Thursday, November 14, 2019

Ask The Judge: What’s the First Thing You Notice When a Rider Enters the...

BY ELLEN SHEVELLA When asked what’s the first thing I notice when a horse and rider walk into the ring, the obvious answer is turn out.

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...

Don’t Let Anyone Talk You Out of Buying a Thoroughbred for the Hunters

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I love looking at warmblood hunters. They're fat, dappled, athletic. A lot of them look like they were absolutely made for the job, like slowly cantering...

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...

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...

Jordan Spinelli Brought a DIY Attitude and an Appaloosa to WIHS

BY MOLLY SORGE/JUMP MEDIA She may not have come away from the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) with a ribbon, but Jordan Spinelli couldn’t stop smiling after competing in...

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...

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...

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)...

22 Derby Finals Hunters That Take “Knees to Nose” Very Literally

One of the most thrilling parts about watching a top hunter class like a hunter derby is when a horse takes a phenomenal jump. You know, the kind of jump where everyone...

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...

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...

Who Jumped It Best? Derby Finals Classic Round

PHOTOS © LAUREN MAULDIN This might be our closest Who Jumped It Best ever! With 75 to go in the classic round of the USHJA International Derby Finals, it...

8 Takeaways from the 2019 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s been an impressive two days of hunters in horse country. There were fantastic jumping efforts that made you gasp, adult amateurs and juniors as young...

Creative Braiding Shines at Maryland Horse & Pony Show Contest

Concluding last weekend, the Maryland Horse & Pony Show was an exciting event for competitors of all ages. A premier equestrian event for over 75 years, the show touts itself as a...

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...

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.

The Legacy of Rox Dene

BY SISSY WICKES It is 1994 and the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida is in full swing. Horses everywhere- hunters, jumpers, equitation, ponies. Horses walking down the path...

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...

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...

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...

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...