How to Speak to Our Youth About Showing

Photo: Abi Kelley gives her horse, Ishana III an appreciative hug after a great round in the Low Junior Jumpers.  By Kirstie Dobbs and Hailey Johns What’s the first question that you ask a young rider...

The End of an Era: My Last Summer Riding as a Junior

By Chapel Puckett A few nights ago I cleaned my boots and saddle and tightly packed my trunk, but this time instead of preparing it for a trailer ride to the next show, it will...

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...

Eight Riders Will Compete for Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship at Devon

By Meghan Blackburn Photos by Irene Elise Powlick Equitation is front and center during Thursday and Friday of junior weekend at the Devon Horse Show. Young riders who qualified from across the nation took their turns...

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...

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...

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”,...

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...

Yeager Wins The Plaid Horse High Score Junior Derby Award at Blenheim

By TPH Intern Caroline Nicklaus For Elli Yeager, her affinity for horses began at a young age when she was at a fair and took a pony ride. From that moment on, she was hooked...

New Jersey Equestrian Gives Back to the Homeless

BY INTERN IZZY FEINSTEIN When New Jersey equestrian Christina DeMattheis learned about the Covenant House, a charity dedicated to helping homeless and trafficked youth, she immediately wanted to find a way to get involved. After hearing...

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....

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,...

Smothering the Shame: Regaining my Confidence in the Equitation Ranks

BY INTERN 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,...

Maclay Regional Winners Look Towards 2016 ASPCA Maclay Finals

Katherine Bundy, Region 1 PRESS RELEASE Lexington, KY - Sept. 27, 2016 - With the 2016 ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Finals presented by Chansonette Farm just over a month away at the CP National Horse Show in Lexington,...

Aspire To Inspire

Story and photos by Mackenzie Shuman From being second at Maclay finals, to winning the $100,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon, 17-year-old Kelli Cruciotti from Elizabeth, Colo., has made her mark in the horse world....

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...

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...

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

BY INTERN 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....