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...

First Timer: Annings Legend Wins Best Young Pony at Devon 2022

By Tatum Mitchell Morgan Shortt and Annings Legend, Anning Mill Farms’ 2020 colt, took home the win for Best Young Pony at The 2022 Devon Horse Show with Charlie Brown as handler.  Shortt describes the Best...

Moonlighting: How Ponies Keep Me Going Through Med School

BY EMILY RAE SHEVELAND  Yes, I am a medical student, but I moonlight as a crazy pony girl. When I started medical school, many thought it was time to leave my boots to collect dust....

Pony Stallion Talisman Wins Second Order of the Dragon Award

BY GEORGIA ANN SMITH Sally Steinmetz, owner of Rosehaven Farms has been involved with Welsh ponies for many years, dedicating herself to the breed and enjoying every minute of it. As a small breeder, only...

Unbridled Curiosity: Three Ponies Highlight Recent Discoveries in Equine Science

BY TOBEY PEARL Not long after three ponies named Hufflepuff, Cruzer, and Dacardi arrived at Bar-B-Ranch in South Florida, they identified a perceived threat in their turnout pasture—an unfamiliar gelding or mare brought out from...

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...