#meetingmclain: The Story of a Boy and His Gentleman Hero

BY MEGAN HOFFMAN Late last year, I shared the story of my son, Ziggy. How he went from being bullied in school, to finding his happy place in the barn. While his trainer has had an immense...

Accomplished Stallion Pablito Leaves a Legacy Behind

BY VYLA CARTER In a heartfelt obituary, Edgar Schutte of Eurequine announced last week the passing of his beloved stallion, Pablito. Pablito was born in 1994 and died at the age of 24. At a young...

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...

And Then It Rained…

Above: Greg Best and Gem Twist. Photo by Tish Quirk. By Timothy Wickes Maybe one out of ten 8th grade creative writing papers starts with, “It was a dark and stormy night,” and that over-used opening...

February Publisher’s Note: 2019 Mostly Right

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM In a lesson recently at Stonewall Farm, I rode down to a single oxer. I was on a horse I didn’t know and I walked right into my typical amateur moment. In my half-seat,...

You May Not Think You Are Anxious, But Your Horse Does

By Jack Coffin Competitive riders, by definition, are always under stress, if not anxiety, and that affects performance. What isn’t often realized is that horses are far more perceptive of emotions than people are –...

What Losing 50lbs Did and Didn’t Change About My Riding

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I have always been cognizant of my weight when it came to riding. Even though I didn't grow up horse showing, all it took for me to realize I was "too big"...

What They Don’t Tell You About Horseback Riding

BY TAYLOR SANTOSUOSSO  “Try horseback riding lessons,” they said. “Horses keep you out of trouble,” they said. Well, what they don’t tell you about horseback riding is that being a “horse girl” can be hard. Anyone who claims...

Daniel Stewart’s Faith in Failure

One day you’re going to do everything right and it’ll still go wrong. You’ll give 100% but come up short. You’ll do you best, but your best won’t be good enough.  I know how these...

This is Not the Sport I Signed Up For: Riding through Shadows in the...

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN This is not the sport I signed up for. These words swirl around and around in my head, keeping time with the barely audible footsteps of my evening walk that I am only going on...

The Ringmaster: The Quarterback of the Horse Show

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK If you’ve ever been to The Devon Horse Show or another major event, you have likely seen a man wearing a traditional-looking outfit, playing a large horn before the start of...

Drugs and Addiction in the Horse World: A Conversation with Andrew Ellis

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Lifelong equestrian and east coast native Andrew Ellis wears many hats within the hunter/jumper industry. Rider, horse show manager, announcer, USEF Safety Committee member, certified EMT. But he also has another label...

Finding Success By Planning Ahead

By Tresa Eyres of Eyres Consulting This article has been reprinted from the April 2015 Equine Business Issue of The Plaid Horse Magazine. Read it in its entirety here.  Are you considering a new saddle, a new trainer, or...

You Are a Student, Not a Customer

By Emily Elek  I’m not into that customer stuff.  You know what I mean. There are so many in this business who refer to their “customers.” And the customer is always right…right? Except the barn is...

The Ultimate Pony Playlist: 5 Hours of Music About Horses

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Does your drive to the barn suffer from a lack of equestrian tunes? Do you ever workout at the gym and think, "This beat just doesn't have enough pony in...

Farmington Polo Club is On the Rise

By TPH Staff Comeback stories are popular for a reason: they’re compelling, inspiring, and hopeful. We love to see someone beat the odds in a display of resilience. The revival of Farmington, Connecticut’s Farmington Polo...

A Forever Home: When Responsibility Doesn’t Stop After the Show Ring

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Many equestrians dream of being able to give their horses a forever home. For Lori Judd, that dream is a reality. “I know when I buy a horse that I am going...

Keep your eye on the ball

By Sissy Wickes I love tennis. I love playing tennis, I love watching tennis. The US Open over Labor Day weekend- bliss. When my already shakey tennis game starts to deteriorate-unforced errors, moon balls- I...

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The Daily Grind

Photo by @coffeeandacurrycomb BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PHD (Follow me on instagram at @piperklemm) Many of these columns are devoted to my own riding because, well, it’s a wonderful thing in my life right now. After spending...

A Lease for the Week: What It’s Like to Lease an Eq Horse at...

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK Every winter, as snow descends onto the mountains of Salt Lake City where I live, I plan trips to warmer climes, especially places that feature world-class horse shows. I’ve gone to the Winter Equestrian...

Horses Make Me Less of an Inflexible Curmudgeon

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I remember being surprised the first time someone called me a control freak. “What? No! I’m easy going, go with the flow.” They just looked at me like I had grown a third arm. I...

On the Road to the World Show: The negative self doubt of competitive thinking.

BY JAMIE SKUBAL Once I decided to officially start my journey to get to the World Show, I decided to pull Cruz out of the last few hunter/jumper shows of the 2019 season. This choice...