Show Strides: The Perfect Gift for the Young Rider in Your Life

Here at The Plaid Horse, we are proud and excited to bring you Show Strides, a series of novels about riding, horse shows, and what it takes to succeed in the sport we all love.

Aimed at both young readers and horse lovers of all ages, Show Strides is written by The Plaid Horse publisher, Piper Klemm, and Rennie Dyball, an author, equestrian, and editorial manager for The Plaid Horse.

The Show Strides series is available on Amazon, just in time for the holidays!

Read Exclusive Excerpts from all three books:

“Don’t forget to label those,” her dad said, nodding at the white and pink rosettes. Tally had actually been considering just throwing them out. 

“Why? This isn’t exactly a show I want to remember.”

“I’ve told you this before, Tal. Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. And you know I think you should label the back of every ribbon. You’ll look back at them one day and be happy you did.”

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  • Show Strides 2: Confidence Comebackthe adventure for Tally Hart continues with a new trainer and her first A-rated show. Meanwhile, Mac is finding her own footing in the hunter division.

“Oh my gosh, Goose, you are gorgeous!” Tally whispered. The pony perked his ears and took a couple of tentative steps toward her. He was a dark dapple gray—gray horses and ponies got lighter in color as they aged; Goose was obviously quite young, with a neatly pulled, silvery mane and the most adorable dished face. He had a pink muzzle and looked cozy in his plaid blanket. Meeting him reminded Tally of opening model horses on Christmas morning and marveling over just how perfect they looked.

“Outside, diagonal, outside, single. Go!” Mac said, taking off at the human version of the canter toward the first jump. Tally followed her, laughing as they counted their own strides down what would be a five-stride line for horses. Mac got twelve and Tally got eleven. 

“Don’t cut your turn!” Mac yelled as Tally cantered ahead of her down the short side of the ring toward their next line.

“If I stay out, this … will take all day,” Tally shouted back between gulps of air, her stomach muscles tight from the effort and from laughing. They lost count down the diagonal line and Tally broke to a trot in front of the outside line, breathing hard. 

“Automatic 55!” Mac shouted as the girls bumbled down their last jumps.

Panting and still laughing at the end of their course, Tally and Mac ambled out of the ring and down to the barn, fishing change out of their pockets for the soda machine.

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Tally watched as Jacob slowed Carlo to a trot and then a walk, the little bay gelding holding his head high and proud. Jacob glanced around the ring, turning to say something to Ryan, and the buzzer sounded again.

“What’s he doing?” Tally asked.

“The jump-off,” Mac said.

“Wait! He has to jump the first course and then the jump-off right after it? Like,

remembering them both at the same time?” Tally could hardly believe it. She’d never stress about memorizing a medal course again.”

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