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North America's Premier Horse Show Magazine

Pick up your copy of the latest issue of The Plaid Horse Magazine at horse shows and select tack shops all over the US and Canada this week. Want to get your Plaid Horse fix without leaving the house? Click here to subscribe today!

The Plaid Horse is North America’s Premier Horse Show Magazine. The Plaid Horse was founded in 2003 to serve the equestrian community. In the past year, distribution has included over 1,000 horse shows, clinics, events, scholastic and collegiate competitions, and more. Shows in the last year have included: The Maryland 5 Star, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Blenheim Equisports, Capital Challenge Horse Show, & The Las Vegas National Horse Show.

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About Show Strides

Step into the captivating world of Show Strides, where two young horseback riders, Tally and Mac, learn important lessons at their stable: Quince Oaks. Their unique paths converge, forming a heartwarming friendship as Tally delves deeper into the world of catch riding and competitions, and Mac confronts the challenges of moving up a level. With the support of their trainer and fellow barn friends, these riders embark on their dreams one stride at a time.

This series is a fresh and modern take on equestrian stories. Dealing with major issues like friendship, body image, socio-economic status, and self-esteem, readers of Show Strides will find characters who mirror their passion for hoses and the challenges that come along with the sport. Join Tally, Mac, and the rest of their friends as they navigate the exciting world of equestrian competition!

Fresh Stories From the Barn Lounge

Competing ‘‘Against’’ Friends

BY Tonya Johnston, MA Going to horse shows with your friends can be such a fantastic, fun experience. As a matter of fact, the social...

How Nicolette Merle-Smith is Carrying on the Legacy of Her Family Farm by Producing...

BY April Bilodeau Nicolette Merle-Smith has always had a place in the saddle. As the daughter of well-known horsemen Grosvenor and Rosemarie Merle-Smith, the Mongol...

Distinctive Horse Properties’ Lea McCullough Helping Horse People Find Their Equestrian Dream Property

BY Sarah Welk Baynum Lea McCullough is a licensed real estate agent and equestrian with an extensive and diverse background in both real estate and...

Violet Tatum “It’s Important to Be Kind”

The standout junior rider on her diligent practice, show ring milestones—and why kindness matters most. BY Rennie Dyball It’s hard not to notice Violet Tatum. Just 15...

Dear Barn Owners of My Past

BY Jamie Sindell Now that I finally own my own barn after years of boarding, there’s SO much I didn’t realize as a boarder that...

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Hunter Hack - Your Daily Hunter Fix

Collegiate Corner - The First Stop for Collegiate Riding News

Junior Ring - Equitation and More


The Plaid Horse is a print and digital publishing company, proudly printed in the United States. We provide exceptional coverage for the hunter/jumper/breeding disciplines at reasonable rates. We support equestrian competitors, horse fans, the general public, and suppliers to the industry through horse show and event coverage, equine articles of interest, and advertisements.

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The Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge

The Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge is a place for friendship, advice, and celebration within the amateur equestrian community.

The Plaid Horse Professional Collaborative

The Professional Collaborative is a place to help professionals find mentors, ask questions, and give advice. The group is only open to equine professionals.

The Plaid Horse Parent Portal

The Parent Portal is a place for parents of equestrians of all ages and disciplines! This is a constructive space to learn and grow together.