Decidedly Equestrian was founded in 2014. We focus on honest reviews of products from large and small companies. We write about the important stuff: how an item works in the short term and over time, how long something lasts or how something holds up after months of serious use, if the quality of the product warrants it’s price, and how the products stand up to their competition.

We also focus on bringing you interesting lifestyle articles including DIY projects, news in the horse community, artist and company profiles, trainer tips, barn organization and management and various other topics. We also travel to many California shows and events to photograph the competitors.

The name Decidedly Equestrian is a tribute to our favorite horse sport – horse racing. Decidedly won the Kentucky Derby in 1962 and was the last California bred to win that race until a favorite of mine, California Chrome, won in 2014.

We are undoubtedly and undeniably Equestrian.

OUR TEAM

Rachel Masen

Rachel Masen, founder of Decidedly Equestrian, is a former art consultant and has been involved with OTTB re-homing for many years. In her day job(s) she helps to re-home Thoroughbreds at Golden Gate Fields, creates websites and logos and does equine photography. She enjoys a variety of disciplines but is currently focusing on some big dressage goals. She is a USDF Bronze medalist and plans to show 4th level and PSG in 2018.

Kristin Phillips

Kristin Phillips

Kristin Phillips has been riding horses for almost 14 years – dabbling in almost every discipline along the way. But at this stage she is enjoying the slow and steady pace of western pleasure and trail work. Kristin and her husband own a farm in Central Ohio where they have made a home for their two horses, 4 dogs and beautiful young daughter. Kristin has been writing for several years with We3Equines and has recently moved to the Decidedly Equestrian team.

Jennifer Ambacher

Jennifer Ambacher

Jennifer Ambacher has been working with animals most of her life. She is currently the owner of Happy Sunny Dogs dog walking services. Her professional animal training began around 1995 when she was hired on as Oakland SPCA’s dog trainer. She has also been the dog trainer - developing behavior and training programs for Tony La Russa’s ARF, Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, and Contra Costa Animal Services. In 2008 she became certified as an equine bodyworker. Her equine massage therapy business specialized in competition horses. This career path led to working for a racehorse rescue organization and retraining racehorses from the track for their next career as a riding horse. Jennifer also barrel raced briefly during this time. Jennifer lives with two Australian Shepherds, one Border Collie mix and a very patient, understanding husband. She has a special interest in fitness – both human and canine. She enjoys trail running, mountain biking and any other activity her Aussies can join her on.