Thursday, May 13, 2021

IEA Judge Shares the Behind the Scenes of Hunt Seat National Finals

BY RITA TIMPANARO I was honored to judge the 2021 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Hunt Seat National Finals, April 22-25, 2021, held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agriculture Center, along with Mary Babick. This...

It Happens! Adrienne Sternlicht, Stephanie Danhakl, Archie Cox Share Embarrassing Moments

By Rennie Dyball Adrienne Sternlicht “My most embarrassing memory in the show ring to date happened when I was competing in the junior hunters during WCHR week at WEF.  I was in the lead for champion going...

Gears, Gauges, and Motors, Oh My! The Making of All-Natural Equine Supplements

By Kara Pinato Scro / Jump Media As horse lovers, we’re constantly seeking the very best for our horses in just about every facet of their lives—from boarding barns to riding equipment to their feed,...

A Balancing Act: Motherhood and Equestrian Careers

By Jump Media Equestrians, leaders, mothers: these titles all describe the following women as they have molded their careers and lives in the horse world. Not one of them has followed the same path, but...

Eight Things to Consider When Preparing to Ship Your Horse

By Nicole Lakin of BarnManager Whether you ship your horse frequently or only once in a while, it’s always helpful to bear in mind the things that make shipping less stressful. As a horse owner...

Questions and Conundrums from a Horse Show Dad

BY GORDON BALLANTYNE I have been immersed in the horse world for over a decade now with the enthusiasm of a reluctant participant dosed with an innate, heavy level of natural skepticism. My wife is...

Serio Steps Up

Renowned hunter/jumper trainer fosters rescue horse By Nancy Johnson Walk down the barn aisle at Derbydown and you will undoubtedly see one lovely horse after another. Louise Serio’s Kennett Square, Pennsylvania farm is legendary in the...

OTTBs Can – Top Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Finishers

No discipline understands the versatility and tenacity of OTTBs better than eventers. Perhaps it's because they appreciate a scrappy horse, but regardless of the reason OTTBs are plentiful throughout the levels. This is even...

Daniel Stewart’s Mind Your Mindset

BY DANIEL STEWART Mindset is everything. It defines how you’ll act and react; what you believe; how you treat yourself and others, and whether you’ll succeed or fail. It literally defines who you are and...

Golden Oldies Ponies Excel for Decades

BY JENNIFER TAYLOR When I see someone searching for a pony and they want something under 15 years old, I often think, I will take the ones OVER 15.  I will take them at 25! I...

Five Strides with Contefina LVF

An “interview” with the show jumper (via her owner, Ashlee Bond!) The 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (who goes by Fina or “Queen Feen” at the barn), recently won a Turf Tour Grand Prix. 1. You are Ashlee’s...

Journey to My First Grand Prix

BY EVIE JAECKLE It was a crazy, but incredible, journey that got me to my first Grand Prix. It all started with Michael Tokaruk. I had heard nothing but great things about him, which led me...

The Senior Horse Project: Lauren & Sly

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY JESSICA SANDERS Photographer Jessica Sanders started the Senior Horse Project to showcase the special, long-standing relationships between riders and their senior horses. Featuring seniors over 25 years old, she shares the...

Sweet Briar College Celebrates 100 Years of Equestrian Excellence

By Savannah MannesPhotos by Cassie Foster Evans, Sweet Briar College Looking for a proven pathway to turn your equestrian passion into a profession? Sweet Briar College has been helping riders become leading women for more...

EEI Responds to Logistics Involved in Running Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day

In response to the "8 Things I Don't Understand About USEF" Op-Ed, The Plaid Horse was sent the following clarification from Lee Carter, Executive Director of Equestrian Events, Inc regarding the Land Rover Kentucky...

8 Things I Don’t Understand about USEF

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D I don’t hate USEF, but I don’t understand it either. This week, I’ve been looking at the organization through the lens of game theory when it comes to cancelling the Devon...

It’s In the Details: The Quarter Marks of Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY Turnout is about a lot more than looking pretty for a horse show, and eventers know that more than most disciplines. From elaborate jog outfits to color-coordinated cross country gear,...
Plaidcast Episode 227A Roby Roberts WEC

More and More Games: A Post Mortem on USEF and WEC

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D Yesterday, we looked at the 2021 Devon Horse Show cancellation through the lens of game theory. But that hasn’t been the only game played this year. Today, let’s use game theory...

Meet Ema Klugman, Kentucky Three Day Event’s Highest Placed Young Rider

BY HEATHER FRENCH The Landrover Kentucky Three Day Event is the only 5* event in the U.S. and one of only six such events in the world. Even though spectators weren’t allowed this year due...

Is USEF Playing Games With Our Horse Shows?

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D. I’ve been thinking a lot about horse shows lately, specifically “The Devon Horse Show that wasn’t,” 2021 edition. These thoughts, shared in this article, are entirely conjecture based on my evaluation...

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day 5* Cross Country Photo Gallery

PHOTOS © HEATHER N. PHOTOGRAPHY It was a wet, exciting day of cross country at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. 15 horses were eliminated on cross country, including some of the sport's biggest names,...

Quick Questionnaire with Mimi Gochman

Rider status: Junior  Hometown: New York City and Palm Beach, FL  Trainers: Scott Stewart and Stacia Madden  • As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: all the things I have learned through the horse...