A Successful Weekend at Devon for a Junior’s First Trip to the Dixon Oval

BY INTERN LANIE WALKENBACH I was in complete awe when I arrived at Devon on Wednesday afternoon. From the iconic Devon blue grandstands to the lemon sticks, everything was just how I imagined it. Wednesday I hacked...

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,...

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

BY INTERN 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...

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...

The World of Winter Circuits: A Beginner’s Guide to Braving the Journey

BY INTERN LAUREN AUBERT Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a circuit newbie, competing on a winter circuit can be a daunting task as the format is much different from the average horse show....

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...

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....

Brian Moggre: Bringing Home Big Wins

By Dominique Gonzalez When Brian Moggre moved into his childhood home at two years old, it caused a domino effect on his life. A barn was located nearby, and on the daily trip back and forth...

Devon Sibling Spotlight: The McCaulley Sisters

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Kennedy and Lauren McCaulley, hailing from Elgin, Illinois, are two siblings training with the Jayne family at Our Day Farm. Kennedy, 16, competes in the low/medium junior jumpers aboard Zara and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bike to Barn: Brooke Small’s Journey

By Brooke Small It’s 4.7 miles and 45 minutes away from my home. All uphill and 4.7 miles, 45 minutes away. I biked this route nearly 20 times this summer, all so that I could...

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...

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....

Rinaldi Rides On

PHOTO: Zara winning in the medium junior jumpers. Picture: Emma Seving Photography By TPH Intern Mackenzie Shuman Giavanna Rinaldi, 17, has made a name for herself in the horse world. Her uncanny ability to guide any horse...

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...