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...

Grand Prix Equine Combines Technology and the Human Touch

BY TPH Staff Horse owners want to be knowledgeable and educated about every aspect of our horses’ care, but working adult amateurs don’t always get to take part in the day to day management. That’s...

Fast Facts: Jumper Judging

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM David Distler, FEI jumper judge and the United States Steward General of the FEI, gave a presentation to members at the USHJA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on a jumper judges perspective....

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...

Tali Dejong and Spero Win Big

By Mackenzie Shuman Jumps were set, ribbons ready, horses schooled, and riders prepared for last night’s $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at The Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO . In the newly-remodeled International Ring...

Celebrating the Ride – LRK3DE 2022

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY You've just finished your stadium jumping course at the 5* Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. It's a dream to finish. Whether you've got a clear round or more faults than...

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...

Understanding Showing Rules for NSAIDs

BY JAMIE WALLACE With the show season in full swing, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of those substances, and understand why they need to be prohibited or restricted. The United States Equine Federation, USEF,...

The Long Reach of Langer Equestrian Group

BY SISSY WICKES The name Langer has been synonymous with California horse shows for almost half a century. Picture the horse show scene on the West Coast in 1970: a few scattered venues, sand or dirt footing,...

Dr. Piper Klemm Discusses Female Entrepreneurship, Equine Education, and her College Courses on The...

Dr. Piper Klemm, publisher of The Plaid Horse, returned to the The Equestrian College Advisor Live show on March 7, 2022, where she and Randi C. Heathman discussed female entrepreneurship, grit, toughness, and girl...

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...

Changes to the 2018 Tax Codes

BY PAM SAUL It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to fulfilling ourNew Year’s resolutions. Nah, I’m kidding. This is when everyone tries to figure out how much they have to pay in taxes!...

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...

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...

No New Horses at Desert International Horse Park

Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 — Effective immediately, the Desert International Horse Park has closed access to new arrivals for "at least the next week." This is due to an onsite outbreak of EHV-1, otherwise known...

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...

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....

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...

LKR3DE 2022 – Top Finishers Stadium Jumping Photo Gallery

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Jung is back on top, ending on top after stadium with Fischerchipmunk FRH. Jung describes the horse as, "a really good friend and kind in everything he does."

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...

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...

“People That Never Got a Chance to Show Here, Now Have a Chance to...

In its 75th year, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show has a new look. With the implementation of a new management team, spearheaded by Pat Boyle of Showplace Productions, Harrisburg has returned to the Pennsylvania...