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Ask Andre: Are Group or Private Lessons Better for Students?

BY ANDRE DIGNELLI Do you prefer private lessons or group lessons? I grew up riding in my back yard by myself. When I would go and take lessons, it was more affordable to be part of a group. I...

Five Reasons the Vermont Summer Festival is THE Place to Be This Summer

BY LINDSAY BROCK/JUMP MEDIA The Vermont Summer Festival has not only charmed show jumping athletes along the East Coast and beyond over the last two decades, but it also has become one of the most...
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Becoming a Licensed Official: Two Sides of a Coin

It’s easier than you have heard.  It’s not as easy you thought. The Case for a Judging License (In +- 12 months) BY KARLI POSTEL “A judge’s license is for the rest of your life. Until you...

Getting Involved with the Thoroughbred Incentive Program

BY KATIE KALFAYAN As a Thoroughbred Incentive Program Youth Ambassador, I’ve spent a large part of my eleven years riding working with Thoroughbreds. Currently, I ride a Thoroughbred named Petey that I plan on...

Eurequine: Sporthorse Stallions for Every Ring

BY SISSY WICKES Edgar Schutte is a respected name in the world of Hanoverian breeding from the United States to the heart of Germany, the birthplace of the breed. Hanoverians are a breed known for...

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...

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...

The Long Reach of Langer Equestrian Group

BY SISSY WICKES The name Langer has been synonymous with California horse shows for almost half a century. Picture the horse show scene on the West Coast in 1970: a few scattered venues, sand or dirt footing,...

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...

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...

Get Excited About the New Secretariat Memorial in Lexington

BY TPH TEAM Three of my very favorite things are horses, art, and history. When they combine into an astonishing tribute into one of the greatest horses who has ever lived, it’s a new level of...

Dear USEF: You Have a Representation Problem

BY LYSSETTE WILLIAMS Every time I open a US Equestrian or In Stride magazine, I quickly scan it. I dog ear articles for later, note recent achievements of riders across the country, and catalogue the faces in...

What is USEF SafeSport Training? And Why Do We Need It?

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI When Did Safe Sport Training Become A Part of USEF? The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced on August 27, 2018 that all adult USEF members must complete free SafeSport Training. All members who renewed...

Focus on Flatwork Produces Winning Results with Leslie Burr Howard

BY REBECCA WALTON In today’s fast paced horse show world, the importance of flatwork can often be lost as riders are consistently going in the ring to win ribbons where the key focus is often...

Don’t Rush Into a Preliminary Hearing – It’s Almost Always a Bad Idea

BY LISA LAZARUS This article begins a series that will provide some “dos” and “don’ts” to keep in mind if you receive an FEI anti-doping violation Notification Letter. This month’s “don’t” is: don’t be tempted...

What Stress Influencers are Affecting You from Performing to Your True Potential?

BY CATHY PENROD Day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment, stress influencers can sneak upon us and affect us from performing to our true potential, in the show ring, schooling and/or life in...

The Plaid Horse at 15: A Look In

BY SISSY WICKES The Plaid Horse magazine celebrates its 15th year in 2018. First published on newsprint with a local feel, it has grown into the largest exclusively hunter/jumper magazine in the United States. Glossy...

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...

25 Years of Memorable Moments at the Capital Challenge Horse Show

BY MOLLY SORGE, JUMP MEDIA For 25 years, the Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS) has been the home of truly outstanding hunter performances. The show has become a highlight of every hunter rider’s year as...

Hurricane Preparation for Horse Owners

When it comes to mother nature, there's not anything we can do to stop it. From floods to high winds, we're at the mercy of whatever the storm will do, but that doesn't mean...

ViaGen Can Make Cloning a Reality in Your Barn

BY LAUREN MAULDIN For a long time, the subject of cloning was restricted to science fiction novels. Ever since Dolly the sheep, the first successfully cloned mammal, was born in 1996 clones have been slowly...

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...