BY TYLER BUI
The La Jolla Country Day School Equestrian Team met with The Plaid Horse Publisher Dr. Piper Klemm to discuss equestrian entrepreneurship and career opportunities on January 10, 2022. The equestrian team, mentored by LJCDS teacher and avid equestrian Hadley Zeavin, is composed of six riders from three disciplines: hunter/jumper, reining/ranch rail, and three-day eventing. The team is also a member of the Orange County Interscholastic Equestrian League.
Topics in the informal question and answer discussion included how pricing is determined for various horses, facilities, and markets; incentives within the industry; inner workings of equestrian businesses; managing a limited budget; and expanding equestrian horizons.
“I always encourage young riders to take advantage of opportunities that will allow them to expand their equestrian knowledge. In a sport that is constantly growing and shifting, educating yourself and getting the most experience you can will not only help your riding, but will help you build connections for your future,” says Dr. Klemm.
Dr. Klemm introduced her three summer courses offered online through Clarkson University. ”Business and Bias in the Equestrian Industry” explores the issues of economics, business and gender. “Grit, Toughness, and Contemporary Equestrian Coaching” addresses the education challenges for young riders while looking to provide solutions to these issues in the equestrian industry. “English Riding: History, Culture, and Industry Evolution” explores the history and culture of the sport and reflects on the evolution of riding.
Each course is offered during two summer sessions, which run from June 1 – June 30, 2022 and July 5 – August 3, 2022.
Collegiate riding continues to grow, and in 2022, Klemm and The Plaid Horse are making a concerted effort to educate college-bound riders about the recruitment process. Klemm introduced The Plaid Horse’s Aspiring Collegiate Riders Page, which aims to aid prospective collegiate riders in their search for the perfect program. The page will serve as a resource for both student-athletes and college coaches at both the IHSA and NCEA levels.
Dr. Piper Klemm is the publisher of The Plaid Horse magazine and has been teaching university-level courses since 2018. Her mission is to educate and empower young equestrians and provide opportunities for riders, especially young women, to find their voice and make a difference.
If you would like Dr. Klemm to meet with you riding team, pony club, or barn via video feed, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org