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Washington International Horse Show Announces 2024 Youth Ambassadors and Junior Committee Presented by Signature...

Edited Press Release We are pleased to announce Samantha Bourque, Glenwood, MD, Natalie Paley, Germantown, MD, and Natasha Randhawa, Marriottsville, MD, have been selected as the 2024 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Junior Committee Co-Youth...

Publisher’s Note: Tough

BY Piper Klemm For longtime readers of this publication, you have heard me say ad nauseum that we need to be more helpful, more kind, more collaborative, and better people.  We can make everyone feel welcome....

Competing ‘‘Against’’ Friends

BY Tonya Johnston, MA Going to horse shows with your friends can be such a fantastic, fun experience. As a matter of fact, the social aspects of our sport can play a huge role in...

Violet Tatum “It’s Important to Be Kind”

The standout junior rider on her diligent practice, show ring milestones—and why kindness matters most. BY Rennie Dyball It’s hard not to notice Violet Tatum. Just 15 years old, the California junior rider excels in all three...

Thrown off Course: Social Media’s Influence on the Equestrian World

BY Piper Benjamin As an equestrian myself, I often worry about the impact of social media in our sport. When I was a junior, social media was just beginning, and there was little to...

The Laurel Springs Advantage

How a premier online private school empowers junior equestrians. BY April Bilodeau In the world of junior equestrian sports, balancing rigorous training schedules with academics is a true uphill battle. Whether it’s pulling your child out...

Randi Heathman – The Equestrian College Advisor

How Randi Heathman Guides High School Equestrians on Their College Journeys BY Randi Heathman If you ask independent educational consultant Randi Heathman what she does, she’ll do her best impersonation of Liam Neeson and tell you...

Ella Dalton: A love of Horses Brings Life-Long Learning

BY April Bilodeau Most junior riders competing at the top of the circuit have followed a specific plan: Start in the Pony Hunters, then move up to the 3’ to 3’3” classes, followed by the...

Fairfield County Hunt Club: Entering a New Era

BY Summer Grace From the magazine On a balmy, breezy morning in June, banners swayed and plants rustled amid the impeccably-manicured grass field as the scene was set for the 99th annual Fairfield County Hunt Club...

One Big Family: Garrison Forest School’s Equestrian Institute

BY April Bilodeau From the magazine Original. Educational. Elevated. This is the Equestrian Institute (EI) program at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD. Founded in 1910, Garrison Forest is an all-girls, independent, private boarding and...
Reading Course

Reading Course Diagrams Part III: Equitation

BY TPH Staff In past weeks, we dissected ways to interpret all the information presented on hunter course diagrams and jumper course diagrams. We only have one more ring to cover – the equitation ring! The...

Reading Course Diagrams Part I: Hunters

BY TPH Staff When you head down to the ring on show day at 7am to check in with your ring’s starter, you naturally (and sometimes nervously) drift over to the course board to see...

Game Changer: A Bold USHJA Rule Will Change the Small Junior Hunter Division

BY Isabella Littlejohn USHJA is voting to change the height of Small Junior Hunters from 16.0 hh to 16.1 hh. The proposed rule and justifications are outlined in the below proposal. Up until now, Small Juniors...

Kat Fuqua Earns the Win as The Devon Grand Junior Hunter Champion

Edited Press Release May 27, 2023 Overall Small Jr Hunter Champion: Kat Fuqua & ConsentOverall Large Jr Hunter Champion: Paige Walkenbach & San Pedro 15Devon Grand Jr Hunter Champion: Kat Fuqua The juniors were riding alongside the...

Updates from The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

BY April Bilodeau The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair began on Thursday, May 25, 2023. The horse show kicked off with the junior equitation. Winners of some of the medals include: ASPCA MACLAY HORSEMANSHIP CLASS...

2023 IEA Nationals Wrap Up

BY Payton Medford The 21st annual Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Nationals came to a close this past Sunday, April 30th. The title holder of champion for the high school and middle school hunt seat...

Accountability at All Ages

How Quinn Haven Stables in Maryland is starting their young riders right From the magazine At Quinn Haven Stables in Friendship, MD, if you’re going to ride, you’re going to do it thoughtfully and with accountability....

How to Keep Your Show Shirts White

If you're constantly finding yourself getting ready to head into the show ring and suddenly you remember that coffee stain from earlier that ended up on your white show shirt, this one is for...

Challenge Accepted

How Jacquie Cheikha perseveres through disability to excel at the sport she loves From the Magazine Close your eyes and think about how hard it is to ride a horse. Then think about how hard...

Tripping – A Major Fault or An Act of God?

By TPH STAFF Going back to the origins of show hunters, we find ourselves in the fox hunting field. A quality that is favorable in a hunt horse is sure-footedness. Galloping over unpredictable terrains, you want...

How Do Course Designers Prepare for Their Assignments?

Renowned course designer Alan Lohman shares how he sets courses at home—and at the biggest shows in the country. Have you ever wondered what fuels a course designer’s creativity? Where do they get their...

Ask Andre: What Do Changes to Maclay Qualifying Mean for the Equitation Division?

By Andre Dignelli Earlier this winter season, the National Horse Show announced another set of changes to the Maclay Finals qualifying criteria.   Since 2020, the traditional qualifying criteria for the ASPCA Maclay National Championship—based on...