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...

The Day I Learned That Winning Doesn’t Matter

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN I remember it the way people remember big events in their lives—in exquisite and insignificant detail, in sounds and feelings, in visceral emotions. I remember it with a...

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"...

Peg Seals: From a $100 Pony to the Hall of Fame

BY JESS CLAWSON Peg Seals got her start riding ponies at birthday parties, and is now one of the top professionals on the East Coast. She owns Freedom Farm...

Tiny Model Horse Tack So Amazing You’ll Think It’s The Real Thing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Confession time. I am obsessed with all things miniature. If something is smaller than its intended size, I'm totally here for it. Of course, this interest grows exponentially when you show me itty...

Trainer Daphne Thornton Shares Two Bit Training’s Social Media Policy

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING We all enjoy the many benefits that various social media platforms offer. They make it easy to share information, stay in touch, seek facts and data, and connect...

My Complicated Body in Breeches

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Last week, I shared an article to our Facebook page from the July issue of The Plaid Horse about body image in our sport. Later in the day, I went...

The Balancing Between Universes

Photo: Kaley Cuoco rides Bionetty in a Low Amateur Owner Jumper Class. By Mackenzie Shuman   “Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait…”   We can all sing the...

Can a Braid Kill Tradition? The Helmet Hair Debacle

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN Recently, I seemed to have caused quite a ruckus by announcing that I would be wearing my hair down outside of my helmet in a braid for the fore seeable future in...

Handling Barn Drama: Protecting Your Happy Place

BY JESS CLAWSON Barn drama is as prominent as barns themselves. It happens everywhere… even if you’re the only boarder. “Did you hear what so-and-so did?” I say to...

6 Ways to Build Your Emotional Muscles for Show Jumping

By John Haime Working with some of the world’s leading athletes in mental/emotional development has taught me many lessons about what is important to be a consistent high performer. One thing I have learned for...

Upping The Mental Game For The Type A Overthinking Adult Amateur

BY PONYMOMAMMY Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I was able to ride and show without fear. Horse shows were a breeze. Somewhere in my 30’s however, my brain did a...

Confessions of a Horse Show Husband and Father

BY GORDON BALLANTYNE The horse show husband and dad is an endangered species. Rarely seen, we are a band of Sherpas loading, hauling, packing and unpacking vast amounts of...

In Defense of the Burgundy Coat: Let’s Honor Tradition Where it Matters

BY CARIE ANTONELLI This week, I noticed a familiar photo of myself posted on The Plaid Horse blog accompanying a post regarding the proposed rule change surrounding coat colors in the Hunter Ring. Debating coat colors is...

Dapple Gray Glow Up: Before and After Progression Pictures

Recently, TPH editor Lauren Mauldin did something she never thought she'd do—buy a gray horse. While she (already) spends a lot of time...

The Horse Show Prizes Adult Amateurs Really Want

BY LAUREN MAULDIN As a struggling adult amateur, it's only been a somewhat recent development for me to have any opinion at all about horse show prizes. For the longest time,...

20 Motivational Quotes to Use at the Barn

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN As we start off in the new year looking forward to a fresh start, many people are setting out to tackle big goals and resolutions. When I'm facing what feels...

Barn Family is More than an Expression

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I haven’t lived in the same state as my parents or any of my extended family for over ten years. I’ve gotten used to the distance. Although I...