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USHJA Annual Meeting: Metric System Conversion and Jump Cup Depth Rule Change Proposals

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The USHJA Annual Meeting began on December 8th in Denver, Colorado, and yesterday’s joint Hunter and Jumper working groups conversed about the idea of future propositions that would change all labeling of...

The USHJA Outreach Program is on the Rise

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The USHJA’s Outreach program offers members who ride at any level an opportunity to earn national recognition in a variety of classes ranging from walk-trot to 3’ hunters, jumpers, and equitation at...

Fast Facts: Jumper Judging

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM David Distler, FEI jumper judge and the United States Steward General of the FEI, gave a presentation to members at the USHJA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on a jumper judges perspective....

Safety Ad-Hoc by the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Among the forums at the USHJA Annual Meeting was a Safety Ad Hoc presented by the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab with speaker Dr. Barry Miller. The helmet testing lab is the first...

Morgan Garnett Wins The Plaid Horse High Score Amateur Award at Blenheim EquiSport Spring...

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Morgan Garnett clinched the coveted High Score Amateur Award sponsored by The Plaid Horse in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Blenheim EquiSport Spring Classic III. With an impressive eleventh...

How To Care for Your Tall Boots

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM It’s no secret that a pair of quality tall boots is a significant, albeit necessary, investment. With the base price of a quality off-the-rack boot often beginning somewhere around the thousand dollar mark, it...

A Broken Hand Can’t Stop Catherine Tyree

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The Hampton Classic Horse Show is recognized by equine enthusiasts worldwide for its expansive grass Grand Prix field, with natural obstacles and gigantic oxers that put horse and rider alike to the...

Ava Lakey Earns Highest Scoring Junior Award sponsored by The Plaid Horse in the...

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Ava Lakey captured the coveted Highest Scoring Junior Award and cooler sponsored by The Plaid Horse in the $5,000 National Hunter Derby at the 2018 Blenheim EquiSports Summer Classic. Riding Denize Borges’...

The 2018 Hampton Classic Jump for Charity: Pal-O-Mine Equestrian

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The eight days of competition are well underway at the 2018 Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, New York, and with it comes the excitement of competitors and equine enthusiasts alike watching...

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...

5 Things To Do At The Barn When It’s Too Hot To Ride

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM If you start sweating just walking to your car in order to get to the barn, you might be wondering if it’s too hot to ride. During these blistering summer days when...

Hometown Hero Caitlyn Connors Takes Second Place at the 2018 Devon Horse Show

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM When Caitlyn Connors stepped into the Dixon Oval at the 2018 Devon Horse Show aboard her own Express Blue GP Du Bois Madame for the $3750 junior jumper division, she never imagined...

McLain Ward Hosts The First Longines Masters of New York “Masters Squad” Clinic at...

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM McLain Ward taught the first “Masters Squad” clinic following the historic inaugural year of the Longines Masters of New York on May 5th, 2018 at Old Salem Farm. The Masters Squad premiered as...

Devon Sibling Spotlight: The McCaulley Sisters

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Kennedy and Lauren McCaulley, hailing from Elgin, Illinois, are two siblings training with the Jayne family at Our Day Farm. Kennedy, 16, competes in the low/medium junior jumpers aboard Zara and Zershina,...

Devon Sibling Spotlight: The Propp Sisters

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Stella, Juliette, and Clara Propp are a trio of siblings hailing from New York, New York. Stella, 15, competes in the 3’3” junior hunters aboard Maraschino, Morocco, and Neato, in addition to...

Lindsey Klein Captures The Plaid Horse High ...

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Lindsey Klein captured the coveted High Score Junior Award and cooler sponsored by The Plaid Horse in the USHJA National Hunter Derby at the 2018 Blenheim EquiSports Spring Classic II. Riding her...

McLain Ward Wins the First Longines Grand Prix of New York

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM McLain Ward clinched the victory in the very first CSI5* Longines Grand Prix of New York with his own Clinta on the last day of the competition’s inaugural week. Hailed a “hometown...

Matches Set! Riders Masters Cup at the Longines Masters of New York

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Thursday night, following the conclusion of the first Masters One CSI5* class at the Longines Masters of New York, the matches were selected and teams drawn for the first ever North American...

It’s The Little Things

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM In the fast paced life of any equestrian, it’s sometimes easy to miss the little things that make the opportunity of being around horses so enjoyable. Here’s what makes us smile… sometimes,...

5 Good Horsemanship Habits To Add to Your Routine

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM We all know that horses can be somewhat delicate creatures, and straying from a strict care routine both before and after riding often leads to complications. Here are 5 good horsemanship habits...

A Dream Come True: My Experience with the USHJA Making a Dream Grant

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The USHJA Foundation’s Making a Dream Grant is a scholarship program for junior riders nationwide aiming to “offer unique opportunities in the hunter/jumper sport to USHJA members who face significant adversity, such...

A Q&A with Wellesley Equestrian

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM I first met Carolyn Lavin at the US Pony Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park in August of 2017. Her company, Wellesley Equestrian, was presenting their customized grooming boxes and brushes during...