USEF Competition Task Force Discusses Changes Made in the 2023 Hunter/Jumper Competition Guide during...

BY TYLER BUI The USEF Competition Task Force discussed the 2023 Hunter/Jumper Competition Guide during their USEF virtual session. Panelists—all members of the USEF Competition Task Force— included USEF President Tom O’Mara, USEF...

Carriage Pleasure Driving Examined at USEF Annual Meeting

“Exploring the World of Carriage Pleasure Driving,” the third virtual session of the USEF Annual Meeting, gave listeners a glimpse into the Carriage Pleasure Driving world and the advancements being made to improve the...

USEF Annual Meeting’s Friesian Health and Wellness Virtual Session Discusses Collagen, Related Health Issues

To start the virtual sessions ahead of the 2022 USEF Annual Meeting, Dr. Ken Marcella, Debra Goldmann and Nicole Zerbee discussed the health and wellness of the Friesian breed. The USEF Annual Meeting runs January...

Dr. Piper Klemm Speaks with La Jolla Country Day School Equestrian Team on Equestrian...

BY TYLER BUI The La Jolla Country Day School Equestrian Team met with The Plaid Horse Publisher Dr. Piper Klemm to discuss equestrian entrepreneurship and career opportunities on January 10, 2022. The equestrian team, mentored...

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...

North Iowa Fair Board Launches $1.5 Million Capital Campaign to Improve Horse Show Facilities

The North Iowa Fair Board has launched their $1.5 million capital improvement campaign that will allow the North Iowa Events Center to hold horse shows year-round, with plans to build a heated warm-up ring...

West Palms Events to Manage Showpark Del Mar

West Palms Event Management, a TPH Media Partner, will begin managing Showpark Del Mar in 2022 as reported by the Rancho Santa Fe Post. In 2021, the 22nd DAA, run by a Governor appointed...

Best of 2021: 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...

Ask Andre: What Are Your Greatest Takeaways from 2021?

By Andre Dignelli As the world readies to begin a New Year in 2022, a new horse show year has already been underway for a month. The city never sleeps, as they say, and that for...

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...

McLain Ward: Olympic Athlete and Businessman

BY Devyn Trethewey Hollowbrook Wealth Management Company hosted an exclusive online event with five-time Olympic equestrian show jumper, McLain Ward, to shed light on the importance of good business practices to succeed in the sport. Philip...

The Two Deeply Flawed Principles of USEF—And the Obvious (Resisted) Solution

By Brian Sean Wee, CFP I am very much energized by the recent changes that USEF has made, and applaud them for the recent work from the Amateur Task Force and Competition Task Force.  However, as...

An Open Letter From Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center: The USEF Mileage Rule in...

An open letter from Beth C. Porter, Executive Director of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center Dear all, I am writing today to ask for your help. As you likely know if you are active in the...

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...

The Plaid Horse Announces Desert International Horse Park Official Media Partnership

The Plaid Horse will return to Thermal, CA this winter as an Official Media Partner of the Desert International Horse Park. With nearly 1.3 million square feet of competition and riding space, the Desert International...

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...

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...

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...

“People That Never Got a Chance to Show Here, Now Have a Chance to...

In its 75th year, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show has a new look. With the implementation of a new management team, spearheaded by Pat Boyle of Showplace Productions, Harrisburg has returned to the Pennsylvania...

Judging WTH: A Dotted (Head) Line

BY Piper Klemm The situation last night was as follows. The Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Children’s Medal Final is running. Forty Riders qualify, 39 contest, the course is clearly posted. There is a dotted...

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...

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...