Wednesday, April 21, 2021

DEI Community Conversations: US Equestrian Begins New Initiative with Four-Person Educational Panel

February is Black History Month, making for a particularly relevant debut for DEI Community Conversations, part of US Equestrian's Diversity Equity and Inclusion action plan announced last year. US Equestrian began DEI Community Conversations in...

New Qualifying Period for Devon Horse Show

To the delight of the horse show community, after its unfortunate cancellation in 2020, the Devon Horse Show announced its 2021 show dates, May 27 - June 6, 2021. With a new year has come...

Ask Andre: How do you coordinate a day of showing at WEF?

By Andre Dignelli "If we take a lot of kids to a horse show, in a lot of different rings, I'm embarrassed if we ever hold up a ring or keep someone waiting- I don't...

WEC, My Friends, is the Future and the Future is Here.

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN In roughly June of 2020, I got a text from Ellen Toon regarding WEC Ocala: They’ve opened up stall reservations for the winter. We are going weeks 1 and 2, you should...

Breaking Down The Breeding: 2020 ASPCA MACLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

BY BETHANNE BORT Following the successful “Breaking Down the Breeding: 2019 Maclay” article published by The Plaid Horse in December 2019, I decided to do a repeat for 2020 to evaluate trends and further our...

So Amateurs Are Good Enough to Write a Check, But Not to Have a...

BY PENELOPE AYERS Amateur exhibitors are the economic engine that fuels horse sports across hunter/jumpers, dressage, eventing and many other breeds and disciplines. In the hunter/jumper world, we are governed by the USEF, the overall...

USEF Opens Dialogue with Online Roundtable Discussions

USEF membership is speaking up, and our sport's national federation is opening a dialogue. Monday afternoon marked the organization's second online roundtable discussion, held via zoom, with the theme "Competitions & Conversations: Opportunities at...

Best of 2020: Top “Inside Your Ride” Mental Skills Plaidcast Episodes

Riding is a tough sport. We all know that, but it's just as hard mentally as it is physically. That's where mental skills coaches like "Inside Your Ride" Tonya Johnston help us achieve our...

Best of 2020: Top Plaidcast Episodes

With more time at home, 2020 has been a year for reflection, learning and listening. Each week, The Plaidcast brings you the best from our sport with exclusive interviews, training tips, current events and...

The Best of 2020: Top Blog Posts

This year has been one like no other, and we've kept up with the horse world through the highs and the lows. Whether it's celebrating the joy of a special horse or diving deep...

The Future of Riding Helmets

There are exciting changes  on the horizon for helmets—but not without our help BY RENNIE DYBALL The hunter jumper world has come a long way from hunt caps and clear plastic chin straps. But equestrian helmet...

I’d Be a Bad Professional. Why are USEF and USHJA Trying to Make Me...

BY PIPER KLEMM As I was reading over the proposed amateur rule updates for both USEF and USHJA, I got stuck on a startling question: Why exactly are we trying to create bad professionals? Our sport...

Calling All Horse Rebels! You Want a Revolution? Here’s How.

BY KIRSTIE LYNN DOBBS The hunter/jumper community turned upside down when Roby Roberts announced that the long-anticipated World Equestrian Center circuit in Ocala Florida would not be a USEF sanctioned event. Instead, the circuit would...

A “DIY AO” Rider’s Reaction to the USHJA International Derby Enrollment Rule Change

BY KIERA PHLIPOT Included in the USHJA’s recent rule changes is a change to International Derbies:   Enrollment in the USHJA International Hunter Derby program is now mandatory to compete in an International Hunter Derby class. So, now...

What is the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame?

Originally printed in the May/June 2017 Print Issue By Prue Draper Osborn Every spring a light is shined on the great names and faces in our sport’s history at the annual National Show Hunter Hall of...

The Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative

BY ELYSE SCHENK Our riding helmets could be significantly safer. To address this, the United States Hunter Jumper Association is taking live-saving steps to support new developments in helmet safety. The USHJA Board of Directors...

Ava Stearns on Her Maclay Finals Commentary: “I’m a Big Believer in Kindness”

BY RENNIE DYBALL Equitation fans everywhere tuned in to the Maclay Finals live feed on Sunday to watch the best of the discipline tackle an impressive course at the Kentucky Horse Park. In addition to the...

What is the NSBA? Learn About the Organization for WEC Ocala

BY JAMIE SKUBAL (SWEET) Many have not heard of the National Snaffle Bit Associate (NSBA) unless they are involved with a breed association that works with them. To those in the Hunter/Jumper community this is...

Are Horse Shows Hiding Exposure to COVID?

BY TPH STAFF As COVID spreads rapidly throughout the United States and the world, many of us feel protected at horse shows. We’re outside. It is not that complicated to social distance, and we’re all...

Put Blame Where it Belongs: Improve and Enforce Covid-19 Show Protocols

BY PIPER KLEMM Why was Pony Finals cancelled? Well, at this point, I’ve heard just about everything.  The rumor mill is raging. I’ve heard about non-compliance from USEF members and non-members alike. I’ve heard the show...

Finding a Path Toward Future Horse Shows: How could COVID-19 testing help?

BY BROOKE GODDARD The entire sporting world came to a screeching halt in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic – horse shows were no exception. The effects of not having horse shows have been widespread,...

A Postmortem on the Cancellation of Pony Finals

BY MARY O’CONNOR Due to Covid-19 cases in the Kentucky Horse Park, Pony Finals was cancelled yesterday two days before the event was due to start. Weeks ago, I wrote a response to the COTH...