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...

Candid Thoughts on the 2021 USEF Medal Finals—and What We Must Try to Change

BY GEOFF TEALL As we head into the fall season with all the many equitation finals, I would like to have an open and honest discussion regarding the USEF Medal Finals held in the fall...

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...

Why Local Horse Shows Lose Good Judges

BY LILLI BIELER BIEDERMANN For the last fifteen years, I’ve judged regularly with my USEF ‘r’ (HU/HE) license. Living in north central Vermont with few other judges around, I often have to drive a good distance to...

In Focus: Weekdays at Pony Finals 2021

The 2021 USEF Pony Finals: a triumphant return of what serves as many riders' first championship experience. Pony Finals is truly an event: a competition, an educational forum and a tremendous networking experience—both for...

Dr. Piper Klemm Discusses Female Entrepreneurship, Equine Education, and her College Courses on The...

Dr. Piper Klemm, publisher of The Plaid Horse, returned to the The Equestrian College Advisor Live show on March 7, 2022, where she and Randi C. Heathman discussed female entrepreneurship, grit, toughness, and girl...

The Quarter Marks of LRK3DE 2022

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY Quarter marks are a time-honored tradition to "put on the ritz" for the top shows of the year. While this grooming practice has all but disappeared in the hunter/jumper world,...

Good Stable Procedures Can Help Avoid Legal Problems

BY LISA LAZARUS In my six years as FEI General Counsel, overseeing all of the FEI’s anti-doping cases, I was frequently asked one question: “If you could give only one piece of advice to riders...

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,...

5 Tips When Using Waivers in Your Horse Program

By Kimbrell J. Hines, Esq. Interacting with even the most gentle horse always involves some risk—accidents do happen, after all. Horse owners and professionals can help protect their businesses by requiring all clients, guests, and...

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...

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...

Soledad O’Brien Finds Success During her First Trip to Wellington 

Soledad O’Brien is an American Broadcast Journalist known for her hosting role on the political magazine program Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, and for past roles as an anchor for CNN, MSNBC and...

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...

More Than Sharing Pony Pictures: The Unintended Consequences of Social Media

BY K2 INTELLIGENCE As social media platforms and apps such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, and YouTube Vanced become increasingly enmeshed in the fabric of our lives, the unintended consequences of their use cannot be overstated....

“Are You With Us?” Important Discussions at the USEF Mid-Year Board Meeting

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) held its Mid-Year Board Meeting Monday and welcomed the membership to tune in to discussions via Zoom. Those watching found a large group of recognizable industry stakeholders discussing...

What to Know About Fireworks, Horses and Your Legal Rights

By Armand Leone of Leone Equestrian Law Q: My neighbors set off fireworks in their backyard (directly over my barn and pastures!) for two nights in a row. The first night, my horses were in...

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 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...

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 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...

Dr. Piper Klemm to Have Guest Appearance on The Equestrian College Advisor Live Show

Dr. Piper Klemm, publisher of The Plaid Horse, will return to the The Equestrian College Advisor Live show on March 7, 2022 at 6:00 pm CST.  The Equestrian College Advisor offers college counseling tailored to...