Best of 2021: Top Plaidcast Episodes

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Hosted by The Plaid Horse Publisher Piper Klemm, the Plaidcast has become a destination for conversations on topics that matter, from horsemanship to the state of our sport and horse show how-tos for riders at every level. In 2021, Piper had a myriad of co-hosts, from Balmoral’s Traci Brooks to show jumper Michael Tokaruk, show jumping commentator Catie Staszak of Catie Staszak Media, and The Plaid Horse’s own Cira Malta. It made for great dialogue, as many influential figures in the industry joined them for productive, insightful and motivation discussions. From the year that was, dive in to some of our favorite episodes:

Plaidcast 235: Rodrigo Pessoa by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Piper and Michael Tokaruk are joined by Olympian Rodrigo Pessoa to talk about growing up in the equestrian world. The Olympic gold medalist reviews his recent wins in the Grand Prix ring. Listen in!

Plaidcast 211: Patricia Griffith by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Piper and Traci Brooks of Balmoral are joined by Patricia Griffith of Heritage Farm to discuss what it takes to be a top trainer and rider in this sport. Griffith shares her inspiring story with listeners, detailing how she went from a working student to a 20-year employee at Heritage, one of the most well-respected training operations in the sport. Listen in!

Plaidcast Episode 256 Stacia Klein Madden
Stacia Klein Madden. Photo by David Erdek Photography

Plaidcast 256: Stacia Klein Madden by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Piper and Catie Staszak of Catie Staszak Media are joined by Stacia Klein Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stables to talk about excelling in the equitation ring. Listen in!

Plaidcast Episode 251 Nick Haness
Nick Haness. Photo by McCool Photos

Plaidcast 251: Nick Haness by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Piper and The Plaid Horse‘s own Cira Pace Malta are joined by Nick Haness to talk about how to excel in the hunter ring, what to look for when buying an investment horse and the changes that are happening in our sport. Listen in!

Plaicast Episode 221 Archie Cox
Archie Cox. Photo by ESI Photography

Plaidcast 221: Archie Cox by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Piper and Cira are joined by Archie Cox of Brookway Farms to discuss training and riding. Cox is one of the most well-respected professionals on the west coast and has contributed to the sport as a rider, trainer, judge and beyond. Listen Now.

Plaidcast 242: Robin Greenwood & Stacie Tobin by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Piper and Traci are joined by Robin Greenwood to talk about her journey in the equestrian world with ponies. After a very successful Amateur career, Greenwood decided to start her own business, and she began breeding and raising young ponies in the late 1990s. Stacie Tobin also joins to talk about her horse show bow and apparel company, Belle and Bow Equestrian. Listen Now.

Plaidcast 233: Linda Andrisani by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Piper and Catie are joined by respected USEF “R” judge Linda Andrisani to talk about judging in the hunter and equitation ring. Andrisani shares how she was drawn to the judge’s booth, how judging hunters has evolved, and more. Listen in!

Plaidcast Episode 216 Eric Hasbrouck
Eric Hasbrouck

Plaidcast 216: Eric Hasbrouck by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Piper and Catie are joined by Eric Hasbrouck to talk about course designing. Hasbrouck has held many roles within the industry, having been a professional trainer and competitor at all levels of the equestrian sport for more than 40 years. He represented Team USA in the World Championships in Rome, Italy in 1998. He served on the Olympic Selection Committee for the United States show Jumping Team for two Olympic Games and for one World Championships, and he is also an FEI Level 2 Course Designer. He shares his unique perspective in this episode. Listen in now.

Plaidcast episode 229 Oliver Kennedy
Oliver Kennedy

Plaidcast 229: Oliver Kennedy by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Traci and Catie are joined by Oliver Kennedy to talk about horse show management. Kennedy founded and continues to run the Capital Challenge Horse Show. He is also a longtime horse show announcer, manages horse show production and has sat on numerous organizational task forces and committees. Listen in.

Plaidcast Special Episode 211A Zosia Mamet
Zosia Mamet

Plaidcast 211A Special Episode: Zosia Mamet by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Zosia Mamet joins Piper and Cira to discuss being an actress in Hollywood and an equestrian. Mamet has appeared in television series such as Mad Men, Parenthood, Girls and The Flight Attendant, among other roles. She also has an Off-Track Thoroughbred. Listen now.