The Horse Industry’s Support of Literacy

The Ocala Horse Alliance’s Black Stallion Reading Project BY ELLIE TRUEMAN Literacy is the most critical skill needed for any measure of success in today’s world. A love of reading, instilled early in life, has proven...

Applications Open for USHJA Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals and $25,000 USHJA Hamel...

Edited Press Release The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has opened applications for the 2023 Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals and $25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education. Both opportunities are currently accepting applications from active USHJA members.  The...

Best of 2022: Top Plaidcast Episodes

Hosted by The Plaid Horse Publisher Piper Klemm, the Plaidcast has become a destination for conversations on topics that matter, from horsemanship to the state of our sport and horse show how-tos for riders at every level. In 2022,...

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...

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....

Ask Andre: Do You Have to Spend the Entire Winter in Florida to Have...

BY Andre Dignelli Our program at Heritage Farm is akin to a tree, and the Winter Warriors are the roots of that tree. You can't get good at anything without having access to it, and in...

Publisher’s Note: Five-Year Plans

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D I was boarding a plane the other night and as I boarded, the flight attendants were chatting with each other. “Only 1,753 days until I retire.”  The other flight attendant laughed. They caught...

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...

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...

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...

Taylor, Harris Insurance Services Signs On as Official Sponsor at Desert Horse Park

The Desert International Horse Park, home of the Desert Circuit in Thermal, California is pleased to announce Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) as an official sponsor to their 2022-2023 circuit. Since 1987, THIS has...

Publisher’s Note: Work Ethic

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D I was recently walking around at a horse show where I heard a supportive friend or family member say to a beginner rider, “You look like a natural!” It’s a well-intentioned and positive...

Publisher’s Note: The Blame That Holds Us Back

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D If you told me at 25 that I was holding myself back, I would have said that you were wrong. In fact, I did say that to people. I got defensive. I...

Does ChatGPT Know More About Horses Than You?

By Piper Klemm  In all the discord and discussion of ChatGPT, are we going to see equestrian articles generated by artificial intelligence? While we cannot speak for other publications, at The Plaid Horse, the answer...

Oh No: Meet Aaron Vale’s Newest Ride at WEC – Ocala

By Catie Staszak Sometimes I feel like horse owners and breeders are out to get the announcer (or in my case, the commentator). If I'm uncertain about the pronunciation of a name, I'll almost always...

Publisher’s Note: It’s Time to Get Off the Timeline

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D This summer in Kentucky was one of the happiest times I’ve had in a long time. There was joy and there was laughter and there was a culmination of many years of...

US Equestrian Announces Official USEF Network Partnership with ClipMyHorse.TV

Edited Press Release US Equestrian has announced a strategic partnership with ClipMyHorse.TV (CMH.TV) to host the USEF Network on the CMH.TV platform. As the Official USEF Network Partner, CMH.TV will expand the reach of the...

Forget Me Not Farm Raises Funds for Pediatric Cancer Research With an Evening of...

By Caroline Mosebrook What do you get when you combine heroic children with a fashion runway and a Wellington, FL farm? Equestrians gathered at Forget Me Not Farm in Wellington FL, on Saturday, Jan. 29 for...