My Complicated Body in Breeches

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Last week, I shared an article to our Facebook page from the July issue of The Plaid Horse about body image in our sport. Later in the day, I went...

Who Jumped It Best? I Love New York Horse Show Jumper Classic

Last week's I Love New York Horse Show had big name riders and tough competition. Mclain Ward and HH Gigi’s Girl won the Jumper Classic, but that still doesn't determine who jumped it best!...

Throwback Thursday Trends We Miss: Full Chaps and Fringe

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Chokers, jelly shoes, plaid flannel shirts... so many of the fashion trends from when I grew up in the 90's are becoming mainstream again. But what about the horse world? When it comes...

Learning How to Fall Off With a Smile on My Face

BY VYLA CARTER I have fallen off my horse a lot. More times than I can count on all my fingers, including the swollen pointer finger I just sprained from falling off. And more times...

Body Image in Breeches: How We Can Move Our Sport Forward

BY RENNIE DYBALL They say the only constant in life is change. But how does that apply to a sport rooted in tradition and some old-school tendencies? Last month, an article on The Plaid Horse blog...

Safe Sport: Who Are We Protecting?

BY TIMOTHY WICKES BAM! Down goes Jimmy Williams. The first big domino falls. #MeToo has hit the hunter/ jumper world like Serena hits a forehand. It seems that since Spring has sprung there’s been a...

Erica Quinn on Making It to the Top

BY SISSY WICKES Many of us on the east coast will recognize Erica Quinn as a young rider who is as easily seen hacking horses in the ring at dawn as showing them under the...

Patriotic Tack Sets You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN If there's one thing I love about the hunters, it's the wide variety of striking, individualistic tack choices. Oh wait... that's literally every other discipline. Still, for the hunter/jumper rider looking...

Is it a Bay and Gray World? Loud Coat Colors in the Hunters

BY LILLY JOHNSON Though we have all seen our fair share of unique colored horses showing in hunter divisions; bays, greys, and solid colors are the most common. You don't often see many unique patterns,...

Talk Derby To Me: Overcoming First Derby Doubt with a Yellow Pony

BY PONYMOMAMMY At the risk of aging myself, the concept of the hunter derby was foreign to me when I grew up at the horse shows. Sure, there were classics and shows with a field...

Who Jumped It Best? $131,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI 3*

Earlier this month at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Darragh Kenny led the victory gallop on Babalou 41. While Kenny may have won, it's up to you to decide your fan favorite! So vote below...

We Need to Mentor For the Kind of Kids We Want In Our Sport

BY HALLIE DAVIS These days, a lot of people in our industry like to talk down about the young riders of today. Recently, a post went viral on Facebook from a highly regarded trainer about...

5 “Simple, but Not Easy” Lessons from a George Morris Clinic

BY OLIVIA TAMBURRO  For my second clinic with George Morris, I immediately began preparing by cracking the spine of my copy of Hunter Seat Equitation and taking the stirrups off my saddle. When it came...

No Shame In Our Game: Horse Loving Signs

BY LAUREN MAULDIN If there's one thing the internet is good for, it's a solid viral sensation. First, there was dog shaming. You know, those hilarious hand-written signs photographed next to an innocent looking dog......

Smothering the Shame: Regaining my Confidence in the Equitation Ranks

BY LAUREN AUBERT Since my very first taste of showing on the A-circuit as a young child, I have always envied the classic, statuesque equitation riders with their floating half-seat at the canter, floating...

What it’s like To Be a “Horsegirl” in School

BY EMILY MCNEILL While watching a movie in history class, a calvary stampedes onto screen. Immediately, your classmates swivel towards you. In the midst of completing punnett squares in biology, a question regarding horse genetics...

The Suicide Conversation We Should Be Having Before “They Will Be Missed”

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN This week Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain became two of the over 30,000 Americans* that will die by suicide this year. In the aftermath of their loss, social media flooded...

Images of the Upperville Atmosphere – Tuesday, June 5th

With its green canopy of ancient oak trees, glossy hunters and top competition, few horses are as scenic as the Upperville Colt & Horse Show in Virginia. If you're not lucky enough to hack...

How to Add Pizzazz to An Equestrian Themed Party (Without Breaking the Bank!)

BY JENNIFER WILE RUBIN I recently hosted a party for my horse-crazy daughter. Before I really got started with party planning, it was important to me to settle on a theme. I always find that...

Adult Amateur Confessions: The Most Embarrassing Thing I Never Properly Learned To Do

BY RENNIE DYBALL When I was first learning to ride as a kid, my lesson program was all about the basics. Before cantering, we had to be masterful at the trot. I’m talking months of trotting, even bareback...

It’s Time to Ban Smoking at Horse Shows

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PH.D. Standing in the bleachers by the pony ring at The Devon Horse Show this year, I got a waft of an unwanted, familiar smell – cigarette smoke. I looked up...

Body Image, Health and Wellness in Adolescent Equestrians – Reader Response

BY KIRBY L. WYCOFF, PSY.D., NCSP The May 22, 2018 article by Rennie Dyball entitled “Riders, Body Image and ‘The Look” struck a chord with many in the equestrian world. Ms. Dyball bravely and candidly...