Introducing: Luna, Essex Classics’ New Performance Show Shirt

By Catie Staszak/Catie Staszak Media, Inc. After successfully launching its first jumper performance shirt, Dusk last spring, Essex Classics began fielding questions from hunter riders. "Can we have some color, too?" Essex Classics Founder Cathy Sacher has...

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....

Brian Moggre: “Elite Equine Athlete Care is as Important as Training”

July 26, 2022. Franklin, Tenn. Twenty-year-old U.S. show jumper Brian Moggre has been knocking people’s socks off for several years now. That’s been especially true the last two summers soaring on the senior Nations...

Samantha Schaefer Succeeds with Exhibitor’s

Photos by SAS Photography Throughout her life, Samantha Schaefer has fully immersed herself in horses. At the age of seven, she started showing pony hunters, riding to the top of the winners’ circle, which propelled...

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...

Horse Show Food Guide: Kentucky Horse Shows

By Tatum Mitchell Horse Show Food Guide: The Kentucky Horse Park Horse show cuisine is an experience like no other. As many horse people know, every show grounds has trademark foods that are a must-try. We...

Horse Show Food Guide: Traverse City Horse Shows

By Tatum Mitchell Horse show cuisine is an experience like no other. As most horse people know, every show grounds has trademark foods that are simply “a must.” We reached out to some of...

The Answer to Your Undergarment Needs: Eques Pante

By Tyler Bui Jessica Andrews decided to take matters into her own hands after years of struggling with athletic undergarments. In 2021, she established Eques Pante, offering equestrian performance underwear. Complete with revolutionary materials, cut,...

Tarzan Swings Ella Hoffman into Inaugural Special Olympics NY Summer Series Championship at Saratoga WIB...

By L.A. Sokolowski Stillwater, NY (July 18, 2022) “I won my first championship and…on my first polo pony!” exclaimed Ella Hoffman of Loudonville, NY, earning the inaugural Special Olympics New York (SONY) Summer Series championship under...

Tips From the Top: “Stay Calm” is the Bottom Line for Denise Moriarty, Kent...

Edited Press Release As the long-time groom for US Olympic show jumper Kent Farrington, Denise Moriarty has been thriving at the highest level of the sport for several years. The tips and tricks she’s learned,...

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...

Does Your Horse Need a Ration Balancer?

Horses have evolved over millions of years as grazers, roaming around selecting the best forages they could find. However, today’s horses are typically limited to a single type of forage in one geographic area....

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...

What to Eat: The Devon Horse Show (Are You Team Lemon Sticks or Tea...

By Tatum Mitchell Horse show cuisine is an experience like no other. As most horse people know, every show grounds has trademark foods that are a must. Throughout the wonderland that is The Devon...

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....