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New Pony, No Limits

BY Lyla Winneker "1, 2! 1, 2! 1, 2! 3, 2, 1, JUMP!” My voice echoed through the indoor horseback riding ring. “Release!” Eleanor called. She was the tall professional horseback rider who was currently teaching...

The Green Pony Problem

With a nationwide pony shortage, Allyson Coluccio speaks out about how a USEF rule may be detrimental to developing green ponies. BY Allyson Coluccio When I’m at a horse show, I always marvel at the number...

Where Are They Now? featuring Tonka Toy

BY Emma Gosselin Every IEA or IHSA show has those few horses or ponies that each rider hopes to draw. Maybe it's because of their easy going nature, ability to find a distance for you,...

What if there were Small, Medium & Large Pony Jumpers?

BY Piper Klemm Is now the time to divide the Pony Jumpers into sections— small, medium and large? While the Pony Hunters at Pony Finals have absolutely exploded with 6 divisions that are exhaustingly robust, this...

USEF National Pony Finals – Jumper Individual Champions

BY Helen Chimbos Keep reading for more information on past winners of the USEF National Pony Jumper Individual Championship, from 2001-2023.  2023 Air Force One & Reagan Voxman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAbqbzZTZ6M 2022 Magic Dragon & Aundrea Hillyard 2021 Miracles Happen &...

Where Are They Now? featuring Woodlands Love-n-Happiness

BY Emma Gosselin A good pony is worth their weight in gold, and then some. We trust our ponies to cart around the tiniest riders, show riders how to ride through pony shenanigans, and...

The Power of Pony Finals

BY Sydney Beese The Walnut Arena. 95,000 square feet of premium OttoSport footing. The venue is seamlessly crafted to elegantly house ten of the most ostentatious yet time-honored jumps known to the hunter pony world....

Tips for First Time Pony Finals Trainers

BY April Bilodeau A member of The Plaid Horse Professional Collaborative group on Facebook recently asked fellow professionals, "Please share your words for wisdom for a first time Pony Finals trainer!" Several members of the group...

How to Keep Your Show Shirts White

If you're constantly finding yourself getting ready to head into the show ring and suddenly you remember that coffee stain from earlier that ended up on your white show shirt, this one is for...
Siobhan Latchford

The Plaid Horse Questionnaire with: Siobhan Latchford

Status: Recently retired Barn Manager for Robin Greenwood, GCPonies As a horsewoman, I am most proud of being able to keep a barn full of horses and ponies happy and healthy for so many years. Needless...
Neveah Barraza

Neveah Barraza: From First Ride to USEF Pony Finals in Three Years

By Bella Wehner With only 10 competitions under her belt, 12-year-old Neveah Barraza climbed her way up to third place on the USHJA Zone 7 Small Pony Hunter leaderboard and was well on her way...

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...

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...