Friday, April 23, 2021

Who Jumped It Best? HITS Coachella 3’6″ Junior/AO Hunters

Judging this class requires no travel time, certification or long days in the sun! Take a look at these talented riders and their beautiful hunters from HITS Coachella. These pictures are all from the...

Scenes From 2018 Devon Junior Weekend

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK The first few days of The Devon Horse Show and County Fair have been filled with wins, sunshine, and excitement to be showing at one of the greatest and most historic...

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...

On Hunters and Horsemen

By Robin Greenwood Probably our biggest controversy in the Hunter Jumper world at this time is the use of drugs on horses. This is not a new problem. Drug rules and drug testing went into...

Finding Balance as an Amateur Equestrian and Working Professional

BY MICHELLE DURPETTI In my last blog, I wrote about ‘making an equestrian passion a priority as an amateur’ – something that I feel grateful every day to have the opportunity and incredible privilege to...

Thoroughbred Hunter, Navy Guard, Finds Smooth Sailing In The Take 2 Division.

BY LAURIE SCOTT Navy Guard marches around the hunter rings with a smoothness and grace that many of us remember from the horses of our teens. Light on his feet, with daisy cutter movement, he...

Erica Quinn on Making It to the Top

BY SISSY WICKES Many of us on the east coast will recognize Erica Quinn as a young rider who is as easily seen hacking horses in the ring at dawn as showing them under the...

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...

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...

Adult Amateurs Make Their First Trips Downtown to the Washington International Horse Show

BY CLAIRE TAYLOR I first heard about the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) when I was eight or nine years old. From that moment on, WIHS—along with the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (Harrisburg) and Madison...

First Dabble in a Derby Earns Michael Tokaruk & Trademark Darmanville a 100 Handy...

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Sometimes it can feel hard to stand out in the hunter ring, but a beautiful, black horse and a 100 score in the handy is a good way to set yourself apart from the...

Devon Horse Show Must-Dos

By Irene Elise Powlick As a Devon first-timer, I quickly learned what everyone must do when visiting this historic horse show. Being such an old show, there are many traditions, and I discovered just a...

National Show Hunter Hall of Fame – Navy Commander

Research by Marianne Taylor, Text by Tim Wickes. It’s a lovely day in 1963 and the great Working Hunter, Navy Commander, and young Ernie Oare have had a fall in the Amateur To Ride class...

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...

Hunter Star Tom Wright Built His Career on Kindness—Now He’s Paying It Forward

BY NINA FEDRIZZI These days, 2020 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame inductee Tom Wright needs little by way of introduction. The Nashville, Tennessee, and Wellington, Florida-based trainer’s list of tri-color wins in the pony,...

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...

Tom Brennan Provides a Virtual Look Inside the Judge’s Box

Brennan increases understanding and accessibility through his Judge My Round online platform. BY CATIE STASZAK Tom Brennan’s calendar is always full. Holding roles as a rider, trainer, clinician, commentator, and “R” judge (That’s the short list)...

Washington International Horse Show Has a Special Allure for Amateurs

BY MOLLY SORGE, JUMP MEDIA In its 60 years, the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) has seen top competition from International Jumpers, Working Hunters, Side Saddle horses, Hackney and Harness Ponies, Quarter Horses, Arabians and...

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...

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...

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...

Morgan Garnett Wins The Plaid Horse High Score Amateur Award at Blenheim EquiSport Spring...

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Morgan Garnett clinched the coveted High Score Amateur Award sponsored by The Plaid Horse in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Blenheim EquiSport Spring Classic III. With an impressive eleventh...