Heidi Nyland is a successful equine journalist, producer and photographer who loves to ride the trail. Heidi writes for the Trail Rider magazine and she will be sharing some of her trail riding tips with us.
Heidi Nyland can help with journalism, public relations writing, web design, editing, and photography needs. Nyland holds a bachelor’s degree in English (from Ohio Wesleyan University) and a master’s degree in journalism (from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University) with a concentration in magazine and photo editing. At the latter, she was named Master’s Student of the Year for 2000. Her stories and photographs are seen regularly in publications such as Western Horseman, Equestrian Retailer, The Trail Rider, and Equine Veterinary Management.
She has also been published in Horse & Rider (where she served as Assistant Editor, working under notable role models Jennifer Denison, Rene Riley and Kathy Swan), John Lyons’ Perfect Horse, NRHA Reiner, Women & Horses, America’s Horse, and The Paint Horse Journal, to name a few. Nyland taught college students to write after actively collecting information from many sources during a 2004 professional visit at Colorado State University. Nyland is an author of Western Horseman’s Legends and a contributing photographer for The Revolution in Horsemanship (by Rick Lamb and Robert Miller, DVM), and Breed for Success (by Rene Riley and Honi Roberts).
Nyland is a member of American Horse Publications and the Equine Photographers Network. Nyland’s photos have won multiple titles including awards from the Equine Photographer’s Network and an AIM Award.
Nyland started riding Ponies of the Americas at age 5 at Smiley R Ranch with Janet Hedman and the W. E. Richardson family. In college, she was president and later assistant coach of the Ohio Wesleyan University Equestrian Team, coached by champion trainer Terry Myers. (Read the story of her riding start below). Keeping active as a rider and riding instructor, Nyland began studying Brain Gym®—an international program based on whole brain and active learning.
As a 4-H advisor, she started using the simple movements to help horseback riding students relax and achieve their goals in the saddle. Nyland became a registered instructor with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA®) —helping to combine horse knowledge and therapeutic experience with horsemanship training. She also works with fellow riding instructors—by presenting clinics—to teach how reflexes and Brain Gym techniques can help with any rider.
Nyland has presented demos at Equine Affaire and at the National Youth Horse Council Annual Conference. Nyland teaches and volunteers at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center in Longmont, Colorado.
Type of Tips:
Trail riding tips.
Buy Heidi’s Books and DVDs including Understanding Lameness, Examining Equine Lameness from Diagnosis to Prognosis with Dr. Terry Swanson.