Monday, April 19, 2021

Todd Minikus NEVER SLOWS DOWN; The guy who never rides for second.

Originally from the September 2017 Print Issue By Sissy Wickes Thirty two years of riding at the Grand Prix level, over 130 National and International Grand Prix wins, 2014 Equestrian of the Year, 2014 Horse...

From the Adult Hunters to Grand Prix in Under Three Years

BY ELIZABETH PHILLIPS Someone recently asked me how I went from the Adult Hunters to competing in a Grand Prix in two and a half years. As I thought through all the pieces that had...

Bernie Traurig – A Man for All Disciplines

BY ANN JAMIESON "My first ride on a horse was with my mother, and I was 11 years old. It was at a place called Whitey's Stables on Long Island. My mother was a pleasure...

5 Strides with With Wings

An “interview” with the  17-year-old show jumper (via his rider, Karen Polle!) The Dutch Warmblood gelding—who goes by Wings or Wingy at home—has won 5* Grand Prix all over the world, was named best horse...

Riding Full Circle with TJ O’Mara

BY TORI BILAS TJ O’Mara has become a household name for many riders aiming to succeed in the equitation ring. Wins in the 2016 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals, the 2016 Pessoa/US Hunter...

Alex Jayne on Making Horses and Shaping the US Industry

BY ELYSE SCHENK Breeding horses takes imagination. Great breeders use creative foresight in order to envision an ideal mare and stallion combination. They paint a picture in their minds of how traits might match up...

Is Making Show Jumping a Team Sport the Way to Invigorate Our Sport?

BY BRIDIE HAMILTON As a former working student, FEI Groom and EAP National Finalist turned collegiate equestrian, riding horses sometimes feels like Hotel California: you can check out but you can never leave.  Recent discussions surrounding...

5 Strides with NINETTO

An “interview” with  the jumper ready to make  his Grand Prix debut (via his rider, Anna Ishiyama!) The 12-year-old bay Oldenburg,  who goes by Teddy at the barn, showed consistently in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers...

The Upside of Downtime

Lillie Keenan capitalizes on show circuit downtime with training and health focus for her horses and launches the "Lillie" line of scrumptious show apparel for fellow riders. BY KIM F MILLER Young show jumping professional Lillie...

An Equine “Interview” – 5 Strides with Mavis Spencer’s Con Calle

An “interview” with the jumper and recent Grand Prix winner (via his rider, Mavis Spencer!) The 11-year-old bay Holsteiner, who goes by Calvin at the barn, won the $25,000 Jet Pets Grand Prix at the...

A Perfect Partnership

BY KRISTIN PITZER The Irish flag will continue to fly at Heathman Farm with Lorcan Gallagher in the irons. For much of North America, May 5, or Cinco de Mayo, is a day that celebrates Mexico’s...

Self-Made: Years of Hard Work Pays Off with a First Grand Prix Win for...

BY LAURIE SCOTT If Kyla Makhloghi had $8,000.00, in 2017, she wouldn’t have Hurry Up B or a Grand Prix win. Riders often bemoan the fact that they will never be able to afford to become...

Georgina Bloomberg’s Manhattan is the Son of Two of Her Favorite Mounts

The Plaid Horse American-bred Feature BY CATIE STASZAK When it comes to breeding, Georgina Bloomberg has adhered firmly to the concept of quality over quantity. Her Gotham Enterprizes’ breeding endeavors remain small in numbers, but the...

Making Things Happen Without Making Excuses: An Adult Amateur’s Climb

BY LAUREN MAULDIN There is a tendency to divide the equestrian industry into the “haves” and the “have nots.” With events ranging from small schooling shows to extensive seasonal circuits, for many it can seem...

Meet Bradley: The Homebred Colt Who Inspired a Breeding Operation

By Catie Staszak Read this article in the May/June full issue here. When Diana Sturges joined forces with accomplished hunter rider Christopher Payne to breed a few of Diana’s retired mares, the endeavor was meant...

How This Blind Jumper Rider Is Pursuing Her Dreams – and Paving the Way...

By Rennie Dyball As Wren Blae Zimmerman turns toward the first fence in her jumper classic at World Equestrian Center, she isn’t looking for a distance. She’s just counting. Because while Zimmerman might appear like...

Kent Farrington Shares His Experience in “Riding for the Team”

FROM JUMP MEDIA “Riding for the Team” tells the behind-the-scenes stories of 47 of the U.S.’s finest equestrian athletes. From humble beginnings, and through good days and bad, the 302-page book chronicles how the country’s...

One More Year: The Olympic Games Remain a Symbol of Hope in a Sea...

BY CATIE STASZAK As a journalist and commentator, I have two main fears in the workplace: not knowing, and not being able to find the answer.  On March 13, equestrians received the email heard ‘round the...

Capri: When a Family’s Commitment to a Special Horse Shines in the Show Ring

BY DANI SCHNEIDER In 2012, Marina Samad tried a small but mighty mare, Capri. They immediately connected, and what was supposed to be a lease for the show season turned into a forever partnership when...

Anne Kursinski: It’s All About the Horse

BY ANN JAMIESON “That’s all I ever wanted to do, ride, and be with horses,” states Anne Kursinski, one of the all-time leading riders in United States show jumping history. Getting her start as a...

Laura Hite: The Amateur Winning in the Grand Prix Jumpers

BY JESS CLAWSON Laura Hite has not spent her entire life planning to ride in the Grand Prix ring. Like many amateurs, she grew up riding in hunters and equitation before stopping to finish college,...

Sloan Elmassian Forges Her Own Path

BY JESS CLAWSON In most professional sports, the way from high school to college to the pros is clear. It’s a rare phenomenon to skip a step. But in equestrian sports, there isn’t a standard...