Sunday, August 1, 2021

Whitethorne Equitation Challenge Q&A with Winner Avery Glynn and More

BY MIA JONES The Whitethorne class began similar to its start with early morning rides and emotions running high. After last night's riders meeting all riders were itching for the chance to get back into...

Whitethorne Equitation Challenge: Day One

BY MIA JONES The morning started early for Nicole McMillion and Naomi Wegner. Both of whom got up for a hack with their horses Milan and El Grande. The early morning hack was quickly followed by...

Two Junior Riders Process Through the Whitethorne, The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge.

BY MIA JONES The Grand Prix ring at Blenheim Equisports June Classic is getting prepped and ready for the return of the Whitethorne, The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge. This year The Plaid Horse...

Straight From the Judges’ Mouth: Translating Scores and Performance

For a newcomer to the sport—and to be honest, even for many avid competitors—the judge's booth can seem like an inaccessible mystery. But speak to any judge, and they'll make it very clear that...

Ask Andre: How Much Do You Think Applause Influences the Result?

In this age of social media, I’ve seen a lot of public judge bashing and judge bullying, in which I will not participate. You know who’s going to be judging before you get to...

A New Direction for Hidden Ridge International

Covid changes, circuit championships and ... cows? Allyson and Evan Coluccio find success (and some surprises!) with Agatha and Alexa Lignelli By Lindsey Long When 10-year-old Agatha Lignelli was champion with her large pony hunter Chiccobello...

How Courtney Hayden-Fromm Creates Horse Shows with Heart

BY LAURA RATLIFF In the era of big-box horse shows and weeks-long winter circuits, one industrious Wisconsin trainer and show operator has carved out a niche that keeps people coming back weekend after weekend.  While Courtney...

Ask Andre: Do You Have to Ride with a Big Barn to Win a...

By Andre Dignelli I don’t want to speak for all of the larger operations, but the key to winning is all about preparation and program.  I can only speak for myself, but Heritage Farm’s program is...

Limited Edition The Plaid Horse Merchandise Available June 7!

New to The Plaid Horse shop, limited edition merchandise will be available for order beginning June 7. Once sold out, these products will not be repeated. That means, don't miss out! Check out a...

The Next Generation: These Five Boys Are Shining in the Pony Ring

Hunter-jumper sport is often dominated by women, particularly in younger age groups. But fast forward to the professional ranks of the sport, and you'll find that there's just one female rider currently in the...

Ask Andre: What is Your Preferred Show Ring Attire?

There is a lot of storied tradition in our sport, and I have great respect for that. I prefer a traditional look in the show ring. In my opinion, if it catches my eye,...

Quick Questionnaire with Mimi Gochman

Rider status: Junior  Hometown: New York City and Palm Beach, FL  Trainers: Scott Stewart and Stacia Madden  • As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: all the things I have learned through the horse...

Raising Them Right: How Elzabeth Lampert Brings up the Next Generation of Horsewomen

By Emily Randolph/RandolphPR When interviewing young people, it’s not unusual to have to help pull the words out of them or string together their sentences, which is why Zoe and Ivy Lampert are immediately impressive.  At...

Ask Andre: How Do You Manage Multiple Top Riders at the Same Time?

By Andre Dignelli “Competition at highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding, and nurturing your people—and heart. Winning is a result of that.” -Joe Torre This quote from Joe Torre is one...

Ask Andre: For Aspiring Riders, How Do You Break Through From the Local Circuit...

By Andre Dignelli I get this question a lot: How do I get from A to B? How does an aspiring rider competing on a local circuit get an opportunity to break through to the top level? At Heritage,...

Making the Grade: For College Coaches, All Eyes are on Heritage Farm

By Catie Staszak Media, Inc. Maggie McAlary admits, she wasn’t planning on riding in college when she began applying to schools in 2009. The talented professional, now riding and coaching at the international level under...

10 Questions with Working Student Joe Carruthers

By Irene Elise Powlick During the off week during the Desert International Horse Park winter circuit, TPH had the opportunity to catch up with working student Joseph “Joe” Carruthers, 15, from Alberta, Canada. Joe is...

16 Things Your 16 Year Old Should Be Able to do by Themselves

BY PIPER KLEMM Sixteen is an important age for any teenager. Beyond “Sweet Sixteen,” the milestone means driving for most of America’s youth… the first real step into independence and adulthood.  But in the equestrian industry,...

A Quick Questionnaire with Taylor Griffiths-Madden

• As a horsewoman, I am most proud of the connection I have between me and my horse. • I would most like to improve on my heels being down better. • I’d be lost without...

My Take: An Ode to Being a Good Student

By Taylor Derrico Throughout my life, I have been asked over and over again what sport I play. When I say I am an equestrian, most people look at me with a blank stare on...

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...

A Quick Questionnaire with Rising Equitation Star Xavier Gomez

Big questions... simple answers! Learn more about junior rider and rising equitation star, Xavier Gomez. As a horseman, I am most proud of the opportunities I’ve earned to compete. As a horseman, I would most like to...