Dr. Piper Klemm to Join Judging Panel for 2022 Kirkwood Show

Photo © Melissa Kelly.

The Duhon Management Group has selected Dr. Piper Klemm to join the judging panel for the 2022 Kirkwood Show at the National Equestrian Center in St. Louis, MO. The show will run from August 13- 14, 2022.

As the owner and publisher of The Plaid Horse magazine and an equestrian studies professor, Klemm has dedicated much of her career to furthering her equestrian education and sharing that education with others.

She is also a strong advocate for promoting educational and fun horse show experiences, such as those offered at the Kirkwood Show. Throughout 2021, Klemm has presided over horse shows throughout the U.S. that are working to increase the accessibility of horse showing and providing an affordable competition option for riders of all levels.

“The Duhon Management Group has created a wonderful environment for exhibitors, trainers, staff and spectators,” says Klemm. “They do a great job of pairing fun with competition. Not only are their shows well run, but the National Equestrian Center is also a beautiful facility. I am honored to join the judging panel and am looking forward to seeing the great competition!”


DMG Horse Shows are operated by the Duhon Management Group, a family-run business. Along with the Kirkwood Show, DMG Horse Shows offers a number of competitions at the National Equestrian Center (NEC) year-round. The NEC offers more than 207,000 square feet of continuous indoor arenas, schooling arenas and stabling.  The show is open to the public and all are invited to come out and watch the incredible horses and riders compete. 

“We’re excited to have Dr. Piper Klemm join us for the 59th annual Kirkwood Hunter/Jumper show. Her lifelong knowledge as a competitor and a judge is a welcome addition to this long standing show,” says Mo Duhon, owner of Duhon Management Group. “This show is always a great event with crowds of spectators lining the rings to cheer on their favorite riders. It’s one of a kind show and we’re excited to have Piper join us.”

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/.