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Sea of Green Ribbons

BY CADY WAKITSCH College freshman, Cady, wanted horses in her life and headed to equestrian team tryouts only to realize that collegiate riding was a lot different than the saddleseat lessons of her youth. You...

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...

Making the Grade: For College Coaches, All Eyes are on Heritage Farm

By Catie Staszak Media, Inc. Maggie McAlary admits, she wasn’t planning on riding in college when she began applying to schools in 2009. The talented professional, now riding and coaching at the international level under...

Lake Erie College: Where Equestrian Career Dreams Can Become Reality

Originally from the September 2020 issue. By Elyse Schenk Contrary to popular belief, the start of college doesn’t have to mean the end of horses. In fact, higher education is a jumping-off point for an equine-based...

College Preparatory Invitational Florida: A Different Kind of Horse Show

BY IAN MCFARLIN  Recently, I had the opportunity to show some really nice horses alongside talented riders in south Florida. No, I wasn’t battling it out for the top spot with Beezie, McLain or Kent...

5 Tips to Survive Your First Collegiate Horse Show

BY DANA WHITE Being on a collegiate show team is exciting, but if it is your first show, the unknown may lead to some unwanted nerves. To help combat your concerns, remember to stick to...

Sweet Briar College Celebrates 100 Years of Equestrian Excellence

By Savannah MannesPhotos by Cassie Foster Evans, Sweet Briar College Looking for a proven pathway to turn your equestrian passion into a profession? Sweet Briar College has been helping riders become leading women for more...

The Ride that Blew the Lights Out: Caitlin Boyle Clinches NCEA Championships for...

BY SISSY WICKES April 21, 2018. The arena thundered and shook with the roar of united voices in a display of athletic pride, pandemonium, and solidarity rarely seen in the equestrian industry. As each...

More Than a Lucky Draw: Life Lessons From IEA

BY LEXI PLAISTED I sat on a horse before I could walk on my own two feet. Horses have shaped my entire life, and yet the moment that changed my life the most occurred when...

Hands-On Learning at Emory & Henry College Sustains Equestrian Careers

By Lauren Mauldin Attending college is one of the most important steps of a young person’s life. For many, it’s the gateway to adulthood. It’s the first time most students have lived away from home,...

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...

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...

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....

Bees & Horses: A Year Like No Other

By Ashley Henry, Head Coach, SCAD Equestrian  When the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) hosted the Tournament of Champions in May, it was the first in-person competition that the SCAD Bees had participated...

Lessons Learned from Collegiate Riding Last After the Season Ends Short

BY TAYLOR MCRAE Collegiate riding offers the opportunity to learn lessons that lectures and labs can never hope to impart. The experience of riding in university is unparalleled, and I am so thankful to have...

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 Sissy Wickes As a Director of the USHJA, a judge, a trainer, and a parent, I...

“She Didn’t Resemble the Rest”

How Maclay Champion Augusta Iwasaki prevailed over criticism about her looks to blaze the trail for riders in the Big Eq—and beyond By Piper Klemm and Rennie Dyball Augusta Iwasaki won the ASPCA Maclay National Championship...

From Confusing to Life Saving – The IHSA Team That Became Home

BY CADY WAKITSCH College student Cady found herself depressed and isolated in a new environment when she stumbled across the equestrian team—not realizing it was huntseat rather than her usual saddleseat. After her "sea of...

A Practical, Well-Rounded Education Awaits at Emory & Henry College

Whether you want to pursue a college degree in equine studies or ride competitively at the collegiate level, Emory & Henry College is the perfect place for students to graduate with a top-notch, private,...

TPH Pre-Veterinary Camp Resource: 2023

At The Plaid Horse, we love to promote careers in the equine industry that might not necessarily entail riding and training. Veterinarians play a crucial role in the industry and the care of our...

Book Excerpt: The Athletic Equestrian

Ride Like a Varsity Athlete By Sally Batton with Christina Keim (March 2022) Reprinted with the permission of Trafalgar Square Books ASSESSING YOUR COLLEGIATE HORSE SHOW DRAW For varsity riders, being able to get on an unfamiliar...

What, Why, and How Do We Teach?

An inside look at how equestrian professionals can guide their students toward success By Mary Pardee, Director of Riding at Lake Erie College & Assistant Professor of Equine Studies I spend a lot of time developing...