Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Who Jumped it Best? USHJA International Hunter Derby at WEF Premiere

The first derby of the winter circuit in South Florida came at the new Wellington Premiere show with the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Hannah Isop rode Believe to top honors, with Carousel and...

A 30-Year-Old Show Horse Proves Longevity Is Not “Wishful Thinking”

BY HADLEY ZEAVIN I have owned my Westphalian gelding, Wishful Thinking, also known as  “Winston” or “Winnie” since I was thirteen. My mom was not a horse person, and she sort of happened upon him...

Who Jumped it Best? WEF Green Hunter 3’6″

Weekdays are for professional hunters! The Green Hunter 3'6" division at WEF 3 saw an impressive group contend for the tricolor. The judges placed John French and Scott Stewart atop the podium aboard Blink...

Perfection Personified: Watch the Rounds That Scored 100!

Over the course of history in the hunter ring, only a handful of performances have earned the coveted score of 100 from the judges box. Last week at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington,...

Retraining the OTTB Hunter with Caitlin Maloney

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Thoroughbreds are talented, budget friendly, smart and extremely willing horses… so why don’t we see more of them in the hunter ring? After all, Thoroughbreds were the original hunters far before the...

Monday Balous Keeps on Winning for Redfield Farm & Don Stewart

The Plaid Horse American-bred Feature By Catie Staszak Emil Spadone and Don Stewart had very different vantage points when they first saw Eros SCF in the USHJA International Hunter Derby at the 2017 Jump for the Children...

In Memory of Grappa

BY SARAH WILLEMAN He was the greatest. No other horse has matched his record of seven national equitation championships. He set the standard of what an equitation horse could be. Over the years people have...

Hunter Star Tom Wright Built His Career on Kindness—Now He’s Paying It Forward

BY NINA FEDRIZZI These days, 2020 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame inductee Tom Wright needs little by way of introduction. The Nashville, Tennessee, and Wellington, Florida-based trainer’s list of tri-color wins in the pony,...

Want to Know What it Takes to Win at the National Horse Show? Judge...

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Of all the criteria that USEF ‘R’ Judge Carleton Brooks (a.k.a. CB) looks for in the competitors he judges at major events from coast to coast, the most important quality might surprise...

What Determines How You Place in the Hunters?

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING We are pretty committed to client education at Two Bit Training. Our unmounted lesson topics range from leg wrapping to taking a temperature and pulse to walking a...

Thoroughbred Hunter, Navy Guard, Finds Smooth Sailing In The Take 2 Division.

BY LAURIE SCOTT Navy Guard marches around the hunter rings with a smoothness and grace that many of us remember from the horses of our teens. Light on his feet, with daisy cutter movement, he...

Pritchard Hill: A special horse, world-class wine, and a unique friendship

BY RENNIE DYBALL Of all the messages  Balmoral receives on social media, this one was a first... “Is Pritchard Hill the name of the beautiful jumper? Who named the horse and do you know why...

A Timid Amateur and the OTTB That Opened Up Her World

BY LINDY GUTMAN I am like many of you.  I’d posted those ads that said 15.2 – 16.2 hand gelding between 5 and 10 years of age. Versatility is a must, prefer hunter type movement...

A Thoroughbred Dream: Creating the Hunter Champion an Exercise Rider Rescued from the Slaughter...

BY FRAN BURNS I’ve always had affection for Thoroughbreds. Growing up riding and showing in Maryland, I rode with Jill French, John French’s mom (Yes, that John French), at Oldfield’s School where I leased a...

Tom Brennan Provides a Virtual Look Inside the Judge’s Box

Brennan increases understanding and accessibility through his Judge My Round online platform. BY CATIE STASZAK Tom Brennan’s calendar is always full. Holding roles as a rider, trainer, clinician, commentator, and “R” judge (That’s the short list)...

National Show Hunter Hall of Fame – Navy Commander

Research by Marianne Taylor, Text by Tim Wickes. It’s a lovely day in 1963 and the great Working Hunter, Navy Commander, and young Ernie Oare have had a fall in the Amateur To Ride class...

Carrico: a Stallion for All Rings

This article was originally published in the February 2017 Stallion Issue. View the issue here. BY SISSY WICKES Seaman and Dignelli met at Ludger Beerbaum’s farm in Germany to try a beautiful 16.3 stallion by Catoki...

With Accolades from Eventing to Hunters, Get Rowdy is the horse of a lifetime.

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Imported from Holland by as a four-year-old, the 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding made his start in Eventing. Heather Morris and Get Rowdy competed all the way up to the Intermediate level with...

Roxy Sorkin: Writer, Director, Producer, and Adult Amateur

BY KARLA CAMPBELL Roxy Sorkin might only be nineteen-years-old, but this girl is on a roll. Known for being the daughter of screenwriter, director, producer and playwright Aaron Sorkin, Roxy has certainly shown people that...

Horse Shows Will Resume With New “Lead Changeless” Hunter Division

April 1st, 2020 - Equestrians eagerly awaiting the return of horse show season will have something extra to look forward to—a new hunter division to debut when shows resume. During the extra downtime with...

Developing Champions for Life

By Jennifer Bliss I have always admired horse and rider combinations that have been able to withstand the test of time in the show ring and continue to win year after year. These tried and...

Straight From the Judge’s Booth: Strategies for the Under Saddle

BY R JUDGE SISSY WICKES The more I judge, the more I am surprised that riders do not think more about how to ride an under saddle class. Yes, a good mover is a good...