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...

To the Ones Who Always Clap

BY CIRA PACE MALTA Breaking news—this sport is really, really hard. No matter how long you’ve been riding, how many blue ribbons you have won or how much you were able to spend on the...

Every Moment with Horses Is Worth It: Julia Salisbury on Her Roundabout Route to Show...

By Tyler Bui Julia Salisbury has always been passionate about horses. But it wasn’t until a chance encounter that she discovered the hunter jumper world five years ago and immersed herself in it. Today, she...

Matt Cyphert Puts on the Ritz to Win $5,000 De Cillo Equine Clinic USHJA...

Katy, Texas – Matt Cyphert and Ritz, owned by Katie McDonnell, claimed victory in the $5,000 De Cillo Equine Clinic United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) National Hunter Derby on Friday, February 25, during...

It Happens! Abby Blankenship, Erynn Ballard, Stacia Klein Madden and Melanie Smith Taylor

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,...

OTTB Latitude and Keira Nygaard Win The Carousel Derby

BY TYLER BUI Keira Nygaard and her off-track Thoroughbred, Latitude, captured the top spot in The Carousel Derby sponsored by The Plaid Horse at LA January. Nygaard is trained by Amy Hess of Avanti Equestrian...

It Happens! Sarah Duhon, Margie Engle, Vanessa Brown and Jen Ritucci

BY Rennie Dyball 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...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Tonya Johnston

Hometown: San Rafael, CA  Trainer: Leylan Gleeson, Small Stone As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: staying grateful for my horse and every opportunity we get to experience together.  As a horsewoman, I would most...

“He Just Takes Your Breath Away”: American Bred Mr. Manhattan

BY TORI SHEEHAN Ask what makes Mr. Manhattan spectacular, and the first answer is unanimous.  “Oh, his jumping. I mean, there’s no question about it,” says John Barker, Manhattan’s trainer. “Just a perfect hunter style.”  The German...

Braiders Shine with Holiday Cheer

Braids are such a classic tradition for the hunters. There's not much more beautiful than a stunning set of braids! But sometimes it's great to buck tradition and get a little more creative—especially during...

Hero Bean Stevenson: A Deep Love for Horses—and a Desire to Improve Mental Wellness...

The mental health podcast host and therapist-in-training shares her story and her hopes for the horse world at large. BY HERO BEAN STEVENSON Candid conversations about mental health are on the rise. Simone Biles made headlines...

Horse Show Reprise (a Redemption Story)

BY KATRINA BALDING BILLS I’d finished braiding Fella’s mane for this show just a few moments before loading him into the trailer. Even in the relative warmth of the barn, my hands were cold from...

A Week at the Happiest Show On Earth

BY LINDY GUTMAN Last month, I had the honor of participating in the Retired Racehorse Project 2020-2021 Mega Makeover in Lexington, KY.  The Retired Racehorse Project is a 501 c3 that advocates for and supports...

Hassinger Farm: Where the Passion For Horses Comes First

Amy Hassinger and Dr. James Hassinger, DVM have spent almost two decades creating four companies with the goal of helping equine and human athletes perform their best BY JENNY FINCH Nestled under the tall, slender pines...

The Invisible Fault: Hannah Isop on Mental Health

BY JENNY SWANSON, LICSW Hannah Isop, talented professional rider and trainer at Harkaway Farm alongside Tracey Freels out of Brewster, NY and Wellington, FL is one of my personal favorites in the industry. After her...