Meet The Plaid Horse Team

The Plaid Horse is made possible through the collaborative efforts of a team of dynamic women, powered by one common denominator; a love of horses.

Piper Klemm, PhD

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Canton, NY

Piper began her tenure as the Publisher of The Plaid Horse Magazine in 2014. She received her B.S. with Honors in Chemistry from Trinity College [Hartford, CT] in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012.

She is an active member of the hunter/jumper community, owning a fleet of lease ponies and showing her horse MTM Sandwich in adult hunter divisions. Her goal is that everyone would take the time to be as educated about horsemanship and hunter/jumper sport as possible.

In addition to The Plaid Horse, she pursues her commitment to education by teaching various college courses.

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Owned The Plaid Horse since 2014

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Rennie Dyball

Managing Editor

Baltimore, MD

Rennie oversees editorial coverage for The Plaid Horse magazine and has co-authored most of the company’s books to date. She is the creator and co-author of the middle grade fiction series Show Strides, and she ghostwrote Traci and Carleton Brooks’s hit nonfiction guide, With Purpose: The Balmoral Standard. Rennie spent 15 years at People before moving from Manhattan to Maryland, where she now lives with her family and competes in the adult amateur hunter and equitation divisions.

Check out all the books in the Show Strides Series: School Horses & Show Ponies, Confidence Comeback, Moving Up & Moving On and Testing Friendships.

TPH Team Member since 2018

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Lauren Mauldin, MFA

Blog Editor

Austin, TX

Lauren holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of California Riverside, and is a lifelong rider and writer. She has written a memoir that blends animal behavior with the experience of becoming a thirty-year-old widow after losing her husband to addiction, and is an advocate for mental health. She enjoys showing on the local hunter/jumper circuit, even though she still thinks wide oxers are slightly terrifying, and hopes to get her young OTTB out in the hunter ring soon.

Check out some of her articles: "The Suicide Conversation We Should Be Having Before 'They Will Be Missed'”, "Barn Family is More than an Expression", and "Why I Still Ride When It Hurts My Body (and my checking account)".

TPH Team Member since 2017

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Cira Pace Malta

Subscriptions Manager

Plaidcast Manager

Cira began riding at her first birthday and has never looked back. Daughter of a prominent trainer in Connecticut, Cira has spent her life around ponies and horses. Cira went to Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA where she graduated with honors and a BA in Communications Studies. Cira was a member and captain of the school's varsity IHSA Equestrian Team. Outside of the office, you can find her competing in the Amateur Owner Hunter division with the "sale horse" that she and her mom purchased...almost eight years ago...with her high school sweetheart turned ultimate horse show husband and her adorable norwich terrier Cinnamon.

Check out some of her articles: "Controlling the Uncontrollable with Horses", "Enter at Your Own Risk: Let's Make the Schooling Ring a Safer Place" and "Following Your Why in Challenging Times"

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TPH Team Member since 2019

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Catie Staszak

Digital Content Manager

Plaidcast Co-Host

Wellington, FL

Catie is the CEO of Catie Staszak Media, Inc. and the color commentator and journalist for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League. Catie has announced at showjumping events across the globe, and in 2018, she moderated at the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2021, she received the inaugural AHP Equine Media NextGen Award for making “a significant impact in advancing equine media while upholding journalistic excellence, integrity, and trust in a competitive communications world.”

Catie began doing editorial work for The Plaid Horse in early 2020 before growing her role as Digital Content Manager and Co-Host of the Plaidcast in 2021. When she's not working, she's enjoying time with her Amateur-Owner jumpers Zantos and Petey, her dog/production assistant Omaha and cat/office assistant Turtle.

Check out some of her articles: "Holloway Unveils a Star in Vegas", "How Natalie Jayne Gave Heritage Farm its 11th USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals - East Victory" and "Nayel Nassar and Igor van de Wittemoere Take the Win in Inaugural $150,000 CSI3* CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix of Greenwich"

Listen to her on The Plaidcast.

TPH Team Member since 2020

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Dawn Kirlin

Advertising Executive

Francestown, NH

Dawn comes to The Plaid Horse with over 20 years experience in equestrian retail, wholesale, marketing and advertising. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine with a B.S. in Animal Science, an A.S. in Veterinary Technology and has been a licensed Veterinary Technician since 1993. Dawn is an event rider and foxhunter at heart but most days can be found working around her farm and taking care of the tribe of retired OTTB's she owns with her husband and daughter in New Hampshire.

TPH Team Member since 2018

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Nancy Halvey

Advertising Executive

Crompond, NY

Beginning her riding career at just 5 years old; Nancy has spent her life in the equine industry. After earning degrees in both English and Business, she began teaching at an International Harness Racing school at a major track, where she also sat on the Board of Directors. After her time at the track, she ran a facility where she started young horses and assisted veterinarians with her injury rehabilitation program. Nancy has been working as an advertising executive for equestrian publications for 20+ years, many of those happily spent with The Plaid Horse.

TPH Team Member since 2003

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Liz Hancox

Advertising Executive

Wellington, FL

Liz joined The Plaid Horse Magazine in 2016 as an advertising executive. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Framingham State College in 2004. She has a vast background in all things equestrian from working in A-rated show barns, over 7 years as a vet tech for Dr. Stephen Soule, VMD, has worked for other equestrian media outlets, and also managed international imports and exports out of Miami, FL! Liz’s vast background in our industry gives her a very unique perspective in creating advertising campaigns that best reflect a company.

TPH Team Member since 2016

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Ann Jamieson

Advertising Executive

Kent, CT

Ann Jamieson is a USEF/USHJA licensed judge in hunters, jumpers, and equitation. She has competed in hunters, equitation, and dressage, and has a particular passion for Thoroughbreds. She and Fred Astaire (a grandson of Secretariat), have competed in adult equitation, the adult amateur hunters, and qualified for the Northeast Regional Adult Amateur Dressage Championships. She also conducts “Ask the Judge” clinics to teach riders just what the judge is looking for and how to improve their placings at horse shows. Ann has written four books (the For the Love of the Horse series) and writes articles about horses and travel. Ann worked in advertising and editorial on an equine publication for 12 years and is happy to now be with The Plaid Horse, enjoying its expansion and evolution.

TPH Team Member since 2017

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