How Being a Perfectionist Made Me a Better Rider

BY SUSAN GILSTRAP I was in 5th grade when my drawing that I worked so meticulously on wasn’t chosen to be hung in the hallway with all the other kids’ artwork....

Where the Hart Is: Mother’s Day Life Lessons With Emma & Dana Hart-Callanan

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Take it from me, if you’re lucky enough to find yourself stabled near Lebanon, New Jersey’s Hart Farm at the next horse show, you’re in for...

Throwback to Gold: Will Simpson Rides On

Gold. BY TIMOTHY WICKES “So, I finish my warm-up and all of a sudden, George and McLain coming running up and say, ‘All you gotta do...

Five Takeaways from “Fundamentals of Equitation” with Stacia Klein Madden

BY EMILY RIDEN AND MOLLY SORGE/JUMP MEDIA Renowned trainer Stacia Klein Madden can often be found ringside during equitation classes at major horse shows across the country, including at...

Lessons in the Learning: When Figuring Out the Pony is the Journey, Not the...

BY PONYMOMAMMY Being a mom, and an amateur, and a pony mom comes with a unique set of challenges, but it also comes with an amazing perspective. My pony-kid...

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

BY JESS CLAWSON This is part two of my recap of the Daniel Stewart Equestrian Athlete Camp. Click here to read the first post. I knew...

Beyond the Saddle: Confidence Built at the Barn

BY RYAN SETH As a young rider and high school sophomore, I’m constantly learning. Whether it’s while hunkering down in the classroom working on my Spanish homework or...

Picking the Best College Riding Program for You

BY ERIN PRUTOW Prior to opening my own equine law practice in Southern California, I spent four incredible years showing on the Oklahoma State NCEA Equestrian Team. Like many high school...

When the Dark Side Works: Buying a Green Broke 3yo Pony for My Kid

BY HELENE DUDLEY You are putting your child in danger! That’s hard for a parent to hear, especially when it’s true and yet—here I am.

Here’s to the Little Jumps

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I’ve spent a long time feeling like I was lesser within the equestrian world. Growing up riding at a small private barn, our focus was fox hunting and...

Who Jumped It Best? Le Saut Hermès

BY ERIN GILMORE The final fence in a jumpoff is always an interesting obstacle to examine. The higher the stakes in the class, the more dramatic that fence becomes, as riders...

Thrills, Spills, & One Big Work-Off: Adam Edgar Is Electric in the USEF/Cacchione Cup...

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Beezie Madden won it for Southern Seminary in 1984. Peter Wylde took the title for Tufts two years later. If ever there was a predictor of...

British Horseracing Authority Lead the Way

While you might not have thought about gene doping, or indeed even know what it is, for all equestrian sports it is something we need to keep an eye on. While it looks likely...

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

BY JESS CLAWSON 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...

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...

Tips for Show Success Without a Trainer at the In-Gate

BY JAMIE SKUBAL As I trot around the ring for the under saddle, I can see trainers standing at the in gate and along the ring making small pointers and hand...

Horses Give me Freedom: Riding with Arthrogryposis

BY JEWELL COX Ever since I can remember, I’ve had the dream of owning a horse, caring for it, and competing in barrel racing. I wanted to experience the special connection...

Resilience is… Knowing Your Limits.

BY PIPER KLEMM Today I started work early, grabbed lunch, went for a run, worked more, headed to campus, donated blood, returned home for more work, and ended the...