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THE WITHERS WINERY- A Toast to Inspiration

Find this story and more HERE in the TPH Feb. 2017 Stallion Issue! Written by Sissy Wickes For horse people perusing the wine racks of their favorite upscale wine store or paging through Wine Spectator, The...

Marc Grock’s Highland Farm- An Ode to Excellence

GROCK AND CARETOL COMPETING THIS WINTER AT WEF. PHOTO © SPORTFOT. See this story and more, HERE, in the TPH 2017 Feb. Stallion Issue! Written by Sissy Wickes Marc Grock has returned to the Grand Prix jumping...

Open Minds Academy Offers Options for Elementary Education

Find this story and more HERE, in the Feb. 2017 TPH Stallion Issue Written by Sissy Wickes The robin’s egg blue walls and orderly rows of classic children’s books welcome visitors to Open Minds Academy in...

Derbydown…Pass It On

10 things to know about Louise Serio: 1. She has a mule. 2. She is the oldest professional rider to be champion at Indoors. 3. She loves all things Star Wars. 4. She owned a reining horse and...

Politics, Pets, and Judging

Written by Sissy Wickes, Photo by Irene Elise Powlick My Facebook feed has become a mostly hostile place. I struggle to keep my fingers still, thereby keeping my mouth shut, on many issues. Politics is...

Op Ed On USEF Annual meeting

By Sissy Wickes An open stage with blue velvet backdrop, flashing strobe lights, and “Uptown Funk” blasting through the speakers. I did not know if I was at the USEF Annual Meeting or if LeBron...

Cazenovia College-A Well-Rounded Equine Education

BY SISSY WICKES Cazenovia College is one the oldest independent, co-educational colleges in America. Established in 1824, the picturesque campus is set in the quaint, Main Street, USA town of Cazenovia, NY. College enrollment is approximately...

Sweet Briar College and the Transformative Experience of Riding

Written by Sissy Wickes Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA, has had more than its share of trials in the past eighteen months. Slated to close its doors in 2015, the small female liberal...

John Bragg and Early August Dominate Indoors

BY SISSY WICKES Athleticism, style, look and attitude are the attributes that every horseman looks for in a prospect. While it is difficult enough to assess these qualities while standing in front of a horse,...

Heritage Fundamentals Program

BY SISSY WICKES In April of 2016, Andre Dignelli took a small group of riders to a local, one- day show. He could not remember the last time he had done that, and it may...

Michelle Kervian: Jumping Up

BY SISSY WICKES Michelle Kerivan is a woman with a plan. The California native sets specific goals for herself, and then checks them off of her to-do list as she accomplishes them. Most recently, she...

Juliette Joseph Catches a Ride to Equitation Finals

By Sissy Wickes California catch riding phenom Juliette Joseph heads east this week to contest the THIS Medal Finals held at The Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD. The thirteen- year- old will...

Stunning In Style Stock

From the 2016 September Issue of The Plaid Horse Magazine, read the entire issue HERE.  BY SISSY WICKES For centuries, equestrians have worn the ubiquitous stock tie. From portraits of royalty astride to photographs of modern...

PONY FINALS 2016: Stefanie Mazer Knows

See more from Stefanie Mazer in the 2016 Pony Issue HERE! BY SISSY WICKES Stefanie Mazer’s Forget Me Not Farm is every pony-crazy child’s dream. The driveway is lined with small paddocks and clean, white fencing....