Rob Jacobs Builds the House of Opportunity

BY SISSY WICKES Rob Jacobs first crossed my screen few years ago in relation to the Gochman Grant and Pony Finals. Kids participating in Pony Finals under the grant...

What Hunters Can Learn From Eventers

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Hunters and eventers haven’t always been able to maintain a mutual respect for one another. After all, the disciplines are at the opposite ends of the spectrum in...

Virtue Soap Company: Artisan Soaps that Give Back

BY JESS CLAWSON Today’s equestrians are health-conscious and environmentally-aware animal lovers who want the best for themselves and their four-legged companions. As equestrians, we have all become more educated...

Eurequine: Sporthorse Stallions for Every Ring

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES Edgar Schutte is a respected name in the world of Hanoverian breeding from the United States to the heart of Germany, the birthplace of the...

Who Jumped It Best? HITS Coachella 3’6″ Junior/AO Hunters

Judging this class requires no travel time, certification or long days in the sun! Take a look at these talented riders and their beautiful hunters from HITS Coachella. These pictures are all...

Charleigh’s Cookies: A Labor of Love

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES “When you’re going through a difficult time – regardless of age, gender or status – there is nothing like the healing power of horses. They...

Duet: A Braided Essay

BY PAIGE CERULLI Winner of the Constance Wickes Prize in Creative Nonfiction The instructor leads me to a brown and white pinto pony – he’s...

Touch of Class: Show Jumping’s Great Thoroughbred Mare

BY JESS CLAWSON The hallways of the hunter/jumper sport are lined with champions, and one of the greatest on the wall is the Thoroughbred mare, Touch of Class.

Mobile Payment Options for your Equestrian Business

BY JESS CLAWSON If you’re a hardworking trainer, braider, or other horse professional, you might find that getting paid by cash and check is getting harder as our society becomes increasingly...

Game Face: Grand Prix Horses to the First Fence of the Jump Off

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Careful observation is a great way to learn about riding. After all, there are 500 reasons why I'm never going to ride in a Grand Prix...

Navigating the Horse Show World as a Native American Woman with Pearl Running Deer

BY JESS CLAWSON Pearl Running Deer knew from a young age that she wanted to make it in the horse showing world, but that the path might not be easy for...

On Insecurity and Fear and Finding Your Lion

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM This week, I got insecure. If you pick up The Plaid Horse’s March Issue, you’ll see a truncated Publisher’s Note. I missed the deadline of...

cbdMD Offers Lameness Relief for Horses & Riders

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Like many equestrians, I suffer from chronic pain. My knees are a nightmare for someone my age, but I press on because how could a silly...

Not Being Able to Ride Made Me a Better Equestrian

BY LAUREN KEILTY This past summer, I received a concussion from a naughty pony. Only a week away from the finals that I had planned on attending for the...

How To Write The Best Resume for an Equestrian Career

BY GRACE CARTER With equestrian careers becoming increasingly popular, more and more people are looking at entering this industry. This high demand makes for tough competition, so you’ll need to make sure...

Trust the Breeder: Addressing the Issues American Sport Horse Breeders Face

By Kimmy Risser, member of USHJA Hunter Breeding Task Force, USEF National Hunter Committee, and USSHBA Board of Directors When I was recently asked by The Plaid Horse to...

The Crooked Path to Happiness In The Horse Industry

BY SHAUN SELLERS “When you're following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.” — Kelly Cutrone Growing...

When Anxiety Comes to the Barn

BY JESS CLAWSON Many of us see the barn as our happy, safe, away-from-real-life-problems place. But what happens if you don’t experience relief or euphoria when you go to...