2016 College Preparatory Invitational Florida Exceeds Expectations

Press Release An Impressive Field of Competitors Produces Three-Way Tie for High Point Rider The 2016 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) wrapped up its exciting weekend of competition with an unprecedented three-way tie for High Point Rider....

Mia McLaughlin Takes on West Coast CPI

Photos and story by intern Mackenzie Shuman When Mia McLaughlin, 16, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., heard about CPI, or the College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show from a family friend, she was chomping at the bit...

The Right Stuff: At IEA Finals, Sportsmanship Reigns

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Coffee was a necessity on Friday along the coliseum rail of the IEA Hunt Seat National Finals at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York. Though the start time of...

NMSU NCEA Team Experiences Heartbreak

By Mackenzie Shuman October 8, 2016 Thirty days before school started, the whole New Mexico State University NCEA team got a devastating call: their team would not be funded by the school in the upcoming year....

Abbie Hopkins Thrives in the NCEA Format

BY GRACE SALMON Three Most Outstanding Player Awards. One National Collegiate Equestrian Association Rider of the Month. One United Equestrian Conference Rider of the Month. Seventeen year old Abbie Hopkins has excelled in the format...

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...

Picking the Best College Riding Program for You

BY ERIN PRUTOW Prior to opening my own equine law practice in Southern California, I spent four incredible years showing on the Oklahoma State NCEA Equestrian Team. Like many high school...

Sweet Briar College: Better than Ever

BY EDITOR 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...

IEA Nationals Sees Successful Second Day at the 2016 National Finals

Edited Press Release Another busy day at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals! Great riding and skilled horsemanship made for a second straight, Thursday, April 21, day of strong competition. Beyond the riding, participants...

Grace Howard Signs with UGA’s Equestrian Team

Follow @plaidhorsemag !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s),p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); On April 15, 2015, Grace Howard signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Georgia in the fall 2015 as a member of the NCAA Women’s' Equestrian Team....

Tips, Tricks, and What to Expect at the College Preparatory Invitational

By Irene Elise Powlick After attending the College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show for the first time last year, I learned a few things, and have compiled a list of tips, tricks, and what to expect...

A Day with the IHSA

Above: A rider walking by the arena at a 2016 St. Lawrence University IHSA Show. Photo by Adam Hill. By TPH Editor Sissy Wickes As a Director of the USHJA, a judge, a trainer, and a...

Riding the Wave: The Road to IEA Nationals

By Bernie Villeneuve Early Sunday morning on the final day of competition at this year’s IEA Nationals, I found myself wide awake, long before the alarm was scheduled to shriek. Unlike the other mornings when we’d...

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...

Sweet Briar College and the Transformative Experience of Riding

Written by Sissy Wickes Sweet Briar College in Lynchburg, VA, has had more than its share of trials in the past eighteen months. Slated to close its doors in 2015, the small female liberal arts...

An Inside Look: The Daunting College Application Process

Follow @plaidhorsemag // By The Plaid Horse Intern Morgan Bullock Applying for college can be a daunting task, especially if you aren’t exactly sure what you’d like to do in college, or where you want to...

Horse Show Study Spots

Above: Riders studying at the ring. Photo by Piper Klemm. By TPH Interns Vyla Carter, Emy Lucibello and Ashley Shaw The school year and winter show season are officially in full swing. Along with the horse...

First Timer Perspective: Rachel Van Allen Reports from Capital Challenge on the Ariat National...

Oct. 8, 2016--Upper Marlboro, MD The adrenaline rush of a competitive equitation final isn’t just for the under 18 crowd. The Ariat National Adult Medal Final, held each year at Capital Challenge, gives adult riders...