Friday, March 5, 2021

8 Takeaways from the 2019 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s been an impressive two days of hunters in horse country. There were fantastic jumping efforts that made you gasp, adult amateurs and juniors as young as twelve learning and doing their...

The 9- What it’s Like to Score a 90 in the Hunter Ring

BY VYLA CARTER As a hunter glides around the ring, a judge watches with a careful eye, marking down points on a sheet and figuring out what score this certain horse will get. The score...

Who Jumped It Best? Derby Finals Classic Round

PHOTOS © LAUREN MAULDIN This might be our closest Who Jumped It Best ever! With 75 to go in the classic round of the USHJA International Derby Finals, it goes without saying that the most...

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...

Perfection Personified: Watch the Rounds That Scored 100!

Over the course of history in the hunter ring, only a handful of performances have earned the coveted score of 100 from the judges box. Last week at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington,...

National Show Hunter Hall of Fame: Osczar

BY SISSY WICKES In the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored a perfect 10. Her performance left the crowd hushed and spellbound. The scoreboard was not programmed for a perfect score,...

Who Jumped It Best? HITS Coachella Hunters

It's been a while since we've asked the tough questions around here - who jumped it best?!? Be the judge and your favorite hunter from this glorious group at HITS Coachella.

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 many ways. Still, we’re all equestrians...

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 the horse show, and for the...

A 30-Year-Old Show Horse Proves Longevity Is Not “Wishful Thinking”

BY HADLEY ZEAVIN I have owned my Westphalian gelding, Wishful Thinking, also known as  “Winston” or “Winnie” since I was thirteen. My mom was not a horse person, and she sort of happened upon him...

Who Jumped It Best? $25,000 USHJA Hunter Derby at The Devon Horse Show

Now it’s your turn to play judge! All of these pictures were taken at the same angle, at the same jump in this year’s $25,000 USHJA Hunter Derby at The Devon Horse Show. Who do...

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...

Who Jumped It Best? The 2018 Devon Horse Show: Green Hunter 3’6″

Now it's your turn to play judge! All of these pictures were taken at the same angle, at the same jump in this year's 3'6" Green Hunters at The Devon Horse Show. Who do you...

Early Morning Horse Show Survival Guide

BY 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 sky,...

In Memory of Grappa

BY SARAH WILLEMAN He was the greatest. No other horse has matched his record of seven national equitation championships. He set the standard of what an equitation horse could be. Over the years people have...

A Thoroughbred Dream: Creating the Hunter Champion an Exercise Rider Rescued from the Slaughter...

BY FRAN BURNS I’ve always had affection for Thoroughbreds. Growing up riding and showing in Maryland, I rode with Jill French, John French’s mom (Yes, that John French), at Oldfield’s School where I leased a...

Who Jumped it Best? Performance Hunter 3’6″ at WEF 5

Some of the hunter discipline's very best were out in full force at WEF 5 in preparation for World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week in Wellington. As hunters get ready to take center stage,...

With Accolades from Eventing to Hunters, Get Rowdy is the horse of a lifetime.

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Imported from Holland by as a four-year-old, the 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding made his start in Eventing. Heather Morris and Get Rowdy competed all the way up to the Intermediate level with...

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...

Based on a Feeling: Nick Haness & Hunterbrook Farms

How the power of observation, intuition and hard work have pushed Nick Haness’ Hunterbrook Farms to the top. BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s Monday, a rare day off between hectic show travel that spans both coasts, and...

Surviving the First Show Back After a Decade Long Break

BY BRITTANY FRADE When I was a teenager, I lived for showing. I signed up for every show I could afford. Each weekend I got off from my hosting job at a local restaurant, and checked to...

Want to Know What it Takes to Win at the National Horse Show? Judge...

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Of all the criteria that USEF ‘R’ Judge Carleton Brooks (a.k.a. CB) looks for in the competitors he judges at major events from coast to coast, the most important quality might surprise...