Germantown, TN – June 22, 2021 – Piper Klemm has been tapped as a judge for the ExEL Horse Show, to be held June 25-27, 2021, at the Germantown Charity Horse Show Grounds in Germantown, TN.
A lifelong equestrian and student of the sport, Klemm has dedicated much of her career to furthering her equestrian education and to sharing that education with others as the owner and publisher of The Plaid Horse magazine and as an equestrian studies professor.
Klemm is also a strong supporter of local shows and riding programs and a continual advocate for increasing the accessibility of horse showing.
“ExEL stands for Experience Equestrian League,” explained Brittany Kasprack, the show series’ Founder and Chief Experience Officer. “It’s all about giving horses and riders educational opportunities and experiences which allow them to grow and achieve – both in and out of the arena. My goal with ExEL spans well beyond horse shows, to clinics, workshops and challenges. My mission is to grow the equestrian community that grew me. I credit my successes to my childhood growing up with horses. My mission is to share my passion and give that same experience to others.”
Created as a way to bridge the gap between riding at home and riding at a rated show, the ExEL Horse Shows are focused on providing a fun and educational experience. The June event will feature a full range of classes from 2’ Puddle Jumpers to a $500 ExEL Equitation Championship and a $500 Hunter Derby, recognized as a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Outreach Competition.
Klemm will preside over all three days of competition and will be joined in judging the $500 USHJA Outreach Hunter Derby by Michael Tokaruk of Tokaruk Show Stables.
“Piper brings a diverse knowledge about the industry,” said Kasprack. “She is truly an expert in the hunter jumper world. Having Piper as a judge is more than just assigning places – it’s giving riders a prospective of their successes, provides them new goals, and allows the community as a whole to gain knowledge. After all, ExEL was founded to bring riders up a level. Piper is doing just that. I look forward to debriefing with Piper following the show to hear her insights and opportunities for our continued improvement.”
In addition to judging the horse show, Klemm is proud to have The Plaid Horse and Show Strides as prize sponsors for the weekend. To learn more about the ExEL Horse Shows, visit www.exelshows.com.
About Piper Klemm, Ph.D.
Piper Klemm is the owner and publisher of The Plaid Horse. Her mission is to educate young equestrians in every facet of our industry and to empower young women in particular to find their voices and stories – and to share them.
Klemm has spent her entire career focusing on education through various channels, including The Plaidcast, North America’s most listened-to horse show podcast; as a professor at Clarkson University; co-authoring the Show Strides book series; and by providing educational articles, grants, and experiential learning opportunities for riders of all ages and levels. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.
Klemm currently resides in Canton, New York, with her husband, Adam Hill, and she trains with Balmoral Farm and Stonewall Ponies, competing in the amateur hunter divisions with MTM Sandwich.