You Are a Student, Not a Customer

By Emily Elek  I’m not into that customer stuff.  You know what I mean. There are so many in this business who refer to their “customers.” And the customer is always right…right? Except the barn is...

A World-Class Curriculum at Savannah College of Art and Design

It’s hard to find an equestrian academic program that offers it all—comprehensive education, a national championship equestrian team, and preparation for a career that can make a difference—but SCAD delivers all that and more. BY...

What, Why, and How Do We Teach?

An inside look at how equestrian professionals can guide their students toward success By Mary Pardee, Director of Riding at Lake Erie College & Assistant Professor of Equine Studies I spend a lot of time developing...

10 Phrases You Should Never Say at the Barn

BY PIPER KLEMM “It’s Not My Fault” It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. It’s probably just how the day is going. So many issues happen every single day with all the moving parts at the...

It Happens! Sarah Duhon, Margie Engle, Vanessa Brown and Jen Ritucci

BY Rennie Dyball 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...

Being There for My Horse of a Lifetime

BY NC MATHENY Horses have a way of wrapping their way around your heart. This was what happened when I found a wee Tennessee Walking Horse orphan. Knowing the foal faced extraordinary odds, I felt...

Helping Horses Carry Larger Riders

By Karen Hopper Usher Not every horse is suitable for larger riders, but those that are still need careful consideration. A proper warmup can go a long way.  I’ve been overweight for most of my adult...

Mark Leone: The Luckiest Leone

BY ANN JAMIESON The Luckiest Leone "I was the luckiest Leone,"  says Mark. "I was the youngest of three. I learned from my brothers. I learned what they did well, what they didn't do well, and...

London International Horse Show (LIHS): a Volunteer’s View

BY KRISTY WARD You might be thinking “London International Horse Show? I’ve never heard of that before,” but my guess is that you probably have. It used to be called Olympia, and it’s been running...

It’s Never “Just a Horse”

BY LAUREN MAULDIN “She talks about these horses like they’re people. All of their different personalities and stuff. I don’t get it. I mean, it’s just a horse!” I’ve heard different versions of this conversation my...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire With: Tonya Johnston

Hometown: San Rafael, CA  Trainer: Leylan Gleeson, Small Stone As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: staying grateful for my horse and every opportunity we get to experience together.  As a horsewoman, I would most...

Mares Ruled Indoors!

At Harrisburg this fall, Elina won gold with Ansgar Holtgers Jr. in the $15,000 Neue Schule/USEF Prix Des States Team Champion-ships, while Ever So Often was champion in the 3'3" Junior Hunters with Avery...

How Self-Conscious Riders Can Feel More Confident Riding in a Crowded Ring

BY DIANA BEZDEDEANU  I don’t like to ride in the arena with others (hence why I could never sign up for group lessons). I am self-conscious of my own abilities, constantly comparing my riding to...

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Bay Collyns, Christopher Cervantes & Tahira Carrol

The Plaid Horse is proud to introduce some of the photo project’s featured equestrians to our readers in each issue. In 2020, a group of photographers came together to create the Equestrians of Color Photography...

Reality TV Star or Pony Champion? How I Became Both

BY ELLIENA APOLLO Lights, Camera, action? Well, not quite. In my case, my mom’s idea of a simple video project somehow turned into the concept for a new reality TV Show.  It all started in Tryon...

New Year’s Horse Resolution: I Resolve to Resolve

BY LI ROBBINS It’s been ages since I made New Year’s resolutions. I fell out of the habit for the obvious reason—I probably won’t keep them. Still, I always like to feel I’m making progress...

How an Ordinary Day Saved My Life from Depression

BY BELLA NYE The harsh alarm on my phone lights up the room and reminds me that it’s 4:30am. Time to get out of bed. But it's pitch black and dead silent outside, and I...

“He Just Takes Your Breath Away”: American Bred Mr. Manhattan

BY TORI SHEEHAN Ask what makes Mr. Manhattan spectacular, and the first answer is unanimous.  “Oh, his jumping. I mean, there’s no question about it,” says John Barker, Manhattan’s trainer. “Just a perfect hunter style.”  The German...

Equestrian Tradition and the Ultimate Athlete

BY ALEX O'SULLIVAN The founder of the modern pentathlon, Baron Pierre de Courbetin, chose the five disciplines - fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting and cross country running -because he wanted the competition to...

All About Tummy Gummies

Equine Elixirs created the first equine antacid gummies—how can they help your horse? Curious about Tummy Gummies, the first equine antacid created by Equine Elixirs? We’ve got the answers to your questions here.   The Gastric...

Getting in the Holiday Spirit with the Great Southwest Equestrian Center

All photos by Jerry Mohme Photography “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear wearing it for all to see!” – Elf (revised) Riders at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center...

All About the Pre-Purchase Exam

Peterson Smith Equine Hospital + Complete Care’s Dr. Tim Lynch demystifies the process. By Catie Staszak To buy or not to buy? When it comes to horse sales, the pre-purchase exam (PPE) is often the determining...