Sunday, September 19, 2021

“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...

How to Speak to Our Youth About Showing

Photo: Abi Kelley gives her horse, Ishana III an appreciative hug after a great round in the Low Junior Jumpers.  By Kirstie Dobbs and Hailey Johns What’s the first question that you ask a young rider...

Smothering the Shame: Regaining my Confidence in the Equitation Ranks

BY LAUREN AUBERT Since my very first taste of showing on the A-circuit as a young child, I have always envied the classic, statuesque equitation riders with their floating half-seat at the canter, floating...

Jordan Spinelli Brought a DIY Attitude and an Appaloosa to WIHS

BY MOLLY SORGE/JUMP MEDIA She may not have come away from the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) with a ribbon, but Jordan Spinelli couldn’t stop smiling after competing in the Small Junior Hunter, 16-17 division...

Five Easy Ways to Be a Barn “Favorite”

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Barns. They’re a mash of ponies and personalities, and are best when they exist as a warm place of community where riders practice their equitation and listen to their horses...

Breaking Down Breeding: Maclay Finals Edition

Evaluating the bloodlines of the current top equitation horses  BY BETHANNE BORT Like many equestrians, I spent most of November 3, 2019 glued to the 2019 Maclay Finals live stream presented by the National Horse Show...

How To: Qualifying For The Equitation Championships

Photo: Natalie Jayne competing in the equitation at WEF 2017 By Emy Lucibello   Equitation has become a huge part of the equestrian society, as riders compete for a place in the huge indoor championship medal finals in...

The Struggles of Being a Short Rider

Above: Meg Carlson (5’1”) perfectly exhibits the shorty struggle while grooming Lord (18.2hh). By TPH Brand Ambassador Callie Hildenbrand When working with horses, it definitely helps to be tall. For those of us who aren’t so vertically...

Equitation Matters

BY ELIZABETH ONESS “A bent spine is the enemy of self-realization.” –– Paramahansa Yogananda Years ago, after a long break from riding, I was looking for a new trainer. I had a lesson with a hunter/jumper...

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 join because I loved the thought...

Eight Excellent Essentials for Excelling in the Equitation

Above: A rider searches for her next fence while in the air. Photo by Full Gallop Captures. By TPH Intern Lauren Aubert  If you can believe it, I love equitation even more than alliteration. The equitation, or...

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,...

My Tips For Leasing A Horse Or Pony

By Eden Pessin This summer’s show season is coming to a close so many people are looking for horses to buy or lease for next year. For many people, leasing is an awesome option, either...

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...

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 fostering a bond with a new horse, there’s always something to...

Who Jumped It Best? Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal at Desert International Horse Park

PHOTOS © IRENE ELISE POWLICK Few things make a prettier picture than a lovely equitation horse and rider. For this week's Who Jumped It Best, some of the top junior riders on the west coast...

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,...

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 kids who were dropped off at the barn for an...

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 recently retired from the track. Regardless...

Holy Smokes: The Mighty Mustang That Could

By TPH Intern Lauren Aubert To compete successfully in the jumper divisions, a horse should be quick on its feet to make the time allowed, scopey enough to leave the ground from any distance, and...

There Are Big Changes in Store For the 2020 USEF Junior Hunter National Championships:...

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Blink and you might have missed it, but late last month, word was shared across US Equestrian channels that big changes were in store for the 2020 USEF Junior Hunter National Championships....

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...