New Jersey Equestrian Gives Back to the Homeless

New Jersey Equestrian Gives Back to the Homeless

BY INTERN IZZY FEINSTEIN When New Jersey equestrian Christina DeMattheis learned about the Covenant House, a charity dedicated to helping homeless and trafficked youth, she immediately wanted to find a way to get involved. After hearing about the charity from her...
The Puzzle Pieces of a Junior Career

The Puzzle Pieces of a Junior Career

BY TPH MEDIA CHAIR ESTELLE KRAFT My childhood winters consisted of a few things – American Idol on Wednesday nights, sledding in the backyard and puzzles when it was just too cold to go outside. Now in my senior year of high school I look at my life as a puzzle....
Artist Feature: Cara Helminski, Equestrian Artist

Artist Feature: Cara Helminski, Equestrian Artist

BY MEDIA CHAIR ESTELLE KRAFT We’ve posed the question before — Are Hunters Art? While the actual division’s artistic qualities could be debated, Cara Helminski’s oil paintings are undeniably beautiful. Cara, of Cara Grace Fine Art, spends everyday around horses,...
The Journey To My True Heart Horse

The Journey To My True Heart Horse

BY INTERN EMMY DOLIN When I was 13 years old, I thought I had found my heart horse. Little did I know, my real heart horse was waiting in my future. My family and I were at Lamplight Equestrian Center, and we were planning for me to try a pony. When I met him, his...
A Love Poem for the Horse Show Spouse

A Love Poem for the Horse Show Spouse

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN On Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to get swept up with the romance of the holiday. A long night at the barn grooming your horse, taking breaks between brush strokes to feed him gourmet horse treats and tell him how pretty he is. I...
Piper Klemm Ph.D. Publisher’s Note – February 2018

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 the economic hardship of breeding. When I initially jumped into the sport, I...
5 Things Your Equine Photographer Wish You knew

5 Things Your Equine Photographer Wish You knew

BY BRITT GILLIS How exciting! You’re thinking of getting portraits with your horse done, and you can’t wait! You’ve already done your research- planned your outfits, polished your tack until it shines, and groomed your pony within an inch of his life. So what’s left...
Five Easy Ways to Be a Barn “Favorite”

Five Easy Ways to Be a Barn “Favorite”

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Barns. They’re a mash of ponies and personalities, and are best when they exist as a warm place of community where riders practice their equitation and listen to their horses happily crunching carrots. But if you think peaceful sounds...
Lessons on Life and Goodbyes From a Best Friend

Lessons on Life and Goodbyes From a Best Friend

BY INTERN TORI WEED When I was an eager preteen that had been graced with the opportunity to learn, mature, and grow, I got the chance to lease a spectacular horse – one that would teach me more lessons than I could have ever imagined or dreamed up. His name was...
Outrage Fatigue. How do we move on from here?

Outrage Fatigue. How do we move on from here?

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES Outrage Fatigue: a state of exhaustion caused by repeated offense, indignation, and anger. I was attending the USEF Annual Meeting last week when the outcome of the Farmer/Glefke situation was announced. In one of life’s typical ironies, the...
Most Memorable Ribbon

Most Memorable Ribbon

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM We’ve all heard it before and we’ll hear it again- riding is not just about the ribbons. While this may be true, there is an immense amount of pride in hanging up your winnings after a long day at the show. Here are some of team TPH’s most...
TPH Intern New Year’s Resolutions

TPH Intern New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the time of year again where everyone sets their New Year’s Resolutions so they have something to work for in 2018. All The Plaid Horse interns have worked hard last year, and have come up with a goal to help further advance their riding. Today, each Intern made...
And Then It Rained…

And Then It Rained…

Above: Greg Best and Gem Twist. Photo by Tish Quirk. By Timothy Wickes Maybe one out of ten 8th grade creative writing papers starts with, “It was a dark and stormy night,” and that over-used opening perfectly describes May 26, 1992 at the Devon Horse Show and Country...

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