Fran with her horse, Chance
and dog, Rascal

Fran with her horse, Chance and dog, Rascal

Fran Severn

Welcome to my world. And what a world it is! Growing up in Baltimore in the 60s and 70s, girls were supposed to plan on teaching or nursing, getting married, having kids, and living in the suburbs. The “cool” stuff was for guys.

But there’s a streak of rebellion in me. When we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up, I said I wanted to fly a plane. Everyone laughed. I said I wanted to go to Australia. Everyone laughed. I said I wanted to be a writer. Everyone laughed. I said I wanted to leave Baltimore and see the rest of the world. Everyone laughed. I said I wanted to have a horse. Everyone laughed.

I have my pilot’s license and own my plane. Have owned as many as four horses. More published articles than I can count and five books. Lived in Europe; became a travel writer. Flew across Queensland, Australia. Cuddled a koala and snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef.

When I go to class reunions, everyone looks at me and says, “Huh?”

But no matter what else was happening in my life, the constant was my undying love of horses. I’m not sure how a girl growing up in the city of Baltimore got horses in her blood, but I’ve loved all things equine forever. I was determined to get horses in my life. After earning a degree in Mass Communications, I got a job at WHAS radio in Louisville, Kentucky. I covered the Kentucky Derby, events at the Kentucky Horse Park, produced equine-focused features, and finally got to take riding lessons and buy my first horse.

When my Air Force husband was transferred to England, we moved to the countryside near Oxford. There I discovered dressage and began writing articles for US magazines, including the exclusive ‘tailgate’ party in the Royal Enclosure at the Ascot Races and the logistics and planning involved in shipping horses to the Olympics.  When we returned to the states, I continued studying dressage and learning the philosophy and techniques of natural horsemanship. I stayed busy at the keyboard, writing for USDF Connection, Newsday, The Trail Rider, Western Horseman, Dog Fancy, and Games.

As an ‘older’ rider, I realize that my life, my needs, my challenges, my concerns are different from younger women. Even those who are lucky enough to have been around horses since they were toddlers must deal with new situations as they start to draw Social Security and Medicare. That’s why I wrote Riders of a Certain Age. It’s where you can find answers and solutions and connect with other women who are enjoying their often long-delayed dreams of having horses in their lives.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. I hope you find valuable information that helps you have even more fun and fulfillment with horses.

See you at the stable!


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