The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with Nick Haness

Lindsey Long Photography

Hunterbrook Farms • STATUS: Professional • Hometown: Temecula, California

As a horseman, I am most proud of owning my farm and giving each horse the best home possible.  As a horseman, I would most like to improve on understanding more methods and ways to help horses’ soundness, physically, the old-fashioned ways.

To me, horsemanship means every horse is different; understand them the best you can and do whatever it is in your power to make their worlds go ‘round.  One thing I haven’t yet conquered in my career is barrel racing—that would be fun!

I’d be lost without candy in my tack trunk and boot polish in my ring bag.  The best part about riding so many horses is getting the experience and opportunity to solve the mystery puzzle to make each different horse go in the best way possible. When running your own business, you absolutely need to understand the meaning of hard work.

My best piece of advice for young riders is never lose sight of your goals, don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t reach them, and visualize every day how to achieve them.  The part of riding I’m best at is the handy hunter rounds.

My favorite meal is lasagna.  I’m a sucker for a beautiful horse with a big, slow gallop and a round jump.  On Mondays, you’ll find me playing with my menagerie of zoo animals at my house.

The horse person I most admire is there are too many I admire to name just one. One of my greatest show ring victories was winning a Grand Prix in Spain on my birthday.  One of the best horse names I’ve ever heard is “Britney Spurs!”  My absolute favorite show is Capital Challenge.

My motto is: “Work hard, play hard!”  People might be surprised to know that I do get nervous for big classes and basically become a mute person for the hours leading up to it, trying to focus and visualize my path and outcome. The most rounds I’ve ever jumped in one day at a horse show is 84!