Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Virtual Pony Finals Who Jumped It Best?

While we're sad to be missing Pony Finals this year, we can't skip an opportunity to recognize all the hard-working pony kids from past and present. While this fun poll may be...

Reading Through 100 Days Without Horse Shows

BY PIPER KLEMM If you told me that I would be home and spending 100 days without horse shows in 2020, I would have had about the same reaction...

TPH Book Review: Horse Crazy

By Annie Birmingham Horse Crazy is the latest endeavor of Pulitzer Prize- nominated New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir. Nir, an avid amateur hunter rider and lifelong horse...

A “Grinch” of an OTTB Fuels Adult Amateur Dreams

BY JACQUELIN FOOHEY I’ve been riding since before I was born. When my parents met, my dad gave my mom horseback riding lessons—and the rest was history. Our family...

Understanding Kissing Spines

BY HAYLIE KERSTETTER Your once very agreeable horse who loved his job has picked up the habit of stopping at fences and missing changes. He seems to flinch every...

In the Absence of Pony Finals, We Need Empathy More Than Anything Else

BY PONYMOMAMMY When I heard the new that Pony Finals had cancelled, my heart actually broke for those kids. The ones on the grounds with their ponies, the ones...

Put Blame Where it Belongs: Improve and Enforce Covid-19 Show Protocols

BY PIPER KLEMM Why was Pony Finals cancelled? Well, at this point, I’ve heard just about everything.  The rumor mill is raging. I’ve heard about non-compliance...

Finding a Path Toward Future Horse Shows: How could COVID-19 testing help?

BY BROOKE GODDARD The entire sporting world came to a screeching halt in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic – horse shows were no exception. The effects of not...

A Postmortem on the Cancellation of Pony Finals

BY MARY O’CONNOR Due to Covid-19 cases in the Kentucky Horse Park, Pony Finals was cancelled yesterday two days before the event was due to start. Weeks ago, I...

Karl Cook on How to Fix Our Horse Shows

TRANSCRIBED BY ELYSE SCHENK “Horse shows are absurdly expensive.” “It’s almost impossible to win enough prize money to pay off a week of horse showing.”

9 FAQs for Riders Interested in College IHSA Teams

BY ELIZABETH SOUSA During college, there are a lot of questions that arise—ones you ask, and ones you’re asked. Being the captain of an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA)...

7 Things You Don’t Want To Forget Packing For Pony Finals

Packing for shows can often make our heads spin. Up to our eyeballs in checklists, grain, gear and hair bows. Here are some things we at TPH find necessary when you are...

Just in time… our sun protection guide!

There’s nothing like the beautiful deep rich shine of a horses Summer coat! In recent years there has been more discussion about how to shield our horses skin and...

A Perfect Partnership

BY KRISTIN PITZER The Irish flag will continue to fly at Heathman Farm with Lorcan Gallagher in the irons. For much of North America, May 5,...

Self-Made: Years of Hard Work Pays Off with a First Grand Prix Win for...

BY LAURIE SCOTT If Kyla Makhloghi had $8,000.00, in 2017, she wouldn’t have Hurry Up B or a Grand Prix win. Riders often bemoan the fact...

TPH Review: Colic Watch Out Card Game

By Megan Rosenthal “Colic Watch Out” is a card game created by Ella Doerr of One Good Pony LLC. The rules of the game are straightforward: the players take...

Georgina Bloomberg’s Manhattan is the Son of Two of Her Favorite Mounts

The Plaid Horse American-bred Feature BY CATIE STASZAK When it comes to breeding, Georgina Bloomberg has adhered firmly to the concept of quality over quantity....

Ways to Spend Time With Your Horse Out of the Tack

By Elizabeth Sousa As equestrians, I think we can all agree that there is just not enough time in the day when it comes to spending time with our...

The Three Constitutions of a Great Farrier

BY KIMBERLY DEAN  “I always wanted to be a cowboy, but becoming a farrier was as close as I could get,” said Brandon Amos. As a...

Building A Barn Community with Spring Ledge LLC

BY LINDSAY BROCK Show jumping may be an individual sport on the surface, but a stroll down the center aisle of many lesson and training barns paints an entirely...

Amateur Friendships: An Unexpected Gift

BY ASHLEY COLLINS  People don’t ride horses to be social. It’s not a sport like tennis or golf, where people join clubs in order to meet people who share...

Making Things Happen Without Making Excuses: An Adult Amateur’s Climb

BY LAUREN MAULDIN There is a tendency to divide the equestrian industry into the “haves” and the “have nots.” With events ranging from small schooling shows to extensive seasonal...