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...

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...

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,...

Meet Team Stoney Fields!

By TPH Brand Ambassador Eden Pessin If you show ponies on the Ontario A circuit, you’ve heard of Stoney Fields Farm.  Their ponies are always at the top of the jog and their riders are adorable...

A Pony’s Impact: How One Pony Can Influence Lives

BY VYLA CARTER We all remember that special teacher in our lives- the one who made a difference to us. They may not have been the easiest or the kindest, but their impact is something...

A Mother & Daughter’s Joint Venture with a Registered Virginia Bred Pony

GAP SPRINGS HEART’S DESIRE (Gypsy Time Traveler x Clementine by Wayfarer) In the Spring of 2007, Debra Meighan of Leesburg, VA, had a decision to make.  She owned a Hanoverian/TB cross mare which she had bought...

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...

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...

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...

USHJA Young Pony Hunter Championship

BY INTERN EMILY LUCIBELLO The fresh show season brings new classes like the USHJA Young Pony Hunter Championship, a new championship tailored for young Pony Hunter prospects. The YPHC is designed for young Pony Hunters ages...

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...

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...

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...

Show Strides Book Sneak Peek: School Horses and Show Ponies

Something inside the bright blue grooming box caught Tally’s eye. Tucked in between a rubber currycomb and a hoof pick was a sheet of lined paper with a note scribbled on it...

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...

Little Horse, Big Heart

By Chloe Kuhlmann You’ve heard of a dog learning to sit and lie down but what about a horse? Shay is an 8-year-old 35” tall miniature horse who can perform an abundance of tricks like...

2015 Recap: USEF Pony Finals

August 2015 - Lexington, Kentucky - Photos by Bethany Unwin Photography Sophia Calamari and With Applause won the Small Green Under Saddle and were second in the Model The Plaid Horse Kathryn Lily Equestrian shirt spotted in the...

The FEI Proposes New Rules on Pony Measuring: Why? What are they? How...

BY LISA LAZARUS If you are reading this article, you probably know the difference between a pony and a horse and have heard the terms “measuring in” and “measuring...

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,...

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...

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...

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...