On the Road to the World Show: Breaking Down a Big Dream Into Actionable...

BY JAMIE SKUBAL  Lots of riders look forward to competing at a World Championship Show, but you will be hard-pressed to find someone more determined to get to Tulsa next year than myself. Years of dreaming...

Am I a “Good” One? Working Through Issues as an Adult Amateur

BY LINDY GUTMAN On a recent overnight, off-season trip to one of our favorite places, Saratoga, I saw a quote I hadn’t seen before. It’s credited to Abraham Lincoln, and it started me thinking. “Whatever you...

The Battles We Face for the Horses We Love

BY KRISTEN FRANZ As you stand at the in gate, ready to ride through each technicality of the course, your mind focuses on the challenges that lay ahead. Every other person, thought, and worry is...

A “Grinch” of an OTTB Fuels Adult Amateur Dreams

BY JACQUELIN FOOHEY I’ve been riding since before I was born. When my parents met, my dad gave my mom horseback riding lessons—and the rest was history. Our family farm, The Pines Farm, in South...

Dr. Piper Klemm to Join Judging Panel for 2022 Kirkwood Show

The Duhon Management Group has selected Dr. Piper Klemm to join the judging panel for the 2022 Kirkwood Show at the National Equestrian Center in St. Louis, MO. The show will run from August...

Finding Passion Again in My First Amateur Year

BY GRACE SALMON From the time we are young riders, we are taught that in order for us to be successful you need to be jumping the biggest jumps. If you're not doing the Junior...

Design Horse Shows to Build Confidence for Horse and Rider

BY R.L. JACOBS Now that horse shows are back in action after Covid-19 caused shows to be cancelled for over two months, it is interesting to see that some horses didn’t miss a beat while...

Piper Klemm Ph.D. Publisher’s Note – December 2017/January 2018

Find this article and more HERE inside TPH’s 2017-2018 Education Issue. Some moments, memories, podcasts, or readings really outlast their significance. You read, listen, glance once and then find yourself, years later, relating to the concept, noodling...

Mothering a Horse-Crazy Child: When Riding Happens Against Your Will

BY JENNIFER GOLIGHTLY We didn’t mean to do it. In my case at least, I had actively planned not to do it when my daughter was born. Horses had never been a big part of...

#RealityCheck: “FOMO” and the Social Consequences of an Online ‘Horsey’ Network

By Kirstie Dobbs and Hailey Johns With the indoor show season on the horizon, the influence of social media on the mentality of young riders intensifies. While social media has some undeniably positive aspects, it is easy...

All Smiles at Caitlin Maloney’s Shamrock Show Stables

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN There are a lot of reasons people choose to become a professional in this industry. The love of the animal. Walking into a barn full of slick, happy horses nibbling...

Warmblood Whoas

BY SCOT TOLMAN Here’s my method of determining and/or influencing the sex of unborn foals: in the stalls of the mares from whom I want colts, I hang at least one blue water bucket; in...

Supporting the Future of Show Jumping with Young Horse Programs and Fun at the...

BY DOMINIQUE LAU The goal since breaking ground at the Paso Robles Horse Park (the Park) has been to create an environment prioritizing the safety of the horses, enjoyment of the competitors, and development of...

Preparing for a New Horse Show

By Tonya Johnston, MA It doesn’t matter how long you have been riding and competing, arriving at a new horse show venue is always exciting! I had the good fortune of traveling for the...

Returning to Our (New) Horse Show Normal

BY PONYMOMAMMY I never thought I would miss the inevitable horse show hangover, but after months of quarantine and cancelled shows, my body was craving the Monday morning exhaustion, empty bank account, and crazy tan...

OTTB A Grand Offer Finds a New Normal with Amateur Owner

BY ELIZABETH JANOSKI A Grand Offer Two things have preoccupied me most of my life: writing and animals, particularly dogs and horses. Finding myself advancing in years with a doting husband, loving son, three border collies, eleven...

The Course Design Process: Q&A With Course Designer Nick Granat

BY EMILY MCNEILL One of the main priorities of competing at a horse show is to memorize the course, and often, the jumps are just as eloquently decorated as the horses and riders are. However,...

On the Road to the World Show: Excuses, Excuses, and more Excuses.

BY JAMIE SKUBAL  Well, the only thing that I can say I have successfully done is try to keep my head above water.  I thought the road to the World Show would be hard, because financial...

Best of 2021: Top “Inside Your Ride” Mental Skills Plaidcast Episodes

We can't welcome in a New Year without looking back at some of our favorite Plaidcast episodes. In "Inside Your Ride," Mental Skills Coach Tonya Johnston welcomes in some of the sport's top athletes...

It’s National Coming Out Day: What Does That Mean, and Is It Problematic?

BY TPH TEAM Are you out amongst your friends at the barn or in your pony club or at home? Do you wish you were? How do you tell your story? When we think of queer...

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 typical amateur moment. In my half-seat,...

Removing Barriers to Success

By Cathy Penrod Sometimes, the choices we make, or don’t make, limit our potential and our performance. Other times, we don’t even see all the choices that we have as both of these situations are...