Hydration and the Equestrian Athlete

BY FAITH ALICEA Let’s talk H2O!  Talking with my good friend, Laura Hall RD, who is a registered dietitian, gave me the gut check I needed. Let me explain. Her and I were speaking about the...

‘He Is Happiest at the Horse Shows’

Hadley Zeavin on Why Her 27-Year-Old Horse Griffin Is Still Thriving BY HADLEY ZEAVIN The eighteen months before I got Griffin in 2013 were the hardest of my life due to a bad riding accident and...

Are You Following These Equestrian TikToks?

BY KAYLA DIXON It had been another month of scrolling on the addictive video sharing app called Tiktok. The presence of equestrians on this app continues to grow.  I have rounded up another set of...

The Smiles are Priceless

Wynmore Farm’s Sybil Greene and Melanie Wright share their philosophies on teaching, showing, and diversity in our sport By Rennie Dyball When Melanie Wright was 14 years old, she began riding with Patty Foster and Mary...

Mesquite Grove Satirizes Dysfunctional Barn Interactions in Hilarious Animated Series Concept

Kent approaches the group, all clad in tan riding pants, tall black boots and white, high-collared long-sleeve shirts and asks if they know where Earl Norris and the Mesquite Grove contingent might be. Tinka...

From the Outside, In: Six Ways to Make Your Farm Shine in the Real...

BY TORI BILAS/JUMP MEDIA If you ask leading Wellington real estate agent Martha Wachtel Jolicoeur what property buyers are looking for these days, her answer without hesitation would be, “a house.” The housing market is...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Bay Collyns, Christopher Cervantes & Tahira Carrol

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...

A Day in the Life of an Equine Vet Student

BY RACHEL KENNEDY Have you ever wanted to go to veterinary school? Have you ever been curious about what daily life as an equine vet student looks like? Well, join me on campus for a...

Jumping in Jockey Stirrups: Steeplechase 101

BY RENNIE DYBALL For most of us in the horse show world, the idea of guiding a galloping horse around at 35 miles an hour with your stirrups hiked up is a foreign, daunting concept....

Saving Fred Astaire

BY ANN JAMIESON I wasn’t looking for a horse when Tucker (Fred Astaire) appeared in my life. I still had my first horse, Odie, and my show horse, Nicky. But when my friend, top breeder...

Sustainable Horse Careers: Saddle Fitter & Brand Representative

BY JESSIE LOCHRIE  Careers in the horse world are known for long hours, low pay, and a high rate of burnout — so how do the professionals we admire manage their careers in a sustainable...

Modeling the Perfect Horse

It isn’t surprising that women in the model horse world feel much the same way about their plastic or pewter horses as women do their “real” horses. The connection is just as vivid and real and can be described by the same word: Love.

Feeding Thousands of Horses As Owners Lose Jobs

BY PENNY LOEB Every morning, Elaine Nash wakes up in her home overlooking Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre and begins the never-ending search for funds to feed thousands upon thousands of horses. Nash founded the nonprofit Fleet...

A Good Boy

BY CHRISTINE BENSON Lewis is a person—just like you and just like me. Like us, his sameness is completed by those things that make him dazzlingly unique. He is young, a boy of maybe nine...

Barn Dogs: Which Breeds Are Best?

By Nicole McCray Aside from your beloved horse, there’s nothing better than a good barn dog. He’s a source of protection, love, companionship, and support for you and your horse. Simply put, no horse barn...

The Future of Equestrian Money Management

By TPH Staff Equestrian sports have seen tremendous evolution over the past two decades. From drastic improvements in veterinary technology to a whole host of new divisions at the horse shows, things are changing. Robin...

Amira Chichakly and Bustin Scones Show Girl Power in New York Racing

BY LAURIE SCOTT In a world dominated by men and the colts they train, Amira Chichakly is making a name for herself.  Her brand new training stable has already hit the board a number of...

Blenheim EquiSports Commissions Economic Impact Study of Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park

The Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park—also known simply as, the "Riding Park” is the home of Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The venue hosted approximately 7,500 horses at 16 week-long events in...

How To Balance Schoolwork and Riding

Above photo: TPH Intern Emy Lucibello makes her homework a priority even at a horse show By TPH Intern Izzy Feinstein To many young equestrians, juggling homework, studying, and riding can seem overwhelming and impossible. In order...

Springtime Supplements Started out of Love for a Dog

BY TPH STAFF Springtime Supplements got its start in 1979 when founder Dennis Hampt needed a solution for his beloved dog’s health issues. His Akita, Buddha, suffered a broken leg as a puppy. Over time...

Eight Things to Consider When Preparing to Ship Your Horse

By Nicole Lakin of BarnManager Whether you ship your horse frequently or only once in a while, it’s always helpful to bear in mind the things that make shipping less stressful. As a horse owner...

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...