Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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...

Downey Dictates Devon Success

By Jordan Cobb “She is everything to me” was the first thing Tessa Downey said when asked what doing so well at Devon meant to her. Two years ago, you might never have thought they...

The New Guard: Stevie McCarron Wigley Doesn’t Live in Her Father’s Shadow

By Kelsey Konz For horse racing enthusiasts, Stephanie “Stevie” McCarron Wigley’s maiden name holds significant weight and star power. Her dad is Hall of Fame Jockey, Chris McCarron. But though she grew up exposed to...

Sydney Zahn: Soaring to New Heights

Story and photo by Mackenzie Shuman Like many other riders at the beginning of the show season, Sydney Zahn found herself on a new horse walking into the arena. Nervously, she edged him toward the...

Vale Wins Venice Concours I $25,000 Grand Prix at Fox Lea

Interview and Photos by TPH Intern Dominique Gonzales Aaron Vale—the name heard at the top of the leaderboard constantly. April 30 was no exception, at the Fox Lea Farm Spring Series (Fla.), he took home...

Christian Heineking Multitasks to Win $30,000 Texas Shootout Grand Prix

By TPH Intern Jordan Cobb Click here to see the full photo gallery! Christian Heineking and AJE Equitation’s AJE Cluny proved that sometimes the top of the order isn’t unlucky by starting and ending on top...

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...

6 Ways to Build Your Emotional Muscles for Show Jumping

By John Haime Working with some of the world’s leading athletes in mental/emotional development has taught me many lessons about what is important to be a consistent high performer. One thing I have learned for...

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...

The New Guard: Kyle Muckler

Story and photos by Emma Dubinsky When I first saw Kyle Muckler ride last year, I know he would be something special. He makes every horse go its best, and can ride anything you put...

Do You Feel the Riding Pressure Cooker?

BY JOHN HAIME Does pressure in show jumping really exist? Well, according to some researchers and experts, it really doesn’t. It’s all dreamed up by you to make it difficult for you to perform when it...

The New Guard: Georgie Lewis Polishes Diamonds in the Rough

By Kelly Sheehan A consistent temperament and predictable responses are attributes that make green, off-the-track Thoroughbreds bloom. They are also keys to success when working with novice riders. Georgie Lewis enjoys working with both specialty...

Behind the Scenes with MTM Farm at HITS Ocala

Photos by Dominique Gonzalez. MTM Farm is located in Flower Mound, Texas, but this winter, Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney rented a permanent barn at HITS Ocala. These barns come with their own sand ring,...

The “H” Word

By Olivia Ferro Homework: most likely to be voted “Inconveniently Horrible” by many young riders; especially on trips across the country where you could be missing weeks, even months of school. Homework must be squeezed...

Notes from a New Farm Owner

By Abby Gibbon It’s now January 2016, and I’m sitting in the half-renovated kitchen of a haunted, run-down farmhouse, exhausted, cold, alone (but for my dog, and the faint scratchings of what are likely rodents...

Scott Keller Quit Wall Street for the Jumper Ring

By Jona Lane Scott Keller has been very successful in both the business and equestrian world. Before opening his own training business, he spent many years on Wall St. handling accounts and trading amounts of...

Handling What Life Throws Your Way, In and Out of the Ring

BY CATHY PENROD Reprint from March 2015 Issue from EquiCoach Cathy Penrod This month, I am going to take a step back from the stress influences that affect performance and review stress and how we typically...

The Impact of the Social Influence

BY EQUICOACH CATHY PENROD reprinted from The Plaid Horse - Jan/Feb 2015 When working with clients, from children, juniors, amateurs and professional riders, there is one common theme when we discuss the six influences that affect...

Selecting Your Horse Shows: Questions to Consider

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF Two Bit Training A lot goes in to deciding whether or not to horse show. However, once you’ve decided to take the plunge, there are other decisions to ponder. I think there...

10 Easy Things to Add to Your Show Bag to Make Life Easier &...

BY JORDAN COBB 1. Advil® 10 Tablet Vials- The mini Advil vials are super easy to transport, and having it on hand makes showing more enjoyable. You can find them at drug stores, grocery stores,...

Judges Scott Hofstetter and Bill Talbert Answer The Questions You’ve Been Wondering About Hunters...

BY MACKENZIE SHUMAN This year at the Colorado Hunter Jumper Associations Medal Finals, I was able to sit down with the two judges at the end of the show and ask them a few questions...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Making Use Out of Your Horse’s Waste (A Guide)

BY MOLLY MCMASTERS The concept of composting has been rapidly expanding across the country with greater awareness of the benefits and ease of the process. Individuals and restaurants generally compost food waste and paper products,...