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#FanGirl or the Upside of Social Media

BY SISSY WICKES Most of us fell in love with our sport as youngsters. I tell romantic stories of peeking between the lower rails of the ring at Devon while a legend showed. We remember...

LAURACEA: Luxury Bags for Equestrians

BY SISSY WICKES The best products for our industry are consistently designed by those who understand our industry. It is difficult for people who have never experienced a horse show season to comprehend it. The...

Cold Weather Apparel for the Equestrian Athlete

BY SISSY WICKES What do you get when you cross a cold trainer with an active wear apparel developer? Redingote! All riders, trainers, and horse enthusiasts who live in colder climates have experienced the hardships of winter...

Miami International Riding Club Offers Something for Everyone

BY SISSY WICKES “We call it a club for a reason,” explains Celia Bunge, owner of the Miami International Riding Club. “We welcome everyone and hope they will stay and feel at home.” Celia and...

Erica Quinn on Making It to the Top

BY SISSY WICKES Many of us on the east coast will recognize Erica Quinn as a young rider who is as easily seen hacking horses in the ring at dawn as showing them under the...

The Heartbeat of Chicago Equestrian: Bull Run Equestrian Center

BY SISSY WICKES Beautiful Bull Run Equestrian Center in Elburn, IL is steeped in the equestrian tradition of the Chicago area. Founded by the Vanderveen Family, the iconic facility is now owned by Bill and...

Community, Inclusion, and Summer Fun: Courtney Hayden-Fromm Leads the Next Generation of ”Wisconsin Strong”...

BY SISSY WICKES Our inboxes and publications are filled with promises and testimony to opportunity in the equestrian world. Assurances abound that talented young riders of modest means can sniff out the trail, the pipeline,...

Becky Warner and Morning Shadows Farm: A Jewel in the Arizona Desert

BY SISSY WICKES Just outside of Phoenix, Arizona in the beautiful desert town of Cave Creek lies the bucolic Bellisima Ranch, home of Becky Warner’s Morning Shadows Farm. At Morning Shadows, horses and riders of...

The Ride that Blew the Lights Out: Caitlin Boyle Clinches NCEA Championships for...

BY SISSY WICKES April 21, 2018. The arena thundered and shook with the roar of united voices in a display of athletic pride, pandemonium, and solidarity rarely seen in the equestrian industry. As each...

Val Renihan: Midwestern values in the modern world

BY SISSY WICKES Val Renihan Impacts the Next Generation What is the true measure of greatness? Is it trophies on the wall? Is it creating a legacy that will outlive you? Is it living a life...

The Icons Are Falling

BY SISSY WICKES The icons are falling, the icons are falling- get out of the way. Jimmy Williams may be the first to fall, but he will not be the last. The Williams nightmare is...

Babington Mills it… Better Feed, Better Bedding

BY SISSY WICKES Kevin Babington thinks outside the box. A career that includes an Olympic appearance  (4th individually in Athens, 2004), a European Championships Gold Medal, and too many Grand Prix victory gallops to mention...

Gold: Will Simpson Rides On

Gold. BY TIMOTHY WICKES “So, I finish my warm-up and all of a sudden, George and McLain coming running up and say, ‘All you gotta do is jump clean and we got the gold!’” Just another...

Karin Taylor: Farm Life, Healing, and Philanthropy

Pictured above. Karin Taylor & Ford, her first Mustang and Fan Favorite Award winner of the 2015 Extreme Mustang Makeover. Photo by Hillary Oswald. BY SISSY WICKES Weisberg Stables in Jupiter, FL is the animal mecca...

National Show Hunter Hall of Fame: Osczar

BY SISSY WICKES In the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored a perfect 10. Her performance left the crowd hushed and spellbound. The scoreboard was not programmed for a perfect score,...

All In: The Reach of the Hamel Family

Pictured above: Sydney and Kristen Hamel, Jeff Wirthman, Maria Rasmussen BY SISSY WICKESPhotos © Erin Gilmore. Kristen and Jim Hamel are similar to many equestrian families enveloped in this sport because of the passion of their...

Liz Atkins & Benchmark Stables

BY SISSY WICKES Photos © Andrew Ryback Photography. Liz Atkins has created a thriving business in the Chicago area hunter/jumper world. Benchmark Stables in Hampshire, IL is a bucolic twenty acre farm located just 50 miles...

Valencia Sport Saddlery

BY SISSY WICKES Photos © Andrew Ryback Photography. HORSEPLAY ENCOURAGED Valencia Sport Saddlery in Lake View Terrace, California is nimble in its ability to navigate the tricky waters of today’s retail equestrian business. Founded by Ecole Lathrop,...

What’s next?

Piper Klemm: A ForceLooking to the future of our industry By Sissy Wickes Coming home, I step into my kitchen, where I see Piper Klemm sitting at the counter rapidly typing on her computer. She is...

A Conversation with: Geoff Teall

By SISSY WICKES Geoff Teall is a lifelong rider, trainer, and governance guru. He is an “R” rated judge, has served as President of the American Hunter Jumper Foundation, Vice President of the USHJA, and...

Outrage Fatigue. How do we move on from here?

BY SISSY WICKES Outrage Fatigue: a state of exhaustion caused by repeated offense, indignation, and anger. I was attending the USEF Annual Meeting last week when the outcome of the Farmer/Glefke situation was announced. In one...

Horse Show Announcing: It’s Not as Easy as It Sounds

By Sissy Wickes They are the voices in our head, the sound track of our horse show lives, the narrators of the day. Every horse show grounds has one thing in common: the announcer. They...