Monday, April 19, 2021

Riding is a Sport. Alright?

BY CARLY PHOON The most tiresome conversation of all is explaining horseback riding as a sport to a skeptic. We’re accustomed to the responses: “Isn’t it really easy?” “So you just sit there.” Or our...

2018 Style Issue – PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Winging It

BY TPH PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PHD (Follow me on Instagram at @piperklemm) Earlier this month, as I was explaining to TPH Editor-in-Chief Sissy Wickes one of my latest harebrained ideas, she said, “Okay, but if you...

Baby, Mom, and Horse Make Three

BY CLAIRE CAUST-TAYLOR When my husband and I decided it was time to have a baby, I combed the internet for logistics about how long I’d be out of the saddle and how it would...

Equine Entrepreneur Spotlight: Steven Bluman of Equo

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN It's a given that horse shows contain beautiful animals and stunning athleticism, but they're home to more than just that. Equestrians are a group of brilliant, engaging people that are...

What’s next?

Piper Klemm: A ForceLooking to the future of our industry By Sissy Wickes Coming home, I step into my kitchen, where I see Piper Klemm sitting at the counter rapidly typing on her computer. She is...

A Conversation with: Geoff Teall

By SISSY WICKES Geoff Teall is a lifelong rider, trainer, and governance guru. He is an “R” rated judge, has served as President of the American Hunter Jumper Foundation, Vice President of the USHJA, and...

The More the Horse Show Changes, The More It Stays the Same

BY PONYMOMAMMY It would be unreasonable for a sport, so deeply entrenched in tradition, to change much over the years. In truth, having grown up riding in the same area where we still live, shows...

Artist Feature: Cara Helminski, Equestrian Artist

BY ESTELLE KRAFT We’ve posed the question before -- Are Hunters Art? While the actual division’s artistic qualities could be debated, Cara Helminski’s oil paintings are undeniably beautiful. Cara, of Cara Grace Fine Art, spends everyday around...

The Journey To My True Heart Horse

BY EMMY DOLIN When I was 13 years old, I thought I had found my heart horse. Little did I know, my real heart horse was waiting in my future. My family and I were at...

A Love Poem for the Horse Show Spouse

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN On Valentine's Day, it's easy to get swept up with the romance of the holiday. A long night at the barn grooming your horse, taking breaks between brush strokes to...

Piper Klemm Ph.D. Publisher’s Note – February 2018

The Joy of Gene Transfer BY TPH PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PHD. As someone who spends most of her time at horse shows and also runs businesses in this industry,  I am the first to look at...

Can a Braid Kill Tradition? The Helmet Hair Debacle

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN Recently, I seemed to have caused quite a ruckus by announcing that I would be wearing my hair down outside of my helmet in a braid for the fore seeable future in...

5 Things Your Equine Photographer Wish You knew

BY BRITT GILLIS How exciting! You’re thinking of getting portraits with your horse done, and you can’t wait! You’ve already done your research- planned your outfits, polished your tack until it shines, and groomed your...

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...

Lessons on Life and Goodbyes From a Best Friend

BY TORI WEED When I was an eager preteen that had been graced with the opportunity to learn, mature, and grow, I got the chance to lease a spectacular horse - one that would teach...

Outrage Fatigue. How do we move on from here?

BY SISSY WICKES Outrage Fatigue: a state of exhaustion caused by repeated offense, indignation, and anger. I was attending the USEF Annual Meeting last week when the outcome of the Farmer/Glefke situation was announced. In one...

“I Euthanized Your Horse Today” – Skip’s Story of Rescue and Responsibility

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Caring and ultimately making hard decisions for senior horses is one of the most difficult, but important, aspects of horse ownership. Julie Hersey of Greenwood Stables takes that responsibility seriously. "I have...

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...

And Then It Rained…

Above: Greg Best and Gem Twist. Photo by Tish Quirk. By Timothy Wickes Maybe one out of ten 8th grade creative writing papers starts with, “It was a dark and stormy night,” and that over-used opening...

My Longest Fall: Moving Forward After a Traumatic Brain Injury

BY 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 us...

A Royal Summer Retreat at the Royal Veterinary College – Part II

BY SARAH LEWIS Last week in the first part of her story, Sarah walked us through her process finding, applying and traveling to the Royal Veterinary College for their pre-vet summer program. Today we get to...

Women Mentoring Women

By Sissy Wickes November passes and with it the flip of another calendar year for riders. Some move up in age groups, some move out of the junior ranks (the oft- dreaded "aging out" process),...