Sunday, October 25, 2020

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 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 National...

“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,...

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...

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...

The St. Louis National Charity: A Horse Show with Heart

BY ASHLEY SHAW The St. Louis National Charity Horse Show will always have a special place in my heart. I have competed at this show ever since I was nine, bopping around short stirrup wearing...

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...

How They Win at the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships

The dressage and show jumping Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC), presented by Gotham North, give young riders a unique opportunity to experience team competition in a championship format. Teams and individual riders from...

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

BY 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 horses...

What I Learned Horse Showing, Without My Horses

BY 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 one...

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...

My Horse Show Dad Actually Tried Riding!

BY 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 to...

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

BY 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. But...

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...

Hometown Hero Caitlyn Connors Takes Second Place at the 2018 Devon Horse Show

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM When Caitlyn Connors stepped into the Dixon Oval at the 2018 Devon Horse Show aboard her own Express Blue GP Du Bois Madame for the $3750 junior jumper division, she never imagined...