Thursday, September 19, 2019

Big Love Lessons

2018 Honorable Mention in Creative Nonfiction BY CAROLYN GETCHES There is something magic about the bond between a human and a horse. It doesn’t have...

Barn Family is More than an Expression

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I haven’t lived in the same state as my parents or any of my extended family for over ten years. I’ve gotten used to the distance. Although I...

Drugs and Addiction in the Horse World: A Conversation with Andrew Ellis

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Lifelong equestrian and east coast native Andrew Ellis wears many hats within the hunter/jumper industry. Rider, horse show manager, announcer, USEF Safety Committee member, certified EMT....

Homecoming

2018 Fiction Honorable Mention BY SHANNON FOX Normally when Paige put her foot into the stirrup and swung herself into the saddle, she was filled with a...

Growing with Horses: A Conversation with Kristen Hamel

by Jess Clawson Kristen Hamel is the owner of Sunset View Farms, a horse show parent, founder of the Hamel Scholarship and the Hamel National Horse Show 3’3” Medal....

Old Seoul Equestrian: A Passion for the Grassroots Meets Excellence in Horsemanship

BY JESS CLAWSON Courtney Hayden-Fromm didn’t necessarily envision that her entire professional life would involve horses, but as the owner of Old Seoul Equestrian, horses are beyond even a...

Handling Barn Drama: Protecting Your Happy Place

BY JESS CLAWSON Barn drama is as prominent as barns themselves. It happens everywhere… even if you’re the only boarder. “Did you hear what so-and-so did?” I say to...

Horses Can’t Be Our Only Therapy

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I avoided therapy for a long time. Part of it was stubbornness. I come from tough stock. “No pain, no gain” and “Walk it off” were practically hung...

You Are What You Think: The Mindset for a Winning Ride

BY SARA JAYNE WATKISS Instead of seeing the world optimistically or pessimistically, I have always seen things realistically. I see people for who they are. I can put one and two...

Diane Carney: Are You Contributing to Our Sport?

BY BRENDA MUELLER Diane Carney is a lifelong, dedicated horsewoman, who emphasizes horsemanship in every aspect of her world. Her versatility in the equestrian sport as an athlete, trainer,...

Rise and Shine (a horsewoman’s morning)

BY ANGELIQUE FAWNS It’s 4:30am in the morning, and I’m in my little five-stall barn tossing a scoop of sweet feed and a flake of hay at the horses whickering and...

Pin Oak Week Three Photo Gallery

All photos © Andrew Ryback Photography Brought to you by Summit Joint Performance:  Summit Joint Performance helps your horse feel and perform their...

An Equestrian’s Imperfect Pursuit of Wellness

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Wellness is a funny word. The dictionary defines it as “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” I guess that...

The Smallest One Was Madeline Part II: A Little Mare Rises to the Top

BY ASHLEY DONAYRE 2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry Madeline, the tiny red mare who was never meant to be anything more than a sales project and predicted to go...

Angelo Danza Uses a Sharp Eye and Patience to Bring Along Champions

Angelo Danza has never considered being anything other than a professional rider. “It’s in my blood,” he says. “My grandfather built a horse farm 50 years ago in Brooklyn.” Danza got his...

Faces of Pin Oak: Matt Cyphert

BY JESS CLAWSON Matt Cyphert didn’t grow up in a horse family. His family didn’t push him into riding. He hasn’t been riding since he was a toddler. But...

Barn Rats Over Mean Girls: Life Lessons from Growing Up in a Barn

BY PONYMOMAMMY I feel like I am constantly trying to justify the expense of the horses to my husband. I get it. It’s not cheap, and it doesn’t ever...

Helping Horses: Riding with a Developmental Disorder

BY SOPHIE BAGHDASSARIAN I tried a lot of different activities when I was younger, following my sister’s footsteps. With softball, I was able to release my pent-up emotions by hitting a ball...