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...

ISU Equestrain Aimee Schulz Wins Andrew Ryback Photography & Plaid Horse $2,500 Scholarship

Aimee Schulz, a sophomore at Iowa State University with a major in genetics, is the recipient of the 2016 Andrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse $2,500 scholarship. The award was announced by Andrew...

No Stirrup November; It’s All About Attitude!

By Emma Hechtman It was February of 2016, and within a period of one month, I moved from the short stirrup to children's pony and then right into Small Pony Division. Apparently my trainer, Clair Kellner,...

Michelle Kervian: Jumping Up

BY SISSY WICKES Michelle Kerivan is a woman with a plan. The California native sets specific goals for herself, and then checks them off of her to-do list as she accomplishes them. Most recently, she...

Commentary on the USEF Medal Finals 2016 Course

By Bill Schaub Bill Schaub owns Over the Hill Farm in Sanford, FL. A professional for over 30 years, Bill has trained many successful horses and riders in the hunter and equitation ring, including young...

Get to Know Judges Julie Winkel and Rob Gage

By Mackenzie Shuman Recently, I was able to attend a horse show where two prestigious judges, Julie Winkel and Rob Gage, were judging. Knowing these two judges had extensive years of riding and judging experience...

ERIN DUFFY SHOW STABLES: Equestrian Excellence With A View

BY TPH STAFF, PHOTOS BY KATE HOULIHAN PHOTOGRAPHY As the day winds down, Erin Duffy watches the sun set over the Pacific Ocean while she finishes her last lesson. This idyllic Malibu, California location serves...

The Madness Behind The Inside Leg to Outside Rein

BY ASHLEEN LEE Often times I feel like a broken record. I tell my students and myself when I am riding, use the inside leg to the outside rein. Why? The outside rein holds the track....

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 Plaid Horse Crossword, September 2016

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Find the answers on page 98! Tag @theplaidhorsemag in a photo of your completed crossword on Instagram with the hashtag #TPHCrossword and you will be entered to win a TPH Prize Pack!      

Overseas Adventures with Kelli Cruciotti

By Mackenzie Shuman Entering the 2016 the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Kelli Cruciotti, 19, of Elizabeth, Colo. had a lot to live up to as she had recently won both the Pessoa/US Hunt Seat Medal...

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...

Emotions Run the Show in Equestrian: Build Emotional Muscle for High Performance

By John Haime All performance areas are similar, if you can manage your emotions when the pressure rises, you have a chance to do well, if you can’t you probably won’t. If you don’t have...

Mental Health: The Forgotten Necessity

By Melissa Schaefer In our sport, it seems as though we don’t have time to worry about our mental health. Hop on, suppress the butterflies, and ride. However, it’s not always that easy. It controls everything. It dictates...

Augusta Iwasaki – Rising Star

By Caroline Nickolaus | Photo by Katie Browne Augusta Iwasaki is a young rising star from Calabasas, California, who has already made a mark of success in the pony hunter divisions, The twelve-year-old talent trains...

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...

Meet the US Olympians

By Irene Elise Powlick With just two weeks to go before the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it’s time for you to get to know the...

An Ode to the Horse Show Dad

From 5 am wake up calls to driving the rig at dusk with a snoring co-pilot, From braiding pigtails to paying braiders, From understanding the difference between a belly girth and a shadbelly, From one hand full...

Fear Not! 8 Ways to Ease Your Riding Fears

By John Haime I think you'll agree that fear isn't fun. It makes you feel anxious, unsure of yourself and can have a big impact on how much you enjoy your riding. It also shrinks...

Downey Dictates Devon Success

By Jordan Cobb “She is everything to me” was the first thing Tessa Downey said when asked what doing so well at Devon meant to her. Two years ago, you might never have thought they...

The New Guard: Stevie McCarron Wigley Doesn’t Live in Her Father’s Shadow

By Kelsey Konz For horse racing enthusiasts, Stephanie “Stevie” McCarron Wigley’s maiden name holds significant weight and star power. Her dad is Hall of Fame Jockey, Chris McCarron. But though she grew up exposed to...

Sydney Zahn: Soaring to New Heights

Story and photo by Mackenzie Shuman Like many other riders at the beginning of the show season, Sydney Zahn found herself on a new horse walking into the arena. Nervously, she edged him toward the...