Friday, January 22, 2021

Great Expectations (with apologies to Dickens) When Horse Shopping

BY RANDEE BECKMAN Buying a pony or horse is hard work! You have to know what you want, but be prepared to be realistic with the budget accompanying your wish list. A seller needs to...

Publisher’s Note: Your Warmup Is My Horse Show

BY PIPER KLEMM I arrived at The Capital Challenge Horse Show this year fully ready for the best day ever. I mean, I had been working out like crazy and the goal of the North...

Equestrian vs Depression: Embracing a New Pace in Life

BY A PERSEVERING EQUESTRIAN We had a clinic at my barn this weekend, one that I was planning on riding in originally until my horse’s health meant it was better for me to sit out....

Learning to Be a Good Loser

BY AMANDA TERBRUSCH “If you’re not first, you’re last” is a phrase I’ve heard a lot in my riding career. It was used in dead seriousness, as a phrase of endearment, or as a joke...

Ashwood Farm: Built on Honesty, Thriving on Hard Work

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Mary Ann Thomas & her daughter Abby Funk open up about their small, standout program Equestrian programs aspire to have a barn full of exquisite horses, rippling with talent that snap their knees...

Helping Others Fly

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding helps special needs kids learn new skills on horseback  for free — and it  needs your support. BY KRISTIN PITZER “Pegasus gives clients with a variety of deficits a place to go to...

Ride the Perfect Course with Paul Jewell

“R” judge and renowned course designer Paul Jewell discusses how he got to the top, why he lives  for the horse show, and what  makes the perfect course BY TROY ANNA SMITH You may not know...

It Happens! Margie Engle, Louise Serio, Alexis Taylor and Anne Kursinki Share Whoops Moments

We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers to prove,...

It Matters Who You Horse Show With

BY CHLOE HARDGRAVE I was tired. I wanted to go home. I was covered in sweat and tears from the round before. My horse had pushed me past the point of a bad show round....

Appreciating What We’ve Learned From the Craziest Year Ever

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I know I'm not the only one that's ready for 2020 to bite the dust. It's been one thing after another, and we've all been in this muck together. I don't have...

Moments with Horses

BY JENNIFER THOMAS, PH.D. Jerry is a (roughly) 32-year-old retired carriage horse from Chicago. I’ve never seen him before (even though he has been in residence for about a year). Today, however, he caught...

If Hallmark Made a Holiday Horse Movie

BY LAUREN MAULDIN This time of year, Hallmark holiday movies are my guilty pleasure. I’ve watched a “dog therapist” fall in love with a Silicon valley tech guru (and save the day before Christmas), a...

Joker’s Jester Hits the Jackpot

By Kara Pinato Scro/Jump Media Joker’s Jester is a 12.1h, 9-year-old Quarter Pony gelding who is currently living with a loving family, complete with three young girls to dote on him. But Jester’s story didn’t...

A Pony for XMas

By Ashley Tice-David I could fully envision how the morning would play out. Cora would wake up early, so excited to see what Santa had brought her, come galloping down into our room demanding that...

Holiday Horse Photos

A holiday card isn't complete without the most important member of the family... your horse! Whether it's a new addition to the barn or a lifelong friend and partner, we love how these equestrians...

Silver Fox Farms is Raising Talent with Hard Work

BY CATIE STASZAK It may have been  McKayla Brombach’s first time ever contesting the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals, but the 14-year-old rode with no nerves. Brombach, Wimberley, TX, had all the confidence in her pony, California...

I Am a Black Equestrian

BY STEPH KALLSTROM I am a black equestrian. More precisely, an Afro-Peruvian equestrian. I was born in Peru and adopted from an orphanage. Through modern technology and genetic mapping, I discovered that my African heritage...

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...

Found on Facebook: How a horse bought sight unseen turned out to be the...

BY LETTIE TEAGUE There are so many ways to go wrong when it comes to buying a horse. The worst way of all, most professionals agree, is sight unseen.  But that was before the Covid-19...

I Love Horses, But I’m Tired

BY LAUREN MAULDIN My story is not unique in our sport. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love horses. Begged for lessons, was fortunate enough to ride as a kid. Worked hard and...

Lessons in Lifelong Care for Horses From an Unexpected Reunion

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Some horses find their way back to their person, and that is exactly what happened to Jackie Attwood-Dupont and her horse, Legacy. But before the reunion, we have to start at the...

Horses in Mainstream Media – Bella Hadid

In this December 2018 special, 24 year-old Bella Hadid joins Vogue's 73 Questions feature from her barn. Catch up with this famous equestrian celebrity by clicking below to watch! Photo credit from Vogue Youtube...