The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Augusta Iwasaki

Status: Junior Hometown: Calabasas, CA  Trainers: Elizabeth Reilly, Ken Smith, Emily Smith, and Erica Quinn  As a horsewoman, I am most proud of the development and success of all my young horses.  As a horsewoman, I would...

“I Do Lessons, Not Lunch” — How Karen Healey’s Passion for Teaching Launched Her To...

BY NANCY JAFFER She’s a firecracker; always has been. Nothing can slow down the perennially energetic Karen Healey, who attacks her mission to teach, judge, or give a clinic with the same enthusiasm that began...

Big Moments on the Biggest Stage: Heritage Farm at USEF Medal Finals

By Andre Dignelli as told to Catie Staszak Media "I think that when every young rider is at home, and they're practicing the test, they're practicing for these big moments. And this was a very...

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,...

Dual Enrolled Selected to Second Film Festival

By Catie Staszak/Catie Staszak Media, Inc. Dual Enrolled, the short documentary on the demands and commitment required of equestrian student-athletes, has been officially selected to its second film festival. The 22nd Annual 15-Minutes of Fame Film...

MZ Farms, LLC Sponsors Additional $2,500 Andrew Ryback Photography Scholarship

The Andrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse Higher Learning Scholarship has awarded more than $15,000 to equestrians pursuing higher education.  To provide more education opportunities for young riders, MZ Farms, LLC has generously donated...

Big Eq = Big Pressure?

By PonyMomAmmy It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had some thoughts to share. The truth of the matter is that this past year has been a year of transitions—and transitions are hard for me....

THIS National Children’s Medal Final Past Winners

Keep reading for more information on the young riders who claimed victory in the THIS National Children’s Medal Final, from 1994 to 2022. 2022 Lily Epstein View this...

Ask Andre: Is Success in the Sport Bound by the Equitation Division?

By Andre Dignelli My answer to this question might surprise you. In short, my answer is “No, it is not.” But here’s why everyone is trying to follow this formula: It’s been ingrained in every child’s...

Aiva Gamelin Connects with Quirky Horses to Shine in the Show Ring

By Ann Jamieson Six-year-old Aiva Gamelin had a choice—to get a fancy show pony with a great record or… Cosmo, a tiny (at 11.1 hands) grey chunk of a cranky pony known for lying down...

Riding from the Ground Up: Respecting Our Sport

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER Don’t worry—I won’t start off this article with, When I was a kid, we did... Don’t expect this generation to have the same love like we did. I refuse to believe statements...

Ask Andre: What Do Your Most Successful Students Have in Common?

It’s been a rewarding summer when it comes to Heritage Farm alumni. Former Heritage riders made up 50% of the U.S. Jumping Team for the FEI World Championships. Jacob Pope won his first Grand...

Airlie Corder is a Junior Rider on the Rise—and Caring for Her Animals Comes...

By Tyler Bui Airlie Corder is leading by example. The 12-year-old rider has dedicated herself to every aspect of the sport, in and out of the saddle. Airlie took her first lesson at age six...

Grier School: A True Equestrian Dynasty

By Piper Klemm and Tyler Bui When we think about dynastic teams dominating sport for extended periods of time, we almost never think about equestrians. There are a couple—four-time US Olympian McLain Ward in the...

Staying in the Saddle Against All Odds

BY ASTRID JAMES Staying in the saddle is not always about gluing one's seat to a finely crafted CWD or Voltaire—it's often about what it takes to keep one in it.  As an honored mother of...

Ask Andre: Are We Showing Too Much and Practicing Too Little?

By Andre Dignelli When I was younger, my mentor Judy Richter used to say to me: We mistake quantity for quality. At the time, I didn’t understand what she meant by that. I heard it,...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Skylar Wireman

Status: Junior  Hometown: Bonsall, CA  Trainers: Shayne Wireman, Andre Dignelli, & Lisa Halterman As a horsewoman, I am most proud of the mare we bred. I recently won a Grand Prix on her.  As a horsewoman,...

Trainer Takes: What is Catch Riding?

By Tatum Mitchell Catch riding is a regular activity within the horse industry, but for someone new to the sport, it’s a phrase that doesn’t quite translate directly. Even for veterans of the sport, the...

IEA Awards Over 100,000 in Cash and Collegiate Partner Scholarships During 20th Anniversary Season

Edited Press Release Monday, June 20, 2022 (Columbus, OH) – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) awarded $108,050 in cash scholarships and collegiate scholarships during their 20th Anniversary Season in 2021-2022. This total marks the largest single-year distribution of scholarship funds in the...

Violet Tatum: Fast Track to the Top

BY TYLER BUI Top-ranked junior rider Violet Tatum has amassed an impressive collection of championships and victories in the five years she’s been riding. And she’s only 13 years old.  Taking after her mother Jenny, Tatum...

Virginia Bonnie ’22 Succeeds in the Show Ring and Beyond

This month, The Plaid Horse introduces readers to a standout school and one of its standout students: Foxcroft School’s Exceptional Proficiency program, and student-equestrian Virginia Bonnie. For over 30 years, Foxcroft School’s Exceptional Proficiency (EP)...

The Cost Of “Brushing It Off” After Falling Off

BY EMMA FRIEDMAN It’s widely believed that when you fall off your horse, you get back on—no matter what. It is a training method for horse and rider. When you continue to ride after an...