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...

Judges Scott Hofstetter and Bill Talbert Answer The Questions You’ve Been Wondering About Hunters...

BY MACKENZIE SHUMAN This year at the Colorado Hunter Jumper Associations Medal Finals, I was able to sit down with the two judges at the end of the show and ask them a few questions...

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...

Can a Braid Kill Tradition? The Helmet Hair Debacle

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN Recently, I seemed to have caused quite a ruckus by announcing that I would be wearing my hair down outside of my helmet in a braid for the fore seeable future in...

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.

Who Jumped It Best? The 2018 Devon Horse Show: Green Hunter 3’6″

Now it's your turn to play judge! All of these pictures were taken at the same angle, at the same jump in this year's 3'6" Green Hunters at The Devon Horse Show. Who do you...

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...

Who Jumped It Best? $25,000 USHJA Hunter Derby at The Devon Horse Show

Now it’s your turn to play judge! All of these pictures were taken at the same angle, at the same jump in this year’s $25,000 USHJA Hunter Derby at The Devon Horse Show. Who do...

How to Braid a Mane and Tail for the Hunter Ring

By Intern Katie Lenkart Ever wondered how to hunter braid? Braiding is both a fun activity and a way to spend some valuable extra time with your horse. Just like with every other skill, practice...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

Under Saddles Are Here to Stay

By Intern Ashley Shaw   Under Saddles are a traditional part of hunter divisions. We’ve all sat in the bleachers, following the beautiful movers and discussing with friends who the winner will be. And we have all...

What ‘R ‘Judge John Berkos Looks for in a Hunter Round

BY AMBASSADOR EMMY DOLIN Have you ever wondered what the judge looks for while watching your round? I interviewed R-rated judge, John Berkos, to get an inside look for what he looks for while judging. What...

What is The Hunter Derby?

By TPH Intern Caroline Gabus, Photos by Adam Hill The Plaid Horse is proud to sponsor a special award for the Top Scoring Junior Rider and the Top Handy Round Score at all the USHJA...

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...