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post #1 of 13 Old 10-10-2013, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ethnography Paper - I need some interviewees!

For my college composition and rhetoric class, I am writing an ethnography paper on discourse communities. My topic of choice is 'equestrians.' Unfortunately I just moved away from all of my equestrian friends (I switched barns...today actually. Bad timing!) but I am in need of some 'interviewees' whom I can ask questions. The questions will be those such as "How long have you been involved in this? Why?" "What does this mean to you?" "What types (phone, text, oral, email) of communication do you use to correspond with other people in this same network?" "How does a newcomer to this sport become 'initiated?"

I would also like to ask for permission to quote any answers in my paper, as well as quote written responses on the forum (after having okayed the specific article with the author). I will also need to ask for samples of lists, notes, journals, ideas, etc., that you may have written for yourself (even something as simple as " I need __, __, and __ at this store" or "My goal with (horse name) this week is _____"). No personal information is required, with the exception of your name. Only my professor will see this paper, and I will interview either over email, private message, or phone...whichever you might prefer.

I would like to have two interviewees optimally; one from the English side of the sport, and another from Western. Whether you are a competitive or pleasure rider does not matter, but I would like for interviewees to consider themselves 'fluent' in the equestrian language...so newcomers to horses may not be the best option. I'm looking for someone who knows their stuff ^_^

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-10-2013, 07:43 PM
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Well... I'm a former Western/trail rider who recently (last year) started boarding and taking lessons with the goal of become a Dressage rider. So, horses aren't new to me, but the "barn community" is. I'd be willing to be an interviewee if that sounds like something that would fit what you need.
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I ride western/english and also drive so if you still need someone I'd be glad to help you out. :)
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Hi, I ride primarily english with a little western, and some driving, I rode for 7 years took a few years off and am starting back up again feel free to interview me if you would like
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Endiku I always enjoy reading your posts, your fluency and thoughtfulness do you great credit. I would be happy to be an interviewee.

I ride English, I boarded in the UK for 8 years before moving to Canada where I have my horses at home.

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I would be very happy to be an interviewee as well.

I ride English, am from the US and now live in the UK. I have ridden since age 6 and owned a horse since age 13 (I am 30). So I guess that makes me "fluent." LOL. I showed dressage through high school and most of university, but haven't done since 2003. Currently trying to be a freelance trainer/instructor while looking for a "real" academic job. Oy.
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I'm happy to help if I can. I ride English, I have ridden since I was about 6 (I'm now 47), I do a little dressage, a little cross country and jumping and I occasionally ride with the bloodhounds out hunting. I have had horses all my life.
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Thank you all for your quick replies, I'm started to get rather excited about this paper!

Now I have to choose though. I believe I'll choose one from my country (America) and one from out-of-country. I'll PM those of you who I choose. Again, thank you so very much!

I'm still looking for a predominantly western rider, preferably from American given that I have chosen an English rider who lives in another country.

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Do you think the interview would be more than an hour, and would you need to do multiple interviews of the same person? I'm interested, just trying to gauge scheduling.
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I'm an American and a western rider, and would be happy to be an interviewee if you still need one.

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