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...

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....

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...

The Future of Riding Helmets

There are exciting changes  on the horizon for helmets—but not without our help BY RENNIE DYBALL The hunter jumper world has come a long way from hunt caps and clear plastic chin straps. But equestrian helmet...

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...

Calling All Horse Rebels! You Want a Revolution? Here’s How.

BY KIRSTIE LYNN DOBBS The hunter/jumper community turned upside down when Roby Roberts announced that the long-anticipated World Equestrian Center circuit in Ocala Florida would not be a USEF sanctioned event. Instead, the circuit would...

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...

What is the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame?

Originally printed in the May/June 2017 Print Issue By Prue Draper Osborn Every spring a light is shined on the great names and faces in our sport’s history at the annual National Show Hunter Hall of...

The Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative

BY ELYSE SCHENK Our riding helmets could be significantly safer. To address this, the United States Hunter Jumper Association is taking live-saving steps to support new developments in helmet safety. The USHJA Board of Directors...

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...

What is the NSBA? Learn About the Organization for WEC Ocala

BY JAMIE SKUBAL (SWEET) Many have not heard of the National Snaffle Bit Associate (NSBA) unless they are involved with a breed association that works with them. To those in the Hunter/Jumper community this is...

Put Blame Where it Belongs: Improve and Enforce Covid-19 Show Protocols

BY PIPER KLEMM Why was Pony Finals cancelled? Well, at this point, I’ve heard just about everything.  The rumor mill is raging. I’ve heard about non-compliance from USEF members and non-members alike. I’ve heard the show...

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...

USHJA International Hunter Derby Updates

Throughout most of the country, classes for the International Hunter Derby will be able to continue! One question that has been brought up and addressed by the USEF is regarding the jog, which could...

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...