The Plaid Horse’s Newest Read — With Purpose: The Balmoral Standard

Carleton Brooks and Traci Brooks share their decades of knowledge, expertise and winning ways in their first book, With Purpose: The Balmoral Standard, now available for pre order on

Carleton is a widely respected horseman, a large “R” judge, and member of the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, and Traci has spent more than 30 years developing horses and riders, guiding them to victory at the biggest shows in the country. With Purpose is divided into three sections: On Horsemanship, On Training, and On the Industry. In each section, you’ll uncover a wealth of information gleaned from Carleton and Traci’s careers. They will also walk you through…

  • Analyzing and refining your stalls and turnout to best care for your animal
  • Why horses gravitate to certain people
  • Why going forward solves most riding problems
  • The rider’s four bases of support
  • Detailed notes and suggestions for flatwork and jumping exercises
  • Demystifying “The Distance”
  • Coping with show nerves
  • Showing through the judges’ eyes

With “CB” and Traci’s signature wit and warmth, With Purpose provides foundational equestrian education from the ground, up.

With Purpose joins a library from The Plaid Horse that includes Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation: Develop a Winning Style and The Plaid Horse’s middle grade novel series, Show Strides. Click here to pre order.

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