Thursday, November 14, 2019

The FEI Proposes New Rules on Pony Measuring: Why? What are they? How...

BY LISA LAZARUS If you are reading this article, you probably know the difference between a pony and a horse and have heard the terms “measuring in” and “measuring...

The Four Types of Pony Moms at Pony Finals

BY INTERN HAYLEY KASTRUP Pony moms can sometimes have a reputation at horse shows, but we wanted to share what we love about our pony moms. Every pony mom is awesome in their own way,...

Pony Mom 101 – Equitation Basics Explained

BY PONYMOMAMMY Pony kids aren’t expected to know everything, but learn in the form of weekly lessons, summer camp, and time at the barn. New pony moms and dads...

What it’s like To Be a “Horsegirl” in School

BY INTERN EMILY MCNEILL While watching a movie in history class, a calvary stampedes onto screen. Immediately, your classmates swivel towards you. In the midst of completing punnett squares in biology, a question regarding horse...

From Pasture to Pony Finals: A Girl and Her Mustang

BY SELENA HULBERT It was a late fall evening when Beanie Cone, our trainer and owner of Hunters Edge Stables, had just finished buying a horse. He noticed a...

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...

Who Jumped it Best? Medium Green Pony Hunters at Pony Finals

BY VYLA CARTER Pony Finals may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean we can't still pick our favorites from the huge fields of top competition. Samantha Takacs and Galianna earned the overall Medium...

A Pony Mom Says Goodbye to #pigtailsandponies

BY PONYMOMAMMY When my mini-me got her first pony, she was a peanut of a thing. Maybe 40 pounds soaking wet. Her legs barely came past the saddle flap. She...

Pony Finals Judges Offer Insight on How to Have a Competitive Edge

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN AND ELISE STEPHENS Adorable ponies and their riders travel from all over the United States to compete at USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, Kentucky. Competing at this prestigious event is a dream...

Who Jumped It Best? 2018 Pony Finals Regular Small Pony Hunters

BY VYLA CARTER At Pony Finals, competitors have one chance to show off their pony over fences to impress the three panels of judges. Over 100 Regular Small ponies jumped their best in the Walnut...

Lessons in the Learning: When Figuring Out the Pony is the Journey, Not the...

BY PONYMOMAMMY Being a mom, and an amateur, and a pony mom comes with a unique set of challenges, but it also comes with an amazing perspective. My pony-kid...

New Pony Parent Horse Show Guide Part II: Prep and Attire

BY PONYMOMAMMY So, you’ve got the date on the calendar for the first show. Now what? In my last post, we covered some horse show vocabulary for the newly indoctrinated pony parent. Today, we’ll talk...

Rising to the Top: 10 Young Boys in the Hunter/Jumper Sport

BY INTERN EMILY LUCIBELLO Wynnston Filipowski Wynnston, age 3, rides with Ryan and Janet Sassmannshausen out of Kinvarra Farm. He started riding from an early age and competed in his first lead line at only ten...

Why Ponies?

Above photo: Bella Griffin leased Vermont Golden Graham for the Medium Green and Medium Pony Hunters in 2017. Photo by Intern Vyla Carter. Learn more about Emily Elk's Stonewall Ponies by CLICKING HERE! By Emily Elek First of...

20 Awesome Spots and Dots That Brighten Up Hunter/Jumper Shows

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Though I've been extremely fortunate to own and ride great horses in my life, there's a holy grail that keeps eluding me. I dream about, yearn for and obsess over...

Ten Tips for Horse Show Parents Heading to USEF Pony Finals

By Jennifer Rubin Congratulations! Your petite equine has finally qualified for the big show!  But what can you do to help prepare yourself and your little equestrian for the upcoming trip to Lexington, Kentucky...

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...

New Pony Parent Horse Show Guide Part I: Vocabulary

BY PONYMOMAMMY If your kid is waiting for spring not because the weather is warmer, but because spring means horse shows — Congratulations and welcome to being a horse show parent! A horse show is a...

PonyMom 101: Is it Better to Lease or Buy Your First Pony?

BY PONYMOMAMMY Your little (or big) one has been taking lessons for a couple years, and the time has come to get her a pony (or horse) of her...

Devon Leadline 2019: The Next Generation of Equestrians

PHOTOS BY EMILY MCNEILL Many equestrians get their start in leadline, but Devon is inarguably a grander leadline than most. Sunnhats, dresses, suits, impeccable ponies and of course—smiling riders...

The Road From Reservation to Pony Finals

Above photo: Jordan Gibbs and Party Time in their Small Pony Hunter over fences round at Pony Finals 2017. By TPH Intern Tori Weed If you were at the 2017 USEF Pony Finals, you may have seen...

A Pony’s Impact: How One Pony Can Influence Lives

BY VYLA CARTER We all remember that special teacher in our lives- the one who made a difference to us. They may not have been the easiest or the kindest, but their impact is something...