It’s Time to Ban Smoking at Horse Shows

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PH.D. Standing in the bleachers by the pony ring at The Devon Horse Show this year, I got a waft of an unwanted, familiar smell – cigarette smoke. I looked up...

Dear USEF: You Have a Representation Problem

BY LYSSETTE WILLIAMS Every time I open a US Equestrian or In Stride magazine, I quickly scan it. I dog ear articles for later, note recent achievements of riders across the...

An Open Letter to the Los Angeles Equestrian Community

BY STEVE HANKIN This coming Monday, July 23rd, I will be presenting about the future of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC) to the LA Equine Advisory Board during their July Meeting. I come to...

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...

Why Local Horse Shows Lose Good Judges

BY LILLI BIELER BIEDERMANN For the last fifteen years, I’ve judged regularly with my USEF ‘r’ (HU/HE) license. Living in north central Vermont with few other judges around, I often have...

Focus on Flatwork Produces Winning Results with Leslie Burr Howard

BY REBECCA WALTON In today’s fast paced horse show world, the importance of flatwork can often be lost as riders are consistently going in the ring to win ribbons where the key focus is often...

The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and the USHJA Way

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM After attending the USHJA Convention in 2014 in Las Vegas, I promised that I would never do that to myself again. Coming at a bitter, cold end of a long show...

You Are Not Alone: Mental Health in Our Equestrian Community

BY JANICE BYER For many people, talking about mental illness can be uncomfortable and a stress ensuing experience. A lot of people don’t want to admit if they have been dealing with something...

The Answers to All of Your World Equestrian Center Ocala Questions!

Dates Will you plan to have USEF sanctioned / recognized events at WEC Ocala? What about USEF mileage rules?  Ultimately our plan is to host sanctioned...

US Equestrian Lettering Program: Varsity Letters for Equestrian Sports

BY INTERN VYLA CARTER The US Equestrian Lettering Program was started by the United States Equestrian Federation to recognize and honor student athletes in grades five through twelve. This program allows junior high school and...

Trust the Breeder: Addressing the Issues American Sport Horse Breeders Face

By Kimmy Risser, member of USHJA Hunter Breeding Task Force, USEF National Hunter Committee, and USSHBA Board of Directors When I was recently asked by The Plaid Horse to...

Reader Response: The Right Way, the Wrong Way, the USHJA way

BY MARK APLIN I’m usually more of a talker than a writer, but felt compelled to respond to “The Right Way, The Wrong Way and the USHJA Way.” In this response, when I refer to...

Sparse Attendance for the Most Critical of Topics at USHJA Town Hall: SafeSport in...

BY ERIN GILMORE Judging from the dozen or so scattered attendees gathered at Monday evening’s USHJA Town Hall Meeting on the sidelines of the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, one would be forgiven for assuming...

Don’t Rush Into a Preliminary Hearing – It’s Almost Always a Bad Idea

BY LISA LAZARUS This article begins a series that will provide some “dos” and “don’ts” to keep in mind if you receive an FEI anti-doping violation Notification Letter. This month’s “don’t” is: don’t be tempted...

What is USEF SafeSport Training? And Why Do We Need It?

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI When Did Safe Sport Training Become A Part of USEF? The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced on August 27, 2018 that all adult...

ViaGen Can Make Cloning a Reality in Your Barn

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN For a long time, the subject of cloning was restricted to science fiction novels. Ever since Dolly the sheep, the first successfully cloned mammal, was born in 1996 clones have...

How To Write The Best Resume for an Equestrian Career

BY GRACE CARTER With equestrian careers becoming increasingly popular, more and more people are looking at entering this industry. This high demand makes for tough competition, so you’ll need to make sure...

What Stress Influencers are Affecting You from Performing to Your True Potential?

BY CATHY PENROD Day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment, stress influencers can sneak upon us and affect us from performing to our true potential, in the show ring, schooling and/or life in...