community through time, which have included, among many things, Horse Show fundraising benefits for the community. Pugh also comments extensively on the importance of preserving breeding histories, the…

Jeff Miller of Great Horse Stables in Bowling Green KY, and Jane Gean of Dream Catcher Enterprises in Lexington KY, discuss their memories of Rocky Mountain Horses and the horse loving lifestyle that they fell in love with once moving to the Appalachian region. In particular, Miller and Gean share their stories of traveling the back-roads of…

Joan Cole discusses her horse training philosophy and past friendships with both Sam Tuttle and Fonzie Graham. Cole also comments on her horse breeding program, her longtime breeding stallion Star Dust Mountain, and her decision to reduce her herd in anticipation of retirement. Cole has contributed to the international trade of Rocky Mountain…

Mark and Cheryl Martin discuss their deep connection with Appalachia and the integral role that Mountain Horses have played in the region through time. They also comment on natural horsemanship training techniques and the therapeutic benefits of horses for military veterans and the handicapped.

Jeff Lainhart shares his experiences as a Rocky Mountain Horse breeder, advocate, and recognized examiner. He concludes, among many other points, that he strives to keep the breed as close to its original standards by only breeding his horses with the oldest known bloodlines. Lainhart also shares his view that horses should be treated as livestock…

Robin Little, President of the Mountain Pleasure Horse Association, discusses the differences between Rocky Mountain and Mountain Pleasure Horses, and the horse culture that she is proud to have grown up around. Little also comments on her family's 3rd generation horse breeding program, the importance of equine education, the drill team she…

Robert Lawson, a horse trainer from Paris KY, discusses Rocky Mountain Horses, the show circuit, and some of the challenges that the horses and show men and women face. He also comments on his career as a horse trainer, and the resulting personal and professional changes that he has experienced since he began working with Rocky Mountain Horses.…

Joan Cole discusses the behaviors, temperament and up keep of Rocky Mountain Horses, and, to a lesser extent, the Rocky Mountain Horse Association. Cole also comments on the historical demographics of Rocky Mountain Horse owners.

John Fore comments on showing Rocky Mountain Horses, governance in the Rocky Mountain Horse Association, and the local horse community. Fore also details the pride he feels when he considers his time raising Rocky Mountain Horses on his family farm, which is just two miles from where the breed began. In addition, Fore also comments on the…
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