An Open Letter From Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center: The USEF Mileage Rule in...

An open letter from Beth C. Porter, Executive Director of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center Dear all, I am writing today to ask for your help. As you likely know if you are active in the...

Publisher’s Note: You Must Really Love It

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D. I was recently discussing my riding with someone I’d just met. As we got chatting about the sport and how timid (read: terrified) I can be in the saddle, she said, “Wow....

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2016 OLYMPICS

By Sissy Wickes RIO RECAP: The United States was one of only two countries (with Germany)
to win medals in all three of the equestrian disciplines: dressage, show jumping, and eventing. We won Team Silver with...

The Best of 2020: Top Blog Posts

This year has been one like no other, and we've kept up with the horse world through the highs and the lows. Whether it's celebrating the joy of a special horse or diving deep...

USHJA Annual Meeting Day 3: Final Conclusions

BY ELIZABETH EVANS Fortunately Alix and I aren't completely crazy party animals, so waking up bright and early for our last day of the meeting was easily done. I have grown fond of our morning...

Becoming a Licensed Official: Two Sides of a Coin

It’s easier than you have heard.  It’s not as easy you thought. The Case for a Judging License (In +- 12 months) BY KARLI POSTEL “A judge’s license is for the rest of your life. Until you...

The Horse Racing Integrity Act: Why It Matters Outside the USA

BY LISA LAZARUS For as long as horses have been competing in sport, civil societies have recognized that the competition should not be influenced by medication. This recognition was not only to keep competition fair,...

Publisher’s Note: On The Plaid Horse’s 20th Anniversary, 20 Things You Didn’t Know About...

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D Piper’s first show was on a pony named Pumpkin Pie. Piper loves eggs for breakfast and eats them every morning she can. Adam only eats eggs when she is at home. Piper...

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...

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....

A Day at the Races for the IEHJA Banquet

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN In Southern California, most equestrians have their sights set on HITS Coachella. That large, fancy circuit thrives under the palm trees in Thermal, but you can find an entirely different...

Walk the Course for the Individual Jumping Qualifier at the Tokyo Olympic Games

By Catie Staszak At long last, show jumping competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games got underway at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park Tuesday evening in Japan. Spain's Santiago Varela is designing the courses this week,...

Transparency: New Rule to Better Identify USEF Licensed Officials at Competitions

As of December 1, 2022, all USEF licensed Stewards and Technical Delegates will be required to wear a form of "discernible identification" while officiating, according to the USEF Licensed Officials Department. The USEF Board of...

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...

Publisher’s Note: Good for Her, Not for Me

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D I recently read Amy Poehler’s 2014 book Yes Please, in which she laments a common inability for women to say, “Good for her, not for me.” For her, this revelation was centered...

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...

USHJA National Convention Day One – USHJA Zones: Backbone of the Industry

BY TORI WEED The USHJA National Convention kicked off in Denver, Colorado on December 8, 2019. Day one included individual zone breakout discussions and a two hour Zone Education panel. The panel consisted of zone...

New Framework and Opportunities Discussed in Informational Session on USEF Para Dressage Centers of...

US Equestrian hosted an informational session Monday centered around the USEF Para Dressage Centers of Excellence Program and strengthening Para Dressage sport in the United States. Laura Roberts led the session; Roberts is the...

USHJA Annual Meeting: Measurement Card and Halter Number Rule Change Proposals

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The USHJA Annual Meeting Rule Change Forum was held this morning in Denver, Colorado with USHJA President Mary Babick and Vice Presidents Robin Rost-Brown and Charlotte Skinner-Robson.  Reversing Permanent Measurement Cards Ages Of the...

USEF is Reviewing Mileage Exemption Applications in Florida for First Trimester 2022—WEC Ocala is...

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) shared a competition calendar update Monday with regards to the first trimester of 2022. Unsurprisingly, the winter calendar in Florida is expected to be incredibly full. In April, the...

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...

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...