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...

Confessions of an Equine Risk Manager

BY BECCA HUNT Working in the personal insurance industry as a risk manager for decades has conditioned my eye to be keenly aware of circumstances that could threaten the safety of lives and our built...

Karl Cook on How to Fix Our Horse Shows

TRANSCRIBED BY ELYSE SCHENK “Horse shows are absurdly expensive.” “It’s almost impossible to win enough prize money to pay off a week of horse showing.” “We have an embarrassing lack of Grand Prix spectators.” Who else is tired...

Two-Thirds of Swedish Show Jumping Team Will Be Shoeless at Tokyo Olympic Games

Don't panic when you watch defending Olympic silver medalist Peder Fredricson's H&AM All In in the upcoming show jumping competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The bay, the only horse to jump all six...

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...

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...

New Faces of Pin Oak: David and Stacy Sanderson 

BY TYLER BUI When David Sanderson met Stacy Lane Sanderson—a professional in the equestrian industry—he knew very little about horses. Thirty years later,  he and Stacy now own Hunter Lane Inc., one of the most...

A Fresh Approach to an Old Frontier: Measuring and Applying Your Horse’s Temperament

By Kaitlin Hendry I avoid chestnut mares at all costs… Thoroughbreds are too quirky for me… This horse isn’t amateur friendly… ISO a husband horse… Eventing horses need to brave and careful… I need a...

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day 5* Cross Country Photo Gallery

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY It was a wet, exciting day of cross country at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. 15 horses were eliminated on cross country, including some of the sport's biggest names,...

The Ins and Outs of Equine Appraisals

You've heard of appraisals before, but it's probably most likely dealing with a piece of real estate. Banks need an objective, third-party perspective to determine what a property is worth before they feel comfortable...

New Horse Show Dad Alert: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The actor and proud papa shared a photo of himself with his five-and-a-half-year-old daughter Jasmine and her blue ribbon. By The Plaid Horse Editorial Staff An A-list horse show dad is born! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted...

WSHJA: Bringing Education and Opportunities to the Northwest

By Tyler Bui The Washington State Hunter Jumper Association (WSHJA) was created to promote the hunter jumper sport in Washington and to provide its members and professionals with opportunities to further their involvement in the...

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...
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More and More Games: A Post Mortem on USEF and WEC

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D Yesterday, we looked at the 2021 Devon Horse Show cancellation through the lens of game theory. But that hasn’t been the only game played this year. Today, let’s use game theory...

WEC, My Friends, is the Future and the Future is Here.

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN In roughly June of 2020, I got a text from Ellen Toon regarding WEC Ocala: They’ve opened up stall reservations for the winter. We are going weeks 1 and 2, you should...

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...

Publisher’s Note: Ask Yourself More Questions

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D Fall is in the air–crisp mornings, pumpkin spice everything, and the regression in horsemanship skills we see at our most prestigious horse shows and national championships.  The industry is thriving. Horses are...

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...

Dual Enrolled Selected to Second Film Festival

By Catie Staszak/Catie Staszak Media, Inc. Dual Enrolled, the short documentary on the demands and commitment required of equestrian student-athletes, has been officially selected to its second film festival. The 22nd Annual 15-Minutes of Fame Film...

USHJA Annual Meeting: Metric System Conversion and Jump Cup Depth Rule Change Proposals

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM The USHJA Annual Meeting began on December 8th in Denver, Colorado, and yesterday’s joint Hunter and Jumper working groups conversed about the idea of future propositions that would change all labeling of...

Inside the Numbers: The Cost of Local Shows

What's that social rule, never talk about money? At The Plaid Horse we believe in having open discussions about the cost of horses and horse showing. It is both educational for young riders who...

Score of the Century for Susann Bobley and Fargo

By L.A. Sokolowski Schenectady, NY—September 20, 2022—A good coach, a great horse, and a top-notch support system added up to a winning equation for adult amateur dressage rider Suzann Bobley, of 18 Karat Farm in...