Youthful Haney Oversees Exciting Times at Vandalia

BY FRANCIS LABELLE Just over a year ago, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Second Chances Program at the Vandalia Correctional Facility in Illinois received a $5,000 grant from the Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board...

A Newly Alaskan Equestrian: Get to Know Allie Carlson

BY ALLIE CARLSON I’m Allie – an Air Force Wife, corgi mom, OTTB enthusiast, new The Plaid Horse team and most recently, an Alaskan Equestrian. I’ve ridden as long as I can remember. Growing up in...

Eight Ways to Take Summer Show Season By Storm

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Summertime is officially here, and for competitive riders, the living is anything but easy! Whether you’ve been on the circuit since January or are just gearing up for your first walk-trot outing...

The Madness Behind The Inside Leg to Outside Rein

BY ASHLEEN LEE Often times I feel like a broken record. I tell my students and myself when I am riding, use the inside leg to the outside rein. Why? The outside rein holds the track....

Michelle Kervian: Jumping Up

BY SISSY WICKES Michelle Kerivan is a woman with a plan. The California native sets specific goals for herself, and then checks them off of her to-do list as she accomplishes them. Most recently, she...

And So It Begins: Equitation Season Has Arrived

With the Maclay Regionals behind us as well as the West Coast USEF Talent Search Finals, attention will turn to the other equitation that are right around the corner. Here's what is up next: Oct....

Rea the No-Eyed Wonder Mare: Life Doesn’t Stop When the Lights Get Turned Off

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Like many amateur owners, I am great at imagining disaster scenarios for my horse. A career ending torn suspensory. A tragic pasture accident. Let’s not even talk about the ‘C’...

PREVIEW: The Plaid Horse 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Your exclusive preview of the 2016 TPH Holiday Gift Guide is here! Want to see your brand featured in the final edition?  Contact Us!

The Search for Success

By Intern Mackenzie Shuman While it is always fun to read and learn about those riders in the sport of horseback riding where success seems to be a given, Audrey Smith, 18, of Gleneagle, Colo.,...

New Quirks

By Brooke Schafer The best part about a new horse to me is learning all of their quirks - what makes them tick, how they react to certain situations, what is their personality like -...

The New Guard: Georgie Lewis Polishes Diamonds in the Rough

By Kelly Sheehan A consistent temperament and predictable responses are attributes that make green, off-the-track Thoroughbreds bloom. They are also keys to success when working with novice riders. Georgie Lewis enjoys working with both specialty...

Toxic Trainer Relationships: What to Watch Out For When Finding the Best For You...

BY JESS CLAWSON A toxic trainer can kill someone’s love of riding faster than just about anything. From verbal to sexual abuse to simply playing favorites, trainers who are negative influences in our lives do...

ERIN DUFFY SHOW STABLES: Equestrian Excellence With A View

BY TPH STAFF, PHOTOS BY KATE HOULIHAN PHOTOGRAPHY As the day winds down, Erin Duffy watches the sun set over the Pacific Ocean while she finishes her last lesson. This idyllic Malibu, California location serves...

Ribbons are Not Everything or 23 Reasons Why We Really Show

Yes, blue ribbons, the vibe at elite championships and excitement that can be felt only when galloping a lap of honour are truly outstanding experiences which should be celebrated, but these are not the...

Faces of Pin Oak: Matt Cyphert

BY JESS CLAWSON Matt Cyphert didn’t grow up in a horse family. His family didn’t push him into riding. He hasn’t been riding since he was a toddler. But...

One-Eyed Wonders – Partially Blind Horses Can Excel in the Show Ring

BY TPH INTERN ERICA O'NEIL Throughout all disciplines of riding, accidents and unfortunate injuries happen. Some are more long term than others, like the loss of an eye, or eyesight. Many think if a horse...

TPH Interns Thank Contributors

By Estelle Kraft, Irene Elise Powlick, Izzy Feinstein and Lauren Albert As Thanksgiving is near in America, and has recently passed in Canada, TPH interns would like to take a moment to express their thanks...

April 2017 TPH Crossword- Inspired by the 2017 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge

CLICK HERE to download the April 2017 TPH Crossword! Stay tuned for the April 2017 Equine Business issue of The Plaid Horse magazine by CLICKING HERE to find the crossword answers! Available at a horse show near you, or...