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From an Unbroke Four-Year-Old to Junior Hunter Finals

BY OLIVIA TAMBURRO This July, I am attending Junior Hunter Finals with my horse. His USEF registered name is Quin Cardo, and I think we set ourselves apart from a lot of the other horses...

Ask Andre: How Do You Set Realistic Goals for Your Riders?

By Andre Dignelli As we head into a new year and a new winter show season, the topic of New Year’s Resolutions always comes up. This time of year is the time to look back and...

A Quick Questionnaire with Rising Equitation Star Xavier Gomez

Big questions... simple answers! Learn more about junior rider and rising equitation star, Xavier Gomez. As a horseman, I am most proud of the opportunities I’ve earned to compete. As a horseman, I would most like to...

“I Do Lessons, Not Lunch” — How Karen Healey’s Passion for Teaching Launched Her To...

BY NANCY JAFFER She’s a firecracker; always has been. Nothing can slow down the perennially energetic Karen Healey, who attacks her mission to teach, judge, or give a clinic with the same enthusiasm that began...

A Quick Questionnaire with Taylor Griffiths-Madden

• As a horsewoman, I am most proud of the connection I have between me and my horse. • I would most like to improve on my heels being down better. • I’d be lost without...

A Successful Weekend at Devon for a Junior’s First Trip to the Dixon Oval

BY LANIE WALKENBACH I was in complete awe when I arrived at Devon on Wednesday afternoon. From the iconic Devon blue grandstands to the lemon sticks, everything was just how I imagined it. Wednesday I hacked my...

What I Learned On the A-Circuit

Photo by Deb Dawson Photography By 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 open...

My Dad’s Journey From Skeptic to Horse Whisperer

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI At the age of six, I stumbled into a barn to watch my friend ride, clueless that I would also fall in love with the twelve-hundred pound animals. Everyday I begged my...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Stacia Madden

I’d be lost without: an assistant at the ring with me.  As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: the amazing team Beacon Hill has evolved into over the years.  As a horsewoman, I work to...

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...

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...

Whitethorne Equitation Challenge: Day One

BY MIA JONES The morning started early for Nicole McMillion and Naomi Wegner. Both of whom got up for a hack with their horses Milan and El Grande. The early morning hack was quickly followed by...

My Horse Show Dad Actually Tried Riding!

BY CARLY PHOON My dad is the classic, supportive horse show dad. He listens to rapid-fire accounts of my rounds, and raving over my equestrian idols. He grudgingly watches USEF videos with me. Tries to...

Hometown Hero Caitlyn Connors Takes Second Place at the 2018 Devon Horse Show

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM When Caitlyn Connors stepped into the Dixon Oval at the 2018 Devon Horse Show aboard her own Express Blue GP Du Bois Madame for the $3750 junior jumper division, she never imagined...

Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final Past Winners

Keep reading for more information on the past winners of the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, from 1948 to 2023. 2023 Carlee McCutcheon https://youtu.be/_aWeGd39zaM?si=jaMGi08jwpg6xFtC 2022 Luke Jensen 2021 Grace Debney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zucFXuWQcN0 The course in 2021: 2020 Taylor...

The Plaid Horse’s Favorite Halloween Costumes

Picking out a fun costume and getting delicious candy makes Halloween a pretty awesome holiday. However, experiencing the Halloween spirit with your horse is even better! Here are some of the TPH Team favorite halloween...

Rinaldi Rides On

PHOTO: Zara winning in the medium junior jumpers. Picture: Emma Seving Photography By TPH Intern Mackenzie Shuman Giavanna Rinaldi, 17, has made a name for herself in the horse world. Her uncanny ability to guide any horse...

Tips for Applying to College: The things your guidance counselor is not going to...

By Brooke Mallin Freshman and sophomores It’s time to start thinking about where you want to go to college. Start visiting colleges….often driving to horse shows, my mom would pull our trailer through different campuses along...

That Magic Click

BY RENNIE DYBALL Leigh Nanda and El Casper won both the NAL & the WIHS Children’s Jumper Finals—after just a few months of showing together Leigh Nanda was fairly new to horse showing when she got...

“She Didn’t Resemble the Rest”

How Maclay Champion Augusta Iwasaki prevailed over criticism about her looks to blaze the trail for riders in the Big Eq—and beyond By Piper Klemm and Rennie Dyball Augusta Iwasaki won the ASPCA Maclay National Championship...

Devon Sibling Spotlight: The McCaulley Sisters

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Kennedy and Lauren McCaulley, hailing from Elgin, Illinois, are two siblings training with the Jayne family at Our Day Farm. Kennedy, 16, competes in the low/medium junior jumpers aboard Zara and Zershina,...

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...