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The Power of Presence

By Mackenzie Shuman Imagine this: you are walking in on your horse into a big equitation flat class with tough competition. Your stomach is turning with anxiety, dread, and doubt. You pick up the trot...

20 Awesome Spots and Dots That Brighten Up Hunter/Jumper Shows

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Though I've been extremely fortunate to own and ride great horses in my life, there's a holy grail that keeps eluding me. I dream about, yearn for and obsess over...

Piper Klemm Ph.D. Publisher’s Note- August 2017 – The Pony of a Lifetime

See this article and more in the 2017 Pony Issue HERE As we prepare my fourth Annual Pony Issue and read all the stories of ponies who made their people, I have to share my...

State of The Market: An Exciting Time in the Sport Horse Marketplace

Big opportunities remain for both buyers and sellers, but some market segments are outperforming others. BY Jenna Fabino Since the start of the pandemic, the sport horse market has seen unprecedented changes. Just as in real...

Most Memorable Ribbon

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM We’ve all heard it before and we’ll hear it again- riding is not just about the ribbons. While this may be true, there is an immense amount of pride in hanging up...

Set Your New Year’s Riding Goals Up for Success

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN It's the time of year where everyone is looking forward to a fresh start. I think of the days leading up to New Year's Eve as a clean piece of...

Next Year

Above: The author enjoying every minute at USEF Pony Finals in 2012.  By Piper Klemm Dedicated to this year’s Finals competitors Six years ago, I was living in California, publishing like mad in academia, and had put my...

Can Horse Shows Be Affordable?

BY JESSICA E. CHOPER OF LEONE EQUESTRIAN LAW An affordable horse show is an oxymoron, but making a horse show more affordable is not. Horse shows are expensive. Entry fees alone are costly, but when...

How to Train the Adult Amateur (and the kid of the Adult Ammy)

BY PONYMOMAMMY The trainer/client dynamic is, well, complicated. To the outsider (for example, my husband), the client is the customer and we all know that the customer is always right. Therefore, the trainer should do...

What’s In Your Horse’s Name?

By Jessica Shannon Names have roots and meanings. Our parents agonized over what to name us. They wanted to give us names that honored our families, a memory, a cultural or religious figure, or connect...

Heatherly Davis’ Edelweiss Farms: All the Best for Horse and Rider

BY SISSY WICKES “We are building our dream farm here,” Heatherly Davis says enthusiastically. “Edelweiss Farms at Lavender Creek is the most beautiful facility I could imagine. It is the perfect combination of function and form.” Davis...

15 Motivational Quotes to Help You Through Tough Times

Things seem hard right now. We're all struggling together in so many different ways, and the future can seem confusing. When you're struggling or things feel bleak, take a little extra time for yourself....

Carly & Hercules: The Senior Horse Project

Photographer Jessica Sanders started the Senior Horse Project to showcase the special, long-standing relationships between riders and their senior horses. Featuring seniors over 25 years old, she shares the photos of the partnership. These stories share some...

#RealityCheck: “FOMO” and the Social Consequences of an Online ‘Horsey’ Network

By Kirstie Dobbs and Hailey Johns With the indoor show season on the horizon, the influence of social media on the mentality of young riders intensifies. While social media has some undeniably positive aspects, it is easy...

Fran and Joe Dotoli Part IV – Making Our Sport Safer, and Better

by Ann Jamieson Revolutionizing Helmets  "Back in the mid-90s," Joe recalls, the sport had a few very bad years with a number of fatalities in the sport—all head injuries. "Five," says Joe, "if I recall." A...

Grafton Ridge: Michael DelFiandra and Vanessa Roman Build a Positive Team for Every Kind...

BY LAUREN MAULDIN How do you feel when you enter the ring at a horse show? Worried about the two stride that looks a little long, or concerned about keeping your green horse from bulging by the...

WeCover: Creating Innovative and Elegant Arenas with a Family Touch and a Green Thumb

BY Jessica Shannon We have custom saddles and boots, and our halters and saddle pads are monogrammed. Our half pads are shimmable, our barn mates are decked out in matching jackets, and the barn aisles...

Eight Things I Learned This Week

By Piper Klemm After spending many months at home like many of you, I re-emerged to horse show life with unprecedented organization, structure, and standards in my personal life. While somewhat jarring to settle back...

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 without care, and those that grew bored chewed on the ropes that...

TPH Young Rider Spotlight: Grace Klein’s Swift Ride to Success

Read the cover story from TPH March Young Rider Style issue and more by CLICKING HERE. Photos by Andrew Ryback Photography Grace Klein is a poised young woman with a shy smile and quiet demeanor –...

There Will Be No Future Horse Trainers If All You Want to Do is...

BY SARAH MECHLIN DUHON I feel strongly that everyone should be treated fairly and with kindness. The article “There May Be No Future Trainers: A Look at a Young Professional’s Burnout” by an anonymous young...

Without Fear or Feeling: Riding with a Sensory Processing Disorder

BY ALEX BLACKSTON Like a lot of other riders in this sport, I ride because I love climbing up the mounting block and being able to walk away on top of a thousand pound creature...