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...

Scenes From Devon 2019: Junior Weekend Day One

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

West Coast Rider Wins High Point at East Coast College Preparatory Invitational

By Mackenzie Shuman / Photos of Jaden Olson taken at Summer in the Rockies 2016 and Colorado Spring Preview 2017 Jaden Olson stepped into the arena at the world-class Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm...

My Dad’s Journey From Skeptic to Horse Whisperer

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI At the age of six, I stumbled into a barn to watch my friend ride, clueless that I would also fall in love with the twelve-hundred pound animals. Everyday I begged my...

The Plaid Horse’s Favorite Halloween Costumes

Picking out a fun costume and getting delicious candy makes Halloween a pretty awesome holiday. However, experiencing the Halloween spirit with your horse is even better! Here are some of the TPH intern and staff...

“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...

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...

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...

A Day in the Life

Read about a young working student during a typical horse show day. By TPH Intern Tori Weed It’s 5:00 a.m. and my alarm clock goes off one more time as I urge my sore and crackling...

Interview with Maclay Finalist Ellie Ferrigno

At just 12 years old (show age 11) and in 7th grade, Ellie Ferrigno will be one of the youngest competitors at the ASPCA Maclay Finals at the National Horse Show tomorrow. (For more...

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...

Hallie Grimes and Inquisitive are Victorious in the National Hunter Derby at Fiesta Classic

By Intern Katie Lenkart   The new partnership of Hallie Grimes and Inquisitive proved to be a great one, taking home the win in the USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Fiesta Classic two weeks ago....

My Horse Show Dad Actually Tried Riding!

BY INTERN CARLY PHOON My dad is the classic, supportive horse show dad. He listens to rapid-fire accounts of my rounds, and raving over my equestrian idols. He grudgingly watches USEF videos with me. Tries...

Dear Juniors: Advice from Almost Amateurs, With Love

BY MEDIA CHAIR ESTELLE KRAFT As TPH interns and ambassadors countdown their final days as a junior and prepare for their next exciting chapter as amateurs, they take time to share advice to young horsemen....

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...

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...

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...

Top Junior Rider at Blenheim USHJA International Hunter Derby

Elli Yeager of Ingenium Farm was once again awarded the title of Top Junior Rider in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Blenheim Equisports Showpark Racing Festival. Yeager and Copperfield 39 received a...