Sunday, June 13, 2021

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...

J. Arthur “Bucky” Reynolds II

BY TIMOTHY WICKES The ultimate horseman’s horseman, died on Monday, July 24, 2017, of complications from esophageal cancer. From the 1950’s right up to 2017, Reynolds, 78, was major influence at the top of the hunter...

Behind the Grape Vines: The Spectacular Sonoma Horse Park

BY LAUREN AUBERT Nestled behind the rolling acres of Sonoma Valley grape vines and the “Emerald City” at the end of long, winding road lies a facility home to 25 acres of many barns, gorgeous...

Physical Therapist Sharon Classen Gets Horse & Human Bodies Where They Need To Be

BY KIM F MILLER If there was ever any doubt about the value of Physical Therapy for horses and riders, Sharon Classen’s fall itinerary dispels them. The in-demand Physical Therapist lives in the Omaha, Nebraska...

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...

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...

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...

Upping The Mental Game For The Type A Overthinking Adult Amateur

BY PONYMOMAMMY Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I was able to ride and show without fear. Horse shows were a breeze. Somewhere in my 30’s however, my brain did a...

4 Tips for Writing About Horses

BY LAUREN MAULDIN The inaugural $2,500 Equestrian Voices Creative Writing Contest is officially open for entries. We're so excited to see the submissions coming in, because we believe that not only is everyone's voice important......

Cleaning Your Boots: A Necessary Evil

BY CARLY PHOON Friday night: You get home, about to crash on your couch, watch TV, and dream about executing flawless rounds at the horse show tomorrow. Suddenly, a nasty thought jolts you back to...

21 Times the Braider Was Extra in the Best Way

Oh, hunter braids. You tiny, perfect little monsters that make our horses look so fancy even though they take hours and cause sore backs and hands. Braiding is not an easy job, and going...

The Search for Gender Equality Within Equestrian Sports

BY KELSEY ALLEN One thing that the #MeToo movement has proved is that we can’t just expunge the few bad eggs and move on- the sheer multitude and pervasiveness of stories that were shared shows...

Miami International Riding Club Offers Something for Everyone

BY SISSY WICKES “We call it a club for a reason,” explains Celia Bunge, owner of the Miami International Riding Club. “We welcome everyone and hope they will stay and feel at home.” Celia and...

Growing Up Battling Self Harm: How One Trainer Makes a Difference for The Next...

BY VYLA CARTER Kaylee Williams is a 20 year old hunter/jumper and dressage trainer in Southern California. She runs her own non-profit and is very involved in the community while still finishing her college degree....

Intellectual Skills Are Necessary for Good Horsemanship

August 2018 Publisher's Note BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PHD For so many of us, ponies are where we began our journey as riders—climbing on for the first time, probably with a boost from a parent or...