Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Celebrating the Round: AIG $1 Million at HITS Coachella

PHOTOS © TORRENCE SULLIVAN Whether the prize is $1 million or something much smaller, we know that our horses deserve love and appreciation no matter what the stakes. That's why we love these "Celebrating the...

20 Photos That Prove Le Saut Hermès is the Candyland of Horse Shows

ALL PHOTOS © ERIN GILMORE PHOTOGRAPHY A historic venue with a glass ceiling. Amazing riders and horses from all over Europe. Huge crowds of enthusiastic fans. Plus to top it all off, Hermès drips over...

Who Jumped It Best: AIG $1 Million at HITS Coachella

PHOTOS © TORRENCE SULLIVAN The class is over, and Beezie Madden surely cashed her $350,000 check for winning the AIG $1 Million at HITS Coachella. Still, we've got photos of some of your favorite Grand...

Hermès Everything Caps An Epic Edition of Le Saut Hermès

BY ERIN GILMORE Sifting through my photos from yesterday’s grand finale of the Saut Hermès CSI5* in Paris, I set out looking for the shot that illustrates the main thing that I always want to convey to...

Hermès is French for Over the Top

BY ERIN GILMORE I’m not sure who it was at Hermés Sellier who came up with the notion to hold a horse show under a 100-year old glass ceiling, but whoever you are, I applaud you. This...

Touch of Class: Show Jumping’s Great Thoroughbred Mare

BY JESS CLAWSON The hallways of the hunter/jumper sport are lined with champions, and one of the greatest on the wall is the Thoroughbred mare, Touch of Class. Touch of Class (1973-2001) was everything she wasn’t supposed...

Game Face: Grand Prix Horses to the First Fence of the Jump Off

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Careful observation is a great way to learn about riding. After all, there are 500 reasons why I'm never going to ride in a Grand Prix class, but I certainly learn a...

Who Sliced It Best? HITS Coachella VI SmartPak $30,000 Grand Prix

The jumper ring is all about scope over style, but that doesn't mean we can't dive into a who jumped it best! The jump off from yesterday's $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix had tons of...

Throwback Thursday: 1960’s Hunter/Jumpers

How much has our sport changed in the last 50 plus years? Is a good horse in 1960 the same as a good horse today? It's interesting to track the evolution of the sport. From...

Get to Know Tanner Korotkin: Three Ring Wellington Superstar

Tanner Korotkin is an incredibly talented up and coming young rider who is making waves in all three rings. The Wellington-based young man is the son of Alan and Kirsty Korotkin, owners of Castlewood...

Celebrating the Round: HITS Coachella Jumpers

BY LAUREN MAULDIN / PHOTOS © TORRENCE SULLIVAN A clear round, a good effort. There are different marks for success when it comes to showing horses. Numbers on the screen and ribbons awarded only tell a small part...

Throwback Thursday: Sweet Lullaby Was The Horse That Made It Happen For Martha Wachtel...

Martha Wachtel Jolicoeur didn’t even enter herself in her first grand prix. “I was always placing first and second in the open power and speed jumper classes in , but I was too scared...

Ringside Photos: Jumping Through Week I of HITS Coachella

PHOTOS BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK It's that time of year again; winter circuits are in full swing where riders from all over the country have flocked to warmer climates in pursuit of ribbons, horsemanship and fun. Just outside of...

A Broken Hand Can’t Stop Catherine Tyree

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The Hampton Classic Horse Show is recognized by equine enthusiasts worldwide for its expansive grass Grand Prix field, with natural obstacles and gigantic oxers that put horse and rider alike to the...

Epic Rider Saves: Jumper Ring Edition

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN I'm not exactly the stickiest person ever when it comes to riding. Case in point -- my horse has spun me off turning left in a jumper course... more than...

Big Names, Big Crowds, Big Money. My Big Interview with Beezie Madden

BY EMMY DOLIN On August 17th 2018, excitement and pressure mounted leading up to the largest Grand Prix in Illinois history. Hosted by HITS Balmoral Park, Crete, IL, the Showplace End of Summer II show...

Will Simpson Inspires Accuracy at Rutledge Farm Clinic

BY ERIN GILMORE Great riders have a way of making what we do seem so simple. It’s how they give us confidence. After watching Olympic gold medalist Will Simpson teach a two-day clinic at Rutledge...

From Troubled to the Top: Charlie Carrel Leads Utopik to Success

BY VYLA CARTER Charlie Carrel is used to being sent young and troubled horses to train. He and his wife, Hilary, run a program called Colts Unlimited out of Sheridan, Wyoming. They specialize in bringing...

Second Act

BY TIMOTHY WICKES Sometimes the horse show game seems a bit like the mafia – once you’re in you never get out. But riders are athletes, and in spite of what Louise Serio and Ian...

$40,000 Grand Prix de Santa Fe: Chenoa McElvain Buckled Down

Anticipation for the pinnacle event of the Santa Fe Summer Series was present in every corner of the property – between Owner and MC Brian Gonzales' walk through of the $40,000 Grand Prix de...

How They Win at the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships

The dressage and show jumping Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC), presented by Gotham North, give young riders a unique opportunity to experience team competition in a championship format. Teams and individual riders from...

The Dalman’s Journey to the Top

BY VYLA CARTER Many of those who have spent their summers showing on the East Coast or spend winters in Wellington have heard of the Dalmans. Married couple, Sandra and Javan Dalman, have recently made...