At Home at the Horse Show: Premium Stall Setups Provide Temporary Luxury

BY LAUREN MAULDIN There are a lot of reasons I love going to big AA circuits. These premium shows offer amazing prizes, draw top competition, and bring together the...

Faces of Pin Oak: Frankie Owens

BY JESS CLAWSON Frankie Owens was almost born in the saddle. His parents, Candie and Frank, were established professionals in the industry by the time he and his sister,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Facing my Inner Child in the Show Ring

BY SUSAN GILSTRAP We have all been there. We’re getting ready to go into the ring, checking to make sure our jacket is buttoned and number on our back. We might be breathing, or not. We know...

A “Poor” Equestrian Ponders AA Shows and Six Figure Imports

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Poor is a relative word, and horse people know that. I can't deny the huge luxury it is to have a horse, any horse. In a...

Chrissy Serio Makes Dreams Come True

BY JESS CLAWSON Chrissy Serio is everything today’s riders want to be. Raised by a legendary horsewoman, she grew up at Derbydown, and has had the life horse-crazy kids...

American Made: Is Importing Sport Horses the Answer?

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES For decades, horse shoppers in most disciplines traveled to Europe in the hopes of finding a hidden gem, that diamond in the rough standing in a remote barn...

Priorities: The Idea of a Horse Drives Life After Divorce

2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry BY KIM HINSON “Do you think I’m doing the right thing getting a divorce?” I asked Megan, my twelve-year-old daughter as I tucked her in.  I always asked...

Caroline Weeden’s Merryburn Farm Continues a Tradition...

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES In the changing paradigm of top riders and trainers, there is a group of professionals who maintain a steady presence at the top levels of the sport. Caroline...

Welly-Welly Wonderland: An Adult Amateur’s First Winter in Wellington

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN As I sit here facing 30 hours of travel time en route to a ‘real world reality check,’ I can’t help but reflect on my first three weeks of a...

The Horse Show Prizes Adult Amateurs Really Want

BY LAUREN MAULDIN As a struggling adult amateur, it's only been a somewhat recent development for me to have any opinion at all about horse show prizes. For the longest time,...

Teens and Greens – Kinda the Same Thing

BY PONYMOMAMMY Since I was a teenager, I’ve always loved bringing along a green horse. There’s something about the process I find especially satisfying. Now that I have a teenage...

The Plight of the American Show Horse Breeder

BY ANDREW H. PHILBRICK, SPORT HORSE BREEDER, PRINCETON SHOW JUMPING To understand what an American Breeder is up against you only need to look to where breeding show horses is successful: Europe. The bottom line...