Flying Changes Features HorseGirlTV!

December 12, 2007

There is a GREAT article in this months Flying Changes magazine. Lauren Baker is a stellar writer and while all the facts are not 100% it’s still a great read about HorseGirlTV and I’m honored they featured us! I’ve been an off and on reader of Flying Changes for years now and they provide some really great articles on local companies, facilities and professionals. Several years back, I actually wrote and article for Flying Changes (while I was living in Spain ironically enough!) about Farwood CEM Center in Southern Oregon.

I’ll paste the text of the article below but I encourage you to read it on Flying Changes as they have a really neat link to “About Angelea Kelly” in which they asked me a series of fun questions. Thanks Lauren for featuring HorseGirlTV. It’s an honor to be featured in a magazine so close to my sport horse riding roots and my home in Oregon!

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Invites You to Tune In, Tack up
Lauren Davis Baker

Online video for horse lovers? Tune into HorseGirl TV. Billed as the Internet’s premiere equine-based podcast, HorseGirl TV is informative and entertaining, offering five to eight-minute semi-monthly segments on topics ranging from grooming for an Olympic rider to physical training for equestrians.

Creator Angelea Kelly is a life-long equestrian with over a decade of experience in online communities and Internet technologies, just as at home with both bytes and bits.

The Southern Oregon University graduate began her start-up company in the Northwest, with initial episodes being filmed in Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, and Sams Valley, Oregon.

Angelea is the show’s host, writer, producer, and director-in addition to handling marketing, public relations, and Web-development. Her boyfriend, Ex , serves as cameraman. Jackhammer Moving Pictures of Ashland does post-production digitizing.

While being in front of a camera is relatively new to Angelea, experience acting in community theater (1999) and repertory theater (2002) has helped. The possibility of a podcast came up in 2006 over lunch with Charley Lanusse, whose Starseed company developed the WebRing technology that was acquired by Geocities and then Yahoo! By September 2006 had been reserved and a limited liability company created by January 2007. HorseGirl TV launched its first podcast in May 2007. The first episode featured an interview with Tiffany Tyler, an Oregon rider who groomed for Anky van Grunsven. Episode 2 featured an interview with Penny Barreras, owner of Oregon’s Farwood Horse Park, a CEM facility. A more recent episode took a close look at FITS breeches, with Portland-area entrepreneur Sheryl Rudolph discussing the design of her revolutionary riding apparel.

In October of this year, Angelea headed to Virginia along with her horse, Joewell, a Trakehner from Germany, who was among the top-10 hopefuls in line for the United States Team at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Angelea began riding horses at age five and entered her first 4H competition at age 10. She earned a United States Dressage Federal silver medal in 2004 and a gold medal in 2006. She currently shows at Grand Prix level.

Angelea credits local Oregonians, Linda Jones and Kathy Everman with helping her gain a solid riding foundation, in addition to intensive training with Hilda Gurney and Washington dressage star Gwen Blake. “I’ve been fortunate enough to clinic with Bettina Drummond, Anne Gribson, Jeff Ashton Moore, and Sabine Schut,” Angelea adds. “I value immensely my training philosophy conversations and time with my friend, Lara Schleining, as she has been a wealth of information on sports psychology and equine athlete development.”

HorseGirl TV combines Angelea’s love of horses with a passion for technology. And what a fun job it is! The November episode has her interviewing Carl Rafter, jump jockey, at the International Gold Cup. Mingling with the who’s who of the horse world while dining, sipping champagne, and watching world-class competition are just a few of the job perks.

“It is the best and toughest job I’ve ever had,” Angelea says. “I love horses and working with online technologies, so it is a perfect fit. One of the best aspects is how many neat and diverse topics I get to learn about.”

While Angelea’s currently living in Virginia, she hasn’t forgotten her Northwest roots. “We are in the developmental stages of a project near and dear to my heart that we would develop at home, in Oregon-partnering rescue horses with foster children, through educational horsemanship classes,” she says. “It will be a great way for us to give back-not only to the horse world, but the local Oregon community in general.”

To check out HorseGirl TV, go to Podcasts (including archived, earlier episodes) are easy to access, even for the computer-challenged. The site also includes reader submissions; a HorseGirl (or Guy) of the month; news; a blog; and a new series of horse gear.

“The beauty of podcasts,” Angelea says, “is that you get to interact with your viewers through e-mail, forums, and chats. We’re getting good reviews from iTunes and getting e-mail from all over the country and the world.”

Ultimately, Angelea would like to expand to cable or satellite distribution. “We would be very happy to entertain an offer from Animal Planet or Discovery Channel,” she admits. “We would fit well as a segment between one show and another on Animal Planet.”

What’s ahead? A trip to Europe to film upcoming episodes, including top interviews in Holland, Germany, Sweden, and Spain. Angelea also hopes to include episodes focusing on sport ponies, equestrian publishing, Breyerfest and fox hunting. Tune into HorseGirl TV and follow her travels!”