Meet Our Contributors

Caroline Cochran

Tempi Media



Caroline Cochran is a freelance writer and avid equestrian who is passionate about storytelling, perfect polo wraps, and creative interpretations of dressage movements. Her background includes several years of experience as a working student in high-performance barns. She recently founded her own media company, Tempi Media, where she offers equine copywriting, blogging, and content marketing.

You can read Caroline’s first post here!





Dr. Bob Grisel, DVM

The Atlanta Equine Clinic

Veterinary Columnist


Dr. Bob Grisel graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine with honors and having received multiple awards. He was offered an equine surgical position in the Atlanta area while working the 1996 Olympic Games and built The Atlanta Equine Clinic shortly thereafter. His clinic is a state-of-the-art, full service equine diagnostic, pharmacy, surgical, and emergency care facility located in Hoschton, GA. Bob’s recent publications focus on lameness, especially the correlation between abnormal gait characteristics and specific sources of pain in the horse.

You can read an extract from Bob’s new book, “Lameness for the Layman” in our Spring 2019 issue!



Lisa Hellmer

LCH Equestrian

Para Dressage, Cross Training, and Cavaletti CrossFit Designer


Lisa Hellmer is working toward the Grand Prix with her Oldenburg “Aniko.” She graduated summa cum laude from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in equine business management and riding. As a former event rider, Lisa brings that experience into building EQuine AMerica’s Cavaletti Crossfit posters and her cross-training lessons, which you can find here. Recently, Lisa became a USEF Silver Para Dressage Coach and formed LCH Equestrian in Ocala, FL where she continues to focus on dressage, para dressage, and cross training the dressage horse.

Every issue of EQuine AMerica comes with a Cavaletti CrossFit exercise poster for you to bring to the barn!



Holly Johnson

Equinium Sports Marketing

Equestrian Blogger


In 2015, Holly Johnson founded Equinium Sports Marketing, an equine PR & marketing firm in Wellington, Florida. She has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in entrepreneurship and an MBA in Sports Management, as well as a strong FEI background. In her early 20s, Holly rode for the Lipizzaner Stallions; she performed in the Middle East, Canada, Alaska, at Madison Square Garden and other US destinations. Equinium currently represents clients in the US, Europe, Australia, and South America.

You can read Holly’s first post here!



Olivia Lagoy-Weltz

Mountain Crest Farm of Haymarket, VA and Wellington, FL

Dressage Columnist


FEI rider Olivia Lagoy-Weltz is a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist. Her earlier experience includes working for and riding at several top barns in Holland and Germany. Olivia is currently competing her own Rassing’s Lonoir (“Lono”) on the CDI circuit in Wellington, Florida and throughout Europe. Most recently, USEF selected Olivia as Team USA’s traveling alternate for the World Equestrian Games, Tryon 2018. Learn  more about Olivia in our interview available here.

In each issue, Olivia shares her knowledge and experience, including what it takes to become an FEI dressage rider and beyond!



Dr. Nettie Liburt, Ph.D, PAS

Buckeye Nutrition

Nutrition Columnist

Dr. Nettie Liburt is the Senior Equine Nutrition Manager at Mars Horsecare US/BUCKEYE™ Nutrition where she helps develop new products, trains associates in equine nutrition, and works with the company’s UK-based team at the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition on developing and implementing research protocols. She holds Master’s and PhD degrees in Animal Science (Equine Nutrition & Exercise Physiology) from Rutgers University. Dr. Liburt is a member of the Equine Science Society, is a registered Professional Animal Scientist (PAS), and has an Appendix gelding named “ET” that she occasionally competes in the hunter and equitation divisions.

You can read her first article in our Summer 2020 issue!



Angela Nuñez

Certified Yoga Instructor


Angela Nuñez is a lifelong equestrian and certified yoga instructor specializing in Hatha, Buti, and Horse Yoga. She is sponsored by Horse Tack Company and Equivisor and is a brand ambassador for Outback Trading Company and Goode Rider. Angela has been featured in Horse & Hound, People Magazine, TMZ, Good Morning America, Mashable, Daily Mail, Equestrian Living, Virginia Living, and The Huffington Post. She resides in rural Virginia with her husband, two dogs, and two horses.

You can read Angela’s newest posts on our Rider Wellness page!




Dr. Ashley Wagner, Ph.D.

Equinutrix Nutrition Solutions

Nutrition Columnist


Dr. Ashley Wagner obtained her Doctorate in Equine Nutrition from the University of Kentucky and went on to work in new product development in the feed and supplement industry. She founded Equinutrix Nutrition Solutions to meet what she saw was an industry need for supplements with scientifically proven efficacy in horses. Her involvement in research has led to numerous co-authored scientific articles, abstracts, and speaking engagements.

You can read Ashley’s first column in our Archives!





Carrie Washburn

Performance Equine – Integrated Therapies

Physiotherapy Columnist


Carrie Washburn is an equine physiotherapist certified in equine sports massage and equine kinesiology taping and educated in cold laser therapy and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy. As founder of  Performance Equine – Integrated Therapies in Carbondale, Colorado, Carrie has worked on some of the country’s top dressage, reining, and show jumping horses. She also competes one of her own horses, Eros, throughout Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, California, and Kentucky and has competed at USDF Region 5 Championships and the US Dressage Finals.

You can read Carrie’s first column here!