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Barn Hours

Respecting The Rules: Barn Hours

BY April Bilodeau Barn staff and trainers understand your desire to want to spend as much time as possible with your horse. While some barns may have open hours and you may come and go...

Remembering Your Why

BY April Bilodeau I had a chaotic day. We've been shorthanded at the farm since our barn manager left mid-March. While our facility is certainly not as large as most, 15 horses is a lot...

Emma Fass: Getting the Horse Show World Organized

BY TPH Staff Life-long horsewoman and founder of RingSide Pro, Emma Fass, of Charlottesville, VA, had a major “ah-hah” moment when she was a high school student. She was always very supportive of her friends...

‘‘Fix Me Up So I Can Ride Today’’

FROM THE MAGAZINE ShowMD’s Dr. Barb Blasko explains why riders need to treat their own injury recovery like that of their horses. A good friend from the barn called me in tears. Her horse had slipped...

Ideas for Adult Horse Camp!

We loved your answers to this question in the Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge…and we are awaiting an invite to join you this summer! Here are some of our favorite ideas from that fun...

It Happens! Augusta Iwasaki, Jennifer Bliss, Cira Pace Malta, Jay Moore

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 to prove,...

I Had My Heart Horse Too Early

When the horse of a lifetime shows up sooner than you expected  By Meg Rosenthal I got my horse of a lifetime very early in my career. When I was 18, I had just turned professional...
Equine Residences

Equine Residences: Turning a Passion for Horses into a Barn-Designing Career

By Sarah Welk Baynum Andrea Knowles was like so many horse girls who were practically born wanting to ride.  Her parents bought her first pony at age seven, and she rode at a local barn near...

Nahlea’s Story: The Founder of Eques Pante Opens up About Moving on After the...

By Jessica Andrews Photos © Stephen Rivera Reprinted with permission from Eques Pante  The year 2023 started with putting my horse Nahlea, to sleep. It was one of the hardest, saddest days I have been through. That day...

It Happens! Sara Roche, Rennie Dyball & Lily Muzzy

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 to prove,...

Fran and Joe Dotoli Part IV – Making Our Sport Safer, and Better

by Ann Jamieson Revolutionizing Helmets  "Back in the mid-90s," Joe recalls, the sport had a few very bad years with a number of fatalities in the sport—all head injuries. "Five," says Joe, "if I recall." A...

What’s In Your Horse’s Name?

By Jessica Shannon Names have roots and meanings. Our parents agonized over what to name us. They wanted to give us names that honored our families, a memory, a cultural or religious figure, or connect...

Good Habits for a Strong Show Season

With a new show season upon us, members of our Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge got to talking about what changed our riding for the better in 2022 that we’ll bring into 2023.Some of...

Showing Love to the Barns That Built Us

By Jessica Shannon Our barns, whether on our own property or a bit of a drive away, are a second home. They are where we found confidence, built resiliency, and learned how to ride, groom,...

You Might Be Getting Kicked Out of Your Barn If…

BY TPH STAFF In the supply and demand cycle, many trainers currently have more business than they can handle and more horses than their barn can fit. They’re busier than ever trying to make hay while...

Fran and Joe Dotoli Part III – Success at the Top

by Ann Jamieson When Peter turned 16, Joe and Fran decided it was time to start his jumper career. They began looking for potential jumpers but Peter was one step ahead of them. Researching the...

An Ode to Lesson Horses

By Jessica Shannon There is a common saying in the horse world that states, “lesson horses are worth their weight in gold.” If Scrooge McDuck taught me anything, it’s that gold is heavy and worth...

Fran and Joe Dotoli Part II – Peter Wylde

This article is a continuation of a series, for part one, click here. The solution was for the young couple to start a year-round barn at Fran's parents’ farm in Medfield, Massachusetts. Fran had kept...

Joe and Fran Dotoli Part I – A Lifelong Love Affair – Beginnings

BY ANN JAMIESON Falling for Horses "I followed a pretty girl to the barn. She left, and I stayed." So began Joe Dotoli's lifelong love affair with horses. The pretty girl, Maryanne, was his sister's friend. Joe,...

It Happens! With Vivian Golden, Richard Slocum and Tim Maddrix

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 to prove,...

Neal Shapiro: Aim High – Part II

BY ANN JAMIESON Going Professional When Neal was competing, the team was structured so that the riders were selected, trained, prepared, and had horses to ride, whether they were lucky enough to have a great horse...

The Beauty of the Golden Years: Celebrating Our Senior Horses

By Emily Dickson By some Universal luck, I was present the day my horse was born.  At the time, I didn’t know that she would become my horse. I was just a 10-year-old kid who had...