Miracles at the Base of Mini Mountain: Healing and Love at the So Cal...

BY DIXIE AYALA 2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry We share the same name, this pony and me. She was rescued from starvation and brought to the So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary. Jeanne Oliver, founder of the...

Literally Endless: Turning Away from the Grind and Remembering to Dream

BY PIPER KLEMM Dealing with the countless types of notifications we’re presented with these days is kind of like swiping gnats away from your face on a humid night at the barn. Facebook videos automatically...

Great Fun Comes with Small Horses: The WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase at Devon 2019

BY EMILY MCNEILL Although most equestrians are familiar with a Steeplechase race, not many have had the opportunity to watch one—especially ten times smaller! The WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase gathered a large crowd Sunday afternoon...

Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp Part 3: Broken Mirrors and Bamboo Trees

BY TPH STAFF For more sports psychology insight and training advice, check out parts one and two of this series. A long time ago when I couldn’t afford a horse and needed to get my...

Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp Part 2: Outgrouping, The Threat Response, and the Danger...

BY TPH TEAM This is part two of my recap of the Daniel Stewart Equestrian Athlete Camp. Click here to read the first post. I knew that once the workouts started at the Daniel Stewart Equestrian...

Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp, Part 1: Beyond Hips, Heels, and Hands

BY TPH TEAM Last week I found myself driving into the Adirondacks to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, site of Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp. With my fingers clenched on the steering wheel...

Tips to Host the Perfect Kentucky Derby Party

BY JULIE UNGER Plaid Horse readers share a few traits: the love for horses, the love of style and knowing how to work hard and play hard. Hosting a Kentucky Derby watch party is one of those times where...

Mind Body Horse: Achieving Alignment Through Yoga

If a life can have a narrative, the throughline of Carrie Fraser’s story is one of alignment. Emotionally, physically, and spiritually, her life has been an education in finding that balance. She started Mind...

10 Travel Tips for Equestrians

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM As someone who rarely spends a Friday or Saturday night in their own bed, traveling is a loved activity right up until… well, we all know what that point feels like. Here are 10...

Charities Among Us: The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica

BY PENELOPE AYERS, AMATEUR HUNTER RIDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE SLOTH INSTITUTE The Sloth Institute (TSI)’s mission is to improve and advance the welfare of Sloths through research on their behavioral ecology and habitat needs;...

Life in the Doghouse Showcases Inspiring Story of Relentless Dog Rescue Efforts

BY EMMA MILLER When Hurricane Katrina made catastrophic landfall in the United States’ Gulf Coast in August 2005, animal-lovers Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta made the long drive from South Carolina to Louisiana to help...

High Heels and Short Ponies: The Life of an Equestrian Pageant Queen

BY SKYELUR FESTA I grew up in a small town in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA and have been obsessed with horses for as long as I can remember. I was always that girl who wanted...

Charities Among Us: Friends of Dog Mountain

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN There aren’t many perfect places on earth, but the Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury, Vermont is one of them. Folk artist Stephen Huneck and his wife bought the 150 acre...

Charities Among Us: Boots for Troops

SUPPORTED BY SHANE GEORGE, TRAINER & JUDGE • WRITTEN BY LINDSEY GEORGE ROGERS, CO-FOUNDER OF BOOTS FOR TROOPS My husband, Jimmy Rogers, came up with the idea for Boots For Troops while deployed on the USS...

How Do We Save the Wild Horses?

BY JOSY O'DONNEL Horses are fascinating animals, both incredibly resilient and frighteningly delicate. Although the genus Equus, containing the species of zebras, horses, and donkeys, seems to have originated in North America, the modern horse’s...

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....

Healthy Recipes for the Avid Athlete: Better Alternatives to Horse Show Snacks

BY SARA SOMECK You’ve probably been there before. You wake up at the crack of dawn, eager to get to the horse show. There is no time to spare, so you run out of the...