The Perfect Horse for the Working Adult Amateur Who “Didn’t Want a Thoroughbred”

BY SAM SNYDER Hunter or hunter prospect, at least 16.1 hh.  Green is fine but needs to have a good brain.  No Thoroughbreds. Those were my criteria when...

What Hunters Can Learn From Eventers

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Hunters and eventers haven’t always been able to maintain a mutual respect for one another. After all, the disciplines are at the opposite ends of the spectrum in...

Who Jumped It Best? HITS Coachella 3’6″ Junior/AO Hunters

Judging this class requires no travel time, certification or long days in the sun! Take a look at these talented riders and their beautiful hunters from HITS Coachella. These pictures are all...

Who Jumped It Best? HITS Coachella Hunters

It's been a while since we've asked the tough questions around here - who jumped it best?!? Be the judge and your favorite hunter from this glorious group at HITS Coachella.

Adult Amateurs Make Their First Trips Downtown to the Washington International Horse Show

BY CLAIRE TAYLOR I first heard about the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) when I was eight or nine years old. From that moment on, WIHS—along with the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (Harrisburg) and Madison...

The 2’6” Hunter Division is the Face of Income Inequality in America

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM As I sit through the United States Hunter Jumper (USHJA) Affiliate Meeting, we’re hearing a lot about outreach. There’s the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), local...

What Eventers Can Learn From Hunters

BY JESS CLAWSON I’ve been riding since I was four years old, and almost all of that time has been in eventing programs. I missed the pony hunter world entirely. Though I love the jumpers...

Washington International Horse Show Has a Special Allure for Amateurs

BY MOLLY SORGE, JUMP MEDIA In its 60 years, the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) has seen top competition from International Jumpers, Working Hunters, Side Saddle horses, Hackney and Harness Ponies, Quarter Horses, Arabians and...

When You’re a Weenie, Flabby Amateur Who Loves Hunter Derbies

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN I love the hunters. Can't help myself. That division is like a bad boyfriend I just can't quit. I know life would be better for me and my free OTTB...

The 9- What it’s Like to Score a 90 in the Hunter Ring

BY VYLA CARTER As a hunter glides around the ring, a judge watches with a careful eye, marking down points on a sheet and figuring out what score this certain horse will get. The score...

Jessica Lohman: A Woman in All Corners of the Equine Industry

BY VYLA CARTER Throughout her life, Jessica (Jessi) Lohman, of Poolesville, MD, has found herself in virtually every corner of the equestrian industry. She rode in the hunters and did fox hunting as a child,...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Thoroughbred Hunters

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Okay let's be real - for many of us, Thoroughbred hunters aren't a thing of the past. My OTTB does triple duty as best friend, jumper (if I'm feeling brave)...

23 Perfect Braid Photos That Will Make Your Type A Horse Show Heart Happy

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN You know what makes me happy? Horse shows. You know what one of my favorite parts of showing is? Seeing my horse in his formal best, all braided up. When...

Technicolor: A Champion Remembered, 2010–2018

Lindsay Maxwell’s famed hunter, Technicolor, tragically died this spring due to complications from cardiomyopathy. The stunning bay gelding was as kind as he was talented, as beautiful as he was athletic. Technicolor burst on to...

Erica Quinn on Making It to the Top

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES Many of us on the east coast will recognize Erica Quinn as a young rider who is as easily seen hacking horses in the ring at dawn as showing them under...

Is it a Bay and Gray World? Loud Coat Colors in the Hunters

BY INTERN LILLY JOHNSON Though we have all seen our fair share of unique colored horses showing in hunter divisions; bays, greys, and solid colors are the most common. You don't often see many unique...

5 “Simple, but Not Easy” Lessons from a George Morris Clinic

BY INTERN OLIVIA TAMBURRO  For my second clinic with George Morris, I immediately began preparing by cracking the spine of my copy of Hunter Seat Equitation and taking the stirrups off my saddle. When it...

Who Jumped It Best? Upperville High Performance Hunters

It's time for another Who Jumped It Best?! Pull up a chair under the shade from the oak trees and watch the High Performance Hunters from the 2018 Upperville Colt & Horse Show. The...