Read The Plaid Horse’s Biggest Issue of the Summer: The Pony Issue is Here!

The highly anticipated August 2021 Pony Issue of The Plaid Horse is here! Dive into the pages of the 18th Annual Pony Issue, featuring John Bragg’s Bridgeport Farms, here.

The Bridgeport Farms logo prominently displays 1989, the year of its inception, but the business, led by founder and head trainer John Bragg, has evolved significantly over the past 32 years. Bragg wasn’t born into an equestrian family, and he began his business with just four horses in training. Now, his operation boasts 65 to 70 horses in training at all levels of the sport. Click here to read the cover story.

Also inside:

Meet the 2021 Gochman Grant Recipients — The Gochman Grant has created opportunities for young riders in need of financial assistance to compete and learn from top industry professionals on a national level. Each year, three junior riders receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend and compete at the USEF Pony Finals. Click here to get to know this year’s grant recipients.

Kentucky Calling: Laila Murad’s Journey to Pony Finals — The very first signs that Laila Murad was eager to ride came at the local farmer’s market. Each Saturday, without fail, the then 3-year-old Laila was unswervingly drawn to the ponies at the Marin Country Mart near her home in Tiburon, CA. Click to read how Laila’s story progressed to Pony Finals.

When You’re at Mechlin Farm, You’re Family — Barbecue is serious business in the Midwest, and St. Louis, MO, might well be the barbecue capital. At nearby Mechlin Farm, barbecue is still religion, but with a higher sense of purpose. It’s part of what brings riders together at the Wright City, MO-based farm. Read more about Mechlin Farm here.

Blue Melody Bounces Back — What happens when a portion of your horse or pony’s hoof is suddenly missing? Find out here!

Early Look: Show Strides Book 4 — Show Strides book four, “Testing Friendships,” comes out this fall. Read a sneak peek excerpt here!

Valuing Your Team: More than a ‘Thank You’ — “What makes me feel excited to be part of a team is being around people who value each role or ‘part of the whole.'” – Laura Connaway 

Publisher’s Note: Work Ethic — “Talent always runs out eventually. No one is so talented that they can win it all without practice and hard work.” Read more here.

Pick up your copy of the latest issue of The Plaid Horse Magazine at horse shows and select tack shops all over the US and Canada this week. Want to get your Plaid Horse fix without leaving the house? Click here to subscribe today!

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