Tuesday, October 4, 2011

North Carolina's Own Horse Magazine: Carolina Hoofbeats

The North Carolina Horse Industry produces goods and services at well over a billion dollars. The State ranks eighth in the nation for the number of horses, and all one hundred counties have some type of horse activities going on. Now there is a magazine that will cover North Carolina’s horse industry, Carolina Hoofbeats. It is a trade magazine where horse enthusiasts can learn about the events and news of the industry, read helpful how-to articles and stay abreast of the newest advancements in horse health and care.

Rose Cushing (pictured at right), publisher and owner of Carolina Hoofbeats, comes well equipped with a background in journalism and business to make this venture a success. The magazine will publish both a print and online version. The print version will be released every other month with a circulation of 10,000. It will be a quality, full color, slick magazine available by subscription or picked up in tack shops and feed stores across the state.

The Online magazine will be published monthly. Cushing has pulled professional writers from the horse industry as regular contributors and invites readers to submit stories, photographs, and their horse events. She wants Carolina Hoofbeats to be the place people immediately reach for to learn what horse activities are going on in their area. All types and breeds of horses, riding disciplines and equine activities will be represented in the publication.

I am thrilled to be a contributing writer and photographer for Carolina Hoofbeats. I will write a regular column called “All Horses Great and Small” as well as some feature articles. In my column I will feature those “other” equines, the ones that do not always get space in horse magazines: miniature horses, draft horses, mules, hinnies and donkeys. I will also write about North Carolina’s official horses, the Colonial Mustangs, which roam free on our Outer Banks.

Other contributing writers are Beth Collins, Certified John Lyons trainer from Shelby, NC, Bob Benedetti, author and sports writer from Irvin, TX, R.L. Adams - Equine Attorney from Raleigh, NC, Sarah Blanchard has been an instructor, trainer and author for forty years, Tammi Thurston, Executive Director of the Martin Community College Equine Program and her husband Paul who owns Thurston Quarter Horses, Dottie Burch, Attorney on the Board of Directors of the N.C. Horse Council, and Eileen Williams, author and freelance writer based in Rocky Mount, NC.

Carolina Hoofbeats is also going to be the premier publication for horse businesses to advertise. With such a large circulation with the print version, plus the online magazine, advertisers are going to get a big bang for their buck. The first issue will be out November 1. To learn more about Carolina Hoofbeats or to arrange for advertising visit the website at http://carolinahoofbeats.com/ or contact the publisher by emailing rose@carolinahoofbeats.com