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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

Show Strides is a middle grade novel series about riding, showing, horsemanship, and the special friendships we form with our animals and fellow horse lovers. Set on the sprawling grounds of a large hunter jumper barn, the series features a diverse range of characters, from the lesson kid to the A-rated show regular, and everyone in between.

While the reading level is appropriate for young riders, the series has fans of all ages! Read more about our books, including excerpts from all four novels, here.

Show Strides: School Horses & Show Ponies

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BY Ifa Simmonds Recently I had a few clients in a group training session ask me a great question.  "I feel like I have my horse...

How Students Can Apply Skills From The Ring To The Classroom

BY Stephanie Cole Executive function (EF) skills are the unsung heroes of success, both in the academic realm and in the equestrian arena. As an...

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BY Piper Klemm We polled 10 household named trainers anonymously…  “What is one radical change that you believe would completely change our industry for the better?”  “I...

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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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