Being with Horses
What We Are
Being with Horses is a new resource for people who want to connect more deeply with their horses. We’re starting small, with clinics and videos featuring the gifted New Mexico horseman Roeliff Annon, revered for his ability to communicate and create connection between horses and riders. We’re also offering the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind items we just happen to love, made by horse people who share our philosophy. As we grow we’ll add more services and more products.
In the meantime, if you have thoughts about what you’d like to see from Being with Horses, just send us a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why We're Here
My love of horses began as a little girl. My mom was a painter and poet, and when each of us kids turned five she gave us a pony. Mine was a dark bay prince of a Shetland pony named Hoppy who taught me how to ride and shared many years of adventures with me.
When I think of my mother’s love of horses I often think of a poem she wrote titled “Horse and Rider—Both.” It’s about her wish to be one with these noble animals, about being a girl galloping herself around the yard and that deep connection she found with her horses later in life.
Isn’t that what we all want? That feeling of oneness that can happen with these magnificent beings, when everything seems right in the world as you canter up a trail or check on the horses under a star filled sky. Horses, in their wonderfully honest way, require us to be in the moment, present for our life. They have made me a better person in so many ways, not to mention very happy.
I’m a communications specialist by profession, and although I love my work my heart is with the horses. So is the idea for Being with Horses, a resource for riders wanting to deepen that connection. It comes out of that joy and richness I feel when I’m with my horses and the posse of people I’ve met through them.
Four years ago I was lucky enough to meet the revered New Mexico horseman Roeliff Annon. I had a horse named Rio that I call my Internet dating experience—I discovered him on a website, and after riding him once in Virginia, we wrote a big check and shipped him home to Santa Fe. They called him “bombproof,” though only one of those words accurately described him. Soon enough I realized that I was in way over my head. I was scared of that horse and was pretty sure he didn’t like me much either. Roeliff agreed to work with Rio, and what I soon realized was that he not only was working on my horse but on me: He helped me meet the challenge and find a way for the two of us to connect. It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with Roeliff, and although I have many miles to go on my own journey with horses, Rio has become an exceptional horse and teacher. Roeliff also led me to my dream horse, Axle, a young Spanish Barb he bred and raised.
An extraordinary group of people has been part of this journey, including Nan Newton, who is a dear friend and an inspiration on all fronts; Barbara Windom, one of the best horsewomen I know and the very special person behind La Estancia Alegre, the ranch that Roeliff manages and the site of some of our upcoming clinics; the amazing Merrie Martin, designer extraordinare, who is contributing some beautiful pieces for sale on this website that are sure to bring us all luck and make our horses even more beautiful; Christian Quintana, an apprentice to Roeliff and an amazing young man; Jill Felice, Roeliff’s wife and partner, who is the most gifted dog person on the planet as well as a damn fine horsewoman; and many others. All I can say is that my time with horses and these wonderful friends has been my joy.
My hope is that Being with Horses is a place to share this joy and make more real and accessible all the things that help us connect more deeply with our horses so that we can find that magic.