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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...

Horses Make Me Less of an Inflexible Curmudgeon

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I remember being surprised the first time someone called me a control freak. “What? No! I’m easy going, go with the flow.” They just looked at me like I had grown a third arm. I...

Barn Family is More than an Expression

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I haven’t lived in the same state as my parents or any of my extended family for over ten years. I’ve gotten used to the distance. Although I wish I could visit home more, they’re...

Drugs and Addiction in the Horse World: A Conversation with Andrew Ellis

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Lifelong equestrian and east coast native Andrew Ellis wears many hats within the hunter/jumper industry. Rider, horse show manager, announcer, USEF Safety Committee member, certified EMT. But he also has another label...

Horses Can’t Be Our Only Therapy

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I avoided therapy for a long time. Part of it was stubbornness. I come from tough stock. “No pain, no gain” and “Walk it off” were practically hung up as motivational posters in our...

An Equestrian’s Imperfect Pursuit of Wellness

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Wellness is a funny word. The dictionary defines it as “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” I guess that makes sense, but it seems more...

Don’t Let Anyone Talk You Out of Buying a Thoroughbred for the Hunters

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I love looking at warmblood hunters. They're fat, dappled, athletic. A lot of them look like they were absolutely made for the job, like slowly cantering over beautiful hedges is what comes...

What Hunters Can Learn From Eventers

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Hunters and eventers haven’t always been able to maintain a mutual respect for one another. After all, the disciplines are at the opposite ends of the spectrum in many ways. Still, we’re all equestrians...

A “Poor” Equestrian Ponders AA Shows and Six Figure Imports

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Poor is a relative word, and horse people know that. I can't deny the huge luxury it is to have a horse, any horse. In a country where many struggle to afford...