Friday, January 22, 2021

The Future of Riding Helmets

There are exciting changes  on the horizon for helmets—but not without our help BY RENNIE DYBALL The hunter jumper world has come a long way from hunt caps and clear plastic chin straps. But equestrian helmet...

I’d Be a Bad Professional. Why are USEF and USHJA Trying to Make Me...

BY PIPER KLEMM As I was reading over the proposed amateur rule updates for both USEF and USHJA, I got stuck on a startling question: Why exactly are we trying to create bad professionals? Our sport...

Calling All Horse Rebels! You Want a Revolution? Here’s How.

BY KIRSTIE LYNN DOBBS The hunter/jumper community turned upside down when Roby Roberts announced that the long-anticipated World Equestrian Center circuit in Ocala Florida would not be a USEF sanctioned event. Instead, the circuit would...

A “DIY AO” Rider’s Reaction to the USHJA International Derby Enrollment Rule Change

BY KIERA PHLIPOT Included in the USHJA’s recent rule changes is a change to International Derbies:   Enrollment in the USHJA International Hunter Derby program is now mandatory to compete in an International Hunter Derby class. So, now...

What is the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame?

Originally printed in the May/June 2017 Print Issue By Prue Draper Osborn Every spring a light is shined on the great names and faces in our sport’s history at the annual National Show Hunter Hall of...

The Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative

BY ELYSE SCHENK Our riding helmets could be significantly safer. To address this, the United States Hunter Jumper Association is taking live-saving steps to support new developments in helmet safety. The USHJA Board of Directors...

Ava Stearns on Her Maclay Finals Commentary: “I’m a Big Believer in Kindness”

BY RENNIE DYBALL Equitation fans everywhere tuned in to the Maclay Finals live feed on Sunday to watch the best of the discipline tackle an impressive course at the Kentucky Horse Park. In addition to the...

What is the NSBA? Learn About the Organization for WEC Ocala

BY JAMIE SKUBAL (SWEET) Many have not heard of the National Snaffle Bit Associate (NSBA) unless they are involved with a breed association that works with them. To those in the Hunter/Jumper community this is...

Are Horse Shows Hiding Exposure to COVID?

BY TPH STAFF As COVID spreads rapidly throughout the United States and the world, many of us feel protected at horse shows. We’re outside. It is not that complicated to social distance, and we’re all...

Put Blame Where it Belongs: Improve and Enforce Covid-19 Show Protocols

BY PIPER KLEMM Why was Pony Finals cancelled? Well, at this point, I’ve heard just about everything.  The rumor mill is raging. I’ve heard about non-compliance from USEF members and non-members alike. I’ve heard the show...

Finding a Path Toward Future Horse Shows: How could COVID-19 testing help?

BY BROOKE GODDARD The entire sporting world came to a screeching halt in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic – horse shows were no exception. The effects of not having horse shows have been widespread,...

A Postmortem on the Cancellation of Pony Finals

BY MARY O’CONNOR Due to Covid-19 cases in the Kentucky Horse Park, Pony Finals was cancelled yesterday two days before the event was due to start. Weeks ago, I wrote a response to the COTH...

Karl Cook on How to Fix Our Horse Shows

TRANSCRIBED BY ELYSE SCHENK “Horse shows are absurdly expensive.” “It’s almost impossible to win enough prize money to pay off a week of horse showing.” “We have an embarrassing lack of Grand Prix spectators.” Who else is tired...

USHJA International Hunter Derby Updates

Throughout most of the country, classes for the International Hunter Derby will be able to continue! One question that has been brought up and addressed by the USEF is regarding the jog, which could...

An Argument for Private Horse Show Photography

BY SARA SHIER I realize photography is near the bottom of the list of requirements competitors need when they are heading to a horse show. It is a luxury item, and there are thousands of...

Understanding Showing Rules for NSAIDs

BY JAMIE WALLACE As the 2020 show year has finally resumed, even though it’s abbreviated due to COVID-19, some things remain consistent. Medication rulings haven’t been altered, meaning that the same prohibited list from last...

USHJA and USEF Town Hall: Showing and COVID-19

BY ELIZABETH SOUSA On June 8th, 2020, the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) held a joint town hall webinar. The webinar was held to answer member’s questions...

Dissecting “The Board” in USHJA: How We Need Diversity in Our Governing Organization

BY PIPER KLEMM The board. It’s part of the closed door meetings that drive our sport. It’s a club of people of power that we’ve long known aren’t split by gender or socio-economic status in...

Learn More About Becoming a USEF Steward

BY DANI SCHNEIDER In 2012, Faith McKay-Alicea began the process of becoming a USEF Licensed Official. “I love horses and I wanted to impact the industry, but I can't afford to have an Amateur Owner...

The Developing USEF COVID-19 Action Plan

BY LAUREN HALL Planning on opening competitions around the country starting June 1st, USEF has made an Action Plan 2020, in response to the dangers of coronavirus. The full plan is supposed to be released...

The Ins and Outs of Equine Appraisals

You've heard of appraisals before, but it's probably most likely dealing with a piece of real estate. Banks need an objective, third-party perspective to determine what a property is worth before they feel comfortable...

Use the COVID-19 downtime to level up on your anti-doping knowledge

BY LISA LAZARUS / MORGAN SPORTS LAW The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. No one is sure when normal service will resume and you may not be able to see or ride...