It Happens! Laena Romond, Molly Ashe Cawley, Tim Maddrix

By Tyler Bui 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...

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...

Are “Hunt & Go” Derbies a Yay or Nay?

BY SAMI MILO I did my first “Hunt & Go” Derby last week, which also happened to be a $15,000 USHJA International Derby. Because I did not read the specs on the class in the...

On Hunters and Horsemen

By Robin Greenwood Probably our biggest controversy in the Hunter Jumper world at this time is the use of drugs on horses. This is not a new problem. Drug rules and drug testing went into...

Braiding Her Own Horse is Part of Amateur and Lawyer Erin Prutow’s Show Prep

BY ERIN PRUTOW My primary concern is that people can’t tell I braided myself! So long as no one notices the braids are not done by a professional, I’m more than happy to keep doing...

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...

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...

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...

Serio Steps Up

Renowned hunter/jumper trainer fosters rescue horse By Nancy Johnson Walk down the barn aisle at Derbydown and you will undoubtedly see one lovely horse after another. Louise Serio’s Kennett Square, Pennsylvania farm is legendary in the...

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...

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...

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,...

It Happens! Abby Blankenship, Erynn Ballard, Stacia Klein Madden and Melanie Smith Taylor

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,...

Dominique Mungin: It’s All About the Moments

The three-ring rider on her lifetime with horses, celebrating special moments over wins, and how our industry can do better By Rennie Dyball Dominique Mungin is the rare amateur who shows in Amateur-Owner hunters … and...

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...

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...

The Smiles are Priceless

Wynmore Farm’s Sybil Greene and Melanie Wright share their philosophies on teaching, showing, and diversity in our sport By Rennie Dyball When Melanie Wright was 14 years old, she began riding with Patty Foster and Mary...

It Happens! Devon Edition

By Rennie Dyball 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...

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...

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,...