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...

Saving Bentley: Trying to Rescue the Lost Lesson Horses

BY CHRISTINA KEIM 2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry The equine industry has a dirty little secret. It is whispered about in barn aisles and tack...

10 Quotes to Fuel You When You Feel Like Giving Up

This is a hard sport. There are so many setbacks, countless heartbreaks and reasons to pack it all up and try something easier. But we can't do that, because this is what...

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...

Four Reasons You Should Be Leasing Instead of Buying

Emily Elek with Elizabeth Woods and Hidden Springs Woodstar - a Large Pony Hunter who embodies #4 on this list. Photo: Cindy Woods By Emily Elek Many equestrians dream of a horse to call their own...

Hey Local Show Rider—You Matter

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Hey there local show rider. It’s 4:25pm, and you’ve been sitting in the hot dust waiting for the hack for an hour because someone told you it was...

Riding Through It When You Feel Like Quitting

BY JAMIE SKUBAL How many of us have hit a stage in our riding when we just want to give up? Currently, I’m sitting in the...

Pam Baker’s Quest for Empathy in the Hunter/Jumper Sport

BY JESS CLAWSON Pam Baker’s name is familiar in the hunter/jumper world, and with good reason. She has spent a lifetime in the industry. A master of the craft,...

Top 9 Concussion Myths Debunked

BY HANNAH NAVA Concussions are often associated with high-impact sports such as hockey, football, and soccer. Players are required to tackle, block, and push in an effort to prevent the other team from scoring a...

Rea the No-Eyed Wonder Mare: Life Doesn’t Stop When the Lights Get Turned Off

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Like many amateur owners, I am great at imagining disaster scenarios for my horse. A career ending torn suspensory. A tragic pasture accident. Let’s not even talk about the ‘C’...

5 Surprising Things I Learned Announcing at a Horse Show

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Horse shows—I can’t help but love them. Grooming, spectating, photographing or competing, there are few places I’d rather be than watching hunters strut in the hack and jumpers...

4 Perfect Horse Movies for When It’s Too Hot to Ride

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN With the middle of July and some of the hottest weeks of the summer upon us, take some time to relax and unwind with a great movie. Here are some of The...

Val Renihan: Midwestern values in the modern world

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES Val Renihan Impacts the Next Generation What is the true measure of greatness? Is it trophies on the wall? Is it creating a legacy that will outlive you? Is it living a...

Lessons From The Barn that Necessity Built

BY PONYMOMAMMY There is the house that love built, and then, there is the barn that necessity built. I had no aspirations of having a boarding barn. In fact, if memory serves, I recall saying...

Women Mentoring Women

By TPH Editor 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...

Am I Enough of a Rider? Finding Joy Through Fear and Doubt

BY ELLISON NEUMANN An article can’t tell you if you’re “enough” for this sport. I have no clue if I am myself. I’m young, I should feel...

Fear Not! 8 Ways to Ease Your Riding Fears

By John Haime I think you'll agree that fear isn't fun. It makes you feel anxious, unsure of yourself and can have a big impact on how much you enjoy your riding. It also shrinks...

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...

The Key to Equestrian Happiness? Enjoyment Before Achievement

BY JOHN HAIME Sometimes things get fuzzy in sports, and a reset is exactly what you need. Very often my phone will ring, or I’ll get an “emergency” text - an athlete client is in a...

Body Image, Health and Wellness in Adolescent Equestrians – Reader Response

BY KIRBY L. WYCOFF, PSY.D., NCSP The May 22, 2018 article by Rennie Dyball entitled “Riders, Body Image and ‘The Look” struck a chord with many in the equestrian world. Ms. Dyball bravely and candidly...

Second Act

BY TIMOTHY WICKES Sometimes the horse show game seems a bit like the mafia – once you’re in you never get out. But riders are athletes, and in spite of what Louise Serio and Ian...

Why You Need to Control Your Emotions While Competing

By Intern Sammie Duray Emotions, horse shows are packed with emotions; from happiness and anticipation, to disappointment and fear. Think of it, some of the day we’re spending time with our friends, eating, laughing, talking....