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The St. Louis National Charity: A Horse Show with Heart

BY ASHLEY SHAW The St. Louis National Charity Horse Show will always have a special place in my heart. I have competed at this show ever since I was nine, bopping around short stirrup wearing...

What I Learned Horse Showing, Without My Horses

BY ASHLEY SHAW Packed clothes, filled trunks, my bike secured to the back of the car – I was ready for a great three weeks of showing at the Colorado Horse Park. Except for one...

Beautiful and Easy Ways to Display Your Ribbons

BY ASHLEY SHAW Over many years of horse showing, equestrians can accumulate countless amounts of ribbons. Sadly, the reality is that most of these elegant, hard-earned ribbons end up in storage containers and plastic bags...

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 Rolfes’ Mini Rescue

Above: Sharing a moment with Emma, the mini who was rescued with her foal from an auction. Although she can no longer see due to moon blindness, she responds wonderfully to her name. By Ashley Shaw,...

Horse Show Study Spots

Above: Riders studying at the ring. Photo by Piper Klemm. By TPH Interns Vyla Carter, Emy Lucibello and Ashley Shaw The school year and winter show season are officially in full swing. Along with the horse...

The Pros of Ponies

Photo: Jaden Porter and Farmore State of the Art competing at Pony Finals. Photo courtesy of Shawn McMillen. By Ashley Shaw The words “the pony ring” can stimulate a variety of thoughts and emotions for pony rider...

Life is Not Over When You Become an Amateur

By Ashley Shaw   Many riders seem to count down the days of their last junior year and dread becoming an amateur. We juniors associate the switch to amateur rider with being old, going off to...

Under Saddles Are Here to Stay

By Ashley Shaw   Under Saddles are a traditional part of hunter divisions. We’ve all sat in the bleachers,following the beautiful movers and discussing with friends who the winner will be. And we have all fought...