Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Breyer Model Horse That Sold for $22,000

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Every summer before the hunter/jumper crowd flocks to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Summer series, a group of folks comes to show with a very different kind of string—model horses! BreyerFest, a...

Equestrian Grants & Scholarships Every Rider Should Know About

The equestrian community is generous, and many people and organizations are invested in the future of our young riders and up and coming professionals. The next generation is the future of the sport itself....

Inside the Numbers: How Much Does Pony Finals Cost?

BY 2019 PONY FINALIST Attending Pony Finals is a dream shared by many young equestrians. A trip in the Walnut Ring, the chance for a coveted top 20 ribbon, friends and ponies everywhere—it makes sense...

Winterize Your Horse – The Pros and Cons of Blanketing

Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS Most horses love cold weather. They are much more stressed in the heat. Some exceptions are our equine friends from hot or tropical climates such as the Middle East, the Australian...

Ride the Perfect Course with Paul Jewell

“R” judge and renowned course designer Paul Jewell discusses how he got to the top, why he lives  for the horse show, and what  makes the perfect course BY TROY ANNA SMITH You may not know...

The Ultimate Pony Playlist: 5 Hours of Music About Horses

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Does your drive to the barn suffer from a lack of equestrian tunes? Do you ever workout at the gym and think, "This beat just doesn't have enough pony in...

Mama in the Making: The Top Four Traits of a Successful Broodmare

By Kara Pinato Scro and Tori Bilas/Jump Media When it comes to breeding horses, there isn’t one rule of thumb or a magic bullet that can guarantee successful offspring, but having a solid and reputable...

I Am a Fat Equestrian and I’m Never Dieting Again

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Fat is a tricky word. The dictionary defines it as: noun: a natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies, especially when deposited as a layer under the skin or around certain...

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...

Why You Should Take Equestrian Studies College Courses Online This Summer

A Q&A with The Plaid Horse Publisher Piper Klemm The Plaid Horse publisher Professor Piper Klemm, Ph.D., is offering her equestrian studies online courses for college credit again this summer. The courses run from May...

What They Don’t Tell You About Horseback Riding

BY TAYLOR SANTOSUOSSO  “Try horseback riding lessons,” they said. “Horses keep you out of trouble,” they said. Well, what they don’t tell you about horseback riding is that being a “horse girl” can be hard. Anyone who claims...

Real Ribbon Displays to Get Inspiration for Showcasing Ribbons in Your Home

Special ribbon boxes make colorful accent furniture for your home. Plus, they give plenty of room to stack piles of glorious satin. But you don't have to get expensive furniture for this look. Check...

Hard Work Isn’t Enough to Show Successfully—It’s About Privilege

BY SHELBY BENNY Many consider riding a dying sport. As urban sprawl leads to a decline in the availability of farmland and wages remain stagnant, horse ownership becomes more and more out of reach for...

So Much More Than a Diploma: St. Andrews University Equestrian Studies

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Picking a college is the first step of adulthood for many, and there are countless factors that go into determining which school is the best fit. But add horses into the mix?...

Four Flatwork Exercises to Increase Rideability from Max Amaya

BY MAX AMAYA Although my riders’ accomplishments in the show ring are important, I never underestimate the value of solid flatwork as the foundation that makes all the pieces come together in competition. At home,...

What Determines How You Place in the Hunters?

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING We are pretty committed to client education at Two Bit Training. Our unmounted lesson topics range from leg wrapping to taking a temperature and pulse to walking a...

Body Protectors, Air Vests & and Other Safety Gear: What You Need to Know

By Rennie Dyball There’s nothing like a pandemic to get people thinking about their safety. In tack shops and in online groups alike, riders outside of the eventing world are talking about incorporating an extra...

Touch of Class: Show Jumping’s Great Thoroughbred Mare

BY TPH STAFF The hallways of the hunter/jumper sport are lined with champions, and one of the greatest on the wall is the Thoroughbred mare, Touch of Class. Touch of Class (1973-2001) was everything she wasn’t...

Wool vs Foam Flocking: What Does It Mean for Your Saddle?

BY BRITTANY BIRD So, you’re shopping for a new saddle, and as you sip your morning coffee while researching different types, you stumble across the foam vs. wool debate.  Some of your friends are all about the sleek,...

Exercises to Build Your Horse’s Topline

BY EMILY MILLER When I purchased my 2011 Warmblood cross mare, Dixie, in 2017 she was very green under saddle and unbalanced in her gaits. She was particularly weak in her back and didn’t know how to...

The Case For Dark-Colored Breeches

BY JENNIFER FINCH Why the recent USEF rule change allowing dressage riders to wear dark-colored breeches is an important step in making our sport more accessible. Early in 2021, USEF announced that, starting on December 1st,...

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...