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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 pony that was for sale in...

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 has recently turned a corner in...

From Bullied to the Barn: #makingmclain and the Trainer Who Makes It All Possible

BY MEGAN HOFFMAN Do you ever meet someone and know that they will change the course of your life? That’s how it was when Ziggy and I met Liza. We knew we were in for...

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...

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....

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...

Who Jumped It Best? Devon 2019 Small Pony Hunter

PHOTOS © IRENE ELISE POWLICK Devon's opening weekend has top competition in all rings, but some of the fiercest riders are the pony hunters. These exceptional teams performed wonderfully in the Dixon oval, but we...

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...

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,...

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...

First Timer: Annings Legend Wins Best Young Pony at Devon 2022

By Tatum Mitchell Morgan Shortt and Annings Legend, Anning Mill Farms’ 2020 colt, took home the win for Best Young Pony at The 2022 Devon Horse Show with Charlie Brown as handler.  Shortt describes the Best...

Meet the Charming Ryder Richardson

Article and Photos By Mackenzie Shuman With his impeccable style and charming demeanor, it's hard to miss young Ryder Richardson at The Colorado Horse Park. However, put him in the ring on one of his two...

Six Under 6: 2022 USEF Pony Finals

By Tatum Mitchell The beginning of many an equestrian’s story starts with a pony. Ponies provide timeless learning experiences, no matter their age. Oftentimes it’s young riders who pilot these petite equine athletes, and sometimes...

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...

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...

No Matter What Happens, Pony Finals Leaves Lasting Memories

BY ELISE STEPHENS Pony Finals. For some, it’s an insurmountable challenge to even try and qualify, let alone show there. For others, it’s just another show—easy peasy. But whether it’s your life long dream or...

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...