Filming Horses for TV and Movies

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER If you are doing a TV show, or film with or about horses, it’s helpful to have a cameraman who knows how to get the best angles. Many filmmakers don’t know...

Dianne DeFranceaux Grod: “I Just Like All Things Horse”

by Ann Jamieson Part I Beginnings Dianne De Franceaux Grod was born in Louisiana when her father, George DeFranceaux, left for World War II and her mother went home to have the baby. When her father returned...

5 Strides With: Gentleman

An “interview” with the Green Hunter (via his rider, Colin Savaria!) The 6-year-old Oldenburg was champion in the 3’3 Green Hunters in Ocala this spring. 1. What do you love about being in the show ring? I...

The Locations and Horses That Make It The Silver Screen

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER Once a film is completed, most make their rounds at film festivals. At these events, you’re meeting people in the industry who want to improve their art. Festivals feature panels consisting...

In Defense of Unmounted Lessons

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING When it comes to riding lessons, I understand that riding is the overwhelming desire, as well as the underlying principle, guiding most participants. However, sometimes riding is not possible,...

Reconnecting After a Decade With the Pony That Brought My Confidence Back

BY LAURA OWENS My junior year of high school didn’t go as planned, to say the least. In January 2007, I was walking to school in San Francisco and slipped on black ice. The fall...

The Love of her Lifetime

Amateur Felisa Read finds her perfect match with an unlikely partner By Christina Keim In the dark, damp, early morning hours of June 11, 2022, 34 endurance competitors were busily making final preparations for the American...

Horses, Equestrians, and Stunt Riders In film

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER For many years, I’ve enjoyed finding locations, riders, and barns for films. I’ve met so many wonderful people and made some lifelong friends.  Many barn owners have asked me what they need...

From an EF 1 Tornado to a Category 4 Hurricane

by Elizabeth Janoski To live in Tornado Alley is to be prepared to move quickly to safety and, after the tornado passes by, to reassemble what can be saved. No community knows that better than...

The Ride of Her Life

A sneak peek at the newest book from Elizabeth Letts, the author of The Eighty Dollar Champion. Living Color: 1954 The sun rose bright over Pasadena, California, on January 1, 1954. All along Colorado Boulevard, people...

Shamrock Show Stables: Cultivating a Confidence-Building Environment

By Tyler Bui    At World Equestrian Center in Ocala, a young rider came to watch his barnmates at Shamrock Show Stables compete. He’d previously only competed in a local horse show in a...

Human Touch: Reminding Riders to Care for Their Own Bodies, Too

BY TYLER BUI We provide the highest quality of care for our horses’ bodies, but what about our own? In almost any other sport, the athlete’s physical state is top priority—but our sport is unique,...

McLain Ward’s Spectacular Career: By the Numbers

Show Jumping Olympian 20042008201220162020 Olympic Medalist 2004 Olympic Games: Show Jumping Team Gold medal with Sapphire2008 Olympic Games: Show Jumping Team Gold medal with Sapphire2016 Olympic Games: Show Jumping Team Silver medal with HH Azur2020 Olympic Games:...

Are You a Horseman? Ten Points to Consider

By Tori Bilas and Jackie McFarland When you hear the word “horseman,” what comes to mind? And what does it take to truly be one?  With decades of experience and success in the hunter/jumper industry, Traci...

To Lease Or to Buy?

We loved the recent discussion on the Facebook Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge about owning vs. leasing—and what you wish you knew before buying a horse. Here’s a sample of the insightful comments… Don’t get...

Laura Chapot: Carrying it Forward Part II

By Ann Jamieson Little Big Man Little Big Man (Pony), a Dutch warmblood, was probably Laura's "horse of a lifetime. He was solely mine; I was the only one who rode him. He was such a...

Horse Halloween Costume Inspiration From the GSWEC’s Monster Mash

All photos by Jerry Mohme Photography If you're looking for Halloween costume inspiration for you and your horse, you need not look further than the Great Southwest Equestrian Center's Monster Mash horse show! Held each October,...

Lauracea: Unique, Luxury, Leather Goods to Elevate Your Equestrian Style 

BY TYLER BUI When it comes to the perfect ring bag, functionality often comes before style. But why not have both? Offering quality, style, and practicality, LAURACEA has created one-of-a-kind products fit for the equestrian...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Augusta Iwasaki

Status: Junior Hometown: Calabasas, CA  Trainers: Elizabeth Reilly, Ken Smith, Emily Smith, and Erica Quinn  As a horsewoman, I am most proud of the development and success of all my young horses.  As a horsewoman, I would...

Inside the Numbers: Cost Breakdown of an A Show in Virginia

BY TPH STAFF It’s no secret that horse shows are expensive. There’s really no cap on what you can spend. We think it’s important to be transparent when possible on real line-item costs.  Some people will...

How Riders Can Prioritize Skin Care

Skin cancer is the most common—and one of the most preventable—cancers in the United States. Here’s how you can protect yourself.   By Barbara Blasko, M.D. As equestrians, we spend most of our time outside—usually in...

“I Do Lessons, Not Lunch” — How Karen Healey’s Passion for Teaching Launched Her To...

BY NANCY JAFFER She’s a firecracker; always has been. Nothing can slow down the perennially energetic Karen Healey, who attacks her mission to teach, judge, or give a clinic with the same enthusiasm that began...