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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...

Equine Elixirs: The Power of Positude and Calmakazi

How Positude and Calmakazi supplements address spooky, nervous, anxious, hormonal and temperamental behavior If you’re looking to address your horse’s behavioral or temperamental challenges, you don’t want to miss Equine Elixirs’ popular product duo: Positude...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Ateasha Baltodano and Josh Boggs

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...

Wordley Martin: How to Build the Perfect Arena for Your Horses and Riders

By Amanda Picciotto Feitosa / Jump Media There are a number of factors to think about when building a new riding arena. Like many aspects of the equine industry, a new arena can be costly,...

How to Keep your White Breeches White

Constantly finding yourself with brown, stained breeches that once sparkled white? Members of The Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge shared their best tips and tricks to keep your white breeches stain-free.  The winning products? Fels...

Lyn Pedersen: Riding, Recovery, and Giving Back

By Piper Klemm, Ph.D. Alcoholism and addiction are epidemics in this country. Millions of people struggle with these serious, life-changing issues (see sidebar below), and the horse show world is no exception. Lyn Pedersen wants people...

Filming Horses for TV and Movies

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER If you are doing a TV show, or film with or about horses, it’s helpful to have a cameraman who knows how to get the best angles. Many filmmakers don’t know...

The Locations and Horses That Make It The Silver Screen

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER Once a film is completed, most make their rounds at film festivals. At these events, you’re meeting people in the industry who want to improve their art. Festivals feature panels consisting...

In Defense of Unmounted Lessons

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING When it comes to riding lessons, I understand that riding is the overwhelming desire, as well as the underlying principle, guiding most participants. However, sometimes riding is not possible,...

The Love of her Lifetime

Amateur Felisa Read finds her perfect match with an unlikely partner By Christina Keim In the dark, damp, early morning hours of June 11, 2022, 34 endurance competitors were busily making final preparations for the American...

Horses, Equestrians, and Stunt Riders In film

BY PEARL RUNNING DEER For many years, I’ve enjoyed finding locations, riders, and barns for films. I’ve met so many wonderful people and made some lifelong friends.  Many barn owners have asked me what they need...

From an EF 1 Tornado to a Category 4 Hurricane

by Elizabeth Janoski To live in Tornado Alley is to be prepared to move quickly to safety and, after the tornado passes by, to reassemble what can be saved. No community knows that better than...

Human Touch: Reminding Riders to Care for Their Own Bodies, Too

BY TYLER BUI We provide the highest quality of care for our horses’ bodies, but what about our own? In almost any other sport, the athlete’s physical state is top priority—but our sport is unique,...

Horse Halloween Costume Inspiration From the GSWEC’s Monster Mash

All photos by Jerry Mohme Photography If you're looking for Halloween costume inspiration for you and your horse, you need not look further than the Great Southwest Equestrian Center's Monster Mash horse show! Held each October,...

How Riders Can Prioritize Skin Care

Skin cancer is the most common—and one of the most preventable—cancers in the United States. Here’s how you can protect yourself.   By Barbara Blasko, M.D. As equestrians, we spend most of our time outside—usually in...

The Mule: Everything You Should Know About the Most Underrated Equines

This is the latest story in Margie Sloan’s  “So! Who’s Your Daddy” series about some incredible stallions and their babies. BY MARGIE SLOAN Molly was a sight to see: well groomed, athletic, and proud of the...

A-Circuit to Dude Ranch: How I found my passion for riding again

BY VYLA CARTER Much of my time at my last show on the A-circuit was spent in the feed stall crying. I was burnt out. I was exhausted from the high pressure—the constant tiny mistakes...

A Day in the Life of a Dude Ranch Wrangler

By Vyla Carter This summer, I traded in my English saddle and tall boots for western tack and cowboy boots to be a wrangler at a dude ranch in Wyoming. A dude ranch is basically...

Well-Performing, Well-Fitting, Confidence-Boosting Apparel: Kerrits

Led by horsewomen, Kerrits has been providing quality, inclusive riding apparel for over three decades. From everyday riding clothes to winter gear and show clothes, Kerrits has something for every horse lover.  “Kerrits was started...

Whitethorne LLC: How This Women-Led Business Is Creating Opportunities for Others   

By Tyler Bui In this sport, education and opportunity are invaluable—and Whitethorne LLC strives to contribute their share of each for the industry.  Led by Georgy Maskrey-Segesman, Whitethorne LLC develops top Grand Prix and jumper mounts,...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Meet Sajid Saleem and Briana Villa

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...

Prixview: Fantasy Sports Games for the Equestrian Industry—and Beyond

By Piper Klemm Lucy Davis has developed quite the list of accomplishments—from her Olympic silver medal to her bronze medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games, she continues to find success at the highest level...