112 â€˘ THE PLAID HORSE
Mackenzie Shuman, 18. (Monument, CO) TPH Media Chair, Student A Plaid Horse intern since 2015, Mackenzie has worked her way up to the position of Media Chair before we lose her to Arizona State University and the Cronkite Media School in the fall. Mackenzie is an IEA rider, a Zone 8 Sportsmanship Award winner, and a member of the National Honor Society. While navigating the demands of high school and competitive riding, Mackenzie began a successful photography business, Quintessence Photography. A skilled photographic sensibility, a talent for writing, keen organizational skills, and ambition, Mackenzie Shuman represents the young talent in our industry. On her experience as a Plaid Horse intern: â€œWorking with The Plaid Horse Magazine has given me more opportunities that I could have ever imagined. I have not only improved and tuned my writing skills, I have also become a more confident person overall. The tasks that have been put in front of me have brought me into the field of journalism full swing. From interviewing people who greatly intimidate me, to working alongside fellow interns who are just as excited about the magazine as I am, The Plaid Horse Magazine is something that I will always cherish. I work hard, harder than I could have ever imagined, and I love every second of it. The intense nature of the job gives me a thrill and inspires me to work harder every day. The experience I have gained here is experience I will carry with me my entire life.â€?
Irene Elise Powlick, 17. (Salt Lake City, UT) Rider, Photographer, Journalist Irene is currently a senior at the Skyline High School in the International Baccalaureate program. She rides in the 3'3" Junior Hunters and the 3'6" Equitation. She is an intern for The Plaid Horse and a summer intern for Andrew Ryback Photography. Irene is the first one to volunteer for an assignment and the last one to tell you she is too busy to help out. She is a perfectionist, she is smart, she is fearless. Irene has found her way from Utah to equestrian stops all over the U.S. from Devon to Vermont, Thermal to Kentucky. Her love of horses and all things equestrian permeates her life as she approaches riding, photography, and journalism with focus and grit. Irene has her sights set on Medal Finals and International Derbies in the short term, and medical school in the long term. Our industry is elevated by young women like Irene who lead with their heart and follow up with commitment and hard work.
The Plaid Horse - August 2017 - The Pony Issue