Submission Guidelines

General Submission Guidelines

Practical Horseman is always interested in finding new contributors, fresh voices who can write to our magazine's needs.

Your best guideline to those needs is to study our magazine. We are first and foremost a teaching publication with a strong emphasis on accurate and logically presented how-to material that is useful for the serious amateur English rider. Our articles are written from detailed interviews with respected experts in the sports we cover. (To safeguard our credibility, we submit these stories back to the experts for review before publication.) Features or profiles are also the result of in-depth interviews, often in person. To effectively research these pieces and communicate with prominent members of the equestrian community, the writer needs a strong base of horse knowledge.

Good entry points for new writers are:

  • One-page columns (e.g. My Life) that showcase people and happenings, often in the grass-roots of our sports
  • Here's How pieces (many of them are mini-how-to's that answer a question)
  • Tips & Talk, which includes short (500 words or less) news stories and short how-to features.
  • Center Aisle: A personal viewpoint on a particular topic or event

If you have an idea you think is right for us, we prefer sharply focused queries to complete submissions; our time for reading "spec" material is very limited. Send published clips (and, of course, a SASE) with your query. Email is perfectly acceptable. The more we feel that your idea and its presentation reflect a grasp of our magazine's goals, the more receptive we'll be and the more likely we'll be willing to try an assignment on spec.
Thanks again for thinking of Practical Horseman—maybe we'll be hearing from you soon!

Submit to Jumping Clinic

Send a horizontal photo that is at least 4x6 inches. If it is a digital file, it should be 300 dpi at 4x6 inches. It should be in focus, taken from the side and clearly show the rider's leg. If the photograph was taken professionally, please include the photographer's name and contact info, if available.

Submit to Conformation Clinic

Send a horizontal photo that is at least 4x6 inches. If it is a digital file, it should be 300 dpi at 4x6 inches. It should be in focus, taken from the side with the horse wearing a bridle, standing on level ground looking straight ahead and the photographer standing opposite his middle. The legs closest to the camera should be straight up and down, with the off front leg back a little and the off hind leg slightly forward. See photo at right for an example.

For Conformation Clinic judge Julie Winkel's explanation of the criteria she uses to evaluate conformation, go to A Conformation Judge's Philosophy.

Include your horse's age, breed, gender and primary discipline(s). If the photograph was taken professionally, please include the photographer's name and contact info, if available.

Where to Send Submissions

Practical Horseman
Editorial Department
656 Quince Orchard Rd., Suite 600
Gaithersburg MD 20878
Email: practical.horseman@equinetwork.com