Sunday, November 17, 2019

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...

Everyone Wants to Be Us: Identifying a Fashion Fauxquestrian From the Real Thing

BY PONYMOMAMMY Dating as far back as I can tell, the fashion world has been drawn to the iconic equestrian look. Some brands, like Ralph Lauren and Hermes, have...

An Open Letter to Our Non-Equestrian Friends

Photo: Jennifer Wile Rubin By Averill Pessin My teammate is needy "You're always busy. You're always with your horse. Other people have sports and still have a social life." Shout-out to the friends and family who understand the...

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"...

Avoiding Cultural Appropriation for Your Horse Halloween Costumes

BY JESS CLAWSON Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love it with every earnest bone in my early-millennial body. I am that person who decorates my house with all sorts of Halloween-associated kitsch. My dad...

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...

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...

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...

The Madness Behind The Inside Leg to Outside Rein

BY ASHLEEN LEE Often times I feel like a broken record. I tell my students and myself when I am riding, use the inside leg to the outside rein. Why? The outside rein holds the track....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What They Say About Juniors is True

BY SUSAN GILSTRAP When we think about top AA horse shows or prestigious circuits, what are the thoughts that come to mind? Do we imagine a typical, rich...

This is Not the Sport I Signed Up For: Riding through Shadows in the...

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN This is not the sport I signed up for. These words swirl around and around in my head, keeping time with the barely audible footsteps...

The Plight of the American Show Horse Breeder

BY ANDREW H. PHILBRICK, SPORT HORSE BREEDER, PRINCETON SHOW JUMPING To understand what an American Breeder is up against you only need to look to where breeding show horses is successful: Europe. The bottom line...

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...

A Lease for the Week: What It’s Like to Lease an Eq Horse at...

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK Every winter, as snow descends onto the mountains of Salt Lake City where I live, I plan trips to warmer climes, especially places that feature world-class horse shows....

10 Easy Things to Add to Your Show Bag to Make Life Easier &...

BY JORDAN COBB 1. Advil® 10 Tablet Vials- The mini Advil vials are super easy to transport, and having it on hand makes showing more enjoyable. You can find them at drug stores, grocery stores,...