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
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
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 People.com 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
Lauren Mauldin, MFA
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
Cira Pace Malta
Subscriptions 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.
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TPH Team Member since 2019
Show Jumping Content Manager
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 completed her third full season on the NAL in 2020 and has announced at showjumping events across the globe. In 2018, she moderated at the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and in 2019, she was named a Chief Liaison Officer for Olympic Broadcasting Services at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Catie began doing editorial work for The Plaid Horse in early 2020 before growing her role as Show Jumping Content Manager and Co-Host of the Plaidcast in 2021. When she's not working, she's enjoying time with her "superhero" horse Zantos, whom she shows in the Amateur-Owner jumpers, and her dog/sidekick, Omaha.
TPH Team Member since 2020
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
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
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
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
Nina Fedrizzi Dagano
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
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 Team Member since 2020
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 AmericasHorseDaily.com 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