You Are What You Think: The Mindset for a Winning Ride

BY SARA JAYNE WATKISS Instead of seeing the world optimistically or pessimistically, I have always seen things realistically. I see people for who they are. I can put one and two...

Diane Carney: Are You Contributing to Our Sport?

BY BRENDA MUELLER Diane Carney is a lifelong, dedicated horsewoman, who emphasizes horsemanship in every aspect of her world. Her versatility in the equestrian sport as an athlete, trainer,...

Rise and Shine (a horsewoman’s morning)

BY ANGELIQUE FAWNS It’s 4:30am in the morning, and I’m in my little five-stall barn tossing a scoop of sweet feed and a flake of hay at the horses whickering and...

Pin Oak Week Three Photo Gallery

All photos © Andrew Ryback Photography Brought to you by Summit Joint Performance:  Summit Joint Performance helps your horse feel and perform their...

An Equestrian’s Imperfect Pursuit of Wellness

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Wellness is a funny word. The dictionary defines it as “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” I guess that...

The Smallest One Was Madeline Part II: A Little Mare Rises to the Top

BY ASHLEY DONAYRE 2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry Madeline, the tiny red mare who was never meant to be anything more than a sales project and predicted to go...

Angelo Danza Uses a Sharp Eye and Patience to Bring Along Champions

Angelo Danza has never considered being anything other than a professional rider. “It’s in my blood,” he says. “My grandfather built a horse farm 50 years ago in Brooklyn.” Danza got his...

Faces of Pin Oak: Matt Cyphert

BY JESS CLAWSON Matt Cyphert didn’t grow up in a horse family. His family didn’t push him into riding. He hasn’t been riding since he was a toddler. But...

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...

Helping Horses: Riding with a Developmental Disorder

BY SOPHIE BAGHDASSARIAN I tried a lot of different activities when I was younger, following my sister’s footsteps. With softball, I was able to release my pent-up emotions by hitting a ball...

Faces of Pin Oak: Patty Roberts

Patty Roberts started life as many young girls do: wanting a pony. And like many girls who want a pony, her parents knew nothing about horses. They had a friend whose daughter...

Three Sisters

2018 The Plaid Horse Prize in Fiction BY THERESA RICE I was fifteen when my sister chipped my front right tooth. She threw a horseshoe...

Faces of Pin Oak: Daniel Bedoya

BY JESS CLAWSON Daniel Bedoya was taught to respect and value horses from the start. Growing up in La Paz, Bolivia, his father, Daniel Bedoya Sr., won seven national...

The Smallest One Was Madeline Part I: The Team That Tamed the Firecracker

BY ASHLEY DONAYRE 2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry A chestnut filly with an uncertain future stood just under 15 hands at an out-of-business equestrian center in Washington State. The only...

Faces of Pin Oak: Natalee Newton Haggan

BY JESS CLAWSON Natalee Haggan’s parents promised her a horse of her own when she was eight years old, provided she stuck with the riding lessons she begged for....

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...

I’m Just Here for the Liberty Horses: “The Show” at Le Saut Hermés

BY ERIN GILMORE As much as Le Saut Hermés aims for understated elegance in its production of an annual CSI5* in the center of Paris, France, they instead land somewhere between...

The Great Mongol Derby

2018 Piper J. Klemm Emerging Authors Prize BY NOA LEIBSON They were the ugliest horses I’d ever seen; the pony-sized mongrels grazed on the rough terrain...