Meet the Staff
We pledge that we will serve you and your horses by providing the most accurate and timely information about equine health, care, management, and welfare. Our articles are written for hands-on horse owners, trainers, riders, breeders, veterinarians, vet techs, and managers who want to know more about taking the best care of their horses–regardless of the breed or discipline in which they participate.
Stephanie L. Church
Editor-in-Chief of The Horse
Stephanie has worked in six roles at The Horse since 1999. During that time she has documented the U.S. emergence of West Nile virus, told the stories of horse owners impacted by Hurricane Katrina, detailed the plight of working donkeys and horses in Africa, and covered just about every horse health topic imaginable.
A U.S. Pony Clubs (USPC) graduate and Academy of Achievement inductee and former 4-H member, Stephanie has been riding since early childhood and enjoys dressage and eventing. She and her current horse, off-track Thoroughbred It Happened Again (“Happy”), dabble in those disciplines and also enjoy trail rides and hunter paces in and around Lexington, Kentucky, where The Horse is based.
Stephanie holds a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. Besides riding Happy, she enjoys photography, cooking, cycling, swimming, and traveling in her free time.
Check out Stephanie’s blog, Horse Sense (and Sensibility).
Managing Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care
Alex holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and served as Assistant Editor of Blood-Horse Publications’ book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse staff. A native of Houston, Texas, Alex is a lifelong horse owner who’s shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in Warmblood breeding.
Alex writes about sport horse health on The Winning Edge blog.
Digital Managing Editor of TheHorse.com
Michelle has worked in publishing and marketing since 1999. She started her career at Appaloosa Journal and has since worked and written for several top equestrian publications and websites. Most recently, she worked in corporate marketing with a focus on strategic and digital planning. A lifelong horse owner, Michelle currently competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s also a certified therapeutic riding instructor and previously managed the care and training of a 12-horse therapy herd. Michelle holds a B.A. in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Print Journalism from Washington State University.
Michelle writes about keeping her houses at home in her blog At Home With Horses.
Yvonne holds a B.S. in Animal Science and a A.S. Veterinary Technology. She grew up on a farm and worked 14 years at the University of Kentucky Equine Parentage Testing and Research Lab. She enjoys her animals, traveling, cooking, hiking, and biking.