Pam Baker’s Quest for Empathy in the Hunter/Jumper Sport

BY JESS CLAWSON Pam Baker’s name is familiar in the hunter/jumper world, and with good reason. She has spent a lifetime in the industry. A master of the craft,...

Maria Shannon Continues a Legacy of Supreme Horsemanship at The Barracks in Virginia

BY JESS CLAWSON Maria Shannon has been riding since before she could walk. She had the good fortune to be born into an equestrian family. Parents Tom and Claiborne...

Kaitlyn Boggio is Out & Proud in the Horse World

BY JESS CLAWSON This Pride Month project of having queer equestrian conversations has been a special experience, and one that I hope readers are carrying on in their own...

Cognitive Dissonance in our Broken Community

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN If you’re anything like me, cognitive dissonance is extremely uncomfortable. The holding of multiple, contrary beliefs or positions, that your brain can’t quite reconcile. The tension...

The Plaid Horse Celebrates Its Sweet Sixteen

The Plaid Horse was first published as a newspaper print magazine in 2003 when George W. Bush was the President and “Hey-Ya” was at the top of the music charts.  In an...

Christopher Webb on Being a Gay Man in the Horse World

BY JESS CLAWSON The horse world, at least the English side of it, seems to have a lot more openly gay men involved than in other professional sports. While...

Coming Back

BY ELIZABETH ONESS 2018 Equestrian Voices Honorable Mention One August, I came home from a local fair where kids were getting pony rides and said...

Vinissa Blann’s Day Dream Farm: Best of Wellington Year Round

BY SISSY WICKES Vinissa Blann is a familiar face at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. With a breadth of expertise, she can be found in the hunter,...

Zachary Parks and the Gift of Horses

BY JESS CLAWSON Zachary Parks had an unlikely start to his equestrian career. During his very first ride, on the beach in California, he fell off and got his...

Kasey Evans Sets Proper Foundations for Success with Thoroughbreds, Happy Clients, IHSA and More...

BY JESS CLAWSON Kasey Evans understands that good things take time. The southwestern Virginia resident takes the long view on green horses and riders, which lets her keep an...

5 Surprising Things I Learned Announcing at a Horse Show

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Horse shows—I can’t help but love them. Grooming, spectating, photographing or competing, there are few places I’d rather be than watching hunters strut in the hack and jumpers...

How Being a Perfectionist Made Me a Better Rider

BY SUSAN GILSTRAP I was in 5th grade when my drawing that I worked so meticulously on wasn’t chosen to be hung in the hallway with all the other kids’ artwork....

Where the Hart Is: Mother’s Day Life Lessons With Emma & Dana Hart-Callanan

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Take it from me, if you’re lucky enough to find yourself stabled near Lebanon, New Jersey’s Hart Farm at the next horse show, you’re in for...

Here’s to the Little Jumps

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’ve spent a long time feeling like I was lesser within the equestrian world. Growing up riding at a small private barn, our focus was fox hunting and...

Horses Give me Freedom: Riding with Arthrogryposis

BY JEWELL COX Ever since I can remember, I’ve had the dream of owning a horse, caring for it, and competing in barrel racing. I wanted to experience the special connection...

Resilience is… Knowing Your Limits.

BY PIPER KLEMM Today I started work early, grabbed lunch, went for a run, worked more, headed to campus, donated blood, returned home for more work, and ended the...

Horses Make Me Less of an Inflexible Curmudgeon

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I remember being surprised the first time someone called me a control freak. “What? No! I’m easy going, go with the flow.”

RiverCross: a Modern Breeding Program

BY SISSY WICKES Much has been made by this author and many others of the hardships faced by the sport horse breeder in North America. How do breeders in...

Big Love Lessons

2018 Honorable Mention in Creative Nonfiction BY CAROLYN GETCHES There is something magic about the bond between a human and a horse. It doesn’t have...

Barn Family is More than an Expression

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I haven’t lived in the same state as my parents or any of my extended family for over ten years. I’ve gotten used to the distance. Although I...

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....

Homecoming

2018 Fiction Honorable Mention BY SHANNON FOX Normally when Paige put her foot into the stirrup and swung herself into the saddle, she was filled with a...