Reflecting on the Past and Looking Forward to Show Season – The Plaid Horse Pick Six


Each week, TPH Media Chair, Estelle Kraft, will be breaking down The Plaid Horse Pick Six — a weekly wrap up of equine news, great deals, popular blog posts and much more! Tune in every Sunday for six don’t miss things from the previous week.

1. And Then It Rained…

History. When some people think of this word, they think back to their last years of grade school sitting in a poorly air conditioned room filled with kids wanting to learn about anything other than their past. In the equestrian community, our history is extremely important. In And Then It Rained… Timothy Wickes describes Greg Best and Gem Twists’ hardship while competing in the Olympic Trials. Not only is this piece beautifully written, but it is so inspiring to read. We all encounter hardship and, in my opinion, reading about other’s allows us to be content with our own.

“Fast forward one year, a year of ups and downs and parting company more than a few times, and Golden decided that Gem was a bit too much horse for a career in the Adult Jumper ring. ‘Arlene and I knew that not only did we have something with talent, but that I better get off of him,’ Golden recounts with humor. ‘We decided to send him back to Frank so he could get the best possible training, and that’s when he and Greg became a team.’”

2. TPH Review: George H Morris Collection

Four words: George H Morris Collection. Yes, you read that right! The king of the equestrian world has his own line of apparel and our publisher, Dr. Piper Klemm, reviewed it so you can get all of the details. Reading Piper’s review of this sweet collection, this post makes me want to spend my whole paycheck… right now!

“Because this is a George Morris fashion line, there is no wild color or sparkling bling to be found. Instead, the clothes are offered in a conservative palette of navy, duck (hunter) green, rust and charcoal accents.”

3. Plaidcast #53 by – Olympian Kevin Babington & Diane Carney

Last week on the TPH website, the 2018 USHJA Gold Star Clinic – West participants were announced announced and Diane Carney spoke on episode #53 of the #Plaidcast. Along with Diane, Piper and Sissy were joined by Irish Olympian Kevin Babington, how cool is that? If you haven’t tuned into the Plaidcast before, head over to the Plaidcast website and make sure to listen to this great episode.

4. Early Morning Horse Show Survival Guide

I’ll be honest with you, I’m a morning person (when it comes to horse shows, Christmas and travel days.) As the winter circuit is upon us, I’m ready to break out my long puffy jacket and head to HITS Coachella for morning hacks. TPH Intern Ashley Shaw shares an early morning horse show survival for you in her latest blog. From organizing the day before to getting out the door the morning of and everything in between, she breaks down what you need to do to be prepared when stepping into the ring.

“Early horse show mornings can be chaos, especially when your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet. It can be difficult to keep timely and organized when the sun isn’t even in the sky, and the last thing you want right before you show is a bad case of morning madness. These few tips can help you start your show day cool and collected, leading to a focused ring performance and overall a better day — regardless of when you had to wake up.”

5. My Longest Fall: Moving Forward After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Roughly a month ago, I suffered a concussion falling off a horse following a jump. It was one of the scariest moments in my life, because I didn’t know what happened even after watching a video and talking to my trainers and barn mates. The day of my accident, I was taken in an ambulance to the hospital, diagnosed with a concussion and spent the next week home and in bed. In TPH Ambassador Julia Fischer’s most recent blog, she explains how she moved forward after her traumatic brain injury. Her words were especially inspiring to me after suffering my own brain injury. If you’ve ever suffered a concussion I highly recommend reading this piece!

“Nearly all of us have fallen off a horse. The average fall usually consists of dusting ourselves off, and hopping back on. However, there is always the exceptional fall that leaves us unable to get right back up – a longer fall. A fall where we were unable to dust ourselves off immediately or get right back on the horse. A fall where we have spent the longest time in the sand, not able to return to riding the next day. I recently had my own “longest fall” and had over four months off my horse, Amedeo.”

6. Where in the World is Team TPH Next Week?

The TPH team is made up of fabulous women all across the country – and we can be found across horse shows nationwide! TPH has its own horse show calendar so you can stay up to date on where TPH apparel, issues and representatives will be. Here’s a list of places you can find TPH in the next few weeks:

HITS Coachella – Week 1-4, 5-6
WEF – 4 -8, 10 & 11
Camden Equine Circuit “Toopler Branch Farm”

Tune in weekly for TPH Media Chair Estelle Kraft’s Pick Six of the latest and greatest happening in the equine industry. And as always, head to to read the latest blogs, press releases and more!