Judging WTH: A Dotted (Head) Line

BY Piper Klemm The situation last night was as follows. The Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Children’s Medal Final is running. Forty Riders qualify, 39 contest, the course is clearly posted. There is a dotted...

Inside the Equestrians of Color Photography Project

BY BETHANY PASTORIAL The organization focuses on better allyship in the equestrian community. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 and the resulting nationwide racial unrest, the equestrian community began buzzing with the...

Karl Cook and Kaley Cuoco Have Split

We didn't see this one coming. After three years of marriage, international show jumper Karl Cook and show jumper/actress Kaley Cuoco, widely known for her role as Penny in the popular TV program, The Big...

Sustainable Horse Careers: Executive Director of GallopNYC

BY JESSIE LOCHRIE  Careers in the horse world are known for long hours, low pay, and a high rate of burnout — so how do the professionals we admire manage their careers in a sustainable...

29 USEF Competitions Added to Florida Winter Circuit Calendar

After review, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced the addition of 29 sanctioned competitions to the Florida competition calendar for the 2022 season. In April, the national federation's Board of Directors approved a...

5 Tips When Using Waivers in Your Horse Program

By Kimbrell J. Hines, Esq. Interacting with even the most gentle horse always involves some risk—accidents do happen, after all. Horse owners and professionals can help protect their businesses by requiring all clients, guests, and...

The Silent Loophole

By Piper Klemm In June, USEF announced that it had rescinded Peggy Fackrell's licenses as a USEF judge and steward for violating the Social Media and Ethics policy. Fackrell’s content in question included a Facebook post from...

2021 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Top 24 in Photos

Breathtaking efforts. Perfect trips. Top hunters and riders. We sure were glad to be back at the Kentucky Horse Park this year. Even though this was only Cannon Creek's fourth hunter show in the US,...

3’6/3’9 Green Incentive Championship Photo Gallery

Though Thursday's competition had a rainy start, the sun came out for the 3'6/3'9 hunters to shine for the 2021 Green Incentive Championships. With championship round scores of 91, 87.5, and 94, Reign and...

In Focus: Weekdays at Pony Finals 2021

The 2021 USEF Pony Finals: a triumphant return of what serves as many riders' first championship experience. Pony Finals is truly an event: a competition, an educational forum and a tremendous networking experience—both for...

Tokyo Takeaways Episode #6 Presented by Haygain — Medals Decided in Thriller, Greatest Memories of...

In this series, StreamHorseTV will be talking Tokyo Equestrian with the lovely and knowledgeable Catie Staszak, international Show Jumping commentator, multimedia sports journalist, and CEO of Catie Staszak Media—and The Plaid Horse‘s Show Jumping Content Manager...

Tokyo Takeaways from StreamHorseTV: Best Horse On The Planet, Meet The Team Behind Dressage’s...

In this series, StreamHorseTV will be talking Tokyo Equestrian with the lovely and knowledgeable Catie Staszak, international Show Jumping commentator, multimedia sports journalist, and CEO of Catie Staszak Media—and The Plaid Horse‘s Show Jumping Content Manager...

New Horse Show Dad Alert: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The actor and proud papa shared a photo of himself with his five-and-a-half-year-old daughter Jasmine and her blue ribbon. By The Plaid Horse Editorial Staff An A-list horse show dad is born! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted...

Walk the Course for the Individual Jumping Qualifier at the Tokyo Olympic Games

By Catie Staszak At long last, show jumping competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games got underway at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park Tuesday evening in Japan. Spain's Santiago Varela is designing the courses this week,...

Amateur Task Force Proposes “Significant” Rule Changes in Webinar

By Catie Staszak After lengthy meetings, focus groups, and debate, US Equestrian's appointed Amateur Task Force came forward Monday evening for a webinar with the results of their last five months of work: five proposed...

Two-Thirds of Swedish Show Jumping Team Will Be Shoeless at Tokyo Olympic Games

Don't panic when you watch defending Olympic silver medalist Peder Fredricson's H&AM All In in the upcoming show jumping competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The bay, the only horse to jump all six...

Tokyo Takeaways on Streamhorse TV: US Dressage Takes Team Silver

Tokyo Takeaways on StreamHorseTV — In this series, StreamHorseTV will be talking Tokyo Equestrian with the lovely and knowledgeable Catie Staszak, international Show Jumping commentator, multimedia sports journalist, and CEO of Catie Staszak Media—and...

Warning! Posting a Warning Sign Will Not Legally Protect You

BY KIMBRELL HINES At your next visit to a barn or show, look around. You’ll probably see at least one "WARNING" sign citing the state's equine law. Aside from Maryland and California, every state has...

Horse Tests Positive for EHV-1 at Sonoma Horsepark

We've received a report that a horse that attended a show at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, CA has been confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) secondary to EHV-1. Though the horse did...

We Have to Fix Our Audience Problem Before We Can Fix Our Sponsorship Problem

BY ERICA SAUNDERS In a recent commentary on the challenges of profitable horse shows, show staff Jack Nash talked about how our sport is one that sponsors don’t understand. Why don’t they understand?  Because there’s...

USEF is Reviewing Mileage Exemption Applications in Florida for First Trimester 2022—WEC Ocala is...

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) shared a competition calendar update Monday with regards to the first trimester of 2022. Unsurprisingly, the winter calendar in Florida is expected to be incredibly full. In April, the...

How to Fix Our Horse Shows: An Opinion From the Other Side

BY JACK NASH Karl Cook has big opinions about increasing the visibility of show jumping and with it the prize money of Grand Prix events. As a horse show employee, I’d like to respond with...