Am I Enough of a Rider? Finding Joy Through Fear and Doubt

BY ELLISON NEUMANN An article can’t tell you if you’re “enough” for this sport. I have no clue if I am myself. I’m young, I should feel...

ES Equine Photography: Capturing Memories for a Lifetime

BY JESS CLAWSON No matter what level you ride at or what ring you compete in, all equestrians love photos of our horses. We especially value those perfectly composed,...

The Heart of a Barn Rat: Riding with a Pacemaker

BY ALLIE CARLSON Barn rats—we all know and love them. They are the young women and men who happily spend hours grooming, tacking, feeding and mucking for a little extra time...

Grafton Ridge: Michael DelFiandra and Vanessa Roman Build a Positive Team for Every Kind...

BY LAUREN MAULDIN How do you feel when you enter the ring at a horse show? Worried about the two stride that looks a little long, or concerned about keeping your...

SHOW STRIDES BOOK 2 Exclusive Excerpt: Confidence Comeback

We hope you are enjoying book 1 of The Plaid Horse’s new novel series, Show Strides. To celebrate Pony Finals – and summertime reading – we are happy to share this excerpt...

You love your pony through their imperfections. Love yourself and your rider the same...

BY PIPER KLEMM I am a perfectionist. Which sounds wrong, because my computer desktop is a catastrophe. There are dishes piled up in my sink. On my front porch,...

Finding My Pride on Equestrian Social Media

BY AMY BIEBER We all know the internet can be a deeply negative place. It can foster hatred, bullying, and anonymity for the sake of masking bad behavior. But...

Confessions of a Horse Show Husband and Father

BY GORDON BALLANTYNE The horse show husband and dad is an endangered species. Rarely seen, we are a band of Sherpas loading, hauling, packing and unpacking vast amounts of...

Ashley Holsinger Deferred Law School for Horses and Never Looked Back

BY JESS CLAWSON Ashley Holsinger’s Memory’s Hill Stables started with a vacant farm and a dream, but Holsinger’s equestrian career began long before her Virginia farm. For a horse-crazy...

Demystifying Horse Care

BY PIPER KLEMM The topic of horse care can seem so daunting and overwhelming, especially in today’s world. Thousands of gadgets, ideas, and therapies – many of which have...

Saving Bentley: Trying to Rescue the Lost Lesson Horses

BY CHRISTINA KEIM 2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry The equine industry has a dirty little secret. It is whispered about in barn aisles and tack...

For Bill: A Man and His Horse

BY MARY WOODS 2018 Equestrian Voices Creative Nonfiction Honorable Mention In Memoriam “So, I just wanted to let...

Look Between Your Horse’s Ears: More Than Just a Saying

BY JAMIE SKUBAL Many times, my trainers preached to “Look between the ears” or “Look where you are going next, not down at his head.” I always thought they just wanted...

Four Winds Farm and Equine Hospital Offers the Complete Package of Equestrian Excellence

BY JESS CLAWSON Rittmueller’s father, Dr. Kim Braeutigam, runs Four Winds Equine Hospital and Michigan Equine Surgical Associates on the same property where her mother, Chris Braeutigam, established her...

Hey Local Show Rider—You Matter

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Hey there local show rider. It’s 4:25pm, and you’ve been sitting in the hot dust waiting for the hack for an hour because someone told you it was...

Like Honey: A Story on the Importance of Kindness

BY CARLY EASTERN 2018 Equestrian Voices Creative Writing Contest Distinguished Entry In my experience, there are three kinds of humans that attend a sale of horses: teachers buying...

From Backyard Ponies to A Shows: Ada Cosby’s Career Proves the Power of Loving...

BY JESS CLAWSON For many of us, riding as a kid meant galloping bareback through fields instead of glossy ponies and hunter courses. Ada Cosby is no exception. She...

A Tale of Two OTTBs: How I Got My Amateur Grit Back

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I used to be kind of tough. Not “Hold my phone, I’m going to go jump the round bale tough,” but tough enough....