The Magazine Meet The Team

Whether you're a beginner, a returner, an established rider seeking new skills or an experienced competitor, there's someone at Horse&Rider who's rooting for you.

Rebecca Philpot Editor

Joined Horse & Rider in 2018 Started riding age 8

Not born into the horsiest family, Rebecca didn’t start riding until she was eight years old. Keen to make up for lack of time, she spent all of her spare time at the local riding school until, five years later, she was bought her first horse, Mason. The perfect all-rounder, together they competed in a little bit of everything! Fast-forward to now, Rebecca joined Horse&Rider following a few years working on other horsey publications. She owns Tango, a 15.2hh ex-polo pony who was bought to event – however Tango had other ideas and is now enjoying a more relaxed pace of life.


Louise Kittle Content Editor

Joined Horse & Rider in 2014 Started riding age 7

After just 18 months as editor of Horse&Rider, Louise was awarded the title of ‘Editor of the Year’ in 2015. With many years of horsey experience and lots of horsey qualifications (Louise is a qualified BHS IntSM), she’s perfectly positioned to steer Horse&Rider content. Louise is always first to get involved in any horsey office discussions and debates (and as you can imagine with so many horsey staff there are a lot!) and she’s often found on the phone to celebrity riders planning exciting features and photoshoots.


Franchesca Slack Production Editor

Joined Horse & Rider in 2016 Started riding age 1

Fran’s been riding all her life and was lucky enough to grow up on her mum’s livery yard, which meant she could go out and see her pony in her pyjamas! She was a member of Pony Club and, after leaving school, went on to study at Sparsholt College, where she completed a national diploma in equine management and BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Studies. While there she also competed on the inter-college riding team. Fran worked as a groom, and in retail and equestrian wholesale before getting the job as a Sales Executive at Horse&Rider. She owns Sekonda, a 17hh Irish Draught, who she enjoys dressage with. They’re also thinking about having a go at showing, if Fran can keep Sekonda clean for long enough – he is grey after all! She also shares two Shires, Sammy and Roxy, with her partner and uses them for draught work, riding and driving.


Kiera Boyle Staff Writer

Joined Horse & Rider in 2019 Started riding age 2

Kiera fell in love with horses from just two years old, after her first pony ride on the Isle of Wight. Her parents gave in after her constant pleading to learn to ride, and sent her for weekly riding lessons at various equestrian centres for the next ten years. Finally, at 12 years old, the opportunity arose to loan her first pony, a welsh Section B called Sparky, who she later came to own for the rest of his life. She studied MA Creative Writing at university and, in between her studies, she trained and competed her current horse, a 16.2hh Andalusian called Yanny. In the six years Kiera’s owned him, they’ve competed in dressage, showjumping and one-day-events. She also recently gained her BHS Stage 2 Complete Horsemanship, and hopes to work towards Stage 3 next. Now, she’s started her dream career as Staff Writer at Horse&Rider and enjoys taking Yanny to stay-away camps, clinics and having lots of lessons to keep learning as much as she can


Megan Hurley Editorial Assistant

Joined Horse & Rider in 2019 Started riding age 10

Megan was first bitten by the riding bug at 10 years old, and her love for riding has only grown from there. During college she competed for her local Pony Club in eventing and dressage. She gained her B test shortly before moving away to work for a 5* event rider, then working for dealers. After a short interlude away from horses where she worked for the NHS, Megan landed the role of editorial assistant at Horse&Rider.


Sarah Garland Head of Art and Design

Joined Horse & Rider in 2014

Sarah is the lead mare when it comes to anything art-and-designy at Horse&Rider. In addition to creating interesting designs for all the pages and tweaking them to perfection, Sarah puts together all the beautiful H&R covers giving us so many to choose from for each issue. In the summer, Sarah is always the first to volunteer to go on a photoshoot, especially when we go in search of stunning new cover shots (whether it’s because she likes spending the day with all the lovely horses or because she just worships the sun, we couldn’t say). She also has a hard time keeping on top of the pesky editorial team, who occasionally like to think they can extend their skills to design, but often end up being more hindrance than help!

Adam Witt Senior Designer

Joined Horse & Rider in 2013

Before starting at Horse&Rider, Adam didn’t know all that much about horses, but that’s changed since he joined the team of extreme equine enthusiasts. The turning point was probably when he had to reproduce hundreds of complicated equine anatomy drawings for all the veterinary features. Want to know the internal structure of a hoof? Adam’s your guy, and he can even tell you about laminitis! Listening to how much everyone in the office spends on their horses, Adam spends his spare time praying that his daughter doesn’t get hooked on ponies, not just yet anyway!

