The other day I was in a doctor’s office and, as usual, there were plenty of magazines on side tables. But everyone in the waiting room had their cellphones out, and they were busy tapping on the screens—myself included.
This isn’t surprising, but it caught my attention because over the last several months, we’ve been taking an in-depth look at how you want to get your information. The magazine, of course, is still a favorite. As you will see from our larger and newly designed Practical Horseman, we are committed to bringing you issues jam-packed with information about riding and training from the leaders in dressage, eventing, hunters and jumpers, as well as health-care advances from leading veterinarians. We’ll continue to do this moving forward as a quarterly publication.
We’re also making more information available at your fingertips, whether you’re on your phone or at your computer. Visit PracticalHorsemanMag.com where you’ll find a wealth of training advice and strategies and timely updates on equine health, as well as stories about which riders are at the top of the sport and how they got there. Also, next year we’ll be kicking off Practical Horseman podcasts and expanding our social-media coverage. If that’s not enough, we have a training video site in the works, too.
There is still more news to share: Last month was George Morris’ last issue critiquing photos for Jumping Clinic. Since the column first appeared in September 1977, George has reviewed 1,980 photos that you’ve sent in for more than 41 years. We can never thank him enough for his insights and dedication. He always reviewed the column every month, from whatever country or state he was in—even Belgium. Though he is irreplaceable, we’ve been working with him to name his successor. The great reveal will occur in our spring issue. If you’d like to send him a letter of thanks, please send us a private message and I’ll forward it.
And finally, we have the great privilege of welcoming the readers of Dressage Today. Practical Horsemanhas always included dressage in its pages because it is the foundation for all correct riding. Now we’ll have the opportunity to delve into what makes it transcend training to become a beautiful yet powerful art. I also feel that I’m returning to important roots because before joining Practical, I was DT’s editor for five years.
While change takes time to adjust to, we will always be passionate about delivering the content that you love—now in all of the various formats that you love. And as always, thank you for bringing us along for your ride.”
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