Meet The Staff

Stephanie Church, Editor-in-Chief of The Horse

Stephanie L. Church

Editor-in-Chief of The Horse

Stephanie received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Va., and has worked in six positions at the magazine since 1999. Her equine background is in eventing, and she enjoys photography, cooking, cycling, swimming, and traveling in her free time.

Check out Stephanie's blog, Horse Sense (and Sensibility).

Alexandra Beckstett, Features/Departments Editor

Alexandra Beckstett

Managing Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care

Alex holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and served as Assistant Editor of Blood-Horse Publications’ book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse staff. A native of Houston, Texas, Alex is a lifelong horse owner who's shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in Warmblood breeding.

Alex writes about sport horse health on The Winning Edge blog.

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson

News Editor of The Horse

Erica holds a degree in Journalism with an external specialty in Equine Science from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddleseat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her off-the-track Thoroughbred, Dorado. Prior to her job at The Horse, Erica was a groom and stable manager for a four-star eventer. She enjoys photography in her spare time.

Erica writes the Old Horses: Better With Age blog on

Michelle Anderson

Michelle Anderson

Digital Managing Editor of

Michelle has worked in publishing and marketing since 1999. She started her career at Appaloosa Journal and has since worked and written for several top equestrian publications and websites. Most recently, she worked in corporate marketing with a focus on strategic and digital planning. A lifelong horse owner, Michelle currently competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s also a certified therapeutic riding instructor and previously managed the care and training of a 12-horse therapy herd. Michelle holds a B.A. in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Print Journalism from Washington State University.

Michelle writes about keeping her houses at home in her blog At Home With Horses.

Yvonne Long, West Coast Account Executive of The Horse and

Yvonne Long

West Coast Account Executive

Yvonne holds a B.S. in Animal Science and a A.S. Veterinary Technology. She grew up on a farm and worked 14 years at the University of Kentucky Equine Parentage Testing and Research Lab. She enjoys her animals, traveling, cooking, hiking, and biking.