BY MEDIA CHAIR ESTELLE KRAFT
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.
It’s the New Year, woohoo! For me the start of 2018 means going to HITS Coachella (I’m there right now!), setting goals and doing everything I can to accomplish them. Before I came onto the TPH team as Media Chair, I was an intern for about two and a half years. Our group of interns is FABULOUS. I mean it — these girls are so smart and talented inside and out of the ring. It’s still January, and you have time to make some New Year’s resolutions. I encourage you to read what our interns have decided upon for their resolutions. Hopefully you are inspired by their goals to make your own!
“All The Plaid Horse interns have worked hard last year, and have come up with a goal to help further advance their riding. Today, each Intern made their own goal to share with you! Hopefully we can inspire you to come up with a resolution of your own.”
What better way to kick off your #FitToRide goals, than picking up some healthy snacks? Since equestrians are always on the go from work or school to lessons, it can be hard to eat healthy while on the run. Ambassador Eden Pessin has a great list of guiltless snacks to aid in your New Year’s health resolutions!
A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier. For equestrians, finding good snacks that are portable enough to be crammed in a backpack, but are also delicious and reasonably healthy, is a non-stop search. Here are some of my recent favourites.
In my most recent blog, I discuss some of my favorite forms of exercise outside of riding, because #FitToRide is a hashtag I try to live by. I am blessed to live in Southern California which usually has great weather, so besides riding I try to incorporate at least three other workouts in the week. If it’s a hike with my dog or yoga class with my best friend, I sweat and feel great afterwards. Yes, riding is a huge workout, but sometimes it’s good for your body to switch things up! This year I want to accomplish my goals with YOU, TPH’s readers, so make sure you hashtag #FitToRide and tag @theplaidhorsemag so I can see your progress. You got this, I believe in you!
“I started doing yoga for two reasons: my father challenged me that he could be better at it than I would be, and my best friend is one of the youngest certified yoga instructors in the world! Yoga is another form of exercise that is not only good for the body, but also the mind.”
This year I’ve decided I want to be more educated and aware, and a great way to do that is podcasts! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Podcasts are amazing. Let’s put it into this perspective, most of my work is done online so I can plug in my headphones and get to work. Podcasts are one of my ways of multitasking. You can listen and learn while you work. In #Plaidcast Jr #10 Lauren and Piper discuss what #FitToRide means and how as equestrians we can embody that. The first time I listened to this episode I was walking on my treadmill answering emails – try that for multitasking!
“ In Episode 10 of Plaidcast Junior, The Plaid Horse Publisher Piper Klemm sits down with Junior Rider Lauren Aubert to discuss riding fitness. Listen in…”
Some equestrians, me for example, think of riding as not only a sport but also my own form of therapy. I can sit on a horse, and the whole day’s stress melts away. When I moved to California and was looking for a working student position, I didn’t ride for four weeks. Four weeks doesn’t sound like a long time but, in that short period of time I didn’t feel like myself anymore. Horses are always the answer for me when I’m stressed, upset, frustrated or confused. In 2018, I encourage you to pay a little more attention to your mental health within our sport. Yes I might sound silly, but mental health is so important. In Melissa Schaefer’s Blog, Mental Health: The Forgotten Necessity, she explains what we need to remember for ourselves. This throwback blog is so important to re-read time and time again. With each read, I’ve found something new to think about!
“As horsemen, we often need to put our horse’s needs before our own, and in return, our nobles steeds give us their best. We often sacrifice precious hours of sleep in order to make sure they are fed, bathed, braided, and cared for. We wake up before the sun rises and stay with them until well after the sun sets. . In between, we keep moving: back and forth from the ring to the stalls to the show office to the snack bar to the stalls again. When do we stop to gather ourselves? Those few seconds “on deck” when we suppress the butterflies? What about when we make a mistake?”
As a working student, I have spent many weeks at horse shows working a 16 hour day to sleep for a few hours, wake up and do it all over again, for sometimes weeks on end. As a senior in high school, I have learned the true meaning of what not sleeping enough is between the college applications and standardized testing study sessions. But let’s face it, we’re only human and we all need sleep! In a blog by TPH Intern Ashley Shaw, we learn about the benefits of a proper’s night of sleep, and the dreaded drawbacks of not sleeping enough. This year we could all probably use more sleep, so don’t be afraid to cuddle up with your pony and take a power-nap in between classes!
“There are only so many hours in the day, and between school, work, and extracurriculars, there is little time left for leisure. However, you may find it worthwhile to close the laptop early and get a couple hours of extra sleep, because the benefits of sufficient sleep and consequences of sleep deprivation are far more drastic than you might assume.”
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 https://theplaidhorse.com/read/ to read the latest blogs, press releases and more!