Sunday, July 25, 2021

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...

Some Show Jumping, Some Reflection for Team USA on Final Day of Great Meadow...

Words and Photos by Samantha Haynie After two days of typical Virginia summer heat, the horses and riders were given the ideal show jumping weather at Great Meadow for Team USA's final Mandatory Outing. With...

Team USA Takes on Cross Country at Great Meadow

Words and Photos by Samantha Haynie The second day of action at Great Meadow—the final mandatory outing for the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team before headed to Tokyo—was all about cross country. With twenty-one jumping efforts...

Day 1 at Great Meadow: US Eventing Team Has Final Sandbox Practice Before Heading...

WORDS & PHOTOS: Samantha Haynie Wednesday, May 30, 2021 — Adorned in their USA Team polos the 11 US pairs made their way down center line at Great Meadow on Wednesday for their fix-a-test ride....

Reasons Why You Can’t Find a Braider for Your Horse

BY BETH BOYER There's currently a braider shortage at the horse shows, and braiders are quitting left and right. It's a hard job under the best circumstances. While some clients are great, many are the...

“Are You With Us?” Important Discussions at the USEF Mid-Year Board Meeting

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) held its Mid-Year Board Meeting Monday and welcomed the membership to tune in to discussions via Zoom. Those watching found a large group of recognizable industry stakeholders discussing...

USEF Competition Task Force Seeks to Strengthen Baseline Competition Requirements

BY JULIA DIFIORI USEF President and Competition Task Force Chair Tom O’Mara and USEF Chief Executive Officer Bill Moroney hosted a live webinar on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 to update members on the progress of...

Limited Edition The Plaid Horse Merchandise Available June 7!

New to The Plaid Horse shop, limited edition merchandise will be available for order beginning June 7. Once sold out, these products will not be repeated. That means, don't miss out! Check out a...

Derby, Vests, Votes: What You Missed at the USHJA’s Latest Virtual Town Hall

By Catie Staszak The USHJA's Virtual Town Hall series continued Monday, as USHJA President Mary Knowlton signed on for an hour of engagement with membership to discuss a variety of topics. The theme of this latest...

Rethinking How We Define Professionals

BY DAPHNE BOOGAARD The USEF amateur rule has been a topic of hot debate lately. The powers that be seem overly concerned about what does and doesn’t make an amatuer while the amateurs in discussion...

Ray Francis Passes Away

A recipient of the USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Pennsylvania Horse Show Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Professional Horseman's Association's Frank Hawkings Lifetime Achievement Award and the USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor, among...

Grab a Hold of Your Equine Finances: Dr. Piper Klemm Visits StreamHorseTV’s Equine Business...

StreamHorseTV has launched its Equine Business Series, in which industry figures break down complex money questions, uncover money-saving habits, offer tips of the trade, and help equestrians blaze the path to financial success for...

The Revolution Series: a New Clinic+Show Format to Develop Riders

BY KATHLEEN MARTINEZ Seated in the middle of Northern Illinois’ horse country is a unique year-round Hunter/Jumper show series that has established a popular format of its own. The Revolution Show Series was co-founded by...

The Dark Underground of Horse Show Costs in the USA

BY A FED UP HORSE OWNER The letter to the editor was sent anonymously to The Plaid Horse. We’ve all heard it. Many of us have said it. The rising costs of rated shows in...

The Social License to Operate: Is the future of equestrian sports at stake?

BY TANJA BORNMANN Bad press for our sport is back, and it’s going to linger around for a while. Recently, a prominent US show jumper was suspended from participating in equestrian sport for his prolonged use...

The Fatigue of The Fight

By Nadia Aslam As an avid equestrian and person of color, I’ve always been more than aware of the underlying racism and biases that exist in our sport.  Through my experiences, I have come to learn...

OTTBs Can – Top Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Finishers

No discipline understands the versatility and tenacity of OTTBs better than eventers. Perhaps it's because they appreciate a scrappy horse, but regardless of the reason OTTBs are plentiful throughout the levels. This is even...

2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event 5* Stadium Jumping Photo Gallery

PHOTO © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY It was an exciting end to this year's Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day 5* Event. Although the stands were empty, the competition was fierce with Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class taking...

EEI Responds to Logistics Involved in Running Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day

In response to the "8 Things I Don't Understand About USEF" Op-Ed, The Plaid Horse was sent the following clarification from Lee Carter, Executive Director of Equestrian Events, Inc regarding the Land Rover Kentucky...

8 Things I Don’t Understand about USEF

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D I don’t hate USEF, but I don’t understand it either. This week, I’ve been looking at the organization through the lens of game theory when it comes to cancelling the Devon...

It’s In the Details: The Quarter Marks of Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY Turnout is about a lot more than looking pretty for a horse show, and eventers know that more than most disciplines. From elaborate jog outfits to color-coordinated cross country gear,...
Plaidcast Episode 227A Roby Roberts WEC

More and More Games: A Post Mortem on USEF and WEC

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D Yesterday, we looked at the 2021 Devon Horse Show cancellation through the lens of game theory. But that hasn’t been the only game played this year. Today, let’s use game theory...