How The Metropolitan Equestrian Team Paved the Way to Pony Finals

BY DANI SCHNEIDER  Jane DaCosta formed the Metropolitan Equestrian Team with its headquarters in New York City in 2010 with the hopes of transforming the lives of kids by introducing them to the opportunities available...

A Thank You Note To My First Pony

By 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 to...

A Pony Mom Says Goodbye to #pigtailsandponies

BY PONYMOMAMMY When my mini-me got her first pony, she was a peanut of a thing. Maybe 40 pounds soaking wet. Her legs barely came past the saddle flap. She let me put her hair in...

Pony Hunt Teams: A Crowd Favorite at Devon 2019

BY EMILY MCNEILL On Saturday afternoon on Devon’s junior weekend, spectators gathered around the wheeler ring to watch an event that is definitely a crowd favorite: the pony hunt teams. Groups of three riders in...

Q&A with Stefanie Mazer on Pony Shopping in Wellington

View of the ring and covered round pen at Stefanie Mazer's Forget Me Not Farm in Wellington, Florida. PC: Erin Gilmore As we enter into the winter equestrian circuits, The Plaid Horse sat down with...

Quick Questionnaire—Pony Edition—with Lala GEE

Rider Status: Junior   Hometown: Valdosta, GA  Trainer: Traci Weston As a horsewoman, I am most proud of the progress I’ve made with my first pony, Tina Turner, because she’s won two Horse of the Year awards...

2022 USHJA Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals Recipients Announced

Edited Press Release Lexington, Ky.—June 14, 2022—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce Peyton Parks, Tegan Price and Elizabeth Serafini as the 2022 recipients of the USHJA Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals. Through...

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...

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...

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...

Golden Oldies: Truly Noble and Northwind Just Josh’N Reaffirm That Age Doesn’t Have to...

At the 2021 Desert Circuit, we've found the Fountain of Youth—at least, a few ponies have. Truly Noble and Northwind Just Josh'N's combined ages are 47. But their results say they're still well within...

The Road From Reservation to Pony Finals

Above photo: Jordan Gibbs and Party Time in their Small Pony Hunter over fences round at Pony Finals 2017. By TPH Intern Tori Weed If you were at the 2017 USEF Pony Finals, you may have seen...

Golden Oldies Ponies Excel for Decades

BY JENNIFER TAYLOR When I see someone searching for a pony and they want something under 15 years old, I often think, I will take the ones OVER 15.  I will take them at 25! I...

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...

Why Ponies?

Above photo: Bella Griffin leased Vermont Golden Graham for the Medium Green and Medium Pony Hunters in 2017. Photo by Vyla Carter. Learn more about Emily Elk's Stonewall Ponies by CLICKING HERE! By Emily Elek First of all,...

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...

Not Just Another Treat

BY SISSY WICKES Horse treats are a part of every rider’s shopping list. Shelves in the tack store are full of brightly colored boxes and jars like a candy aisle in the supermarket. Which to...

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...

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...

My Goal to Own a Horse: From a Lopsided Equestrian

BY 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 will...

Pony Finals Candids

Photos by Adam Hill of Decaseconds.com Hannah Loeffelbein and Saddle Sold Separately. Maddie Schaefer, Mimi Gochman, and Morgan Ward chat between classes. Emily Elek. Kylin and Smantha Meyer sporting their Plaid Horse golf cart! The ramp into the Walnut...

Kentucky Calling: Laila Murad’s Journey to Pony Finals

The very first signs that Laila Murad was eager to ride came at the local farmer’s market. Each Saturday, without fail, the then-3-year-old Laila was unswervingly drawn to the ponies at the Marin Country...