Welly-Welly Wonderland: An Adult Amateur’s First Winter in Wellington

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN As I sit here facing 30 hours of travel time en route to a ‘real world reality check,’ I can’t help but reflect on my first three weeks of a...

The Horse Show Prizes Adult Amateurs Really Want

BY LAUREN MAULDIN As a struggling adult amateur, it's only been a somewhat recent development for me to have any opinion at all about horse show prizes. For the longest time,...

Teens and Greens – Kinda the Same Thing

BY PONYMOMAMMY Since I was a teenager, I’ve always loved bringing along a green horse. There’s something about the process I find especially satisfying. Now that I have a teenage...

The Plight of the American Show Horse Breeder

BY ANDREW H. PHILBRICK, SPORT HORSE BREEDER, PRINCETON SHOW JUMPING To understand what an American Breeder is up against you only need to look to where breeding show horses is successful: Europe. The bottom line...

February Publisher’s Note: 2019 Mostly Right

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM In a lesson recently at Stonewall Farm, I rode down to a single oxer. I was on a horse I didn’t know and I walked right into my...

Swipe Right: What Those Horse Photos in Dating Profiles Say About Equestrians

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Gentlemen, I know you’ve heard about us – the horse girls. Whether it’s the infamous tight breeches or how we’re known to be just slightly crazy, our reputation...

#meetingmclain: The Story of a Boy and His Gentleman Hero

BY MEGAN HOFFMAN Late last year, I shared the story of my son, Ziggy. How he went from being bullied in school, to finding his happy place in the barn. While...

The Pony Posse: When Loving Horses is Ageless

2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry BY JOAN AGUADO There are five of us in the Thursday night jumping class, armored up in helmets and air vests, bracing ourselves to fly over jumps...

From a Wheelchair to the World Equestrian Center: An Average Equestrian’s Quest Through Pain

BY HANNAH O'BIE If I had to pick one word to describe my life it would be ‘average’. I work at a pharmacy, change into riding clothes and grab a coffee...

A Lease for the Week: What It’s Like to Lease an Eq Horse at...

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK Every winter, as snow descends onto the mountains of Salt Lake City where I live, I plan trips to warmer climes, especially places that feature world-class horse shows....

Losing Your Heart Horse: Braving the Barn

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It took me a while to be able to go to the barn. I got home after my holiday travels a little less than a week after I...

Life Lessons in the Barn: Being a Good Steward for the Voiceless

BY PONYMOMAMMY “The horse does one of two things. He does what he thinks he’s supposed to do, or he does what he thinks he needs to do to survive”...

The Waiting Game: Handling Down Time at Fall Shows

BY TONYA JOHNSON, MA The fall season’s important classes, medal finals, indoor venues, and special shows often have unique schedules that may cause you to have more down time in your show day than normal....

Why Good Help Is Hard to Find: A Barn Manager’s Perspective

BY LINDSEY ABBOTT For years I’ve loved working as a barn manager and stay-at-home trainer. Part of my job is acting as a liaison between the boss and the two different...

Queer Equestrian Voices: An Interview with Tatum Standley

BY JESS CLAWSON Throughout my career with horses, I’ve known dozens of farriers with bold personalities. They’ve spanned the range from homophobes that I've ceased to involve with my...

Kentucky Equine Liability: When the Potential Buyer Takes a Tumble

BY KATHRYN A. ECKERT Recently the Kentucky Supreme Court addressed liability issues facing Kentucky horsemen when offering riding horses for sale. The sale of horses for riding use is a common facet of the horse...

Determination, Discipline, and Teamwork Make the Dream Work for Caitlyn Shiels and...

BY EMILY RIDEN / JUMP MEDIA Ask anyone what they think it takes to make it in the equestrian industry, and, while you may get a myriad of answers, there is likely to be a...

Publisher’s Note: In The Moment

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM When I’m on some drive that never seems to end, I choose not to get gas in an obvious moment and the sky is clear and then I NEED gas and...