Are You a Horseman? Ten Points to Consider

By Tori Bilas and Jackie McFarland When you hear the word “horseman,” what comes to mind? And what does it take to truly be one?  With decades of experience and success in the hunter/jumper industry, Traci...

To Lease Or to Buy?

We loved the recent discussion on the Facebook Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge about owning vs. leasing—and what you wish you knew before buying a horse. Here’s a sample of the insightful comments… Don’t get...

Horse Halloween Costume Inspiration From the GSWEC’s Monster Mash

All photos by Jerry Mohme Photography If you're looking for Halloween costume inspiration for you and your horse, you need not look further than the Great Southwest Equestrian Center's Monster Mash horse show! Held each October,...

Laura Chapot: Carrying it Forward

by Ann Jamieson You certainly couldn't get a better start in the show jumping world than by being the daughter of Frank and Mary Chapot. Laura has the genes, the talent, and the work ethic...

It Happens! Colleen Acosta, Lindsay Yinger and Brooke Brombach

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,...

Overwhelmed with a New Horse? You’re Not Alone

BY ALEX BOWYER Whether you've been around horses your whole life or have just entered the world of horse ownership, it's okay to feel overwhelmed with a new horse. Many people worry about doing something...

Balancing Motherhood and Horses—and When Your Partner Doesn’t “Get” Your Passion

In the Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge on Facebook, one member brought up her significant other not “getting” horses and complaining about the money she spends on them. Her significant other thinks the riding...

Wendy Chapot Nunn: Choosing a Different Path

by Ann Jamieson Wendy Chapot Nunn first sat on a horse when she was two. The horse was one of the most famous in the world, her father's jumper, Good Twist. Frank was away in...

Score of the Century for Susann Bobley and Fargo

By L.A. Sokolowski Schenectady, NY—September 20, 2022—A good coach, a great horse, and a top-notch support system added up to a winning equation for adult amateur dressage rider Suzann Bobley, of 18 Karat Farm in...

10 Times Carissimo 25 was Extra in the Show Ring

BY Devyn Trethewey and Tyler Bui 1. Taking knees to nose to a whole new level. View this post on Instagram ...

Marnye Langer: A Lifelong Obsession Part II

by Ann Jamieson The Tevis Cup Marnye has participated in many of the different functions of The Tevis Cup, gaining perspective for her journalism work. "One time I crewed for a top rider. Another time I...

The Amazing Places Horses Can Take Us

BY DIANNE MAY Recently I overheard moms talking about horses at my daughter’s soccer game. One mom smiled and indicated that her daughter loved horses, but she wasn't going to do the whole “horse thing.”...

Mindful Riding: Walking Fitness

By Abby Funk The benefits of having fit horses are almost too numerous to mention. Fit horses will have fewer injuries, longer careers, more rapid recovery time, and be better able to cope with all...

Make the First Horse You Rescue Your Own

BY SUSAN PEIRCE Red Bucket Equine Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a national presence achieving some of the best results in saving, rehabilitating, and re-homing high-risk horses. Red Bucket unconditionally serves the untrained, lame,...

Worth The Wait: A Reorganization of Painful Childhood Horse Memories

By Catherine Reus I am coming up on two years of being a horse owner. Two years of glorious anxiety-riddled joy. Horse ownership is better than I could have ever imagined it would be, and...

Book Excerpt: ‘Monday Morning,’ from For the Love of the Horse, Volume III

By Ann JamiesonReprinted with permission from Ann Jamieson When his long, but not particularly illustrious, racing career ended with a bowed tendon, Monday Morning was sent to the slaughterhouse. At least, that was the plan....

Mixing Depression and Anxiety with the Love of Horses

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER Covid-19 put society into a world we never experienced before. Humans weren’t meant for total isolation. Human contact—even hearing a human’s voice—is necessary for survival. We are people who like walking...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Bob Crandall— Rider, Trainer & USEF “R” Judge

As a horseman, I am most proud of: the many horses I was able to find, start, and bring along. Sadly, I wasn’t able to keep many of them.  As a horseman, I would most...

It Happens! Rylan VanCourt, Addison Slye, McKayla Brombach

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,...

Marnye Langer: A Lifelong Obsession Part 1

BY ANN JAMIESON Baby Steps As a new baby, Marnye Langer, like most kids, slept in a crib. But unlike most kids, that crib was located in a tack room.  Her mom, an assistant to Barbara Worth...

The Worst Hurt: When The Best Choice for Your Horse is to Sell Them

BY ANONYMOUS Sometimes it is just time to let go.  It is time to humanely euthanize to end an animal's suffering.  The why and when are patently obvious and when it is done, you mourn...

Horses, Life and Change: Stepping Away From the Sand Box

BY PHYLLIS BORDO When I retired, I decided I wanted to embrace the last decades of my life in a positive manner.  I wondered if it was time, in my 70s after 40 years of...