The Equestrians of Color Photography Project: Kamerra Brown-Allen

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...

It Happens! Indoors Edition

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,...

The Road to Prepare for Equitation Finals

BY MACKENZIE FITCH I began my equitation career last summer, riding with Troy Hendricks and Emily Corkhill at Kimber-View Stables in Glenmore, PA. Together we made a clear plan for the 2021 finals, the first...

The Only Thing We Need to Fear

BY PIPER KLEMM I have written at least 30 versions of this article in the last 72 hours. I have read the entire USEF rulebook twice and certain passages dozens of times. I have talked...

What Can We Learn From Saint Boy? Considering Horse Welfare Beyond the Modern Pentathlon

BY ALEXANDRA O’SULLIVAN Since the Modern Pentathlon at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a photograph of Annika Schlue riding Saint Boy has been circulating the internet. It shows her shoulders tensed, eyes scrunched closed as...

“I’m Simply Addicted to Horses.” Why Betty Oare and Her Fellow Lifetime Riders Don’t...

BY LETTIE TEAGUE My 78-year-old friend Marie Boynton rides six days a week—in freezing cold weather or triple-digit heat unless her 23-year-old horse Bosco has a stone bruise or stifle injury (his two most recent...

Mindfulness Meditation While Mounted to Reduce Riding and Show Stress

BY LINDSEY ANUZIS GAGE Stress can be defined as physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension. It has also been defined as a condition or feeling experienced when a person believes that demands exceed the...

For Medal Finals Winners, Success Starts at Harrisburg

A look back at five riders who came out on top and went on to international stardom By Emily Randolph/Randolph PR Ronnie Mutch, Victor Hugo-Vidal, Bernard Traurig, Chrystine Jones, Conrad Homfeld, Mark Leone. Reading through the list...

Haunted (and Helped) by a “Heart Horse”

BY LI ROBBINS When I was a teenager, which was… well, a while ago,  I competed in horse shows in and around Winnipeg, Manitoba. Boon, my ultra-calm Thoroughbred-Quarter Horse cross, often carried me to victory—notably...

Pro-Turned Ammy: Burned Out and Wondering What’s Next

BY SOPHIA JURGENS  And then it was over. The dream I had since childhood, since I was that little horse girl running around in muddy paddock boots and a glittery “I LOVE PONIES” t-shirt, was...

15 Halloween Costumes For Spooky Horses Wary of “Dressing Up”

This time of year horse shows and barn parties have costume classes popping up all over the place. And why not? It's a super fun, creative activity that we don't get to do normally....

Shady Lady: Sun Protection Looks to the Future

BY LINDSEY LONG EQUESTRIAN PROFESSIONAL and founder of ShadyLady Alysia Lynch-Sherard did not set out to start a clothing company and she never thought she’d be in the position of championing for sun protection. Those...

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Kendall Meijer

Rider status: AmateurHometown: Grand Rapids, MI Trainers: Cathy and Hillary Johnson As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: winning the 2017 Championship at the National Horse Show in the 3'3 AO’s aboard Moonwalk; winning the...

Combine Innovation and Comfort This Fall With Kerrits & EQL

BY JENNIFER FINCH As the seasons change, equestrians’ closets change, too. Sweat-wicking fabrics are often pushed aside for fleece-lined breeches and quilted vests. And the team at Kerrits has worked hard to bring their customers...

Haute Equestrian: Helping Equestrian Business Owners, Promoting Inclusivity, and Fulfilling a Dream

BY TORI SHEEHAN Like so many adult riders, Caitlin Dance made the decision to come back to horses. After countless hours of early mornings and long drives to ice rinks throughout Canada, Dance traded in...

George Mason Mortgage & Grace Maxwell: A Unique Set of Skills to Help Equestrian...

By Stacy Bromley Hamilton Grace Wilkins Maxwell used a chance meeting at a random Thanksgiving dinner table to fall in love with her future husband Jim and their partnership and love of horses would open...

20 Things That Scare Adult Amateurs Way More Than Goblins and Ghosts

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It's officially spooky season, and that means a lot more to riders than the average person—especially us adult amateur folks. We're on the lookout for "spooks" all year round. But it's not...

PulseVet: The Basics and Benefits of Shock Wave Therapy for Horses

BY PHOEBE BROWN Horses carry the dreams, hopes, and goals of equestrians in all disciplines. Riders, owners, trainers, veterinarians, farriers, and countless others work hard to put horse welfare first. In the equine industry, various...

Cavaliere Couture: Comfortable Tights for Equestrian Athletes

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM When Lela Reynolds mounted up for a dressage lesson with trainer Kimberly Monk in 2017 in a pair of Lululemon leggings, she had no idea that her outfit choice would inspire her...

Who Said Old is a Bad Thing?

BY JACKY FRIEDMAN Why don’t more people seek out an older horse for the inexperienced rider? Learning to ride is a challenge, so working with a young horse often just makes it harder. When my...

How Capital Challenge Taught Karli Postel Schroeder to Thrive Under Pressure

BY TORI BILAS/JUMP MEDIA Since its inception in 1993, the Capital Challenge Horse Show has held prestigious year-end finals, allowing the best hunter, jumper, and equitation riders to shine. In 2008, Capital Challenge began emphasizing...

It Happens! Stephanie Bowers, Julie Winkel, Catherine Tyree and Lisa Wu

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,...