BY Devyn Trethewey
November 30, 2021 – The holiday season is quickly approaching and finding the perfect gift for your middle grade equestrian readers will be easier than ever with the addition of the four books of the Show Strides Series to many horse shows and online shopping stores.
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!
- Book 1: School Horses and Show Ponies
- Book 2: Confidence Comeback
- Book 3: Moving Up and Moving On
- Book 4: Testing Friendships
Retailers at World Equestrian Center, Ocala, Florida
- Andrew Ryback Photography airstream trailer (100% of all sales go to the ARP Scholarship)
- Skiffington’s Boutique
The Andrew Ryback Photography photo trailer, which is at World Equestrian Center for the winter. 100% of all sales of Show Strides at the ARP photo trailer go to the ARP Scholarship Fund.
Retailer at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington, Florida
Retailers at Desert Horse Park, Thermal, California
- Mountain Mercantile on Vendor Row (near Farmvet)
- Book 4 available as a choice in the winner’s prize pavilion
Available to purchase at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida during CPI.
2022 Horse Shows with Show Strides as Prizes:
- Duhon Management Group (DMG, Inc) – St. Louis, Missouri
- Desert Horse Park – Thermal, California
- Paso Robles Horse Park – Paso Robles, California
- Great Southwest Equestrian Center – Katy, Texas
- Pin Oak Charity Horse Show – Katy, Texas
- Langer Horse Shows – California
- Derby Days – Lugoff, South Carolina
If you are interested in copies as prizes for your horse shows please email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pick up the latest issue of The Plaid Horse at over 1500 shows in 2022, including always at Andrew Ryback Photography:
If you are interested in having Show Strides in your store please email, email@example.com.
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/.