Meet Our Contributors

The literal backbone of EQuine AMerica Magazine.

Jean French

The Natural Connection, Inc.

Natural Horsemanship Columnist

Jean French is the Owner/Instructor/Trainer of The Natural Connection, Inc. located in Linden, Virginia. In operation for over a decade, training in both western and English disciplines, her life has been dedicated to helping thousands of people learn the language of the horse.  Accomplishments are measured in the many dozens of horses whose journeys led them to help and growth through Jean’s program.

You can read Jean’s first column in our Spring issue!




Dr. Bob Grisel, DVM

The Atlanta Equine Clinic

Veterinary Columnist

Dr. Bob Grisel graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine with honors and having received multiple awards. He was offered an equine surgical position in the Atlanta area while working the 1996 Olympic Games and built The Atlanta Equine Clinic shortly thereafter. His clinic is a state-of-the-art, full service equine diagnostic, pharmacy, surgical, and emergency care facility located in Hoschton, GA. Bob’s recent publications focus on lameness, especially the correlation between abnormal gait characteristics and specific sources of pain in the horse.

You can read an extract from Bob’s new book, “Lameness for the Layman” in our Spring 2019 issue!


Lisa Hellmer

LCH Equestrian

Para Dressage, Cross Training, and Cavaletti CrossFit Designer

Lisa Hellmer is working toward the Grand Prix with her Oldenburg “Aniko.” She graduated summa cum laude from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in equine business management and riding. As a former event rider, Lisa brings that experience into building EQuine AMerica’s Cavaletti Crossfit posters and her cross-training lessons, which you can find here. Recently, Lisa became a USEF Silver Para Dressage Coach and formed LCH Equestrian in Ocala, FL where she continues to focus on dressage, para dressage, and cross training the dressage horse.

Every issue of EQuine AMerica comes with a poster of a Cavaletti CrossFit exercise for you to bring to the barn!


Olivia Lagoy-Weltz

Mountain Crest Farm of Haymarket, VA and Wellington, FL

Dressage Columnist

FEI rider Olivia Lagoy-Weltz is a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist. Her earlier experience includes working for and riding at several top barns in Holland and Germany. Olivia is currently competing her own Rassing’s Lonoir (“Lono”) on the CDI circuit in Wellington, Florida and throughout Europe. Most recently, USEF selected Olivia as Team USA’s traveling alternate for the World Equestrian Games, Tryon 2018. Learn  more about Olivia in our interview available here.

In each issue, Olivia shares her knowledge and experience, including what it takes to become an FEI dressage rider and beyond!



Ashley Wagner, Ph.D.

Equinutrix Nutrition Solutions

Nutrition Columnist


Dr. Ashley Wagner obtained her Doctorate in Equine Nutrition from the University of Kentucky and went on to work in new product development in the feed and supplement industry. She founded Equinutrix Nutrition Solutions to meet what she saw was an industry need for supplements with scientifically proven efficacy in horses. Her involvement in research has led to numerous co-authored scientific articles, abstracts, and speaking engagements.

You can read Ashley’s first column in our Fall issue!