On Warmbloods, Powerlifting & the Publishing Process with Joanne Verikios (Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast)
Do you have a book in you?
If you've ever wanted to write a book, you can find out a bit about my odyssey to becoming an author in this podcast.
I am immensely grateful to Carly Kade for having me on her show and for being such a gracious and perceptive host. I love what Carly does for the equestrian author community 🐎❤📖🎧.
Friends, click on the picture below to access this and many other interviews about horses, writing, publishing and marketing your own book.
This time of the year means many things to different people.
In addition to the usual end of year celebrations and traditions, I like to think of December-January as a time for reflection and planning. This is especially appropriate as we move into the second decade of this century. With the added twist of 2020 often being used to describe excellent vision, it's the perfect time to revise your dreams, plans and goals.
So, to inspire and crystallise your 2020 vision, I have created a downloadable calendar for the New Year. It's also a token of my appreciation for you being part of my wonderful online circle. Thank you!
The 2020 calendar features an iconic image of someone riding their horse along a beautiful beach, with their mirror image reflected in the wet sand. It could be at sunrise or sunset - both times of renewal and spiritual significance - combining dreams, intention and action. On the second page there is room for you to write down your top priorities. These are the things you want to get really clear on; the things you really want to manifest.
If you print your calendar on both sides of an A4 sheet of paper, write out your plans and then laminate the page, your intentions for the year ahead will be sealed and it will last well. Alternatively, you could pin or paste both pages on your dream board, along with some other images.
Need some ideas? Check out this article for some great ideas for transforming your New Year and your life!
Your 2020 New Year calendar is ready for immediate download here (or click on the picture above).
Please feel free to share on social media and with your friends, colleagues and students.
My very best wishes to you, your loved ones and your beloved horses for a merry Christmas and happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Joanne Verikios xx
The original version of this article by Joanne Verikios was published in Equestrian Country Magazine, Issue 7, Winter 2019
as "How To Prepare Your Horse For An Emergency".
My Country by Dorothea Mackellar is a stirring poem that shows an awed but philosophical acceptance of the beauty and terror of nature. As I write this, parts of Dorothea's country - my country - are again being wracked by floods, starved by drought and destroyed by bushfires. Australia has cyclones too; other parts of the world have tornadoes, typhoons and hurricanes. And then there are earthquakes, mudslides and avalanches.
In addition to what nature throws at us, we sometimes have to deal with disasters that result from human error, or crimes such as arson.
So my question for you is, how ready are you and your horse for an emergency?
This article sets out some simple skills and tactics that could save your horse's life... and your own.
My delightful guest journalist, Milly M, has contributed the following observations:
"Working and growing up with horses has taught me a lot over the years, learning about creating and forming relationships, responsibility and how we view ourselves as individuals. Having and being around horses teaches you many things, but many of us forget that they also bring us a huge amount of physical and emotional benefits too. It gives us purpose, teaches us patience and gives us something to be passionate about – the list goes on! Sometimes I think it’s good to reflect on what horses bring to our lives and why they make us happy. This infographic shows many of the health benefits that horses can bring us."
Back in February 2019, I was honoured and delighted to receive a request from a startup non-profit organisation called LOVE GROWS LOVE.
They asked if they could use my poem, "The Horse Is Not Here", because they thought it captured the essence of the “Power Tools For Living” program.
Of course I was happy to give them my blessing. I also greatly appreciated their courtesy in asking for permission and their professionalism in acknowledging my authorship of the poem.
And I love the image they have paired with it on Facebook! Hope you do too:
Their mission is to engage horses to help participants gain a deeper understanding of faith-based values, therefore improving their quality of life. EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) is an experiential approach to growth and learning in collaboration with horses which can be very powerful for participants from all walks of life.
Check out the Love Grows Love Animal Assisted Learning page on Facebook if you would like to learn more about their work.
From a very early age I have been able to tune in to what horses and ponies were thinking and what they were likely to do next.