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Ask Andre: Do You Have to Spend the Entire Winter in Florida to Have...

BY Andre Dignelli Our program at Heritage Farm is akin to a tree, and the Winter Warriors are the roots of that tree. You can't get...

Ask Andre: How Do You Set Realistic Goals for Your Riders?

By Andre Dignelli As we head into a new year and a new winter show season, the topic of New Year’s Resolutions always comes up. This...

Ask Andre: How Important is the Horse to Championship Success?

By Andre Dignelli As the last equitation championship of the year was pinned at the National Horse Show, the first thought that came to my...

Ask Andre: Is Success in the Sport Bound by the Equitation Division?

By Andre Dignelli My answer to this question might surprise you. In short, my answer is “No, it is not.” But here’s why everyone is...

Ask Andre: What Do Your Most Successful Students Have in Common?

It’s been a rewarding summer when it comes to Heritage Farm alumni. Former Heritage riders made up 50% of the U.S. Jumping Team for...

Ask Andre: Are We Showing Too Much and Practicing Too Little?

By Andre Dignelli When I was younger, my mentor Judy Richter used to say to me: We mistake quantity for quality. At the time, I...

Ask Andre: What Are Your Show Ring Pet Peeves?

By Andre Dignelli I always stress the importance of preparation, but there are many facets to that. The physical and mental aspects are certainly paramount,...

Ask Andre: What Does it Mean to Have an Advocate as a Junior Rider?

By Andre Dignelli I watched the movie King Richard recently, and the film really resonated with me. For those unfamiliar with it, it tells the...

Ask Andre: What Are Your Greatest Takeaways from 2021?

By Andre Dignelli As the world readies to begin a New Year in 2022, a new horse show year has already been underway for a...

Ask Andre: How Do You Plan Out Your Show Schedule?

By Andre Dignelli In today's sport, most people travel south for the winter circuit, and we do the same. Because you travel that long distance,...

Ask Andre: How Much Do You Think Applause Influences the Result?

In this age of social media, I’ve seen a lot of public judge bashing and judge bullying, in which I will not participate. You...

Ask Andre: Do You Have to Ride with a Big Barn to Win a...

By Andre Dignelli I don’t want to speak for all of the larger operations, but the key to winning is all about preparation and program.  I...

Ask Andre: What is Your Preferred Show Ring Attire?

There is a lot of storied tradition in our sport, and I have great respect for that. I prefer a traditional look in the...

Ask Andre: How Do You Manage Multiple Top Riders at the Same Time?

By Andre Dignelli “Competition at highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding, and nurturing your people—and heart. Winning is a result...

Ask Andre: For Aspiring Riders, How Do You Break Through From the Local Circuit...

By Andre Dignelli I get this question a lot: How do I get from A to B? How does an aspiring rider competing on a local circuit get...

Ask Andre: How do you coordinate a day of showing at WEF?

By Andre Dignelli "If we take a lot of kids to a horse show, in a lot of different rings, I'm embarrassed if we ever...

Ask Andre: How do you prepare for Devon?

BY ANDRE DIGNELLI The thing that separates Devon from other shows is history. Devon is an iconic location and most of us have seen pictures...

Ask Andre: Are Group or Private Lessons Better for Students?

BY ANDRE DIGNELLI Do you prefer private lessons or group lessons? I grew up riding in my back yard by myself. When I would go and take lessons,...
Plaidcast Episode 316 Tonya Johnston Andrea Waldo

Plaidcast 316: Tonya Johnston’s Inside Your Ride with Andrea Waldo by Taylor, Harris Insurance...

LISTEN NOW To listen to the Plaidcast, you can use the player below, Stitcher, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music, or your other favorite podcasting app! Tonya...
Plaidcast Episode 315 Heather Hooker Boggio Chase Boggio Jessica Andrews

Plaidcast 315: Heather and Chase Boggio & Jessica Andrews by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

LISTEN NOW To listen to the Plaidcast, you can use the player below, Stitcher, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music, or your other favorite podcasting app! Piper...

MZ Farms, LLC Sponsors Additional $2,500 Andrew Ryback Photography Scholarship

The Andrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse Higher Learning Scholarship has awarded more than $15,000 to equestrians pursuing higher education.  To provide more education...

Publisher’s Note: Ask Yourself More Questions

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D Fall is in the air–crisp mornings, pumpkin spice everything, and the regression in horsemanship skills we see at our most prestigious...