Rob Jacobs Builds the House of Opportunity

BY SISSY WICKES Rob Jacobs first crossed my screen few years ago in relation to the Gochman Grant and Pony Finals. Kids participating in Pony Finals under the grant...

The Battles We Face for the Horses We Love

BY KRISTEN FRANZ As you stand at the in gate, ready to ride through each technicality of the course, your mind focuses on the challenges that lay ahead. Every other person, thought, and worry is...

Hunt For The Cure

By Bailey Williams Cancer. It’s a word and disease that hurts us all. Either we have been personally affected, or we know someone who has had to go through the tough time that one word...

The 8 Types of Hunter Jumper Trainers

By Averill Pessin The Battle Ax Loud, brash and unapologetic, you'll always know when the Battle Ax has a client in the ring.  She holds up the order, is the loudest ringside and is the undisputed...

How to Train the Adult Amateur (and the kid of the Adult Ammy)

BY PONYMOMAMMY The trainer/client dynamic is, well, complicated. To the outsider (for example, my husband), the client is the customer and we all know that the customer is always right. Therefore, the trainer should do...

Thirty Years for Arcadia Farm

Molly Flaherty and Patty Peckham became business partners in October 1986, with three horses in their string that grew to twenty within a year.  Right from the start, they have been on the same...

The Best Horse Show Makeup

By Intern Lauren Aubert   Whether you love it or hate it, makeup (or skin care) plays an important part in any person’s life. From an ordinary day at school to your favorite horse show venue,...

Drugs and Addiction in the Horse World: A Conversation with Andrew Ellis

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Lifelong equestrian and east coast native Andrew Ellis wears many hats within the hunter/jumper industry. Rider, horse show manager, announcer, USEF Safety Committee member, certified EMT....

10 Most Viewed TPH Instagram Videos of 2016

Here are the 10 most viewed videos of 2016 from our @theplaidhorsemag Instagram page! Do you remember all these videos throughout the year? CLICK BELOW to see more of our Instagram page and follow @theplaidhorsedotcom...

The Suicide Conversation We Should Be Having Before “They Will Be Missed”

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN This week Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain became two of the over 30,000 Americans* that will commit suicide this year. In the aftermath of their loss, social media flooded with...

Downey Brings Home More Than Blue

Reprint of August 2016 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph0816 BY JORDAN COBB At 11 years old, Tessa Downey is learning a crucial lesson: horsemanship and competition must walk hand in hand. Waking up next...

Can Horse Shows Be Affordable?

BY JESSICA E. CHOPER OF LEONE EQUESTRIAN LAW An affordable horse show is an oxymoron, but making a horse show more affordable is not. Horse shows are expensive. Entry fees alone are costly, but when...

Scott Keller Quit Wall Street for the Jumper Ring

By Jona Lane Scott Keller has been very successful in both the business and equestrian world. Before opening his own training business, he spent many years on Wall St. handling accounts and trading amounts of...

Pin Oak Week Three Photo Gallery

All photos © Andrew Ryback Photography Brought to you by Summit Joint Performance:  Summit Joint Performance helps your horse feel and perform their...

Mother’s Day

PHOTO: Piper with her mom Robin and baby Eagle at The Devon Horse Show By TPH Publisher Piper Klemm, Ph.D. I have a confession to make. I can sometimes be a bad sport. It happens a few times...

#MeToo

The below article was originally printed in our December 2017/January 2018 issue. Click hear to view an online version of the print edition.  By Timothy Wickes It surrounds us like an avalanche. Since that robeless toad...

All In: The Reach of the Hamel Family

Pictured above: Sydney and Kristen Hamel, Jeff Wirthman, Maria Rasmussen BY TPH EDITOR SISSY WICKES Photos © Erin Gilmore. Kristen and Jim Hamel are similar to many equestrian families enveloped in this sport because of the passion...

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...