Start-Box Jams of the Day: Andrew WK Edition

Just as everyone has diverse taste in music, riders have different taste in pump-up music. Start-Box Jams plays homage to the songs that give us the courage to tackle cross country. Do you have some favorite start-box jams you’d like to share with EN? Email me at [email protected]

I am easily as passionate about music as I am about horses. I have zero musical talent myself so I opted to go a different route. I spent my 20s as a radio DJ on various alternative rock stations in the U.S. It was an amazing experience. I spent a lot of time working with music — setting up playlists, determining which song to play to keep the energy going or to push it in a certain direction. I stepped away from the radio industry in 2010, but still habitually make playlists and soundtracks for experiences. The start box and the moments leading up to it are the essence of the eventer experience, and that deserves a soundtrack.

Andrew WK is one of my favorite artists. I’ll be honest — his music isn’t incredibly deep, and he’s not writing epic symphonies or songs that define a generation. His songs are silly rock anthems about partying and positivity. Everything is joyful and exciting in Andrew WK’s world.

“Party Hard”

He’s just plain fun. It is impossible to be sad, unmotivated or fearful of what is to come when you rock some Andrew WK. This song served as the official theme song for the 2012 World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo, Norway. Even though it’s technically a snowboarding song, I know I can identify with it. Also, I’m fairly certain this is my mare Jing’s personal anthem.


When it comes down to it, nothing beats those last five seconds in the start box. We’ve got things to do. It’s time to party.  5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … Have a great trip.

“It’s Time To Party”

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