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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...