Saturday, November 27, 2021

Fast Facts: Jumper Judging

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM David Distler, FEI jumper judge and the United States Steward General of the FEI, gave a presentation to members at the USHJA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on a jumper judges perspective....

The Fatigue of The Fight

By Nadia Aslam As an avid equestrian and person of color, I’ve always been more than aware of the underlying racism and biases that exist in our sport.  Through my experiences, I have come to learn...

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event: Dressage Day 1 Gallery

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY With both a 4* and a 5* event happening this weekend, the dressage ring was busy with tests during the first official day of competition. The first group of the...

Day 1 at Great Meadow: US Eventing Team Has Final Sandbox Practice Before Heading...

WORDS & PHOTOS: Samantha Haynie Wednesday, May 30, 2021 — Adorned in their USA Team polos the 11 US pairs made their way down center line at Great Meadow on Wednesday for their fix-a-test ride....

Issues Surrounding Commission Payments

BY LISA LAZARUS What is Commission? Why do trainers charge commission?  As many readers know, selling a horse requires significant work. You need to think about your horse’s strengths and weaknesses; what an appropriate sale price...

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...

USHJA Annual Meeting: Proposed Rule Changes for Equitation

BY TORI WEED Day two of the USHJA National Convention was spent discussing proposed rule changes for USHJA hunter, equitation, and jumper divisions and general rules. Every proposed rule inspired active conversations about whether or...

In Focus: Weekdays at Pony Finals 2021

The 2021 USEF Pony Finals: a triumphant return of what serves as many riders' first championship experience. Pony Finals is truly an event: a competition, an educational forum and a tremendous networking experience—both for...

What Can We Learn From Saint Boy? Considering Horse Welfare Beyond the Modern Pentathlon

BY ALEXANDRA O’SULLIVAN Since the Modern Pentathlon at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a photograph of Annika Schlue riding Saint Boy has been circulating the internet. It shows her shoulders tensed, eyes scrunched closed as...

There Are Big Changes in Store For the 2020 USEF Junior Hunter National Championships:...

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Blink and you might have missed it, but late last month, word was shared across US Equestrian channels that big changes were in store for the 2020 USEF Junior Hunter National Championships....

Rule Changes and a New Outlook on Equestrian Sport in the Desert – Day...

By Elizabeth Evans | Photo: It's A Haggerty's After a long drive out to the desert late last night, it was up early to make it to the Omni Hotel for registration this morning.  With...

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Jog Photo Gallery

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY After a surprise snow blanketed the Kentucky Horse Park Wednesday morning, a total of 63 horses presented in what ended up being a sunny afternoon. All of them passed inspection...

8 Things I Don’t Understand about USEF

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D I don’t hate USEF, but I don’t understand it either. This week, I’ve been looking at the organization through the lens of game theory when it comes to cancelling the Devon...

“Are You With Us?” Important Discussions at the USEF Mid-Year Board Meeting

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) held its Mid-Year Board Meeting Monday and welcomed the membership to tune in to discussions via Zoom. Those watching found a large group of recognizable industry stakeholders discussing...

USHJA Meeting Day 2: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

BY ELIZABETH EVANS Brace yourself, day three was almost as big as the state itself Today was another early morning start. As Alix and I walked to the meeting, we discussed the hot button topics of...
Plaidcast Episode 227A Roby Roberts WEC

More and More Games: A Post Mortem on USEF and WEC

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D Yesterday, we looked at the 2021 Devon Horse Show cancellation through the lens of game theory. But that hasn’t been the only game played this year. Today, let’s use game theory...

Skylar Wireman Shines in $10,000 National Derby at Showpark Racing Festival

BY GRACE SALMON Twelve-year-old Skylar Wireman has been involved in the sport ever since she can remember. “My mom is a trainer, so I pretty much grew up around horses and loved them from the...

25 Years of Memorable Moments at the Capital Challenge Horse Show

BY MOLLY SORGE, JUMP MEDIA For 25 years, the Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS) has been the home of truly outstanding hunter performances. The show has become a highlight of every hunter rider’s year as...

Where Are We With Safe Sport Regulations?

BY ERIN PRUTOW Over the last year, so much attention has been fixed on the United States Equestrian Federation (“USEF”) Safe Sport policies and their consequences. These USEF policies and U.S. Center for SafeSport Code...

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...

Judging WTH: A Dotted (Head) Line

BY Piper Klemm The situation last night was as follows. The Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Children’s Medal Final is running. Forty Riders qualify, 39 contest, the course is clearly posted. There is a dotted...

So Amateurs Are Good Enough to Write a Check, But Not to Have a...

BY PENELOPE AYERS Amateur exhibitors are the economic engine that fuels horse sports across hunter/jumpers, dressage, eventing and many other breeds and disciplines. In the hunter/jumper world, we are governed by the USEF, the overall...