Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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...

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...

The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and the USHJA Way

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM After attending the USHJA Convention in 2014 in Las Vegas, I promised that I would never do that to myself again. Coming at a bitter, cold end of a long show...

Is the Amateur Owner Jumper Division Disappearing?

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM While dozens of rule change propositions were offered for approval at this year’s USHJA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, committee members have already begun discussing potential...

USHJA Annual Meeting: Metric System Conversion and Jump Cup Depth Rule Change Proposals

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The USHJA Annual Meeting began on December 8th in Denver, Colorado, and yesterday’s joint Hunter and Jumper working groups conversed about the idea of future propositions...

USEF Response: FEI Pony Height Change Proposal Does Not Affect Hunter Ponies

BY TPH STAFF Coat colors, “hunter hair” versus a braid—there are a lot of ways to shake up the hunters, but few things drum up concerns in hunter/jumper competitors...

The Answers to All of Your World Equestrian Center Ocala Questions!

Dates Will you plan to have USEF sanctioned / recognized events at WEC Ocala? What about USEF mileage rules?  Ultimately our plan is to host sanctioned...

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...

What is USEF SafeSport Training? And Why Do We Need It?

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI When Did Safe Sport Training Become A Part of USEF? The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced on August 27, 2018 that all adult...

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...

Mason Phelps, Jr. Returns to the Helm of Phelps Media Group: Full Speed Ahead!

BY BRENDA MUELLER After a five-year break from heading up his flagship business, founder and president, Mason Phelps, Jr., is back at the helm of Phelps Media Group, Inc. International and...

Safety Ad-Hoc by the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Among the forums at the USHJA Annual Meeting was a Safety Ad Hoc presented by the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab with speaker Dr. Barry Miller. The...

Five Reasons the Vermont Summer Festival is THE Place to Be This Summer

BY LINDSAY BROCK/JUMP MEDIA The Vermont Summer Festival has not only charmed show jumping athletes along the East Coast and beyond over the last two decades, but it also...

Ask Andre: How do you prepare for Devon?

BY ANDRE DIGNELLI The thing that separates Devon from other shows is history. Devon is an iconic location and most of us have seen pictures depicting the show’s amazing...

What to Know About Fireworks, Horses and Your Legal Rights

By Armand Leone of Leone Equestrian Law Q: My neighbors set off fireworks in their backyard (directly over my barn and pastures!) for two nights in a row. The...

Trust the Breeder: Addressing the Issues American Sport Horse Breeders Face

By Kimmy Risser, member of USHJA Hunter Breeding Task Force, USEF National Hunter Committee, and USSHBA Board of Directors When I was recently asked by The Plaid Horse to...

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...

Pin Oak Week One Photo Gallery

ALL PHOTOS © ANDREW RYBACK PHOTOGRAPHY

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...

Becoming a Licensed Official: Two Sides of a Coin

It’s easier than you have heard.  It’s not as easy you thought. The Case for a Judging License (In +- 12 months) BY KARLI POSTEL

Spur Tech Continues to Innovate with a Fresh and Safe Redesign of the...

BY JESS CLAWSON Safety is the most important aspect of horsemanship. Those of us who grew up in the United States Pony Club system may recall the classic drawings...

Getting Involved with the Thoroughbred Incentive Program

BY KATIE KALFAYAN As a Thoroughbred Incentive Program Youth Ambassador, I’ve spent a large part of my eleven years riding working with Thoroughbreds. Currently, I ride a Thoroughbred...