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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Travels with Maggie

Loaded up and ready to go!
What a busy two weeks it has been for us here at Wooden Horse Corporation! Aside from a quick day in between to re-group and re-pack, we have been on the road for about 9 days. If you read our last blog you'll know we just got back from our trip to New York City, where the Equicizer was used in a taping of Harry Connick Jr.'s daytime TV show "Harry". However, our first trip took us south to Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio.

Frankie offering some riding
tips to an attendee on the Equicizer
We were thrilled to join up with Steve Lantvit, his wife Jenn and the rest of their team from Thursday through Saturday at Equine Affaire and have Maggie the Equicizer accompany us in the booth. So many familiar faces stopped by during the event and we were happy to see and talk to all of you! Steve also used the Equicizer during several of his demonstrations. We did get a few strange looks as we wheeled the Equicizer back and forth between the buildings 😉 But it just adds a little more excitement and mystique to the demos!

Steve Lantvit demo aboard "Maggie"
the Equicizer at Equine Affaire 2017
We left Equine Affaire a day early so we could unpack, repack and prepare Maggie for her television debut on "Harry". Maggie rode in the back of Frankie's Ford Explorer (on both of her trips) and arrived in New York on Tuesday afternoon where we dropped her off at the CBS studio. The next afternoon we drove back into the city - which was quite an adventure itself - for the taping and went on the set to tack Maggie up and get her ready for show time.

We were thrilled with the segment which was shot with former jockey Rosie Napravnik appearing first, giving a demonstration on the Equicizer and then offering Harry a leg up for his turn. (Thankfully, we decided last minute to lower the stirrups another couple of holes or Harry's 6'1" frame may not have allowed him to get his feet into the stirrups!) It was great fun for everyone, the audience included, and Rosie gave Harry a fantastic jockey lesson aboard the Equicizer.

CBS Studios in NYC
We are back in the office now, getting caught up and settling into the swing of things. We appreciated all of the friendly faces we encountered on our travels and look forward to what's next to come. Joining our newsletter is a great way to stay up to date on any future trips and events we do with the Equicizer.


by Kayla Jarvinen
 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What's Next?

We run a small cat rescue on the side
- kidding - but it's not uncommon to have a
few extra visitors in the office.
Hello everyone, this is Kayla coming to you from Wooden Horse Corporation headquarters 😊 As many of you know, I run the Equicizer office here at our base in Norwalk, Ohio. My job description is a varied one but it includes corresponding with customers, invoicing, setting up shipments (big and small!), handling paperwork, updating our website, brainstorming with our social media expert Amanda Chicotel about our bi-monthly blogs and monthly newsletters (which she does a fantastic job of putting together, by the way), ironing out the logistics of any trips or events we do with the Equicizer and... answering the telephone!

There are so many fascinating aspects of working for a small – but growing – company but honestly, answering the phone is one of the most interesting! You never know who’s going to be on the other end when you pick up but you try to prepare yourself for just about anything. I’ve had more than a few interesting conversations since I began my time here. One such conversation took place just a couple of weeks ago.

Harry Connick Jr. on the set of "HARRY"
We get our fair share of telemarketers and scam phone calls but one rule we have here in the office is that you always – always – pick up the business line. No matter what. (Because you never know, right?) About 2 weeks ago I was updating our order spreadsheets when the telephone rang. Glancing down at caller ID, it read “CBS Broadcasting”. I paused, curious, and answered. The caller on the other end said they were such and such from Harry Connick Jr’s show “HARRY” on CBS, and they were interested in obtaining an Equicizer for an upcoming Derby themed taping of the show!

We are excited to share this news with all of our friends and supporters! We’ll personally be bringing an Equicizer to the CBS studio in New York City for an April 12th taping of the show and former jockey Rosie Napravnik will give Harry a jockey lesson aboard the Equicizer. We’ll be watching from the audience and look forward to sharing photos of the event on social media. We don’t have a date yet for when the show will air but we’ll certainly keep everyone updated as we find out!

The Equicizer has been used in Hollywood on a number of
occasions, including for CBS' reality competition
show "Big Brother"
We’re also excited to let everyone know that the Equicizer will be used for certain close up shots in the upcoming premiere of “THE SON” with Pierce Brosnan, which debuts this Saturday, April 8th on AMC and SundanceTV at 9/8c.

We hope you’ll tune in with us and hop on for the ride, because you never know what might be next!
by Kayla Jarvinen