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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...

Top 9 Concussion Myths Debunked

BY HANNAH NAVA Concussions are often associated with high-impact sports such as hockey, football, and soccer. Players are required to tackle, block, and push in an effort to prevent the other team from scoring a...

Which Divisions Actually Need Two Days?

BY Piper Klemm Thinking about how we can make our sport more accessible, I always come back to the same issue. As long as we are all traveling, it is very hard to make showing...

A Play-by-Play of an Adult Amateur Winter Lesson

BY LAUREN MAULDIN The adult amateur, regardless of geographical location, is typically skittish in the winter. Less sunlight, colder temperatures, and holiday stress make a trifecta that can result in some interesting behavior. While many...

When you’re at Mechlin Farm, You’re Family

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Barbecue is serious business in the Midwest, and St. Louis, Missouri might well be the capital. At Mechlin Farm in Wright City, less than an hour from St. Louis’s iconic downtown Gateway...

“I Did My Part”: Groom Katie Williams On What It’s Really Like Under the...

BY KATIE WILLIAMS “It takes a village” is a favorite Instagram platitude, usually shared alongside some stellar horse show results and a few glittering photos from the winner’s circle. But what does that expression truly...

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...

Piper Klemm Ph.D. Publisher’s Note – September 2017

Find this article inside TPH's 2017 Fall Fashion Issue HERE  Those who say “kids these days” to me already know that they’re in for an earful. Most “kids these days” that I know are doing...

Handling What Life Throws Your Way, In and Out of the Ring

BY CATHY PENROD This month, I am going to take a step back from the stress influences that affect performance and review stress, and how we typically respond and react. Change is inevitable – after all,...

2016 North American League West Coast Year-End Division Winners Announced

Madison Myro and Q Royal Palm Z PRESS RELEASE Annville, PA - October 7, 2016 - The North American League (NAL) is delighted to announce the winners of the NAL West Coast League's five divisions who will now have...
The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with Britt Bardwell

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with Britt Bardwell

From the magazine Status: Amateur Occupation: Project Assistant for an engineering firm Hometown: Temperance, MI As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: the bond my current horse, Joey, and I have created together with the help of...

The Rolfes’ Mini Rescue

Above: Sharing a moment with Emma, the mini who was rescued with her foal from an auction. Although she can no longer see due to moon blindness, she responds wonderfully to her name. By Ashley Shaw,...

Equine Entrepreneur Showcase: Kat Chrysostom of BeneFab by Sore-No-More

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Today's equine entrepreneur has an incredible story behind how she founded her company, Benefab® by Sore-No-More®. Not only that, but she's recently published her first book -- how's that for...

Finding My Way to Horses as a Child and Then Back 20 Years Later

BY MEGAN SWIERTZ My path to horses started when I was in middle school where I met my soon-to-be best friend. She had a chestnut quarter horse and after a few trips to her barn,...

Ride of a Lifetime

BY TOOTIE ANDERSON I have had an interesting life with horses. For most of my life, I did not have a trainer to assist me with improving my skills or training my horses. But every...

Six Rules for Buying a Horse Sight Unseen

By Leone Equestrian Law | www.EquestrianCounsel.com The topic of buying a horse unseen comes up from time to time in our practice and it can be tempting, especially with travel to Europe largely halted and even...

Anonymous Trainer Poll: “What is one radical change that you believe would completely change...

BY Piper Klemm We polled 10 household named trainers anonymously…  “What is one radical change that you believe would completely change our industry for the better?”  “I wish we could give people the power to be part...

Great Expectations (with apologies to Dickens) When Horse Shopping

BY RANDEE BECKMAN Buying a pony or horse is hard work! You have to know what you want, but be prepared to be realistic with the budget accompanying your wish list. A seller needs to...

20 Things That Scare Adult Amateurs Way More Than Goblins and Ghosts

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It's officially spooky season, and that means a lot more to riders than the average person—especially us adult amateur folks. We're on the lookout for "spooks" all year round. But it's not...

A Well-Rounded Partnership: Taylor Ann Adams and Colin Savaria Team up to Develop Top-Quality...

BY TYLER BUI Taylor Ann Adams and Colin Savaria live by the adage that two is most definitely better than one. These two young professionals teamed up to develop and sell young horses, combining their...

Do You Have Show Ring Superstitions?

We asked the plaid horse Adult Amateur Lounge on Facebook (come join us!) and got some fascinating replies …  “I’ve found that if, during the show as I’m walking around, I give a random compliment...

Rise and Shine (a horsewoman’s morning)

BY ANGELIQUE FAWNS It’s 4:30am in the morning, and I’m in my little five-stall barn tossing a scoop of sweet feed and a flake of hay at the horses whickering and stomping for breakfast. Trying to save time,...