Meet This Summer’s Plaid Horse Interns

From the magazine

Helen Chimbos
Helen is going into her senior year at Long Island University-Post, where she is pursuing her degree in marketing and competes on the equestrian team.

Helen’s love for horses began when she was eight years old at a summer camp. Ever since then, she has been working and grooming at numerous barns and leasing a few project horses over the years.

Helen has shown locally in the hunter and jumper rings, and rode on her high school IEA team.

Hannah Fichter

Hannah is a rising senior at Ithaca College pursuing a B.A. in Journalism.

She was atop a horse before she could walk and fell deeply in love with horses after getting her heart pony Popcorn when she was four.

Hannah competed at local shows and IEA throughout high school. Now she runs cross country and track for college but stays connected to horses through her passion for writing.

Emma Gosselin

Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and secondary education from Worcester State University and a Master of Education in special education from Merrimack College.

While completing her undergraduate degree, Emma was a member and captain of the Worcester State IHSA team. Following graduation, Emma moved back home and began showing in local hunter and equitation rings while beginning her career as a special education teacher.

She looks forward to integrating her love for horses with her passion for writing while learning as much as possible.

Sophie Hauptmann

Sophie is going into her second year at Cardiff University, majoring in journalism and English literature.

She began riding horses at summer camp when she was seven years old. She spent her junior career competing in the Children’s Hunter and Junior Jumper divisions. Since 2021, Sophie has been living in Europe and continuing her jumper training.

One of her main goals of working at The Plaid Horse is to share her experiences showing and training as an American overseas.

Isabella Littlejohn

Isabella began riding at age five and spent her childhood committed to competing all over the country in the hunters and equitation.

Isabella went to Texas A&M University where she competed on the NCEA Equestrian Team. She moved abroad to Paris and studied at the American University of Paris, where she received her B.A. with honors in global communications.

She is excited about pursuing her passion for horses outside of the show ring by utilizing her love for writing and experience in communications studies.

Before Littlejohn was an intern, she graced the cover of the October/November 2018 issue.

Payton Medford

Executive Assistant to Piper Klemm

Payton is the all-around teammate for The Plaid Horse staff. She has been involved in eventing and stadium jumping with small local farms and organizations in South Carolina.

Payton graduated early from Clemson University with a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science in 2022.

In addition to working with The Plaid Horse, she has started her own small business teaching lessons.