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I grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and when I started riding at age 7 I immediately became involved in the Outer Banks Pony Club. I participated in many rallies...
Our last show was the middle of July, and our next show is at the end of August with not a whole lot in between except some clinics and normal lessons. We’ve had heat indexes...
We’re only a week away from the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship and the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, two of...
We’ve heard about all of the major stars in the equestrian world and read about their journeys to success, but what about those of us who haven’t made it yet? Maybe you...
At a recent horse show, I arrived on warm-up afternoon with three horses to ride (lucky, I know). I had two horses longed pre-ride, but to save time I decided to just hop on my...
Jitterbug is a world-renowned expert in human management and training and has long been respected for her wisdom and sharp eye, as evident in her well-read columns here on The...
Mom? Dad? Can I pet the pony? Please? For most of us horse people, it all starts here. The first “yes,” and then we experience it. The shining eyes, the feel of soft hair,...
It probably sounds strange to non-horsey folk, but I’ve often thought of the relationship with my horse as akin to a marriage. (Bless him, my husband nods thoughtfully when I...
Kids, I am here to tell you that just because you grow up, it doesn't mean you outgrow crying over your pony. Or in this case small horse. It was the last day of...
My name is Olivia Tamburro, and I am a 17-year-old junior rider. Before my 18th birthday, I am required to take the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s SafeSport training. This is a...
When I was a youth, 365 days seemed like a literal eternity. It might as well have been a million years in my inexperienced mind. I am older now, *wiser.* A year no longer...
I could feel the grit settling in the creases of my eyes after a long day standing at the in-gate. The AC in my truck was acting up and starting to blow less-than-cold air on my...

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