Saturday, November 27, 2021

Karl Cook on How to Fix Our Horse Shows

TRANSCRIBED BY ELYSE SCHENK “Horse shows are absurdly expensive.” “It’s almost impossible to win enough prize money to pay off a week of horse showing.” “We have an embarrassing lack of Grand Prix spectators.” Who else is tired...

Equestrian Grants & Scholarships Every Rider Should Know About

The equestrian community is generous, and many people and organizations are invested in the future of our young riders and up and coming professionals. The next generation is the future of the sport itself....

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...

A Quick Guide to Logistics and Costs With Importing a Horse

BY LAUREN KARDEL OF KARDEL GLOBAL EQUINE For someone who has never done it, importing a horse can seem like an impossible problem to solve. You're flying in a horse, from where? The process isn't...

Breaking the Stigma of Purchasing Older Horses

BY JAMIE SKUBAL As I scroll through Facebook groups I see more and more ISO ads for horses stating they want polished show horses with lots of positive traits—also under 15 years old. More times than not...

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...

Ask Andre: Are Group or Private Lessons Better for Students?

BY ANDRE DIGNELLI Do you prefer private lessons or group lessons? I grew up riding in my back yard by myself. When I would go and take lessons, it was more affordable to be part of a group. I...

They’re Coming for Our Sport, and We Have to Be Better

BY LAUREN MAULDIN In this digital age of social media, I think most equestrians are used to the idea that someone who thinks they know our horses better than us watches with a critical eye....

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...
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...

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...

More Than Sharing Pony Pictures: The Unintended Consequences of Social Media

BY K2 INTELLIGENCE As social media platforms and apps such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, and YouTube become increasingly enmeshed in the fabric of our lives, the unintended consequences of their use cannot be overstated. How many times has...

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 USHJA Horse Welfare Rule Proposals You Need to Know About

BY TPH STAFF It’s that time of year again. The USHJA Annual meeting is just around the corner, and with it a series of proposed rule changes. Everyone can review the proposed changes at the USHJA website, and...

Inside the Numbers: The Cost of Local Shows

What's that social rule, never talk about money? At The Plaid Horse we believe in having open discussions about the cost of horses and horse showing. It is both educational for young riders who...

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...

USHJA President Mary Babick Speaks Out on Rob Gage and Concerns Over Safe Sport

USHJA President Mary Babick answered questions pertaining to the recent suicide of equestrian Rob Gage and the possible unintended consequences of SafeSport. Babick spoke with USHJA Board of Directors member Sissy Wickes about the...

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...

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Announces 2021 Cancellation

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (DHSCF) announced Saturday the cancellation of the 125th edition of its event, originally scheduled for May 27 - June 6, 2021. The organizers, together with the Board of...

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...

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...

Co-Owning a Horse With Your Trainer: What You Should Know

BY LEONE EQUESTRIAN LAW Question: I have the opportunity co-purchase a horse with my trainer for later re-sale, and I’m excited about it! I’ll be able to ride and enjoy the horse while my trainer...