Fran Severn - It's Never Too Late For Horses
Fran's book, Riders of a Certain Age is poised to provide an important reference to any individual who craves the companionship of a horse and the sisterhood that can go along with it. If you have ever wondered what it might be like to “be an equestrian” but aren’t sure which steps to take first, Fran Severn provides all you need to get started safely, comfortably, and with confidence—and with the knowledge that you are far from being alone.

Fran Severn is a freelance writer and broadcaster who grew up in the city but was determined to get horses in her life. After earning her degree in Mass Communications, she worked in broadcast news in Louisville, Kentucky, where she covered the Kentucky Derby, events at the Kentucky Horse Park, produced equine-focused features, and finally bought her first horse. Moving to England with her Air Force husband, she discovered dressage and continued her training when she returned to the states. Her work has appeared in USDF Connection, Newsday, The Trail Rider, Western Horseman, Dog Fancy, and Games.

She’s written about the exclusive “tailgate” party at the Royal Enclosure at the Ascot races, shipping horses to the Olympics, riding on Civil War battlefields, and the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. A past president of the Eastern Shore Writers Association and former PR Director for the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, she lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she enjoys riding on the beaches and trails and promoting local equine activities and businesses and travel to the region. To read more about Fran and her book, click here

Lisa Lee - Barn Fire Safety - a look at design/layout with a focus on keeping everyone safe from fires
Barn Fire Safety - a look at design/layout focusing on keeping everyone safe from fires Barn Fire Safety - a look at fire safety practices, including design/layout concentrate on keeping everyone safe from fires.

With over 30 years of involvement in the Fire Service, including work with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to help develop the Standard for Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities (NFPA 150), 20+ years of experience in Code Enforcement for New York State. She taught a course on a State level to firefighters from across NYS.

Lisa has almost 40 years of experience owning, showing, and breeding Paso Fino horses. Lisa brings a well-rounded perspective to fire safety practice. As a Nationally Certified Fire Service and Fire and Life Safety Educator, Lisa developed an entry-level course to familiarize emergency responders with handling horses in emergencies.

Rebecca Crow Salamone - Marketing Your Equine Business Online For Predictable Growth
Hailing from Chelsea, Alabama, Becca owns American Horse Talk, Becca's Barn Dance, and Wildflower Western Travel and is an NTA-certified line dance instructor. She hosts Alabama Horse Talk Radio, Southern Horse Talk TV, and American Horse Talk LIVE. With over 300 interviews since 2012, she shares horse stories with her audience, interviewing horse owners, equine companies, suppliers, producers, and arguably some of the most famous horse people in the world. American Horse Talk LIVE was nominated as Best Talk Show by Be.LIve, up against shows hosted by John Tesh and Russell Brunson.

Becca is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Creative Director at Trustway Marketing and With a vision toward creating an overall brand presence and awareness of her clients’ companies, she writes blog articles, newsletters, press releases, website/email/text content for marketing and promoting her clients. Beyond that, she shows businesses how to focus on their systems and procedures to efficiently and effectively drive business growth through various best-practice digital marketing and business development strategies.

Becca is mother to Angela and James, an avid gardener, hobby chef, a constant karaoke singer who sings with bands as often as possible, and the Marketing Director and Line Dance Instructor at VAN’S, a live music and entertainment venue in Leeds, Alabama. She teaches private dance lessons to individuals, couples, and groups. And she travels to parties and events to teach dance and entertain.

She graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management with an MIM/ and MBA and a specialization in French language and Western European culture.. During her graduate work, she worked and lived in Paris, France. She has also traveled extensively during her lifetime, including to Canada, Mexico, Europe, and every state in the U.S. except Alaska. (It’s on her bucket list!)

She has been a horse owner and lover since age five and showed AQHA competitions while receiving multiple awards and state championships. As an adult, she competed on a drill team that became National Champions at SuperRide in Lindale, Texas.

Amanda Carpenter - Back Problems - No Problem on Gaited Horses
Amanda, a proud 67-year-old who has been riding horses since she was six years old, has been a past President of Cape Fear Trail Riders and received a Long Leaf Pine Award from the Governor of NC in 2018.

Gaited horses have always been dear to her, having started on Tennessee Walking Horses and moved forward to owning Western horses, Kentucky Mountain, and Peruvians.

Her friends have often told her that riding horses is in her blood. Generations of her family members have had horses. Amanda's grandfather, Jerry Scott, ran a horse and mule business in Fayetteville, NC, in the early 1900s. Her father was a harness horse trainer who traveled and raced horses until he retired in the '70s, owned and ran riding stables in the 50s and 60s, and was a Standard Horse breeding farm manager and trainer. Her mom ran a riding school and taught jumping, ran Fort Bragg Horseback Riding School, and was on the committee that started the NC State Horse Show.

Debi Metcalfe:

Stolen Horse International, Inc., a 501(c)(3), an all-volunteer-run nonprofit organization known as, was started by Harold and 
Debi Metcalfe in 1997 after the theft of their horse Idaho. There was no education or place to turn for help when Idaho was stolen. It was during the 51 weeks that it took to find their horse that the Metcalfes knew something needed to be done for the tens of thousands of victims like themselves. 

 Although they never envisioned where they would be decades later, their leadership, inventiveness, and admirable contribution toward positive changes in the equine industry, these visionaries have filled a gap in the equine industry worldwide and are true pioneers. 

 Stolen Horse International is the only organization of its kind in the world that is not only known for its strong missing, lost, found, and stolen equine NetPosse Alert network but also focuses on Education aimed at helping horse owners learn to be proactive and protect horses before the worst happens. 

 Spearheading all operations of the organization is founder and President Debi Metcalfe, whose passion brings Education to the public in various ways through Stolen Horse International's Educational Outreach Program. Some of Metcalfe's and the organization's accomplishments are listed below. 

She speaks at national events, including the World Equestrian Games. Her message is powerful and inspirational. Metcalfe, author of Horse Theft, Been There--Done That. To learn more about Metcalfe's accomplishments, click the following link.

Fran Severn's Riders of a Certain Age
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Horse Lovers Summit 2024 Speakers

Fran Severn

Lisa Lee

Rebecca Crow Salamone

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Amanda Carpenter




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