College Preparatory Invitational Announces Piper Klemm as Keynote Speaker

​​Piper Klemm speaking at the 2021 CPI Florida. Photo by RandolphPR

BY Devyn Trethewey

October 28, 2021 – The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) has named Piper Klemm as a keynote speaker for the CPI horse show, to be held January 14 – 16, 2022 in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

As the publisher of The Plaid Horse magazine and a successful equestrian entrepreneur, Klemm will share her experiences and expertise with students during the event’s educational presentations on the first day of the event. 

“Piper has been a key speaker at several of our CPI events now, and I continue to invite her back each time because she has so much to offer to our students,” said Lindsay K. Martin, President of the CPI. “She conveys her knowledge and experiences in a way that students really take an interest in, and they walk away having learned something that they can hopefully apply to their own lives.”

A lifelong equestrian and student of the sport, Klemm is a strong advocate for promoting educational opportunities and experiences, such as the CPI horse shows.

Klemm’s perspective includes her popular college course, which included students in 2021 such as Dominic Gibbs, Jordan Gibbs, Kat Fuqua, and Djuna-Bear Lauder. 

Prof. Klemm is recognized for her commitment to education in the industry. In addition to her college teaching, through The Plaid Horse magazine, the weekly podcast the #Plaidcast, books, articles, speaking engagements, and support of educational pursuits, she puts learning front and center.

“The courses are designed for those looking to expand their knowledge of the equestrian industry and how to best manage their hobbies, business and approach to our sport,” explained professor Piper Klemm, Ph.D., who teaches all three courses at Clarkson University, in addition to owning and publishing The Plaid Horse magazine, among other equestrian business ventures.

Learn more about Klemm’s college courses here.

The CPI offers riders the opportunity to explore the college equestrian experience through comprehensive education, competition and scholarship/community service programs.

Lindsay Martin was on the Plaidcast talking about the CPI on episode #157.

During the CPI Wellington horse show, athletes will attend an equestrian-focused college fair, listen to educational presentations, take advantage of the opportunity for direct conversations with college admissions representatives and equestrian team coaches and compete in front of college coaches.

Klemm previously judged the CPI earlier this year at the Ridge at Riverview. 

Read about a 2021 experience of CPI here.

To learn more about the CPI, visit

Past coverage of the CPI:

About The Plaid Horse 

The Plaid Horse is a woman-owned small business dedicated to education in the horse show industry. We publish 10-12 magazine issues per year as well as a series of novels and select non-fiction, run a daily website, and produce a weekly podcast. A frequent horse show sponsor, we are committed to inspiring young riders to take a more active role in the industry.

About Piper Klemm 

Dr. 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.

She 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.

Piper lives in Canton, New York, with her husband, Adam Hill. Adam is a Chemistry Professor at St. Lawrence University and the Faculty Mentor to the national champion IHSA Riding Team. She owns a fleet of lease ponies, and competes in the Amateur Hunter divisions with MTM Sandwich

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, at

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