2017 George Morris Horsemastership Clinic

By TPH Intern Emma Marlowe Every year since I was thirteen,  I watched the George Morris Horsemastership Clinic online and always dreamed of riding in it one day. When I got the news that I...

Fake It ‘Til You Make It? My Rookie Week at HITS Thermal

By Karen Terry Here I am at HITS Thermal, riding in my first ever winter circuit show after a serendipitous turn of events led to time off from work and an opportunity to lease a...

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...

The Horses That Led Us to Independence

By Intern Sammie Duray     With the Fourth of July upon us, we’re all stocking up on fireworks and getting ready to fire up the grills. However, when it comes to our horses, we seem...

Twitters to Retweet: December 2015

Each month, The Plaid Horse selects the Twitter accounts we absolutely love to follow - check out our list for December 2015 here: 1. College Prep Invitational Horse Show collegeprepinvitational.com @CPIHorseShow   2. Triple Crown Feed triplecrownfeed.com @TCHorseFeed 3. Queenie Productions queenieproductions.com @QueenieShows 4....

My OTTB Adventure

By Brooke Schafer I'm one of those crazy horse girls...the kind that drew them on every scrap of note paper in class, planned her weekends around horse shows, and made her Christmas list by circling...

Keep Your Horse Cool This Summer

Photo: Sarah Rieber and Metropolis try to stay cool during their lesson in the summer heat   By TPH Intern Izzy Feinstein   Although summer is the ideal time for riding with its long days and warm weather, it...

Heathman Farm & Cormac Hanley on the Rise

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES The Grand Prix: the ultimate in equestrian showjumping competition. We watch in person, we livestream, we read results online and on paper. We root for our favorite riders and horses in...

Rethinking the “Eq Diet” and How to Stay Healthy this Summer

By Intern Ashley Shaw Summer is finally here, and while we rejoice in the lack of school, it also means that the window to qualify for Equitation Finals is narrowing. For this reason, some riders...

The Pony Posse: When Loving Horses is Ageless

2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry BY JOAN AGUADO There are five of us in the Thursday night jumping class, armored up in helmets and air vests, bracing ourselves to fly over jumps...

Losing Your Heart Horse: Braving the Barn

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It took me a while to be able to go to the barn. I got home after my holiday travels a little less than a week after I...

Sponsorship Tips for Horse Show Managers

BY AVERILL PESSIN Hunting down sponsorships for your horse show is a tough job. Your emails go ignored, and the companies that do reply often don't have a lot to offer. To help with this...

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...

American Made: Is Importing Sport Horses the Answer?

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES For decades, horse shoppers in most disciplines traveled to Europe in the hopes of finding a hidden gem, that diamond in the rough standing in a remote barn...

The Key to Equestrian Happiness? Enjoyment Before Achievement

BY JOHN HAIME Sometimes things get fuzzy in sports, and a reset is exactly what you need. Very often my phone will ring, or I’ll get an “emergency” text - an athlete client is in a...

Ring Bag Necessities

By Intern Vyla Carter There isn't always time to go back to the barn before a round at a horse show, so prepare a ring bag to have with you at the ring. You never...

Avoiding Comparison: A True Challenge in the Equestrian Sport

BY AMBASSADOR CALLIE HILDENBRAND Some say that comparison is simply a part of human nature. As much as we would love to say that we are perfectly comfortable in our own skin and don’t analyze...

Starting Something New in the Bluegrass

Hi everyone! My name is Mavis Spencer, I’m 24 years old and I work for Neil Jones Equestrian I started riding when I was 5 in California with Dick Carvin, Susie Schroer, and Francie Steinwedell-Carvin. With...