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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...

Ask Andre: What Are Your Greatest Takeaways from 2021?

By Andre Dignelli As the world readies to begin a New Year in 2022, a new horse show year has already been underway for a month. The city never sleeps, as they say, and that for...

Straight From the Judges’ Mouth: Translating Scores and Performance

For a newcomer to the sport—and to be honest, even for many avid competitors—the judge's booth can seem like an inaccessible mystery. But speak to any judge, and they'll make it very clear that...

Capital Challenge: A Look Inside the Storied First Stop on the Indoors Circuit

BY SABRINA BRASHARES/JUMP MEDIA Capital Challenge kicked off the Indoors season this year once again, bringing the best in the nation to Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. The 29th edition of the horse...

Tailor Made: Fine-Tuning Our Expectations of Raising a Child in the Equestrian Sport

By Troy Anna Smith The tradition of parents enrolling their children into extracurricular activities has been a generational duty for centuries. Early morning soccer practice starts young, not to mention the after school rush to...

Publisher’s Note: Announcing Our Latest Invention — The American Equestrian School

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D As Program Director for American Equestrian School (AES)—a highly selective accelerated private school program for students passionate about the equestrian industry—I am pleased to announce that enrollment is open for Fall 2022...

Brian Moggre: Bringing Home Big Wins

By Dominique Gonzalez When Brian Moggre moved into his childhood home at two years old, it caused a domino effect on his life. A barn was located nearby, and on the daily trip back and forth...

Randi Heathman – The Equestrian College Advisor

How Randi Heathman Guides High School Equestrians on Their College Journeys BY Randi Heathman If you ask independent educational consultant Randi Heathman what she does, she’ll do her best impersonation of Liam Neeson and tell you...

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,...

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...

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...

Mares Ruled Indoors!

At Harrisburg this fall, Elina won gold with Ansgar Holtgers Jr. in the $15,000 Neue Schule/USEF Prix Des States Team Champion-ships, while Ever So Often was champion in the 3'3" Junior Hunters with Avery...

Is the Equitation a Prerequisite to Professional Success?

By Kirstie Dobbs and Hailey Johns Equitation finals is arguably the most stressful time of year to be a junior equitation rider.  The pressures associated with equitation regional, zone, and national finals are enough to...

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...

For Medal Finals Winners, Success Starts at Harrisburg

A look back at five riders who came out on top and went on to international stardom By Emily Randolph/Randolph PR Ronnie Mutch, Victor Hugo-Vidal, Bernard Traurig, Chrystine Jones, Conrad Homfeld, Mark Leone. Reading through the list...

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...

Young Riders: Q & A Session

By Irene Elise Powlick             I sat down with three riders that will be competing at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) taking place at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colo. Q:...

Big Eq = Big Pressure?

By PonyMomAmmy It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had some thoughts to share. The truth of the matter is that this past year has been a year of transitions—and transitions are hard for me....

A Look Into the New Canaan Mounted Troop: The Last Remaining Branch of the...

BY KELSEY ALLEN These days, there is a lot of criticism stating that proper horsemanship has fallen to the wayside in favor of more hours in the saddle. We’ve all known riders who are incredibly...

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...

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...

Grace Russo: The importance of Community in an Individual Sport

BY April Bilodeau When Grace Russo thinks back on some of her earliest memories, she recalls the days she spent watching her mom ride. At just three years old, Russo had developed a liking for...