IMOGEN JOHNSON, EDITOR
Imogen’s been riding since she was a nipper and doesn’t remember a time when horses weren’t part of her life. “Growing up I was always having lessons and being around horses was just the norm. I did often feel like the odd one out at school because I could never go to friend’s houses or on trips because the ponies came first. I wouldn’t change it though, riding was such an important part of my childhood. My first pony was a little black mare called Apatchy who taught me a lot, mostly about staying on!”
Life as an Editor
Imogen began her time at Your Horse as a writer, then a deputy editor and now enjoys the role of editor. “My job is so varied it’s sometimes tricky to keep up,” she says. “I can be planning content for the entire year one day and writing a feature the next. I have a great team and feel very lucky to meet the people I do and to work with so many incredible experts and pro riders.”
Imogen currently has one retired mare called Snake who’s almost the same age as her. “Snake is a lovely mare who worked very hard for me when I was playing polocrosse. She’s been retired for a while now but she certainly doesn’t object to life in the slow lane!” says Imogen.
“I’ve been very lucky to have a few fantastic horses over the years and have some amazing memories of times with them all. I started in the Pony Club and did everything from tetrathlon and show jumping to working hunter classes and dressage but polocrosse was my main love. I played for the UK between the age of 16 and 21 and had great fun being part of this great sport.”
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Allison Lowther, Associate Editor
Ally’s love of horses began at a young age when she was given riding lessons for her eight birthday from her mum and dad. “I had weekly lessons at the same riding school for eight years,” she says. “I also used to help out at weekends and in school holidays, mucking out, tacking up ponies ready for lessons etc. I shared a pony for a year before I was bought my first horse, Jessica when I was 16.”
Life as an Associate Editor
As well as being second in command to the editor Ally is responsible for the Your Horse Gear Guide. She ensures she’s the first to know what new products are hitting the shops and has a trusted team of testers who put new and existing products through their paces every month.
“The Gear Guide part of my role sees me testing many of the products you see in the magazine, or working with my testers to ensure all the reviews we have in the magazine are as honest and as thorough as possible. If we don’t think the product is good enough for you, you won’t see it in the magazine”
Ally is the proud owner of Jester (aka J-Man) a 21-year-old, 17hh Irish Sports Horse who she’s owned since he was five and Wish (aka Noodle) a 12-year-old, 16.2hh Hanoverian mare. “Jester’s a sensitive wee soul and doesn’t like change, but he’s helped me achieve many of my competitive goals including being placed at a number of British Eventing competitions,” says Ally. “He tolerated the dressage phase, but loved his jumping. Jester still hacks out occasionally, but spends most of his time eating grass! As well as being a complete diva my mare Wish she struts her stuff in the dressage arena. She’s a little work-shy to say the least, but when her mind’s on the job she has great movement and has proved that by winning many classes over the years. She’s also very pretty (not that I’m biased) and she knows it!”
Amy Moore, Online editor and Writer
After spending her afternoons as a toddler galloping on a rocking horse in her bedroom, Amy convinced her parents to take her to her first proper riding lesson when she was seven-years old. “I spent most of my weekends helping out at the riding school, learning to groom and tack-up and loved every second – even the mucking out!” Amy got her own pony, a cob-cross called Indi (pictured above), when she was a teenager and they’ve been best friends ever since. "Indi is 19 now, but still as bonkers as when we first bought her. She loves jumping the most – usually around showjumping courses, but she has been known to escape from her field from time to time."
Life as an Online Editor/Writer
Amy's Your Horse magazine's online editor and writer, which means she helps to create the core content you read every month and see online. Day-to-day she interviews pro riders, vets and behaviour experts and in her words her job isn't like work at all, it's like playing!
Amy's had 14.2hh Indi for over 10 years. "Indi's a cracking little pony, and as sweet as anything," she says. "We're lucky to have loads of hacking where I live, so we mostly just gallop about having fun. We've tried dressage, but much prefer jumping. Indi's awesome at competitions and goes like a rocket in the jump-off!"
Follow Amy on Twitter: @yourhorseamy
Stacey Carter, Writer
Stacey's Mum and Dad had horses before she was born, so it only took a few riding lessons when she was seven-years-old to get the bug for it. "We had the option of moving house or getting a horse, so obviously we chose the horse!"
"We got Buffy when she was just three years old. Her owner told us that she'd been an extra added on to the back of lorry bringing horses over from Belgium. They had a 14hh Halflinger sized space left, so they stuck her on because she had a pretty face!"
Over the years Stacey and Buffy have done pleasure rides, Pony Club and Trek competions. "She's always been so brave, even when she was young and green," says Stacey. "She'll tackle anything with a bit of encouragement."
Life as a Writer
Stacey's job as a writer involves creating content for the magazine. "Sometimes I'll be going out to shoots, other times I'll be adding to the online content on the website and occasionally I'll be interviewing experts. There really is never a dull moment because every month you're researching, writing and learning about something completely different."
Buffy is a Halflinger mare with plenty of character. "She’s a handful," says Stacey, "but I wouldn’t have her any other way."
"Over the years I've learnt that you have to keep Buffy's brain guessing. She likes constant stimulation when she's being ridden, so doing circles round the school doesn't do it for her. She loves bombing through the countryside almost as much as she enjoys chasing my sister around her field."