Back in the Saddle: The Things I Took for Granted

BY STACY BANNERMAN I don’t think I’m paralyzed, but something’s not right, and a voice in my head says, “Be still.” So I am.  Three seconds ago, I was riding Buddy, a four-year-old horse just getting...

Dianne Grod: I Just Like All  Things Horse

by Ann Jamieson Saving Her Son Dianne and Steve got divorced. Tired of moving all the time, Dianne built a farm in San Marcos in order to stay in one place. It was a 10-acre, 40-stall...

I’m Done Letting Show Goals Determine My Horse Girl Happiness

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Life—and horses—have seasons. When I set out to purchase a horse capable of getting me into the adult hunters, I thought this would be the time for me to buckle down, train...

Horse Shows are a Big Bowl of Life Lessons

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING As horse trainers, we all see a lot of angst, drama, fear, and anxiety at horse shows. Sometimes, it’s not even ours. Kids and drama seem to be able...

Dianne DeFranceaux Grod: “I Just Like All Things Horse”

by Ann Jamieson Part I Beginnings Dianne De Franceaux Grod was born in Louisiana when her father, George DeFranceaux, left for World War II and her mother went home to have the baby. When her father returned...

The Ride of Her Life

A sneak peek at the newest book from Elizabeth Letts, the author of The Eighty Dollar Champion. Living Color: 1954 The sun rose bright over Pasadena, California, on January 1, 1954. All along Colorado Boulevard, people...

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...

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.”...

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,...