Saturday, November 27, 2021

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,...
Plaidcast Episode 227A Roby Roberts WEC

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

USEF Standards Continue to Lack in 2021

Are these the standards we want our USEF licensed officials held to? In a time of reckoning and inclusion, our sport is under a microscope for nepotism, sexism, and favoritism. Much of that is...

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event: Dressage Day 1 Gallery

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY With both a 4* and a 5* event happening this weekend, the dressage ring was busy with tests during the first official day of competition. The first group of the...

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Jog Photo Gallery

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY After a surprise snow blanketed the Kentucky Horse Park Wednesday morning, a total of 63 horses presented in what ended up being a sunny afternoon. All of them passed inspection...

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...

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Announces 2021 Cancellation

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (DHSCF) announced Saturday the cancellation of the 125th edition of its event, originally scheduled for May 27 - June 6, 2021. The organizers, together with the Board of...

They’re Coming for Our Sport, and We Have to Be Better

BY LAUREN MAULDIN In this digital age of social media, I think most equestrians are used to the idea that someone who thinks they know our horses better than us watches with a critical eye....

DEI Community Conversations: US Equestrian Begins New Initiative with Four-Person Educational Panel

February is Black History Month, making for a particularly relevant debut for DEI Community Conversations, part of US Equestrian's Diversity Equity and Inclusion action plan announced last year. US Equestrian began DEI Community Conversations in...

New Qualifying Period for Devon Horse Show

To the delight of the horse show community, after its unfortunate cancellation in 2020, the Devon Horse Show announced its 2021 show dates, May 27 - June 6, 2021. With a new year has come...

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...

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...

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...

So Amateurs Are Good Enough to Write a Check, But Not to Have a...

BY PENELOPE AYERS Amateur exhibitors are the economic engine that fuels horse sports across hunter/jumpers, dressage, eventing and many other breeds and disciplines. In the hunter/jumper world, we are governed by the USEF, the overall...

USEF Opens Dialogue with Online Roundtable Discussions

USEF membership is speaking up, and our sport's national federation is opening a dialogue. Monday afternoon marked the organization's second online roundtable discussion, held via zoom, with the theme "Competitions & Conversations: Opportunities at...

Best of 2020: Top “Inside Your Ride” Mental Skills Plaidcast Episodes

Riding is a tough sport. We all know that, but it's just as hard mentally as it is physically. That's where mental skills coaches like "Inside Your Ride" Tonya Johnston help us achieve our...

Best of 2020: Top Plaidcast Episodes

With more time at home, 2020 has been a year for reflection, learning and listening. Each week, The Plaidcast brings you the best from our sport with exclusive interviews, training tips, current events and...

The Best of 2020: Top Blog Posts

This year has been one like no other, and we've kept up with the horse world through the highs and the lows. Whether it's celebrating the joy of a special horse or diving deep...