Barn Panther – Episode 1

Click to listen on mobile.Welcome to Barn Banter, the official podcast of Illustrated horse! In this first episode, hosts Susan Friedland and Raquel Lane talk with business owner Amy Ellison and equine photographer Shelley Paulson.

Listen now to Amy and Shelly’s interview. Plus, hear about the ASPCA Adoptable Horse of the Month, Faith, presented by the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Mass.

Hosts: Susan Friedland of Saddlebags seeks horse and Raquel Lane of horses and heels
Main sponsor: The Street Arrow family of brands

Amy Ellison, owner of Hunt Seat Paper

Amy Summer Ellison, founder and artist, Hunt Seat Paper Co. , is a native of Los Angeles and a self-proclaimed quirky girl. Her collection of equestrian gifts and greetings is inspired by the everyday lives of horses and designed to be mixed and matched. Starting with just 12 greeting card designs six years ago, Amy single-handedly (literally a one-lady show) has grown her product line into hundreds of styles sold in more than 300 retail stores worldwide. Each product is hand packaged, sustainably made, and shipped by Amy herself. When she’s not in her studio, Amy loves breaking out to her official Hunt Seat Paper Co. playlists. She falls asleep with her Pit Bull, Roy Boiii, tends her aquariums, and loves to read historical, philosophical, and science fiction books.

Photo by Kristen Lee Photography, courtesy of Amy Ellison

The Hunt Seat Paper Co. was born. In a barn, with the aim of bringing our equestrian community together. We strive to make our sport better by encouraging gratitude, creating friendships, and offering a leg up for riders and horse enthusiasts of all ages and disciplines. Whether you’re a professional show jumper or a hobby racer, we’re all jockeys…and we stay together!

Our collections are exclusively designed and marketed for horse lovers worldwide. We hope you’ll join us on our mission to nurture the next generation of riders, uniting all equestrianism around the world…but keep your heels up, we’re front seat gifts!

All Hunt Seat Paper Co. products. Hand-packed with love in sunny Los Angeles, California, and all of our paper products are printed in the USA.

Shelley Paulson, equine photographer

Shelly Paulson is an award-winning photographer based in Minnesota. She has combined her deep love of horses with her passion for photography to create a thriving full-time career focused on commercial and editorial work as well as mentoring other equine photographers.

Image courtesy Shelley Paulson Photography

See more of Shelley’s work.

The adopted horse appeared

Meet Faith, ASPCA Adoptable Horse of the Month, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred mare exhibited by the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Massachusetts.

Image courtesy MSPCA at Nevins Farm

Learn more about faith.

Shepherd barn joking nickname

Straight arrow mane n' tail

We want to thank our major sponsor, the Straight Arrow family of brands, makers of Mane ‘n Tail, Cowboy Magic & Exhibitor’s, with over 100 years of grooming excellence. For more information on your favorite products, visit and find Straightarrow products at a store near you!

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