“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: Qualifying For The Equitation Championships

Photo: Natalie Jayne competing in the equitation at WEF 2017 By Intern 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...

Lessons From Levi – When The Horse You Got Isn’t The One You Thought...

By TPH Ambassador Kristyna Lucakova “He’ll keep you out of trouble my father mumbled”, as he signed the check. Little did we know, he would do so much more than keep me out of trouble. For...

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 INTERN 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,...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

From an Unbroke Four-Year-Old to Junior Hunter Finals

BY INTERN OLIVIA TAMBURRO This July, I am attending Junior Hunter Finals with my horse. His USEF registered name is Quin Cardo, and I think we set ourselves apart from a lot of the other...

My Tips For Leasing A Horse Or Pony

By TPH Ambassador 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...

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...

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...

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...

What I Learned Horse Showing, Without My Horses

BY INTERN ASHLEY SHAW Packed clothes, filled trunks, my bike secured to the back of the car – I was ready for a great three weeks of showing at the Colorado Horse Park. Except for...

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...

It’s Never Too Late: How I Started Showing at 17 and Achieved My Goals

BY INTERN KIKI ROSENBLAT  From seven-year-olds rocking it in the ponies to seventeen-year-olds flying around the high juniors and everything in between, this sport is filled with passionate kids of all ages and skill sets....