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Capital Challenge: A Look Inside the Storied First Stop on the Indoors Circuit

BY SABRINA BRASHARES/JUMP MEDIA Capital Challenge kicked off the Indoors season this year once again, bringing the best in the nation to Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. The 29th edition of the horse...

Serio Rocks International Hunter Derby at Palm Beach Series

Photo Copyright 2017 Susan Benson/Somerset SportArt By Heather Vaxer On Friday, January 6, Louise Serio rocked the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at The Ridge held in Wellington, Florida. She rode Jennifer Burger’s Rock Harbor to...

Book Excerpt: The Judge Tells All

By Randy G. Roy Reprinted with permission from the author From Chapter 3: Hunters Q: What is the best way to enter the ring for an over fences hunter class? A: It depends on your horse. If he is...
Amateur Owner Hunter Horses

How Old are the Amateur Owner Hunter Horses at The Devon Horse Show?

Every May, The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair brings together some of the top competition around the country. Only accepting the top qualifiers, the competitors are the entries with the most points in...

It Happens! 2022 Indoors Edition

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,...

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...

Patty Miller – If You Love Your Job, It’s Not Work

BY Ann Jamieson A Horse Crazy Family Growing up in Pineville, Pennsylvania, Patty Miller's first exposure to horses was the Saddlebreds her aunt owned. The aunt wanted Patty, along with her sisters and brothers, to ride...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Nada Wise

Trainer, Rendezvous FarmTomball, TX As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: my ability to communicate with my horses.  As a horsewoman, I would most like to improve on: my knowledge.  I’d be lost without: chapstick in my...

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...

Like I Said Says Yes to Handy Rounds at Devon

By Irene Elise Powlick / Photos By Jordan Cobb Derby day at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair had plenty of high hopes in the air; but they weren’t unwarranted for the team behind Liza...

‘Dream’ Return to WCHR Week for WON Equestrian’s Rachel Geiger Barker

By Catie Staszak for Weather or Not Equestrian Rachel Geiger Barker’s first recollection of WCHR Week at Wellington, FL’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) came on a most rainy Saturday in February of 2002.Looking back, the...

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...

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...

5 Strides With: Rain King

An “interview” with the young hunter, via his rider, Taylor Ann Adams The 5-year-old Dutch Warmblood has won multiple Young Hunter championships in Florida 1. How does it feel to be a top 5-year-old hunter? I don’t...

Five Things I’ve Learned Returning to the Show Ring Five Years Later

BY Summer Grace A few weeks ago, I showed for the first time in over five years and at a venue I’d never competed at before. I first came to Traverse City Horse Shows in 2021;...

Protected: How Do You Prepare to Ride in Different Sized Arenas?

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...

What Breeds are the Amateur Owner Hunter Horses at The Devon Horse Show?

Every May, The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair brings together some of the top competition around the country. Only accepting the top qualifiers, the competitors are the entries with the most points in...

May/June 2023 Cover Rider Lainie Wimberly Takes Another Win

BY April Bilodeau Lainie Wimberly is on a hot streak with another win this past week at Princeton Show Jumping in Princeton, NJ. Wimberly rode to the top of the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby/PEL...

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...

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....

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...

It Happens! Margo Thomas, Havens Schatt, Danny Robertshaw

It Happens! 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...