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That Magic Click

BY RENNIE DYBALL Leigh Nanda and El Casper won both the NAL & the WIHS Children’s Jumper Finals—after just a few months of showing together Leigh Nanda was fairly new to horse showing when she got...

Ava Stearns on Her Maclay Finals Commentary: “I’m a Big Believer in Kindness”

BY RENNIE DYBALL Equitation fans everywhere tuned in to the Maclay Finals live feed on Sunday to watch the best of the discipline tackle an impressive course at the Kentucky Horse Park. In addition to the...

Body Protectors, Air Vests & and Other Safety Gear: What You Need to Know

By Rennie Dyball There’s nothing like a pandemic to get people thinking about their safety. In tack shops and in online groups alike, riders outside of the eventing world are talking about incorporating an extra...

Let’s Remove “Plus-Size” from Descriptions of Larger Riders

BY RENNIE DYBALL May/June cover story, Stephanie Peters, knows what it's like to hide at the horse show, falling victim to a secret shame. Many riders who fall outside the sizes we see in magazines...

Pritchard Hill: A special horse, world-class wine, and a unique friendship

BY RENNIE DYBALL Of all the messages  Balmoral receives on social media, this one was a first... “Is Pritchard Hill the name of the beautiful jumper? Who named the horse and do you know why...

Secret Shame

By Rennie Dyball and Lauren Mauldin Stephanie Ray Peters speaks out about the shame that permeate the horse show world—and what all of us can do to change it. When Stephanie Ray Peters arrived at the...

How This Blind Jumper Rider Is Pursuing Her Dreams – and Paving the Way...

By Rennie Dyball As Wren Blae Zimmerman turns toward the first fence in her jumper classic at World Equestrian Center, she isn’t looking for a distance. She’s just counting. Because while Zimmerman might appear like...

What My Horse Told Me Through an Animal Communicator

BY RENNIE DYBALL These are strange days. To say we’re all living in some sort of alternate universe right now isn’t an exaggeration. We’re in an unparalleled, unprecedented time of working together (from a distance)...

Hyperion Stud: A Complete Approach to Sport Horses

By Rennie Dyball Vicky Castegren considers herself a matchmaker in the world of sport horse breeding. Anytime a prospective client calls or emails her breeding operation, Hyperion Stud, she answers the message personally. “I always...

EQright: Tiny Device, Big Potential to Improve Your Riding

By Rennie Dyball Does your trainer tell you to “look up!” or “sit up!” every lesson? Do you jump up your horse’s neck from time to time? Find yourself looking down just to double-check your...

Exclusive Excerpt! SHOW STRIDES BOOK 3: Moving Up and Moving On

BY RENNIE DYBALL We hope you are enjoying books 1 and 2 of  The Plaid Horse’s new novel series, Show Strides. To celebrate the release of book 3, Moving Up and Moving On, we are...

My First Equitation Finals

BY RENNIE DYBALL Three junior riders tell us how they made it this far – and how they plan to finish strong. Fall is a special time for riders. It’s that sweet spot in between fly...

When You Fall and Don’t Bounce Anymore: An Adult Amateur Gets Back On

BY RENNIE DYBALL I got back in the saddle the day I was cleared to ride.  Anxiety did its best to eat me alive on the car ride to the barn, but I blasted music and...

Show Strides Book Sneak Peek: School Horses and Show Ponies

The following is a preview of the first book in the Show Strides series, a series of novels about riding, horse shows, and what it takes to succeed in the sport we all love....

“I Don’t Think I’d Survive Without Horses”

BY RENNIE DYBALL After a rare disease claimed three of her limbs (and nearly her life), Jessica Thoma is back in the saddle with big goals. Jessica Thoma is a lifelong equestrian whose world got turned...

TPH Review: R.J. Classics’ New “Harmony” Show Coat

BY RENNIE DYBALL For most riders in the show ring today, the heavy wool hunt coats of old are a distant memory (or something your mom wore back in her horse show days). Today’s tack...

The Fit Equestrian’s Equitation Bootcamp: Can This Easy Workout Plan Actually Complement Your...

BY RENNIE DYBALL With a month to go before my competitive local medal finals, all it took was the name of this workout to hook me. I’ll take all the shoulders-back help I can get. I’ve...

Jumping in Jockey Stirrups: Steeplechase 101

BY RENNIE DYBALL For most of us in the horse show world, the idea of guiding a galloping horse around at 35 miles an hour with your stirrups hiked up is a foreign, daunting concept....

Stronger Than Ever: How Battling Cancer at 30 Changed This Rider Forever

BY RENNIE DYBALL Katie Taylor had just found one of those grooves in her riding where everything clicked. It was October of 2017 and the 30-year-old trainer from Durango Farms in Orange County, California, was riding...

A One-of-a-Kind Family at Judgement Farm

BY RENNIE DYBALL At a top hunter-jumper barn an hour outside of Chicago, as junior riders are preparing for pony finals and adults are in the middle of their summer show season, a beginner in...

Battle of the Sports Bras

BY RENNIE DYBALL It’s a good time to shop as an equestrian – everything from breeches to show shirts and even hunt coats are being constructed with performance fabrics to keep us cool, dry and...

Body Image in Breeches: How We Can Move Our Sport Forward

BY RENNIE DYBALL They say the only constant in life is change. But how does that apply to a sport rooted in tradition and some old-school tendencies? Last month, an article on The Plaid Horse blog...