Saturday, March 6, 2021

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 best of the best. For barns,...

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 in the saddle. While working as...

I Never Thought I Would Hope For Snow…

BY ALLIE CARLSON My ideal weather is about 65-80. I am NOT really a cold weather, winter person. When my husband told me we were moving to Alaska, I was excited, but not exactly sure...

Help Save the School Horses

BY ANN JAMIESON School horses are the lifeblood of our business. Almost every equestrian in the country had their initial ride on the back of a trusted schoolie. But the nation, the world, is in turmoil....

Holiday Horse Photos

A holiday card isn't complete without the most important member of the family... your horse! Whether it's a new addition to the barn or a lifelong friend and partner, we love how these equestrians...

Advice to Young Riders: Get an Education

By Peter Wylde I’ve been riding all my life. I started when I was 7 years old. I would braid my pony and load him on the trailer in the morning. Then I’d go...

The Journey To My True Heart Horse

BY EMMY DOLIN When I was 13 years old, I thought I had found my heart horse. Little did I know, my real heart horse was waiting in my future. My family and I were at...

Vinissa Blann’s Day Dream Farm: Best of Wellington Year Round

BY SISSY WICKES Vinissa Blann is a familiar face at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. With a breadth of expertise, she can be found in the hunter, equitation, and jumper rings. As a...

Get to Know Judges Julie Winkel and Rob Gage

By Mackenzie Shuman Recently, I was able to attend a horse show where two prestigious judges, Julie Winkel and Rob Gage, were judging. Knowing these two judges had extensive years of riding and judging experience...

Equestrian Advice to Ride (and Live) By

BY PONYMOMAMMY The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. So I give you some of my favorite pearls of wisdom, in no particular order. Some of these are from...

On the Road to the World Show: Excuses, Excuses, and more Excuses.

BY JAMIE SKUBAL  Well, the only thing that I can say I have successfully done is try to keep my head above water.  I thought the road to the World Show would be hard, because financial...

Riders, Body Image and “The Look”

BY RENNIE DYBALL A couple weeks ago, I went to my local tack shop for spur straps and somehow found myself in the dressing room, mentally debating whether to buy a new show coat that...

An Equestrian’s Imperfect Pursuit of Wellness

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Wellness is a funny word. The dictionary defines it as “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” I guess that makes sense, but it seems more...

COVID-19 Begs The Question, What Do We Do Now? Keep Going!

BY JANE EHRHART Horse shows feel far away, and it doesn’t look like they will return anytime soon. During what would have been WEF 11, the music stopped for us. During what would have been...

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 riding school. “My grandfather had a mixed...

Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals: Let’s See What Happens

The 2016 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals participants with presenting sponsor The Plaid Horse! Photo: USHJA Archives. By Kathryn Craig Going into this experience, I had no idea what to expect. I found out about the USHJA...

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...

Returning to Our (New) Horse Show Normal

BY PONYMOMAMMY I never thought I would miss the inevitable horse show hangover, but after months of quarantine and cancelled shows, my body was craving the Monday morning exhaustion, empty bank account, and crazy tan...

Downey Brings Home More Than Blue

Reprint of August 2016 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph0816 BY JORDAN COBB At 11 years old, Tessa Downey is learning a crucial lesson: horsemanship and competition must walk hand in hand. Waking up next...

Use Your Life Skills to Be a Better Rider

BY TONYA JOHNSTON This is a story about an adult amateur rider named Sue, who had a very lazy, lovely horse that didn’t always follow along with the plan. On this particular day, Sue...

The Pony Posse: When Loving Horses is Ageless

2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry BY JOAN AGUADO There are five of us in the Thursday night jumping class, armored up in helmets and air vests, bracing ourselves to fly over jumps the size of our ponies. Finley, the ten-year-old, forty-nine pound girl wonder, and her...

The Long Road is the Short Road

BY PIPER KLEMM For those of you who work, and wait, and work some more – we salute you.  I am impatient at best. When I focus in on a goal, I am whole hog. I...