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Tripping – A Major Fault or An Act of God?

By TPH STAFF Going back to the origins of show hunters, we find ourselves in the fox hunting field. A quality that is favorable in a hunt horse is sure-footedness. Galloping over unpredictable terrains, you want...

The Reality of Working Abroad in the Horse Industry: Told by a 17-year-old

By Valentina Martínez The Equestrian World is Harsh and Challenging In the beautiful sport that we riders chose to do, more people will judge you than congratulate you. Unfortunately, you will have to learn to live...

It Happens! With Vivian Golden, Richard Slocum and Tim Maddrix

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,...

Get to Know the Equine Mastery Education System

 ‘‘With the Right Horsemanship Tools, Our Industry Could Be Revolutionized’’ By Annie Birmingham Raegan Comeaux has trained riders from their first lessons all the way to the Indoor finals, but began to notice a growing trend...

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...

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...

What Do These Equitation Finals Stars Have in Common? MDC Stirrups On Their Saddles

By Piper Klemm, Ph.D.  As a group of the best junior riders in the country battled it out in the Big Equitation finals this fall, there was a common piece of equipment on many of...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Mares Ruled Indoors!

At Harrisburg this fall, Elina won gold with Ansgar Holtgers Jr. in the $15,000 Neue Schule/USEF Prix Des States Team Champion-ships, while Ever So Often was champion in the 3'3" Junior Hunters with Avery...

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...