Contributors

Claudia L. Ruiz – Editor-in-Chief

Founder and President of EverythingEQ.com, Claudia’s love for horses and equestrian sport runs deep. After taking her first riding lesson at the age of ten, Claudia fell in love and never looked back. Her experience in the saddle riding jumpers, extensive knowledge of movement from the hunters and overall understanding of body language provide her with a solid foundation for spotting talent in equine athletes. Serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Thoroughbred Today, Claudia is responsible for all aspects of the magazine and works closely with writers and photographers in order to bring out the best in every concept, article and issue.

Follow Claudia on Twitter @Claudia_WMS

 

 

 

 

Ciara Austin – Fashion Writer

Ciara AustinA performer at heart, Ciara Austin enjoys finding ways to engage audiences, whether that is on the stage or behind a computer. Ciara graduated with a degree in Theater from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she developed a love for the sport of horse racing. Her social nature and knowledge of Saratoga Springs coined her the nickname of “Ciaratoga.” Her personal blog covers a variety of topics related to the sport of horse racing from coast to coast. With dreams of living a bicoastal lifestyle, Ciara relocated to Los Angeles, CA. in 2014. She currently works in Digital Marketing and as a clothing stylist.

Follow Ciara on Twitter @Ciaratoga

 

 

Ciara Bowen – Writer & Photographer

Ciara BowenCiara is an Arkansas native whose passion for racing began at a young age. Hooked from the time she watched Smarty Jones take Oaklawn by storm, Ciara frequents the track weekly during the racing season. Since graduating from Morrisville State College, where she majored in thoroughbred racing management, she has pursued a career in racing and has been part of the Thoroughbred Today team since its launch in June of 2015. A horse owner, writer and photographer, Ciara Bowen is a hard worker and a key player on the EverythingEQ team.

Follow Ciara on Twitter @fourfurlongs

 

 

Acacia Courtney – Writer

Acacia CourtneyAcacia Courtney is a long-time equestrian and horse lover, and is the founder and president of Racing for Home, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to retraining Off-Track Thoroughbreds for careers beyond the racetrack. As Miss Connecticut 2014, Acacia partnered with multiple charitable organizations, working as a health advocate, an ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and a voice for women’s empowerment. She has been working as a reporter and interviewer for Horse Racing Radio Network and received her degree in Communications at Fordham University.

Follow Acacia on Twitter @acacia_courtney

 

 

Chris Crestik – Writer

Chris is a San Diego, California native and a lifelong racing fan. He is currently a photographer for Spanish horse racing website ElPotroRob.com. In addition to his involvement with horse racing, he is a two-sport athlete, playing varsity football and throwing shot put/discus.

Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisCrestik

 

 

 

Ryan Dickey – Writer

Ryan Dickey PhotoA full-time firefighter in Dearborn, MI, Ryan Dickey has been following horse racing for over two decades. As a handicapper, he has seen his selections and analysis featured on many well-known racing websites. A new Thoroughbred owner as President of Firehouse Racing Stables LLC, he is learning the “other side” of racing, experiencing the joys and sorrows of race results from a whole new perspective. Having been featured in both print and online media as a freelance writer/photojournalist, Ryan covers high school sports and community events for local newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University, and is a budding equine photographer.

Follow him on Twitter at @rdickey249

 

Mary Ellet – Photographer

Mary Ellet Photo

Mary is a California native who grew up on the racetrack. Both her parents worked on the backside and it didn’t take long for her to become engulfed with the sport. She picked up a camera and fell in love with photography then learned how to ride and found herself in the saddle ponying as an outrider. Mary is currently a student of the Darley Flying Start program. Come August, she will call Australia home for several months as she continues into her studies.

Follow Mary on Twitter @MaryEllet

 

 

 

 

Eric Kalet – Photographer

A racing fan for over 25 years, Eric Kalet captures the action on and off the track with cameras in hand. Eric has been photographing racing since 2009 and has been a photography hobbyist since 1982, when he received his first film camera. When not capturing the the beauty of racetrack life, Eric works full time as a Human Resources Business Partner.

Follow Eric on Twitter @erickalet

 

 

 

Jay Moran – Photographer

Jay is a lifelong horse racing fan and New York resident. You can find him at NYRA racetracks year round, especially Belmont Park and Saratoga Racecourse.

Follow Jay on Twitter @Jasonm921

 

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.

Follow Amanda on Twitter @amanduhmurphy

 

Nicole Shiveley – Writer

Nicole Shiveley PhotoNicole Schiveley has followed horse racing since the age of nine, when she grew up attending race meets at Northern California’s Bay Meadows, and Golden Gate Fields. She attended her first Kentucky Derby in 2000, and her first Belmont Stakes in 2002. Now twenty-nine and mother to nine-year-old daughter Peyton, Nicole continues to possess a fiery dedication to the sport which she so loves, and her writing is testament to the passion that bleeds into her work, every new piece unique from the one before. Her ability to create a lyrical backdrop allows readers to escape into the moment which she is penning over. Informative, entertaining, and often times nothing short of inspiring, Nicole’s writing pieces are sure to leave you wanting more.

Follow Nicole on Twitter @8thpolenicole