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...

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 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....

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 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....

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...

How To Be Happy On Instagram

Above: Eden is a TPH brand ambassador and the VP of Awesome at My Barn Child! Find her on Instagram at @eden_mybarnchild. Photo courtesy of Eden Pessin. By TPH Brand Ambassador Eden Pessin I have had my...

2017 Maclay Finals Defy Description

Above: 2017 Maclay Finals warm-ups at the Kentucky Horse Park. Photo by Grace Salmon. By TPH Editor Sissy Wickes My 90 year old mother, still never at a loss for words, had some great sayings for when...

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....

My Tips For Leasing A Horse Or Pony

By TPH Ambassador Eden Pessin This summer’s show season is coming to a close so many people are looking for horses to buy or lease for next year. For many people, leasing is an awesome...

Ryleigh Ferrier Proves Success in Cutting Pen

Above photo: Ryleigh and Nick after competing Cross Country By TPH Intern Emy Lucibello Ryleigh Ferrier is already a success in the cutting world. Only having been in a western saddle for a little less than six...