THE CONCEPT

Ever driven past a grand old barn in the middle of Kansas and wondered what stories that barn could tell? We have! From historic barns that were once a hub for agriculture, to humble backyard barns that serve as shelter for retired show ponies, to state of the art training and breeding facilities hoping to be home to the next famous equine athlete, barns come in all shapes, sizes and functionalities. Saddle up and hit the trail with us as we learn all about America’s barns and the people and horses that call them home.

Join hosts Ariel Koester and Ingrid Schaffenburg for an engaging look at the wonderful world of barns where people and horses live, work and play. Airing weekly on Ride TV Dish channel 248 as well as The Rural Channel in Canada, Wild About Barns is a new television series featuring historic, backyard and show barns, each built for different functionality and sport. We talk to barn architects, builders, horse trainers and horse owners who work with horses of every breed and discipline. We’ve traveled all over America – from Gypsy horses swimming seaside in Florida to the largest turn of the century Percheron Breeding farm in Kansas to Olympic Grand Prix jumpers in Connecticut. Follow along with us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter and share your barn with the WAB community! Equestrians and barn lovers across America want to hear your stories

Watch Wild About Barns on Ride TV &
The Rural Channel

EIFF 2015 Best Television Program
awarded to Wild About Barns

MEET OUR HOSTS

Ariel Koester

Native Texan Ariel Koester will host the first season of Wild About Barns alongside Ingrid Schaffenburg. At eight years old, Ariel began riding at Treeline Stables in Parker, TX learning to ride ride english and jump on a variety of lesson ponies. By high school, she had perfected her riding skills through horse shows and expanded her horse knowledge through the United States Pony Club. Her parents surprised her with Dante, her first horse whom she called “Answered Prayer,” and the pair went on to be very successful in the North Texas hunter jumper horse show circuits.

A graduate of Texas A & M University at College Station, TX, she earned a BS in Equine Studies then packed her truck and moved to South Carolina for a few years working as an assistant trainer with multiple H/J riding and training facilities. She loves everything to do with horses and barns. Texas called her home and we are thrilled to have Ariel on the Wild About Barns team.

Ingrid Schaffenburg

As host of Wild About Barns, Ingrid Schaffenburg brings it all: a passion for horses, an abiding interest in history and architecture, and an international resume as an actress and spokesmodel. Born and bred in Texas, Ingrid rode hunter jumper from the age of nine and later fulfilled her dream of working on a performance horse ranch. After more than a decade in New York and Los Angeles, Ingrid is thrilled to be home in Texas and back in the saddle as part of the WAB team.

MEET THE TEAM

Pamela Kettle

Pamela Kettle

CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Wild About Barns is the brainchild of Executive Producer Pamela Kettle, award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose TV projects/series have screened in film festivals worldwide and aired on PBS, NBC, Travel Channel and FOX Television. A lifelong horse lover, Kettle has dreamed of bringing Wild About Barns to life for more than a decade. She grew up showing hunter jumper on her quarter horse rescue Be Eternal capturing the small junior hunter championship for the state of Texas in the 1980s. Today, she and her husband Dave live in Lucas, TX, they enjoy spending time with their three daughters, 7 horses, 2 donkeys, and 4 dogs. She and Dave enjoy trail riding, reining, cow work and hanging out with their horses in their backyard barn.

Alyssa McCarthy Parker

Alyssa McCarthy Parker

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Social Media Director Alyssa McCarthy Parker has no trouble connecting with the horse-loving fans of Wild About Barns - she grew up horse-crazy herself, riding competitively in disciplines raning from Hunter Jumper to Endurance. Alyssa joined the team, in 2014 after assisting with the start-up of a very successful Facebook-based company. She spent several years nurturing an extensive fan base across Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, and now enjoys connecting with WAB viewers across all social media platforms.

Jordan Kettle

Jordan Kettle

BARN COORDINATOR

Barn Coordinator Jordan Kettle grew up riding horses since she was 6 months old. She has done it all: Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Natural Horsemanship, Competitive Trail and Rodeo Barrel Racing. Her rescued off the track Thoroughbred Maverick - who is THE most laid back ex-racehorse in the world - is a testament to her horse knowledge and passion for the equestrian lifestyle. She is gathering an extensive database of barns all over the country and would love to hear from you - we want to share your barn in future episodes of Wild About Barns.

