Should a Rail Be -15 Points in the Hunters?

BY Piper Klemm I am here to argue for a rail being scored as -15 points off your score in the hunters and not an automatic base score of 45 points out of 100, as...

Does ChatGPT Know More About Horses Than You?

By Piper Klemm  In all the discord and discussion of ChatGPT, are we going to see equestrian articles generated by artificial intelligence? While we cannot speak for other publications, at The Plaid Horse, the answer...

US Equestrian Announces Official USEF Network Partnership with ClipMyHorse.TV

Edited Press Release US Equestrian has announced a strategic partnership with ClipMyHorse.TV (CMH.TV) to host the USEF Network on the CMH.TV platform. As the Official USEF Network Partner, CMH.TV will expand the reach of the...

Ask Andre: Do You Have to Spend the Entire Winter in Florida to Have...

BY Andre Dignelli Our program at Heritage Farm is akin to a tree, and the Winter Warriors are the roots of that tree. You can't get good at anything without having access to it, and in...

Applications Open for USHJA Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals and $25,000 USHJA Hamel...

Edited Press Release The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has opened applications for the 2023 Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals and $25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education. Both opportunities are currently accepting applications from active USHJA members.  The...

5 Tips for Better Lunging

BY Emily Elek I believe that every horse should be trained on how to lunge properly. This is a safety issue so that anytime they need to rehab, are stuck in inclement weather, need to...

Internet Shopping for Horses 101

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING Buying horses on the internet has gotten interesting…for both buyer and seller. I am not unsympathetic to the plight of Sellers. People kick tires, look at horses they can’t...

Ask Andre: How Do You Set Realistic Goals for Your Riders?

By Andre Dignelli As we head into a new year and a new winter show season, the topic of New Year’s Resolutions always comes up. This time of year is the time to look back and...

Best of 2022: Top “Inside Your Ride” Mental Skills Plaidcast Episodes

In “Inside Your Ride,” Mental Skills Coach Tonya Johnston welcomes in some of the sport’s top athletes to talk to them about the mental aspects of the sport. Tonya’s Plaidcast episodes cover common issues...

Best of 2022: Top Plaidcast Episodes

Hosted by The Plaid Horse Publisher Piper Klemm, the Plaidcast has become a destination for conversations on topics that matter, from horsemanship to the state of our sport and horse show how-tos for riders at every level. In 2022,...

Dr. Barry Miller Hosts Webinar Following Release of VT Helmet Lab Ratings

Barry Miller, Director of Outreach for the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, hosted a webinar via YouTube Monday to answer questions about the recently released Equestrian Helmet Ratings. The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, which has already...

This Is Why You Wear a Helmet Every Time—Even on Vacation

Eight-year-old Colorado native Stefan Keryan suffered a skull fracture and third degree burns Wednesday, Dec. 7 while on vacation in Belize. The injuries were sustained while taking a trail ride excursion with his family...

The Horse Industry’s Support of Literacy

The Ocala Horse Alliance’s Black Stallion Reading Project BY ELLIE TRUEMAN Literacy is the most critical skill needed for any measure of success in today’s world. A love of reading, instilled early in life, has proven...

New Jersey’s Essex Equestrian Center Closing Its Doors

The Essex Equestrian Center—also known over the years as the Woodland Riding Club, the Montclair Riding Club and the Suburban Essex Equestrian Center—is set to close Monday, Dec. 19 in West Orange, NJ. For the...

Connected Horse: A Powerful Program for People Affected by Memory Changes

Bay Area therapeutic equine program for those affected by dementia and their care partners announces a national training program to expand reach of evidence–based initiative (Sacramento, CA): The country’s premiere therapeutic equine-guided program for people with...

Cazenovia College to Permanently Close After Spring 2023 Semester

As reported by Syracuse.com, Cazenovia College is set to permanently close after the Spring 2023 semester due to financial reasons. A private college in Madison County, NY—about 20 miles southeast of Syracuse, Cazenovia College has...

Open Letter from ShowMD

Dear Equestrian Community, We understand that many people have shared a photo on social media of our sign at the Desert International Horse Park advertising weight loss medication. Many of you have disagreed with this...

Virginia Tech Releases 2022 Helmet Ratings

The eagerly anticipated Virginia Tech Helmet Rating results for 2022, sponsored by Jacqueline Mars, USHJA, USEF, and USEA has been released. Using the STAR evaluation, 40 equestrian helmets have been rated. Lower scores indicate...

“Nobody Helped Me More Than Judy Richter Did.”

BY ANDRE DIGNELLI I am certain of this: Judy Richter has been the biggest influence in my life and career. I have enjoyed all of the photos and tributes shared on social media; and catching up...

The MARS Bromont Rising U-25 Program Grows in Geography & Scope

"Put your head up. You should look where you're going!" Sometimes it's the small things that make the big difference. Like the comment above from three-time German Olympic eventer Bettina Hoy to 23-year-old American eventer...

Terry West Inducted into Maryland Horse Show Association Hall of Fame

Terry West added another accolade to her most lengthy and diversified resume when she was announced as one of the newest inductees into the Maryland Horse Show Association Hall of Fame Sunday. West, one of...

Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association Announces 2022 Convention and Awards Gala

The Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association (PCHA) is pleased to announce it will be hosting a one-of-a-kind convention at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center January 6-8, 2023. The convention will host a variety of...