Reconnecting After a Decade With the Pony That Brought My Confidence Back

BY LAURA OWENS My junior year of high school didn’t go as planned, to say the least. In January 2007, I was walking to school in San Francisco and slipped on black ice. The fall...

Big Eq = Big Pressure?

By PonyMomAmmy It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had some thoughts to share. The truth of the matter is that this past year has been a year of transitions—and transitions are hard for me....

5 Strides With: Rashinga

An “interview” with the hunter and jumper pony (via his rider, Brianne Beerbaum!) Rashinga and Beerbaum, champions of the Large Pony Hunter Division at WEF 11, split their time between the hunter and jumper ring....

It Happens! Rylan VanCourt, Addison Slye, McKayla Brombach

We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers to prove,...

Airlie Corder is a Junior Rider on the Rise—and Caring for Her Animals Comes...

By Tyler Bui Airlie Corder is leading by example. The 12-year-old rider has dedicated herself to every aspect of the sport, in and out of the saddle. Airlie took her first lesson at age six...

My Pony Wants to Graze at Shows With His Bridle On. Is This the...

SOUND ADVICE: My pony wants to graze at shows with his bridle on, while being ridden or waiting to show. Is this the worst thing? It’s a common practice, but one I’m not in favor...

Lilly Ward, Daughter of McLain Ward, Completes Her First Pony Finals 

BY TYLER BUI  Lilly Ward has had quite the year so far. In just six months, the seven-year-old went from showing in the Short Stirrup division to competing in the Small Ponies at the 2022...

What’s the Greatest Lesson You’ve Learned From a Pony?

We asked our Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge on Facebook…What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from a pony? It was the first time I learned as a child that someone else’s needs (my pony Teddy...

Six Under 6: 2022 USEF Pony Finals

By Tatum Mitchell The beginning of many an equestrian’s story starts with a pony. Ponies provide timeless learning experiences, no matter their age. Oftentimes it’s young riders who pilot these petite equine athletes, and sometimes...

Twenty Over 20: 2022 USEF Pony Finals

Age is nothing but a number for these veteran ponies, all of whom have qualified for this year’s Pony Finals. By Georgia Ann Smith They are the wisest of them all. These older, seasoned show ponies...

Rounds Over Ribbons: With Her Best Show Season Behind Her, Mimi Maddock Heads to...

By Catie StaszakPHOTOS: Anne Gittins Mimi Maddock was 10 years old when she sat down for her first meeting with Andre Dignelli and Patricia Griffith at Heritage Farm. Dignelli, an 11-time champion of the USEF Show...

American Bred: Dream Big, a Pony That Lives Up to Her Name

BY TORI SHEEHAN Holly Jarrett’s love for her daughter’s pony, Andi, knows no bounds.  “Andi is the best pony ever,” says Holly of the 8-year-old mare. “There’s nothing bad that I can say about her, she’s...

Meet American Equestrian School (AES) at USEF Pony Finals

American Equestrian School (AES) — AES will be at the USEF Pony Finals at Kentucky Horse Park August 9 - 14! Meet with AES’ Dr. Piper Klemm (The Plaid Horse), Traci Brooks (Balmoral Farms),...

Ask Patricia & Dottie: How Do You Prepare for Pony Finals?

By Patricia Griffith and Dottie Barnwell Areson Professionals Patricia Griffith and Dottie Barnwell Areson have worked at Heritage Farm for a combined 35 years. Ahead of the 2022 USEF Pony Finals, they share some insight...

What to Pack in Your Pony Finals Survival Bag

By Tatum Mitchell Pony Finals is an experience many young riders dream of—a wonderland of ponies, ribbons, and hopefully more smiles than tears. Preparing for any horse show can be a daunting task, and...

Teaching Young Riders Empathy and Responsibility

Francesca Mulligan from Stoney Fields shares how she fosters empathetic, hard-working riders.  How do you teach kids to handle disappointment or mistakes?  We normalize them. It’s important to stress to young riders the value and probability...

The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Pony Rescued From New Holland Auction

By Tatum Mitchell A trip to the New Holland auction and $500 dollars later, Maria Bogdanova-Peifer brought home the pony of a lifetime, Cupcake. Bogdanova-Peifer, who also goes by Maria “BP,” has her own farm in...

William Burtard and Quicksilver Electric Slide Secure WIHS Pony Medal Win at Lamplight Spring...

Edited Press Release Wayne, Ill. – June 18, 2022 – Riders gathered at Hunter 2 during the Lamplight Spring Spectacular II to showcase their ponies this weekend in the hunter and equitation divisions as the summer...

2022 USHJA Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals Recipients Announced

Edited Press Release Lexington, Ky.—June 14, 2022—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce Peyton Parks, Tegan Price and Elizabeth Serafini as the 2022 recipients of the USHJA Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals. Through...

10 Tips for Trying Ponies at Pony Finals

BY EMILY ELEK Pony Finals always leads to a flurry of people trying ponies. With all the children and ponies in the same place, it’s like the best of everything from a sales perspective. What...

Sunrise, Sunset: Pivotal Years with a Life Changing Pony

BY BIANCA JONES I knew when I first saw him, that I wanted him. Sonny was a 14.2 hand sorrel quarter horse pony. We were told he was 10 when we bought him, but one...

Bob Crandall and Traci Brooks Named Official Clinicians of Annual Pony Modeling Clinic at...

By Tatum Mitchell Bob Crandall and Traci Brooks will run the annual Pony Modeling Clinic by USHJA at USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, KY, 2022. In addition to fences and flat classes, one major part of...