Molly Canfield: Rising Junior on the Zone 5 A Circuit

By Estelle Kraft Molly Canfield and Penny Lane, owned by Michelle Shapiro, walked out of the Zone 5 Children’s Hunter Regional Finals as Gold Medalists in both the Individual and Team portion of competition the...

Kennedy Duke: On the Big Stage

By TPH Intern Grace Salmon Kennedy Duke is a thirteen year old from Lake Oswego, Oregon. She competes up and down the West Coast, competing in the 3’3” Junior Hunters.  Most recently Kennedy competed...

Bridging the Gap: Emergence of the 3’3 Equitation

BY INTERN LAUREN AUBERT In the midst of the medal finals madness, horse shows offer competition for graduates of the 3’ height but also those who are not quite ready to move up to 3’6....

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...

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....

#SquadGoals: Young Equestrians Join Exciting New “Masters Squad” for Longines Masters of New York

BY EMILY RIDEN / JUMP MEDIA When the Longines Masters of New York comes to NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, on April 26-29, 2018, the show will bring with it many...

How To Be Happy On Instagram

Above: Eden is a TPH brand ambassador and the VP of Awesome at My Barn Child! Find her on Instagram at @eden_mybarnchild. Photo courtesy of Eden Pessin. By TPH Brand Ambassador Eden Pessin I have had my...

How to Survive Your First Horse Show

BY AMBASSADOR CALLIE HILDENBRAND  Whether it was decades ago, last year, or coming up this season, any equestrian who shows has had to enter the ring for the first time. Some are overwhelmed with excitement...

The Working Student: Two Junior Riders Share their Experiences and Offer Advice

BY Emma Marlowe & Gabriela Pattinson Emma Marlowe & Gabriela Pattinson are both working students for trainers in Southern California. Here they share their experiences and offer some advice to other young riders interested in following...

California Girls Rise to the Challenge at the OCHSA Junior Masters Medal, sponsored by...

Photos by Sydney Lowe and Rick Osteen Written By TPH Intern Sydney Lowe The OCHSA Junior Masters Medal Final, sponsored by The Plaid Horse, was held at the Orange County Championship Show on October 16, 2016,...

Grace Tuton: Over Coming Hurdles From Day One

By TPH Intern Irene Elise Powlick Grace Tuton, of her own Nicodemus Farms, is a well-known hunter and equitation rider on the West Coast, but her success has not come easy, though you might not...

Jillian Stuart Wins The Plaid Horse High Score Junior Derby Award

By Caroline Nicklaus At only fourteen years old, Jillian Stuart is steadily climbing the Junior Hunter and equitation ranks and is making a name for herself on the West Coast show circuit. The talented young...

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...

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...

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...

The Ordinary Junior’s Road to Becoming An Amateur

BY INTERN IZZY FEINSTEIN As I embark on my last show season as a junior, I feel as if I am merely an “ordinary” rider. I have not shown at a height greater than 2’6”,...

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...

Lauren Reischer Rides to Glory

Above photo: Lauren enjoying the sun with Ollie (aka Opportunity Knocks). Photo by Corinne McNeely Photography. By TPH Intern Tess Gilmartin Lauren Reischer started horseback riding at the age of 3 through a therapeutic riding program....