An Adult Amateur’s (Unrealistic) New Years Resolutions

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It's that time of year again when everyone is focused on self-improvement—and I'm no exception. For most of my life, I've fallen into the resolution trap. You know, when you start to...

It Happens! With Vivian Golden, Richard Slocum and Tim Maddrix

We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers to prove,...

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...

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,...

Is it a Bay and Gray World? Loud Coat Colors in the Hunters

BY 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 patterns,...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Kristin Silon

Hometown: Frederick, Maryland  Profession: Orthopaedic Surgeon/Hand & Upper Extremity Specialist  Status: Amateur  Trainer: Alan Lohman Horses: Kismet (3’3" Amateur-Owner Hunters), Four Score (3’3" Amateur-Owners), Lima Z (3’6" Amateur-Owners) As a horsewoman, I am most proud of my commitment to my...

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...

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...

Braiders Shine with Holiday Cheer

Braids are such a classic tradition for the hunters. There's not much more beautiful than a stunning set of braids! But sometimes it's great to buck tradition and get a little more creative—especially during...

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...

Watch, Listen and Learn With Andre’s Take

Andre Dignelli's Heritage Farm won its 11th USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals - East when student Natalie Jayne took the title in 2021. Leading one of the largest and most accomplished operations in...

Capital Challenge: A Look Inside the Storied First Stop on the Indoors Circuit

BY SABRINA BRASHARES/JUMP MEDIA Capital Challenge kicked off the Indoors season this year once again, bringing the best in the nation to Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. The 29th edition of the horse...

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...

Stacey Reser and the Thoroughbred Comeback

by Ann Jamieson Like most horse people, Stacey Reser started as a youngster, at the tender age of seven. Living in Ontario, Canada, with her single mom and siblings, Stacey picked the most expensive sport...

Judge’s Card: Beware of Exaggeration

By Geoff Teall from Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation Some people do not understand the correct use of the automatic release and are opposed to using it. In fact, they will often...

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...

Leslie Steele: All I Ever Wanted

BY ANN JAMIESON Like many of us, Leslie Steele was drawn to horses as a child. When she was a tiny, Steele “crawled out of my grandparent’s house, through the fence, and into a field...

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...

Lyn Pedersen: Riding, Recovery, and Giving Back

By Piper Klemm, Ph.D. Alcoholism and addiction are epidemics in this country. Millions of people struggle with these serious, life-changing issues (see sidebar below), and the horse show world is no exception. Lyn Pedersen wants people...

French Horse Exports: Bridging the Gap Between the European and American Horse Markets

By Tyler Bui Many dream of importing their own horse from Europe, but for some, the process may seem too complicated and difficult to even begin. Katherine McMahon and Alizé Jeandon of French Horse Exports...

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...

A New Direction for Hidden Ridge International

Covid changes, circuit championships and ... cows? Allyson and Evan Coluccio find success (and some surprises!) with Agatha and Alexa Lignelli By Lindsey Long When 10-year-old Agatha Lignelli was champion with her large pony hunter Chiccobello...