Saturday, May 8, 2021

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...

A Look Into the New Canaan Mounted Troop: The Last Remaining Branch of the...

BY KELSEY ALLEN These days, there is a lot of criticism stating that proper horsemanship has fallen to the wayside in favor of more hours in the saddle. We’ve all known riders who are incredibly...

A Judge’s Perspective: From Capital Challenge to the Thoroughbred Makeover

A Continuum, Not a Scale BY SISSY WICKES In early September as I distractedly scanned my calendar to get an idea of what the next few weeks held, my gaze stopped at the week in October...

Surviving Adult Ammy Guilt: When You Feel Like You’re Not Worthy Of Your Horse

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Here are some facts about me: At any given time, I'm thinking through at least five different things in my head (What do I need from the grocery store? I have to finish...

It’s National Coming Out Day: What Does That Mean, and Is It Problematic?

BY JESS CLAWSON Are you out amongst your friends at the barn or in your pony club or at home? Do you wish you were? How do you tell your story? When we think of queer...

Toxic Trainer Relationships: What to Watch Out For When Finding the Best For You...

BY JESS CLAWSON A toxic trainer can kill someone’s love of riding faster than just about anything. From verbal to sexual abuse to simply playing favorites, trainers who are negative influences in our lives do...

Trainer Daphne Thornton Shares Two Bit Training’s Social Media Policy

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING We all enjoy the many benefits that various social media platforms offer. They make it easy to share information, stay in touch, seek facts and data, and connect...

6 Over 60

BY SISSY WICKES As a birthday milestone looms on the horizon like a noose from a gnarled tree, I look around our world for inspiration. Is there life after 60 or should I waddle off...

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

BY 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 matter what...

The Best Way to Save Our Equestrian Games Is To Attend Them

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN All the medals have been given out, and even bitten by the world’s top riders as they stood grinning on a podium. I’ve got a stack of Tryon 2018 hats...

Heathman Farm & Cormac Hanley on the Rise

BY SISSY WICKES The Grand Prix: the ultimate in equestrian showjumping competition. We watch in person, we livestream, we read results online and on paper. We root for our favorite riders and horses in America...

#FanGirl or the Upside of Social Media

BY SISSY WICKES Most of us fell in love with our sport as youngsters. I tell romantic stories of peeking between the lower rails of the ring at Devon while a legend showed. We remember...

I’m From North Carolina and I’m Proud Of Our Imperfect WEG

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN On Thursday night after several long days of travel, heat and humidity, I’m writing this blog post with somewhat spotty wifi at my Aunt’s lake house in Lake James, North...

Stronger Than Ever: How Battling Cancer at 30 Changed This Rider Forever

BY RENNIE DYBALL Katie Taylor had just found one of those grooves in her riding where everything clicked. It was October of 2017 and the 30-year-old trainer from Durango Farms in Orange County, California, was riding...

Making the Horse World a Safe Space for LGBTQ Equestrians

AN INTERVIEW WITH JESS CLAWSON BY LAUREN MAULDIN Even on the best days, horse shows can be difficult places. There’s the weather, the nerves, the chance your horse may throw a shoe right before his...

Impressive Results From an Inclusive Facility: Millennium Farm Offers Something For Everyone

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN When you walk through a horse show, you weave through a wide sampling of equestrians. Some are born into it, growing up on perfectly turned out, fancy ponies. Others have...

Horse People Are Crazy, But I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way

BY PONYMOMAMMY Let’s be completely honest for a moment. As a group (and yes, I freely acknowledge that includes myself) horse people are pretty crazy. On a daily basis, I look in the mirror, see...

Tiny Model Horse Tack So Amazing You’ll Think It’s The Real Thing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Confession time. I am obsessed with all things miniature. If something is smaller than its intended size, I'm totally here for it. Of course, this interest grows exponentially when you show me itty...

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...

3 Things That Won’t Make You a Better Rider (And 3 Things That Will)

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Even though I've been riding for well over twenty years, nobody would ever consider me an authority on training, equitation, or really anything to do with horse showing. And that would...

The 2018 Hampton Classic Jump for Charity: Pal-O-Mine Equestrian

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The eight days of competition are well underway at the 2018 Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, New York, and with it comes the excitement of competitors and equine enthusiasts alike watching...

The Ultimate Pony Playlist: 5 Hours of Music About Horses

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Does your drive to the barn suffer from a lack of equestrian tunes? Do you ever workout at the gym and think, "This beat just doesn't have enough pony in...