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Smothering the Shame: Regaining my Confidence in the Equitation Ranks

BY LAUREN AUBERT Since my very first taste of showing on the A-circuit as a young child, I have always envied the classic, statuesque equitation riders with their floating half-seat at the canter, floating...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

How to Survive Your First Horse Show

BY CALLIE HILDENBRAND  Whether it was decades ago, last year, or coming up this season, any equestrian who shows has had to enter the ring for the first time. Some are overwhelmed with excitement to...

New Jersey Equestrian Gives Back to the Homeless

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN When New Jersey equestrian Christina DeMattheis learned about the Covenant House, a charity dedicated to helping homeless and trafficked youth, she immediately wanted to find a way to get involved. After hearing about...

Five Easy Ways to Be a Barn “Favorite”

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Barns. They’re a mash of ponies and personalities, and are best when they exist as a warm place of community where riders practice their equitation and listen to their horses...

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...

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...

Exhibitor Friendly: Promoting the Child/Adult Championships

BY ALIX MORRISON While just a C-rated division, the child and adult amateur hunters can be one of the most populated divisions at the horse show. Yet, with the lower height and smaller rating, they...

Eight Excellent Essentials for Excelling in the Equitation

Above: A rider searches for her next fence while in the air. Photo by Full Gallop Captures. By TPH Intern Lauren Aubert  If you can believe it, I love equitation even more than alliteration. The equitation, or...

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...

Bike to Barn: Brooke Small’s Journey

By Brooke Small It’s 4.7 miles and 45 minutes away from my home. All uphill and 4.7 miles, 45 minutes away. I biked this route nearly 20 times this summer, all so that I could...

Lauren Reischer Rides to Glory

Above photo: Lauren enjoying the sun with Ollie (aka Opportunity Knocks). Photo by Corinne McNeely Photography. By TPH Intern Tess Gilmartin Lauren Reischer started horseback riding at the age of 3 through a therapeutic riding program....

Ryleigh Ferrier Proves Success in Cutting Pen

Above photo: Ryleigh and Nick after competing Cross Country By TPH Intern Emy Lucibello Ryleigh Ferrier is already a success in the cutting world. Only having been in a western saddle for a little less than six...

Kennedy Duke: On the Big Stage

By 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 in her...

Lessons From Levi – When The Horse You Got Isn’t The One You Thought...

By 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 a while,...

Holy Smokes: The Mighty Mustang That Could

By 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 have enough...

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 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 option...