Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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


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 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.

Owned The Plaid Horse since 2014

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Sissy Wickes

Plaidcast Co-Host

Unionville, PA

Sissy is a Princeton University graduate, a lifelong rider and trainer, a USEF R rated judge, a freelance journalist, an autism advocate and Editor of The Plaid Horse. Her illustrious resume includes extensive show hunter and jumper experience. She lives with her family in Unionville, PA and Wellington, FL.

TPH Team Member since 2016

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Lauren Mauldin, MFA

Senior 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.

TPH Team Member since 2017

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Lisa Daly

Art Director

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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Jess Clawson, PhD

Podcast Director

Berryville, VA

Jess is a professional historian and educator who lives in northwestern Virginia. They completed their undergraduate degree in English at William & Mary, and did their masters and doctoral work at the University of Florida. Jess is an event rider with a passion for thoroughbreds. They spend what little non-barn time they have collecting plants, cats, and hedgehogs, all of which are supervised by an Italian greyhound. They also have extensive experience in community organizing around queer identities, racial marginalization, and labor. Jess is the Horse Management Organizer for the Virginia Region Pony Clubs and is aiming to get their A rating as a horsemaster.

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 15+ 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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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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Michelle Decker Rumanes

Advertising Executive

Los Angeles, CA

Michelle joined team TPH in 2017 after a 20 year career in Advertising Strategy and Sales at media companies like The Walt Disney Company, TV Guide, Rolling Stone, SiriusXM and most recently ClearChannel Outdoor. An avid equestrian, she and her family own a small farm in Agoura Hills, CA where they enjoy spending time with Michelle’s hunter and her daughter’s two ponies, Stonewall Surprise and Stonewall Poppy plus a few grumpy old geldings loving their retirement there. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and family and is thrilled to combine her passion for horses with her passion for advertising and marketing.

TPH Team Member since 2016

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Rennie Dyball

Contributing Writer

Baltimore, MD

A freelance writer and editor, Rennie is the co-author of five books as well as TPH’s upcoming 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.

TPH Team Member since 2018

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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.

TPH Team Member since 2019

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