Courtney Calcagnini and Bowie Victorious in $30,000 International Derby at Pin Oak Charity Horse...

Photos and article by Katie Lenkart, As Courtney Calcagnini walked into the ring for the Handy round of the International Derby on the horse, Bowie, the pressure was on. She had won the Classic round,...

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...

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

BY 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 are...

22 Derby Finals Hunters That Take “Knees to Nose” Very Literally

One of the most thrilling parts about watching a top hunter class like a hunter derby is when a horse takes a phenomenal jump. You know, the kind of jump where everyone watching can't...

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...

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...

It Happens! With Halie Robinson, Richard Slocum, and Emma Fletcher

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...

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...

When You’re a Weenie, Flabby Amateur Who Loves Hunter Derbies

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I love the hunters. Can't help myself. That division is like a bad boyfriend I just can't quit. I know life would be better for me and my free OTTB 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...

Protected: How Can You Best Manage a Horse That’s Sensitive to Traffic?

In this new web series from The Plaid Horse, we've set out to get answers to commonly asked questions from industry professionals and judges. International show jumper, trainer and USEF "R" judge (and The...

The 2’6” Hunter Division is the Face of Income Inequality in America

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM As I sit through the United States Hunter Jumper (USHJA) Affiliate Meeting, we’re hearing a lot about outreach. There’s the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), local...

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...

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...

A Win Right Out of the Gate: Meghann Murphy and Furstentusch N Claim Victory...

By Irene Elise Powlick Meghann Murphy and her own Furstentusch N took the win in the $250 Carousel Hunter Derby, sponsored by The Plaid Horse, at the Coachella Valley Classic, a USEF ‘B’ Rated show...

Building a Legacy at Forget Me Not Farm

By Jordan Cobb Three years ago, Stefanie Mazer decided to gamble on a beautiful chestnut pony standing in the cross ties. Today, that same pony boasts a championship at Devon, a win at Washington...

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...

Technicolor: A Champion Remembered, 2010–2018

Lindsay Maxwell’s famed hunter, Technicolor, tragically died this spring due to complications from cardiomyopathy. The stunning bay gelding was as kind as he was talented, as beautiful as he was athletic. Technicolor burst on to...

Carrico: a Stallion for All Rings

This article was originally published in the February 2017 Stallion Issue. View the issue here. BY SISSY WICKES Seaman and Dignelli met at Ludger Beerbaum’s farm in Germany to try a beautiful 16.3 stallion by Catoki...

It Happens! Sarah Duhon, Margie Engle, Vanessa Brown and Jen Ritucci

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? USHJA International Hunter Derby at WEF Premiere

The first derby of the winter circuit in South Florida came at the new Wellington Premiere show with the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Hannah Isop rode Believe to top honors, with Carousel and...

Pritchard Hill Jumps to Overall Grand Hunter Championship at Upperville Colt & Horse Show

Pritchard Hill, 2020 USEF National Horse of the Year, added another accolade to his lengthy resume, jumping to the Overall Grand Hunter Championship at the 2021 Upperville Colt & Horse Show in Upperville, VA....