Not Being Able to Ride Made Me a Better Equestrian

BY LAUREN KEILTY This past summer, I received a concussion from a naughty pony. Only a week away from the finals that I had planned on attending for the...

Celebrating the Round: Regular Large and Small Green Pony Hunter Over Fences at USEF...

BY VYLA CARTER AND MACKENZIE SHUMAN During the second day of Pony Finals, champions were crowned in the Regular Large Pony Hunter division and Small Green Pony Hunters. Top placing riders gave a little extra love...

Pony Finals: Show Me The Green

By Emma Dubinsky With Pony Finals upon us, many young riders are eagerly preparing for this big event. But, three of the divisions offered at the competition are for ponies in their first year showing,...

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...

Kat Fuqua on the Rise

INTERVIEW BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES After a stellar year in the show ring, eleven year old Kat Fuqua carried the momentum right through the indoor circuit. Competing at the Pennsylvania National, Washington International, and The...

10 Pony Cakes for Your Next Barn Birthday

Pony girls dream in fluffy forelocks, tiny trots and satin ribbons... and those dreams include birthday wishes! With crossrails and canter transitions constantly on the brain, it's no surprise that pony girls hope for...

The 7 Types of Ponies You Meet at Pony Finals

BY INTERN 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...

6 Things to Look For When Shopping for a Short Stirrup Pony

BY STEFANIE MAZER Short stirrup is an important division for young riders. For many, it’s their first time showing over straight rail fences. The jumps can have fill and width, and the courses start to...

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...

This Year’s Top Five Pony Finals Accessories

By TPH Intern Annie Birmingham   Pony Finals has begun! And of course, the most adorable horse show in the country needs to have the most adorable accessories! Here is your guide to this year’s top...

Dear Santa, from Pony Moms

BY AVERILL PESSIN Dear Santa, I know the holiday season has arrived and I’m sure your mailbox is exploding with Christmas’s most popular request: A pony. Santa, please, on behalf of pony moms everywhere, I’m begging you. Just...

Elise’s Story

Above: Elise and So Enchanted at Pony Finals 2017. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography. By Elise Stephens Elise Stephens is 11 years old and has been riding for 7 of those years. Elise has four ponies and shows in...

The Indomitable Bailey Doloff

Reprint of The August 2016 Pony Issue. Find the full TPH Magazine Issue at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph0816 BY TPH STAFF Bailey Doloff is a rider on a roll. With his Wishlea Star Dasher, the seventeen year old Doloff...

Zayna & Smallwood Mystic: Mighty Match

See more of the April 2017 issue of TPH by clicking HERE! By TPH Editor SissyWickes, Photos By Emily Allongo Zayna Rizvi and Smallwood Mystic are a pair to contend with at this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival...

The Kentucky Derby had Patch, the Pony World has Levi

Above photo credit to Nicole Shultz Photography By Nicole Farr One thing usually occurs when I attend new shows: Almost everyone that passes by my pony stares, whispers, or even points at him.  They see the...

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...

Equitation With Tourette’s: A Young Rider’s Story

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Horse lovers come in all shapes, sizes and personalities to boot, but there’s one thing every equestrian will agree on – riding is a hard sport. We have to juggle...