Here’s to the Little Jumps

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’ve spent a long time feeling like I was lesser within the equestrian world. Growing up riding at a small private barn, our focus was fox hunting and...

Hunter/Jumper Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Spooky season is upon is... and I'm not just talking about all the fall leaves making your horse spook! If your front porch is missing a little equestrian flair however, try out these free...

Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals: Let’s See What Happens

The 2016 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals participants with presenting sponsor The Plaid Horse! Photo: USHJA Archives. By Kathryn Craig Going into this experience, I had no idea what to expect. I found out about the USHJA...

Inside Double G Stables: From Wall Street to Pony Finals

Reprint of July/August 2015 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph070815 BY PIPER KLEMM When Olivia Golden talks about ponies, her eyes shine. She smiles constantly and describes every personality trait, even in ponies she hasn’t...

Downey Brings Home More Than Blue

Reprint of August 2016 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph0816 BY JORDAN COBB At 11 years old, Tessa Downey is learning a crucial lesson: horsemanship and competition must walk hand in hand. Waking up next...

GSWEC Week 1 Photos

GSWEC Winter Series is held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX for 4 weeks of AA shows during February. The pictures below are from Week I of the series (Feb. 3-7)....

Plaidcast Junior 20 – Why and How to Clip Your Horse

LISTEN NOW! To listen to the Plaidcast, you can use the player below, the Horse Radio Network iOS App, Android App, Stitcher, iTunes, Google Play Music, or your...

The 8 Types of Hunter Jumper Trainers

By Averill Pessin The Battle Ax Loud, brash and unapologetic, you'll always know when the Battle Ax has a client in the ring.  She holds up the order, is the loudest ringside and is the undisputed...

The Kentucky Derby had Patch, the Pony World has Levi

Above photo credit to Nicole Shultz Photography By Nicole Farr One thing usually occurs when I attend new shows: Almost everyone that passes by my pony stares, whispers, or even points at him.  They see the...

A Simple Catch Ride… Maybe Not

Reprint of July/August's 2015 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph070815 BY JESSICA CHOPER & ARMAND LEONE As long as there are ponies there will be a need for pony catch riders. Tiny children matched...

From The Wild to Pony Finals

Reprint of July/August's 2015 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph070815 BY TPH STAFF Mr. Popper is truly one of his kind, as he is the first full bred mustang to qualify for Pony Finals....

Lanie Walkenbach Finds Success in the Region 6 ASPCA Maclay Regionals

By Mackenzie Shuman The jumps were set, the horses groomed, the riders ready, the mood tense. Riders from all over Region 6 were ready to compete in the ASPCA Maclay Regionals to claim their spot...

Not Just Another Treat

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES Horse treats are a part of every rider’s shopping list. Shelves in the tack store are full of brightly colored boxes and jars like a candy aisle in the supermarket. Which...

Vinissa Blann’s Day Dream Farm: Best of Wellington Year Round

BY SISSY WICKES Vinissa Blann is a familiar face at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. With a breadth of expertise, she can be found in the hunter,...

When a Dream Becomes a Goal

Above: Thanking my incredible Carpe Diem Star during the prize giving. Photo by TPH Intern Tori Weed. By TPH Intern Irene Elise Powlick I have found that people often blur the lines between a goal and a...

A Barn Owner Responds to the “Ethics of Employment”

BY PONYMOMAMMY I read the article, several times in fact, and I have a few things I’d like to add. Now it is entirely possible I misread the intention behind it, and I am by...

Tough Weather and Tough Riders at the “Lucky Seven” IHSA Alumni Tournament of Champions

“Lucky 7”  the Seventh Anniversary of the Alumni Tournament of Champions (hunt seat edition) once again had a slightly crazy Mother Nature throwing some interesting weather and oddly low temps at the 100 or...

Meet the US Olympians

By Irene Elise Powlick With just two weeks to go before the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it’s time for you to get to know the...