Continuing Education: NCAA Equestrian

BY TPH EDITOR SISSY WICKES There is familiarity and comfort in routine, a sense of knowing what to expect and how to field it. The flow of a horse show is something I feel in...

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

BY INTERN REBECCA KAPLAN Weeks after the 2018 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...

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...

Your Guide to Interscholastic Riding: Different Organizations Explained

BY MACKENZIE SCHUMAN For many riders, the start of winter means the end of the show season. However, for many others, the winter only means more opportunities to ride and grow as a rider, even...

NCEA Format Levels The Playing Field in Collegiate Riding

BY TPH INTERN GRACE SALMON The format of the NCEA is one that allows collegiate equestrians to compete fairly and on a level playing field. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association competitions have a rider from both...

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...

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...

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....

EAP Finals: Nations Cup

By Plaid Horse Intern Bailey Fuller The conclusion of EAP National Finals was an exciting one and I would like to say congratulations to Carly Williams on her win and Cody Wooten on second place....

Tough Weather and Tough Riders at the “Lucky Seven” IHSA Alumni Tournament of Champions

“Lucky 7”  the Seventh Anniversary of the Alumni Tournament of Champions (hunt seat edition) once again had a slightly crazy Mother Nature throwing some interesting weather and oddly low temps at the 100 or...

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...

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...

The Student Rider: How Matt Drohan Got a Leg Up on His College Career

By Candace FitzGerald Through his remarkable drive and passion for learning, Centenary College sophomore Matt Drohan has taken charge of his destiny and positioned himself for success in the equestrian industry. Matt grew up in urban...

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...

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

BY EDITOR 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...