Friday, April 23, 2021

A Royal Summer Retreat at the Royal Veterinary College – Part I

BY SARAH LEWIS Sarah Lewis gives us an inside look to her experience attending an amazing opportunity -- the Royal Veterinary College Pre-Vet Summer Program in London, England. This week, she shares her journey finding,...

Set Your New Year’s Riding Goals Up for Success

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN It's the time of year where everyone is looking forward to a fresh start. I think of the days leading up to New Year's Eve as a clean piece of...

Happy Holidays from The Plaid Horse

During this holiday season, The Plaid Horse family wanted to take a minute to share our favorite holiday memory or wish with you! Annie Birmingham My holiday wish is that everyone finds a pony under the...

6 Horse Gifts to Satisfy Your Inner Child

BY TPH BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN I'm many years past qualifying for junior classes, and the older I get the harder my holiday wish list is to come up with. Sometimes I think I'd rather...

Red Bucket Equine Rescue Heals Horses & Humans

BY KRISTYNA LUKACOVA Susan Pierce is the president and founder of Red Bucket Equine Rescue in Chino Hills, California. With the help of her team, Susan has rescued 371 horses; 225 of which have found...

The Rolfes’ Mini Rescue

Above: Sharing a moment with Emma, the mini who was rescued with her foal from an auction. Although she can no longer see due to moon blindness, she responds wonderfully to her name. By Ashley Shaw,...

10 Pony Cakes for Your Next Barn Birthday

Pony girls dream in fluffy forelocks, tiny trots and satin ribbons... and those dreams include birthday wishes! With crossrails and canter transitions constantly on the brain, it's no surprise that pony girls hope for...

Free X Rein Offers Classic Stable to Street Style

BY TPH ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE LIZ DAVOLL Scrolling through Instagram a few weeks ago, I came across @xfreerein and was intrigued by their stunning imagery. Equestrian essence in some images, street style in others, and that...

Being an Amateur at the Annual Meeting in San Antonio 2017

BY ALIX MORRISON I ride (and write!) like an amateur, but jumped at the chance to cover the USHJA Annual Meeting for The Plaid Horse. I wanted to see USHJA debate and make rules, watch...

One-Eyed Wonders – Partially Blind Horses Can Excel in the Show Ring

BY TPH INTERN ERICA O'NEIL Throughout all disciplines of riding, accidents and unfortunate injuries happen. Some are more long term than others, like the loss of an eye, or eyesight. Many think if a horse...

Exhibitor Friendly: Promoting the Child/Adult Championships

BY ALIX MORRISON While just a C-rated division, the child and adult amateur hunters can be one of the most populated divisions at the horse show. Yet, with the lower height and smaller rating, they...

Finding Balance as an Amateur Equestrian and Working Professional

BY MICHELLE DURPETTI In my last blog, I wrote about ‘making an equestrian passion a priority as an amateur’ – something that I feel grateful every day to have the opportunity and incredible privilege to...

William C Steinkraus Obituary

Though he enjoyed wide range of interests and talents, William C. Steinkraus who died on November 29, 2017 at ninety two is perhaps best remembered as the show-jumper who became the first American ever...

NCEA Format Levels The Playing Field in Collegiate Riding

BY GRACE SALMON The format of the NCEA is one that allows collegiate equestrians to compete fairly and on a level playing field. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association competitions have a rider from both competing teams...

USHJA Annual Meeting Day 3: Final Conclusions

BY ELIZABETH EVANS Fortunately Alix and I aren't completely crazy party animals, so waking up bright and early for our last day of the meeting was easily done. I have grown fond of our morning...

Introducing Blog Editor, Lauren Mauldin

BY TPH BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Writing and riding are my two favorite things, which is why I’m so excited to join The Plaid Horse team as Blog Editor. I’m probably a better writer than I...

USHJA Meeting Day 2: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

BY ELIZABETH EVANS Brace yourself, day three was almost as big as the state itself Today was another early morning start. As Alix and I walked to the meeting, we discussed the hot button topics of...

2017 Hunter Breeding Task Force Had Much to Discuss

BY ALIX MORRISON Betty Oare, Chair of the USHJA Hunter Breeding Task Force, heard numerous debates while discussing HU188.4, restricting hunter breeding classes to one handler per horse, starting on Monday at the 2017 annual...

USHJA Annual Meeting December 11th Recap

BY ELIZABETH EVANS My journey to the USHJA meeting started just before midnight on Sunday with a red eye to San Antonio from LAX. I arrived in the wee hours of the morning on Monday for the...

Continuing Education: NCAA Equestrian

BY SISSY WICKES There is familiarity and comfort in routine, a sense of knowing what to expect and how to field it. The flow of a horse show is something I feel in my sleep,...

2017 USHJA Rule Change Debates

BY ALIX MORRISON As the annual meeting ramps up in San Antonio, and rule proposals are getting debated. Some of the hotly debated rules include: all of the rules pertaining to when and if safety...

Charlotte Cannon Finds Success with “Fame” at the Thoroughbred Makeover

BY LAINIE RUBIN An interview with the 2017 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover’s Show Hunter Champion “Seeking Fame’s” owner Charlotte Cannon In October of 2007, Charlotte Cannon and her thoroughbred gelding “Seeking Fame” competed at the...