Horses, Independence, and the Revolution that Wasn’t

I’m sure we’ve all seen Hamilton or at least heard the soundtrack enough times now to feel like we know a whole lot about Revolutionary War-era history. I love that show too—I saw it once, and I cried from the minute the house lights went down until I was halfway through dinner afterwards. But it misses some things, and not just because there were no horses. Horses were important to military history through about World War I, depending on where you’re looking and what you mean by “important.”

Audio-Video Group and Community Partner Frederick Health: Upgrading for the Future

Audio-Video Group and Community Partner Frederick Health: Upgrading for the Future Audio-Video Group is proud to work with strategic partner Frederick Health. When they needed to upgrade two conference rooms and two training rooms in their main hospital facility, they turned to Audio-Video Group first. The IT department at Frederick Health is key to the hospital’s function on a day-to-day level, and so ensuring they have what they need to work well is key. The conference rooms on the lower lev

Pride in the Time of COVID

Ever since my very first Pride event many years ago (in NYC, because go big or go home, right?) I have lived to witness the special vibrance of the queer community every June. Drag shows, artists, performers, musicians, rainbows everywhere—it’s like a month-long Christmas for me. Obviously, Prides went virtual this year if they happened at all, because this whole global pandemic thing means that crowding hundreds or thousands of people into a few city blocks or hosting a dance party just isn’t

Eric Johnson, President, Audio-Video Group: Sharing Voice and Vision for 20 Years

Eric Johnson founded Audio-Video Group in 2000 because he wanted to build relationships with clients in his community and ensure they could spread their message effectively. Now, 20 years into the life of Audio-Video Group, he’s reflecting on the journey and what he has accomplished. Eric discovered his love of electronics while in high school and graduated from college with an Associates Degree in Electronics Technology. He worked in nurse call and school intercom systems until his father, a c

Sometimes You Have to Read: A Rebuttal to Missy Clark

I have found it encouraging to see equestrian media getting involved in the #BlackLivesMatter conversation—for a community that is disproportionately white, sometimes we don’t seem to want to engage in any sort of “controversial” conversations. “This is an equestrian publication, why do we have to talk about race?” Because race and racism are relevant to every corner of the horse world, from where you buy your hoofpicks to where you pick up your ribbons. Missy Clark, a nationally famous equita

Wondering How to Reopen? We Have Tips.

Wondering How to Reopen? We Have Tips. As more organizations are reopening, business owners and church leaders are rightly wondering how they can serve their communities and keep everyone safe at the same time. This is an unprecedented moment, so it’s okay to not have all the answers. That’s why we’re here–to help you set up seamless, easy to use technological solutions. In this week’s post, we will walk you through some considerations and ideas for different kinds of institutions. Whether the

How to Manage Overflow in Stage One Reopening

How to Manage Overflow in Stage One Reopening With Maryland set to enter stage one reopening, everyone will have questions about which businesses can re-open and how to do that safely. In particular, houses of worship will want to begin providing more in-person services without risking their parishioners’ health. At Audio-Video Group we have budget-friendly technology that can help. First, it is important to know that because of the community-based approach to Governor Hogan’s amended executiv

Milestone Events & Family Gatherings: Possible with the Right Technology

Milestone Events & Family Gatherings: Possible with the Right Technology With Maryland and Virginia schools closed for the rest of the year, many families are wondering how they will celebrate their children’s high school graduations. Upcoming weddings, dance recitals, and even funerals. They all present challenges during the pandemic. We want to be there for each other in good times and bad while still complying with the appropriate social distancing and safety measures that are working to fla

Clinics, COVID, and Community: How The Online Riders Collective & Equestrian Aid Foundation are Helping

At the beginning of April, people were going to the grocery store without masks, horse show managers were cautiously optimistic about getting May shows underway, and we could order almost anything we needed and expect it to arrive in a timely fashion. It also became clear how devastating COVID-19 was for the horse industry. Barn owners, already running on razor-thin margins, panicked about losing lessons and clinics. Those who made the prudent decision to close to the public risked losing board

Audio-Video Group - You Can Bring Virtual Visitation to Senior Centers, Hospice

You Can Bring Virtual Visitation to Senior Centers, Hospice Senior citizens in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospice centers are at high risk for contracting COVID-19, and thus many of them have not been able to have direct contact with their loved ones for a month or more. For people who might already feel disconnected from their life and afraid of what the pandemic will mean for them and their loved ones, waving at their friends and family through the window doesn’t fulfill t

Live Streaming and Virtual Meetings: What’s the Difference?

