MISSION & VISION
In our increasingly complex and information-rich world where DIY is the name of the game, it’s sometimes difficult to know what the best choices are when it comes to eating, living and thinking healthy. Equestrian Wellness is the first of its kind blog / information resource specially created to connect riders to the world of health and wellness.
All riders are athletes, whether riding for pleasure or involved at the highest level of competition or anywhere in between and have the opportunity to foster a greater connection / relationship between themselves and their horse(s) by taking better care of their overall health, bodies, minds, spirits.
With a unique focus on competitive, performance-based equestrians, it is our hope that we can create a loyal group of readers / subscribers who are passionate about their personal health and understand how there is a direct link between their overall wellness and their success as a horseman / horsewoman, both in and outside of the show ring.
We look to share the latest news & trends in holistic health and wellness,along with important tools, tips and resources that riders are able to put into use daily. We hope to inspire equestrians to make well-informed decisions when it comes to their nutrition and lifestyle choices.
Courtesy if Stacey Sofia Clarke & Patrick Clarke
CCN, CHHC, AADP
FOUNDER, INTEGRATIVE NUTRITIONIST & AMATEUR RIDER
I grew up in Miami, Florida spending my early years learning to ride horses, my first real love in life. Following years of health struggles, I stumbled upon my other life-long passion --- nutrition & the pursuit of wellness. Previously a big fear of mine, I now love and embrace discovering new ways of eating, living and thinking and sharing this knowledge with other equestrians. While I love following new trends, I also enjoy learning how different cultures across the globe, often steeped in rich histories, create and live healthy lifestyles.
I am a foodie at heart and love discovering new restaurants, new ingredients & new preparations of food. I am drawn to and inspired by unique individuals who pursue their passions no matter what obstacles may stand in their way. I believe a positive mental attitude and an open heart can help you achieve whatever you want in life. I’ve spent the past twelve years working with adults and children from all walks of life, including amateur and professional riders and even Olympic athletes, to help them gain awareness of and resolve their unique health and wellness challenges. I currently live in Austin, Texas with my husband, two rescue pups and my four-legged horse child, Bailey (aka, Moneypenny).
PROFESSIONAL SHOW JUMPING RIDER & TRAINER
I grew up in a family of riders in Zurich, Switzerland, where my parents, sister and I manage a sport and sales stable with 50 horses. I spent the majority of my childhood participating in international show jumping. From 2004 – 2007, I had the honor of being a four-time national Swiss champion in dressage, and in 2009 as a junior in show jumping. In 2011 & 2012, I received the silver medal as part of the National Swiss Team at the Show Jumping Young Riders European Championships; I was also a part of the Swiss National Elite Squad in 2013 and was able to ride several CSIOs for the Swiss National Team. In between studying for my Bachelors in International Management, I continue to ride and give lessons at my family’s stable. Through my experiences competing at the highest levels of our sport, I have learned the importance of good nutrition and how this sport requires us to take care of our bodies while at the same time constantly challenging our limits, mentally and physically.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST & AMATEUR RIDER
I grew up in Zurich surrounded by horses and beautiful countryside. I began showjumping at the regional level at age 12. A lifelong athlete, I participated in track & field and snow skiing in high school and later discovered the exciting challenges being an amateur triathlete. When I’m not at the stable, I practice as a physiotherapist and wellness trainer. My true passions are sports, health and nutrition. I love sharing my knowledge with patients and friends interested in transforming their lifestyle habits.
KENDRICK VON HOFE
PROFESSIONAL SHOW JUMPING RIDER & TRAINER
As a finalist in the US EAP program, I dreamed of pursuing a career as a professional showjumping rider and trainer. I grew up outside of Boston, MA, but was fortunate to have dual citizenship in the US and Switzerland. Following high school, I packed up and moved to my other homeland, Switzerland. I realized taking a different path than my peers by not pursuing a typical collegiate experience would be a risky proposition. When I arrived in Switzerland at 18, I enrolled in a rigorous, three-year Swiss training program for riding professionals. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve had the good fortune of working and riding for several Swiss equestrian team members as well as Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat. I’ve recently become focused on my health and well-being and have learned that burning the candle at both ends doesn’t work. I’ve become especially aware of the fact that making good choices when it comes to my diet and overall wellness gives me the energy I need to get through my long days at the stable.