A Thank You Note To My First Pony

By Intern Grace Salmon Thank you, to my very first pony, who helped me fall in love with this sport. Thank you for teaching me what horsemanship was and for being the one who allowed me...

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...

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,...

Pony Breeding for Performance

Reprint of July/August 2014 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at: https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/the_plaid_horse_70814_96_pgs BY SANDY HOLBROOK Sitting ringside at a horse show, where you are probably reading this, it is easy to overlook the attention it takes to get...

Dade Dominates Devon Pony Jumpers

By Intern 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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Just One Look Takes Pony Jumper Blue

By Irene Elise Powlick After a winter of travelling to rack up points, Prima Rose Bonaventura, 12, and her own Just One Look took home the first blue ribbon in the Pony Jumper division at...

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...

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...

Queenie Productions Presents $1,000 Kathryn Lily Equestrian Pony “Derby” Classic

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Queenie Productions will host the $1,000 Kathryn Lily Equestrian Pony “Derby” Classic at the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Held in the Main Ring in the...

My Goal to Own a Horse: From a Lopsided Equestrian

BY INTERN CARLY PHOON Being fully responsible for a living, breathing, animal– to some, the matter is mentioned with a casual shrug. But to me, it’s exciting, daunting, and a long-term goal. One day, I...

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...

PONY FINALS 2016: Stefanie Mazer Knows

See more from Stefanie Mazer in the 2016 Pony Issue HERE! BY TPH Editor SISSY WICKES Stefanie Mazer’s Forget Me Not Farm is every pony-crazy child’s dream. The driveway is lined with small paddocks and clean,...

From World Grand Championships in the Tennessee Walking Horse Ring to Pony Finals

BY VYLA CARTER Many pony riders are nervous, jittery and extremely excited as they head off to Pony Finals at The Kentucky Horse Park for the first time. Finley-Grace Brooks is just like them, but...

How To Make Rainbow Unicorn Slime

By TPH Intern Izzy Feinstein As the obsession of mixing glue, borax, water, and other materials together to form “slime” swept the nation this past summer, it also took over horse shows. From USEF Pony...