We are very pleased to announce the five finalists from the Horse Junkies United International Blogging Contest. Competing for a prize pack valued at over $1100, we received a massive amount of entries for this contest. We are still working through all of your wonderful entries and will continue to publish them in the coming weeks, but in the meantime our judging panel has named their five finalists.

We will announce the winner and runner-up on Friday, November 10 right here on Horse Junkies United, so be sure to check back. We’re also requesting our readers’ input on this contest, so please vote in the poll below for your favorite writer. Your votes will be weighted at 25% of our decision when determining the winner.

11/10/17: The poll has been closed and here are the poll results. We will be announcing the winner in a second post!


Photo: Pia Zuffoletti

Rebecca Barber:

Rebecca is an event and dressage rider based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Following her college graduation, she decided to postpone the corporate world, instead spending nearly two years working for Buck Davison, where she competed my OTTB through the preliminary/CCI* level. Now she’s back at the farm where it all began, teaching and riding for Kiki Osbourne’s Dappir Ridge Eventing.

Read her entries here: https://horsejunkiesunited.com/tag/rebecca-barber/ and follow her on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jubileeequestrian/


Paige Cerulli:

Photo: Fran Cerulli

Paige attended Westfield State University where she double majored in creative writing and music performance. She lives in Western Massachusetts and has two Thoroughbred mares, Whisper and Lyric, and a mini named Mozart. Paige works at an anti-hunger organization and owns her own freelance writing business specializing in equestrian topics.

Read her entries here: https://horsejunkiesunited.com/tag/paige-cerulli/ and visit her website here: http://www.PaigeCerulli.com





Isabelle D’Costa:

Photo: Andrew Bailini

Isabelle is more-than-mildly obsessed with her OTTB, Honor, who she’s been developing and slowly bringing up the levels of eventing herself, as she progresses through the ranks of Pony Club. Since she seems to enjoy having little free time and money, she’s also a university student, majoring in Equine Bio-Resource Management.

Read her entries here: https://horsejunkiesunited.com/tag/isabelle-dcosta/


Genny Macy:

Genny Macy is an adult amateur who spends her days living the corporate marketing life, so that she can spend her free time riding horses. Currently a horseless equestrian, she begs rides off understanding friends, or rides the saintly school horses her trainer has. Most comfortable in the hunter ring, she adores a good trot jump, and the long approach is her favorite; but don’t think she won’t toss a western saddle up and go for a toodle. Genny blogs at www.agifthorseblog.com and loves to share the empowering and challenging world of being a parent and an amateur equestrian.

Read her entries here: https://horsejunkiesunited.com/tag/genny-macy/



Hollyn Mangione:

Photo: Samanthan Deppe

Hollyn started riding at age 3 when her family moved from Lexington, Kentucky to Charlottesville, VA and she has been riding ever since. Being on a tight budget, she has always made her own horses pretty much from scratch. Currently, she is living in central Indiana and slowly bringing  along her Westphalien mare Darcy and working with her new addition Three Cups Fire Truck (Cinder) who might actually do a bit of eventing next year.

Read her entries here: https://horsejunkiesunited.com/tag/hollyn-mangione/ and visit her blog here: https://clshrs3.wixsite.com/website