Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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....

Two USHJA Horse Welfare Rule Proposals You Need to Know About

BY TPH STAFF It’s that time of year again. The USHJA Annual meeting is just around the corner, and with it a series of proposed rule changes. Everyone can review the proposed changes at the USHJA website, and...

Inside the Numbers: The Cost of Local Shows

What's that social rule, never talk about money? At The Plaid Horse we believe in having open discussions about the cost of horses and horse showing. It is both educational for young riders who...

Co-Owning a Horse With Your Trainer: What You Should Know

BY LEONE EQUESTRIAN LAW Question: I have the opportunity co-purchase a horse with my trainer for later re-sale, and I’m excited about it! I’ll be able to ride and enjoy the horse while my trainer...

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 like mentioning changing pony heights and...

Importing Sport Horses and Their Acclimation to America

BY LIZ CORNELL Importing horses from other parts of the globe is not a new phenomenon. In fact horses that compete internationally have more frequent flyer miles than most people. You’ve heard the story before...

Grand Prix Equine Combines Technology and the Human Touch

BY JESS CLAWSON Horse owners want to be knowledgeable and educated about every aspect of our horses’ care, but working adult amateurs don’t always get to take part in the day to day management. That’s...

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...

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 illustrating the difference between a safe...

Should We Trim Horses’ Whiskers?

BY ILISSA LOEWENSTEIN MEYER Anyone who watches international competition is seeing changes to some long-standing traditions in turnout and appearance. Some research indicates that “hunter hair” affects helmet fit to the point that it’s unsafe,...

Ulcer Prevention for the Competitive Sport Horse With the Veterinarians of Palm Beach...

BY LINDSAY BROCK/JUMP MEDIA From show to show, week to week, horses are asked to perform their very best whether at a local schooling show or some of the most prestigious competitions in the world....

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 first night, my horses were in...

Confessions of an Equine Risk Manager

BY BECCA HUNT Working in the personal insurance industry as a risk manager for decades has conditioned my eye to be keenly aware of circumstances that could threaten the safety of lives and our built...

USHJA President Mary Babick Speaks Out on Rob Gage and Concerns Over Safe Sport

USHJA President Mary Babick answered questions pertaining to the recent suicide of equestrian Rob Gage and the possible unintended consequences of SafeSport. Babick spoke with USHJA Board of Directors member Sissy Wickes about the...

The Horse Racing Integrity Act: Why It Matters Outside the USA

BY LISA LAZARUS For as long as horses have been competing in sport, civil societies have recognized that the competition should not be influenced by medication. This recognition was not only to keep competition fair,...

It’s Pride Month! What Does That Mean?

By Jess Clawson June means a lot of things in the horse world: Devon, Upperville, the end of the school year, the beginning of summer. For a lot of us, it also means the start of...

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...

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 past. If you have grown up...

Breaking the Stigma of Purchasing Older Horses

BY JAMIE SKUBAL As I scroll through Facebook groups I see more and more ISO ads for horses stating they want polished show horses with lots of positive traits—also under 15 years old. More times than not...

A Quick Guide to Logistics and Costs With Importing a Horse

BY LAUREN KARDEL OF KARDEL GLOBAL EQUINE For someone who has never done it, importing a horse can seem like an impossible problem to solve. You're flying in a horse, from where? The process isn't...

Ask Andre: Are Group or Private Lessons Better for Students?

BY ANDRE DIGNELLI Do you prefer private lessons or group lessons? I grew up riding in my back yard by myself. When I would go and take lessons, it was more affordable to be part of a group. I...

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 has become one of the most...