The New Guard: Huntridge LLC Earns Tricolors All Year Long    

By Tyler Bui If you asked Halie Robinson years ago what her dream barn might look like, she would have described the barn she has now.  “I have always had a very specific vision for what...

In the Judge’s Booth

by Ann Jamieson We've all been there. You put in a terrific round, and you get...nothing. Or you were a disaster, with multiple chips and missed changes. Yet, unbelievably, you get called back in third...

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...

Deputyartee the OTTB: From a Critical Joint Infection to HITS Circuit Champion

BY LORIANN RUSTIGIAN Deputyartee, my seven-year-old OTTB gelding, was a plain brown wrapper of a gelding when I met him in September 2017. But he had the biggest, kindest, softest eye and I knew that I had to...

Derby @ the Vineyard – A Horse Show at a Winery

BY SOPHIA BONSIB A horse show at a winery? While not a traditional venue, this pairing has been very successful. Kimberly Riale of Paradox Country Farm LLC is bringing back the classic hunt field format...

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 searching for my first “grown-up” horse, the first horse I would...

Ask Andre: Are We Showing Too Much and Practicing Too Little?

By Andre Dignelli When I was younger, my mentor Judy Richter used to say to me: We mistake quantity for quality. At the time, I didn’t understand what she meant by that. I heard it,...

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...

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...

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,...

These Derby Hunters Give New Meaning to Jumping a “10”

You've heard of freak jumpers. You've heard of knees to nose, but what abut knees to eyeballs? These derby horses are hard to describe with words. The pictures do all the talking here!

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...

How Much is That Horsey in the Window? Solving the Mystery of Show Hunter...

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING Here at Two Bit Training, we think that there are 8 things that mostly decide a hunter’s value WHEN IT IS  SOLD. Let’s say you are considering selling...

Talk Shadbelly To Me: What Top Derby Riders are Wearing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Shadbellies are a bucket list apparel item for many equestrians. They signify a formal, big event like a hunter derby or classic. Riders on all different levels dream of cantering around with...

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...

Saturday Scenes from Upperville – Leadline, Family Class and Sidesaddle

America's oldest horse show has some unique classes and divisions, including the family class and of course sidesaddle! Saturday at Upperville was full of beautiful hats, impeccable turnout and don't forget the toughest competition...

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...

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

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...

Horse Show Reprise (a Redemption Story)

BY KATRINA BALDING BILLS I’d finished braiding Fella’s mane for this show just a few moments before loading him into the trailer. Even in the relative warmth of the barn, my hands were cold from...

How an International Hunter Derby Works

By Vyla Carter From the jog to how the courses must be set up, there is much more that goes into a USHJA International Hunter Derby than what a spectator sees. To further understand the...

Vladimir Littauer and the Art of Forward Riding

William Steinkraus, Joe Fargis, Lendon Gray, Scot Evans, Bernie Traurig. What do these respected horsemen have in common? All were influenced by the forward riding system established by Captain Vladimir Littauer. Much of today's...

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 great opportunity...