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It’s Not Hard Work vs Privilege: It’s Fighting for Your Own Success

BY PIPER KLEMM While struggling with my depression last week, a consequence of a chronic chemical imbalance that has nothing to do with horses or situations from them, I made the mistake of looking at...

8 Things I Don’t Understand about USEF

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D I don’t hate USEF, but I don’t understand it either. This week, I’ve been looking at the organization through the lens of game theory when it comes to cancelling the Devon...
Plaidcast Episode 227A Roby Roberts WEC

More and More Games: A Post Mortem on USEF and WEC

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D Yesterday, we looked at the 2021 Devon Horse Show cancellation through the lens of game theory. But that hasn’t been the only game played this year. Today, let’s use game theory...

Is USEF Playing Games With Our Horse Shows?

BY PIPER KLEMM, PH.D. I’ve been thinking a lot about horse shows lately, specifically “The Devon Horse Show that wasn’t,” 2021 edition. These thoughts, shared in this article, are entirely conjecture based on my evaluation...

Soundess Solutions: Jaime Collins brings a toolbox for horse care to the U.S. market

By Piper Klemm For horse owners, nothing is more important than the comfort and soundness of our animals.  So Jaime Collins is thrilled to bring two cutting-edge therapeutic products to the market. The Multi Radiance Lasers...

16 Things Your 16 Year Old Should Be Able to do by Themselves

BY PIPER KLEMM Sixteen is an important age for any teenager. Beyond “Sweet Sixteen,” the milestone means driving for most of America’s youth… the first real step into independence and adulthood.  But in the equestrian industry,...

Money Isn’t Everything—Here’s How I Know

BY PIPER KLEMM I grew up in this sport as most of us did—wanting it all. I worked my tail off, never got anywhere, got super jealous and bitter, eventually flamed out and focused on...

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Even a King…

BY PIPER KLEMM Many years ago, I was reading The Onion in print—so many years ago, in fact, that I’m not even sure if it was online yet. In one of their political one-line zingers,...

Turning Small Goals Into Big Victories

BY ELYSE SCHENK AND PIPER KLEMM Goals, rather than motivate us, often weigh us down. We place our hopeful ideals on a high altar in our minds, and from their condescending perch they nag at...

Let’s Take Care of Our People

BY PIPER KLEMM Empathy is a strange thing. It’s easy to empathize when we have had exactly the same experience as someone, but it can be hard when that time is long passed or has...

8 Ways to Lose Money Fast in Your Horse Business

BY ELYSE SCHENK & PIPER KLEMM We’re told from childhood to choose a career that we’re passionate about. But the idea of doing what you love and making money while doing can be a dangerously...

Addison Slye and Our Song: How This Small Pony Has ‘Given Her Wings’

BY PIPER KLEMM Originally published in the August, 2020 print issue. The best part about Addison Slye is her mindset in regards to her ponies—she is a prime example of how well that mindset will...

Put Blame Where it Belongs: Improve and Enforce Covid-19 Show Protocols

BY PIPER KLEMM Why was Pony Finals cancelled? Well, at this point, I’ve heard just about everything.  The rumor mill is raging. I’ve heard about non-compliance from USEF members and non-members alike. I’ve heard the show...

8 Strategies for Being a Better Advocate for Yourself

BY PIPER KLEMM My computer has over a hundred tabs open, but so does my mind. It seems like technology controls my life. My brain and I crave it. Crave television, Facebook, mindless scrolling through...

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Work.

BY PIPER KLEMM As I prepare lecture notes for my college course this summer at St. Lawrence University, I’m always struck by the same identifiers of successful people appearing across different types of industries and...

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Mileage

By TPH Publisher Piper Klemm, PHD When we talk about mileage in cars, it’s usually a negative: “How many more horse shows do the station wagons have left in them?” “What will our next...

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: When Defining Your Values Helps Push Through Anxiety

By TPH Publisher Piper Klemm, PHD (Follow me on instagram at @piperklemm) I have anxiety over… well, basically everything I can think of. I get anxious about going to the gym. About not going to...

The Long Road is the Short Road

BY PIPER KLEMM For those of you who work, and wait, and work some more – we salute you.  I am impatient at best. When I focus in on a goal, I am whole hog. I...

You love your pony through their imperfections. Love yourself and your rider the same...

BY PIPER KLEMM I am a perfectionist. Which sounds wrong, because my computer desktop is a catastrophe. There are dishes piled up in my sink. On my front porch, the paint is chipping off the...

Demystifying Horse Care

BY PIPER KLEMM The topic of horse care can seem so daunting and overwhelming, especially in today’s world. Thousands of gadgets, ideas, and therapies – many of which have little research behind them – run...

The Plaid Horse Celebrates Its Sweet Sixteen

The Plaid Horse was first published as a newspaper print magazine in 2003 when George W. Bush was the President and “Hey-Ya” was at the top of the music charts.  In an industry dominated...

Literally Endless: Turning Away from the Grind and Remembering to Dream

BY PIPER KLEMM Dealing with the countless types of notifications we’re presented with these days is kind of like swiping gnats away from your face on a humid night at the barn. Facebook videos automatically...