Hosts

Full Time Host:  Chris Stafford

Chris Stafford lives a few miles from the Kentucky Horse Park. She has been an equestrian journalist for over 35 years. Her reporting has included major events such as the Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games, World Cup Finals and European Championships for multiple international print and broadcast outlets in both TV and radio. Chris is also a photographer, producer, director and voice-over artist for TV and video having produced several equestrian TV programs and videos. She produced daily coverage of the 2006 World Equestrian Games for HorseTV where she was VP Production and News Director. Chris broadcast live radio commentary from the Sydney Olympic Games for the BBC. Chris hosted a live 3 hour online video broadcast from downtown Lexington in the lead up to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and also daily coverage for the Alltech online video broadcast, Here and Now, throughout the games.

Chris was a professional event rider and trainer in her former life working with many Olympians and notable international trainers. She has lived in seven countries and travelled to every continent having also been around the world as a Photo-journalist. She grew up in England and traveled the world with horses before injury forced retirement and her career moved into the media.

  • Equestrian Media Consultant
  • Vice President, International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists
  • Published three equestrian non-fiction books and co-written other titles which has included photography, and also recorded several equine audio books
  • Presented Photo and Fine-Art Exhibitions of her work
  • Christine E. Stafford Eventing Groom of the Year Award is an annual award presented by the USEA.

In her spare time Chris is an artist and sport’s fan. She can often be found in the Kentucky Horse Park with her two Irish Black & Tan Terriers, Kerry and Shannon.

See Chris’s website at chrisestafford.com.

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Co-Host:  Brianne Goutal

At the young age of 19, Brianne Goutal earned her place in the upper echelons of show jumping. In 2007, she was the winner of the Maxine Beard Show Jumping Developing Rider Award, given by the USET Foundation for her competitive record to date and her promise for representing the United States in international competition in the future.

In 2009 Goutal and the KWPN mare Ralvesther teamed up for impressive Grand Prix finishes. They won the $75,000 Grand Prix of Lake Placid in June, Goutal is the youngest rider to win this class in the events forty year history. In August, they won the $50,000 Sussex Grand Prix. In 2010, the pair has collected a sixth place finish in the $75,000 Adequan Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival.  Beginning in 2007 as one of the top 20 riders on the FTI Rider Challenge list during the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, Goutal then rode as part of the U.S. Developing Rider European tour and helped the U.S. to Nations Cup wins in Finland and Sweden. In 2008, she and Onira were reserve champions in the $50,000 Smart for Life Grand Prix CSI 2* at the WEF. They then went on to represent the U.S. at the 2008 World Cup Final in Sweden.  In 2004, Goutal became the first rider to ever win all four major equitation finals: the 2004 USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East, the 2004 Washington International Equitation Classic Finals, the 2005 USEF/Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal Finals and the 2005 ASPCA Maclay National Championships. In that same year, she was featured on the Animal Planet’s “Horse Power” TV series about the road to the Maclay. In addition, Goutal won team Gold at the North American Young Riders’ Championship and at the USEF National Junior Jumper Championship in Harrisburg, PA.

In 2005, Goutal rode in her first grand prix class at the Garden State Horse Show, then returned to the same show in 2006 to win her first grand prix with Onira. Also in 2005, Goutal was awarded the USET Foundation’s Lionel Guerrand- Hermes Trophy, recognizing her as the Junior/Young Rider best exemplifying the ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship. This capped an historic year during which she won the USEF Medal Finals, ASPCA Maclay Finals, and individual and team Gold Medals at the North American Young Riders’ Championships. Continuing to build her outstanding legacy in the show ring, Goutal was named the 2006 Junior Equestrian of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation. She was also chosen to represent the United States Equestrian Team at the 2006 Nations Cup competition in Buenos Aires, Brazil, where her strong performances helped the U.S. win the Team Gold medal.

Goutal graduated from the Professional Childrens School in New York and is currently a student at Brown University in Providence, RI, where she is a member of the equestrian team. She trains with Max Amaya of Stonehenge Stables and credits much of her early success to Frank and Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stables. Goutal plans to keep showing at the grand prix level and adding to her international experiences.

Past Co-Host: Jessica Jahiel, Ph.D.

 

Jessica Jahiel, Ph.D, is an internationally-recognized clinician and lecturer, and a critically-acclaimed, award-winning author of books about horses, riding and training. Her trademarked system of teaching and training, Holistic Horsemanship®, is based on establishing and enhancing communication and trust between horse and rider. Certified by the American Riding Instructor Association (ARIA) as an instructor of Dressage and Combined Training, Dr. Jahiel works with riders of all ages and levels, and welcomes horses of all breeds and disciplines. Dr. Jahiel teaches and trains according to classical dressage principles. Her interest is in helping riders learn to enjoy their horses and horses learn to enjoy their riders. As part of this system, she teaches from the horse’s point of view.

Dr. Jahiel is a featured speaker at many major equine conferences throughout the world, and has been listed as one of the 50 best instructors in the USA.

For more information, please visit her web site at  www.jessicajahiel.com

Past Co-Host: Pamela Young

Pamela Young founded Horse International with stallion owner Isaac Arguetty in 1992 and has spent the past 15 years reporting on international jumping, dressage and eventing, and the issues and policies important to the top end of the horse sport industry. She has travelled the globe to Olympic, World and European Championships and World Cup Finals and in 1998 was member of the IOC team which revised the Olympic Results and Information Service (ORIS) for Equestrian.

Pamela graduated from Boston University’s School of Public Communications (SPC) in 1981 and has been working as a journalist ever since.

You can see Pamela’s work at Horse International.

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