Thursday, November 26, 2020

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...

Devon Sibling Spotlight: The McCaulley Sisters

BY 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 Zershina,...

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

BY 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 my...

The Ordinary Junior’s Road to Becoming An Amateur

BY 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”, have...

#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...

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....

How to Survive Your First Horse Show

BY 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 to...

New Jersey Equestrian Gives Back to the Homeless

BY 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 about...

The Puzzle Pieces of a Junior Career

BY TPH MEDIA CHAIR ESTELLE KRAFT My childhood winters consisted of a few things - American Idol on Wednesday nights, sledding in the backyard and puzzles when it was just too cold to go outside....

Five Easy Ways to Be a Barn “Favorite”

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Barns. They’re a mash of ponies and personalities, and are best when they exist as a warm place of community where riders practice their equitation and listen to their horses...

Bridging the Gap: Emergence of the 3’3 Equitation

BY 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. As...

Equitation Matters

BY ELIZABETH ONESS “A bent spine is the enemy of self-realization.” –– Paramahansa Yogananda Years ago, after a long break from riding, I was looking for a new trainer. I had a lesson with a hunter/jumper...

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

BY 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. Countless...

Exhibitor Friendly: Promoting the Child/Adult Championships

BY ALIX MORRISON While just a C-rated division, the child and adult amateur hunters can be one of the most populated divisions at the horse show. Yet, with the lower height and smaller rating, they...

Juniors Helping Juniors: The Long Island Junior Professional Horsemen’s Association

BY TPH INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The Professional Horsemen’s Association of America (PHA) was first founded in Watertown, Connecticut in 1936. Today, the PHA consists of 16 nationwide chapters across America with upwards of 900 professional...

From Utah to Colorado and Utah; Irene Elise Powlick’s Journey

Above: Irene Elise Powlick and Carpe Diem Star at Region 6 ASPCA Maclay Regionals at the Colorado Horse Park. Photos by Captured Moment Photography. By Estelle Kraft, Media Chair If you’ve been following The Plaid Horse for...

Eight Excellent Essentials for Excelling in the Equitation

Above: A rider searches for her next fence while in the air. Photo by Full Gallop Captures. By TPH Intern Lauren Aubert  If you can believe it, I love equitation even more than alliteration. The equitation, or...

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...

The Struggles of Being a Short Rider

Above: Meg Carlson (5’1”) perfectly exhibits the shorty struggle while grooming Lord (18.2hh). By TPH Brand Ambassador Callie Hildenbrand When working with horses, it definitely helps to be tall. For those of us who aren’t so vertically...

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...

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....