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Trainer Tuesday: It is not your trainer’s job to…

Welcome to Trainer Tuesday! Each week we ask trainers a question and gather their answers for you. These trainers have a range of experience, backgrounds, and focus points of their programs, so the answers...

The Serenity Project: Gallop For Good

BY Aly Black/Lenoir Marketing Management The Serenity Project is a sanctuary for those seeking healing from trauma. Founded by Ruth Nicodemus, this non-profit organization 501(c)3 charity offers a unique approach to recovery, combining traditional talk...

Who Said Old is a Bad Thing?

BY JACKY FRIEDMAN Why don’t more people seek out an older horse for the inexperienced rider? Learning to ride is a challenge, so working with a young horse often just makes it harder. When my...

5 Things Any Rider Can Do To Be Successful

BY EMILY ELEK I don't teach public riding lessons anymore. Instead, my business focuses on sales and leases so I can spend more time with my own family. I am protective of my time in...

Trainer Tuesday: What are the benefits for students of riding in group lessons?

Welcome to Trainer Tuesday! Each week we ask trainers a question and gather their answers for you. These trainers have a range of experience, backgrounds, and focus points of their programs, so the answers...

DIY: TACKROOM ON A BUDGET

By @Hunky_Hanovarian CLICK HERE to read more from the blog, The Hunky Hanoverian There are several tackrooms at my barn. One for the lesson program, 2 general ones for boarders, and one was dedicated to a specific...

Help Save a Historic Riding Program in Maryland Before It’s Too Late

We all know how hard it is to participate in equestrian sports—or even just to be around the animals—for those who aren’t fortunate enough to own a horse. Lesson programs across the country are...

Pony Hunt Teams: A Crowd Favorite at Devon 2019

BY EMILY MCNEILL On Saturday afternoon on Devon’s junior weekend, spectators gathered around the wheeler ring to watch an event that is definitely a crowd favorite: the pony hunt teams. Groups of three riders in...

Modern Equestrian Decor Ideas to Flow Seamlessly With Your Home

If you asked the typical horse lover about interior design, they are likely to suggest styling their home after a luxurious barn filled with hundreds of photos of their beloved horses. We live and...

Trainer Tuesday: What are some ways to help riders learn to close their fingers...

Welcome to Trainer Tuesday! Each week we ask trainers a question and gather their answers for you. These trainers have a range of experience, backgrounds, and focus points of their programs, so the answers...

In Defense of Unmounted Lessons

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING When it comes to riding lessons, I understand that riding is the overwhelming desire, as well as the underlying principle, guiding most participants. However, sometimes riding is not possible,...

Barn Rats Over Mean Girls: Life Lessons from Growing Up in a Barn

BY PONYMOMAMMY I feel like I am constantly trying to justify the expense of the horses to my husband. I get it. It’s not cheap, and it doesn’t ever end. My go-to defense of “bays...

An Explanation of Jumper Course Formats

By TPH Intern Vyla Carter When I first started doing the jumpers after years of only competing in the hunters, I was confused on what Table II, 2(a) and the random number and letter seen...

Washington International Horse Show Announces 2024 Youth Ambassadors and Junior Committee Presented by Signature...

Edited Press Release We are pleased to announce Samantha Bourque, Glenwood, MD, Natalie Paley, Germantown, MD, and Natasha Randhawa, Marriottsville, MD, have been selected as the 2024 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Junior Committee Co-Youth...

Developing Lightness and Feel: Exercises from Geoff Teall

Within the 263 pages of Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation, Teall covers an impressive multitude of topics aimed at helping riders increase the effectiveness of their time spent in the saddle.  From...

Three Tips for Ditching the Barn Drama

BY CALI CYBULSKI All sports have their share of lousy sportsmanship, including the equestrian world. That said, there are so many good people and positive attributes in the horse community, it’s worth taking a closer...

Tack Cleaning Tips for When You’ve Really Got to Make it Sparkle

BY TPH TEAM Maintaining proper daily maintenance for your tack means that when it’s time to really deep clean it, whether for a big horse show or Pony Club turnout inspection, you’re working from...

New Pony Parent Horse Show Guide Part II: Prep and Attire

BY PONYMOMAMMY So, you’ve got the date on the calendar for the first show. Now what? In my last post, we covered some horse show vocabulary for the newly indoctrinated pony parent. Today, we’ll talk...

Dear Barn Owners of My Past

BY Jamie Sindell Now that I finally own my own barn after years of boarding, there’s SO much I didn’t realize as a boarder that I TOTALLY get now…. Dear Barn Owners of My Past: I would...

Why It’s Never the Pony’s Fault

BY PONYMOMAMMY I am firmly in the camp of never blaming the horse/pony when things go wrong. This concept has been engrained in me since I first put a foot in the stirrup, and I...

Ride and Die: A Look Into Why Riders Struggle With Body Image Distortion and...

BY ANNABELLE JONES One hundred thousand dollars. For many people, this is a significant portion of their home, multiple vehicles, or even a lifetime of groceries. But for an equestrian athlete, this can be the...

Ask The Judge: What’s the First Thing You Notice When a Rider Enters the...

BY ELLEN SHEVELLA When asked what’s the first thing I notice when a horse and rider walk into the ring, the obvious answer is turn out. I probably care less about what color the rider’s coat...