Saturday, October 14, 2017

happy hoofbeats!

Did you catch the tweet? this week Sun 10am @cfru_radio a returning co-host ~ 3 years older now!! do you remember hoofbeats #158 08-09-2014 with Harmony?

Since there is nothing new to air in the Sunday 10am Conversations Worth Having, -- Death and Aging series at CFRU this week, we are, happily, bringing you some horsetalk! hoofbeats are also a Conversation Worth Having. Sadly there is no archive of our live to air this week.

Did you hear the "Riding With the Stars" guest we grilled about creating original music for western reining demos and dressage musical freestyles?! Our longstanding host confessed her lifelong fantasy of a live orchestra ringside for an improv horse dance, with the right musicians, to a member of CROW, who is performing in Guelph Oct 27 at Silence.  Tamara Williamson did a phone in near the end of show to say that if anyone shows up at her upcoming gig in their breeches, she'll buy them a beer... we had so much fun!

In a world of more licensing laws and copyright problems, her company Kurboom offers affordable ORIGINAL music for kur’s!, and hopefully other kinds of magical horse shows... do you think hoofbeats radio get a media pass for the upcoming symposium?

We asked more about working with live musicians, while recording or during live performances -- in producing kurs that sound full and rich; with original themes, to coax and showcase the very best in a horse's movement. to the Godmother of Indie, Tamara Williamson, who has been at the fore front of alternative music since the 90′sShe's shared stages with Oasis, Jewel, Feist and Talk Talk and guelph's very own Bry Webb too.  Writing all her own material and producing records for other artists, she is known and respected for her creativity, songwriting and artistry in production.

Does she know the gaits of Icelandics? Has she ever felt the beat? We were excited to get details on the landscape on this CD, that we played two tracks from.

Next we ponder how well equine biz owners are following the best accounting standards and employment practices! We also aired a 21 min segment with researchers who intend to bring clarity to the equine community and industry in Ontario with the info they will collect in their study, open until Oct 27.

I did the survey twice, once as an employee of 95% of my previous horse jobs, and once as my real self with my current horse involvement.  In doing so, I felt like the questions focused on financial compensation and its link to employee satisfaction without questioning management styles or training ethics at all.  I loved questions like “equine employers are familiar and have read the up-to-date labour codes for Ontario and Canada” though.  Here is the link so you can participate too:

participants can expect to review an accounting template offered for future business uses, in the form of an excel spreadsheet, so leave your email and a request for it in the comment section at the end of the survey!

Harmony asked if coming up through the ranks as a working student is still possible and then we discussed her interest in volunteering with hoofbeats.

What a fun show!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Notes from hoofbeats headquarters?

No, I did not have time to ask Danny Michel to announce my social media plea for comments on Facebook to help me win a trip to Iceland.  It's such an obscure link, I couldn't imagine how it would actually, possibly work.

And no, I did not take this picture, but here's the caption:
"Good times rocking my hometown tonight. Thanks to everyone who came out!"

YES! we talked for a bit, live to air on CFRU, in this episode of Conversations Worth Having/hoofbeats.

what do you think?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pure Guelphishness, with Troy LaFontaine

I guess it would be nice if the playlist was published too right?

I admit I was trying to take a day off...

Just go ahead and listen.  It was a fun show full of great local music...

Friday, August 04, 2017

More Riding With The Stars???

hey, if you are on Facebook, will you please like or reply to my comment? i'd really appreciate the help in the contest...

this week i will bring you lots of good music, introduced with some assorted horse talk.... Riding with the stars features inclue, Lyle Lovett, Lindy, Quique Escamilla, and many many more.

let me know what you think!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dancing Horse, Juggling Bear

This episode of Pony Daze is brought to you by Tapestry Equine Products.  The Tapestry Equine Comfort Girth I brought with me on a recent adventure in Iceland got such a good review, I wasn’t able to bring it back with me!  Usually with tack and used leather products in Iceland its the other way around.  You’re not allowed to bring them in!!!

Did you catch our new contact info?  I feel like running away with the circus, with my own little herd... On CFRU this morning we also played music from Odysseo, Melissa's review, and some snippets from my attendance, just some of my initial thoughts...  I also aired the Riding With Stars segment from last week's podcast, along with Lindy's music! And, I left the mic on when I played my friend Michael Martyn's tune... how'd you like that (another one about the clown). You can listen back here:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Riding and Relaxing In Iceland

hoofbeats -- Iceland by Horse (60 min our 1st ever horse talk radio episode available as podcast; to be posted for scheduled release on Jun 23)

What's a bay dunn? This edition of hoofbeats might leave you wondering.  It will also leave you wanting to go to New York for lessons on the trail, Vermont to go trekking from Inn to Inn, and prepping for another trek in Iceland with some lessons at Onice Farm in Caledon. There is mention of a horse named Leo and we do in fact address what most media ask when reporting on the Icelandic Horse.  It's a good thing that Horses of Iceland is NOT sponsoring this project, because there is much talk about the UNsuitability of promoting the breed to the North American market, including a funny story from Lindy V!!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

And yet more, Accidental Horse Talk, from Two Way

I took time off work to volunteer with this project! Which was in addition to other horse talk radio I was putting together as a volunteer...

Its been very rewarding to hear the final shows going to air at CFRU.  They sound really sweet.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Horses Are Synonymous With Iceland! + a minute with Sarah Jane Scouten

To hear the entire show as it aired today, featuring an accidental "Riding With The Stars" Taping with the delightful and talented Sarah Jane Scouten, when she was in Guelph recently, click the player at the very bottom of the page!  And, thanks for all your help to spread the word about the hoofbeats - Iceland by horse adventure! (especially using the hashtag #horsesoficeland).

To hear about the trek hoofbeats is leaving for later today, listen here:


p.92   Its not surprising that there are many opportunities for riding them. These range from one-hour rides -- also for complete beginners -- to highland tours lasting several weeks, with two horses per rider." I can't wait to start riding and recording in such a beautiful place to hike and watch birds.... check out all the options listed here:  

On our first day, we will be riding along lake Skorradalur, a beautiful route with a very nice view over the lake and the forestry in the valley of Skorradalur. We will leave our horses at a very nice farm and drive back to our summer house, which is only a 30 min drive.

On day two, we will be heading over to the next valley, riding over the ridge between the two valleys, which should give us a great view over Skorradalur and on a clear day we can see the glacier at Snæfellsnes. Again, it is only about 30 min. drive back to the summer house, but we will be having a sandwich before taking a look at one of the old swimming pool located next to the farm where we will leave the horses.

The third day will be spend mostly riding on the banks of the famous salmon river Grímsá. The horses really enjoy the grassy banks of the river and I am sure they will show us all the best gaits they have on the soft terrain. Very close to where we will leave the horses, there is another old pool that we would go to after a quick snack.

On our last day, we will be riding along the glacier river Hvítá and back to Skorradalur. During that day we will have a very nice view of the mountain Skarðsheiði and the beautiful Borgarfjörður. After a light meal in Skorradalur, we will be heading back to Reykjavík.