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A Win Right Out of the Gate: Meghann Murphy and Furstentusch N Claim Victory...

By Irene Elise Powlick Meghann Murphy and her own Furstentusch N took the win in the $250 Carousel Hunter Derby, sponsored by The Plaid Horse, at the Coachella Valley Classic, a USEF ‘B’ Rated show...

Quick Questionnaire with Samantha Schaefer

Rider status: professional  •  home base: Westminster, MD, and Ocala, FL  •  barn: Shadow Ridge LLC As a horsewoman, I am most proud of developing young horses.  As a horsewoman, I would most like to improve...

Savannah Strome: Rider and Environmental Activist

BY RENNIE DYBALL You don’t need to spend much time with Savannah Strome to pick up on the special connection she has with her animals. Hand grazing one of her horses at a show in...

The 9- What it’s Like to Score a 90 in the Hunter Ring

BY VYLA CARTER As a hunter glides around the ring, a judge watches with a careful eye, marking down points on a sheet and figuring out what score this certain horse will get. The score...

Quick Questionnaire With Stephanie Danhakl

Rider status: Amateur  •  Hometown: Boston, MA •  Trainer: Scott Stewart As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: my ability to empathize and connect with my horse.  As a horsewoman, I would most like to...

How Nicolette Merle-Smith is Carrying on the Legacy of Her Family Farm by Producing...

BY April Bilodeau Nicolette Merle-Smith has always had a place in the saddle. As the daughter of well-known horsemen Grosvenor and Rosemarie Merle-Smith, the Mongol Derby veteran developed a strong foundation with horses at a...

Hunter Star Tom Wright Built His Career on Kindness—Now He’s Paying It Forward

BY NINA FEDRIZZI These days, 2020 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame inductee Tom Wright needs little by way of introduction. The Nashville, Tennessee, and Wellington, Florida-based trainer’s list of tri-color wins in the pony,...

Larry Glefke: A Horseman—and an Obituary—Like None Other

BY Piper Klemm Larry Glekfe died on September 15, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of winning and a whole lot more. He was very smart, he understood the horses to a degree few have matched,...

The ‘‘Step Down’’ Horse: A Secret Weapon of the Horse Show World

A seasoned campaigner in need of a lighter job can give green riders confidence BY LETTIE TEAGUE I don’t like the term ‘stepdown’ horse,” says Paul Cronin, the longtime director of the Sweet Briar College equestrian...

Nada Wise and Mindy Coretz Claim Hunter Derby Victories at Pin Oak Charity Horse...

Katy, TX –Only one point separated Nada Wise on Stevie Ray and Jennifer Alfano on Ivy League at the end of the first round of the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, sponsored by Leaving...

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...

Protected: How Can You Best Manage a Horse That’s Sensitive to Traffic?

In this new web series from The Plaid Horse, we've set out to get answers to commonly asked questions from industry professionals and judges. International show jumper, trainer and USEF "R" judge (and The...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Bob Crandall— Rider, Trainer & USEF “R” Judge

As a horseman, I am most proud of: the many horses I was able to find, start, and bring along. Sadly, I wasn’t able to keep many of them.  As a horseman, I would most...

What ‘R ‘Judge John Berkos Looks for in a Hunter Round

BY EMMY DOLIN Have you ever wondered what the judge looks for while watching your round? I interviewed R-rated judge, John Berkos, to get an inside look for what he looks for while judging. What are...

Developing Champions for Life

By Jennifer Bliss I have always admired horse and rider combinations that have been able to withstand the test of time in the show ring and continue to win year after year. These tried and...

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....

On Hunters and Horsemen

By Robin Greenwood Probably our biggest controversy in the Hunter Jumper world at this time is the use of drugs on horses. This is not a new problem. Drug rules and drug testing went into...

Serio Steps Up

Renowned hunter/jumper trainer fosters rescue horse By Nancy Johnson Walk down the barn aisle at Derbydown and you will undoubtedly see one lovely horse after another. Louise Serio’s Kennett Square, Pennsylvania farm is legendary in the...

8 Takeaways from the 2019 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s been an impressive two days of hunters in horse country. There were fantastic jumping efforts that made you gasp, adult amateurs and juniors as young as twelve learning and doing their...

Judge’s Card: Beware of Exaggeration

By Geoff Teall from Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation Some people do not understand the correct use of the automatic release and are opposed to using it. In fact, they will often...

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...

2023 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Inductee: In Disguise

BY April Bilodeau The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame announced In Disguise as one of the two equine inductees for 2023. The Royal Dutch Warmblood, owned by Ellen Toon, is one of the few horses...