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Why Choose EQUIRIDE?

Convenient Horse Shipping

To get started with EQUIRIDE, all you have to do is pick up your phone and download the app. With just a few clicks, you can schedule an experienced driver to pick up or drop off horses to whatever locations you designate!

Unique Tracking Feature

Are you one of those owners or trainers who constantly worries when one of your horses is being shipped? Yeah, we know the feeling! That’s why we offer a tracking feature. When your horse is en route, just pick up your phone to view your horse’s location on the map. You’ll be alerted instantly when your horse arrives at its destination, so you won’t have to worry.

We Care About Your Horses

We’re horse people too, and we understand how you feel about your animals. Whether they’re companions or champions, they all deserve proper care. Our drivers are experienced horse people who will do their absolute best to ensure each horse’s comfort, safety, and well-being.

Serious about Safety

Our drivers are dedicated and experienced. Their trucks, trailers, and all other equipment are carefully inspected and maintained on a daily basis. We take the wellbeing of your horses seriously, and we know how to keep them safe, calm, and content during transportation.

Private or Shared Horse Transportation

You can schedule a driver to privately ship your horse from one location to the next, or you can save money by sharing a ride with other owners and trainers who are shipping horses to and from the same areas.

Ratings and Feedback

Our drivers are dedicated and experienced. Their trucks, trailers, and all other equipment are carefully inspected and maintained on a daily basis. We take the wellbeing of your horses seriously, and we know how to keep them safe, calm, and content during transportation. Like popular ride service apps for humans, EQUIRIDE allows drivers and owners/trainers to rate, review, and comment on one another after each transaction. This ensures that EQUIRIDE can continue to provide only the best drivers and the most reliable service to each customer.

About Our Team

Our founders, Stephen Lyster and Chris Woodside, started EQUIRIDE after getting tired of paying premium prices to ship horses. They knew there had to be a better solution - and they found it! Son of trainer R. Warren Lyster, Stephen has been caring for Thoroughbreds his whole life. Starting in college, Stephen managed his family farm of 50+ thoroughbreds and worked in sales operation at every major auction on the east coast. Eager to get back to the racetrack, Stephen took out his trainer’s licenses at age 24. He currently oversees all aspects of the racing business, keeping stables in Kentucky, Florida, and New York.

Chris Woodside was born and raised in Texas. Growing up, he frequently traveled to Lexington, KY to visit his grandparents. After visiting Keeneland for the first time, Chris fell in love with horse racing, and he often traveled to Lexington to attend the Spring and Fall races. In 2002 he moved to Lexington, where he graduated from Lexington Catholic High School. Soon afterward, Chris and Stephen met while attending the University of Kentucky. Chris started going to the track with Stephen, watching his operation with aspirations to own horses. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Chris moved to Chicago and is currently a commercial banker.

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Press Release

The best ideas and inventions are usually born out of the necessity to fix or improve a situation, and new horse transportation app EQUIRIDE seeks to do just that. The "lightbulb moment" for the founders of EQUIRIDE came when trainer Stephen Lyster voiced his frustrations to Chris Woodside, a college friend and fellow graduate of the University of Kentucky. "Stephen and I had always played around with ideas of starting companies together, and one day out of frustration dealing with horse shippers, he said, 'We just really need to come up with a service where we can connect trainers to van drivers,'" recalled Woodside, a Chicago-based commercial banker. "I lay in bed and thought about it for a long time and decided I really liked the idea read more on TDN

EQUIRIDE, a recently launched horse transportation company, is disrupting horse transportation as we know it by solving many of the common problems associated with traditional horse transport. Lexington, Ky EQUIRIDE was developed to fill a hole in the horse racing industry, and so far, it’s a booming success: and not just for racehorse owners. The app is solving problems for all types of horse owners who need transportation services. It uses modern technology to make horse shipping more efficient, convenient, and customizable while providing extra peace of mind to owners and trainers “EQUIRIDE was started by two horse-loving guys who are immersed in the racing industry, and we often need horse transport ourselves. We thought about all the ways the process could be improved, and then we did it.” –Stephen Lyster, Co- Founder of EQUIRIDE... read more on Pressbox

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