A Weenie Hunter Rider Reviews Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Cross Country Jumps

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It's the best weekend of the year for horse lovers, so they say! Even though spectators are not allowed at this years' Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, many are watching livestreams at...

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...

Is USEF Playing Games With Our Horse Shows?

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D. I’ve been thinking a lot about horse shows lately, specifically “The Devon Horse Show that wasn’t,” 2021 edition. These thoughts, shared in this article, are entirely conjecture based on my evaluation...

Co-Owning a Horse With Your Trainer: What You Should Know

BY LEONE EQUESTRIAN LAW Question: I have the opportunity co-purchase a horse with my trainer for later re-sale, and I’m excited about it! I’ll be able to ride and enjoy the horse while my trainer...

It’s Time to Ban Smoking at Horse Shows

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PH.D. Standing in the bleachers by the pony ring at The Devon Horse Show this year, I got a waft of an unwanted, familiar smell – cigarette smoke. I looked up...

A “DIY AO” Rider’s Reaction to the USHJA International Derby Enrollment Rule Change

BY KIERA PHLIPOT Included in the USHJA’s recent rule changes is a change to International Derbies:   Enrollment in the USHJA International Hunter Derby program is now mandatory to compete in an International Hunter Derby class. So, now...

USHJA Annual Meeting: Proposed Rule Changes for Equitation

BY TORI WEED Day two of the USHJA National Convention was spent discussing proposed rule changes for USHJA hunter, equitation, and jumper divisions and general rules. Every proposed rule inspired active conversations about whether or...

Ava Stearns on Her Maclay Finals Commentary: “I’m a Big Believer in Kindness”

BY RENNIE DYBALL Equitation fans everywhere tuned in to the Maclay Finals live feed on Sunday to watch the best of the discipline tackle an impressive course at the Kentucky Horse Park. In addition to the...

Ask Andre: How do you coordinate a day of showing at WEF?

By Andre Dignelli "If we take a lot of kids to a horse show, in a lot of different rings, I'm embarrassed if we ever hold up a ring or keep someone waiting- I don't...

Should We Trim Horses’ Whiskers?

BY ILISSA LOEWENSTEIN MEYER Anyone who watches international competition is seeing changes to some long-standing traditions in turnout and appearance. Some research indicates that “hunter hair” affects helmet fit to the point that it’s unsafe,...

What Can We Learn From Saint Boy? Considering Horse Welfare Beyond the Modern Pentathlon

BY ALEXANDRA O’SULLIVAN Since the Modern Pentathlon at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a photograph of Annika Schlue riding Saint Boy has been circulating the internet. It shows her shoulders tensed, eyes scrunched closed as...

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...

Breaking Down The Breeding: 2020 ASPCA MACLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

BY BETHANNE BORT Following the successful “Breaking Down the Breeding: 2019 Maclay” article published by The Plaid Horse in December 2019, I decided to do a repeat for 2020 to evaluate trends and further our...

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...

How To Write The Best Resume for an Equestrian Career

BY GRACE CARTER With equestrian careers becoming increasingly popular, more and more people are looking at entering this industry. This high demand makes for tough competition, so you’ll need to make sure your resume sells your skills and gives...

Tips for Every Boarding Agreement to Protect Facility Owners from Boarders Who Don’t Pay

BY ERIN PRUTOW Every year I receive calls from distraught farm owners involving boarders who do not pay their board or facility fees. A particularly jarring recent case prompted me to write this article, with...

US Equestrian Lettering Program: Varsity Letters for Equestrian Sports

BY VYLA CARTER The US Equestrian Lettering Program was started by the United States Equestrian Federation to recognize and honor student athletes in grades five through twelve. This program allows junior high school and high...

An Argument for Private Horse Show Photography

BY SARA SHIER I realize photography is near the bottom of the list of requirements competitors need when they are heading to a horse show. It is a luxury item, and there are thousands of...

Dear USEF: You Have a Representation Problem

BY LYSSETTE WILLIAMS Every time I open a US Equestrian or In Stride magazine, I quickly scan it. I dog ear articles for later, note recent achievements of riders across the country, and catalogue the faces in...

Focus on Flatwork Produces Winning Results with Leslie Burr Howard

BY REBECCA WALTON In today’s fast paced horse show world, the importance of flatwork can often be lost as riders are consistently going in the ring to win ribbons where the key focus is often...

You Are Not Alone: Mental Health in Our Equestrian Community

BY JANICE BYER For many people, talking about mental illness can be uncomfortable and a stress ensuing experience. A lot of people don’t want to admit if they have been dealing with something or they don’t know how to help...

I’d Be a Bad Professional. Why are USEF and USHJA Trying to Make Me...

BY PIPER KLEMM As I was reading over the proposed amateur rule updates for both USEF and USHJA, I got stuck on a startling question: Why exactly are we trying to create bad professionals? Our sport...