Plaidcast 381: Ashley Henry, Joanie Morris & Tara Swersie by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Plaidcast Episode 381 Ashley Henry Joanie Morris Tara Swersie
(C)Andrew Ryback


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Piper speaks with the 2024 IHSA National Champion Team Equestrian Coach Ashley Henry of Savannah College of Art and Design. Joanie Morris joins to talk about her new role with Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. Tara Swersie of STRIDER also joins to talk about making horse show entries easier for all equestrians. Brought to you by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. Listen in!


  • Host: Piper Klemm of The Plaid Horse Magazine
  • Guest: Ashley Henry is the head coach of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) equestrian team, who were just crowned the 2024 IHSA National Champion Team. Ashley grew up riding and competing in the Bahamas and went on to attend the Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland. After high school, Ashley went on to SCAD and earned a degree in metals and jewelry. Ashley was an award-winning rider for the SCAD equestrian team from 2001-2005 while also competing on the AA show circuit. In addition to coaching the SCAD team, Ashley also acts as an adjunct professor for the SCAD equestrian studies major. Ashley is also on the American National Riding Commission board of directors, an Equestrian Talent Search clinician, a local/unrated horse show judge, and an IEA show steward. In 2010, Ashley was also a steward at the IHSA National Championship Horse Show.
  • Guest: Joanie Morris is a lifelong eventer, Competition Director of the Maryland 5* and most recently became an Agent at Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. Joanie is also the FEI coordinator at The Maryland International Horse Trials and the Organizer at the Virginia Horse Center Eventing FEI events in May and April. In the past, Joanie was the Managing Director of Eventing for the US Equestrian Federation and served as Press Officer for US Equestrian for five years. 
  • Guest: Tara Swersie is the CEO of STRIDER, the company behind the popular Strider Entry Platform. With a diverse background spanning from hunter/jumpers to international development, she brings over 25 years of experience in innovative digital solutions to equestrian sport.
  • Title Sponsor: Taylor, Harris Insurance Services, Taylor, Harris Insurance Services (THIS) was founded in 1987 to provide specialized insurance for all types of equine risk. THIS places their policies with the highest rated and most secure carriers, meticulously selected for reliability and prompt claims settlement. THIS is proud of their worldwide reputation for responsive and courteous service, and welcomes the opportunity to discuss your equine insurance needs and provide you with a quote.
  • Photo Credit: Andrew Ryback Photography
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