The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself is a Trainer Who Believes in You

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Here are some things you can commonly hear come out of my trainer's mouth (often during my own lesson): Don't rock your hips like that. That's so ugly! Stop that! You're ruining my horse! Of...

I Never Thought I Would Hope For Snow…

BY ALLIE CARLSON My ideal weather is about 65-80. I am NOT really a cold weather, winter person. When my husband told me we were moving to Alaska, I was excited, but not exactly sure...

Why I Still Ride When It Hurts My Body (and my checking account)

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Recently I was asked what inspired me to become an equestrian. I didn't have a great answer. Like most of us battered adult amateurs, I've loved horses since before I could remember....

Heatherly Davis’ Edelweiss Farms: All the Best for Horse and Rider

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES “We are building our dream farm here,” Heatherly Davis says enthusiastically. “Edelweiss Farms at Lavender Creek is the most beautiful facility I could imagine. It is the perfect combination of function and...

Lessons From The Barn that Necessity Built

BY PONYMOMAMMY There is the house that love built, and then, there is the barn that necessity built. I had no aspirations of having a boarding barn. In fact, if memory serves, I recall saying...

“I Don’t Think I’d Survive Without Horses”

BY RENNIE DYBALL After a rare disease claimed three of her limbs (and nearly her life), Jessica Thoma is back in the saddle with big goals. Jessica Thoma is a lifelong equestrian whose world got turned...

Hannah and Connie Stevens’ Matchmaker Ltd. Unmatched Excellence

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES Matchmaker, Ltd, in Barrington Hills, IL, is a twenty one acre farm dedicated to excellence in horsemanship and horse care. Mother and daughter team, Connie and Hannah Stevens, operate a family...

Getting Through Winter: Seasonal Depression and the Equestrian

BY JESS CLAWSON For those of us who don’t have the budget to go to Florida or live somewhere warm and sunny year-round, winter can be tough on both our riding and psyche. It’s harder...

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...

A Newly Alaskan Equestrian: Get to Know Allie Carlson

BY ALLIE CARLSON I’m Allie – an Air Force Wife, corgi mom, OTTB enthusiast, new The Plaid Horse team and most recently, an Alaskan Equestrian. I’ve ridden as long as I can remember. Growing up in...

Michelle Morris: Clearing the Way to Success

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES Michelle Morris is as well rounded a horsewoman as one can find on either coast of the United States. A native Californian, she grew up riding in the local California circuits...

Reinstating Your Amateur Status

BY JULIETTE BEAUCAMP While many juniors and amateur riders dream of one day turning professional, there are a fair number of professional riders who desire to reinstate their amateur status. There are benefits to reinstating...

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"...

35 Horse Halloween Costumes That Are Delightfully Over The Top

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every year, I get really excited about Halloween. I love to dress myself up, my dogs and even my horse! Still, my best horse costume efforts are pale in comparison to these...

30 Under 30: Alexa Anthony, Piper Klemm and Lexi Wedermeyer

Alexa Anthony Brings State of the Art Technology to the Horse Industry BY SISSY WICKES Alexa Anthony grew up in a horse centric family as many who continue to work in the industry have. Her mother,...

Past Amateur Champions Share Their Memories of the Washington International Horse Show

BY LAUREN FISHER The Washington International Horse Show returns to Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. on October 21-26, 2014, for an exciting week of world-class equestrian competition in the heart of our nation’s capital....

4 Quick and Easy Equestrian Halloween Party Ideas

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI Halloween is a very popular holiday in the equestrian community. It allows riders a break from a busy show season, and is also a very great time to bound with your barn...

Moving On With Isabella Littlejohn

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES For some riders, December 1 and the end of their junior riding careers is like the click of a locked door. Closed, never to be walked through again. It is a...