Friday, March 5, 2021

Developing Champions for Life

By Jennifer Bliss I have always admired horse and rider combinations that have been able to withstand the test of time in the show ring and continue to win year after year. These tried and...

What Eventers Can Learn From Hunters

BY JESS CLAWSON 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...

Talk Shadbelly To Me: What Top Derby Riders are Wearing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Shadbellies are a bucket list apparel item for many equestrians. They signify a formal, big event like a hunter derby or classic. Riders on all different levels dream of cantering around with...

Ask The Judge: What’s the First Thing You Notice When a Rider Enters the...

BY ELLEN SHEVELLA When asked what’s the first thing I notice when a horse and rider walk into the ring, the obvious answer is turn out. I probably care less about what color the rider’s coat...

Who Jumped it Best? WEF Green Hunter 3’6″

Weekdays are for professional hunters! The Green Hunter 3'6" division at WEF 3 saw an impressive group contend for the tricolor. The judges placed John French and Scott Stewart atop the podium aboard Blink...

Images of the Upperville Atmosphere – Tuesday, June 5th

With its green canopy of ancient oak trees, glossy hunters and top competition, few horses are as scenic as the Upperville Colt & Horse Show in Virginia. If you're not lucky enough to hack...

Young Professional Spotlight: Jennifer Bliss and Harris Hill Farm

BY SISSY WICKES Although 34 years old, Jennifer Bliss seems to have been around the horse show world forever. She was one of the most successful pony riders of her generation and consistently at the...

Jessica Smith: More Than Just a Winner

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI Jessica Smith embodies what every amateur aspires to be. She is a strong and gracious horsewoman, who has found a way to balance work-life and horses. Jessica and her young horse Haute...

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...

5 “Simple, but Not Easy” Lessons from a George Morris Clinic

BY OLIVIA TAMBURRO  For my second clinic with George Morris, I immediately began preparing by cracking the spine of my copy of Hunter Seat Equitation and taking the stirrups off my saddle. When it came...

Pritchard Hill: A special horse, world-class wine, and a unique friendship

BY RENNIE DYBALL Of all the messages  Balmoral receives on social media, this one was a first... “Is Pritchard Hill the name of the beautiful jumper? Who named the horse and do you know why...

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.

My 5 Favorite Things about Devon

By Jordan Cobb 1. Shetland Pony Races- Everyone dreams of riding around the Dixon Oval in a class competing against the best of the best, but it's not too bad when it's filled with adorable...

The Legacy of Rox Dene

BY SISSY WICKES It is 1994 and the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida is in full swing. Horses everywhere- hunters, jumpers, equitation, ponies. Horses walking down the path that cuts through the show grounds-...

Sapphire Riding Academy is Doug Boyd’s Comeback

Read more from the 2016 Young Horse Issue by CLICKING HERE!  PHOTOS ANDREW RYBACK PHOTOGRAPHY You’ve heard it said that there’s no place like home. In Doug Boyd’s case, that has rung true since he relocated...

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,...

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...

Dorrie Douglas Dashes to Devon

Above photo credit: Mareish Media By Sissy Wickes Dorrie Douglas, rider for Mike McCormick’s MTM Farm in Flower Mound, TX is packing her bags to head to Devon, Pennsylvania. Douglas will be competing S&L Farms’ S&L...

Saturday Scenes from Upperville – Leadline, Family Class and Sidesaddle

America's oldest horse show has some unique classes and divisions, including the family class and of course sidesaddle! Saturday at Upperville was full of beautiful hats, impeccable turnout and don't forget the toughest competition...

Under Saddles Are Here to Stay

By Ashley Shaw   Under Saddles are a traditional part of hunter divisions. We’ve all sat in the bleachers,following the beautiful movers and discussing with friends who the winner will be. And we have all fought...

Beyond the Break

By Ashley Owen   I’ll never forget the first time I saw Seattle, that big, beautiful mare floating across a grass field. She was jaw dropping, embodying grace and athleticism. I was 18 years old and...

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...