Here’s to the Little Jumps

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’ve spent a long time feeling like I was lesser within the equestrian world. Growing up riding at a small private barn, our focus was fox hunting and...

Horses Give me Freedom: Riding with Arthrogryposis

BY JEWELL COX Ever since I can remember, I’ve had the dream of owning a horse, caring for it, and competing in barrel racing. I wanted to experience the special connection...

Resilience is… Knowing Your Limits.

BY PIPER KLEMM Today I started work early, grabbed lunch, went for a run, worked more, headed to campus, donated blood, returned home for more work, and ended the...

Horses Make Me Less of an Inflexible Curmudgeon

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I remember being surprised the first time someone called me a control freak. “What? No! I’m easy going, go with the flow.”

RiverCross: a Modern Breeding Program

BY SISSY WICKES Much has been made by this author and many others of the hardships faced by the sport horse breeder in North America. How do breeders in...

Big Love Lessons

2018 Honorable Mention in Creative Nonfiction BY CAROLYN GETCHES There is something magic about the bond between a human and a horse. It doesn’t have...

Barn Family is More than an Expression

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I haven’t lived in the same state as my parents or any of my extended family for over ten years. I’ve gotten used to the distance. Although I...

Drugs and Addiction in the Horse World: A Conversation with Andrew Ellis

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Lifelong equestrian and east coast native Andrew Ellis wears many hats within the hunter/jumper industry. Rider, horse show manager, announcer, USEF Safety Committee member, certified EMT....

Homecoming

2018 Fiction Honorable Mention BY SHANNON FOX Normally when Paige put her foot into the stirrup and swung herself into the saddle, she was filled with a...

Growing with Horses: A Conversation with Kristen Hamel

by Jess Clawson Kristen Hamel is the owner of Sunset View Farms, a horse show parent, founder of the Hamel Scholarship and the Hamel National Horse Show 3’3” Medal....

Old Seoul Equestrian: A Passion for the Grassroots Meets Excellence in Horsemanship

BY JESS CLAWSON Courtney Hayden-Fromm didn’t necessarily envision that her entire professional life would involve horses, but as the owner of Old Seoul Equestrian, horses are beyond even a...

Handling Barn Drama: Protecting Your Happy Place

BY JESS CLAWSON Barn drama is as prominent as barns themselves. It happens everywhere… even if you’re the only boarder. “Did you hear what so-and-so did?” I say to...

Horses Can’t Be Our Only Therapy

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I avoided therapy for a long time. Part of it was stubbornness. I come from tough stock. “No pain, no gain” and “Walk it off” were practically hung...

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...