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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...

Reading Course Diagrams Part I: Hunters

BY TPH Staff When you head down to the ring on show day at 7am to check in with your ring’s starter, you naturally (and sometimes nervously) drift over to the course board to see...

Sweet Briar College: How The All-Women’s College Has Built A Legacy In The Arena—And...

BY April Bilodeau When it’s time to decide where to continue their education, most college-age equestrians base their choice on what riding programs the school offers…while most parents key into the academics and course offerings. For...

How to Braid a Mane and Tail for the Hunter Ring

By 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 makes...

Grace Russo: Putting Horsemanship First

BY April Bilodeau California native Grace Russo has had a busy, successful year in the show ring. The 16-year-old junior rider spent almost every weekend in 2023 showing, from her home state to all of...

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 over beautiful hedges is what comes...

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...

Hero Bean Stevenson: A Deep Love for Horses—and a Desire to Improve Mental Wellness...

The mental health podcast host and therapist-in-training shares her story and her hopes for the horse world at large. BY HERO BEAN STEVENSON Candid conversations about mental health are on the rise. Simone Biles made headlines...

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...

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. In January 2021 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in...

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...

Hunter Under Saddle and Over Fences: Stock Horses vs Sporthorses

BY JAMIE SKUBAL I often get asked, "What’s the difference between showing a horse at Hunter/ Jumper shows and showing the Under Saddle, Hack, & Over fences at stock horse shows (APHA, AQHA, PtHA, etc)?" In a dream...

Liza Towell Boyd: The Lucky One

by Ann Jamieson When Jack and Lisa Towell were starting out, Jack served as a farrier as well as a trainer. "He did a little bit of everything, probably dictated by the finances of the...

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. I probably care less about what color the rider’s coat...

To the Ones Who Always Clap

BY CIRA PACE MALTA Breaking news—this sport is really, really hard. No matter how long you’ve been riding, how many blue ribbons you have won or how much you were able to spend on the...

Larry Glefke: A Horseman—and an Obituary—Like None Other

BY Piper Klemm Larry Glekfe died on September 15, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of winning and a whole lot more. He was very smart, he understood the horses to a degree few have matched,...

Based on a Feeling: Nick Haness & Hunterbrook Farms

How the power of observation, intuition and hard work have pushed Nick Haness’ Hunterbrook Farms to the top. BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s Monday, a rare day off between hectic show travel that spans both coasts, and...

Betty Oare: It’s Been A Good Life, So Far – Part I

by Ann Jamieson Starting Out Betty Oare first entered a horse show when she was about four. Her father, legendary Arthur Reynolds, Sr., ran the Metamora Hunt Club stable, that hosted the show. Riding a pony...

When the Long Road is the Only Road

By Rennie Dyball As a kid in the early nineties, there was nothing I loved reading more than the free equestrian magazine stocked at my local tack shop. It was the only thing in there...

Trainer Takes: What is Catch Riding?

By Tatum Mitchell Catch riding is a regular activity within the horse industry, but for someone new to the sport, it’s a phrase that doesn’t quite translate directly. Even for veterans of the sport, the...
Amateur Owner Hunter Horses

How Old are the Amateur Owner Hunter Horses at The Devon Horse Show?

Every May, The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair brings together some of the top competition around the country. Only accepting the top qualifiers, the competitors are the entries with the most points in...

Preparing Young Horses for the Show Ring

Trainer, rider, and judge Chris Wynne shares his keys to success Preparing young horses for the show ring is an effort that involves nearly countless variables. For Chris Wynne, a Virginia Beach-based hunter rider, trainer,...