Sunday, September 19, 2021

A Quick Questionnaire with Rising Equitation Star Xavier Gomez

Big questions... simple answers! Learn more about junior rider and rising equitation star, Xavier Gomez. As a horseman, I am most proud of the opportunities I’ve earned to compete. As a horseman, I would most like to...

Get to Know Top Junior Rider, John Angus

BY DANI SCHNEIDER John Angus is an eighteen-year-old top junior rider competing successfully in all three rings. That’s impressive on its own, but even more so when you take into account that he’s only been...

A Junior Rider’s Take on the Lack of Accessibility in the Equestrian World

BY KATARINA OSTROV Work hard. Dream big. Reach for the stars. As long as you dream big you'll make it… right? In the expensive and competitive equestrian world, the chance of making it big or...

Tips for Applying to College: The things your guidance counselor is not going to...

By Brooke Mallin Freshman and sophomores It’s time to start thinking about where you want to go to college. Start visiting colleges….often driving to horse shows, my mom would pull our trailer through different campuses along...

Is the Equitation a Prerequisite to Professional Success?

By Kirstie Dobbs and Hailey Johns Equitation finals is arguably the most stressful time of year to be a junior equitation rider.  The pressures associated with equitation regional, zone, and national finals are enough to...

American-bred Feature – Miracles Happen

BY CATIE STASZAK The Bauman Family’s  ‘Little Engine That Could’ Amber Bauman believes there was more at work than just timing when a pony jumper all but fell into her lap for her son Austin to...

Breaks over Burn Outs

By Chloe Hardgrave  Not many things in this sport are without emotion. If you have a bad lesson, you usually are upset or angry afterwards. If your horse injures himself, all you can think about...

Equitation Riders Chase Points, Confidence, and Success at Vermont Summer Festival

The old adage “build it and they will come” did not apply to the Vermont Summer Festival’s launch of Equitation Tuesday in 2013 because many of the biggest names in equitation were already making...

Where Have All the Big Eq Ribbon Winners Gone?

As all equestrians in the U.S. near the end of their junior riding careers and are facing the stresses of “aging out” and which side of the December 1st USEF birthday they fall, they...

Shiloh Roseboom’s Next Act

By Nina Fedrizzi As the curtain closes on one winning partnership, California’s top pony rider is looking ahead to new mounts, new divisions, and a new set of challenges – and she’s meeting them all...

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...

Climbing Quickly: Lauren Little Has the Formula for Success

By TPH Editor Lauren Mauldin How does one define the formula that makes for a successful rider? Many would start with natural talent. An eye that leads them to perfect distances, poise in the saddle....

Jill Abrams Tutoring Inc. Keeps Horse Show Kids on Track

BY JESS CLAWSON Showing in Wellington for the winter is a dream for so many young (and not so young) riders. Parents of those lucky equestrians that get to go have to make many arrangements...

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...

Exclusive Excerpt! SHOW STRIDES BOOK 3: Moving Up and Moving On

BY RENNIE DYBALL We hope you are enjoying books 1 and 2 of  The Plaid Horse’s new novel series, Show Strides. To celebrate the release of book 3, Moving Up and Moving On, we are...

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....

Taking the Leap: Leaving Home at 15 to Chase My Dressage Dream

BY SKYE SIMPSON Right now, there are many young riders scattered across the country dreaming of victory gallops or training horses full time. I was just like them, and have worked from a working student...

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...

My First Equitation Finals

BY RENNIE DYBALL Three junior riders tell us how they made it this far – and how they plan to finish strong. Fall is a special time for riders. It’s that sweet spot in between fly...

Savonna Adell: Switching Rings to Achieve Her Dreams

By Rebecca Walton/ Phelps Media Group There comes a time in every young rider’s career that they must make the move from the beloved pony divisions to the Junior Hunters. While some find the transition...

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...

The Red Thread: Connections Beyond the Saddle

BY DR. CATHERINE MUZZY Lucy, Macy, and Lily are three young riders who all ride for the San Juan Capistrano, California based Bridges Equestrian Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Middle School Team.  All three of these girls were...