To the Ones Who Always Clap

BY CIRA PACE MALTA Breaking news—this sport is really, really hard. No matter how long you’ve been riding, how many blue ribbons you have won or how much you were able to spend on the...

Every Moment with Horses Is Worth It: Julia Salisbury on Her Roundabout Route to Show...

By Tyler Bui Julia Salisbury has always been passionate about horses. But it wasn’t until a chance encounter that she discovered the hunter jumper world five years ago and immersed herself in it. Today, she...

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...

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,...

OTTB Latitude and Keira Nygaard Win The Carousel Derby

BY TYLER BUI Keira Nygaard and her off-track Thoroughbred, Latitude, captured the top spot in The Carousel Derby sponsored by The Plaid Horse at LA January. Nygaard is trained by Amy Hess of Avanti Equestrian...

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...

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...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Tonya Johnston

Hometown: San Rafael, CA  Trainer: Leylan Gleeson, Small Stone As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: staying grateful for my horse and every opportunity we get to experience together.  As a horsewoman, I would most...

“He Just Takes Your Breath Away”: American Bred Mr. Manhattan

BY TORI SHEEHAN Ask what makes Mr. Manhattan spectacular, and the first answer is unanimous.  “Oh, his jumping. I mean, there’s no question about it,” says John Barker, Manhattan’s trainer. “Just a perfect hunter style.”  The German...

Braiders Shine with Holiday Cheer

Braids are such a classic tradition for the hunters. There's not much more beautiful than a stunning set of braids! But sometimes it's great to buck tradition and get a little more creative—especially during...

Hero Bean Stevenson: A Deep Love for Horses—and a Desire to Improve Mental Wellness...

The mental health podcast host and therapist-in-training shares her story and her hopes for the horse world at large. BY HERO BEAN STEVENSON Candid conversations about mental health are on the rise. Simone Biles made headlines...

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...

A Week at the Happiest Show On Earth

BY LINDY GUTMAN Last month, I had the honor of participating in the Retired Racehorse Project 2020-2021 Mega Makeover in Lexington, KY.  The Retired Racehorse Project is a 501 c3 that advocates for and supports...

Hassinger Farm: Where the Passion For Horses Comes First

Amy Hassinger and Dr. James Hassinger, DVM have spent almost two decades creating four companies with the goal of helping equine and human athletes perform their best BY JENNY FINCH Nestled under the tall, slender pines...

The Invisible Fault: Hannah Isop on Mental Health

BY JENNY SWANSON, LICSW Hannah Isop, talented professional rider and trainer at Harkaway Farm alongside Tracey Freels out of Brewster, NY and Wellington, FL is one of my personal favorites in the industry. After her...

“I’m Simply Addicted to Horses.” Why Betty Oare and Her Fellow Lifetime Riders Don’t...

BY LETTIE TEAGUE My 78-year-old friend Marie Boynton rides six days a week—in freezing cold weather or triple-digit heat unless her 23-year-old horse Bosco has a stone bruise or stifle injury (his two most recent...

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...

How Capital Challenge Taught Karli Postel Schroeder to Thrive Under Pressure

BY TORI BILAS/JUMP MEDIA Since its inception in 1993, the Capital Challenge Horse Show has held prestigious year-end finals, allowing the best hunter, jumper, and equitation riders to shine. In 2008, Capital Challenge began emphasizing...

Glenda Monkarsh: Chasing Her Hunter Dreams Despite Partial Blindness

BY LILLIAN KENT The Las Vegas adult amateur rider has fought through repeated setbacks in her equestrian journey From the outside looking in, Glenda Monkarsh has the picture-perfect set up. Riding two talented geldings, Monkarsh has...

Who Jumped It Best? 2021 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY There's so much more that goes into a winning hunter round than a single, spectacular jump. It's about pace, what's between the fences, style, presence, and so much more. You...

John Bragg’s Bridgeport Farms: Building Success From the Ground, Up

BY LINDSEY LONG If you’ve seen Bridgeport Farms at a horse show, chances are you’ve been impressed. The sheer size of the show setup is remarkable, with aisle after aisle of beautiful horses and ponies...

Who Jumped It Best? 2021 3’3″ Green Incentive Hunter Championship

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY The champions may have already been crowned in Kentucky, but that doesn't mean we still don't have some awards to dole out. We need your help picking from these amazing...