Thursday, November 26, 2020

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 help answering—who jumped it best! From...

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...

Managing Buying Expectations for Eager Pony Parents

BY PONYMOMAMMY ISO: Unicorn. Large pony. NO spook, NO vices, 100% Bombproof and kid safe MUST pass PPE. Budget $3000 I see a lot of ads like this. The addition of social media has been both helpful and...

Dade Dominates Devon Pony Jumpers

By Jordan Cobb After only competing with National Treasure a handful of times, Katherine Dade walked out of the Dixon Oval victorious. Dade and Treasure teamed up in December, a few short months before the...

The Pros of Ponies

Photo: Jaden Porter and Farmore State of the Art competing at Pony Finals. Photo courtesy of Shawn McMillen. By Ashley Shaw The words “the pony ring” can stimulate a variety of thoughts and emotions for pony rider...

How to Reinstate Your Pony’s Green Year by November 30th

You will need: Pony owner USEF login & password, credit card, and about ten minutes. If you dabbled in the Green Pony Hunter divisions, but it was not exactly the debut you were hoping for,...

Currais Guides the Ryan Sisters to Top Finishes

BY SISSY WICKES From the fields of Vermont to the shores of Long Island to the sunshine of Florida, Joey Currais is a familiar figure on the horse show circuit. He is most often found...

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...

A PONY FINALS PRIMER

Read this article and more all inside in the 2017 Pony Issue of TPH HERE  By Barbara Stone Halpern | Photos by SHAWN MCMILLEN PHOTOGRAPHY “The harder you work, the luckier you get,” is Cari Gleeson’s favorite...

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...

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...

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...

How to Survive Growing Out of Ponies

By Eden Pessin It happened to me. It will happen to a lot of you. I got tall. Every year, as I grew from smalls to mediums to a 14h large, I knew it was coming. Then...

10 Ponies For Sale or Lease That Will Not Be Random Measured

Due to US Equestrian enforcing random measurement, buying and leasing that pony hunter just lost a lot of market confidence. However, ponies over the age of 15 will not be randomly measured. Here are...

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...

When the Dark Side Works: Buying a Green Broke 3yo Pony for My Kid

BY HELENE DUDLEY You are putting your child in danger! That’s hard for a parent to hear, especially when it’s true and yet—here I am. My ten-year-old kid loves riding. Last year, it was time to get him a consistent ride....

Ode to My Pony

Ryder Richardson on his pony jumper, RR Cool Play (“Becks”) Dear Becks, I want to thank you for being the best pony in the whole world. You have been my steadfast partner in all things. You...

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...

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...

Ella’s Story

Above: Ella and Romeo At The Plaid Horse, we are committed to giving young riders a platform to be heard and to develop their love of riding, writing and horsemanship. We hope that someday they...

Pony Remeasurement: The New Normal?

To read quick facts about pony measurement OR the entire section from the rulebook, CLICK HERE. By Sissy Wickes About last weekend: Amidst the Depo Provera/MPA debacle has come yet another strike from the USEF. Only...

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...