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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...

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,...

What Do These Equitation Finals Stars Have in Common? MDC Stirrups On Their Saddles

By Piper Klemm, Ph.D.  As a group of the best junior riders in the country battled it out in the Big Equitation finals this fall, there was a common piece of equipment on many of...

Riding from the Ground Up: Respecting Our Sport

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER Don’t worry—I won’t start off this article with, When I was a kid, we did... Don’t expect this generation to have the same love like we did. I refuse to believe statements...

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...

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...

Two Junior Riders Process Through the Whitethorne, The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge.

BY MIA JONES The Grand Prix ring at Blenheim Equisports June Classic is getting prepped and ready for the return of the Whitethorne, The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge. This year The Plaid Horse...

Breaks over Burn Outs

By Chloe Hardgrave  Not many things in this sport are without emotion. If you have a bad lesson, you usually are upset or angry afterwards. If your horse injures himself, all you can think about...

Lauren Little’s Big Wins at Blenheim: Young Role Model and Winner.

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI Lauren Little may be young, but she is proving herself in the equestrian industry. At only 14 years old, she was awarded circuit champion in the large pony hunters at the Sonoma Horse Park and...

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...

5 Strides With: COCON 4

An “Interview” With The Equitation Horse(Via her own, Avery Glynn!) The 12-year-old Oldenburg mare—”Calle” at the barn—and her partner finished 13th at the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals and 10th at the ASPCA Maclay...

Updates from The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

BY April Bilodeau The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair began on Thursday, May 25, 2023. The horse show kicked off with the junior equitation. Winners of some of the medals include: ASPCA MACLAY HORSEMANSHIP CLASS...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Skylar Wireman

Status: Junior  Hometown: Bonsall, CA  Trainers: Shayne Wireman, Andre Dignelli, & Lisa Halterman As a horsewoman, I am most proud of the mare we bred. I recently won a Grand Prix on her.  As a horsewoman,...

Juliette Joseph Catches a Ride to Equitation Finals

By Sissy Wickes California catch riding phenom Juliette Joseph heads east this week to contest the THIS Medal Finals held at The Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD. The thirteen- year- old will...

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...

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...

Ask Andre: Is Success in the Sport Bound by the Equitation Division?

By Andre Dignelli My answer to this question might surprise you. In short, my answer is “No, it is not.” But here’s why everyone is trying to follow this formula: It’s been ingrained in every child’s...

California Girls Rise to the Challenge at the OCHSA Junior Masters Medal, sponsored by...

Photos by Sydney Lowe and Rick Osteen Written By TPH Intern Sydney Lowe The OCHSA Junior Masters Medal Final, sponsored by The Plaid Horse, was held at the Orange County Championship Show on October 16, 2016,...

Underdog: From 2’6″ to Marshall & Sterling Finals in a Year

BY DANA WHITE “Go ahead, underestimate me. You won’t be the first. You won’t be the last. But you will be wrong.” - Steve Maraboli Whatever happens, happens. These are the last words I utter to...

I Believe Every Young Equestrian Should Give Pony Club a Chance

BY CHLOE HARDGRAVE Long before I owned my first horse, I told myself I wanted to join the United States Pony Club. At the time I only wanted to join because I loved the thought...

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...

Tripping – A Major Fault or An Act of God?

By TPH STAFF Going back to the origins of show hunters, we find ourselves in the fox hunting field. A quality that is favorable in a hunt horse is sure-footedness. Galloping over unpredictable terrains, you want...