Claudia L. Ruiz — President
Ever since she took her first riding lesson at the age of ten, horses have been Claudia’s life. Growing up riding the hunter/jumpers, Claudia spent a vast amount of time helping out around the barn, taking lessons and attending horse shows, and has had her own horse for 10 years. Her keen eye, attention to the smallest of details and ability to understand body language allow her to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in both horses and riders.
In 2013, Claudia combined her expertise and passion for equestrian sports by launching EverythingEQ and has since worked around the clock to establish its name. To date, EverythingEQ has received media credentials at prominent events including the Winter Equestrian Festival, Devon Horse Show, US Pony Finals, The Royal, Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes and Pegasus World Cup.
Through her writing, Claudia hopes to create a voice that represents the horses who have taught her so much, while simultaneously educating others about these great athletes, the racing industry, and the show world. Always on the lookout for new talent – both horse and human – she values individuals that are ambitious, kind-hearted and passionate.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Lauren Lima — Managing Editor
Lauren is a Lexington, KY, native now living in West Palm Beach, FL. A life-long equestrian with 20 years of experience riding hunter-jumpers and galloping thoroughbreds, Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge to the EverythingEQ team.
Having graduated with a major in communications and minor in photography made her an ideal candidate for the role of managing editor, where she is able to combine her passion for horses, writing and public relations.
Ciara Bowen — Writer/Photographer
Ciara is a born and raised Arkansan with a passion for all things horses. Her love for horses began at a young age and was encouraged by her parents. Moon, her first horse, came into her life in third-grade and is still with her today on her home’s farm. She rides western but loves all aspects of the equestrian world, her favorite being racing. Ciara is EverythingEQ’s News Team’s lead writer, covering Kentucky Derby and Oaks preps, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races, and stakes races featuring notable top-level runners across the United States. She is also a photographer and a regular contributor to Thoroughbred Today magazine.
Amanda Murphy — Photographer
Amanda Murphy is a New Jersey native now based in San Diego, California. Not from a family associated with horse racing or horses in general, she fell in love with the sport after a visit to Monmouth Park in 2008. She plans to continue pursuing her dream of obtaining a career within the industry as a member of the EverythingEQ team. You can find her year-round snapping photos at Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Los Alamitos.