The Best Way to Save Our Equestrian Games Is To Attend Them

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN All the medals have been given out, and even bitten by the world’s top riders as they stood grinning on a podium. I’ve got a stack of Tryon 2018 hats...

“I Did My Part”: Groom Katie Williams On What It’s Really Like Under the...

BY KATIE WILLIAMS “It takes a village” is a favorite Instagram platitude, usually shared alongside some stellar horse show results and a few glittering photos from the winner’s circle. But what does that expression truly...

A Parent’s Guide for Having (and Modeling) Calm Confidence at the Horse Show

By Tonya Johnston, MA From having peppermints in your pocket at crucial moments, to your job as iPad videographer, to helping organize healthy eating habits—your days as a horse show parent are packed. Perhaps you...

Daniel Stewart’s Athletic Anthems

BY DANIEL STEWART When you’re struggling to find your way out of a bad mood (insert frustration, disappointment, doubt, etc. here), it would be great if you could find a quick easy trick… and an...

Helping Others Fly

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding helps special needs kids learn new skills on horseback  for free — and it  needs your support. BY KRISTIN PITZER “Pegasus gives clients with a variety of deficits a place to go to...

Hypocrisy and Horses: the Immigrant Workforce.

BY SARAH MASLIN NIR, THE RIDING REPORTER The post popped up on my Facebook feed this week. Never mind that the un-sourced numbers it contained were not remotely true, a persistent meme that had been...

Am I Enough of a Rider? Finding Joy Through Fear and Doubt

BY ELLISON NEUMANN An article can’t tell you if you’re “enough” for this sport. I have no clue if I am myself. I’m young, I should feel confident and ready to conquer anything. My parents bought me...

Taming Butterflies

By Emily Pope Every rider who competes is familiar with the feeling of butterflies in the stomach before a big class. Maybe it’s the first time competing in a new division, or the course looks...

What Horses Give Us Each Time We Swing a Leg Over

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Earlier this year, I found myself unexpectedly (and unwantedly) horseless. Suddenly, my life was completely open. No more having to drag myself out to the barn on gross days. Sunday brunch? Absolutely,...

Daniel Stewart: Happy Not Crappy

BY DANIEL STEWART When you arrive at the barn you arrive at a place that's more than just fences, fields, and fillies… you arrive at your happy place; the place you go to when you...

Five Takeaways from “Fundamentals of Equitation” with Stacia Klein Madden

BY EMILY RIDEN AND MOLLY SORGE/JUMP MEDIA Renowned trainer Stacia Klein Madden can often be found ringside during equitation classes at major horse shows across the country, including at any of the year-end equitation finals...

Kyniska of Sparta: The Olympic Equestrian Hero You’ve Never Heard Of

BY NOA LEIBSON These days the Olympics look far different from how they began thousands of years ago. But how beloved they are hasn’t changed. Countries from around the world meet to compete and pursue...

How to Get That Shiny Coat for Your Horse

BY TPH Staff One of my favorite things about going to horse shows is seeing all the beautiful, well-groomed horses. It takes a lot of work on the day of the show to turn 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...

Stronger Than Ever: How Battling Cancer at 30 Changed This Rider Forever

BY RENNIE DYBALL Katie Taylor had just found one of those grooves in her riding where everything clicked. It was October of 2017 and the 30-year-old trainer from Durango Farms in Orange County, California, was riding...

On Pain & Growth

BY LAUREN KARDEL I wish I had the dexterity to explain to you the week of anguish that accompanied writing my TPH blog post "I Would Like to Introduce Myself". The feeling of isolation that...

4 Quick and Easy Equestrian Halloween Party Ideas

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI Halloween is a very popular holiday in the equestrian community. It allows riders a break from a busy show season, and is also a very great time to bound with your barn...

What An Adult Amateur Rider Really Wants for Christmas

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every year, my loving mother asks me for gift ideas for Christmas and my birthday that lands two days before (what up December babies!). Because I’m a lifelong equestrian, the request often comes in...

We Find Our Grit When Things Go Sideway

BY PONYMOMAMMY Through a series of unfortunate events, the ponykid and I found ourselves suddenly and inexplicably without a trainer, two days before leaving for a horse show. Aside from dealing with the emotional and...

Just Call Me Jumper Girl: Being Brave Enough to Try a New Ring in...

It was one of those occasional, beautiful northeast summer mornings. Though it was early August, the temperature was low, there was zero humidity and the sky was a cloudless blue. I stood in a...

Don’t Let Anyone Talk You Out of Buying a Thoroughbred for the Hunters

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I love looking at warmblood hunters. They're fat, dappled, athletic. A lot of them look like they were absolutely made for the job, like slowly cantering over beautiful hedges is what comes...

A 30-Year-Old Show Horse Proves Longevity Is Not “Wishful Thinking”

BY HADLEY ZEAVIN I have owned my Westphalian gelding, Wishful Thinking, also known as  “Winston” or “Winnie” since I was thirteen. My mom was not a horse person, and she sort of happened upon him...