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LRK3DE 5* Dressage – Day 1 Photo Gallery

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY It's been a "made in America" day of dressage, with the top 3 leaders after the first group of 5* horses being American-bred. Doug Payne, currently sitting in third, said...

Lauren O’Connor: Surviving Years of #MeToo Turmoil and Healing Through Horses

BY Catie Kovelman On a bright Sunday morning, Lauren O’Connor grins as she approaches her first jump of the day. She and her horse, Vega, meet a small cavaletti on an odd angle. Good-humored by...

From Traffic Tragedy to Community Change

A Colorado Town Rises Up To Make Streets Safer For Equestrians BY Lee Foster On December 2nd, careless driving turned deadly in a quiet Colorado equestrian neighborhood. A local schoolteacher and her horse were on their...

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...

5 Tips for Better Lunging

BY Emily Elek I believe that every horse should be trained on how to lunge properly. This is a safety issue so that anytime they need to rehab, are stuck in inclement weather, need to...

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...

Is Simple Still Interesting Enough for Equestrians?

BY McKrell Baier Here Are Some Steps for Warming Up to the Idea!  When the question is posed, “why are our modern riders so lacking in the basics,” some will point to a lack of horsemanship, or...

Importing Sport Horses and Their Acclimation to America

BY LIZ CORNELL Importing horses from other parts of the globe is not a new phenomenon. In fact horses that compete internationally have more frequent flyer miles than most people. You’ve heard the story before...

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...

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...

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day 5* Cross Country Photo Gallery

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY It was a wet, exciting day of cross country at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. 15 horses were eliminated on cross country, including some of the sport's biggest names,...

Can Your Horse Recognize You in a Lineup?

BY TANJA SCHNUDERL Can your horse tell you apart in a group of humans? The latest research in equine-human recognition. After being at home sick for about a week I’m finally back at the barn, walking...

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...

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....

A Look Into TerraNova Equestrian Center – Florida’s New Showing Destination

By Nancy Jaffer Down a road edged by scrubby pine trees and live oaks hung with Spanish moss, the half-hour drive east from Sarasota ends with the sighting of spectacular showgrounds. It’s seemingly in the...

Issues Surrounding Commission Payments

BY LISA LAZARUS What is Commission? Why do trainers charge commission?  As many readers know, selling a horse requires significant work. You need to think about your horse’s strengths and weaknesses; what an appropriate sale price...

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...

Inside the Numbers: Cost Breakdown of an A Show in Virginia

BY TPH STAFF It’s no secret that horse shows are expensive. There’s really no cap on what you can spend. We think it’s important to be transparent when possible on real line-item costs.  Some people will...

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 your resume sells your skills and gives...

My Perspective As An Adult in the Equitation

BY ANNE SHERWOOD  I wake up to my daughter tapping my shoulder. “Mama, do good dreams come true?”  “Sometimes,” I reply as I soothe her back to sleep at our home in Los Angeles. I glance...

Daniel Bluman: How the Olympian Is Teaching the Next Generation While Thriving in the...

Daniel Bluman, born in Colombia and of Jewish descent, represents Israel in the world of show jumping. Currently ranked 15th on Jumping Longines FEI World Rankings, he is coming off a successful 2023 show...

Internet Shopping for Horses 101

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING Buying horses on the internet has gotten interesting…for both buyer and seller. I am not unsympathetic to the plight of Sellers. People kick tires, look at horses they can’t...