As teleworking becomes increasingly common, people have to learn to work with technologies that are new to them. That can be a struggle, mainly because these teleworking solutions come with new technologies. One frequently asked question involves the differences between live streaming and virtual meetings (or as industry professionals call it, unified communication). Without an understanding of the distinctions, people might become concerned that their virtual meetings are being live-streamed.

How Pony Club Prepared Me for Quarantine

I’ve been a proud member of the US Pony Club since I was a wee kid riding a naughty pony named Pickles. My devotion to this organization has seen me through my horsemanship journey even to this day—horsemaster members have all of the same access and abilities to Pony Club certifications and trainings as our younger counterparts, which means no one is too old for Pony Club now. Pony Club has taught me how to take excellent care of my own horses and given me riding opportunities I couldn’t have

How to Make a Face Mask for Droplet Protection

The past couple of weeks have been confusing for equestrians as we try to shift our minds from “pre-purchase exam” to “personal protective equipment” every time we see PPE. I confess, it took me longer than it should have to catch on. But now that we’re settled into this new reality in which people are more concerned about buying face masks and gloves than Hanoverians, it’s time to get down to business and figure out how to best keep ourselves healthy. In my last post, I mentioned that making

TPH Review: The Perfect Bit | The Plaid Horse Magazine

There are many great things about riding young horses and thoroughbreds off the track, but the young horses come with challenges. One challenge for many horses is teaching them to accept contact, and then to use that contact productively. This process involves a lot more than equipment—the horse has to be mentally and physically prepared over a period of time. The rider needs to have a good feel for when to add pressure and when to remove it as well as educated hands. But the bit also makes a

How to Manage Anxiety as a Horse Owner during COVID-19

Every horse owner I know is experiencing some level of anxiety around how COVID-19 is or might affect them as an equestrian. This is totally normal, and if you’re having feelings of anxiety or panic, know that you’re not alone. This anxiety has many causes, ranging from whether the horse show season is over before it began to when we will get to see our horses again. My friends who board their horses are worried about something happening to their horse while the barn owner has COVID, their hor

TPH Review: Rydale Clothing | The Plaid Horse Magazine

Springtime means all kinds of weather, and those April showers mean cute all-weather riding gear. Like most of us, I’m on a budget, so you can imagine my delight when I discovered the British equestrian clothing company, Rydale. I could easily have purchased everything on their site in my size. It’s all adorable, comes in cool colors and patterns, and is so affordable. But in an effort to restrain myself, I narrowed my selection to a few things I really needed. First, I knew I needed the Askwi

The Perfect Bit Does Exist | The Plaid Horse Magazine

Many riders struggle with teaching their horses, and themselves, proper connection to the bit. Sometimes horses resist because the bit isn’t an appropriate choice or doesn’t fit correctly, while others may struggle with the action of the snaffle mouthpiece when the rider pulls on the reins. Since 2003, The Perfect Bit has been working to change the way we communicate with our horses. Its innovative, patented ball joint connection of the shank to the mouthpiece allows riders to give a clearer si

TPH Review: ChuckUms Wraps | The Plaid Horse Magazine

I live in my barn—literally—and manage the six horses who live in it with me. It’s a great life, but comes with a lot of responsibility. There’s no one else to turn to if I discover a problem with one of my horses. I’m the one calling the vet while I take temperatures, cold hose injuries, and wrap legs. Fortunately, my Pony Club education has helped me a lot with all of this, and I feel confident in my ability to manage just about anything until the vet or farrier arrives. One thing I’ve learne

The Benefits of Video Conferencing Technology - Boost Employee Morale & Productivity

Video conferencing capabilities are growing rapidly, and not just in the C-suites. Companies and organizations–including educational institutions and houses of worship–are turning to video capabilities to increase employee morale, productivity, accessibility, and environmental welfare. From live streams to screen sharing to video meetings, video conferencing is ensuring that you and your colleagues are doing your best work. Employees who can work from home, whether entirely remote or just whe

Laura Hite: The Amateur Winning in the Grand Prix Jumpers | The Plaid Horse Magazine

Laura Hite has not spent her entire life planning to ride in the Grand Prix ring. Like many amateurs, she grew up riding in hunters and equitation before stopping to finish college, get married, start her career, and have children. Yet unlike most amateurs, her return to riding took her to the top of the sport. “When our kids started to get a little bigger, my husband took up mountain biking and suggested that I get a hobby too,” Laura explained. “I told him the only thing I know how to do is r
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