Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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 at St. Lawrence University.

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Owned The Plaid Horse since 2014

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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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Karla Campbell


Pittsburgh, PA

Karla got her introduction to the Equestrian PR world through completing an internship at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Summer 2019 and hasn’t looked back since. Since completing her internship, Karla has worked in the industry and gained skills in social media, marketing, media relations, sponsorship, and public relations. Finishing off 2019 she worked the Las Vegas National Horse Show and began her current venture, taking her to the West Coast to the Desert International Horse Park, along with continuing her freelance work. When Karla is home in Pittsburgh she competes at local shows in the hunter ring and competed on the IHSA English equestrian team at Slippery Rock University when she was in college.

TPH Freelancer since 2020

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Lisa Daly

Art Director

West Chester, PA

Prior to joining The Plaid Horse as Art Director in 2014 Lisa ran her own graphic design business for 13 years, specializing in illustration, book design, and organizing chaos. She started her degree in fine art at The University of the Arts in 1980 and finished with a BFA in painting from West Chester University in 1996. She can never get enough of learning, looking at horses, appreciating Mama Earth, or spending time with her rascally husband. She considers it great good fortune to be working with Team Plaid.

TPH Team Member since 2014

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Rennie Dyball

Editorial Coordinator

Baltimore, MD

A freelance writer and editor, Rennie is the co-author of five books as well TPH’s middle grade fiction series, Show Strides. She spent 15 years at People magazine and before moving from Manhattan to Maryland with her husband and two young daughters. A Penn State grad and former IHSA team captain, she most recently competed in the low adult hunters and equitation on the world’s sweetest OTTB.

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

TPH Team Member since 2018

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Nina Fedrizzi Dagano

Contributing Writer

Skaneateles, NY

Nina is a freelance writer and editor who began her career at Travel + Leisure in New York City. After short stints working as a veterinary assistant and a professional groom after college, she returned to school and earned a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. A lifelong competitive rider, avid traveler, and new mom, Nina now lives in Upstate New York with her husband, son, dog, cat, and two handsome jumpers—all of whom keep her smiling in and out of the ring.

TPH Team Freelancer since 2019

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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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Noa Leibson


Chicago, IL

Noa will graduate in 2020 with bachelors in Art History and Anthropology from Gettysburg College, where she also served as an IHSA team captain. The arts and telling stories are her passions, and she's always busy either writing fiction, painting, or finding ways to explore places around the world. Her goal is to tell unique stories in the horse world, whether they're in different time periods and places, or just around the corner. She lives in Chicago with her beloved retiree, Gatsby, and wants to keep improving in the sport.

TPH Freelancer since 2020

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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...six years ago...with her amazing high school sweetheart turned horse show husband and her adorable norwich terrier Cinnamon.

Check out The Plaidcast. Subscribe to The Plaid Horse.

TPH Team Member since 2019

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Lindsey Rains

Web & Pinterest Manager

Post Falls, ID

Lindsey is a freelance Copywriter and Pinterest Marketer for equestrian businesses and publications. She earned a BA in Spanish in 2011 at Seattle Pacific University. With 25 years’ experience in the horse world, Lindsey writes articles most often about partnership-based horse training methods and equestrian mental health. Her utmost passion in the equestrian world is to help create a welcoming space for riders of all backgrounds and experience levels.

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TPH Team Member since 2019

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Allison Rehnborg


Nashville, TN

Allison is a freelance writer, photographer and videographer with an obsession for all things equine. While earning her master's degree in horse science from Middle Tennessee State University, she completed an internship with the American Quarter Horse Association publications department. During her internship in Amarillo at AQHA headquarters, she wrote for America's Horse, managed and participated in covering live events with stories and photos, including the 2012 AQHA Youth World Championship Show. Since then, she's covered a multitude of equine events and written hundreds of articles for multiple equine publications, including Horse Illustrated, Horse & Rider, the NRHA Reiner, Hoof Beats, the American Paint Horse Journal, and more. In addition to her work as a writer, Allison loves photographing local horse shows and capturing equestrians and their horses in special portrait sessions.

TPH Freelancer since 2020

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Elyse Schenk


Tampa, FL

Elyse is a freelance content and copywriter with a passion for inspiring and informing the equestrian community. She derives her passion from almost twenty years of riding, competing and working in the hunter/jumper industry. Elyse’s career today was established by a love for horses and enhanced by a Michigan State University Animal Science degree. She balances her freelance writing work with motherhood and riding whenever and wherever possible. Her hopes for the future include buying a horse farm, raising a big, happy family, and producing helpful, entertaining, and unforgettable writing for horsemen.

TPH Freelancer since 2020

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Dani Schneider

Contributing Writer

Los Angeles, CA

Dani has been riding since she was four and almost twenty years later, she is still involved in the equine industry. A recent college graduate from Fresno State where she competed on their NCAA Division 1 Equestrian Team and graduated with honors with a BA in Media, Communications, and Journalism. Now Dani is a young riding professional and freelance writer that is still just as passionate about horses as she was when she took her first lesson.

TPH Team Member since 2020

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