Friday, March 5, 2021

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...

Who Jumped it Best? Performance Hunter 3’6″ at WEF 5

Some of the hunter discipline's very best were out in full force at WEF 5 in preparation for World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week in Wellington. As hunters get ready to take center stage,...

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...

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...

How to Braid a Mane and Tail for the Hunter Ring

By 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 makes...

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...

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...

Jordan Spinelli Brought a DIY Attitude and an Appaloosa to WIHS

BY MOLLY SORGE/JUMP MEDIA She may not have come away from the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) with a ribbon, but Jordan Spinelli couldn’t stop smiling after competing in the Small Junior Hunter, 16-17 division...

Perfection Personified: Watch the Rounds That Scored 100!

Over the course of history in the hunter ring, only a handful of performances have earned the coveted score of 100 from the judges box. Last week at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington,...

Who Jumped It Best? The 2018 Devon Horse Show: Green Hunter 3’6″

Now it's your turn to play judge! All of these pictures were taken at the same angle, at the same jump in this year's 3'6" Green Hunters at The Devon Horse Show. Who do you...

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...

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...

Who Jumped it Best? USHJA International Hunter Derby at WEF Premiere

The first derby of the winter circuit in South Florida came at the new Wellington Premiere show with the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Hannah Isop rode Believe to top honors, with Carousel and...

Don’t Let Anyone Talk You Out of Buying a Thoroughbred for the Hunters

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I love looking at warmblood hunters. They're fat, dappled, athletic. A lot of them look like they were absolutely made for the job, like slowly cantering over beautiful hedges is what comes...

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...

Get Excited about the 2019 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby

Raising money for charities in the Northern Nevada community, this spectacular show is a great time for both competitors and spectators. With over $45,000 in prize money awarded over only two days, this event...

Based on a Feeling: Nick Haness & Hunterbrook Farms

How the power of observation, intuition and hard work have pushed Nick Haness’ Hunterbrook Farms to the top. BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s Monday, a rare day off between hectic show travel that spans both coasts, and...

The Ramp of Tears

By Jordan Cobb One thought ran through my mind again and again earlier this week when I was competing at Junior Hunter Finals East: I am so glad this isn’t Pony Finals. However, I wasn’t...