From Troubled to the Top: Charlie Carrel Leads Utopik to Success

BY VYLA CARTER Charlie Carrel is used to being sent young and troubled horses to train. He and his wife, Hilary, run a program called Colts Unlimited out of Sheridan, Wyoming. They specialize in bringing...

Second Act

BY TIMOTHY WICKES Sometimes the horse show game seems a bit like the mafia – once you’re in you never get out. But riders are athletes, and in spite of what Louise Serio and Ian...

When You’re a Weenie, Flabby Amateur Who Loves Hunter Derbies

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I love the hunters. Can't help myself. That division is like a bad boyfriend I just can't quit. I know life would be better for me and my free OTTB in the...

All Smiles at Caitlin Maloney’s Shamrock Show Stables

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN There are a lot of reasons people choose to become a professional in this industry. The love of the animal. Walking into a barn full of slick, happy horses nibbling...

The 9- What it’s Like to Score a 90 in the Hunter Ring

BY VYLA CARTER As a hunter glides around the ring, a judge watches with a careful eye, marking down points on a sheet and figuring out what score this certain horse will get. The score...

$40,000 Grand Prix de Santa Fe: Chenoa McElvain Buckled Down

Anticipation for the pinnacle event of the Santa Fe Summer Series was present in every corner of the property – between Owner and MC Brian Gonzales' walk through of the $40,000 Grand Prix de...

A One-of-a-Kind Family at Judgement Farm

BY RENNIE DYBALL At a top hunter-jumper barn an hour outside of Chicago, as junior riders are preparing for pony finals and adults are in the middle of their summer show season, a beginner in...

Who Jumped it Best? Medium Green Pony Hunters at Pony Finals

BY VYLA CARTER Pony Finals may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean we can't still pick our favorites from the huge fields of top competition. Samantha Takacs and Galianna earned the overall Medium...

Who Jumped It Best? 2018 Pony Finals Regular Small Pony Hunters

BY VYLA CARTER At Pony Finals, competitors have one chance to show off their pony over fences to impress the three panels of judges. Over 100 Regular Small ponies jumped their best in the Walnut...

A Pony’s Impact: How One Pony Can Influence Lives

BY VYLA CARTER We all remember that special teacher in our lives- the one who made a difference to us. They may not have been the easiest or the kindest, but their impact is something...

Celebrating the Round: Regular Large and Small Green Pony Hunter Over Fences at USEF...

BY VYLA CARTER AND MACKENZIE SHUMAN During the second day of Pony Finals, champions were crowned in the Regular Large Pony Hunter division and Small Green Pony Hunters. Top placing riders gave a little extra love...

The 7 Types of Ponies You Meet at Pony Finals

BY EMILY LUCIBELLO The Oldie: Oldies are a blessing from the heavens. You have seen this pony at shows for what seems like eons and have no clue how they are still around. Needless to say,...

Pony Finals Must Do’s

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM With the start of the annual USEF Pony Finals quickly approaching, perfectly prepped ponies and their equally adorable riders from across the country are perfecting their final touches before heading to the...

2018 USHJA Foundation Gochman Grant Winners Make Plans for Pony Finals

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN Starting in 2016, the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant has awarded grants to three deserving junior riders, giving them an incredible opportunity to attend educational activities and compete on a qualified pony...

From World Grand Championships in the Tennessee Walking Horse Ring to Pony Finals

BY VYLA CARTER Many pony riders are nervous, jittery and extremely excited as they head off to Pony Finals at The Kentucky Horse Park for the first time. Finley-Grace Brooks is just like them, but...

The North American Youth Championships: A New Direction

BY LINDSAY BROCK/JUMP MEDIA The Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC), presented by Gotham North, are on the brink of a new era. With a fresh name, new location, and renewed dedication to the future...

Pony Finals Judges Offer Insight on How to Have a Competitive Edge

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN AND ELISE STEPHENS Adorable ponies and their riders travel from all over the United States to compete at USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, Kentucky. Competing at this prestigious event is a dream...

How They Win at the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships

The dressage and show jumping Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC), presented by Gotham North, give young riders a unique opportunity to experience team competition in a championship format. Teams and individual riders from...

Jessica Lohman: A Woman in All Corners of the Equine Industry

BY VYLA CARTER Throughout her life, Jessica (Jessi) Lohman, of Poolesville, MD, has found herself in virtually every corner of the equestrian industry. She rode in the hunters and did fox hunting as a child,...

Healthy Recipes for the Avid Athlete: Better Alternatives to Horse Show Snacks

BY SARA SOMECK You’ve probably been there before. You wake up at the crack of dawn, eager to get to the horse show. There is no time to spare, so you run out of the...

Central Texas Says Goodbye to the San Antonio Rose Palace

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN About thirty minutes north of San Antonio, there is a large, indoor showing facility. It’s got dusty bleachers, multiple rings (with bonus killer shadows that green horses are sure to...

The Course Design Process: Q&A With Course Designer Nick Granat

BY EMILY MCNEILL One of the main priorities of competing at a horse show is to memorize the course, and often, the jumps are just as eloquently decorated as the horses and riders are. However,...