Plaidcast 299: Dr. Holly Helbig, DVM & Samia Staehle by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Plaidcast Episode 299 Dr. Holly Helbig Samia Staehle


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Piper and Michael Tokaruk are joined by Dr. Holly Helbig, DVM to talk about how equestrians can be better clients for their veterinarians. They also speak with film director and amateur jumper rider Samia Staehle about her show jumping documentary “Desert Flight” and how she found her way back to horses as an adult. Brought to you by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. Listen in!


  • Hosts: Piper Klemm of The Plaid Horse Magazine and Michael Tokaruk
  • Guest: Dr. Holly Helbig, DVM is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of The American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners. Holly has a special interest in equine lameness and was awarded the Large Animal Student Proficiency Award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013. Holly also operates Hawthorne Hill, a hunter/jumper training facility in Dublin, Ohio.  She has multiple riders competing at a national level and serves as regional coordinator for the World Champion Hunter Rider organization. Combining her skills as an equine professional and veterinarian,  Holly provides a well-rounded service to her clients and patients.
  • Guest: Samia Staehle was born in the US but raised in Algeria, Switzerland and India where she fell in love with ponies and horses at a young age. As a teenager, Samia’s father retired from his career as a diplomat and with her family’s return to the U.S., focus on college replaced horse riding. Upon graduating, Samia followed another overseas path, this time as a TV News Producer with Associated Press Television in Washington D.C., London and Paris. A return to school to study law was followed by a return to riding as a “nice little hobby” when Samia re-discovered her passion for horses. Samia then saw an opportunity to share the stories of the dynamic people that surround them. Samia and her husband Daryl, also a former News Producer, partnered with Tell Studios of Detroit to produce “Desert Flight”.
  • Photo courtesy of Dr. Holly Helbig, Photo Credit: Winslow Photography LLC
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