High Heels and Short Ponies: The Life of an Equestrian Pageant Queen

BY SKYELUR FESTA I grew up in a small town in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA and have been obsessed with horses for as long as I can remember. I was always that girl who wanted...

Kat Fuqua on the Rise

INTERVIEW BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES After a stellar year in the show ring, eleven year old Kat Fuqua carried the momentum right through the indoor circuit. Competing at the Pennsylvania National, Washington International, and The...

“The Judge Didn’t Like Me”

BY CARLY PHOON Competing in equitation can be humbling. For me, a little moment of learning came from my last equitation flat class. First, a flashback to the beginning of the show season: Eq flat classes...

Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund Gives Juliette Joseph & Ava Stearns the Opportunity They Needed...

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK Returning for the second year, the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund has sponsored the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation Finals, and has also sponsored the WIHS Equitation Grant, which allows for...

Road to Maclay Finals: The History Behind this Equitation Classic

BY ERICA O'NEIL The National Maclay Finals Championship will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on October 27th this year making it the 135th year anniversary of the event. Founded in 1933,...

The Plaid Horse’s Favorite Halloween Costumes

Picking out a fun costume and getting delicious candy makes Halloween a pretty awesome holiday. However, experiencing the Halloween spirit with your horse is even better! Here are some of the TPH intern and staff...

Underdog: From 2’6″ to Marshall & Sterling Finals in a Year

BY DANA WHITE “Go ahead, underestimate me. You won’t be the first. You won’t be the last. But you will be wrong.” - Steve Maraboli Whatever happens, happens. These are the last words I utter to...

A Look Into the New Canaan Mounted Troop: The Last Remaining Branch of the...

BY KELSEY ALLEN These days, there is a lot of criticism stating that proper horsemanship has fallen to the wayside in favor of more hours in the saddle. We’ve all known riders who are incredibly...

The Junior Equitation Ring: Focus On Improving Your Riding Instead of Demolishing Your Self...

BY KIKI ROSENBLAT Showing in the equitation is a game of comparison. Judges need to scrutinize each rider until one comes out on top, named better than the rest that day. Does the institution of...

Horses Taught Me How Hard Work and Passion Can Overcome Obstacles

BY EMILY SHEVELAND Receiving the Hamel Family Foundation Scholarship is just one more example of how the hard work and dedication I’ve acquired through riding has been a true blessing. A sincere thank you goes...

The St. Louis National Charity: A Horse Show with Heart

BY ASHLEY SHAW The St. Louis National Charity Horse Show will always have a special place in my heart. I have competed at this show ever since I was nine, bopping around short stirrup wearing...

A Medal Finals Primer

BY EMMA DUBINSKY For equitation riders, the fall season means one thing: finals are coming. It means longer days at the barn, no stirrups, and prep over harder courses. But with all the finals available...

How They Win at the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships

The dressage and show jumping Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC), presented by Gotham North, give young riders a unique opportunity to experience team competition in a championship format. Teams and individual riders from...

From an Unbroke Four-Year-Old to Junior Hunter Finals

BY INTERN OLIVIA TAMBURRO This July, I am attending Junior Hunter Finals with my horse. His USEF registered name is Quin Cardo, and I think we set ourselves apart from a lot of the other...

What I Learned Horse Showing, Without My Horses

BY INTERN ASHLEY SHAW Packed clothes, filled trunks, my bike secured to the back of the car – I was ready for a great three weeks of showing at the Colorado Horse Park. Except for...

Inspiring The Next Generation

BY INTERN IZZY FEINSTEIN Every equestrian has mounted a horse for the very first time, and struggled to lift themselves out of the saddle while learning to post at the walk. Even Olympians and other...

My Dad’s Journey From Skeptic to Horse Whisperer

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI At the age of six, I stumbled into a barn to watch my friend ride, clueless that I would also fall in love with the twelve-hundred pound animals. Everyday I begged my...

My Horse Show Dad Actually Tried Riding!

BY INTERN CARLY PHOON My dad is the classic, supportive horse show dad. He listens to rapid-fire accounts of my rounds, and raving over my equestrian idols. He grudgingly watches USEF videos with me. Tries...