Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Six Degrees of Dreamer: Bittersweet Goodbyes to Great Ponies That Have Touched Many Young...

BY JESSICA GRUTKOWSKI The only tangible memory of my childhood lease horse is a 3x5 professional photo taken by James Leslie Parker from The Hampton Classic in 1992 — the last time I showed as...

Epic Farm Pony Feedback Frenzy Championship

BY ANN JAMIESON Pony Finals, like so many eagerly awaited events, was cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Kids around the country who look forward to it all year were crushed when they learned...

Always at the Barn: Why Pony Rider Helena Timpany Has a ‘Bright, Bright Future’

BY ANN JAMIESON Helena Timpany was only two years old when she was first hoisted up on a pony at a birthday party. “It was the best birthday party the kids ever had,” her mother...

It Happens! Jumper Riders Look Back to Embarrassing Show Moments

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,...

Ode to My Pony

Ryder Richardson on his pony jumper, RR Cool Play (“Becks”) Dear Becks, I want to thank you for being the best pony in the whole world. You have been my steadfast partner in all things. You...

Addison Slye and Our Song: How This Small Pony Has ‘Given Her Wings’

BY PIPER KLEMM Originally published in the August, 2020 print issue. The best part about Addison Slye is her mindset in regards to her ponies—she is a prime example of how well that mindset will...

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 for bragging...

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 on the road heading to the...

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 bound for...

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 ago, it was a scary situation...

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 faces of non-horsey people as you...

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 years old...

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. The addition of social media has been both helpful and...

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 child is...

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 – and she’s meeting them all...

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 and perseverance to every ride. Skylar started...

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 taught me so much about being...

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 our lives more difficult than they...

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 mat at the RV park at...

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, friends and ponies everywhere—it makes sense...

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 help answering—who jumped it best! From...

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 ponies come pre-prepared with their own...