Fast Facts: Jumper Judging

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM David Distler, FEI jumper judge and the United States Steward General of the FEI, gave a presentation to members at the USHJA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on a jumper judges perspective....

2021 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Top 24 in Photos

Breathtaking efforts. Perfect trips. Top hunters and riders. We sure were glad to be back at the Kentucky Horse Park this year. Even though this was only Cannon Creek's fourth hunter show in the US,...

Understanding Showing Rules for NSAIDs

BY JAMIE WALLACE With the show season in full swing, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of those substances, and understand why they need to be prohibited or restricted. The United States Equine Federation, USEF,...

29 USEF Competitions Added to Florida Winter Circuit Calendar

After review, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced the addition of 29 sanctioned competitions to the Florida competition calendar for the 2022 season. In April, the national federation's Board of Directors approved a...

New Order Mandates Equestrian Professionals Must Pass Credentials to Continue Business

BY TPH STAFF The past year has been full of conversations with industry leaders regarding amateur status, but today horse show organizations announced a new initiative for professionals. Effective immediately, all professional instructors and trainers...

Inside the Numbers: Cost Breakdown of an A Show in Texas

BY TPH STAFF It's no secret that horse shows are expensive. There's really no cap on what you can spend. We think it's important to be transparent when possible on real line-item costs. Some people...

Is the Amateur Owner Jumper Division Disappearing?

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM While dozens of rule change propositions were offered for approval at this year’s USHJA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, committee members have already begun discussing potential additions for the 2021 competition year....

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...

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...

Trust the Breeder: Addressing the Issues American Sport Horse Breeders Face

By Kimmy Risser, member of USHJA Hunter Breeding Task Force, USEF National Hunter Committee, and USSHBA Board of Directors When I was recently asked by The Plaid Horse to address some of the issues American...

My Perspective As An Adult in the Equitation

BY ANNE SHERWOOD  I wake up to my daughter tapping my shoulder. “Mama, do good dreams come true?”  “Sometimes,” I reply as I soothe her back to sleep at our home in Los Angeles. I glance...

Show Jumping Hall of Fame Inducts Beezie Madden, Mason Phelps, Margie Engle and Sapphire

Edited Press Release Lexington, KY – March 8, 2022 – In a moving night featuring some of Show Jumping’s all-time legends, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame inducted Olympic veteran Beezie Madden, renowned media executive and fundraiser Mason...

USEF Rule Changes- Poling and Soring

Above: Rider flying over jump in the warm up ring. Photo by TPH Intern Vyla Carter. By Alix Morrison USHJA Annual Meeting and therefore Rule Change season are upon us. Some rules are undergoing clarification, while other...

Inside the Numbers: Cost Breakdown of an A Show in Virginia

BY TPH STAFF It’s no secret that horse shows are expensive. There’s really no cap on what you can spend. We think it’s important to be transparent when possible on real line-item costs.  Some people will...

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...

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...

This Is Why You Wear a Helmet Every Time—Even on Vacation

Eight-year-old Colorado native Stefan Keryan suffered a skull fracture and third degree burns Wednesday, Dec. 7 while on vacation in Belize. The injuries were sustained while taking a trail ride excursion with his family...

Maryland Horse Shows Association Year End Champions

It's been a fantastic year of showing for patrons of the Maryland Horse Shows Association! Join us in congratulating the 2017 division champions. Great job riders for your hard work and success! Maryland Horse Shows...

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....

Terry West Inducted into Maryland Horse Show Association Hall of Fame

Terry West added another accolade to her most lengthy and diversified resume when she was announced as one of the newest inductees into the Maryland Horse Show Association Hall of Fame Sunday. West, one of...

Ask Andre: How do you prepare for Devon?

BY ANDRE DIGNELLI The thing that separates Devon from other shows is history. Devon is an iconic location and most of us have seen pictures depicting the show’s amazing past. If you have grown up...

The MARS Bromont Rising U-25 Program Grows in Geography & Scope

"Put your head up. You should look where you're going!" Sometimes it's the small things that make the big difference. Like the comment above from three-time German Olympic eventer Bettina Hoy to 23-year-old American eventer...