Show: The Plaidcast
Description: The Plaidcast is a weekly horse podcast hosted by Piper Klemm, PhD, publisher of The Plaid Horse magazine, and USEF “R” judge, rider, trainer and Plaid Horse editor Sissy Wicks. Guests include Olympian equestrians, top hunter/jumper and equitation riders, trainers, horse show managers and industry insiders. Plus in depth convos on topics that matter: horsemanship, collegiate equestrian, the state of our sport and horse show how to’s for riders at every level. One episode each month is devoted to the mental side of your ride with nationally recognized mental skills coach and author Tonya Johnston (Inside Your Ride).
Published: Weekly on Saturday or Sunday
Piper Klemm, Ph.D.
Publisher of the Plaid Horse Magazine
Piper began her tenure as the Publisher of The Plaid Horse Magazine in 2014. She received her B.S. with Honors in Chemistry from Trinity College [Hartford, CT] in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012.
She is an active member of the hunter/jumper community, owning a fleet of lease ponies and showing in adult hunter divisions. Her goal is that everyone would take the time to be as educated about horsemanship and hunter/jumper sport as possible.
Editor of Plaid Horse Magazine
Sissy is a Princeton University graduate, a lifelong rider and trainer, a USEF R rated judge, a freelance journalist, an autism advocate and Editor of The Plaid Horse.
Her illustrious resume includes extensive show hunter and jumper experience. She lives with her family in Unionville, PA and Wellington, FL.
Tonya Johnston, MA
Tonya Johnston Website
Tonya Johnston, MA, is an equestrian mental skills coach, author, and hunter-jumper A-circuit competitor with a master’s degree in sport psychology. For over 20 years, Tonya has helped equestrian athletes of all ages, disciplines and levels develop their mental strength for riding. She continues to welcome juniors, amateurs and professionals, ages 8 – 80, who want to build self-awareness and learn performance tools to help them be their best with their horse.
Tonya travels to give mental skills workshops and works individually with clients and teams all over the world via Skype and phone. She has presented at the George Morris Horsemastership Training Session in Wellington, Florida on numerous occasions, including 2017. Her clients include riders and trainers at top A-circuit, regional and local barns; Olympic Para-equestrians; international grand prix riders; national medal final winners; NCAA Division I athletes; and teams such as the Stanford, USC, and Smith College equestrian teams.
Tonya has a regular column titled “Inside Your Ride” in Practical Horseman magazine, and also contributes to a variety of national equestrian publications and websites. She has presented at the US Eventing Association, US Dressage Federation, and Association of Applied Sport Psychology annual conferences.
Her book, “Inside Your Ride: Mental Skills for Being Happy and Successful with Your Horse” is available on Amazon as a paperback and e-book. In her spare time, she competes in the amateur medals and hunters in California and enjoys adventures with her family.