Friday, April 23, 2021

Lake Placid: Beyond the Horse Show

BY VYLA CARTER For two weeks out of the summer the town of Lake Placid, known for its winter sports, is taken over by the equestrian community. Equestrians flock to the Lake Placid Horse Show...

Technicolor: A Champion Remembered, 2010–2018

Lindsay Maxwell’s famed hunter, Technicolor, tragically died this spring due to complications from cardiomyopathy. The stunning bay gelding was as kind as he was talented, as beautiful as he was athletic. Technicolor burst on to...

Battle of the Sports Bras

BY RENNIE DYBALL It’s a good time to shop as an equestrian – everything from breeches to show shirts and even hunt coats are being constructed with performance fabrics to keep us cool, dry and...

The Ethics of Employment in the Horse Industry

BY DIANNA BABINGTON During the recent winter circuit in Wellington, there was a lot of chatter among professional trainers and riders regarding the arduous task of finding and keeping qualified help to manage barns and...

What I Learned Horse Showing, Without My Horses

BY ASHLEY SHAW Packed clothes, filled trunks, my bike secured to the back of the car – I was ready for a great three weeks of showing at the Colorado Horse Park. Except for one...

First Look: Spy Coast Farm’s New Rehab Center Does it All

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Tucked away on 800 acres in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky’s bluegrass country, Spy Coast Farm makes a strong case for being a horse. On most days of the year, the facility’s...

My Complicated Body in Breeches

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Last week, I shared an article to our Facebook page from the July issue of The Plaid Horse about body image in our sport. Later in the day, I went...

Richard Spooner opines on the state of the sport and how to be a...

BY SISSY WICKES Richard Spooner embodies the equestrian version of the American success story. His professional resume includes top finishes in the Equitation Finals, over $1 million in prize money, over 100 Grand Prix wins,...

Who Jumped It Best? I Love New York Horse Show Jumper Classic

Last week's I Love New York Horse Show had big name riders and tough competition. Mclain Ward and HH Gigi’s Girl won the Jumper Classic, but that still doesn't determine who jumped it best!...

4 Perfect Horse Movies for When It’s Too Hot to Ride

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN With the middle of July and some of the hottest weeks of the summer upon us, take some time to relax and unwind with a great movie. Here are some of The...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Full Chaps and Fringe

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Chokers, jelly shoes, plaid flannel shirts... so many of the fashion trends from when I grew up in the 90's are becoming mainstream again. But what about the horse world? When it comes...

How to Get Paid: Addressing Cash Flow Issues Within Equestrian Businesses

BY PAMELA N. SAUL, CB The lesson schedule is full and everybody is going to the show this weekend. So why is the business bank account empty? So often, in our industry, a company struggles...

Learning How to Fall Off With a Smile on My Face

BY VYLA CARTER I have fallen off my horse a lot. More times than I can count on all my fingers, including the swollen pointer finger I just sprained from falling off. And more times...

Tips for Shipping Your Horse in Hot Weather

BY EQUO We have had some widespread and prolonged heat waves the past few weeks. With the extreme temps, came a lot of questions about how to ship your horse safely. The experts at Equo...

Tuesday’s Failure is Full of Grace (and out of breath).

Publisher's Notes by Publisher Piper Klemm, Ph.D For those of you who track my happenings, I ran my first 5k in April of this year. This was not some sort of goal or practiced achievement....

Body Image in Breeches: How We Can Move Our Sport Forward

BY RENNIE DYBALL They say the only constant in life is change. But how does that apply to a sport rooted in tradition and some old-school tendencies? Last month, an article on The Plaid Horse blog...

Safe Sport: Who Are We Protecting?

BY TIMOTHY WICKES BAM! Down goes Jimmy Williams. The first big domino falls. #MeToo has hit the hunter/ jumper world like Serena hits a forehand. It seems that since Spring has sprung there’s been a...

Tough Weather and Tough Riders at the “Lucky Seven” IHSA Alumni Tournament of Champions

“Lucky 7”  the Seventh Anniversary of the Alumni Tournament of Champions (hunt seat edition) once again had a slightly crazy Mother Nature throwing some interesting weather and oddly low temps at the 100 or...

Red, White and Bay: 15 Patriotic Ponies for Independence Day

If "every heart beats true 'neath the red, white and blue," does that include horses? Well this group says so! Enjoy these patriotic ponies, and have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Youthful Haney Oversees Exciting Times at Vandalia

BY FRANCIS LABELLE Just over a year ago, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Second Chances Program at the Vandalia Correctional Facility in Illinois received a $5,000 grant from the Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board...

Erica Quinn on Making It to the Top

BY SISSY WICKES Many of us on the east coast will recognize Erica Quinn as a young rider who is as easily seen hacking horses in the ring at dawn as showing them under the...

Patriotic Tack Sets You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN If there's one thing I love about the hunters, it's the wide variety of striking, individualistic tack choices. Oh wait... that's literally every other discipline. Still, for the hunter/jumper rider looking...