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Blackhound Equestrian Shows Why Sometimes Professionals Are Better Together

BY TPH Staff Making it as a professional in the horse world can be challenging… that’s perhaps an understatement.  The isolation, long hours, even longer list of demands, and the need to make everyone happy while...

Appreciating What We’ve Learned From the Craziest Year Ever

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I know I'm not the only one that's ready for 2020 to bite the dust. It's been one thing after another, and we've all been in this muck together. I don't have...

How to Beat the Heat This Summer

By Izzy Feinstein Whether you are at a horse show or on a trail ride, it is important to be aware about the heat and humidity this summer. Here are some tips to help you...

Marisa Metzger is the Breakout Hunter Star of HITS Thermal

From the February 2014 Issue of The Plaid Horse Magazine: Coming to Thermal as a young professional can be pretty intimidating. In the hunter rings, beautiful and effective riding dominate the jogs and many...

I Talked to My Trainer (and Lived)

Having productive conversations through tricky situations. By Erin McGuire In a time where we are so connected, why does communication seem so distant? Texts and emails leave intention up for interpretation. Phone calls are devoid of...

Staying On Course: My Battle to Survive Mental Illness

How a simple, plain horse kept one woman from being a statistic.  BY ELIZABETH GIDOS I was plotting on killing myself after I finished visiting the little dull brown mare whose picture I had seen in...

Helping Others Fly

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding helps special needs kids learn new skills on horseback  for free — and it  needs your support. BY KRISTIN PITZER “Pegasus gives clients with a variety of deficits a place to go to...

Show Moms Are the Best Moms

PHOTO: After a great week at The National Western Stock Show, Julie Hanson and her daughter take a picture with their champion ribbons from the week. By TPH Intern Mackenzie Shuman You did it, you won that...

5 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

by Kimball Willson, The Equestrian Health Coach Most Thanksgiving dinners consist of a big rich meal complete with sweets, cocktails, and of course, celebration with family and friends. You can maintain your healthy habits during...

Mother’s Day

PHOTO: Piper with her mom Robin and baby Eagle at The Devon Horse Show By TPH Publisher Piper Klemm, Ph.D. I have a confession to make. I can sometimes be a bad sport. It happens a few times...

Scenes From the 87th Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show

BY VYLA CARTER The 87th Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show took place this past week, June 12th through 17th. The one week show held at Ox Ridge Riding and Racquet Club in Darien, Connecticut raised...

William C Steinkraus Obituary

Though he enjoyed wide range of interests and talents, William C. Steinkraus who died on November 29, 2017 at ninety two is perhaps best remembered as the show-jumper who became the first American ever...

Daniel Stewart: Admit, Accept and Advance

BY DANIEL STEWART One of my favorite quotes is, “Riders don’t make mistakes, mistakes make equestrians!” Mistakes make us bigger, bolder, brighter, and braver… but only if we have the courage to own, accept, and...

It Happens! Laena Romond, Molly Ashe Cawley, Tim Maddrix

By Tyler Bui We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers...

4 Quick and Easy Equestrian Halloween Party Ideas

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI Halloween is a very popular holiday in the equestrian community. It allows riders a break from a busy show season, and is also a very great time to bound with your barn...

Virginians ❤ Virginia

By Sissy Wickes, Photos by Teresa Ramsey The horse show industry watches as the behemoth box show rolls like a steam belching machine over the local show circuit. Stand-alone horse shows, as the smaller, more...

Sometimes it seems that the biggest lessons horses teach us have nothing to do...

BY PONYMOMAMMY It’s easy to overlook how much we learn from horses every day. I’ve been riding my whole life, and still have a new takeaway from every lesson. While the mechanics and nuances are...

Horse Shows are a Big Bowl of Life Lessons

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING As horse trainers, we all see a lot of angst, drama, fear, and anxiety at horse shows. Sometimes, it’s not even ours. Kids and drama seem to be able...

Horse Importing 101

By Meghan Blackburn with Chad Keenum and Jett Martin Every year, thousands of horses are imported to the United States to compete in a multitude of disciplines. While some people buy the horses after they...

Like Honey: A Story on the Importance of Kindness

BY CARLY EASTERN 2018 Equestrian Voices Creative Writing Contest Distinguished Entry In my experience, there are three kinds of humans that attend a sale of horses: teachers buying for their students, families searching for a pet or riding companion, and...

Beyond the Reins: Harnessing the Four Pillars of Equestrian Fitness

BY Ifa Simmonds Being an equestrian requires an intricate combination of grace, power, and synergy with our horses. Longevity in equestrian sport requires us to reach and maintain peak performance. In order to achieve this...

A Thoroughbred’s Subtle Presentations of Kissing Spine (and how I got him back)

BY LINDY GUTMAN Friday afternoon, while taking the longer route to our larger outdoor arena, I started to think. Our horses talk to us. Sometimes they even scream at us. They do it in the...