Jake Booth Designer

Joined Horse & Rider in 2017

Jake joined the design team thinking he’d just be making the magazine pages look good, but little did he know that making him horsey would become the editorial team’s new favourite hobby! Although he was last seen revising for his Pony Club E test (with the PONY mag team as his unofficial assessors), Jake spends the rest of his time at work making all the magazine features look fresh and easy to read, and photographing horses "doing all sorts of weird things”.

Lizzi Porter Designer

Joined Horse & Rider in 2018 Started riding age 11

After enjoying pony rides when she was little, Lizzi kept asking her parents for riding lessons. They finally gave in when she was 11 years old and she hasn’t looked back since, even while she was travelling. In 2018, she finally fulfilled her own competitive ambitions thanks to the support of her share horse Jet's owners, plucking up the courage to compete in a local dressage show. Lizzi discovered her love for graphic design while pursuing A-Levels in photography and ceramics. She then went on study graphic design in sunny Swansea, where she managed to bring her love for all things equine into her studies wherever possible. Joining the design team for Horse&Rider and PONY has allowed her to bring her two passions together in one job.


Zoe Cannon Managing Director

Joined Horse & Rider in 2001 Started riding age 1

Zoe started riding early – plonked in a basket saddle at just 10 days old. She had a very horsey childhood and took part in all Pony Club activities, gaining her B test and competing in dressage, showjumping and eventing with her chestnut Arab mare (sounds like a tricky combination!), Monique. Now Zoe juggles life as a working mum with riding Valdes, a fantastic Spanish PRE that she shares. As Publisher of Horse&Rider, Zoe oversees the magazine and focuses on its distribution, making sure it gets from the office to you.


Ali Hill Marketing Co-ordinator

Joined Horse & Rider in 1999 Started riding age 8

Ali's passion for horses started aged eight with a bareback lead ride on a retired horse called Rustler. After college, with her heart set on working with horses, Ali returned to the school where she originally learnt to ride and thoroughly indulged herself in the horsey life, before landing a job at Hermes managing events. During this time, Ali took a sabbatical to train for her BHS AI and eventually moved out of London and back to Surrey. She now co-ordinates the attendance of Horse&Rider at all of the major equestrian events and owns two dressage horses Walnut and Amos, as well as her retired horses Hudson and Teddy. If you see Horse&Rider at an event, go and say hi!


Lianne Tadd Digital Marketing Manager

Joined Horse & Rider in 2018 Started riding age 7

Despite being born to non-horsey parents, Lianne caught the pony bug while visiting relatives. Her parents eventually gave into her incessant pleas for lessons and she soon became a firm fixture at her local riding school. Fast-forward a few years and she's managed to make her passion pay for itself thanks to a job in the marketing department at Horse&Rider mag. Her current horse is a lovely – albeit rather grumpy! – TB called Tommy, who she regularly takes to Riding Club clinics, and competes in dressage and showing classes.


Abi Cannon Commercial Director

Joined Horse & Rider in 2019 Started riding age 1

Abi had her first pony ride when she was just two, and promptly threw a tantrum when it was time to get off – starting as she meant to go on! Not long after, Jason (a 10.2 Welsh x Shetland) arrived on Christmas morning. As the years passed, Abi continued riding and enjoyed passing on her ponies to her sister as she grew out of them (H&R’s Publishing Director, Zoe). After studying HND Business and Finance with Stud and Stable Management, Abi worked on tour with Monty Roberts and Kelly Marks – cool, huh?! In 1999, Abi joined Horse&Rider and apart from a two and a half year break has been here ever since. Now in her role of Commercial Director, leads the sales team and organises all of H&R’s celebrity rider demos. Outside of work, Abi supports her daughter, Jess, and gorgeous PRE Valdes who she shares with Aunt Zoe doing BD and BRC dressage.


Evie Edgar Account Manager

Joined Horse & Rider in 2018 Started riding age 1

Born with a horsey-mad mum, Evie has been thrown on (and off) young horses for as long as she can remember. With a passion for showjumping, she’s groomed for riders both nationally and internationally, riding and competing her own horses where time allowed. Lucky enough to live at home on a farm, she (and her still-horse-mad mum) have eight horses, with two more on the way in the spring. Since starting at H&R, Evie has had more time to focus on her current project – six-year-old Ronnie. As he’s only 148cm, she’s having to change direction to eventing this year, with the hopeful outcome of him being FEI potential – that is, once he's kicked his habit of throwing in 180 degree turns to spice up schooling sessions!


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