Monday, August 2, 2021

Sustainable Horse Careers: Horse Import Sales

BY JESSIE LOCHRIE  Careers in the horse world are known for long hours, low pay, and a high rate of burnout — so how do the professionals we admire manage their careers in a sustainable...

It’s Not Hard Work vs Privilege: It’s Fighting for Your Own Success

BY PIPER KLEMM While struggling with my depression last week, a consequence of a chronic chemical imbalance that has nothing to do with horses or situations from them, I made the mistake of looking at...

An Adult Amateur’s Honest ISO

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’m in the middle of the best worst activity—horse shopping. Some mornings I wake up and think, Okay! This is going to be the week I find the one. But mostly, especially...

Warning! Posting a Warning Sign Will Not Legally Protect You

BY KIMBRELL HINES At your next visit to a barn or show, look around. You’ll probably see at least one "WARNING" sign citing the state's equine law. Aside from Maryland and California, every state has...

Horse Tests Positive for EHV-1 at Sonoma Horsepark

We've received a report that a horse that attended a show at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, CA has been confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) secondary to EHV-1. Though the horse did...

History, Heroines & Saving Species: Horseback Vacations That Take the High Road

BY L.A. SAKOLOWSKI Bucket lists are out and life lists are in, according to experts with a finger on the pulse of a reawakening travel industry. Elizabeth Blount McCormick, president of the international travel management...

Hard Work Isn’t Enough to Show Successfully—It’s About Privilege

BY SHELBY BENNY Many consider riding a dying sport. As urban sprawl leads to a decline in the availability of farmland and wages remain stagnant, horse ownership becomes more and more out of reach for...

We Have to Fix Our Audience Problem Before We Can Fix Our Sponsorship Problem

BY ERICA SAUNDERS In a recent commentary on the challenges of profitable horse shows, show staff Jack Nash talked about how our sport is one that sponsors don’t understand. Why don’t they understand?  Because there’s...

Put Your Best Foot Forward: How to Keep Horses’ Hooves Strong Through Summer

BY JUMP MEDIA Proper hoof health is hard to achieve any time of year, but during the hot summer months, a solid, healthy hoof is even more difficult to attain due to an increase in...

Cynthia Hampton’s Classic Champions Series: Developing Young Jumpers in America

Ever since the founder of Classic Champions—a Florida nonprofit organization dedicated to the education of developing young jumpers—first sat on a horse at age 3, she has been fascinated by the bond and love...

Hap Hansen: A Great Horseman, A Remarkable Man

BY ANN JAMIESON Although Hap Hansen was not born into a horsey family, he was drawn to horses as a young boy. He convinced his parents to take him to a rental facility where he...

Quick Questionnaire With Stephanie Danhakl

Rider status: Amateur  •  Hometown: Boston, MA •  Trainer: Scott Stewart As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: my ability to empathize and connect with my horse.  As a horsewoman, I would most like to...

Are Negative Core Beliefs Holding Your Riding Back?

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Core beliefs aren’t about religion, though I imagine most of us have cantered to a single oxer in a “Jesus take the wheel” situation at least once. I’d be lying if this...

“Working Harder” Isn’t Always Enough

BY HANNAH HAZEL/THE DISABLED EQUESTRIAN In 2018 I was mucking out stalls as a working student when suddenly I awoke, lying on the stall floor. After being taken to the hospital, followed by months of...

The ‘‘Step Down’’ Horse: A Secret Weapon of the Horse Show World

A seasoned campaigner in need of a lighter job can give green riders confidence BY LETTIE TEAGUE I don’t like the term ‘stepdown’ horse,” says Paul Cronin, the longtime director of the Sweet Briar College equestrian...

Barbara Johnson: Growing Strong Women

BY ANN JAMIESON “There will probably never be a way for anyone to know just how many lives she touched,” says Jolene Laughlin, one of Barbara Johnson’s students. These words are echoed by scores of others....

Sustainable Horse Careers: Equine Photography

BY JESSIE LOCHRIE  Careers in the horse world are known for long hours, low pay, and a high rate of burnout — so how do the professionals we admire manage their careers in a sustainable...

EXCEL: Bring Simplicity Back to Your Supplements

BY JENNIFER FINCH Finding the best combination of supplements for your horse can feel like alchemy. You want every new addition to their diet to add value—but ever-changing trends, weather, and workloads can make that...

Horse Assisted Camaraderie: Life Lessons From a Wild Horse

BY ANDREA LONDON At age 68, with 2 elderly retired show horses, my competitive equestrian days were over. I had neither the physical nor financial resources to start over with a young horse, so I...

How to Fix Our Horse Shows: An Opinion From the Other Side

BY JACK NASH Karl Cook has big opinions about increasing the visibility of show jumping and with it the prize money of Grand Prix events. As a horse show employee, I’d like to respond with...

The Ridiculous First World Problem of Whining About Horse Shopping

BY LAUREN MAULDIN If a non-horse person hears you’re looking for a new horse, they often have two primary responses: Horse shopping? That sounds so fun!Oh my god, they cost HOW much?! And if you tell a...

Grit and Grace: on Learning From Failure

BY PONYMOMAMMY Grit is having the courage to push through no matter what the obstacles are, because it’s worth it - Chris Morris Grace means that all of your mistakes now serve a purpose instead of...