Sunday, July 12, 2020

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...

When You’re a Weenie, Flabby Amateur Who Loves Hunter Derbies

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN I love the hunters. Can't help myself. That division is like a bad boyfriend I just can't quit. I know life would be better for me and my free OTTB...

How to Braid a Mane and Tail for the Hunter Ring

By Intern Katie Lenkart Ever wondered how to hunter braid? Braiding is both a fun activity and a way to spend some valuable extra time with your horse. Just like with every other skill, practice...

Serio Rocks International Hunter Derby at Palm Beach Series

Photo Copyright 2017 Susan Benson/Somerset SportArt By Heather Vaxer On Friday, January 6, Louise Serio rocked the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at The Ridge held in Wellington, Florida. She rode Jennifer Burger’s Rock Harbor to...

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...

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...

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...

Like I Said Says Yes to Handy Rounds at Devon

By Irene Elise Powlick / Photos By Jordan Cobb Derby day at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair had plenty of high hopes in the air; but they weren’t unwarranted for the team behind Liza...

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,...

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...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Thoroughbred Hunters

BY BLOG EDITOR 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)...

Escalante Excels in Wasatch Summer Derby

By Irene Elise Powlick After a successful week in the Performance Hunters, Michael Knight and Escalante, owned by Maura Thatcher’s Pony Lane Farm, went on to win the final Hunter Derby of the season at...

Climbing Quickly: Lauren Little Has the Formula for Success

By TPH Editor Lauren Mauldin How does one define the formula that makes for a successful rider? Many would start with natural talent. An eye that leads them to...

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...

22 Derby Finals Hunters That Take “Knees to Nose” Very Literally

One of the most thrilling parts about watching a top hunter class like a hunter derby is when a horse takes a phenomenal jump. You know, the kind of jump where everyone...

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...

Decoding the Derby: Highlights of the USHJA National Derby Program

Above: Professional Rider Hope Glynn competes in a derby class aboard Cabana VDL. Photo by Full Gallop Photography. By TPH Intern Lauren Aubert At horse shows nationwide, there is one spectacle in particular that can rack up...

My 5 Favorite Things about Devon

By Intern 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...

Changing Lives: The USHJA Foundation

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) began its separate not-for-profit foundation branch in 2008 with the mission to promote the programs of the USHJA. Since then, the foundation has expanded...

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...

23 Perfect Braid Photos That Will Make Your Type A Horse Show Heart Happy

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN You know what makes me happy? Horse shows. You know what one of my favorite parts of showing is? Seeing my horse in his formal best, all braided up. When...

Jessica Lohman: A Woman in All Corners of the Equine Industry

BY VYLA CARTER Throughout her life, Jessica (Jessi) Lohman, of Poolesville, MD, has found herself in virtually every corner of the equestrian industry. She rode in the hunters and did fox hunting as a child,...