Thursday, November 14, 2019

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...

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...

Kennedy Duke: On the Big Stage

By TPH Intern Grace Salmon Kennedy Duke is a thirteen year old from Lake Oswego, Oregon. She competes up and down the West Coast, competing in the 3’3” Junior Hunters.  Most recently Kennedy competed...

Lessons From Levi – When The Horse You Got Isn’t The One You Thought...

By TPH Ambassador Kristyna Lucakova “He’ll keep you out of trouble my father mumbled”, as he signed the check. Little did we know, he would do so much more than keep me out of trouble. For...

Holy Smokes: The Mighty Mustang That Could

By TPH Intern Lauren Aubert To compete successfully in the jumper divisions, a horse should be quick on its feet to make the time allowed, scopey enough to leave the ground from any distance, and...

Two Weeks Grand Prix Trainer Kristin Hardin

By Intern Estelle Kraft  While vacationing in Colorado, my family friend, Jenny Iverson, called my mother and me regarding an experience to travel up to Petaluma, CA to be Kristin Hardin’s working student while she...

The Best Boss You’ll Ever Have

Photo: Hunter Siebel takes a victory jump on Boss after winning the 3'6" Grand Championship at the 2017 USEF Junior Hunter Championships West Coast. By Mackenzie Shuman   As soon as Hunter Siebel stepped into the large,...

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...

Managing Your Medals: Finals Edition

By Intern Lauren Aubert   In any level of junior equitation, medal finals will often play a crucial part in one’s show career. Qualifying in the summer for the fall medal finals is sometimes the best...

Caroline Bald at Brandywine: My First International Hunter Derby

By Caroline Bald Riding in my first International Hunter Derby at the Brandywine Horse Show was equally nerve-wracking and exciting. Although there weren't that many entries, there were some big name professional riders and experienced...