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Book Excerpt: The Judge Tells All

By Randy G. Roy Reprinted with permission from the author From Chapter 3: Hunters Q: What is the best way to enter the ring for an over fences hunter class? A: It depends on your horse. If he is...

I Had My Heart Horse Too Early

When the horse of a lifetime shows up sooner than you expected  By Meg Rosenthal I got my horse of a lifetime very early in my career. When I was 18, I had just turned professional...

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...

Liza Towell Boyd: The Lucky One

by Ann Jamieson When Jack and Lisa Towell were starting out, Jack served as a farrier as well as a trainer. "He did a little bit of everything, probably dictated by the finances of the...

It Happens! Sara Roche, Rennie Dyball & Lily Muzzy

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,...

Mary Crane and Forever Bernardini: 2022 North American Field Hunter Champions

Mary Crane riding her Forever Bernardini won both the 2022 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship as well as the Dr. Mathew Mackay-Smith Award for the Highest Placing Thoroughbred in the weeklong competition held in Middleburg, VA. No horse...

Alesi Farms: Creating a Legacy in American Hunter Breeding

Home of Marabet Farm and Olde Oaks Farm By Victoria Sheehan Paris is always a good idea. Paris, Kentucky, sits in the heart of Bourbon county. Less than 10,000 people call this town home. There are...

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...

Ask the Judge: Rachel Kennedy

By Catie Staszak "R" judge Rachel Kennedy is making the judge's booth more accessible. Kennedy, who runs her ESP Farm operation out of Brookeville, MD and Wellington, FL, was on the judging panel at...

‘Dream’ Return to WCHR Week for WON Equestrian’s Rachel Geiger Barker

By Catie Staszak for Weather or Not Equestrian Rachel Geiger Barker’s first recollection of WCHR Week at Wellington, FL’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) came on a most rainy Saturday in February of 2002.Looking back, the...

Should a Rail Be -15 Points in the Hunters?

BY Piper Klemm I am here to argue for a rail being scored as -15 points off your score in the hunters and not an automatic base score of 45 points out of 100, as...

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,...

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...

5 Strides With: Rain King

An “interview” with the young hunter, via his rider, Taylor Ann Adams The 5-year-old Dutch Warmblood has won multiple Young Hunter championships in Florida 1. How does it feel to be a top 5-year-old hunter? I don’t...

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...

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...

Savannah Strome: Rider and Environmental Activist

BY RENNIE DYBALL You don’t need to spend much time with Savannah Strome to pick up on the special connection she has with her animals. Hand grazing one of her horses at a show in...

Not So Subtle: ‘Subtil’ Shines Through Melanomas in the Hunter Ring

By Catie Staszak Early in the 2021 winter season at Kimberview Stables in Chester County, PA, trainer Troy Hendricks was on the hunt for a horse for a new student. Junior rider Alexa Bing was looking...

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...

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...

5 Strides With: Gentleman

An “interview” with the Green Hunter (via his rider, Colin Savaria!) The 6-year-old Oldenburg was champion in the 3’3 Green Hunters in Ocala this spring. 1. What do you love about being in the show ring? I...

Shamrock Show Stables: Cultivating a Confidence-Building Environment

By Tyler Bui    At World Equestrian Center in Ocala, a young rider came to watch his barnmates at Shamrock Show Stables compete. He’d previously only competed in a local horse show in a...