Friday, January 22, 2021

Winter Fashion Trends That Keep Equestrians Warm

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN As the temperature drops, stylish equestrians everywhere find themselves with a dilemma. It is time to trade in their fall wardrobe for something warmer, but they do not want to sacrifice their...

National Show Hunter Hall of Fame: Bold Minstrel

BY PURE DRAPER OSBORN Bold Minstrel is the only horse in history to medal in three Pan American Games and one Olympic Games in two different disciplines: eventing and show jumping. Imagine a horse today...

Equitation With Tourette’s: A Young Rider’s Story

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Horse lovers come in all shapes, sizes and personalities to boot, but there’s one thing every equestrian will agree on – riding is a hard sport. We have to juggle...

Equestrian DIY: How to Make a Whip or Crop Holder

BY OLIVIA KNOTT OF DIY HORSE OWNERSHIP This is a super easy project. I made it with spare parts from my garage, so it cost me nothing. You can substitute some equipment for others, but the...

Outrage Fatigue. How do we move on from here?

BY SISSY WICKES Outrage Fatigue: a state of exhaustion caused by repeated offense, indignation, and anger. I was attending the USEF Annual Meeting last week when the outcome of the Farmer/Glefke situation was announced. In one...

TPH Book Review – Spirit: A Book of Happiness for Horse Lovers

BY EMILY LUCIBELLO “The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire.” -Sharon Ralls Lemon. Horses have the greatest gift of...

6 Things to Look For When Shopping for a Short Stirrup Pony

BY STEFANIE MAZER Short stirrup is an important division for young riders. For many, it’s their first time showing over straight rail fences. The jumps can have fill and width, and the courses start to...

Bridging the Gap: Emergence of the 3’3 Equitation

BY LAUREN AUBERT In the midst of the medal finals madness, horse shows offer competition for graduates of the 3’ height but also those who are not quite ready to move up to 3’6. As...

“I Euthanized Your Horse Today” – Skip’s Story of Rescue and Responsibility

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Caring and ultimately making hard decisions for senior horses is one of the most difficult, but important, aspects of horse ownership. Julie Hersey of Greenwood Stables takes that responsibility seriously. "I have...

Most Memorable Ribbon

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM We’ve all heard it before and we’ll hear it again- riding is not just about the ribbons. While this may be true, there is an immense amount of pride in hanging up...

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...

“Private Treaty”: Scam or Savvy Seller?

BY AVERILL PESSIN One of the most hotly-debated topics we see online related to horse sales, is the notion of “Private Treaty”, where a seller or agent does not publicly divulge the sale price of...

Early Morning Horse Show Survival Guide

BY ASHLEY SHAW Early horse show mornings can be chaos, especially when your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet. It can be difficult to keep timely and organized when the sun isn’t even in the sky,...

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...

5 Game Changing Body Clipping Tips from a Professional Groom!

I can't wait to body clip today... said no person ever! But with professional groom Amanda Geerlinks' body clipping tips, this chore is sure to go off much smoother than ever before.  BY AMANDA GEERLINKS Body...

Horse Show Announcing: It’s Not as Easy as It Sounds

By Sissy Wickes They are the voices in our head, the sound track of our horse show lives, the narrators of the day. Every horse show grounds has one thing in common: the announcer. They...

And Then It Rained…

Above: Greg Best and Gem Twist. Photo by Tish Quirk. By Timothy Wickes Maybe one out of ten 8th grade creative writing papers starts with, “It was a dark and stormy night,” and that over-used opening...

My Longest Fall: Moving Forward After a Traumatic Brain Injury

BY JULIA FISCHER Nearly all of us have fallen off a horse. The average fall usually consists of dusting ourselves off, and hopping back on. However, there is always the exceptional fall that leaves us...

Maryland Horse Shows Association Year End Champions

It's been a fantastic year of showing for patrons of the Maryland Horse Shows Association! Join us in congratulating the 2017 division champions. Great job riders for your hard work and success! Maryland Horse Shows...

A Royal Summer Retreat at the Royal Veterinary College – Part II

BY SARAH LEWIS Last week in the first part of her story, Sarah walked us through her process finding, applying and traveling to the Royal Veterinary College for their pre-vet summer program. Today we get to...

Women Mentoring Women

By Sissy Wickes November passes and with it the flip of another calendar year for riders. Some move up in age groups, some move out of the junior ranks (the oft- dreaded "aging out" process),...

#MeToo

The below article was originally printed in our December 2017/January 2018 issue. Click hear to view an online version of the print edition.  By Timothy Wickes It surrounds us like an avalanche. Since that robeless toad...