Thursday, December 12, 2019

How Not Riding in College Made Me Appreciate My Equestrian Roots

BY SYDNEY CHARLTON Heels down, eyes up, shoulders back. I silently count to keep a steady rhythm, relying on both skill and good fortune to clear the eight demanding...

The USHJA Outreach Program is on the Rise

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The USHJA’s Outreach program offers members who ride at any level an opportunity to earn national recognition in a variety of classes ranging from walk-trot to...

Fast Facts: Jumper Judging

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM David Distler, FEI jumper judge and the United States Steward General of the FEI, gave a presentation to members at the USHJA Annual Meeting in Denver,...

What An Adult Amateur Rider Really Wants for Christmas

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every year, my loving mother asks me for gift ideas for Christmas and my birthday that lands two days before (what up December babies!). Because I’m a lifelong...

Safety Ad-Hoc by the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Among the forums at the USHJA Annual Meeting was a Safety Ad Hoc presented by the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab with speaker Dr. Barry Miller. The...

USHJA Annual Meeting: Proposed Rule Changes for Equitation

BY TORI WEED Day two of the USHJA National Convention was spent discussing proposed rule changes for USHJA hunter, equitation, and jumper divisions and general rules. Every proposed rule...

USHJA Annual Meeting: Measurement Card and Halter Number Rule Change Proposals

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The USHJA Annual Meeting Rule Change Forum was held this morning in Denver, Colorado with USHJA President Mary Babick and Vice Presidents Robin Rost-Brown and Charlotte...

USHJA National Convention Day One – USHJA Zones: Backbone of the Industry

BY TORI WEED The USHJA National Convention kicked off in Denver, Colorado on December 8, 2019. Day one included individual zone breakout discussions and a two hour Zone Education...

TPH Review: myMareCo Headbands

BY ALLIE CARLSON I am a helmet fit fanatic. Riding outside through very cold winters and long, sunny summer days, it’s hard to find a product that suits my...

10 Decorated Barns to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Whether you decorate your barn for the holidays or not, it's hard to deny how picturesque a bright wreath can be under a snowy roof. Now, anyone who...

PonyMom 101: Tackling the Fear of Falling

BY PONYMOMAMMY If you ride horses for long enough, you will fall off at some point. It’s inevitable. Horses and ponies will give you an ego check when you...

Educating the Veterinarians of Tomorrow While Caring For the Horses of Today

Palm Beach Equine Clinic Internship Program Brings the Best to Horse Sport BY LINDSAY BROCK/JUMP MEDIA When Dr. Scott Swerdlin of Palm Beach Equine Clinic considers...

That Time I Won a Car in the Hunters

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN October 26, 2019 will forever be known as the day I won a car. Just to be clear, it’s not a lease. It’s mine until I...

Green Ponies, Shaken Confidence & Inspiring Riders

BY NATALIE STEMPEL After years of struggling in the hunter classes on my pony, it was time to find a partner who wanted to grow with me! Kasper has...

Breaking Down Breeding: Maclay Finals Edition

Evaluating the bloodlines of the current top equitation horses  BY BETHANNE BORT Like many equestrians, I spent most of November 3, 2019 glued to the 2019...

When It’s Time

BY PAM SAUL I have been around horses my entire life. When I mean entire, I mean sitting in front of my grandfather on the saddle at 6 months...

Exclusive Excerpt! SHOW STRIDES BOOK 3: Moving Up and Moving On

BY RENNIE DYBALL We hope you are enjoying books 1 and 2 of  The Plaid Horse’s new novel series, Show Strides. To celebrate the release of book 3, Moving...

Why Get a Dog?

BY HEATHER SIEGEL We go to the pet store on weekends, the place we know never to get a dog, regardless of their no-puppy mill pledge. But that’s because...

Tally Ho: Horse Show Dad Attends a Fox Hunt

BY GORDON BALLANTYNE Recently, I was at a charity fundraiser with my wife and her horse barn people.  It was a black tie event so I pulled out my...

Standing Still and Moving On: When Horses Mirror Life

BY PONYMOMAMMY A couple weeks ago, I had one of those days. I was an octopus on roller skates trying to fit in more than I realistically had time...

The Basics of Saddle Fit

BY JESS CLAWSON If you’ve spent more than 10 minutes in any horse-based Facebook group, you’ll come across questions about saddle fit. “What jump saddle fits a thoroughbred with...

The Perils of a Shifting Landscape

BY SISSY WICKES As I watched the Breeder’s Cup races at Santa Anita Downs, the tension I felt was not just excitement about the contest or my usual visceral...