Introducing: Luna, Essex Classics’ New Performance Show Shirt

By Catie Staszak/Catie Staszak Media, Inc. After successfully launching its first jumper performance shirt, Dusk last spring, Essex Classics began fielding questions from hunter riders. "Can we have some color, too?" Essex Classics Founder Cathy Sacher has...

USEF Approves 32 Mileage Exemptions for First Trimester of 2023 Competition Year in Florida

By Catie Staszak On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced the approval of "hunter/jumper competitions to be added to the calendar for the first trimester of the 2023 competition year in...

Betty Oare: It’s Been a Good Life, So Far – Part II

BY ANN JAMIESON Navy Commander "Navy Commander was a brave, brave, Thoroughbred. Red started showing him and he was well broke," remembers Betty. At the time Red had been training in Michigan but moved to Blockhouse...

Ask Andre: Are We Showing Too Much and Practicing Too Little?

By Andre Dignelli When I was younger, my mentor Judy Richter used to say to me: We mistake quantity for quality. At the time, I didn’t understand what she meant by that. I heard it,...

Trainer Takes: What is Catch Riding?

By Tatum Mitchell Catch riding is a regular activity within the horse industry, but for someone new to the sport, it’s a phrase that doesn’t quite translate directly. Even for veterans of the sport, the...

In the Judge’s Booth

by Ann Jamieson We've all been there. You put in a terrific round, and you get...nothing. Or you were a disaster, with multiple chips and missed changes. Yet, unbelievably, you get called back in third...

OTTB Betcha Know Me Now Takes a Meaningful Ribbon in USHJA National Derby at...

By TATUM MITCHELL Sierra Steigerwald and her off-track Thoroughbred Betcha Know Me Now finished sixth in the $2,500 USHJA National Derby at Lamplight Equestrian Center during HITS Chicago Spring Spectacular.  “He never looks at the jumps...

It Happens: Ailish Cunniffe, KC Claffee and Nada Wise

We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers to prove,...

Betty Oare: It’s Been A Good Life, So Far

by Ann Jamieson Starting Out Betty Oare first entered a horse show when she was about four. Her father, legendary Arthur Reynolds, Sr., ran the Metamora Hunt Club stable, that hosted the show. Riding a pony...

American Bred Mr. Manhattan Takes Home Devon Blue in $3,500 Green Hunter 3’6” Stake

By Tatum Mitchell American Bred Mr. Manhattan came out on top in the 2022 Devon Horse Show’s $3500 Green Hunter 3'6" Stake at the 2022 Devon Horse Show in what was the Martin Schaeppi-owned gelding’s...

Championing the Thoroughbred Breed: The Successful Riding Career of Lily Layman and Red

BY GEORGIA ANN SMITH Just like many other horse-obsessed little girls, Lily Layman developed a love for horses at an early age. Layman’s parents let her start taking lessons at the age of seven when...

Cynthia Hankins: Between Two Worlds – Part II

BY ANN JAMIESON Back East Through the horsemen's grapevine, Cynthia learned that Linda Hough was looking for an equitation trainer for Megan Johnstone. Linda handled the hunters and jumpers Megan rode. It was her last junior...

It Happens! Laena Romond, Molly Ashe Cawley, Tim Maddrix

By Tyler Bui We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers...

Stacey Reser and the Thoroughbred Comeback

by Ann Jamieson Like most horse people, Stacey Reser started as a youngster, at the tender age of seven. Living in Ontario, Canada, with her single mom and siblings, Stacey picked the most expensive sport...

French Horse Exports: Bridging the Gap Between the European and American Horse Markets

By Tyler Bui Many dream of importing their own horse from Europe, but for some, the process may seem too complicated and difficult to even begin. Katherine McMahon and Alizé Jeandon of French Horse Exports...

St. Michael’s Freshman Student Hampton Baker Swaps Jeans for Breeches

BY LAURA DUGGAN Breaking with her western cowboy family tradition was not the goal for Hampton Baker’s young self. She simply wanted riding lessons – not being content to share space on her dad’s saddle...

Derby @ the Vineyard – A Horse Show at a Winery

BY SOPHIA BONSIB A horse show at a winery? While not a traditional venue, this pairing has been very successful. Kimberly Riale of Paradox Country Farm LLC is bringing back the classic hunt field format...

5 Strides With: Mr. Wonderful

An “interview” with the Amateur-Owner Hunter (via his rider, Caitlin Buckley!) 1. What’s the best part about being in the show ring? I love being the center of attention, so it’s fun to have all eyes...

When the Long Road is the Only Road

By Rennie Dyball As a kid in the early nineties, there was nothing I loved reading more than the free equestrian magazine stocked at my local tack shop. It was the only thing in there...

Letters to the Editor: How to Request Feedback from the Judge

*Introducing a new column, Letters to the Editor, in which we share correspondence that we believe may help others. Do you have a story to share? We want to hear it! Email piper@theplaidhorse.com This...

It Happens! With Halie Robinson, Richard Slocum, and Emma Fletcher

By Tyler Bui We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers...

Publisher’s Note: You Must Really Love It

PIPER KLEMM, PH.D. I was recently discussing my riding with someone I’d just met. As we got chatting about the sport and how timid (read: terrified) I can be in the saddle, she said, “Wow....