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A Weenie Amateur Hunter Rider Reviews LRK3DE Cross Country Jumps – 2022 Edition

BY LAUREN MAULDIN / PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY Another year, another insane cross country course that would make me lose all of my bodily functions if I ever had to canter up to even...

The Quarter Marks of LRK3DE 2022

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY Quarter marks are a time-honored tradition to "put on the ritz" for the top shows of the year. While this grooming practice has all but disappeared in the hunter/jumper world,...

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...

LRK3DE 2022 Jog Photo Gallery

It's the start of the grand event, and like every exciting gala, there's a parade down the red carpet. Except in this case, replace the red carpet with jogging lane! Today the best and...

It’s Time to Safeguard U.S. Horses from Slaughter

By Michelle Murray In a thundering blur of colorful silks and swirling dirt, Affirmed crossed the finish line at Belmont Park, securing his legacy as one of the greatest racehorses in history. On June 10,...

London International Horse Show (LIHS): a Volunteer’s View

BY KRISTY WARD You might be thinking “London International Horse Show? I’ve never heard of that before,” but my guess is that you probably have. It used to be called Olympia, and it’s been running...

Equestrian Tradition and the Ultimate Athlete

BY ALEX O'SULLIVAN The founder of the modern pentathlon, Baron Pierre de Courbetin, chose the five disciplines - fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting and cross country running -because he wanted the competition to...

The Only Thing We Need to Fear

BY PIPER KLEMM I have written at least 30 versions of this article in the last 72 hours. I have read the entire USEF rulebook twice and certain passages dozens of times. I have talked...

Inside the Equestrians of Color Photography Project

BY BETHANY PASTORIAL The organization focuses on better allyship in the equestrian community. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 and the resulting nationwide racial unrest, the equestrian community began buzzing with the...

5 Tips When Using Waivers in Your Horse Program

By Kimbrell J. Hines, Esq. Interacting with even the most gentle horse always involves some risk—accidents do happen, after all. Horse owners and professionals can help protect their businesses by requiring all clients, guests, and...

2021 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Top 24 in Photos

Breathtaking efforts. Perfect trips. Top hunters and riders. We sure were glad to be back at the Kentucky Horse Park this year. Even though this was only Cannon Creek's fourth hunter show in the US,...

3’6/3’9 Green Incentive Championship Photo Gallery

Though Thursday's competition had a rainy start, the sun came out for the 3'6/3'9 hunters to shine for the 2021 Green Incentive Championships. With championship round scores of 91, 87.5, and 94, Reign and...

Warning! Posting a Warning Sign Will Not Legally Protect You

BY KIMBRELL HINES At your next visit to a barn or show, look around. You’ll probably see at least one "WARNING" sign citing the state's equine law. Aside from Maryland and California, every state has...

We Have to Fix Our Audience Problem Before We Can Fix Our Sponsorship Problem

BY ERICA SAUNDERS In a recent commentary on the challenges of profitable horse shows, show staff Jack Nash talked about how our sport is one that sponsors don’t understand. Why don’t they understand?  Because there’s...

How to Fix Our Horse Shows: An Opinion From the Other Side

BY JACK NASH Karl Cook has big opinions about increasing the visibility of show jumping and with it the prize money of Grand Prix events. As a horse show employee, I’d like to respond with...

Reasons Why You Can’t Find a Braider for Your Horse

BY BETH BOYER There's currently a braider shortage at the horse shows, and braiders are quitting left and right. It's a hard job under the best circumstances. While some clients are great, many are the...

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...

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...

The Social License to Operate: Is the future of equestrian sports at stake?

BY TANJA BORNMANN Bad press for our sport is back, and it’s going to linger around for a while. Recently, a prominent US show jumper was suspended from participating in equestrian sport for his prolonged use...

OTTBs Can – Top Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Finishers

No discipline understands the versatility and tenacity of OTTBs better than eventers. Perhaps it's because they appreciate a scrappy horse, but regardless of the reason OTTBs are plentiful throughout the levels. This is even...

It’s In the Details: The Quarter Marks of Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY Turnout is about a lot more than looking pretty for a horse show, and eventers know that more than most disciplines. From elaborate jog outfits to color-coordinated cross country gear,...

Meet Ema Klugman, Kentucky Three Day Event’s Highest Placed Young Rider

BY HEATHER FRENCH The Landrover Kentucky Three Day Event is the only 5* event in the U.S. and one of only six such events in the world. Even though spectators weren’t allowed this year due...