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Who Jumped It Best? Upperville High Performance Hunters

It's time for another Who Jumped It Best?! Pull up a chair under the shade from the oak trees and watch the High Performance Hunters from the 2018 Upperville Colt & Horse Show. The...

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...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Thoroughbred Hunters

BY 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) and hunter...

Alcohol and Amateurs

By GAIL REZENDES-DELL For many equestrians, April marks the start of the show season after a long winter of staying home and fine-tuning the basics. April also is designated Alcohol Awareness Month by the National...

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...

Roxy Sorkin: Writer, Director, Producer, and Adult Amateur

BY KARLA CAMPBELL Roxy Sorkin might only be nineteen-years-old, but this girl is on a roll. Known for being the daughter of screenwriter, director, producer and playwright Aaron Sorkin, Roxy has certainly shown people that...

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...

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...

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...

Bring Back the Leaderboard

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN Recently I was out with a bunch of amateur ladies discussing everything from fashion and travel to trying to solve the problems of horse show life. We all participate in the sport...

Matt Cyphert Puts on the Ritz to Win $5,000 De Cillo Equine Clinic USHJA...

Katy, Texas – Matt Cyphert and Ritz, owned by Katie McDonnell, claimed victory in the $5,000 De Cillo Equine Clinic United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) National Hunter Derby on Friday, February 25, during...

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,...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Kendall Meijer

Rider status: AmateurHometown: Grand Rapids, MI Trainers: Cathy and Hillary Johnson As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: winning the 2017 Championship at the National Horse Show in the 3'3 AO’s aboard Moonwalk; winning the...

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...

It Happens! Margo Thomas, Havens Schatt, Danny Robertshaw

It Happens! 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...

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...

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...

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...

St. Michael’s Freshman Student Hampton Baker Swaps Jeans for Breeches

BY LAURA DUGGAN Breaking with her western cowboy family tradition was not the goal for Hampton Baker’s young self. She simply wanted riding lessons – not being content to share space on her dad’s saddle...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Alex Anseth

Status: Head Trainer, Augusta Pines Farm • Hometown: Magnolia, TX As a horsewoman, I am most proud of my determination.  As a horsewoman, I would most like to improve on my patience.  I’d be lost without boot...

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...

National Show Hunter Hall of Fame – Navy Commander

Research by Marianne Taylor, Text by Tim Wickes. It’s a lovely day in 1963 and the great Working Hunter, Navy Commander, and young Ernie Oare have had a fall in the Amateur To Ride class...