Mitch Lobrovich

Mitch Lobrovich

WRITER

Former journalist Mitch Lobrovich has been telling visual stories for more than two decades. His work has included award-winning documentaries, television shows and educational programs that have aired on PBS. Having owned a quarter horse in his youth, he also has fondness for barns.

Julia Dyer

Julia Dyer

WRITER

JULIA DYER is a Texas-based writer and director with more than two decades experience in the entertainment, documentary, educational and commercial production sectors. She co-wrote and produced five educational documentary series still in use by colleges throughout the United States, and her feature films THE PLAYROOM and LATE BLOOMERS are available on Netflix. Julia lives and works on a small acreage with her husband, three dogs, two cats, her quarter horse Blue and her donkey Buddy.

Carlos Haney

Carlos Haney

EDITOR

Carlos Haney is an Emmy winning producer, videographer and editor who started his career in the news business, running and gunning after news stories all over the state of Texas. He transitioned to the TV series Texas Country Reporter before moving to the Dallas market where he worked for independent film, corporate and broadcast companies. He and Pamela Kettle have worked together for more than 20 years collaborating on dozens of projects. Beach life and family drew him back to Corpus Christi in the late 1990s where he produces, shoots and edits commercials for local ad agencies and film houses. He loves spending time at the beach with his wife, two sons, two dogs, and two cats.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

CAMERA MAN

Scott brings over 20 years of production experience to Wild About Barns. As a Producer he has led crews in numerous foreign countries on five continents. As a DP/Cameraman he has lensed projects in Fortune 500 Board rooms and in the barrios of Central America, in sparkling athletic stadiums and on inner city playgrounds, on sun-soaked beaches in the Caribbean and in the oil fields of Oklahoma, on US military bases in Iraq and in the middle of the Outback of Australia. His experience, creativity, and eye for composition has helped bring projects like Wild About Barns to life for not just barn enthusiast, but anyone with an interest in creative and informative programming.

David Jewell

David Jewell

RECORDING/AUDIO ENGINEER

David Jewell has extensive experience in the film/broadcast world working as an Audio Engineer, Sound Designer and Music Producer for more than 25 years. As owner of dB Audio Services, in Plano, TX, he has worked with celebrity clients and Fortune 500 companies making sure that their brand messages are heard sonically rich and crystal clear. David is a voting member of the Audio Engineering Society, and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He has received numerous Addy, Cleo and Silver Telly awards for sound design, sound editing, sound supervision and audio post production for numerous films, commercials and videos. David and his team have been instrumental in the sound design for Wild About Barns.

Seth James

Seth James

SINGER/SONGWRITER/GUITARIST

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Seth James grew up in West Texas ranch country so rural that he had a high school graduating class of two, and where a cowboy still could - and Seth James did - pull a chuck wagon out and sleep there on the ground. But his father and grandfather were both musicians, and he was raised to the sounds of such “soul meets country” roadhouse practitioners as Leon Russell and Delbert McClinton, and coming to love “anything that has that dirt on it.” In 2009, he released his solo album, That Kind of Man, an Americana that seamlessly encompasses roots rock, country, a dollop of romantic balladry and a strong dose of roadhouse R&B. He toured with The Departed for many years before leaving the group to focus on songwriting. He lives in Texas with his wife and two sons and he is happy to be rockin it for the Wild About Barns team.

Jeremiah Gray

Jeremiah Gray

LOCATION/SOUND

A beard, a wicked sense of humor and open for anything pretty much sums up Jeremiah Gray. A location sound expert, Gray has spent the past decade recording and mixing sound for hundreds of feature films, commercials and television shows. His productions appear on The Travel Channel, MTV, VH1, History and many more cable channels. And now, he brings his expertise to Wild About Barns and RIDE TV. He is not fond of cats but every barn we shoot has a few cats and they all seem to flock to Jeremiah's side. And they especially like the fuzzy wind screen on the boom mic. When not traveling and recording sound, Jeremiah runs an audio equipment rental company and a DJ business. He lives in Arlington, TX with his wife, 2 kids and a dog.