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2023 IEA Nationals Wrap Up

BY Payton Medford The 21st annual Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Nationals came to a close this past Sunday, April 30th. The title holder of champion for the high school and middle school hunt seat...

Hard Work & Good Horsemanship Pay Off for Alliyah & Kierstin Antoniadis

BY TPH TEAM Alliyah and Kierstin Antoniadis are young riders demonstrating the value of horsemanship to a successful riding career. Many adults remember being horse crazy kids who were dropped off at the barn for an...

Ask Andre: How Do You Plan Out Your Show Schedule?

By Andre Dignelli In today's sport, most people travel south for the winter circuit, and we do the same. Because you travel that long distance, it limits how much travel you want to do 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...

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...

Ask Andre: Are We Showing Too Much and Practicing Too Little?

By Andre Dignelli When I was younger, my mentor Judy Richter used to say to me: We mistake quantity for quality. At the time, I didn’t understand what she meant by that. I heard it,...

Ask the Judge: Rachel Kennedy

By Catie Staszak "R" judge Rachel Kennedy is making the judge's booth more accessible. Kennedy, who runs her ESP Farm operation out of Brookeville, MD and Wellington, FL, was on the judging panel at...

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 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...

Ask Andre: Do You Have to Ride with a Big Barn to Win a...

By Andre Dignelli I don’t want to speak for all of the larger operations, but the key to winning is all about preparation and program.  I can only speak for myself, but Heritage Farm’s program is...

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,...

Get to Know the Equine Mastery Education System

 ‘‘With the Right Horsemanship Tools, Our Industry Could Be Revolutionized’’ By Annie Birmingham Raegan Comeaux has trained riders from their first lessons all the way to the Indoor finals, but began to notice a growing trend...

Lessons From a Lease: To the Horse Who Made Me Who I Am Today

BY DANA WHITE To Mack Do you remember that hot mid-September day in Saugerties, New York? After finishing two Marshall and Sterling Finals courses, we both held our heads high as I sat in my saddle waiting to hear the...

10 Questions with Working Student Joe Carruthers

By Irene Elise Powlick During the off week during the Desert International Horse Park winter circuit, TPH had the opportunity to catch up with working student Joseph “Joe” Carruthers, 15, from Alberta, Canada. Joe is...

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...

Virginia Bonnie ’22 Succeeds in the Show Ring and Beyond

This month, The Plaid Horse introduces readers to a standout school and one of its standout students: Foxcroft School’s Exceptional Proficiency program, and student-equestrian Virginia Bonnie. For over 30 years, Foxcroft School’s Exceptional Proficiency (EP)...

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...

Ask Andre: For Aspiring Riders, How Do You Break Through From the Local Circuit...

By Andre Dignelli I get this question a lot: How do I get from A to B? How does an aspiring rider competing on a local circuit get an opportunity to break through to the top level? At Heritage,...

Judge’s Card: Beware of Exaggeration

By Geoff Teall from Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation Some people do not understand the correct use of the automatic release and are opposed to using it. In fact, they will often...

Aiva Gamelin Connects with Quirky Horses to Shine in the Show Ring

By Ann Jamieson Six-year-old Aiva Gamelin had a choice—to get a fancy show pony with a great record or… Cosmo, a tiny (at 11.1 hands) grey chunk of a cranky pony known for lying down...

American-bred Feature – Miracles Happen

BY CATIE STASZAK The Bauman Family’s  ‘Little Engine That Could’ Amber Bauman believes there was more at work than just timing when a pony jumper all but fell into her lap for her son Austin to...

Ask Andre: How Do You Manage Multiple Top Riders at the Same Time?

By Andre Dignelli “Competition at highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding, and nurturing your people—and heart. Winning is a result of that.” -Joe Torre This quote from Joe Torre is one...