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Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp Part 2: Outgrouping, The Threat Response, and the Danger...

BY JESS CLAWSON This is part two of my recap of the Daniel Stewart Equestrian Athlete Camp. Click here to read the first post. I knew that once the workouts started at the Daniel Stewart Equestrian...

Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp, Part 1: Beyond Hips, Heels, and Hands

BY JESS CLAWSON Last week I found myself driving into the Adirondacks to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, site of Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp. With my fingers clenched on the steering wheel...

Growing with Horses: A Conversation with Kristen Hamel

by Jess Clawson Kristen Hamel is the owner of Sunset View Farms, a horse show parent, founder of the Hamel Scholarship and the Hamel National Horse Show 3’3” Medal. We caught up with her to...

Old Seoul Equestrian: A Passion for the Grassroots Meets Excellence in Horsemanship

BY JESS CLAWSON Courtney Hayden-Fromm didn’t necessarily envision that her entire professional life would involve horses, but as the owner of Old Seoul Equestrian, horses are beyond even a job: her family life is wrapped...

Handling Barn Drama: Protecting Your Happy Place

BY JESS CLAWSON Barn drama is as prominent as barns themselves. It happens everywhere… even if you’re the only boarder. “Did you hear what so-and-so did?” I say to my horses as they kick their...

TPH Review: Total Saddle Fit Stability Leathers

by Jess Clawson Many years ago when I was in grad school and couldn’t afford a horse, I played roller derby. I made terrific friends, was the fittest I’ve ever been, and wore myself out...

Faces of Pin Oak: Matt Cyphert

BY JESS CLAWSON Matt Cyphert didn’t grow up in a horse family. His family didn’t push him into riding. He hasn’t been riding since he was a toddler. But he found his gift. Matt’s aunt owned...

Faces of Pin Oak: Daniel Bedoya

BY JESS CLAWSON Daniel Bedoya was taught to respect and value horses from the start. Growing up in La Paz, Bolivia, his father, Daniel Bedoya Sr., won seven national jumper championships in Bolivia. But even...

Faces of Pin Oak: Natalee Newton Haggan

BY JESS CLAWSON Natalee Haggan’s parents promised her a horse of her own when she was eight years old, provided she stuck with the riding lessons she begged for. She showed her dedication early, always...

Faces of Pin Oak: Briley Koerner

BY JESS CLAWSON Briley Koerner believes in the importance of connection—both with horses and people. She started riding at six years old, and still thinks of her first trainer, Kim Cox of Tally Ho Farm,...

Faces of Pin Oak: Frankie Owens

BY JESS CLAWSON Frankie Owens was almost born in the saddle. His parents, Candie and Frank, were established professionals in the industry by the time he and his sister, Whitney, were born. Frankie was legged...

Touch of Class: Show Jumping’s Great Thoroughbred Mare

BY JESS CLAWSON The hallways of the hunter/jumper sport are lined with champions, and one of the greatest on the wall is the Thoroughbred mare, Touch of Class. Touch of Class (1973-2001) was everything she wasn’t supposed...

Mobile Payment Options for your Equestrian Business

BY JESS CLAWSON If you’re a hardworking trainer, braider, or other horse professional, you might find that getting paid by cash and check is getting harder as our society becomes increasingly cashless. The good news is, there...

Navigating the Horse Show World as a Native American Woman with Pearl Running Deer

BY JESS CLAWSON Pearl Running Deer knew from a young age that she wanted to make it in the horse showing world, but that the path might not be easy for an indigenous woman in Atlantic City,...

When Anxiety Comes to the Barn

BY JESS CLAWSON Many of us see the barn as our happy, safe, away-from-real-life-problems place. But what happens if you don’t experience relief or euphoria when you go to the barn? What if, instead, your...

Chrissy Serio Makes Dreams Come True

BY JESS CLAWSON Chrissy Serio is everything today’s riders want to be. Raised by a legendary horsewoman, she grew up at Derbydown, and has had the life horse-crazy kids dream of while playing with their...

Shedding Season Survival: Get Your Horse’s Gleaming Coat Back

BY JESS CLAWSON It’s almost spring. Like I promised, winter doesn’t last forever. I can tell that winter really is ending, because all of my fuzzy yaks are just beginning the process of turning back into sleek...

Get Excited About the New Secretariat Memorial in Lexington

BY JESS CLAWSON Three of my very favorite things are horses, art, and history. When they combine into an astonishing tribute into one of the greatest horses who has ever lived, it’s a new level of excitement. In...

Should We Be Using Bisphosphonates for Horse Soundness Maintenance?

BY JESS CLAWSON As equestrians, we care a lot about our horses’ well-being and soundness. Chronic lameness in any competitive or pleasure riding horse can be devastating. We can spend an awful lot of money on supplements...

Tail Whitening Hacks

BY JESS CLAWSON If you live in Virginia (where it’s been muddy for 12 months straight!) and your horse has a significant amount of white in its tail, you learn to become good at tail whitening hacks!...

Queer Equestrian Voices: An Interview with Tatum Standley

BY JESS CLAWSON Throughout my career with horses, I’ve known dozens of farriers with bold personalities. They’ve spanned the range from homophobes that I've ceased to involve with my horses' care, to the most wonderful...

New Strides in Equine Assisted Therapy for Veterans

BY JESS CLAWSON Those of us fortunate enough to spend time with horses know how much they can challenge us, as well as how healing that time spent can be. For people like me who...