Smiles, Style, Showmanship: The 2021 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Upperville Colt &...

WORDS by Catie StaszakPHOTOS by Erin Gilmore The Upperville Colt & Horse Show returned after a year hiatus for its 168th edition—a display of top, modernized sport seamlessly intertwined with timeless throwbacks to beloved traditions. The...

Upperville 2021 Leadline Photo Gallery

PHOTOS BY ERIN GILMORE Small ponies, big hats, and adorable children can only mean one thing... leadline! Everyone came dressed to impress this year for a beautiful day.

Pritchard Hill Jumps to Overall Grand Hunter Championship at Upperville Colt & Horse Show

Pritchard Hill, 2020 USEF National Horse of the Year, added another accolade to his lengthy resume, jumping to the Overall Grand Hunter Championship at the 2021 Upperville Colt & Horse Show in Upperville, VA....

A New Direction for Hidden Ridge International

Covid changes, circuit championships and ... cows? Allyson and Evan Coluccio find success (and some surprises!) with Agatha and Alexa Lignelli By Lindsey Long When 10-year-old Agatha Lignelli was champion with her large pony hunter Chiccobello...

The Smiles are Priceless

Wynmore Farm’s Sybil Greene and Melanie Wright share their philosophies on teaching, showing, and diversity in our sport By Rennie Dyball When Melanie Wright was 14 years old, she began riding with Patty Foster and Mary...

How Courtney Hayden-Fromm Creates Horse Shows with Heart

BY LAURA RATLIFF In the era of big-box horse shows and weeks-long winter circuits, one industrious Wisconsin trainer and show operator has carved out a niche that keeps people coming back weekend after weekend.  While Courtney...

It Happens! Devon Edition

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...

Nautilus Farm: Putting Partnerships First

By Kristina Lotz Donna Pace was your typical horse-crazy girl. She collected Breyers (but wouldn’t share them with her younger sister) and dreamed of owning her own horse someday. And, like many of us, she...

Ray Francis Passes Away

A recipient of the USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Pennsylvania Horse Show Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Professional Horseman's Association's Frank Hawkings Lifetime Achievement Award and the USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor, among...

Are “Hunt & Go” Derbies a Yay or Nay?

BY SAMI MILO I did my first “Hunt & Go” Derby last week, which also happened to be a $15,000 USHJA International Derby. Because I did not read the specs on the class in the...

How Much is That Horsey in the Window? Solving the Mystery of Show Hunter...

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING Here at Two Bit Training, we think that there are 8 things that mostly decide a hunter’s value WHEN IT IS  SOLD. Let’s say you are considering selling...

Serio Steps Up

Renowned hunter/jumper trainer fosters rescue horse By Nancy Johnson Walk down the barn aisle at Derbydown and you will undoubtedly see one lovely horse after another. Louise Serio’s Kennett Square, Pennsylvania farm is legendary in the...

Vladimir Littauer and the Art of Forward Riding

William Steinkraus, Joe Fargis, Lendon Gray, Scot Evans, Bernie Traurig. What do these respected horsemen have in common? All were influenced by the forward riding system established by Captain Vladimir Littauer. Much of today's...

Raising Them Right: How Elzabeth Lampert Brings up the Next Generation of Horsewomen

By Emily Randolph/RandolphPR When interviewing young people, it’s not unusual to have to help pull the words out of them or string together their sentences, which is why Zoe and Ivy Lampert are immediately impressive.  At...

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...

Quick Questionnaire with Samantha Schaefer

Rider status: professional  •  home base: Westminster, MD, and Ocala, FL  •  barn: Shadow Ridge LLC As a horsewoman, I am most proud of developing young horses.  As a horsewoman, I would most like to improve...

Jef Lauwers and Calipso Claim Commanding Win in Pin Oak $30,000 USHJA International Hunter...

BY EMILY RANDOLPH/RANDOLPHPR Katy, Texas – April 9, 2021 – Jef Lauwers and Calipso earned a commanding victory in the $30,000 La Primera Hacienda United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby on Friday,...

Ilana Halpern and Prosecco Pick Up Win in Pin Oak $30,000 USHJA International Hunter...

BY EMILY RANDOLPH/RANDOLPHPR Katy, Texas – April 1, 2021 – Ilana Halpern of Lafayette, CA, rode Prosecco to victory in the $30,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Hunt & Go Format International Hunter...

Dominique Mungin: It’s All About the Moments

The three-ring rider on her lifetime with horses, celebrating special moments over wins, and how our industry can do better By Rennie Dyball Dominique Mungin is the rare amateur who shows in Amateur-Owner hunters … and...

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...

Who Jumped It Best? Desert Circuit USHJA International Hunter Derby

All Photos by Sara Shier Photography World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition heads to the Desert this week, featuring a return of the WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular, which will take place on Friday, March...

Braiding Her Own Horse is Part of Amateur and Lawyer Erin Prutow’s Show Prep

BY ERIN PRUTOW My primary concern is that people can’t tell I braided myself! So long as no one notices the braids are not done by a professional, I’m more than happy to keep doing...