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,...

Amateur Task Force Proposes “Significant” Rule Changes in Webinar

By Catie Staszak After lengthy meetings, focus groups, and debate, US Equestrian's appointed Amateur Task Force came forward Monday evening for a webinar with the results of their last five months of work: five proposed...

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...

Horse Tests Positive for EHV-1 at Sonoma Horsepark

We've received a report that a horse that attended a show at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, CA has been confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) secondary to EHV-1. Though the horse did...

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...

USEF is Reviewing Mileage Exemption Applications in Florida for First Trimester 2022—WEC Ocala is...

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) shared a competition calendar update Monday with regards to the first trimester of 2022. Unsurprisingly, the winter calendar in Florida is expected to be incredibly full. In April, the...

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...

Some Show Jumping, Some Reflection for Team USA on Final Day of Great Meadow...

Words and Photos by Samantha Haynie After two days of typical Virginia summer heat, the horses and riders were given the ideal show jumping weather at Great Meadow for Team USA's final Mandatory Outing. With...

Team USA Takes on Cross Country at Great Meadow

Words and Photos by Samantha Haynie The second day of action at Great Meadow—the final mandatory outing for the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team before headed to Tokyo—was all about cross country. With twenty-one jumping efforts...

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...

“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...

USEF Competition Task Force Seeks to Strengthen Baseline Competition Requirements

BY JULIA DIFIORI USEF President and Competition Task Force Chair Tom O’Mara and USEF Chief Executive Officer Bill Moroney hosted a live webinar on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 to update members on the progress of...

Limited Edition The Plaid Horse Merchandise Available June 7!

New to The Plaid Horse shop, limited edition merchandise will be available for order beginning June 7. Once sold out, these products will not be repeated. That means, don't miss out! Check out a...

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...

Grab a Hold of Your Equine Finances: Dr. Piper Klemm Visits StreamHorseTV’s Equine Business...

StreamHorseTV has launched its Equine Business Series, in which industry figures break down complex money questions, uncover money-saving habits, offer tips of the trade, and help equestrians blaze the path to financial success for...

The Revolution Series: a New Clinic+Show Format to Develop Riders

BY KATHLEEN MARTINEZ Seated in the middle of Northern Illinois’ horse country is a unique year-round Hunter/Jumper show series that has established a popular format of its own. The Revolution Show Series was co-founded by...