Monday, September 23, 2019

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Full Chaps and Fringe

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Chokers, jelly shoes, plaid flannel shirts... so many of the fashion trends from when I grew up in the 90's are becoming mainstream again. But what about the horse world? When it comes...

Learning How to Fall Off With a Smile on My Face

BY VYLA CARTER I have fallen off my horse a lot. More times than I can count on all my fingers, including the swollen pointer finger I just sprained from falling off. And more times...

Body Image in Breeches: How We Can Move Our Sport Forward

BY RENNIE DYBALL They say the only constant in life is change. But how does that apply to a sport rooted in tradition and some old-school tendencies? Last month, an article on The Plaid Horse blog...

Safe Sport: Who Are We Protecting?

BY TIMOTHY WICKES BAM! Down goes Jimmy Williams. The first big domino falls. #MeToo has hit the hunter/ jumper world like Serena hits a forehand. It seems that since Spring has sprung there’s been a...

Talk Derby To Me: Overcoming First Derby Doubt with a Yellow Pony

BY PONYMOMAMMY At the risk of aging myself, the concept of the hunter derby was foreign to me when I grew up at the horse shows. Sure, there were classics and shows with a field...

We Need to Mentor For the Kind of Kids We Want In Our Sport

BY HALLIE DAVIS These days, a lot of people in our industry like to talk down about the young riders of today. Recently, a post went viral on Facebook from a highly regarded trainer about...

No Shame In Our Game: Horse Loving Signs

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN If there's one thing the internet is good for, it's a solid viral sensation. First, there was dog shaming. You know, those hilarious hand-written signs photographed next to an innocent...

The Suicide Conversation We Should Be Having Before “They Will Be Missed”

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN This week Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain became two of the over 30,000 Americans* that will commit suicide this year. In the aftermath of their loss, social media flooded with...

How to Add Pizzazz to An Equestrian Themed Party (Without Breaking the Bank!)

BY JENNIFER WILE RUBIN I recently hosted a party for my horse-crazy daughter. Before I really got started with party planning, it was important to me to settle on a theme. I always find that...

Adult Amateur Confessions: The Most Embarrassing Thing I Never Properly Learned To Do

BY RENNIE DYBALL When I was first learning to ride as a kid, my lesson program was all about the basics. Before cantering, we had to be masterful at the trot. I’m talking months of trotting, even bareback...

Body Image, Health and Wellness in Adolescent Equestrians – Reader Response

BY KIRBY L. WYCOFF, PSY.D., NCSP The May 22, 2018 article by Rennie Dyball entitled “Riders, Body Image and ‘The Look” struck a chord with many in the equestrian world. Ms. Dyball bravely and candidly...

Val Renihan: Midwestern values in the modern world

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES Val Renihan Impacts the Next Generation What is the true measure of greatness? Is it trophies on the wall? Is it creating a legacy that will outlive you? Is it living a...

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...

That Time I Had a Temper Tantrum at the Horse Show as a Full...

BY PONYMOMAMMY Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. -Vince Lombardi Here is the truth, I am competitive. Mostly with myself. I like to win. I mean, why else would I be willing to pay...

Ribbons in the Trash: Is There a Greener Award for Shows?

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN I might be a thirty-three year old woman, but I love ribbons as much as any pony kid out there. I’ve kept every ribbon I’ve ever won, a feat possible...

Celebrating the Round: Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN We should always remember to celebrate our accomplishments in this sport -- and that comes in all forms. Even if a round went terribly, it's important to acknowledge what it took...

There is No Room for Ego in the Barn

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN I’m pretty good at faking confidence. It’s over compensation really, a mask I pull to smooth over issues from low self-esteem and a solid dose of imposter syndrome. When...

Judges Scott Hofstetter and Bill Talbert Answer The Questions You’ve Been Wondering About Hunters...

BY MACKENZIE SHUMAN This year at the Colorado Hunter Jumper Associations Medal Finals, I was able to sit down with the two judges at the end of the show and ask them a few questions...