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I Take Forever in the Cross Ties

BY LAUREN MAULDIN These days, I take forever in the cross ties—especially before my ride. I didn’t used to be this way. My horse always had to be body clipped in the winter, because I...

Twas the Night Before the Horse Show

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Twas the night before the show, and all through the barnThe ponies were sleeping, mane braided in yarn.The bridles all hung, each polished and shinedEach gleaming bit perfectly aligned.  My kid was stretched...

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,...

Climbing Quickly: Lauren Little Has the Formula for Success

By TPH Editor Lauren Mauldin How does one define the formula that makes for a successful rider? Many would start with natural talent. An eye that leads them to perfect distances, poise in the saddle....

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...

A Study in Hard Work: Brooke Farr & ABF Equine

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s one of our favorite plots, featured in many horse movies. The horse-crazy, hard working kid that spends every hour they can at the barn. The difficult horse, talented but misunderstood, the...

Talk Shadbelly To Me: What Top Derby Riders are Wearing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Shadbellies are a bucket list apparel item for many equestrians. They signify a formal, big event like a hunter derby or classic. Riders on all different levels dream of cantering around with...

On a Budget? You Need The TackHack

BY LAUREN MAULDIN This online retailer is changing the equestrian discount landscape by working with independent tack shops to source amazing deals for riders. Working adult amateurs bond over many things, like battling nerves at the...

3 Companies That Excel at Outfitting Equestrians of All Sizes

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Some things will always be consistent on the hunter/jumper circuit: fashion trends grab attention with innovative designs and intricate details, and life will throw a curveball to your plans.  Right now, a lot...

An Capall: The Sun Shirt That Cleans Our Planet and Looks Perfect All...

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Pristine equestrian fashion, ocean cleanup, a mother daughter team living out their dream under the canopy of palm trees. It doesn’t seem like these things should go together, but at An Capall...

Ask The Judge: Horse Show Fashion

The hunter and equitation rings can be a hard place for fashion lovers who thrive on finding pieces that bring a new flair to the horse show. From wild colors to crystalized details, riders...

Be Well Turned Out with Arista Equestrian

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Street clothing designs mimic equestrian style season after season for a reason—we’re a fashionable group. But what do riders need in their apparel? Clothes have to be comfortable, durable for long days...

Confessions of a Former Fashion Pariah

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’m not really what you would call a fashionable person.  Growing up, my favorite outfit was a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Not fancy, designer jeans mind you—my tried and trues were...

8 Takeaways from the 2019 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s been an impressive two days of hunters in horse country. There were fantastic jumping efforts that made you gasp, adult amateurs and juniors as young as twelve learning and doing their...

A “Really” Good Trip Earns 3rd in the Derby Finals Classic Round

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It was a strong day in Kentucky for west coast riders. For some, a really strong day. Really, a ten-year-old Mecklenburg black roan gelding, earned a combined score of 270.5 to place...

Grafton Ridge: Michael DelFiandra and Vanessa Roman Build a Positive Team for Every Kind...

BY LAUREN MAULDIN How do you feel when you enter the ring at a horse show? Worried about the two stride that looks a little long, or concerned about keeping your green horse from bulging by the...

First Dabble in a Derby Earns Michael Tokaruk & Trademark Darmanville a 100 Handy...

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Sometimes it can feel hard to stand out in the hunter ring, but a beautiful, black horse and a 100 score in the handy is a good way to set yourself apart from the...

The Breyer Model Horse That Sold for $22,000

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every summer before the hunter/jumper crowd flocks to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Summer series, a group of folks comes to show with a very different kind of string—model horses! BreyerFest, a...

Hey Local Show Rider—You Matter

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Hey there local show rider. It’s 4:25pm, and you’ve been sitting in the hot dust waiting for the hack for an hour because someone told you it was time to go, until it wasn’t....

A Tale of Two OTTBs: How I Got My Amateur Grit Back

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I used to be kind of tough. Not “Hold my phone, I’m going to go jump the round bale tough,” but tough enough. In my early twenties, I signed up to ride any...

5 Surprising Things I Learned Announcing at a Horse Show

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Horse shows—I can’t help but love them. Grooming, spectating, photographing or competing, there are few places I’d rather be than watching hunters strut in the hack and jumpers nail the inside turn. But when...

Here’s to the Little Jumps

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’ve spent a long time feeling like I was lesser within the equestrian world. Growing up riding at a small private barn, our focus was fox hunting and horsemanship, not equitation medals and hack...