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,...

I’m From North Carolina and I’m Proud Of Our Imperfect WEG

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN On Thursday night after several long days of travel, heat and humidity, I’m writing this blog post with somewhat spotty wifi at my Aunt’s lake house in Lake James, North...

Why You Need to Control Your Emotions While Competing

By Intern Sammie Duray Emotions, horse shows are packed with emotions; from happiness and anticipation, to disappointment and fear. Think of it, some of the day we’re spending time with our friends, eating, laughing, talking....

More Than Just a Top Ten: The Joys of Showing

By Chapel Puckett Ten jumps and one score. That is all that the hundreds of kids at Pony Finals get to display how hard they have worked over the past year. Yet, the weekend is...

21 Horse Halloween Pumpkins You’ll Wish Were On Your Front Porch

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Last week, we shared some hunter/jumper Halloween carving patterns so you could decorate your front porch with some equestrian flair! If you're looking for more inspiration, check out the amazing horse pumpkins...

The Power of Presence

By Mackenzie Shuman Imagine this: you are walking in on your horse into a big equitation flat class with tough competition. Your stomach is turning with anxiety, dread, and doubt. You pick up the trot...

The Icons Are Falling

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES The icons are falling, the icons are falling- get out of the way. Jimmy Williams may be the first to fall, but he will not be the last. The Williams nightmare...

What’s next?

Piper Klemm: A Force Looking to the future of our industry By TPH Editor Sissy Wickes Coming home, I step into my kitchen, where I see Piper Klemm sitting at the counter rapidly typing on her computer....

Welly-Welly Wonderland: An Adult Amateur’s First Winter in Wellington

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN As I sit here facing 30 hours of travel time en route to a ‘real world reality check,’ I can’t help but reflect on my first three weeks of a...

The Great Mongol Derby

2018 Piper J. Klemm Emerging Authors Prize BY NOA LEIBSON They were the ugliest horses I’d ever seen; the pony-sized mongrels grazed on the rough terrain...

Horses Can’t Be Our Only Therapy

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I avoided therapy for a long time. Part of it was stubbornness. I come from tough stock. “No pain, no gain” and “Walk it off” were practically hung...

Amid Chaos and Flames, a Community Bands Together

Above: Rescued horses at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Photo Courtesy of Annie Zurth. By Laura Owens The devastating fires in Northern California have been focus of national news since they began late on Sunday, October 8, fueled...

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...

Safe Sport: Who Are We Protecting?

BY TIMOTHY WICKES BAM! Down goes Jimmy Williams. The first big domino falls. #MeToo has hit the hunter/ jumper world like Serena hits a forehand. It seems that since Spring has sprung there’s been a...

Barn Rats Over Mean Girls: Life Lessons from Growing Up in a Barn

BY PONYMOMAMMY I feel like I am constantly trying to justify the expense of the horses to my husband. I get it. It’s not cheap, and it doesn’t ever...

4 Tips for Writing About Horses

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN The inaugural $2,500 Equestrian Voices Creative Writing Contest is officially open for entries. We're so excited to see the submissions coming in, because we believe that not only is everyone's...

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...

Ashley Holsinger Deferred Law School for Horses and Never Looked Back

BY JESS CLAWSON Ashley Holsinger’s Memory’s Hill Stables started with a vacant farm and a dream, but Holsinger’s equestrian career began long before her Virginia farm. For a horse-crazy...