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Publisher’s Note: Loving It

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D Like most people in our industry—and most people who travel—I talk a lot. I talk to my team (on my hands-free device) while traveling long distances. I chat in person and text...

Publisher’s Note: Good for Her, Not for Me

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D I recently read Amy Poehler’s 2014 book Yes Please, in which she laments a common inability for women to say, “Good for her, not for me.” For her, this revelation was centered...

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....

DEI Community Conversations: US Equestrian Begins New Initiative with Four-Person Educational Panel

February is Black History Month, making for a particularly relevant debut for DEI Community Conversations, part of US Equestrian's Diversity Equity and Inclusion action plan announced last year. US Equestrian began DEI Community Conversations in...

Ask Andre: How do you coordinate a day of showing at WEF?

By Andre Dignelli "If we take a lot of kids to a horse show, in a lot of different rings, I'm embarrassed if we ever hold up a ring or keep someone waiting- I don't...

WEC, My Friends, is the Future and the Future is Here.

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN In roughly June of 2020, I got a text from Ellen Toon regarding WEC Ocala: They’ve opened up stall reservations for the winter. We are going weeks 1 and 2, you should...

Breaking Down The Breeding: 2020 ASPCA MACLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

BY BETHANNE BORT Following the successful “Breaking Down the Breeding: 2019 Maclay” article published by The Plaid Horse in December 2019, I decided to do a repeat for 2020 to evaluate trends and further our...

So Amateurs Are Good Enough to Write a Check, But Not to Have a...

BY PENELOPE AYERS Amateur exhibitors are the economic engine that fuels horse sports across hunter/jumpers, dressage, eventing and many other breeds and disciplines. In the hunter/jumper world, we are governed by the USEF, the overall...

Best of 2020: Top “Inside Your Ride” Mental Skills Plaidcast Episodes

Riding is a tough sport. We all know that, but it's just as hard mentally as it is physically. That's where mental skills coaches like "Inside Your Ride" Tonya Johnston help us achieve our...

Best of 2020: Top Plaidcast Episodes

With more time at home, 2020 has been a year for reflection, learning and listening. Each week, The Plaidcast brings you the best from our sport with exclusive interviews, training tips, current events and...

The Future of Riding Helmets

There are exciting changes  on the horizon for helmets—but not without our help BY RENNIE DYBALL The hunter jumper world has come a long way from hunt caps and clear plastic chin straps. But equestrian helmet...

Calling All Horse Rebels! You Want a Revolution? Here’s How.

BY KIRSTIE LYNN DOBBS The hunter/jumper community turned upside down when Roby Roberts announced that the long-anticipated World Equestrian Center circuit in Ocala Florida would not be a USEF sanctioned event. Instead, the circuit would...

A “DIY AO” Rider’s Reaction to the USHJA International Derby Enrollment Rule Change

BY KIERA PHLIPOT Included in the USHJA’s recent rule changes is a change to International Derbies:   Enrollment in the USHJA International Hunter Derby program is now mandatory to compete in an International Hunter Derby class. So, now...

What is the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame?

Originally printed in the May/June 2017 Print Issue By Prue Draper Osborn Every spring a light is shined on the great names and faces in our sport’s history at the annual National Show Hunter Hall of...

The Equestrian Helmet Safety Initiative

BY ELYSE SCHENK Our riding helmets could be significantly safer. To address this, the United States Hunter Jumper Association is taking live-saving steps to support new developments in helmet safety. The USHJA Board of Directors...

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...

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...

An Argument for Private Horse Show Photography

BY SARA SHIER I realize photography is near the bottom of the list of requirements competitors need when they are heading to a horse show. It is a luxury item, and there are thousands of...

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,...

Dissecting “The Board” in USHJA: How We Need Diversity in Our Governing Organization

BY PIPER KLEMM The board. It’s part of the closed door meetings that drive our sport. It’s a club of people of power that we’ve long known aren’t split by gender or socio-economic status in...

Learn More About Becoming a USEF Steward

BY DANI SCHNEIDER In 2012, Faith McKay-Alicea began the process of becoming a USEF Licensed Official. “I love horses and I wanted to impact the industry, but I can't afford to have an Amateur Owner...

Level Up On Your Anti-doping Knowledge

BY LISA LAZARUS / MORGAN SPORTS LAW Familiarizing yourself with the FEI Anti-Doping rules now will stand you in good stead in the long-run – and put you on the right side of the rules...