ROCK FALLS — In a building vaguely reminiscent of the Old West, Melissa Hester of Hester Saddlery custom crafts, cleans and repairs a variety of leather goods that are bound to stand the test of time.

Red Ridge Ranch goes all out for Halloween, offering thrill-and-chill seekers encounters with monsters and ghouls while taking an old-fashioned hay ride on a backwoods trail.

The Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association will hold its annual fall fundraiser on Sept. 21 at Horseriders Campground in Palmyra.

Although her clients might think the answers to their questions come “straight from the horse’s mouth,” Gestalt coach Stacey Bean credits her equine partners with helping her clients recognize those aspects of their lives that need healing and balance.

This year’s Indian relay races have been canceled. The event, which would have been the first of its kind in the Eau Claire region, will be pushed back to next year.

While Lee Sackett might not identify himself as a “renaissance man,” his various talents and skills would qualify him as someone who has acquired knowledge and proficiency in a variety of vocations and avocations.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory recently confirmed that a horse in Barron County has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis, Wisconsin’s first confirmed EEE case this year. The 22-year-old quar…

Combining crop farming and horse massage therapy is proving to be a workable business model for Brian and Valerie Pierzina. Through their business, Grains & Manes Farm, Pierzina’s husband concentrates on raising grain crops on their Trempealeau area farm while Pierzina takes her equine m…

The Foundation Quarter Horse Registry observed its 25th anniversary by holding its 24th world show in Wisconsin. The FQHR’s 2019 World Round-Up was held July 19-21 at the Jackson County Fair Park.

MASON — Home beer brewing skills have a number of obvious benefits, but helping a promising dressage show horse get healthy usually doesn’t make the short list. For Julie and David Pagels, however, a bit of brew-inspired engineering provided an economical remedy following a series of veterin…

A Viroqua-area horsemanship center is applying the Winston Churchill philosophy, “There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” to the inner lives of those seeking deeper spiritual discernment.

Searching for people from the back of a horse can be effective for rescuing the lost. The members of the Whitewater Area Mounted Search Team and Rescue know this and have been providing their services to authorities to help with locating missing persons.

Horseriders Campground in Palmyra is one of the premier horse campgrounds in the Wisconsin State Parks system. Drawing visitors from all over the Midwest thanks to its many amenities, including campsites with electricity and horse corrals, shower house and flush toilets, lighted pavilion and…

Before there was gunpowder and firearms, there was archery. In the time when the bow and arrows were among the most feared weapons, some of the most formidable archers were mounted on horses.

MADISON — Melisa Pearce believes humans owe horses an apology. She believes people should apologize for not appreciating the service horses have given to humankind over the ages. Despite the lack of an apology and acknowledgement of their gifts, Pearce has found horses are still willing to g…

The Morgan horse has proven its worth in a variety of equine disciplines, including dressage, show jumping and driving. Known for its speed, courage and gentle nature, the Morgan also is America’s first native breed.

Forty-five high-quality 2-year-old horses and 10 aged lesson horses will be offered for sale at the 43rd annual UW-River Falls Colt Sale on Saturday, May 4, at the UW-River Falls Campus Farm, 1475 S. Wasson Lane, River Falls.

March 11 was a big day for Lil Ruf Rider. After the long ride from California, he walked off the trailer at his new home at the Campus Farm at UW-River Falls and promptly had his first new experience. He stuck his nose in the deep snow, his eyes got big, and it was obvious that he did not qu…

The Wisconsin State Horse Council presented a full slate of honorees at this year’s Midwest Horse Fair. The organization recognized four people for their lifetime of service to the horse industry as well as a Director of the Year, a Horseperson of the Year, a Show Judge of the Year and a Hor…

A Wisconsin horsewoman has been chosen to represent Minnesota in the rodeo world. Last fall, Paige Storlie of Holmen was crowned Miss Minnesota Rodeo queen from among the 12 applicants vying for the title.

Imagine six athletes riding bareback around a half-mile track at full speed, then jumping off, mounting a second horse, flying around the course, changing horses again and then rounding the track one more time.

Since 1979, the Midwest Horse Fair has been providing an experience for equine enthusiasts and the public through exposition, education and entertainment — and this year will be no exception. For the event’s “ruby” celebration, organizers have packed many memorable events into this year’s ro…

Bringing the sights, sounds and smells of Civil War-era cavalry to life, the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard is sure to draw a crowd in their second appearance at the Minnesota Horse Expo, set for April 26-28 at the Minnesota State Fairground in Falcon Heights, Minn.

After outstanding results at regional finals Feb. 23-24 and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association semi-finals March 15-16, the UW-River Falls IHSA Western Team now has their sights set on IHSA nationals in Syracuse, N.Y., May 3-6.

For more than 40 years, Barbara Knopf has dedicated her life to the rescue of abandoned and abused Morgan horses. And now, on 80 acres of rolling countryside outside La Valle, these same horses are rescuing the nation’s veterans.

Through her business ReRide Horse Tack, leather craftswoman Vicki McAllister gives used or damaged tack a second life, and at the same time, helps worthy causes. She is proving recycling can have multiple benefits.

Old-fashioned wintertime fun was on the schedule at Wisconsin State Horse Council Foundation’s Winter Day held Feb. 9 at Springbrook near Burnett. The free event drew between 500 and 600 people who enjoyed the scenery, activities and refreshments.

As winter keeps its grip on Wisconsin and the rest of the Midwest, horse and other livestock owners are wondering whether their hay supply will last until the first crop is harvested or the animals can go on pasture.

For Stefanie Reinhold, a certified equine massage practitioner and horse wellness specialist at Reinhold’s Horse Wellness in Beloit, it was Cody, a bucking paint gelding, who provided day-to-day proof of the life-changing results of equine bodywork.

Horsemanship instructor and trainer Ellie Jensen seems to have come up with the right ingredients for wintertime fun. She and her crew held their annual Bond, Bake and Ride event Jan. 26 at Circle E Equestrian Center in Seymour.

Horse owners are finding essential oils can be a valuable component of their animal’s well-being and more than a few are educating themselves about incorporating the oils in their horse management program.

ASHLAND — At the 33rd annual Sleigh and Cutter Rally, it didn’t take long to parse out competitor from spectator. Folks in the 5-acre field adjacent to the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center bundled against the January cold in colorful synthetic fabrics, or wrapped themselves in fur and wool.

Jessica Routier has been riding horses from a very young age — before she can even remember. She entered her first competition when she was 6 years old and has earned numerous accolades throughout her rodeo career.

The Northwoods Harness Club will present the 33rd annual Sleigh and Cutter Rally from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland.