Ask Andre: What Are Your Greatest Takeaways from 2021?

By Andre Dignelli As the world readies to begin a New Year in 2022, a new horse show year has already been underway for a month. The city never sleeps, as they say, and that for...

5 Strides With: COCON 4

An “Interview” With The Equitation Horse(Via her own, Avery Glynn!) The 12-year-old Oldenburg mare—”Calle” at the barn—and her partner finished 13th at the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals and 10th at the ASPCA Maclay...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Stacia Madden

I’d be lost without: an assistant at the ring with me.  As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: the amazing team Beacon Hill has evolved into over the years.  As a horsewoman, I work to...

It Happens! 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,...

The Road to Prepare for Equitation Finals

BY MACKENZIE FITCH I began my equitation career last summer, riding with Troy Hendricks and Emily Corkhill at Kimber-View Stables in Glenmore, PA. Together we made a clear plan for the 2021 finals, the first...

Get Out and Vote (on the Jumps at Maclay Finals)

The ASPCA Maclay National Championship is a can't-miss event and a true spectacle of talent and tradition in American equestrian sport. The course plays a significant role in the outcome, and in the past few...

For Medal Finals Winners, Success Starts at Harrisburg

A look back at five riders who came out on top and went on to international stardom By Emily Randolph/Randolph PR Ronnie Mutch, Victor Hugo-Vidal, Bernard Traurig, Chrystine Jones, Conrad Homfeld, Mark Leone. Reading through the list...

Judging WTH: A Dotted (Head) Line

BY Piper Klemm The situation last night was as follows. The Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Children’s Medal Final is running. Forty Riders qualify, 39 contest, the course is clearly posted. There is a dotted...

Skylar Wireman—Junior Rider By Day, Roadside Mechanic By Night

On his way home from Blenheim Equisports' two-week fall series, professional Nick Haness realized his trailer had a much-dreaded flat tire. He couldn't fix it on his own, but a fellow rider came to his...

Remembering Kip Rosenthal

Rider, Trainer, Judge, Horsewoman (1951–2020) BY JUDY RICHTER Kip Rosenthal’s lifelong passion for horses began officially at age 10 when she began taking riding lessons once a week from Anne and Frank Grenci at Fox Hill...

Not Your Ordinary Day at the Fair

“Horses have the power to bring us joy and join us together.” That's the message the Schuster Foundation, which works to enrich the lives of children from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Baltimore, promoted following its special...

Protected: What is the Best Way to Walk an Equitation Course?

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...

Hawaii Native Rebecca Beall Finds Success on the Mainland with Oceancrest Farms

On Wednesday, June 23, the routine hustle and bustle at Oceancrest Farms came to a temporary pause. The group, based out of Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas, CA temporarily turned their eyes to another...

Ask Andre: How Do You Plan Out Your Show Schedule?

By Andre Dignelli In today's sport, most people travel south for the winter circuit, and we do the same. Because you travel that long distance, it limits how much travel you want to do the...

Whitethorne Equitation Challenge Q&A with Winner Avery Glynn and More

BY MIA JONES The Whitethorne class began similar to its start with early morning rides and emotions running high. After last night's riders meeting all riders were itching for the chance to get back into...

Whitethorne Equitation Challenge: Day One

BY MIA JONES The morning started early for Nicole McMillion and Naomi Wegner. Both of whom got up for a hack with their horses Milan and El Grande. The early morning hack was quickly followed by...

Two Junior Riders Process Through the Whitethorne, The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge.

BY MIA JONES The Grand Prix ring at Blenheim Equisports June Classic is getting prepped and ready for the return of the Whitethorne, The American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge. This year The Plaid Horse...

Straight From the Judges’ Mouth: Translating Scores and Performance

For a newcomer to the sport—and to be honest, even for many avid competitors—the judge's booth can seem like an inaccessible mystery. But speak to any judge, and they'll make it very clear that...

Ask Andre: How Much Do You Think Applause Influences the Result?

In this age of social media, I’ve seen a lot of public judge bashing and judge bullying, in which I will not participate. You know who’s going to be judging before you get to...

A New Direction for Hidden Ridge International

Covid changes, circuit championships and ... cows? Allyson and Evan Coluccio find success (and some surprises!) with Agatha and Alexa Lignelli By Lindsey Long When 10-year-old Agatha Lignelli was champion with her large pony hunter Chiccobello...

How Courtney Hayden-Fromm Creates Horse Shows with Heart

BY LAURA RATLIFF In the era of big-box horse shows and weeks-long winter circuits, one industrious Wisconsin trainer and show operator has carved out a niche that keeps people coming back weekend after weekend.  While Courtney...

Ask Andre: Do You Have to Ride with a Big Barn to Win a...

By Andre Dignelli I don’t want to speak for all of the larger operations, but the key to winning is all about preparation and program.  I can only speak for myself, but Heritage Farm’s program is...