Finding Balance as an Amateur Equestrian and Working Professional

BY MICHELLE DURPETTI In my last blog, I wrote about ‘making an equestrian passion a priority as an amateur’ – something that I feel grateful every day to have the opportunity and incredible privilege to...

The Legacy of Rox Dene

BY SISSY WICKES It is 1994 and the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida is in full swing. Horses everywhere- hunters, jumpers, equitation, ponies. Horses walking down the path...

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...

Dorrie Douglas Dashes to Devon

Above photo credit: Mareish Media By TPH Editor Sissy Wickes Dorrie Douglas, rider for Mike McCormick’s MTM Farm in Flower Mound, TX is packing her bags to head to Devon, Pennsylvania. Douglas will be competing S&L...

Skylar Wireman Shines in $10,000 National Derby at Showpark Racing Festival

BY ASSOCIATE GRACE SALMON Twelve-year-old Skylar Wireman has been involved in the sport ever since she can remember. “My mom is a trainer, so I pretty much grew up around horses and loved them from...

Horses: A Family Affair for the Gochman Family

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK For many, going to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is a family outing where everyone can enjoy the food, fair games, shops, and...

First Dabble in a Derby Earns Michael Tokaruk & Trademark Darmanville a 100 Handy...

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Sometimes it can feel hard to stand out in the hunter ring, but a beautiful, black horse and a 100 score in the handy is a good way...

Images of the Upperville Atmosphere – Tuesday, June 5th

With its green canopy of ancient oak trees, glossy hunters and top competition, few horses are as scenic as the Upperville Colt & Horse Show in Virginia. If you're not lucky enough to hack...

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...

Early Morning Horse Show Survival Guide

BY INTERN ASHLEY SHAW Early horse show mornings can be chaos, especially when your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet. It can be difficult to keep timely and organized when the sun isn’t even in 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...

The Ramp of Tears

By Intern Jordan Cobb   One thought ran through my mind again and again earlier this week when I was competing at Junior Hunter Finals East: I am so glad this isn’t Pony Finals. However, I...

My 5 Favorite Things about Devon

By Intern Jordan Cobb 1. Shetland Pony Races- Everyone dreams of riding around the Dixon Oval in a class competing against the best of the best, but it's not too bad when it's filled with...

Jersey Boy Retires From Competition

By TPH Intern Irene Elise Powlick SBS Farms Inc.and Susie Schoellkopf announced the retirement of famed International Hunter Derby horse, Jersey Boy. The 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding will be retired to Stacy Sandbothe’s Tennessee farm,...

What ‘R ‘Judge John Berkos Looks for in a Hunter Round

BY AMBASSADOR EMMY DOLIN Have you ever wondered what the judge looks for while watching your round? I interviewed R-rated judge, John Berkos, to get an inside look for what he looks for while judging. What...

Changing Lives: The USHJA Foundation

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) began its separate not-for-profit foundation branch in 2008 with the mission to promote the programs of the USHJA. Since then, the foundation has expanded...

What Hunters Can Learn From Eventers

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Hunters and eventers haven’t always been able to maintain a mutual respect for one another. After all, the disciplines are at the opposite ends of the spectrum in...

5 “Simple, but Not Easy” Lessons from a George Morris Clinic

BY INTERN OLIVIA TAMBURRO  For my second clinic with George Morris, I immediately began preparing by cracking the spine of my copy of Hunter Seat Equitation and taking the stirrups off my saddle. When it...