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...

How To: Qualifying For The Equitation Championships

Photo: Natalie Jayne competing in the equitation at WEF 2017 By Intern Emy Lucibello   Equitation has become a huge part of the equestrian society, as riders compete for a place in the huge indoor championship medal finals...

Sanchez Steals the Show

By Mackenzie Shuman Saturday’s grand opening at Balmoral Park in Crete, Illinois, was a day of fabulous family fun and exciting equestrian events. HITS Chicago presented the Showplace Spring Spectacular, culminating in the $50,000 Purina...

What I Learned On the A-Circuit

Photo by Deb Dawson Photography By Intern Lauren Aubert You are gliding down an open road, over bumps, potholes, gravel; your nerves are bubbling inside of you like boiling water, ready to explode out into the...

Working Her Way to Success: A Rider’s First Experience at the Devon Horse Show

Photo: Irene Elise Powlick By Intern Grace Salmon   Kaitlyn Lovingfoss of Canyon Country, California is no stranger to success. In March, she topped a field of 27 in the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship at HITS Coachella....

Hallie Grimes and Inquisitive are Victorious in the National Hunter Derby at Fiesta Classic

By Intern Katie Lenkart   The new partnership of Hallie Grimes and Inquisitive proved to be a great one, taking home the win in the USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Fiesta Classic two weeks ago....

Three Planes and a Car

Cover Story: Junior Rider McKenna Norris- See this story and more in the 2017 Young Horse Issue by CLICKING HERE! BY TPH EDITOR SISSY WICKES, PHOTOS ADAM HILL Riding takes courage. Riding takes commitment. Riding takes...

Natalie Jayne and Twitter: The Unbeatable Pair

By Intern Emy Lucibello Natalie Jayne and Twitter have been on fire this year, including at the Kentucky Horse Park in May. Against top riders and horses, Jayne earned the Championship title in the Low...

The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge by Whitethorne LLC

By Mackenzie Shuman   Georgy Maskrey-Segesman of Whitethorne LLC, trains top hunter, jumper, and equitation horses and riders out of Somis, California. However, she did not start in the hunter-jumper world. She grew up competing in...

Just a Bump in the Road

By Mackenzie Shuman   My day started off like any normal IEA show morning. Got up at the crack of dawn to drive myself and four other IEA girls to the show to tack up the...