It’s In the Details: The Quarter Marks of Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY Turnout is about a lot more than looking pretty for a horse show, and eventers know that more than most disciplines. From elaborate jog outfits to color-coordinated cross country gear,...

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....

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...

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...

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...

How to Fix Our Horse Shows: An Opinion From the Other Side

BY JACK NASH Karl Cook has big opinions about increasing the visibility of show jumping and with it the prize money of Grand Prix events. As a horse show employee, I’d like to respond with...

Desert Circuit V Cancelled as DIHP Announces Updated Rules and Protocols

Edited Press Release The Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) announced the cancellation of its fifth week of hunter-jumper competition Sunday in light of the continued outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) onsite. Management released the following statement: Dear...

Pin Oak Week One Photo Gallery

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2021 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Top 24 in Photos

Breathtaking efforts. Perfect trips. Top hunters and riders. We sure were glad to be back at the Kentucky Horse Park this year. Even though this was only Cannon Creek's fourth hunter show in the US,...

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....

The Quarter Marks of LRK3DE 2022

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY Quarter marks are a time-honored tradition to "put on the ritz" for the top shows of the year. While this grooming practice has all but disappeared in the hunter/jumper world,...

Why Local Horse Shows Lose Good Judges

BY LILLI BIELER BIEDERMANN For the last fifteen years, I’ve judged regularly with my USEF ‘r’ (HU/HE) license. Living in north central Vermont with few other judges around, I often have to drive a good distance to...

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...

Ray Francis Passes Away

A recipient of the USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Pennsylvania Horse Show Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Professional Horseman's Association's Frank Hawkings Lifetime Achievement Award and the USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor, among...

USHJA Annual Meeting: Measurement Card and Halter Number Rule Change Proposals

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The USHJA Annual Meeting Rule Change Forum was held this morning in Denver, Colorado with USHJA President Mary Babick and Vice Presidents Robin Rost-Brown and Charlotte Skinner-Robson.  Reversing Permanent Measurement Cards Ages Of the...

The Silent Loophole

By Piper Klemm In June, USEF announced that it had rescinded Peggy Fackrell's licenses as a USEF judge and steward for violating the Social Media and Ethics policy. Fackrell’s content in question included a Facebook post from...

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 USEF members must complete free SafeSport Training. All members who renewed...

Soledad O’Brien Finds Success During her First Trip to Wellington 

Soledad O’Brien is an American Broadcast Journalist known for her hosting role on the political magazine program Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, and for past roles as an anchor for CNN, MSNBC and...

The Two Deeply Flawed Principles of USEF—And the Obvious (Resisted) Solution

By Brian Sean Wee, CFP I am very much energized by the recent changes that USEF has made, and applaud them for the recent work from the Amateur Task Force and Competition Task Force.  However, as...

Horse Tests Positive for EHV-1 at Sonoma Horsepark

We've received a report that a horse that attended a show at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, CA has been confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) secondary to EHV-1. Though the horse did...

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 that would change all labeling of...

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 additions for the 2021 competition year....