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Lost in College – A Saddleseat Rider Uses (Hunter!) Horses to Find Her Way

BY CADY WAKITSCH I never expected to continue riding horses after high school. I had been riding saddleseat since I was four, but I never owned or leased and didn’t get serious into competing. I...

A World-Class Curriculum at Savannah College of Art and Design

It’s hard to find an equestrian academic program that offers it all—comprehensive education, a national championship equestrian team, and preparation for a career that can make a difference—but SCAD delivers all that and more. BY...

What is IEA? The Interscholastic Equestrian Association Explained

BY LAUREN KEILTY Do you have a friend or child who competes in IEA? An overwhelming majority of non-horsey parents have no idea what their child does in their sport, but when it comes to IEA everyone...

Collegiate Athlete Drug Testing: A Difference Between NCEA and IHSA You Might Not Have...

BY TPH STAFF When it comes to collegiate riding, most prospective student-athletes consider the school, academics, atmosphere, reputation, location, and other various factors during the application process. However, one aspect of collegiate sports that may...

Entering the Western World as a Hunter

BY MCKENNA DEBUS Growing up in the hunter world, the most exposure I had to western riding was from cowboys in movies.  My perspective of western was that it was rough around the edges and...

IEA Names 2022-2023 National Youth Board

Edited Press Release Monday, August 1, 2022 – (Columbus, Ohio) – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) announced the elected members of the 2022-2023 IEA National Youth Board. The Youth Board was created by the IEA’s Education Committee in 2016...

Five Students Awarded 2022 Andrew Ryback Photography Scholarships 

The recipients of the Andrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse Higher Learning Scholarship were announced at the 2022 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championship in Harrisburg, PA. The scholarship has awarded over...

Sweet Briar College: Better than Ever

BY SISSY WICKES Private education is a challenging and changing landscape in the age of skyrocketing tuition and online options. Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA found itself in the same difficult conundrum as...

The Road to IEA Nationals

BY LAUREN KEILTY IEA season is a wrap as Hunt-Seat National Finals finished up in Syracuse, NY. Only the top eighteen riders and teams got that far, but what did it take to get there?...

How to Prepare for Next Year’s IEA Competitions During the Off Season

BY REBECCA KAPLAN Weeks after the IEA National championships, activity for many IEA team members has come to a halt. The show season for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association begins during mid autumn and stretches all...

Vladimir Littauer and the Art of Forward Riding

William Steinkraus, Joe Fargis, Lendon Gray, Scot Evans, Bernie Traurig. What do these respected horsemen have in common? All were influenced by the forward riding system established by Captain Vladimir Littauer. Much of today's...

6 Pieces of Advice for Competing at IEA Nationals

 Written by: Carly Nasznic, Photos by: Stan Nasznic  The 2015 IEA National Finals are coming up very soon and with only a limited time to prepare for them, here are some tips on how to make...

Piper Klemm to Return as Judge for College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show 

The Plaid Horse Publisher Piper Klemm, Ph.D  has been invited to judge the College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show on September 3 - 4, 2022 in Asbury, New Jersey for the second year.   The College Preparatory...

Thrills, Spills, & One Big Work-Off: Adam Edgar Is Electric in the USEF/Cacchione Cup...

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Beezie Madden won it for Southern Seminary in 1984. Peter Wylde took the title for Tufts two years later. If ever there was a predictor of future greatness in collegiate riding, the...

Should You Have a Horse in College? Probably Not, But Do It Anyway

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN When I prepared for my first semester at college as an eighteen-year-old freshman, I got ready in a way that many others have. I went shopping with my parents for...

Fountain Valley School: Reading, Writing, Riding, & The Rockies!

BY SISSY WICKES Imagine a high school student finishing a rigorous academic day, grabbing their backpack, and heading out into the blue sky and mountain vistas at Fountain Valley School of Colorado in Colorado Springs....

Sacred Heart Captures IHSA Regional Championship

Edited Press Release SIMSBURY, Conn.- Champs. The Sacred Heart University equestrian team captured their eighth Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Regional Championship on Sunday after being named High Point Team at Trinity College. Of Note: Alyssa Kinney qualified for...

SCAD Equestrian: A Legacy of Excellence

BY ASHLEY HENRY, Equestrian Head Coach, The Savannah College of Art and Design Building a championship team is truly a creative endeavor.  Next year will be my fifteenth year coaching the SCAD equestrian team. Our...

Why You Should Take Equestrian Studies College Courses Online This Summer

A Q&A with The Plaid Horse Publisher Piper Klemm The Plaid Horse publisher Professor Piper Klemm, Ph.D., is offering her equestrian studies online courses for college credit again this summer. The courses run from May...

IEA Judge Shares the Behind the Scenes of Hunt Seat National Finals

BY RITA TIMPANARO I was honored to judge the 2021 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Hunt Seat National Finals, April 22-25, 2021, held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agriculture Center, along with Mary Babick. This...

The University of Tennessee at Martin rises up to No. 8.

BY GRACE SALMON On Thursday, November 9th, The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Equestrian Team started their day much earlier than one might imagine. Most of the athletes could be seen getting to the Ned...

What Do You Wish You Knew Before Becoming a College Athlete?

The Plaid Horse asked this question to the College Equestrian Facebook group. Here are some of our favorite answers … “Find quiet moments at the barn! Sometimes between practice, workouts, classes, and jobs, it’s easy...