Thursday, November 14, 2019

My First Equitation Finals

BY RENNIE DYBALL Three junior riders tell us how they made it this far – and how they plan to finish strong. Fall is a...

Savonna Adell: Switching Rings to Achieve Her Dreams

By Rebecca Walton/ Phelps Media Group There comes a time in every young rider’s career that they must make the move from the beloved pony divisions to the Junior...

Lessons in Horsemanship: What Taking a Green Horse to Its 1st Show Taught This...

BY CHLOE HARDGRAVE For many competitive equestrians, the time will eventually come to show a green horse. Maybe it’s a baby Warmblood you have trained yourself, or an OTTB...

The Red Thread: Connections Beyond the Saddle

BY DR. CATHERINE MUZZY Lucy, Macy, and Lily are three young riders who all ride for the San Juan Capistrano, California based Bridges Equestrian Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Middle School Team. ...

I Believe Every Young Equestrian Should Give Pony Club a Chance

BY CHLOE HARDGRAVE Long before I owned my first horse, I told myself I wanted to join the United States Pony Club. At the time I only wanted to...

Scenes from 2019 Devon Junior Weekend

It's easy to get wrapped up in the prestige around a horse show. After working hard to qualify and traveling miles, it would be easy for anyone to buckle under the pressure....

Lessons From a Lease: To the Horse Who Made Me Who I Am Today

BY DANA WHITE To Mack Do you remember that hot mid-September day in Saugerties, New York? After finishing two Marshall and Sterling Finals courses, we both held our heads...

Who Jumped It Best? Devon Small Junior Hunter Stake

PHOTOS BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK The Devon Horse Show is known for many things, but above all else is the elite level of competition. These junior riders worked hard...

Scenes From Devon 2019: Junior Weekend Day One

PHOTOS © IRENE ELISE POWLICK Kiersten Antoniadis. Photo © Irene Elise Powlick Photo © Irene Elise Powlick Photo © Irene...

Hard Work & Good Horsemanship Pay Off for Alliyah & Kierstin Antoniadis

BY JESS CLAWSON Alliyah and Kierstin Antoniadis are young riders demonstrating the value of horsemanship to a successful riding career. Many adults remember being horse crazy...

Beyond the Saddle: Confidence Built at the Barn

BY RYAN SETH As a young rider and high school sophomore, I’m constantly learning. Whether it’s while hunkering down in the classroom working on my Spanish homework or...

Lauren Little’s Big Wins at Blenheim: Young Role Model and Winner.

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI Photo © McCool Photography Lauren Little may be young, but she is proving herself in the equestrian industry. At only 14 years old, she...

High Heels and Short Ponies: The Life of an Equestrian Pageant Queen

BY SKYELUR FESTA I grew up in a small town in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA and have been obsessed with horses for as long as I can remember. I was always that girl who wanted...

Kat Fuqua on the Rise

INTERVIEW BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES After a stellar year in the show ring, eleven year old Kat Fuqua carried the momentum right through the indoor circuit. Competing at the Pennsylvania National, Washington International, and The...

“The Judge Didn’t Like Me”

BY CARLY PHOON Competing in equitation can be humbling. For me, a little moment of learning came from my last equitation flat class. First, a flashback to the beginning of the show season: Eq flat classes...

Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund Gives Juliette Joseph & Ava Stearns the Opportunity They Needed...

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK Returning for the second year, the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund has sponsored the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation Finals, and has also sponsored the WIHS Equitation Grant, which allows for...

Road to Maclay Finals: The History Behind this Equitation Classic

BY ERICA O'NEIL The National Maclay Finals Championship will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on October 27th this year making it the 135th year anniversary of the event. Founded in 1933,...

Underdog: From 2’6″ to Marshall & Sterling Finals in a Year

BY DANA WHITE “Go ahead, underestimate me. You won’t be the first. You won’t be the last. But you will be wrong.” - Steve Maraboli Whatever happens, happens. These are the last words I utter to...

A Look Into the New Canaan Mounted Troop: The Last Remaining Branch of the...

BY KELSEY ALLEN These days, there is a lot of criticism stating that proper horsemanship has fallen to the wayside in favor of more hours in the saddle. We’ve all known riders who are incredibly...

The Junior Equitation Ring: Focus On Improving Your Riding Instead of Demolishing Your Self...

BY KIKI ROSENBLAT Showing in the equitation is a game of comparison. Judges need to scrutinize each rider until one comes out on top, named better than the rest that day. Does the institution of...

Horses Taught Me How Hard Work and Passion Can Overcome Obstacles

BY EMILY SHEVELAND Receiving the Hamel Family Foundation Scholarship is just one more example of how the hard work and dedication I’ve acquired through riding has been a true blessing. A sincere thank you goes...

A Medal Finals Primer

BY EMMA DUBINSKY For equitation riders, the fall season means one thing: finals are coming. It means longer days at the barn, no stirrups, and prep over harder courses. But with all the finals available...