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Equitation Scoring

BY Hannah Fichter Stepping into the ring, the rider's mind swirls with questions. It's a nerve-wracking dance where every detail counts.  Is my number perfectly centered?  Have I dug my heels down deep enough?  Is my leg positioned...

On Community and College

By Randi C. Heathman I was halfway through writing the first draft of this piece when the architect of the “Varsity Blues” scandal, Rick Singer, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison....

The Michael Nyuis Foundation’s Social Media & Sponsorship for Equestrians Workshop, featuring Dr. Piper...

On February 7, Dr. Piper Klemm, Publisher of The Plaid Horse, spoke with the recipients of the Michael Nyuis Foundation Grant about sponsorships, social media, and creating opportunities in the equestrian sport. Students were...

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...

Dual Enrolled Selected to Second Film Festival

By Catie Staszak/Catie Staszak Media, Inc. Dual Enrolled, the short documentary on the demands and commitment required of equestrian student-athletes, has been officially selected to its second film festival. The 22nd Annual 15-Minutes of Fame Film...

Inaugural USEF College Fair Brought to You by Upper Echelon Academy Coming to 2022 Adequan®/USEF...

Edited Press Release Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian is pleased to announce that the inaugural USEF College Fair brought to you by Upper Echelon Academy will occur on Thursday, June 30, during the 2022 Adequan®/USEF Junior Hunter...

The Many Options for College Equestrians

BY Helen Chimbos Have you considered riding in college but don't know where to start? Many young equestrians aspire to continue their riding journey into college but are unsure how to. There are plenty of...

Grace Russo: Putting Horsemanship First

BY April Bilodeau California native Grace Russo has had a busy, successful year in the show ring. The 16-year-old junior rider spent almost every weekend in 2023 showing, from her home state to all of...

The Grier School: A Triple Threat in the Equitation, Dressage, and Western Rings

BY April Bilodeau It’s pretty rare to see a rider crossover from the hunters to dressage to western disciplines. At Grier School, however, that’s just another normal day in the arena. Grier School is an all-girls...

Upperclassmen Dominate All-American Honors

BY Hannah Fichter “The more you practice, the better you’ll get.”  We’ve all heard this phrase.  For First-Years entering the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) there are many unknowns and changes, making the above phrase a little...

Emory & Henry College – Providing Exceptional Support for Equestrians During Their College Careers

BY April Bilodeau Riding in college has grown in popularity in recent years, offering something for everyone no matter what discipline you choose. Many colleges offer riding as an extracurricular activity for students, but Emory...

Sweet Briar College: How The All-Women’s College Has Built A Legacy In The Arena—And...

BY April Bilodeau When it’s time to decide where to continue their education, most college-age equestrians base their choice on what riding programs the school offers…while most parents key into the academics and course offerings. For...

Randi Heathman – The Equestrian College Advisor

How Randi Heathman Guides High School Equestrians on Their College Journeys BY Randi Heathman If you ask independent educational consultant Randi Heathman what she does, she’ll do her best impersonation of Liam Neeson and tell you...

The Laurel Springs Advantage

How a premier online private school empowers junior equestrians. BY April Bilodeau In the world of junior equestrian sports, balancing rigorous training schedules with academics is a true uphill battle. Whether it’s pulling your child out...

St. Andrews University – Fusing Passion and Business: An Innovative MBA in Equine Entrepreneurship

Imagine turning your passion for horses into a thriving business. For equine enthusiasts dreaming of a career in the equestrian industry, St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC, illuminates the path to success with its...