Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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...

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...

Green Ponies, Shaken Confidence & Inspiring Riders

BY NATALIE STEMPEL After years of struggling in the hunter classes on my pony, it was time to find a partner who wanted to grow with me! Kasper has taught me so much about being...

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...

Inside Double G Stables: From Wall Street to Pony Finals

Reprint of July/August 2015 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph070815 BY PIPER KLEMM When Olivia Golden talks about ponies, her eyes shine. She smiles constantly and describes every personality trait, even in ponies she hasn’t...

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...

The Four Types of Pony Moms at Pony Finals

BY HAYLEY KASTRUP Pony moms can sometimes have a reputation at horse shows, but we wanted to share what we love about our pony moms. Every pony mom is awesome in their own way, and...

Virtual Pony Finals Who Jumped It Best?

While we're sad to be missing Pony Finals this year, we can't skip an opportunity to recognize all the hard-working pony kids from past and present. While this fun poll may be for bragging...

What it’s like To Be a “Horsegirl” in School

BY EMILY MCNEILL While watching a movie in history class, a calvary stampedes onto screen. Immediately, your classmates swivel towards you. In the midst of completing punnett squares in biology, a question regarding horse genetics...

Ponies at Blenheim

By Sydney Lowe The equestrian world is competitive across the globe.  The United States is no different, especially the West Coast. The West Coast horse world is unique. Here in California, specifically at Blenheim, the Pony...

7 Things You Don’t Want To Forget Packing For Pony Finals

Packing for shows can often make our heads spin. Up to our eyeballs in checklists, grain, gear and hair bows. Here are some things we at TPH find necessary when you are bound for...

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...

Magic in Malvern: The Farm

Reprint of July/August 2014 Pony Issue. Read the full magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/the_plaid_horse_70814_96_pgs BY PIPER KLEMM During the Devon Horse Show this year, I had the privilege of staying with the Bernhard family at The Farm in...

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...

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...

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...

Farnley Dolphin: A Legendary Pony

Written by Irene Elise Powlick With the face of an angel and a devilish look in his eye, Farnley Dolphin was an iconic show pony. Bred by the famous Joan Dunning at Farnley Farm in...

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...

Hard Work and Big Moves Fuel Skylar Boehm’s Collegiate Riding Dreams

By Julie Unger Fourteen-year-old Skylar Boehm doesn’t come from a long line of equestrians. She isn’t even second or third generation, but that doesn’t matter. She brings heart, determination and perseverance to every ride. Skylar started...

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 first time ever, it was devastating...

A Simple Catch Ride… Maybe Not

Reprint of July/August's 2015 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph070815 BY JESSICA CHOPER & ARMAND LEONE As long as there are ponies there will be a need for pony catch riders. Tiny children matched...

Road Map to Pony Finals

By Katie Lenkart & Audrey Oldfather | Photo by Adam Hill Where to buy food: The main food stand located next to the Main Hunter ring has killer French toast- I get it almost every morning!...