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Because of Horses

May 18, 2018

Elise’s guest on today’s Because of Horses is… herself!

Today is May 18th, her birthday, so it’s the perfect time to “interview” herself and respond to listener emails! Elise answers frequently asked questions such as, “Why did you decide to do a podcast?” “How exactly do podcasts work?” and “How do you select guests?”

She talks all about her early childhood adventures riding horses, about her horse of a lifetime, and up to her current experiences and involvement with horses. Summarizing Because of Horses in a nutshell, Elise talks about how it came into being, why she decided on the podcast format to help materialize her dream, all of the people that helped make this possible for her, and the guests who have told their inspirational stories on the podcast.

Tune in to the week’s episode to hear more about the person behind the mic — Elise!


Topics of Discussion:

[:48] About this week’s episode!

[1:21] About Elise’s earliest memories about loving horses and about her first lessons in riding.

[5:20] Some of Elise’s early adventures with her dogs and horse as a young girl.

[8:00] Elise’s teenage highlights from the Shenandoah Valley Pony Club.

[9:33] Elise’s experiences at Caveland Farm in Boyce, Virginia.

[12:14] Elise’s college experience and the retirement of Whipper Snapper, and the beginning of her journalism career on Capitol Hill — then Human Resources.

[16:08] The story of how Elise came to purchase her next horse — and her next horse, and her next horse!

[18:53] How Elise’s Andalusian stallion, Novelisto, became a movie star.

[19:55] About the people and motivational clarity that sparked Elise’s inspiration to begin her podcast, Because of Horses.

[26:55] What Elise sets out to accomplish with Because of Horses, and about the types of guests she features.

[31:25] Looking back and reflecting on previous episodes of Because of Horses.

[33:32] Why Elise chose the podcast format to make her ideas come to life.

[34:14] What sets Because of Horses apart from other horse podcasts.

[36:53] Some of the exciting guests Elise is looking forward to interviewing in future episodes.

[37:44] How Elise selects and finds future guests for the podcast.

[39:28] So, what is a podcast?

[41:25] About the production behind the podcast.

[42:29] How long it takes to produce one episode and the process behind it.

[46:36] Want to get the word out about an upcoming horse-related event? Email and it may be included on the events calendar at — it’s free!

[46:46] More behind-the-scenes info on the production effort that goes into creating each week's Because of Horses podcast!

[51:11] Travel plans coming up for Elise.


Know Someone Inspirational, Whose Life Has Been Forever Changed Because of Horses? Because of Horses would love to get to share their story!

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Mentioned in this Episode:

Breyer Horses

Shenandoah Valley Pony Club

Caveland Farm

Baylor Scott & White Health

Yum! Brands

Mary Kay

A Parent's Guide to Riding Lessons: Everything You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive with a Horse-Loving Kid, by Elise Gaston Chand

Mayo Clinic Pediatric Rehabilitation

Ben Masters

The Plaidcast

Dr. Niobe Thompson




Because of Horses Facebook Page

Because of Horses Facebook Group

Royal Ascot

Andalusian World Cup


Past Episodes and Guests Mentioned:

Alan Day

Kiki and Don Teague

Jessie Haas

Charles Hilton

Templeton Thompson and Sam Gay

Brandi Lyons

Stacy Westfall

Christoph Hess

Al Dunning

Donna Barton Brothers

Wendy Williams


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