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TPH Review: The Perfect Bit

BY JESS CLAWSON There are many great things about riding young horses and thoroughbreds off the track, but the young horses come with challenges. One challenge for many horses is teaching them to accept contact,...

TPH Review: ChuckUms Wraps

BY JESS CLAWSON I live in my barn—literally—and manage the six horses who live in it with me. It’s a great life, but comes with a lot of responsibility. There’s no one else to turn...

Laura Hite: The Amateur Winning in the Grand Prix Jumpers

BY JESS CLAWSON Laura Hite has not spent her entire life planning to ride in the Grand Prix ring. Like many amateurs, she grew up riding in hunters and equitation before stopping to finish college,...

Sloan Elmassian Forges Her Own Path

BY JESS CLAWSON In most professional sports, the way from high school to college to the pros is clear. It’s a rare phenomenon to skip a step. But in equestrian sports, there isn’t a standard...

Bethany P Photography is Telling Your Story

By Jess Clawson, Ph.D. Good photography tells a story, and Bethany P Photography is committed to showcasing the bonds between humans and horses in a beautiful way. Bethany Pastorial’s passion for horses shines in her...

Camp Hobbit Hill: The Riding Camp of Your Dreams

By Jess Clawson A sleep away camp with horses, art, leadership building activities, and all sorts of adventures might sound like it’s straight out of Show Strides or The Saddle Club, but the founders of...

Pony Suds is More Than Tack Soap

By Jess Clawson Tiny kids are common at horse shows running around with their friends in cute bows and garter straps with adorable ponies. But there is one five year old that goes to horse...

TPH Review: SaddleMattress

BY JESS CLAWSON A few months ago after noticing that my thoroughbred wasn’t using his back as well as he normally does, I asked my saddle fitter to come take a look. When she flipped...

Good & Bad Signs When Looking for Trainers

BY JESS CLAWSON One of the benefits of living in the heart of the east coast horse country is that there is no shortage of trainers in the vicinity. That is a great gift, and...

The Future of Equestrian Money Management

By Jess Clawson Equestrian sports have seen tremendous evolution over the past two decades. From drastic improvements in veterinary technology to a whole host of new divisions at the horse shows, things are changing. Robin...

Farmington Polo Club is On the Rise

By Jess Clawson Comeback stories are popular for a reason: they’re compelling, inspiring, and hopeful. We love to see someone beat the odds in a display of resilience. The revival of Farmington, Connecticut’s Farmington Polo...

The Tack Box is More than a Tack Store

BY JESS CLAWSON Even as a kid growing up in Indiana, I knew that Middleburg, Virginia was the place to be for horses. I dreamed of someday visiting this place with such a rich history...

For Successful Equestrian New Year’s Resolutions, Start Now

BY JESS CLAWSON While non-riders across America are gearing up to go to the gym every day and eating more salads in the start of 2020, equestrians likely have a different set of resolutions for...

Your Favorite Horse Based on Your Zodiac Sign

BY JESS CLAWSON Sure, there are a lot of factors that influence the kind of horse we end up with, but maybe it’s also written in the stars? While there is a lot to astrology, our...

R.J. Classics: Bringing Tradition and Innovation to Every Rider

BY JESS CLAWSON Tradition and innovation are both prized values in equestrian sports. Some may feel they are in opposition with each other, but R.J. Classics has married these concepts in their apparel line for...

Kym Smith Has Developed Into Her Own Role Model

BY JESS CLAWSON Kym Smith has created a name for herself in the hunter world. She took on the title sponsorship of the Kym K. Smith/USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships, and has won everything from...

Horses in Hawaii: A Conversation with Trainer Amy Quinlan

By Jess Clawson Most US equestrians live and ride on the mainland which encompasses quite a bit of regional diversity in the sport, but people ride and compete in Alaska and Hawaii too. Typically, one...

Breese Pin Bands: Customizable Options for Medical ID Bracelets and More

BY JESS CLAWSON I love eventing for many reasons: the cross-disciplinary elements that compel us to make our horses both fit and rideable; the exciting nature of cross country; the enormous freedom of expression in...

Springtime Supplements: 40 Years of Making a Difference in Health

BY JESS CLAWSON The secret to a business that has lasted decades in the horse world is consistent quality. Look around at other brands that have become institutions in our sport, and you will see...

Blackhound Equestrian Shows Why Sometimes Professionals Are Better Together

BY JESS CLAWSON Making it as a professional in the horse world can be challenging… that’s perhaps an understatement.  The isolation, long hours, even longer list of demands, and the need to make everyone happy while...

Oaklyn Tack Leads the Way to a Sustainable Future with Fleece Girths Made of...

BY JESS CLAWSON Emily Barrett and her twin sister, Laura Santomauro, learned to appreciate horses and nature together. Although their professional paths took different directions, they have merged their skill sets, love of horses, and...

Bringing Dream Horses to Life: Terri Crowley Art

BY JESS CLAWSON A true, equestrian heart inspires the horses in Terri Crowley’s art. Her favorite piece, “Mane Gone Wild,” features a Spanish-type horse that came to her in a dream. “This happens to me...