The Ride

Horse&Rider is your resource to live today’s Western horse life. Editors and co-hosts Michaela and Nichole chat about the industry's latest news and their personal horse-life adventures and then sit down to talk with your favorite horsemen and -women. Delivered with a heavy dose of fun, The Ride is where Western horse lovers can get their fix.


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Michaela Jaycox

Michaela Jaycox is Horse&Rider's assistant editor. She has been active in the horse industry for more than 15 years with a background in horse judging, trail riding, showing, reining, rodeo, and barrel racing. She lives in Longmont, Colorado, where she owns and barrel races American Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses.

Nichole Chirico

Nichole Chirico is Horse&Rider's managing editor. She's been involved in AQHA all-around competition for nearly 20 years, and as a youth won the All American Quarter Horse Congress and was recruited to be an NCAA D1 rider at Oklahoma State University. Recently she's started riding cow horses and reiners, but when she's not in the arena, she enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains on horseback. Chirico currently lives in Littleton, Colorado, with her partner, Alexander, and their dogs Ghost and Cirice.