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Kat Fuqua on the Rise

INTERVIEW BY SISSY WICKES After a stellar year in the show ring, eleven year old Kat Fuqua carried the momentum right through the indoor circuit. Competing at the Pennsylvania National, Washington International, and The National...

Heatherly Davis’ Edelweiss Farms: All the Best for Horse and Rider

BY SISSY WICKES “We are building our dream farm here,” Heatherly Davis says enthusiastically. “Edelweiss Farms at Lavender Creek is the most beautiful facility I could imagine. It is the perfect combination of function and form.” Davis...

Michelle Morris: Clearing the Way to Success

BY SISSY WICKES Michelle Morris is as well rounded a horsewoman as one can find on either coast of the United States. A native Californian, she grew up riding in the local California circuits and...

Currais Guides the Ryan Sisters to Top Finishes

BY SISSY WICKES From the fields of Vermont to the shores of Long Island to the sunshine of Florida, Joey Currais is a familiar figure on the horse show circuit. He is most often found...

Moving On With Isabella Littlejohn

BY SISSY WICKES For some riders, December 1 and the end of their junior riding careers is like the click of a locked door. Closed, never to be walked through again. It is a date...

A Judge’s Perspective: From Capital Challenge to the Thoroughbred Makeover

A Continuum, Not a Scale BY SISSY WICKES In early September as I distractedly scanned my calendar to get an idea of what the next few weeks held, my gaze stopped at the week in October...

The Plaid Horse at 15: A Look In

BY SISSY WICKES The Plaid Horse magazine celebrates its 15th year in 2018. First published on newsprint with a local feel, it has grown into the largest exclusively hunter/jumper magazine in the United States. Glossy...

6 Over 60

BY SISSY WICKES As a birthday milestone looms on the horizon like a noose from a gnarled tree, I look around our world for inspiration. Is there life after 60 or should I waddle off...

Heathman Farm & Cormac Hanley on the Rise

BY SISSY WICKES The Grand Prix: the ultimate in equestrian showjumping competition. We watch in person, we livestream, we read results online and on paper. We root for our favorite riders and horses in America...

#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...

Richard Spooner opines on the state of the sport and how to be a...

BY SISSY WICKES Richard Spooner embodies the equestrian version of the American success story. His professional resume includes top finishes in the Equitation Finals, over $1 million in prize money, over 100 Grand Prix wins,...

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...

Not Just Another Treat

BY SISSY WICKES Horse treats are a part of every rider’s shopping list. Shelves in the tack store are full of brightly colored boxes and jars like a candy aisle in the supermarket. Which to...

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...