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‘‘Fix Me Up So I Can Ride Today’’

FROM THE MAGAZINE ShowMD’s Dr. Barb Blasko explains why riders need to treat their own injury recovery like that of their horses. A good friend from the barn called me in tears. Her horse had slipped...

Nicolas Gamboa and NKH Mr. Darcy Cash in on Another Victory in $100,000 Third...

Katy, TX – Nicolas Gamboa and NKH Mr. Darcy put a final exclamation point on their phenomenal three weeks at the 2023 Pin Oak Charity Horse with victory in the finale $100,000 Third Coast Bank Grand Prix,...
Siobhan Latchford

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Siobhan Latchford

Status: Recently retired Barn Manager for Robin Greenwood, GCPonies As a horsewoman, I am most proud of being able to keep a barn full of horses and ponies happy and healthy for so many years. Needless...

Ideas for Adult Horse Camp!

We loved your answers to this question in the Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge…and we are awaiting an invite to join you this summer! Here are some of our favorite ideas from that fun...

Book Excerpt: The Judge Tells All

By Randy G. Roy Reprinted with permission from the author From Chapter 3: Hunters Q: What is the best way to enter the ring for an over fences hunter class? A: It depends on your horse. If he is...

Reading & Riding: How The Black Stallion is Teaching Ocala Youth 

By April Bilodeau Photos © Andrew Ryback Photography Many people have that one book, event, or memory from their childhood that ends up sending them down the path they chose to take in life. The Ocala...

It Happens! Augusta Iwasaki, Jennifer Bliss, Cira Pace Malta, Jay Moore

We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers to prove,...

I Had My Heart Horse Too Early

When the horse of a lifetime shows up sooner than you expected  By Meg Rosenthal I got my horse of a lifetime very early in my career. When I was 18, I had just turned professional...
Equine Residences

Equine Residences: Turning a Passion for Horses into a Barn-Designing Career

By Sarah Welk Baynum Andrea Knowles was like so many horse girls who were practically born wanting to ride.  Her parents bought her first pony at age seven, and she rode at a local barn near...

5 Ways to be Less Stressed at Horse Shows

BY TPH STAFF Most of us ride and show as our hobby, which means we should be enjoying the shows... right? Unfortunately, horse showing can be a stressful experience for many riders. From nerves to...

Publisher’s Note – Chapter 2: What’s Next? 

For the better part of a year, I’ve been looking toward what is next. The Plaid Horse inevitably mimics my journey—echoing what I am personally going through as we put each issue together. Reflected...

Horse: A Novel

By Geraldine Brooks It was only when Lexington walked right into a barrow that someone had carelessly left in the midst of the paddock that Jarret began to suspect the truth. He pulled a kerchief...

We Asked Artificial Intelligence About Horse Riding, Training, and Breeding

BY TPH STAFF Everyone is buzzing about AI lately. I'm sure you've seen the avatars and profile images your friends have shared on social media that look shockingly like them but were generated by a...

Nahlea’s Story: The Founder of Eques Pante Opens up About Moving on After the...

By Jessica Andrews Photos © Stephen Rivera Reprinted with permission from Eques Pante  The year 2023 started with putting my horse Nahlea, to sleep. It was one of the hardest, saddest days I have been through. That day...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Alex Anseth

Status: Head Trainer, Augusta Pines Farm • Hometown: Magnolia, TX As a horsewoman, I am most proud of my determination.  As a horsewoman, I would most like to improve on my patience.  I’d be lost without boot...

Liza Towell Boyd: The Lucky One

by Ann Jamieson When Jack and Lisa Towell were starting out, Jack served as a farrier as well as a trainer. "He did a little bit of everything, probably dictated by the finances of the...

It Happens! Sara Roche, Rennie Dyball & Lily Muzzy

We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers to prove,...

Bullet Journaling for Equestrians

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Let me introduce you to my favorite stress-coping mechanism for the year—bullet journaling. The past few years, I've been a big journaler. It's taken a variety of forms. When my mental health...

Mary Crane and Forever Bernardini: 2022 North American Field Hunter Champions

Mary Crane riding her Forever Bernardini won both the 2022 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship as well as the Dr. Mathew Mackay-Smith Award for the Highest Placing Thoroughbred in the weeklong competition held in Middleburg, VA. No horse...

Fran and Joe Dotoli Part IV – Making Our Sport Safer, and Better

by Ann Jamieson Revolutionizing Helmets  "Back in the mid-90s," Joe recalls, the sport had a few very bad years with a number of fatalities in the sport—all head injuries. "Five," says Joe, "if I recall." A...

What’s In Your Horse’s Name?

By Jessica Shannon Names have roots and meanings. Our parents agonized over what to name us. They wanted to give us names that honored our families, a memory, a cultural or religious figure, or connect...

Alesi Farms: Creating a Legacy in American Hunter Breeding

Home of Marabet Farm and Olde Oaks Farm By Victoria Sheehan Paris is always a good idea. Paris, Kentucky, sits in the heart of Bourbon county. Less than 10,000 people call this town home. There are...