2022 Andrew Ryback Photography and TPH Higher Learning Scholarship

BY Devyn Trethewey

November 10, 2021 – In 2022, The Andrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse Higher Learning Scholarship is returning. Over the past years, the scholarship has awarded over $10,000 to students pursuing higher education. 

“We are looking forward to continuing this program in the coming years and beyond.” said Piper Klemm, Ph.D., Publisher of The Plaid Horse. “It is exciting to be able to give back to some really hard working and dedicated students.”

Take a look back at a past winner, Aimee Schulz

All applicants must submit this completed application along with the following:

1. Two-part essay (please complete both parts A and B):

Part A: A horse show photographer is important because…

Part B: What about being an equestrian has taught you about success and failure?

2. A color photo.

3. Two letters of recommendation.

4. Unofficial or official high school or college transcript(s).

5. A letter of acceptance from a college or university.


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

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, at www.theplaidhorse.com/show-strides/.

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