The Horse Talk Show Network
Home of the Jon and Rick show- Eventing at its BEST!!
Watch our live stream horse broadcasts, with medical advice from some of the top veterinarians, interviews with the most well known equestrians from all disciplines, 'how-tos' from equine experts, plus exciting interviews from events like the Kentucky Derby, Live Oak International and more! For all things equine, listen to Louisa Barton and start living vicariously through a variety of thrilling horse adventures!
Host & Executive Producer
Born in the county of Warwickshire in England. Grew up in Stratford upon Avon, surrounded by ponies at an early age and in the saddle before she could walk. Louisa is a life long horse lover! Pony Clubing, Gymkhanas, Fox Hunting, Eventing and the Hunter/Jumper world were her passions throughout her childhood. Upon moving to Ocala, Florida the Horse Capital of The World in 2001, Louisa purchased her first Tennessee Walker and rode in her first Western Saddle. She fell in love with the trails available to riders in Marion County and the surrounding area and has been enjoying her gaited horse ever since. She has hosted The Horse Talk Show since 2013, travelling to horse races, shows and events to bring exclusive, behind the scenes coverage and interviews of world class equestrians to her listening audience. Many of her followers, often claim to live vicariously through her equine adventures. Her vast experience includes working in Veterinary Hospitals and owning her own horse boarding facility. Enjoying anything from the greenway trails to the racetrack and the Grand Prix ring, Louisa delivers equine news and “edutainment” with her British Banter and sometimes even a giggle and a snort. Louisa has no social life, as she works a lot! Louisa lives on a farm with her son, 2 horses, a dog and a partridge in a pear tree. She is currently the director of equine engagement for the Chamber and Economic Partnership and also a Farm Realtor.
Marketing Director, Website Design & Video Producer.
Maiko Mottie was born and raised in Belgium and moved to the U.S.A. in 1992. Since then, Maiko joined the U.S. Army as a Infantry soldier. Maiko was deployed for one year in Iraq and served our country Honorably. He opened his own business while working for Lexus in Orlando. In 2018, a new challenge presented itself to Maiko. With the charge of learning about horses, he connected with the horse community in 'the Horse Capital of the World'. He opened a family business with Regent Horseboxes and Transmega Horseboxes, Maiko became a known entity in Ocala Fl with all of his people skills, new connections in the horse world, and fast paced knowledge of horses plus a lot of technical skills, Maiko was the perfect choice for the Horse Talk Show to manage all things technical and produce valuable content for all outlets.
Camera person / Technical logistics.
A lifelong horse lover and experienced rider, Megan has extensive experience traveling to horse shows, major races and other top equine related events as the camera person for the show. She also assists with social media, equipment set up and show management. Early mornings at the track photographing some of the top horses in the world has been a regular assignment for Megan and she loves being behind the scenes, sometimes even in the barns/stall with Triple Crown or Breeders Cup winners!
Rick began riding in 1972 in Nebraska and South Dakota where he competed in a full range of competitions which included: dressage, hunter/jumpers, eventing, barrel racing, Quarter Horse rated shows and Buckskin rated shows. Traveling the Mid-West competing his Buckskin Quarter Horse mare, Rick gained extensive national exposure at the young age of 15, winning the Buckskin National Barrel Racing title on his mare, Red Man’s Princess, two consecutive years in 1979 (Indiana) and 1980 (Iowa).
Upon moving to Georgia in 1980, Rick began competing in Eventing and progressed through the levels to Advanced on his horse Ultimate Trial (Lexy). Purchased as a three year old from the Gosch Family in Newnan Georgia in 1985, Rick and Lexy went on to be named United States Equestrian Federations Zone IV Intermediate Horse of the Year in 1989 and 1990 and Advanced Horse of the Year in 1991. Rick and Lexy competed at the National and International 3-Day Events such as: Radnor, Essex, North Georgia, Fair Hill and Kentucky Rolex. They were long listed for the 1991 Pan Am Team and the 1992 Olympics.
Rick’s daughter, Elisa Wallace, visits frequently on her way to shows in Florida. Elisa is a 4 Star Event Rider and was an alternate for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Team Wallace is currently located at the Ocala Jockey Club in Reddick, Florida and offers training, lessons, breeding, and horse sales.
Jonathan Holling is a trainer based in Ocala, Florida. Jonathan, along with his wife Jennifer, run Willow Run Eventing, a beautiful facility with multiple barns, an indoor arena, and a rolling cross country course. “Thank God for Jenn. Anyone who knows us will tell you that the business wouldn’t run without her”, says Jon. Jonathon started riding when he was a toddler. He would ride his pony all over town, while his mom ponied them with a lunge line. As he got older, he started riding more seriously. He started showing, and was pretty good. Although Jon participated in many sports, riding was the one he enjoyed the most, and was the most competitive at. According to Jon, who is very competitive by nature, that was the reason he stuck with riding; he hated to lose, and he was only average at all the other sports. When Jonathon was in his senior year of high school, it started to become obvious that he wanted his life to evolve around horses. He just wasn’t sure what exactly he would do. He thought about being a blacksmith, and even did it for a little while. He opted out of going to college, and instead got his first advanced horse. Soon after, Jon got the opportunity to be a working student for Peter Gray. He worked for Peter for two years, and then rode under Peter for another year. Even after starting his own business in Wisconsin, Jon still wasn’t sure where his riding career was headed. Although he wanted to ride and teach, he didn’t know then what level he would come to be at today. Jon said that thanks to all the support he receives from his coaches, his parents, and especially his wife, he’s finally getting a good start on his career, both in training and competing. When asked if he was living his dream, there was no question about it. “100% yes. It is my nature to always want to be more successful, but I am absolutely living the dream.”
Along with Jon’s wonderful parents, there is his wife, Jenn. She keeps Jon grounded, but she also encourages, and she knows exactly when to do both. Jon said that he can’t even begin to list all the wonderful things about his wife.
Jon has ridden with many trainers over the years. Anne Jennings was his first coach, and gave Jon much of his basic training and horsemanship. Already mentioned was Peter Gray, who still influences the way that Jon rides, and they way he runs his farm. Jon was also taught by Jimmy Wofford for several years, and he tries to use as much of that knowledge as he can. Jon is now riding with David O’Connor, where’s he’s been riding for the past three years. Jon said that he’s really benefited from David’s guidance. “David and Karen are such great horsemen that it’s hard not to learn just by being around them.”
So there he is, Jonathon Holling. Trainer, instructor, husband, dad and now also a radio/tv style show host of the Jon and Rick Show, presented by Horse Trailer Pros- Eventing at its best! . He leads a busy life, but it’s a rewarding one.