Welcome to Eventing Connect.
We are a Canadian website but we have contributors from all over the world. Our group of writers are riders and fans who love Eventing. Our goal is to connect readers with the real sport of eventing. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to truth, accuracy and excellence, Eventing Connect strives to educate, engage, and entertain riders, fans and supporters of Eventing to help grow the sport worldwide.
Where no topic is off limits, we work to develop stories that are useful and debate worthy. We will ask the tough questions with the goal of giving readers facts and insight. We will ask also ask the fun questions so readers can giggle and be entertained.
MEET THE TEAM:
Sable Giesler: Founder/Managing Editor/Photographer
Sable is one of Canada’s up and coming Eventing riders and Eventing Connect was born as a result of an idea pitched by her to her parents. After reviewing her plan, Tracy Giesler (mom) put forth the resources from Sable Marketing to develop, launch and manage the project.
Sable is the managing editor for Eventing Connect, she is also an internet stalker, video connoisseur and eventing statistician.
Sable ensures that the feature stories are original and relevant while delivering our readers an enjoyable and informative experience.
In addition to her job at Eventing Connect, she is also a popular Canadian Eventer with almost 64,000 Facebook fans. She has a growing group of sponsors and owners that support her riding.
Tracy White Giesler: Writer, Photographer, Marketing & Sponsor relations
Wearing many hats as a result of a career that has spanned 29 years, Tracy is known as marketing mastermind but also has the hands on involvement as a writer, photographer, and creative director.
For almost 15 years, Tracy has been managing Sable Marketing and working with a variety of industries by helping them to grow their businesses with innovative marketing programs.
Tracy is personally and passionately involved with every project and has turned client relations into an art form. With a sharp mind for marketing and a knack for making every client feel like the only one, she is a pro at ensuring that client goals are met and campaign results are achieved.
Geof Giesler – Technology
With 30 years of experience with computer programming, information architecture, web and application development, Geof specializes in building effective Websites and Apps to entertain and improve the lives of end users.
A savvy strategic thinker, he works continuously to keep current on all the new and exciting technologies so our readers have a great experience regardless of the media they use to visit our website
Greg Bigger – Production Manager
Managing every detail and meeting any deadline is Greg’s specialty and has been for over 25 years. Throughout his accomplished career, he has performed virtually every function known to media production. With the experience of a pro and the eye of a perfectionist, he oversees all aspects of the production process to ensure that our website is appealing and impactful.
Greg’s expertise in managing multiple roles with ease and success makes him a valuable asset to Eventing Connect.
Audrea Dyer – Writer
Also known as Visionaire, began as one of the foundation writers of Eventing Nation in early 2010 but is now a proud member of the Eventing Connect team. She has ridden up to Advanced level and spent six years as head groom for Dorothy Crowell. After a few years in the Thoroughbred industry, she now spends her time writing, riding a few nice OTTBs, and working with her husband’s hay business, A.T. Acres Farm.
Photo courtesy of VW Perry Photography
Robyn Zimmer – Writer
Growing up with Maureen Walters as her mom it was as if she was a working student with a coach, judge, steward, rider, Equine Canada Coaching Evaluator and pony club examiner, horse lover, every day for 38 years. She was able to gain daily hands on knowledge, experience, lessons, and observation of not just from one perspective but from many, many different perspectives. For example her mom would say “Remember Robyn to ride your 15 meter circles exact or even a little small as from a judges’ perspective……” To be submersed in this education has been invaluable. Robyn still learns from her mom every day.
She was very fortunate to have worked with Olympic Short listed Rider (in Eventing and Dressage) Joni Lynn Peters. With Joni she was able to tack horses for her, clean tack, ride for several hours per day with her and received daily feedback. Robyn had the opportunity to observe and learn her system, techniques, methods, and many interesting plans, objectives and goals of a rider with the continuous focus of Olympics/Top levels of riding. She is honoured to have been able to work and learn from Joni.
Robyn is a wife and mother, plus she is a Licensed Practical Nurse, she has a Certificate for Palliative Care and University studies in Kinesiology. She currently teaches at Woodside Riding School. She is a Certified Equine Canada Competition Coach and National Examiner for Canadian Pony Club (A). She successfully competed CCI** and CIC** level Three Day Eventing in Canada and the United States and has over 25 years experience training horses in all Dressage, Show-jumping and Eventing.
Christa Dillon – Writer
Christa is is a 34 year old mother of one small boy (Charlie), farmer’s wife and young horse producer. Together with her husband Niall, they run a suckler herd of cattle in the midlands of Ireland, and also a haulage company. Christa runs training clinics with some of the world’s best trainers and also produces and sells horses for Eventing. Between family, business and horses, life is utterly chaotic but very good and a lot of fun.
Claudia Leschonski - Writer
Claudia is a veterinarian and lives in Brazil, in the São Paulo area. She is a horse trainer and competes as an amateur. She also teaches veterinary medicine and horse management at the university level. She has groomed for Brazil’s Eventing team at the Atlanta and the Hong Kong Olympics. She has worked as an Eventing manager for the Brazilian National Federation. She will be working at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
From 1995 to 2005, she worked for a major Brazilian horse magazine, writing and editing and we are thrilled that she has joined Eventing Connect.
Ema is a 17 year-old from Washington, DC. She has a unique global perspective on horses and on eventing–she learned to ride in Nairobi, Kenya when she was seven years old, but she is originally from Australia. She is a member of Pony Club and plans to achieve her A rating this summer. She currently competes at the Intermediate level and also enjoys riding young horses. Outside of the equestrian world, she is an avid pianist and writer.
Laura is from northern Virginia where she grew up eventing, Pony Clubbing, and foxhunting. She has been fortunate enough to train with several upper level riders, and is currently an adult amateur with her young OTTB mare Class Act. By day, she is a software support engineer at Microsoft and is always seen with her dog Cody not far behind.
Aryelle Stafford - Writer
Aryelle is a 23-year-old grad student from Louisiana. She keeps herself crazy busy by Eventing her OTTB, Reef and juggling life as a grad student. On her ‘spare time’ she writes helpful advice for fellow horse owners, her speciality is sharing money saving tips for riders.
Erika Falkenberg – Writer
Erika Falkenberg, based in Central Florida, has been riding since she was 6-years-old, but has only been Eventing since the summer of 2013. She started out riding Western, but always knew she wanted to jump. After dabbling in the Hunter Jumper ring for a short time, Erika found her place in the horse world with her discovery of Eventing. She currently owns a Thoroughbred, Duke, who is learning the ways of the sport along with her. With just as much passion for that as she has for writing, Erika hopes to continue both for as long as she can.