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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...

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...

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...

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,...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Augusta Iwasaki

Status: Junior Hometown: Calabasas, CA  Trainers: Elizabeth Reilly, Ken Smith, Emily Smith, and Erica Quinn  As a horsewoman, I am most proud of the development and success of all my young horses.  As a horsewoman, I would...

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 SISSY WICKES, PHOTOS ADAM HILL Riding takes courage. Riding takes commitment. Riding takes working with...

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...

Dual Enrolled Selected to Second Film Festival

By Catie Staszak/Catie Staszak Media, Inc. Dual Enrolled, the short documentary on the demands and commitment required of equestrian student-athletes, has been officially selected to its second film festival. The 22nd Annual 15-Minutes of Fame Film...

Taking the Leap: Leaving Home at 15 to Chase My Dressage Dream

BY SKYE SIMPSON Right now, there are many young riders scattered across the country dreaming of victory gallops or training horses full time. I was just like them, and have worked from a working student...

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...

Ask Andre: What Do Your Most Successful Students Have in Common?

It’s been a rewarding summer when it comes to Heritage Farm alumni. Former Heritage riders made up 50% of the U.S. Jumping Team for the FEI World Championships. Jacob Pope won his first Grand...

Accountability at All Ages

How Quinn Haven Stables in Maryland is starting their young riders right From the magazine At Quinn Haven Stables in Friendship, MD, if you’re going to ride, you’re going to do it thoughtfully and with accountability....

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Whitethorne Equitation Challenge Q&A with Winner Avery Glynn and More

BY MIA JONES The Whitethorne class began similar to its start with early morning rides and emotions running high. After last night's riders meeting all riders were itching for the chance to get back into...

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...

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...

IEA Financial Aid: What is it? Who Gets it? How Can You Support it?

Edited Press Release Riding horses is a dream come true. For some of us, a little help may be needed in making that dream a reality. The IEA Benevolent Fund was established to provide a Financial Assistance Program for...

A Day in the Life

Read about a young working student during a typical horse show day. By TPH Intern Tori Weed It’s 5:00 a.m. and my alarm clock goes off one more time as I urge my sore and crackling...