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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...

The Flair of Free x Rein

BY SISSY WICKES The current retail world is a flurry of clothing labeled as athleisure and gym to street styles. Most of the workout clothes offered by the big labels are suitable for wear outside of the...

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...

Women Mentoring Women

By Sissy Wickes November passes and with it the flip of another calendar year for riders. Some move up in age groups, some move out of the junior ranks (the oft- dreaded "aging out" process),...

Continuing Education: NCAA Equestrian

BY SISSY WICKES There is familiarity and comfort in routine, a sense of knowing what to expect and how to field it. The flow of a horse show is something I feel in my sleep,...

Cover Story: Back Country Offers the Best

Above: Sydney Shulman at International Hunter Derby Finals. Photo by © Grace Tuton Photography. By Sissy Wickes The Shulman’s Back Country Farm represents the family’s dedication to providing the best in horse care and training. With...

Kristen Hamel: Parent, Owner, Philanthropist

Above: Maria and Hobbs Lane; Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography. By Sissy Wickes The equestrian community has heard of the generous philanthropy of the Hamel Family in establishing the Hamel Scholarship for Further Education. Created in...

Meagan Murray-Tenuta Ascends to the Top

Above: Meagan Murray-Tentua at Buena Vista Farm in Zion, Illinois. By Sissy Wickes, Photography Andrew Ryback "Sometimes, I walk out of the ring, look around, and can’t believe how lucky I am." Thirty four year old...

A Day with the IHSA

Above: A rider walking by the arena at a 2016 St. Lawrence University IHSA Show. Photo by Adam Hill. By Sissy Wickes As a Director of the USHJA, a judge, a trainer, and a parent, I...

Emily Goldberg Shines as an Amateur

  Above: Emily and Sinatra showing in the Ariat Finals at Capital Challenge. Photo by Captured Moment Photography. Click here to read this article and more inside the 2017 Equitation issue of The Plaid Horse Magazine. By Sissy...

EquiFit Makes the Difference

Read this article and more HERE, inside the 2017 Equitation Issue of  TPH BY SISSY WICKES  As a child, EquiFit founder, Alexandra Cherubini, remembers playing with various forms of foam and materials brought home by her father who was...

Respond Instead of React

By Sissy Wickes  Shakespeare wrote: “To be or not to be, that is the question.” Today, I think the question is not whether or not to be, but what and how to be. How do...

Riders Boutique: Unique One Stop Shopping

Find this editorial piece and more HERE, inside the 2017 Fall Fashion Issue of TPH By Sissy Wickes  Riders Boutique is a modern mobile equestrian apparel and equipment store based out of Illinois with a travel...