Sneak Peek of January 2010 H&R

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OK, so I know we haven't even gotten to Christmas yet, but I just can't wait to give you this early look at the January 2010 issue of Horse & Rider.?

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To celebrate the start of 2010 and a brand-new decade (I am SO ready for one, aren't you?!), this issue has a start-fresh theme and provides articles on such topics as:

* Tips for Getting Into (or Returning to) Showing.

?? ?The reader-mail vibe's been telling us that there's strong, ? ? ? ? ? ? ?grassroots/groundswell interest in this subject.?

* ?Everyday Horselife Tricks to Help You Drop a Jeans Size.

?? ?Who wouldn't like to be slimmer after the holidays, but who?

?? ?wants to go on a diet-diet? This article tells how to make

?? ?weight-loss happen while living your everyday horse life.

* 20 Great Clinics for 2010.

?? ?We provide a synopsis of 20 clinicians, their specialties, and their presentation styles.

About the cover: The instant I saw this Gail Bates photo--it's of amateur exhibitor Connie Robertson of Nevada and her Paint gelding Real Me In--I just had to have it for the January 2010 cover. ?I wanted to jump right into the picture! It's a departure from any of our 1990s and 2000s covers--which to me, only added to its refreshment-factor.

OK, your turn to comment....

Meanwhile, it's a week of magazine harmonic convergence--or something. Today, with the January 2010 issue hot in our hands, we send the February 2010 issue to the printer, and also begin production on the March 2010 issue. ?Wow--that's the first quarter of 2010 right there.

New decade? Better get ready for it, because at H&R, we're already on it!