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Horse Journal provides practical solutions and hands-on information our readers can take into the barn and use. Horse Journal works to make bottom-line recommendations on products we believe will best serve our readers while standing firm with a back-to-the-basics philosophy on training, nutrition and horse care. We base our evaluations on field trials, research and experience. Horse Journal is solely subscriber supported and does not accept commercial advertising.

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Meet Horse Journal’s Editorial Staff:

Cindy Foley

Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Foley

Cynthia Foley has been at the helm of Horse Journal since its beginning in February 1984, working closely with three-day event Olympic rider/trainer J. Michael Plumb in the publication’s early years. Cindy is an experienced horsewoman, writer and editor, with a BA from LeMoyne College (NY). She competed successfully in the hunter/jumper divisions for many years and, after completing college, moved to Kentucky where she learned the Thoroughbred racing industry, and spent several years as assistant manager at a major rehabilitation and training clinic outside of Lexington. When she and her husband moved to Middleburg, Va., the heart of Virginia’s Hunt Country, she secured a position at The Chronicle of the Horse, where she worked as assistant editor, then moved to Horse Journal.She is currently an avid dressage rider.


Margaret Freeman

Associate Editor Margaret Freeman

In 1984, the first person editor Cindy Foley called in to help with Horse Journal was Margaret Freeman. Since that time, she has been an invaluable part of the development of the publication. She is a multiple American Horse Publications award-winning writer.

Margaret is a USEF “Senior” dressage judge, licensed to judge dressage shows in the U.S. through Grand Prix. She lives in Tryon, N.C., where she teaches, conducts clinics and writes. She is on the advisory committee of “USDF Connection.” She has covered the equestrian events at seven Olympics for the Associated Press, including London last summer. She’s an experienced show organizer, is on the committee of the Youth Dressage Festival (NY), and was on the founding committees of CDCTA (VA) and Dressage at Devon (PA).

Margaret was born and raised in Portland, Ore. She has a BA in Dramatic Literature from Mills College in Oakland Calif., and an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She worked for newspapers in Wilmington, Del., and Oakland, Calif., for a decade as a features editor, food editor, film columnist and news editor.

Margaret got into riding by taking weekly lessons in Portland with her baby-sitting money. She started riding daily after getting her first job out of grad school in Wilmington. First she was interested in hunters but then turned to eventing. In the 1970s, she was boarding in nearby Chester County, Pa., which was (and still is) a great area for both eventing and dressage. Eventually she realized she was always winning the dressage at combined training events but not doing so well with the jumping, so she concentrated on that and gradually moved up the levels on a Hanoverian-cross that she and her husband Henry bred, including earning a USDF Silver Medal.

Margaret moved a lot with Henry’s job as a newspaper editor and publisher. They lived in Delaware, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, New Jersey and New York before moving to North Carolina. For the last decade they lived just north of New York City, near the Connecticut border. She has a 13yo Friesian-cross mare bred in Canada named Windsong (aka Windy) that she’s owned since she was 4. Their plans for showing in 2014 include FEI Intermediaire I.


John Strassburger

Performance Editor John Strassburger

John Strassburger, theHorse Journal’sPerformance Editor, has spent four decades riding horses across the countryside and in numerous competitive disciplines. He’s currently competing four to five horses in eventing through the intermediate level (two of whom he bred), and he’s foxhunted for nearly 40 years, rode in steeplechase races for 10 years, has logged nearly 500 miles in endurance riding, and competed in dressage, equitation, hunter and jumper classes. As editor of The Chronicle of the Horse for 20 years, he covered six Olympics. With his wife, Heather Bailey, he now operates Phoenix Farm, a training facility near Healdsburg, Calif. (

John has edited three books—“John Strassburger: The Things I Think Matter Most,” “George H. Morris: Because Every Round Counts” and “Memories of My Life At The College Valley” by Martin Letts—that are available on He also edited the book celebrating the Masters of Foxhounds Centennial, called “A Centennial View,” available from John and Heather are the chief press officers for the Galway Downs International Events and the Woodside Horse Trials, and they are members of the media staff at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. John is committed to preserving land for horses: He was the president of the Land Trust of Virginia for three years and has served on the Equine Land Conservation Resource’s Board of Directors since 2006. John and Heather are the parents of Wesley, born in October 2009.

Dr. Deb Eldredge

Contributing Veterinary Editor Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM is a semi-retired veterinarian and award-winning writer. She spent the first 15 years of her life earning money to buy a horse and never looked back. Deb was involved with 4-H and Pony Club, then moved on to polo at Cornell where she earned her DVM degree. She has competed in Western and Hunter/Jumper, low-level combined training and competitive trail rides. She currently lives with six equines. Three are senior horses – an Arab, An Appaloosa and a Quarter Horse. The “youngsters” are a mini horse and two donkeys.

Dr. Grant Miller

Contributing Veterinary Editor Grant Miller, DVM

Dr. Miller is an equine veterinarian practicing in Northern California. A former Pony Clubber, he competed in dressage until he graduated from UC Davis as a veterinarian. He is an attending veterinarian at the Circle Oak Equine Sports Rehabilitation facility in Petaluma and a certified chiropractor, acupuncturist and dentist and enjoys regenerative medicine and diagnostic ultrasound.

He founded the Sonoma County CHANGE Program, which serves law enforcement as a subsidiary in equine abuse, abandonment and relinquishment cases. The organization rehabilitates horses and finds them permanent homes once they are ready. Miller continually trains law enforcement officers through the CHANGE Program and also has served as an expert witness in dozens of criminal horse abuse trials. He is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at the California Veterinary Medical Association. He also teaches students at UC Davis, serves on the UC Davis Advisory Board, and works on the CVMA Agriculture and Animal Welfare Committees.

Steve Kraus


Contributing Farrier Editor Steve Kraus

Steve Kraus is head of Farrier Services at the Cornell Veterinary College and an American Farriers Association Certified Journeyman Farrier. At Cornell, he teaches the Farrier Course, lectures veterinary students and provides farrier services to the Equine & Farm Animal Hospital. After graduating in 1971 from Cornell’s School of Agriculture, Steve was a self-employed shoer in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. He has provided technical assistance for farrier- product development and enjoys helping people learn more about their horses’ hooves.

A past president of the Western New York Farriers Association and a Board of Directors member of the American Farriers Association, Steve enjoys all equestrian disciplines, but his main focus is polo. He has his own polo string and helps coach the Cornell University Polo Team.


Lee Foley
Contributing Farrier Editor Lee Foley

Lee Foley’s equine background includes several decades working with Thoroughbred breeding stock in Lexington, Ky. He eventually moved to Upperville, Va., where he spent several years as a Thoroughbred broodmare manager before deciding to attend farrier school. A lifelong animal lover with a talent for training difficult horses (and cats–earning the nickname “The Cat Whisperer”), Lee retired after over 20 years working as a farrier and now enjoys photography and writing.



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