Trying Something New
Horse and Rider|Summer 2021
INSPIRED RIDER
Nichole Chirico

FOR NEARLY 15 YEARS I competed in the AQHA all-around events, but when I sold my last horse and walked away from the show pen in 2011, I wasn’t sure when I’d be back. I thought that when it came time to buy my next horse, I would be finding another all-around prospect and going back to the only industry I knew, but as I ventured into the equine media world where I got to work with some of the industry’s top professionals, I realized there were so many other disciplines I wanted to try.

I was excited to get out of my comfort zone and try something completely different from events like the show manship and horsemanship, but I wasn’t sure how to get started. I eventually started producing the training content for Horse&Rider OnDemand and a few weeks before one of our scheduled shoots I called OnDemand expert Brad Barkemeyer to see if he would agree to letting me take a lesson from him and create a series around introducing a rider to cow work.

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