Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Day I Learned That Winning Doesn’t Matter

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN I remember it the way people remember big events in their lives—in exquisite and insignificant detail, in sounds and feelings, in visceral emotions. I remember it with a...

My Longest Fall: Moving Forward After a Traumatic Brain Injury

BY AMBASSADOR JULIA FISCHER Nearly all of us have fallen off a horse. The average fall usually consists of dusting ourselves off, and hopping back on. However, there is always the exceptional fall that leaves...

Christopher Webb on Being a Gay Man in the Horse World

BY JESS CLAWSON The horse world, at least the English side of it, seems to have a lot more openly gay men involved than in other professional sports. While...

The Madness Behind The Inside Leg to Outside Rein

BY ASHLEEN LEE Often times I feel like a broken record. I tell my students and myself when I am riding, use the inside leg to the outside rein. Why? The outside rein holds the track....

William Graves: 1948-2018

BY TIMOTHY WICKES Legendary horseman William E. “Bill” Graves passed away this spring in Lexington, KY, after a short illness at the age of 70. Bill Graves, the smoothest guy you would ever meet, was...

Augusta Iwasaki – Rising Star

By Caroline Nickolaus | Photo by Katie Browne Augusta Iwasaki is a young rising star from Calabasas, California, who has already made a mark of success in the pony hunter divisions, The twelve-year-old talent trains...

There is No Room for Ego in the Barn

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN I’m pretty good at faking confidence. It’s over compensation really, a mask I pull to smooth over issues from low self-esteem and a solid dose of imposter syndrome. When...

Navigating the Horse Show World as a Native American Woman with Pearl Running Deer

BY JESS CLAWSON Pearl Running Deer knew from a young age that she wanted to make it in the horse showing world, but that the path might not be easy for...

Valentine’s Day Special! 4 Horse Treat Recipes That Will Make Your Horse Love You...

By TPH Intern Mackenzie Shuman | Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography Why buy expensive horse treats at the store when you can make some from household ingredients? We have compiled some of our favorite recipes...

A Young Professional’s Reaction to Recent US Equestrian Horse Welfare & Safety Penalty Guidelines

By Tyler Weith As a young professional who puts horsemanship first, the recent US Equestrian Horse Welfare & Safety Penalty Guidelines email immediately made me feel like I had to make a statement. I work...

Piper’s 5 Necessary Indulgences this Holiday Season

Cleanse your brain before new year’s resolutions by Piper Klemm, Ph.D. It’s a hectic time of year. We all know that. But knowing and doing something about it are two very different things. Here’s how I...

I Never Thought I Would Hope For Snow…

BY ALLIE CARLSON My ideal weather is about 65-80. I am NOT really a cold weather, winter person. When my husband told me we were moving to Alaska, I was excited, but not exactly sure...

Drugs and Addiction in the Horse World: A Conversation with Andrew Ellis

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Lifelong equestrian and east coast native Andrew Ellis wears many hats within the hunter/jumper industry. Rider, horse show manager, announcer, USEF Safety Committee member, certified EMT....

Virginians ❤ Virginia

By Sissy Wickes, Photos by Teresa Ramsey The horse show industry watches as the behemoth box show rolls like a steam belching machine over the local show circuit. Stand-alone horse shows, as the smaller, more...

The New Guard: Georgie Lewis Polishes Diamonds in the Rough

By Kelly Sheehan A consistent temperament and predictable responses are attributes that make green, off-the-track Thoroughbreds bloom. They are also keys to success when working with novice riders. Georgie Lewis enjoys working with both specialty...

Existing in the Bubbles That Are Mom, Amateur Owner and Pony Mom

BY PONYMOMAMMY I’ve owned horses most of my life, but am also a mom, wife, daughter, employee, and pony mom -- all the things, at all the times. The key to staying sane for me...

The Waiting Game: Handling Down Time at Fall Shows

By Tonya Johnston, MA ~ Mental Skills Coach Reprinted from the October 2015 Indoors Issue of The Plaid Horse Magazine The fall season’s important classes, medal finals, indoor venues, and special shows often have unique schedules...

Get Fit and Stay Fit – Exercises for Equestrians

By Intern Izzy Feinstein   Just as you perform exercises with your horse such as grid exercises and trot poles to help them build up their strength, it is just as important to build up...

Honesty, Respect & Trust Create Perfect Partnerships at Sky High Equestrian Center

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Though purchasing a new horse is often an exciting prospect, finding the ideal equine partner can be a frustrating endeavor. The same can be said of selling horses, and no...

The Rolfes’ Mini Rescue

Above: Sharing a moment with Emma, the mini who was rescued with her foal from an auction. Although she can no longer see due to moon blindness, she responds wonderfully to her name. By TPH Intern...

Kaitlyn Boggio is Out & Proud in the Horse World

BY JESS CLAWSON This Pride Month project of having queer equestrian conversations has been a special experience, and one that I hope readers are carrying on in their own...

Just Ride! Use the Think Box and Ride Box to Ride Your Best

By John Haime, Photo by: Katie A. Browne If you are an equestrian athlete, you know that overthinking in competition causes problems. Too many thoughts lead to hesitation, confusion and a lack of uncertainly in your...