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The American Saddlebred: The Horse America Made

BY MORGAN MARTIN Though hunter/jumper competitors know the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show as a heritage horse show in Texas with Grand Prix and International Derbies, but there is more breed representation there. Pin Oak...

Defining Relationship-Based Horsemanship

By Farrah Green and Isabelle Farmer What is Relationship-Based Horsemanship? The International Horsemanship Association (IHA), is a 501 C3 non-profit education organization formed in 2018 by a group of horse lovers and horsemanship instructors from all...

Journey to the Mongol Derby: Mental Preparation & Growth throughout COVID

BY BIANCA FARMAS-GRIFFITH Although this journey has been tailored to prepare me specifically for the Mongol Derby, it has inadvertently prepared me to become a more well-rounded equestrian and woman.  Growing up in the Hunter/Jumpers, I...

In Defense of Inefficiency

BY PIPER KLEMM I have never been the most efficient person. I will always say “yes” to going on adventures. Attend dinners when I probably need to work and certainly need to wake up early....

Journey to the Mongol Derby: Training for the Mongol Derby

BY BIANCA FARMAS-GRIFFITH So, you think you have what it takes. How do you prepare for such an adventure? The obvious answer is physical training, however, experience and mental preparation are invaluable as well. Because...

Journey to the Mongol Derby: The Longest and Toughest Horse Race in the World

BY BIANCA FARMAS-GRIFFITH Part One: Mongolian Horses & Mongol Derby 101  In Fall 2018 and on the cusp of turning 30, I woke up one day with an intense desire and determination to participate in a...

A Foal’s Unconventional Introduction Into the World

BY SABRINA BRASHARES / JUMP MEDIA Colic is every horse owner’s worst nightmare, and when the patient is also pregnant, the emergency situation becomes an even bigger challenge for their owner and the team of...

America Cryo: Next Level Equine Therapy

BY TYLER BUI Injury prevention, recovery, and rehabilitation are crucial to the health and performance of show horses. As a professional Grand Prix rider, Florian Moreno found himself looking for the right support to help...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Meet Kyle Bumgarner, Kelsey Graven Sauza and Taylor...

The Plaid Horse is proud to introduce some of the photo project’s featured equestrians to our readers in each issue. In 2020, a group of photographers came together to create the Equestrians of Color Photography...

Don’t Tough It Out When it Comes to Listening to Your Body

BY SARAH WARD-RUPP I’m an ex-professional equestrian, but not because I didn’t have the heart or didn’t love the job. Because I have something called Cauda Equina Syndrome. It’s a rare disorder where something, in...

40th Birthday Fox Hunting Adventures (and how you can have your own!)

BY MELISSA MARSHALL “The most important thing to know is how to ride the sage bushes. You will be traversing huge areas of it at a gallop, and it will look like there is no...

What’s The Science Behind Human-Animal Interaction?

BY TYLER BUI Dr. Megan K. Mueller is the Co-Director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. She leads the Tufts Pet and Well-Being Lab. Mueller has been in the saddle for as long as...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Meet Luna Guo, Maya Nakano and Alex Travis

In 2020, a group of photographers came together to create the Equestrians of Color Photography Project, a weekly blog that promotes inclusion and amplifies the voices of equestrians of color ready to openly share...

Self-Compassion for Equestrians

BY LAUREN MAULDIN If you're anything like me, you're pretty tough on yourself. In fact, it's a trait I see that's pretty common among equestrians. We're always striving for better. We work exceptionally hard. We're...

Bringing Fantasy Sports to the Horse World

Michael Cruciotti is launching Jump Clear Fantasy to drum up more interest in show jumping By Tyler Bui Michael Cruciotti is all about bringing innovation to the horse industry—from the creation of M.A.C. Sports International, LLC,...

Promoting Research, Collaboration, and Education in the Field of Equine Assisted Services: An Overview...

By Dr. Cheryl Meola We can easily get swept away in the magic of horses. One only needs to spend an hour in their presence to come away feeling refreshed, grounded, and connected. Every horse...

Olympic Gold Medalist Chloe Kim Is Known for the Halfpipe—But She’s a Horse Lover,...

https://youtu.be/VThj4CHIk0Y By Tyler Bui The world knows Chloe Kim as a snowboarder, best known for her epic performances at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. She was crowned the...

A Spectacular Lowcountry Hunt Weekend

BY ALLISON MALENFANT I was introduced to foxhunting for the first time in the summer of 2021. As a fan of hunter paces, it was something I was keen to try, but I didn’t know...

Were Medieval Warhorses Actually Ponies?

BY JULIEANNE BLAIR Many of us envision medieval warhorses as large and intimidating steeds due to the way they are represented in popular culture. Though powerful and iconic, a recent study has proven that these...

An Intro to the Midwest’s New, Inclusive Field Hunt

BY KAMERRA BROWN ALLEN Virginia is where I call home and grew up riding. I recently moved to Missouri in August 2020 to take the job as Hunter/Jumper Instructor and Assistant Professor of Equestrian Studies...

Horse Polo Online Art Gallery

BY Katerina Morgan Our international artists work with fine art photography, drawings, paintings, sculptures, wall paintings and monumental art. Some of the artworks by our artists feature in distinguished public, corporate and private collections around...

Palm Beach Equine Clinic Gives Foal the Ability To Walk

BY JUMP MEDIA LLC The birth of a foal is an exciting yet nerve-wracking time for any owner. This is especially true when the foal arrives three weeks early, which was the case for Laura...