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New Horse Show Dad Alert: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The actor and proud papa shared a photo of himself with his five-and-a-half-year-old daughter Jasmine and her blue ribbon. By The Plaid Horse Editorial Staff An A-list horse show dad is born! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted...

Walk the Course for the Individual Jumping Qualifier at the Tokyo Olympic Games

By Catie Staszak At long last, show jumping competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games got underway at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park Tuesday evening in Japan. Spain's Santiago Varela is designing the courses this week,...

Two-Thirds of Swedish Show Jumping Team Will Be Shoeless at Tokyo Olympic Games

Don't panic when you watch defending Olympic silver medalist Peder Fredricson's H&AM All In in the upcoming show jumping competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The bay, the only horse to jump all six...

Tokyo Takeaways on Streamhorse TV: US Dressage Takes Team Silver

Tokyo Takeaways on StreamHorseTV — In this series, StreamHorseTV will be talking Tokyo Equestrian with the lovely and knowledgeable Catie Staszak, international Show Jumping commentator, multimedia sports journalist, and CEO of Catie Staszak Media—and...

Warning! Posting a Warning Sign Will Not Legally Protect You

BY KIMBRELL HINES At your next visit to a barn or show, look around. You’ll probably see at least one "WARNING" sign citing the state's equine law. Aside from Maryland and California, every state has...

We Have to Fix Our Audience Problem Before We Can Fix Our Sponsorship Problem

BY ERICA SAUNDERS In a recent commentary on the challenges of profitable horse shows, show staff Jack Nash talked about how our sport is one that sponsors don’t understand. Why don’t they understand?  Because there’s...

How to Fix Our Horse Shows: An Opinion From the Other Side

BY JACK NASH Karl Cook has big opinions about increasing the visibility of show jumping and with it the prize money of Grand Prix events. As a horse show employee, I’d like to respond with...

Day 1 at Great Meadow: US Eventing Team Has Final Sandbox Practice Before Heading...

WORDS & PHOTOS: Samantha Haynie Wednesday, May 30, 2021 — Adorned in their USA Team polos the 11 US pairs made their way down center line at Great Meadow on Wednesday for their fix-a-test ride....

Reasons Why You Can’t Find a Braider for Your Horse

BY BETH BOYER There's currently a braider shortage at the horse shows, and braiders are quitting left and right. It's a hard job under the best circumstances. While some clients are great, many are the...

Derby, Vests, Votes: What You Missed at the USHJA’s Latest Virtual Town Hall

By Catie Staszak The USHJA's Virtual Town Hall series continued Monday, as USHJA President Mary Knowlton signed on for an hour of engagement with membership to discuss a variety of topics. The theme of this latest...

Rethinking How We Define Professionals

BY DAPHNE BOOGAARD The USEF amateur rule has been a topic of hot debate lately. The powers that be seem overly concerned about what does and doesn’t make an amatuer while the amateurs in discussion...

Ray Francis Passes Away

A recipient of the USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Pennsylvania Horse Show Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Professional Horseman's Association's Frank Hawkings Lifetime Achievement Award and the USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor, among...

The Dark Underground of Horse Show Costs in the USA

BY A FED UP HORSE OWNER The letter to the editor was sent anonymously to The Plaid Horse. We’ve all heard it. Many of us have said it. The rising costs of rated shows in...

The Social License to Operate: Is the future of equestrian sports at stake?

BY TANJA BORNMANN Bad press for our sport is back, and it’s going to linger around for a while. Recently, a prominent US show jumper was suspended from participating in equestrian sport for his prolonged use...

The Fatigue of The Fight

By Nadia Aslam As an avid equestrian and person of color, I’ve always been more than aware of the underlying racism and biases that exist in our sport.  Through my experiences, I have come to learn...

OTTBs Can – Top Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Finishers

No discipline understands the versatility and tenacity of OTTBs better than eventers. Perhaps it's because they appreciate a scrappy horse, but regardless of the reason OTTBs are plentiful throughout the levels. This is even...

2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event 5* Stadium Jumping Photo Gallery

PHOTO © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY It was an exciting end to this year's Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day 5* Event. Although the stands were empty, the competition was fierce with Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class taking...

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,...

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...

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...