Equestrian Studies with Dr. Piper Klemm, Ph.D., Begin May 24

This summer, The Plaid Horse publisher, Professor Piper Klemm, Ph.D., is offering three equestrian studies online courses for college credit.

The courses, which run from May 24 – June 26, 2021, are being offered through Clarkson University and include:

Open to all, these courses are designed to benefit riders as young as middle school to parents of riders, amateurs and current high school and college students. The diversity of backgrounds adds a great mosaic of experiences to class discussion.

“The great thing about these courses is that everyone can take responsibility for their own learning and equestrian experience and take away valuable knowledge and data,” Klemm said. “The class size is small enough that we can focus on specific situations and tailor the material to be of the most interest to each individual class. “

Klemm received her B.S. with Honors from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been the Publisher of The Plaid Horse since 2014, co-authored the Show Strides series for young riders, is a co-host of the #Plaidcast, has a pony leasing business and runs various entrepreneurial projects. Her mission is to educate young equestrians in every facet of the equestrian industry and empower, in particular, young women to find their voice and story and share them.

“This sport is unique because it is a lifelong sport. Handling decision-making, finances, emotions, and understanding the market forces can always be improved upon. This investment will benefit you for decades to come,” Klemm said.

Registration is available now, with additional information at https://theplaidhorse.com/college.

Despite being ostensibly the sport with the greatest gender equality—men and women compete equally at all levels—the $112-billion equestrian industry of the twenty-first century struggles to address issues of economics, business, and gender. At the younger and lower levels, >90% of equestrians are women, while the sport’s leadership, champions, and Olympians are predominately (>70%) men. Using the interdisciplinary tools of economics, psychology, and gender studies, students in this course will learn how the status quo evolved and can be navigated through cultural norms, customs, and niche market biases. Issues of power and justice as they apply to the coach/rider experience and patterns of abuse within the industry will also be explored. Students will be equipped with an intellectual skillset to navigate through and flourish within the sport.

The equestrian sport industry is changing rapidly due to shifts in social policy, parental involvement, expense, regulation, and mental skills. As a result, successfully coaching and teaching riders means running an equestrian business. This course will focus on identifying and resolving the education challenges facing young riders and how to critically and creatively substantiate which methodologies serve riders best. Given the historic nature of the sport and its traditions, studying the impacts of regulation on horse shows and points systems, micromarkets, and consumer behaviors will provide context for rider growth. Data and texts from sources in both the equine industry and the broader athletic community will support our study of long-standing and contemporary issues in modernizing education in the equestrian industry.

As the only sport where professional men and women compete equally in every class and Olympians span heights from 5’0” to 6’5”, English riding carries a futuristic mentality on many issues while clinging to customs and tradition in others. This course will present the history, culture, and industry that have led to the current state of hunter, jumper, and equitation competition in the equestrian community. From evolving equine physiology, the rise of horse importation, longer horse shows, and more divisions to shifting societal and economic pressures, we will explore the factors that have influenced this insular yet globe-spanning community. Governing bodies will be evaluated for influence and role of regulation in the current marketplace. Students will encounter English riding through readings and video interactions with professionals in the field.


Summer Session I: May 24 – June 27, 2021 — All three courses
Summer Session II: July 6 – August 8, 2021 — Grit, Toughness, and Contemporary Equestrian Coaching

For more information and to register, visit https://theplaidhorse.com/college.

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