Friday, April 23, 2021

What Determines How You Place in the Hunters?

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING We are pretty committed to client education at Two Bit Training. Our unmounted lesson topics range from leg wrapping to taking a temperature and pulse to walking a...

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...

Straight From the Judge’s Booth: Strategies for the Under Saddle

BY R JUDGE SISSY WICKES The more I judge, the more I am surprised that riders do not think more about how to ride an under saddle class. Yes, a good mover is a good...

Horses: A Family Affair for the Gochman Family

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK For many, going to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is a family outing where everyone can enjoy the food, fair games, shops, and the horse show, and for the...

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 watching can't...

With Accolades from Eventing to Hunters, Get Rowdy is the horse of a lifetime.

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Imported from Holland by as a four-year-old, the 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding made his start in Eventing. Heather Morris and Get Rowdy competed all the way up to the Intermediate level with...

How an International Hunter Derby Works

By Vyla Carter From the jog to how the courses must be set up, there is much more that goes into a USHJA International Hunter Derby than what a spectator sees. To further understand the...

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...

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...

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...

The Perfect Horse for the Working Adult Amateur Who “Didn’t Want a Thoroughbred”

BY SAM SNYDER Hunter or hunter prospect, at least 16.1 hh.  Green is fine but needs to have a good brain.  No Thoroughbreds. Those were my criteria when searching for my first “grown-up” horse, the first horse I would...

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...

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)...

Catch Me Named 2016 USEF National Horse of the Year

By Izzy Feinstein | Photo by Olivia Schrager Catch Me, or more affectionately known as “Snoopy,” owned by Becky and David Gochman, was named 2016 USEF National Horse of the Year. Snoopy is a ten...

Monday Balous Keeps on Winning for Redfield Farm & Don Stewart

The Plaid Horse American-bred Feature By Catie Staszak Emil Spadone and Don Stewart had very different vantage points when they first saw Eros SCF in the USHJA International Hunter Derby at the 2017 Jump for the Children...

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 perfect distances, poise in the saddle....

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...

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.

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,...

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...

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...

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...