Thursday, September 24, 2020

Virtual Pony Finals Who Jumped It Best?

While we're sad to be missing Pony Finals this year, we can't skip an opportunity to recognize all the hard-working pony kids from past and present. While this fun poll may be...

In the Absence of Pony Finals, We Need Empathy More Than Anything Else

BY PONYMOMAMMY When I heard the new that Pony Finals had cancelled, my heart actually broke for those kids. The ones on the grounds with their ponies, the ones...

7 Things You Don’t Want To Forget Packing For Pony Finals

Packing for shows can often make our heads spin. Up to our eyeballs in checklists, grain, gear and hair bows. Here are some things we at TPH find necessary when you are...

Making Lemonade from Lemons: Bettering Our Pony During the Pandemic

BY PONYMOMAMMY If I have a fatal flaw, it’s that I (often naively) gravitate towards the positive side of a situation. When my youngest was hospitalized a couple years...

Calling All Non-Horsey Moms – Questions to Ask if Your Kid Wants to Ride

BY LEXI CLARK What the heck is a jodhpur, and why is my child so obsessed with horses?! How many times have you seen the confused looks on the...

Hidden Creek’s Rain Fox (1983-2014)

At the end of 2014, the pony world lost one of the greats, Hidden Creek’s Rain Fox, one of the first crossbred stallions. His life was both long – he was 31...

Managing Buying Expectations for Eager Pony Parents

BY PONYMOMAMMY ISO: Unicorn. Large pony. NO spook, NO vices, 100% Bombproof and kid safe MUST pass PPE. Budget $3000 I see a lot of ads like this....

Pony Shopping Woes

Let me say this on the front end – pony shopping is a first world problem! Being fortunate enough to be able to purchase a pony, any pony, for myself or my...

Shiloh Roseboom’s Next Act

By Nina Fedrizzi As the curtain closes on one winning partnership, California’s top pony rider is looking ahead to new mounts, new divisions, and a new set of challenges...

Hard Work and Big Moves Fuel Skylar Boehm’s Collegiate Riding Dreams

By Julie Unger Fourteen-year-old Skylar Boehm doesn’t come from a long line of equestrians. She isn’t even second or third generation, but that doesn’t matter. She brings heart, determination...

Green Ponies, Shaken Confidence & Inspiring Riders

BY NATALIE STEMPEL After years of struggling in the hunter classes on my pony, it was time to find a partner who wanted to grow with me! Kasper has...

Lost in the Woods: One Pony’s Journey

BY KIRSTY WRIGHT Trainers have many horses and ponies wander through our lives. From the perfect packers that we wish we could clone, to the fearsome fiends that make...

Mistakes Happen (Even at Pony Finals)

BY PONYMOMAMMY We survived Pony Finals! I feel like there should be some recognition for us moms that helped groom, and clean stalls, and wash breeches in the laundry...

Inside the Numbers: How Much Does Pony Finals Cost?

BY 2019 PONY FINALIST Attending Pony Finals is a dream shared by many young equestrians. A trip in the Walnut Ring, the chance for a coveted top 20 ribbon,...

Who Jumped It Best? 2019 Pony Finals Regular Larges

PHOTOS BY TORI WEED Pony Finals has almost come to a close, and the awards have all been handed out. There's still one more grand prize we need your...

Splashes and Pops of Color at Pony Finals

BY TPH STAFF With divisions that literally have hundreds of ponies, how does one stand out at Pony Finals? Naturally, the hope is with a perfect trip, but some...

PonyKid’s Premiere Pony Finals

BY PONYMOMAMMY Years and years ago, when I still read my PonyKid a book every night in bed, we read about a girl and her trip to Pony Finals....

The FEI Proposes New Rules on Pony Measuring: Why? What are they? How...

BY LISA LAZARUS If you are reading this article, you probably know the difference between a pony and a horse and have heard the terms “measuring in” and “measuring...

No Matter What Happens, Pony Finals Leaves Lasting Memories

BY ELISE STEPHENS Pony Finals. For some, it’s an insurmountable challenge to even try and qualify, let alone show there. For others, it’s just another show—easy peasy. But whether...

From Pasture to Pony Finals: A Girl and Her Mustang

BY SELENA HULBERT It was a late fall evening when Beanie Cone, our trainer and owner of Hunters Edge Stables, had just finished buying a horse. He noticed a...

PonyMom 101: Is it Better to Lease or Buy Your First Pony?

BY PONYMOMAMMY Your little (or big) one has been taking lessons for a couple years, and the time has come to get her a pony (or horse) of her...

Pony Mom 101 – Equitation Basics Explained

BY PONYMOMAMMY Pony kids aren’t expected to know everything, but learn in the form of weekly lessons, summer camp, and time at the barn. New pony moms and dads...