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What Eventers Can Learn From Hunters

BY TPH TEAM I’ve been riding since I was four years old, and almost all of that time has been in eventing programs. I missed the pony hunter world entirely. Though I love the jumpers...

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...

These Derby Hunters Give New Meaning to Jumping a “10”

You've heard of freak jumpers. You've heard of knees to nose, but what abut knees to eyeballs? These derby horses are hard to describe with words. The pictures do all the talking here!

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Leslie Steele: All I Ever Wanted

BY ANN JAMIESON Like many of us, Leslie Steele was drawn to horses as a child. When she was a tiny, Steele “crawled out of my grandparent’s house, through the fence, and into a field...

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,...

To The “Backyard” Rider With Big Dreams

BY LAUREN MAULDIN No matter how old you get, you won’t forget the afternoons you spent alone at the place that invited you into the magic of horses. Later when you walk into spotless facilities...

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.

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...

Derby @ the Vineyard – A Horse Show at a Winery

BY SOPHIA BONSIB A horse show at a winery? While not a traditional venue, this pairing has been very successful. Kimberly Riale of Paradox Country Farm LLC is bringing back the classic hunt field format...

Retraining the OTTB Hunter with Caitlin Maloney

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Thoroughbreds are talented, budget friendly, smart and extremely willing horses… so why don’t we see more of them in the hunter ring? After all, Thoroughbreds were the original hunters far before the...