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The 7 Types of Ponies You Meet at Pony Finals

BY EMILY LUCIBELLO The Oldie: Oldies are a blessing from the heavens. You have seen this pony at shows for what seems like eons and have no clue how they are still around. Needless to say,...

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...

Buying & Selling Ponies: A Beginner’s Guide to NOT Wasting Your Time

BY MARTHA RUSSELL I’m new to this pony game. Well, maybe not new. My 13-year-old daughter is on her 5th (?) pony. She’s a great rider (that’s coming from Mom, so take it with 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 very own. Congratulations! You are about...

PonyKid’s Premiere Pony Finals

BY PONYMOMAMMY Years and years ago, when I still read my PonyKid a book every night in bed, we read about a girl and her trip to Pony Finals. That book has been read dozens...

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...

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...

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 get to pay the bills—and that’s...

Quality Wins the Game: Breaking Down the Pony Model

By Lauren Aubert At many horse shows, a  class where the ring is filled with ponies shown in-hand by their riders is often seen before the first jumping class of each division. This is known...

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...

My First Jump with Latte

BY Lilly Kalinauskas age 8 “Good job Lilly!” called my horse trainer Miss Carly as I trotted down the line of the ring. I kept a steady trot on my new, colorful pony Latte. She...

Chin UP, Heels DOWN

BY Christine Fellona This is the story of tragedy turned into triumph for 10 year old equestrian, Drue Fellona. This past March, Drue had just purchased her second pony. Sully was a four year old...

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...

Quick Facts about Pony Measurement

CLICK HERE to read Sissy Wicke's "Pony Measurement: The New Normal?"  Read the entire US Equestrian Hunter Rulebook HERE Quick facts about Federation Measurement Verification There are three kinds of measurement proceedings for horses and ponies: original...

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...

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...

Rowfantina Gold Sovereign: A Pony Stallion of a Lifetime

BY LILLI BIEDERMANN I was the unofficial President of the Winston Fan Club. Amy and Randy McCoy, Champlain Isle Ponies, Isle La Motte, Vermont, owned Rowfantina Gold Sovereign (aka Winston) and they humored me; allowing me to...

Pony Perfection: Leslie Butzer’s Rico Suave

Leslie Butzer has long strived to breed the best hunter ponies.  Thanks to cloning, her beloved gelding, Rico Suave, can help her achieve that dream. BY KRISTIN PITZERPHOTOS BY DAVID ERDEK & SHAWN MCMILLEN Whether you’re...

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...

Where Did My Pony Come From?

  Thoughts on name prefixes and suffixes By Randee Beckman Once upon a time, it was considered very prestigious to own and show a pony with a known prefix. You knew the breeder or at least the...

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

BY 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 genetics...

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...