Never Give Up A Chance To Ride Your Horse

BY SARAH BRZOZOWY Jobs, homes, children, partners, responsibilities. Adulting takes a toll on our time, and on our stress levels. As an Assistant Superintendent of Schools, a wife, and a mother of two heavily scheduled...

One Trainer’s Opinion On Camaraderie Between Barns

BY SARAH CARTER I have always known the horse world is competitive. Personally, I’m competitive with myself but appreciate the successes of my colleagues. As a member of the middle class, I recognize that getting...

Play versus Work: A Mindset and a Process for Improving the Relationship with Your...

by Elli Pospischil  Do you remember when you used to play?  Wasn’t that a carefree time when you played with dolls, played hide & seek, played board games, played catch, played Simon Says, played charades, played...

Show Strides Book Series to be Sold at The Devon Horse Show 

The Show Strides book series, written by The Plaid Horse Publisher Piper Klemm, Ph.D., and The Plaid Horse Editorial Manager Rennie Dyball, will be sold at The Devon Horse Show, which runs May 26,...

The Plaid Horse to Have Media Partnership and Magazine Distribution with The Devon Horse...

The Plaid Horse has joined The Devon Horse Show as a media partner with magazine distribution for its 2022 edition. The show, recognized as a US Equestrian Heritage Competition, runs May 26, 2022 through...

Tracy Fenney: Horses in Your Blood

by Ann Jamieson Tracy Fenney was elected the National Equestrian of the Year in 2020 during the height of the pandemic. The timing of it was perfect for her, because "It was a good year...

Ride and Die: A Look Into Why Riders Struggle With Body Image Distortion and...

BY ANNABELLE JONES One hundred thousand dollars. For many people, this is a significant portion of their home, multiple vehicles, or even a lifetime of groceries. But for an equestrian athlete, this can be the...

THIS Rider Profile: Shannon Davidson

BY TYLER BUI Shannon Davidson is always on the go, traveling from coast to coast juggling her two passions: riding and fashion. She sat on her first pony at age two and began her riding...

How to Leave Your Trainer (politely) in 10 Easy Lessons

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING I had the loveliest coffee date with a young woman who left my program. She’d been with me for a long time. She gave her notice to the current...

Stall ‘in Time: Life Off the Clock

BY CATHERINE MUZZY The calendar and clock shaped the schedule of my life as a parent of three and a former educator.  Likewise, the school calendar and the clock have traditionally governed “how families organize...

Book Excerpt: The Year of the Horses, A Memoir by Courtney Maum

Reprinted with permission from Tin House It was an early morning like any other at the upstate polo club: Danny, Carlos, Victor, Leah, and I were readying the ponies for the gallop track. I was...

Horse Rescued from New Holland Auction Returns to Pennsylvania for Devon

BY TINA SILVA “Roameo” is slated to make his debut in “Leadline at Devon” as he carries his young rider in the show ring. But his path to the show is different from most of...

It Happens! Laena Romond, Molly Ashe Cawley, Tim Maddrix

By Tyler Bui We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers...

A Well-Rounded Partnership: Taylor Ann Adams and Colin Savaria Team up to Develop Top-Quality...

BY TYLER BUI Taylor Ann Adams and Colin Savaria live by the adage that two is most definitely better than one. These two young professionals teamed up to develop and sell young horses, combining their...

Finding Yourself Stuck with a Tangled Mess of Standing Wraps? 

Laundry is a tedious task, but washing standing wraps may take the cake for being the most difficult. Not only do they require time to be re-rolled, they often turn into one giant knot...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Meet Maya Aryal, Chloe Bates and Leesan Kwok

The Plaid Horse is proud to introduce some of the photo project’s featured equestrians to our readers in each issue In 2020, a group of photographers came together to create the Equestrians of Color Photography...

Grace Wahlberg, Daughter of Actor Mark Walherg, Finds Success at the 2022 IEA National...

The 2022 IEA 20th Anniversary Combined National Finals took place on April 28 - May 1, 2022 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA. Actor Mark Walhberg and Rhea...

THIS Rider Profile: Eva Mackenzie 

Eva Mackenzie is a young, rising star in all three rings. At just 12 years old, she currently sits at the top of the overall standings for the THIS National Children’s Medal. “I started riding...

My COVID Pivot – Rebuilding a Life with Horses

BY SONJA BOORMAN I recently posted a picture of my new Amish-built barn, lush pastures, and emerging riding arena on a barn building Facebook group. Someone commented, “how does it feel to be literally living...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Courtney Levine

Status: Amateur  Hometown: Miami, FL  Trainers: Alan Korotkin and Susan Tuccinardi As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: my ability to be sympathetic as a rider to the needs of the horses I ride....

THIS Rider Profile: Schuyler Dayner

Fifteen-year-old Schuyler Dayner was around horses before she could even walk. Her mom, Heather Dayner, runs Baxter Lane Farm out of Odessa, FL and Shuyler hopes to follow in her footsteps in the future.  Dayner...

Cynthia Hankins: Between Two Worlds

BY ANN JAMIESON Cynthia Hankins has been a judge for 40 years, judging the USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals five times, the WIHS Equitation Finals and ASPCA Maclay Finals once each, and the USEF Talent...