2017 USHJA Rule Change Debates

BY ALIX MORRISON As the annual meeting ramps up in San Antonio, and rule proposals are getting debated. Some of the hotly debated rules include: all of the rules pertaining to when and if safety...

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 address some of the issues American...

The Perils of a Shifting Landscape

BY SISSY WICKES As I watched the Breeder’s Cup races at Santa Anita Downs, the tension I felt was not just excitement about the contest or my usual visceral response to watching races. I felt...

5 changes you can make in 2020 to better ensure your equine anti-doping compliance

BY LISA LAZARUS Spending less, exercising more, cooking from scratch…just some of the many new year’s resolutions that you might be setting this January, in the hope of achieving self-improvement in 2020. But whilst you...

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...

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,...

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....

Piper Klemm to Judge Main Hunter Ring at ExEL Horse Show

The Plaid Horse Publisher Dr. Piper Klemm has been selected as a judge for the main hunter ring at the ExEL Horse Show, December 2 - 4, 2022 at the Germantown Charity Horse Show...

Safety Ad-Hoc by the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Among the forums at the USHJA Annual Meeting was a Safety Ad Hoc presented by the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab with speaker Dr. Barry Miller. The helmet testing lab is the first...

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...

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...

New Show Grounds About to Break Ground in Ocala, FL

World Equestrian Center and Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club Partner to Build World Class Equestrian Sports Venue, National Membership Allows Equestrians To ‘Try Before You Buy’ WILMINGTON, Ohio – October 28, 2016 – The World...

USEF Response: FEI Pony Height Change Proposal Does Not Affect Hunter Ponies

BY TPH STAFF Coat colors, “hunter hair” versus a braid—there are a lot of ways to shake up the hunters, but few things drum up concerns in hunter/jumper competitors like mentioning changing pony heights and...

Current Procedures and Protocols for Drug Testing

As competitors, it's important to stay informed in regards to drug testing protocols within our sport. Today Julian McPeak, Director of Marketing & Communications for USEF, sits down to answer a few of our...

Protected: Piper Klemm, Ph.D. to Offer Hourlong Consulting Services

For the first time, The Plaid Horse Publisher Piper Klemm, Ph.D. will offer a limited number of hourlong consulting services this fall. Klemm began her tenure as publisher in 2014. She received her B.S. with...

Getting Involved with the Thoroughbred Incentive Program

BY KATIE KALFAYAN As a Thoroughbred Incentive Program Youth Ambassador, I’ve spent a large part of my eleven years riding working with Thoroughbreds. Currently, I ride a Thoroughbred named Petey that I plan on...

Is the Amateur Owner Jumper Division Disappearing?

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM While dozens of rule change propositions were offered for approval at this year’s USHJA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, committee members have already begun discussing potential additions for the 2021 competition year....

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...

USHJA Annual Meeting December 11th Recap

BY ELIZABETH EVANS My journey to the USHJA meeting started just before midnight on Sunday with a red eye to San Antonio from LAX. I arrived in the wee hours of the morning on Monday for the...

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!...

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...

Publisher’s Note: Loving It

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D Like most people in our industry—and most people who travel—I talk a lot. I talk to my team (on my hands-free device) while traveling long distances. I chat in person and text...