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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...

Resilience is… Knowing Your Limits.

BY PIPER KLEMM Today I started work early, grabbed lunch, went for a run, worked more, headed to campus, donated blood, returned home for more work, and ended the day by starting a new fitness...

Why is USEF Spending Money on Non-Members?

BY PIPER KLEMM Every year, I pay membership and fees so I can play on the USEF playing field. Do I need to? Honestly, no. I could jump 2'6" in any sandbox. There are plenty...

On Insecurity and Fear and Finding Your Lion

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM This week, I got insecure. If you pick up The Plaid Horse’s March Issue, you’ll see a truncated Publisher’s Note. I missed the deadline of my own magazine because, well, I was riding a few...

10 Travel Tips for Equestrians

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM As someone who rarely spends a Friday or Saturday night in their own bed, traveling is a loved activity right up until… well, we all know what that point feels like. Here are 10...

February Publisher’s Note: 2019 Mostly Right

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM In a lesson recently at Stonewall Farm, I rode down to a single oxer. I was on a horse I didn’t know and I walked right into my typical amateur moment. In my half-seat,...

Publisher’s Note: In The Moment

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM When I’m on some drive that never seems to end, I choose not to get gas in an obvious moment and the sky is clear and then I NEED gas and...

This Year I Learned to Be Coachable In Order To Achieve My Goals

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM This year felt like the longest of my life, and I learned something important – I was uncoachable. I’ve always known that I am unmanageable, but at 30 I had honestly never considered coach-ability in myself. You...

The 2’6” Hunter Division is the Face of Income Inequality in America

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM As I sit through the United States Hunter Jumper (USHJA) Affiliate Meeting, we’re hearing a lot about outreach. There’s the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), local...

The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and the USHJA Way

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM After attending the USHJA Convention in 2014 in Las Vegas, I promised that I would never do that to myself again. Coming at a bitter, cold end of a long show...

I Started 2018 By Jumping an Oxer Backwards: October 2018 Publisher’s Note

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM No, seriously. I used to hear these stories of people jumping oxers backwards and laugh and wonder who was that oblivious and dumb. Me. That’s who. I could make excuses like...

Intellectual Skills Are Necessary for Good Horsemanship

August 2018 Publisher's Note BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PHD For so many of us, ponies are where we began our journey as riders—climbing on for the first time, probably with a boost from a parent or...

Tuesday’s Failure is Full of Grace (and out of breath).

Publisher's Notes by Publisher Piper Klemm, Ph.D For those of you who track my happenings, I ran my first 5k in April of this year. This was not some sort of goal or practiced achievement....

Reflecting on the 15th Anniversary of The Plaid Horse: June 2018 Publisher’s Note

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PH.D As I sit down to reflect on the 15th Anniversary of The Plaid Horse, I think about how far we’ve come as a sport over the last fifteen years. We’re...

It’s Time to Ban Smoking at Horse Shows

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PH.D. Standing in the bleachers by the pony ring at The Devon Horse Show this year, I got a waft of an unwanted, familiar smell – cigarette smoke. I looked up...

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The Daily Grind

Photo by @coffeeandacurrycomb BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PHD (Follow me on instagram at @piperklemm) Many of these columns are devoted to my own riding because, well, it’s a wonderful thing in my life right now. After spending...

Current Procedures and Protocols for Drug Testing

As competitors, it's important to stay informed in regards to drug testing protocols within our sport. Today Julian McPeak, Director of Marketing & Communications for USEF, sits down to answer a few of our...

2018 Style Issue – PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Winging It

BY TPH PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PHD (Follow me on Instagram at @piperklemm) Earlier this month, as I was explaining to TPH Editor-in-Chief Sissy Wickes one of my latest harebrained ideas, she said, “Okay, but if you...

Piper Klemm Ph.D. Publisher’s Note – February 2018

The Joy of Gene Transfer BY TPH PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM, PHD. As someone who spends most of her time at horse shows and also runs businesses in this industry,  I am the first to look at...

Piper Klemm Ph.D. Publisher’s Note – December 2017/January 2018

Find this article and more HERE inside TPH’s 2017-2018 Education Issue. Some moments, memories, podcasts, or readings really outlast their significance. You read, listen, glance once and then find yourself, years later, relating to the concept, noodling...

Next Year

Above: The author enjoying every minute at USEF Pony Finals in 2012.  By Piper Klemm Dedicated to this year’s Finals competitors Six years ago, I was living in California, publishing like mad in academia, and had put my...

Piper Klemm Ph.D. Publisher’s Note- October/November 2017

Find this article and more HERE inside TPH's 2017 Equitation Issue  Six divisions ago, I wasn’t really sure I wanted to ride anymore. I have always loved this sport and always will, but my love...