Inspiring my Daughter

It’s no secret I hope my daughter (now 5!) will join me on some equestrian fun as she gets older.

In this post, I’m sharing a few of my favorite informal horse photos from this summer.

The Minnesota Horse Expo (May) is always a great chance to get some rides in.
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She preferred the full-sized horses to the ponies at the Expo this year. She’s getting bigger but still looks tiny on a horse!


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Running into the stable… that’s what I like to see! (Woodloch Stable in MN).


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This is probably my favorite photo. We have a Farm Fest in our neighborhood every fall. The highlight for me is the petting zoo and the pony rides. My daughter couldn’t wait to hop on this sweet pony.


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I took her to the F.A.S.H Horse Show at the State Fairgrounds in Minnesota last spring. There’s nothing quite like watching English Pleasure riders prance around on their gorgeous Saddlebreds and Morgans.


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Of course, I need my both of my kids to cheer me on when I participate in a horse show. Here I had fun letting them spend time with the handsome Morgan horse Gemini, from Hardwood Creek Farm in Minnesota. 

Thanks for reading! Happy trails!



Beach Riding :: Amelia Island

Beach riding tops virtually every horse lover’s bucket list, right? I finally had the chance to cross that one off recently while visiting Amelia Island, Florida (and I think I’ll go ahead and add it back to the list. I must do it again!).


Julia with Tennessee Walker
This is me with Misty, an energetic Tennessee Walker mare. Whoa, Nelly did she have some GO!


On the right is my sister, who hasn’t really ever been on a horse. She did a great job on Cookie!


Cue the joint head tilt. We must have been in sync!
We lucked out on the weather. Our 5 p.m. ride was beautiful!

Interested in taking our lead (hehe)? Contact Debbie at Amelia Island Horseback Riding. Our awesome guide and impromptu photographer was Reva. The horses were well-taken care of and well-matched to our riding experience.

Happy trails!


Young Rider Magazine

I had my first article in Young Rider magazine come out this spring (May/June 2017 issue). The article is all about equestrian vaulting. If you’ve never seen the sport in person (or even on YouTube), it’s a must-see. These people are serious athletes, and of course, the horses they use for the sport are incredible.

Here is the cover of the issue my article is in. Young Rider is geared towards readers ages 8-15. It’s a great publication for young horse enthusiasts in any discipline.

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Hey, that’s me! Well, not in the photo, but the whole “By Julia Arnold” thing.

Page 1 of YR article

In the meantime, find more of my publications, photos, and links on my Facebook page.



3 Female Equestrian Entrepreneurs

I’m passionate about a lot in life. Two of those are horses and entrepreneurship, especially when we are talking about female-led companies. Because, yes, I’m also a big fan of supporting my fellow females.

I recently had the chance to interview and write about three awesome women who have made names for themselves in the equestrian world as business-owners. Not only that, the piece was published in Horse Illustrated, one of my favorite publications.

April 2017 HI Cover

You can pick up at copy of the April 2017 issue at your local bookstore.


I don’t know who loved this article more– the awesome ladies I wrote about, or me, simply because I got to write about them!

Many thanks goes out to the business-owners: Christy Weflan of St. Croix Saddlery and Legal Horsepower, Julie Browning Bova of her eponymous interior design business, and Laurie Sharma, who started equestrian apparel brand Equine Couture as a one-woman venture with a single sewing machine.

Talk about GIRL POWER!

Until next time,



Calico Magic

Someone recently told me there is something magical about calicos. I’m pretty sure I agree.

We recently convinced my husband to let us bring a cat into our home. Within just a few weeks, we are in love with her– our little barn cat-turned-house cat.

Allow me to introduce you. Meet Pikachu.

My husband says I’m obsessed. (He’s right).




A little blurry, but I wanted you to see her in motion. She prances with her soft lil’ paws.
Whoa now. Gotta love cat eyes. #creepycool



Thanks for stopping by!



The Horse Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is in a few weeks. A few WEEKS! But it’s not to late to find a fun horse-themed gift for the horse fan in your life.

Here are four of my favorites.

For the little horse lovers, I think this Melissa & Doug Stamp Set makes a great gift (Amazon).


Equine Enthusiasts of any age would love this beautiful coffee table book (The Horse, Parragon Books, Amazon).



I’m obsessed with the elegant equine-inspired products from Julie Browning Bova Design (find this dish, as well as equestrian-themed phone covers, socks, blankets, and more online at JBB Design).

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Last but not least, I love this soft, loose tank by Little Atoms  so much I bought one for myself and my riding instructor (find yours on Etsy).




What are you shopping for this season?


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HorseWyse Magazine


I’m excited to share a peek at the article I wrote that was recently published by the Australian equestrian magazine, HorseWyse.

Here is the cover!

“Be a Horse Crazy Kid” is my piece.


Title Page!


I shared two of these photos for the article. One is of Ellen, a friend, and one is of my daughter saying “whoa.”



Last but not least, another happy image of Ellen when she was younger, as well as my daughter in the upper right, being led by Alyssa Wick at Hardwood Creek.

I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. Maybe this is a sign I get to go soon!


Thank you for reading.