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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...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Bob Crandall— Rider, Trainer & USEF “R” Judge

As a horseman, I am most proud of: the many horses I was able to find, start, and bring along. Sadly, I wasn’t able to keep many of them.  As a horseman, I would most...

Hayley Culverwell Resumes Equine Training for E-9 Search and Rescue 

By Lisa Pellegrene Hayley Culverwell is the founder of a project called E-9 Search and Rescue, a project she founded, dedicated to training horses to track and / or trail for search and rescue services....

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Mariah Eisenbraun & Erica Swank

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...

“Comfortable, Happy, & Secure” at Timberwagon Farm

BY TYLER BUI Sonja Boorman has created the ideal equine wellness and retirement center. Combining her love for horses and science, she has developed Timberwagon Farm and Balanced Equine Bodyworks—two businesses with a mission to...

The Save America’s Forgotten Equines Act

Thousands of Equines are Sent Abroad to Slaughter—the Senate Must Vote to Pass a Bill to Save Them By Margie Sloan Death is inevitable for our horses. How they die is a decision we are often privileged...

From Racehorse to Companion Pony

BY DIANA BEZDEDEANU If I had to pick out the biggest lesson I have learned to date from owning horses, it would be that nothing ever goes according to plan… As every Equestrian knows, owning horses...

Book Excerpt: Milo’s Eyes

By Lissa BachnerReprinted with the permission of Behler Publications Now, while others were toasting the New Year, we were in a barn in our down parkas and warm boots, waiting for two horses from Germany....

Yoga for Every Equestrian

Horses are incredibly intuitive animals. It is one of my favorite things about them. They sense your energy the second you walk into their space. I will never get over the fact that these...

How Can Riders Prepare to Feel Their Best on Show Days?

ShowMD’s Dr. Barb Blasko provides her top tips. As equestrians, we are often guilty of taking better care of our horses than ourselves. But focusing on your own optimal performance conditions will only improve your...

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...