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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...

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...

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...

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,...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Thoroughbred Hunters

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Okay let's be real - for many of us, Thoroughbred hunters aren't a thing of the past. My OTTB does triple duty as best friend, jumper (if I'm feeling brave) and hunter...

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...

23 Perfect Braid Photos That Will Make Your Type A Horse Show Heart Happy

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN You know what makes me happy? Horse shows. You know what one of my favorite parts of showing is? Seeing my horse in his formal best, all braided up. When...

A Barn Owner Responds to the “Ethics of Employment”

BY PONYMOMAMMY I read the article, several times in fact, and I have a few things I’d like to add. Now it is entirely possible I misread the intention behind it, and I am by...

First Look: Spy Coast Farm’s New Rehab Center Does it All

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Tucked away on 800 acres in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky’s bluegrass country, Spy Coast Farm makes a strong case for being a horse. On most days of the year, the facility’s...

My Complicated Body in Breeches

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Last week, I shared an article to our Facebook page from the July issue of The Plaid Horse about body image in our sport. Later in the day, I went...

Who Jumped It Best? I Love New York Horse Show Jumper Classic

Last week's I Love New York Horse Show had big name riders and tough competition. Mclain Ward and HH Gigi’s Girl won the Jumper Classic, but that still doesn't determine who jumped it best!...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Full Chaps and Fringe

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Chokers, jelly shoes, plaid flannel shirts... so many of the fashion trends from when I grew up in the 90's are becoming mainstream again. But what about the horse world? When it comes...

Learning How to Fall Off With a Smile on My Face

BY VYLA CARTER I have fallen off my horse a lot. More times than I can count on all my fingers, including the swollen pointer finger I just sprained from falling off. And more times...

Body Image in Breeches: How We Can Move Our Sport Forward

BY RENNIE DYBALL They say the only constant in life is change. But how does that apply to a sport rooted in tradition and some old-school tendencies? Last month, an article on The Plaid Horse blog...

Safe Sport: Who Are We Protecting?

BY TIMOTHY WICKES BAM! Down goes Jimmy Williams. The first big domino falls. #MeToo has hit the hunter/ jumper world like Serena hits a forehand. It seems that since Spring has sprung there’s been a...

Erica Quinn on Making It to the Top

BY SISSY WICKES Many of us on the east coast will recognize Erica Quinn as a young rider who is as easily seen hacking horses in the ring at dawn as showing them under the...

Patriotic Tack Sets You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN If there's one thing I love about the hunters, it's the wide variety of striking, individualistic tack choices. Oh wait... that's literally every other discipline. Still, for the hunter/jumper rider looking...