Tuesday, November 30, 2021

“I’m Simply Addicted to Horses.” Why Betty Oare and Her Fellow Lifetime Riders Don’t...

BY LETTIE TEAGUE My 78-year-old friend Marie Boynton rides six days a week—in freezing cold weather or triple-digit heat unless her 23-year-old horse Bosco has a stone bruise or stifle injury (his two most recent...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Kendall Meijer

Rider status: AmateurHometown: Grand Rapids, MI Trainers: Cathy and Hillary Johnson As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: winning the 2017 Championship at the National Horse Show in the 3'3 AO’s aboard Moonwalk; winning the...

How Capital Challenge Taught Karli Postel Schroeder to Thrive Under Pressure

BY TORI BILAS/JUMP MEDIA Since its inception in 1993, the Capital Challenge Horse Show has held prestigious year-end finals, allowing the best hunter, jumper, and equitation riders to shine. In 2008, Capital Challenge began emphasizing...

Glenda Monkarsh: Chasing Her Hunter Dreams Despite Partial Blindness

BY LILLIAN KENT The Las Vegas adult amateur rider has fought through repeated setbacks in her equestrian journey From the outside looking in, Glenda Monkarsh has the picture-perfect set up. Riding two talented geldings, Monkarsh has...

Who Jumped It Best? 2021 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY There's so much more that goes into a winning hunter round than a single, spectacular jump. It's about pace, what's between the fences, style, presence, and so much more. You...

John Bragg’s Bridgeport Farms: Building Success From the Ground, Up

BY LINDSEY LONG If you’ve seen Bridgeport Farms at a horse show, chances are you’ve been impressed. The sheer size of the show setup is remarkable, with aisle after aisle of beautiful horses and ponies...

Who Jumped It Best? 2021 3’3″ Green Incentive Hunter Championship

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY The champions may have already been crowned in Kentucky, but that doesn't mean we still don't have some awards to dole out. We need your help picking from these amazing...

When you’re at Mechlin Farm, You’re Family

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Barbecue is serious business in the Midwest, and St. Louis, Missouri might well be the capital. At Mechlin Farm in Wright City, less than an hour from St. Louis’s iconic downtown Gateway...

These Derby Hunters Give New Meaning to Jumping a “10”

You've heard of freak jumpers. You've heard of knees to nose, but what abut knees to eyeballs? These derby horses are hard to describe with words. The pictures do all the talking here!

A Look Behind the Scenes of the Derby Finals Handy Round with Course Designer...

BY CHRISTINE FRENCH Alan Lohman is a “R” USEF Course Designer who frequently designs courses throughout the country at shows such as Pin Oak Charity Horse Show (TX), Pennsylvania National, and the Washington International Horse...

Watch: Hunt Tosh and Cannon Creek Win the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships

There were plenty of shakeups on the leaderboard after the final handy round of the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships—outside of the winner. Hunt Tosh and Cannon Creek, who led after the opening Classic...

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,...

Dazzling Derby Finals – Classic Round Photo Gallery

Hunt Tosh and Cannon Creek lead after Friday's classic round at USEF International Derby Finals, but there were countless impressive jumping efforts by the entire field.

Watch: Hunt Tosh and Cannon Creek Lead After Round One of Platinum Performance/USHJA International...

After riding to victory in the 3'/3'3" section of the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships aboard Ceil Wheeler's Twain, Hunt Tosh continued his strong form Friday in Lexington, KY, riding away with the...

Watch: Payne, Tosh Ride to USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship Wins

Thursday was Championship day for the 3'/3'3" and 3'6"/3'9" sections of the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. Hunt Tosh and Ceil Wheeler's Twain held the lead in the 3'/3'3"...

Watch: Hunt Tosh and Twain Take Over Lead at USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship

After two days of competition, Hunt Tosh and Ceil Wheeler's Twain sit atop the leaderboard at the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships. Tosh and the 6-year-old gelding boast a 535.5 total score, 3.5 points...

Quick Questionnaire With Stephanie Danhakl

Rider status: Amateur  •  Hometown: Boston, MA •  Trainer: Scott Stewart As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: my ability to empathize and connect with my horse.  As a horsewoman, I would most like to...

The ‘‘Step Down’’ Horse: A Secret Weapon of the Horse Show World

A seasoned campaigner in need of a lighter job can give green riders confidence BY LETTIE TEAGUE I don’t like the term ‘stepdown’ horse,” says Paul Cronin, the longtime director of the Sweet Briar College equestrian...

Protected: How Do You Prepare to Ride in Different Sized Arenas?

In this new web series from The Plaid Horse, we've set out to get answers to commonly asked questions from industry professionals and judges. International show jumper, trainer and USEF "R" judge (and The...

Protected: How Can You Best Manage a Horse That’s Sensitive to Traffic?

In this new web series from The Plaid Horse, we've set out to get answers to commonly asked questions from industry professionals and judges. International show jumper, trainer and USEF "R" judge (and The...

Straight From the Judges’ Mouth: Translating Scores and Performance

For a newcomer to the sport—and to be honest, even for many avid competitors—the judge's booth can seem like an inaccessible mystery. But speak to any judge, and they'll make it very clear that...

Smiles, Style, Showmanship: The 2021 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Upperville Colt &...

WORDS by Catie StaszakPHOTOS by Erin Gilmore The Upperville Colt & Horse Show returned after a year hiatus for its 168th edition—a display of top, modernized sport seamlessly intertwined with timeless throwbacks to beloved traditions. The...