Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Young Trainer Spotlight: Katie Cooper and Caves Farm Take World Equestrian Center by Storm

Above Photo: Color Up and Lauren Watts were Champion in the 3'6" Juniors at the World Equestrian Center and won the combined Junior Hunter Classic with scores of 86 and 88! By Sissy Wickes Caves Farm...

Who Jumped It Best? Desert Horse Park 1.10m Jumpers

ALL PHOTOS © IRENE ELISE POWLICK A new show season means it's time for a new Who Jumped it Best! Come down to the desert with us for a 1.10m Jumper class in the revamped...

That Magic Click

BY RENNIE DYBALL Leigh Nanda and El Casper won both the NAL & the WIHS Children’s Jumper Finals—after just a few months of showing together Leigh Nanda was fairly new to horse showing when she got...

Mighty Nice: USA’s International Horse of the Year

Written by Irene Elise Powlick Owned by the HnD Group, Mighty Nice made headlines at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in the eventing discipline. After two other members of the US Eventing Team...

Richard Spooner opines on the state of the sport and how to be a...

BY SISSY WICKES Richard Spooner embodies the equestrian version of the American success story. His professional resume includes top finishes in the Equitation Finals, over $1 million in prize money, over 100 Grand Prix wins,...

Why the Hampton Classic Horse Show is Unlike Anywhere Else

Photo: The Hampton Classic @hamptonclassic on Instagram By Annie Birmingham The end of August marks a staple in an east coast equestrian’s show calendar, the Hampton Classic. Every year, hundreds of horses, competitors, and spectators alike flock...

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...

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...

Devin Ryan: 15 Years Later, An Overnight Sensation

The Winding Road to the Red Coat BY SISSY WICKES Devin Ryan of Long Valley, NJ, barged on to the International Show Jumping scene with the beautiful grey gelding, Eddie Blue. The tall, handsome rider and...

Prioritizing the Horse Yields Great Rewards for JJ Lavieri & Cassidy Equestrian Services

BY JESS CLAWSON JJ Lavieri had what was, for many horse lovers, the dream childhood. His parents owned a Venezuelan cattle ranch where he spent much of his time. “I was always on a horse,”...

FEI BASICS

Above photo: Matthias Tromp and Quinta competing in a FEI 2* Event at HITS Balmoral. Photo by Emy Lucibello. By Ashley Shaw What Does CSIO5* Mean Anyway? As an aspiring Grand Prix rider who currently competes in...

What in the World is a Horse Bonnet?

Jennifer Gates decks her horse out in a bonnet during NAJYRC in Colorado in August. By TPH Intern Mackenzie Shuman Have you ever wondered where those silly things on the heads of horses came from? Does...

An Explanation of Jumper Course Formats

By TPH Intern Vyla Carter When I first started doing the jumpers after years of only competing in the hunters, I was confused on what Table II, 2(a) and the random number and letter seen...

Horse Show Announcing: It’s Not as Easy as It Sounds

By Sissy Wickes They are the voices in our head, the sound track of our horse show lives, the narrators of the day. Every horse show grounds has one thing in common: the announcer. They...

The Tail of Quality Girl

By Sissy Wickes In 2013, my husband and I were looking at a horse at Todd Minikus’ barn in Wellington. After the trial, I asked, “Hey, where is that fiery little bay mare?” “Quality Girl?”...

Onira’s Farewell Tour

Above: Brianne Goutal winning the 2013 $50,000 CSI2* Grand Prix at the Stadium in Wellington, FL with veteran partner Onira. Photo by Pro Equest. By TPH Intern Annie Birmingham TPH Intern Annie Brimingham caught up with...

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...

5 strides with Laura Kraut’s CONFU

The 13-year-old grey Holsteiner gelding Confu won the $214,000 Spy Coast Farm Holiday II Grand Prix CS14* in December. TPH caught up with him via human show jumping superstar, Laura Kraut. What’s your favorite thing...

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...

Morgan Caplane: From County Shows to the Grand Prix Ring

BY JESS CLAWSON Morgan Caplane got her start in horses in the most delightfully unfettered way a child could, and has grown that seed of passion into a successful imports and sales business in California....

Photo Gallery: Longines Global Champions Tour Had Sunshine, Color and Top Performance

PHOTOS © SARA PIEPER Last week, the Longines Global Champions tour headed to Mexico City for the 1.60m CSI5*. Americans Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut, and Beezie Madden had solid performances, but it was Germany's Jérôme...

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...