Bob Crandall to Return to Stonewall Farm for 2022 USEF Pony Finals

January 10, 2022 - Stonewall Farm (Ixonia, Wisconsin) is excited to announce that Bob Crandall will be joining the team once again for the 2022 USEF Pony Finals (Lexington, Kentucky). “We love Bob! He has a great...

Reality TV Star or Pony Champion? How I Became Both

BY ELLIENA APOLLO Lights, Camera, action? Well, not quite. In my case, my mom’s idea of a simple video project somehow turned into the concept for a new reality TV Show.  It all started in Tryon...

Applications Now Open for the 2022 Gochman Grant

The 2022 Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals is offered by Becky and David Gochman and their family. Every year, three young riders are given the opportunity to compete at Pony Finals. Along with...

John Bragg’s Bridgeport Farms: Building Success From the Ground, Up

BY LINDSEY LONG If you’ve seen Bridgeport Farms at a horse show, chances are you’ve been impressed. The sheer size of the show setup is remarkable, with aisle after aisle of beautiful horses and ponies...

5 Strides With Thunder D’Azure

An “interview” with the pony jumper (via his rider of three years, Kenzie Chang!) The 14-year-old Connemara buckskin gelding, who goes by Thunder or Tutu at the barn, qualified for Pony Finals in 2021. 1. What’s...

Protected: Five Reasons Why I Love Pony Finals in the Rolex Arena

By Piper Klemm The return of the USEF Pony Finals to the Kentucky Horse Park earlier this month was more than a celebratory occasion, and I'm still basking in the jubilance that comes with being...

Sound Advice: Ten Tips to Regulate Your Ring Pace

BY ROBIN GREENWOOD Follow this step-by-step guide to regulate and maintain your ring pace, whether you’re riding in a schooling show or in the Walnut Ring at Pony Finals. 1. Learn and then practice your horse...

How This Pony Bounced Back Thanks to Palm Beach Equine Clinic

BY TORI BILAS/JUMP MEDIA They say “no foot, no horse.” It may be an old adage, but it proves just as true today. Many intricate structures compose the animal’s foundation, and the overall health of...

Quick Questionnaire—Pony Edition—with Lala GEE

Rider Status: Junior   Hometown: Valdosta, GA  Trainer: Traci Weston As a horsewoman, I am most proud of the progress I’ve made with my first pony, Tina Turner, because she’s won two Horse of the Year awards...

In Focus: Weekdays at Pony Finals 2021

The 2021 USEF Pony Finals: a triumphant return of what serves as many riders' first championship experience. Pony Finals is truly an event: a competition, an educational forum and a tremendous networking experience—both for...

It Happens! Pony Edition

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,...

Kentucky Calling: Laila Murad’s Journey to Pony Finals

The very first signs that Laila Murad was eager to ride came at the local farmer’s market. Each Saturday, without fail, the then-3-year-old Laila was unswervingly drawn to the ponies at the Marin Country...

Three Divisions Start on Day One of 2021 USEF Pony Finals Presented by Honor...

By Kathleen Landwehr and Ashley Swift, US Equestrian Communications Department Lexington, Ky. - The 2021 USEF Pony Finals presented by Honor Hill Farms (Pony Finals) got underway Tuesday at the Kentucky Horse Park. After a weather...

How The Metropolitan Equestrian Team Paved the Way to Pony Finals

BY DANI SCHNEIDER  Jane DaCosta formed the Metropolitan Equestrian Team with its headquarters in New York City in 2010 with the hopes of transforming the lives of kids by introducing them to the opportunities available...

Spotlight: Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals

BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM There is nothing quite like the USEF Pony Finals. The unique event is not only a competition; it is also educational in nature—and connects young riders from around the country. While hundreds...

Carleton Brooks Named Official Clinician for Pony Modeling Clinic at USEF Pony Finals

Carleton Brooks has been named Official Clinician for the Pony Modeling Clinic at the 2021 USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, KY, part of an annual series spearheaded by US Equestrian.  The Hall of Fame horseman,...

Emily Elek to Clinic at Carpe Diem Equestrian

Stonewall Farm's Emily Elek will visit Carpe Diem Equestrian in Fort Lupton, CO for a two-day educational clinic, Oct. 23-24, 2021. A respected trainer, breeder and dealer, Elek boasts more than three decades in...

The Next Generation: These Five Boys Are Shining in the Pony Ring

Hunter-jumper sport is often dominated by women, particularly in younger age groups. But fast forward to the professional ranks of the sport, and you'll find that there's just one female rider currently in the...

Golden Oldies Ponies Excel for Decades

BY JENNIFER TAYLOR When I see someone searching for a pony and they want something under 15 years old, I often think, I will take the ones OVER 15.  I will take them at 25! I...

A Little Bit of Magic: Robin Greenwood on the Moments that Made Her Career

By Nina Fedrizzi People often think of a life’s work in vast swaths of time; a slow march of days and weeks that, if you’re lucky, ultimately culminate in success. In reality, though, it’s more...

Madeline Luddy is Learning, Growing, and Moving Up in the Desert

By Irene Elise Powlick There aren’t many 12-year-old riders who have been to multiple national championships, have countless wins to their name, and ride in all three rings, but Madeline “Maddie” Luddy is one of...

Pony Perfection: Leslie Butzer’s Rico Suave

Leslie Butzer has long strived to breed the best hunter ponies.  Thanks to cloning, her beloved gelding, Rico Suave, can help her achieve that dream. BY KRISTIN PITZERPHOTOS BY DAVID ERDEK & SHAWN MCMILLEN Whether you’re...