The Plaid Horse Announces Media Partnership with the Desert International Horse Park for 2022-2023 Season

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Photo © Lindsey Long Equine Photography.

The Plaid Horse will return to the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, CA as an Official Media Partner, providing expanded coverage of DIHP events from November 2022 through March 2023 and will be onsite throughout the 2023 Desert Circuit.

The Desert International Horse Park is one of the largest equestrian facilities in North America, offering almost 1.6 million square feet of riding and competition space. Located in the heart of the Southern California desert, the Desert International Horse Park is nearby many popular attractions, including Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, and Coachella. The horse park attracts riders from all over the world with its world-class competition for riders of all ages and levels in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. 

Piper Klemm and MTM Sandwich at the Desert International Horse Park. Photo © Sara Shier Photography.

The Desert Circuit will offer nine weeks of “AA” rated USEF Premier competitions from January 4 to March 19, 2023. All nine weeks include FEI competition up to the CSI4* level, and weeks five and nine will be World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) weeks (pending USHJA Approval). 

“I have spent the entire circuit in the Desert for the last eleven years and have so loved my time there,” says The Plaid Horse Publisher Piper Klemm. “I’m looking forward to the 19th year The Plaid Horse has had distribution at this horse show and to continue to serve Southern California.”

Carleton Brooks, Piper Klemm, and MTM Sandwich at the Desert International Horse Park. Photo © Sara Shier Photography.Photo © Sara Shier Photography.

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The Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association (PCHA)

The Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association (PCHA), a non-profit corporation, has as its main purpose the promotion and development of the sport of horse showing, primarily in the Hunter/Jumper, Western and Reining disciplines. These objectives are accomplished by setting the standards for showing on the West Coast and approving shows that meet these criteria. 

Founded in 1946, the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association promotes the interests of owners and exhibitors, cooperates with exhibitors, officials, and management of competition, publicizes and advertises PCHA sanctioned shows, encourages and assists owners, exhibitors, and breeders of horses to maintain, develop and improve the quality of horses of the Hunter, Jumper, Western and Reining divisions.