Photography has always been a fun hobby for me, but I never imagined it would turn into such a significant part of my career. I always had a camera with me growing up, even if it was one of those disposable wind-up cameras I took to camp every summer.
Horses have always been a part of my life. I have a sister that is a bit older than I am and we shared a horse-crazy gene handed down from our Mother, Mormor (Danish for Grandmother), Morfar (Danish for Grandfather), as well as my great grandfather. It seemed very normal to have dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses, and since animals were always part of my day-to-day life, I never considered a stage in life without horses.
As the world at large continues to rewrite the rules of normalcy, the horse show industry has begun to awaken after a difficult time on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The early part of the year brought unavoidable cancellations that left the fall show jumping schedule in limbo until only a few weeks ago.
The team at Jump Media welcomed two new public relations professionals to the squad this summer, and we are excited for our blog readers to get to know them better. Tori Bilas and Kara Pinato Scro bring their own sets of professional qualifications, but they are also pretty rad people. We asked them each the same five questions to give you an opportunity to learn a little more about who they are, what they do, and how they find inspiration.
Like so many young, horse-crazy girls, I thought of little else than my pony and the next horse show during my formative years. I had other interests and curiosities, but they always took a back seat to my time at the barn. I lived to be at the barn. During my early days at pony camp in the summers, I often tried to skip arts and crafts time to watch the older, more experienced kids during their riding times.
Since its inception 27 years ago, the Capital Challenge Horse Show has become a year-end favorite for riders, owners, and trainers from across the country.
I often hear from people I have encountered throughout my time in the horse industry, and they almost always tell me that I have their dream job. I can only assume they follow my social media channels and see me ringside at competitions in all corners of North America and beyond, interacting with their childhood heroes, meeting four-legged royalty, and living out an equine-inspired professional fantasy.
Equine Elixirs has become one of the most trusted equine supplement brands on the market. Founded by Elizabeth Ehrlich, the company takes pride in creating all-natural, show-safe supplements that help combat a variety of health issues many horses face. It has been exciting to be a part of Liz’s journey with Equine Elixirs over the past two years as she has launched four new products to join her flagship offering, Ulceraser.
I have always enjoyed taking photos and began doing equestrian sports photography after meeting my wife, Jenn Ward, one of Jump Media’s founders. She saw my photos, thought I had a good eye, and encouraged me to explore photography professionally.
Horses are a family business for the Coles. Sloane Coles spent her childhood riding in the rolling hills of Virginia, and grew up to answer a call to the show ring. Based out of her family’s farm, Spring Ledge in The Plains, VA, Sloane’s business is home to a thriving group of junior, adult, and amateur riders.
I don’t recall exactly when I first fell in love with photography. If I had to guess, it was around the time that I was developing film in my high school dark room and never leaving home without my lime green Fujifilm point-and-shoot digital camera. It was always tucked in my bag next to my phone, because remember when they weren’t one and the same?
What inspires the Jump Media team? How do we get through the work day? Which famous horse would our team members love to ride? We've been enjoying Vogue's "73 Questions" series and put our own twist on these rapid-fire Q&A videos. Check out the video below to get a better sense of who we are at Jump Media!
The team at Jump Media did some real estate fancying this week with the listings of Martha W. Jolicoeur, a Douglas Elliman Real Estate agent based in Wellington, FL.
It wasn’t until she was 25 that Lindsay Brock picked up a DSLR camera and started shooting. The first shot came from a horse show in the California desert and, from then on, two of her passions would forever be intertwined: horses and photography.
In honor of Mother’s Day, this month’s featured client is a terrific mother-daughter duo!
Julia Tops is the daughter of Canadian Show Jumping Team veteran Tani Zeidler (and Jan Tops, Olympic gold medalist for The Netherlands). Given the combined talent of her parents, it is not surprising that Julia excels in show jumping, but in the saddle isn’t the only place where Julia is successful. The 22-year-old is currently completing a rigorous one-year master’s program for Development Studies through the prestigious London School of Economics in England.
Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic on March 11, Public Relations (PR) professionals have been in messaging overdrive. Not since the Great Recession of 2008 have we been so broadly impacted by a singular issue. Even more so than before, clients have been turning to us for strategic communication approaches for stakeholders during an immensely trying time.
April 26th marks National Help a Horse Day! This designated holiday encourages horse lovers and advocates to protect abused and neglected horses. One such organization that works every day to fulfill this mission is Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) in Woodbine, Maryland. The nonprofit was created 31 years ago, and since then has rehomed more than 2,600 horses.
During these uncertain times, #PBECvets are dedicated to the health and well-being of not just horses! With safety and caution a high priority, they are now also available for ambulatory services to care for small animal needs.
Our featured client is a new one that we’re delighted to welcome to the Jump Media family: World Equestrian Center!
This month’s featured client is a new one that we’re thrilled to welcome to the Jump Media family: Stonehenge Stables! 🐴
We spend our days ringside at horse shows, balancing a work-from-home lifestyle, and promoting clients that span the industry of horse sport. 2019 was a year of growth for Jump Media, and we can't wait to see what 2020 has waiting. First, here's a look back at some special moments from 2019 with the Jump Media team.
Elizabeth Mellen has the official title of Operations Director, and it’s her job to make many of the preparations for the show throughout the year that enable WIHS to run seamlessly.
How do you stop busy city commuters in their tracks? Lead three adorable dwarf miniature horses onto the sidewalk. Braveheart, Clover, and Sugar have been getting a lot of attention at the Washington International Horse Show. They are at WIHS representing The Peeps Foundation, a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping any miniature horse in need, and they are inspiring squeals of delight and plenty of petting from everyone who encounters them.
October 22, 2019 – Horse shows are often all-consuming with limited options for dining, entertainment, and shopping. The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN, is special as it’s positioned in the middle of Washington, D.C., one of North America’s most dynamic and bustling cities. The location provides athletes, horse sport fans, and visiting spectators the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local scene.
Did you know that Washington, D.C., instituted a ban on single-use plastic straws in 2019? It’s part of the city’s effort to go greener, and the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN, is following the trend with the Green Is The New Blue Program.