Who Jumped It Best? 2018 Pony Finals Regular Small Pony Hunters

BY VYLA CARTER At Pony Finals, competitors have one chance to show off their pony over fences to impress the three panels of judges. Over 100 Regular Small ponies jumped their best in the Walnut...

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...

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...

The Four Types of Pony Moms at Pony Finals

BY INTERN 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,...

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...

Pony Finals Must Do’s

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM With the start of the 51st annual USEF Pony Finals quickly approaching, perfectly prepped ponies and their equally adorable riders from across the country are perfecting their final touches before heading...

2018 USHJA Foundation Gochman Grant Winners Make Plans for Pony Finals

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN Starting in 2016, the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant has awarded grants to three deserving junior riders, giving them an incredible opportunity to attend educational activities and compete on a qualified pony...

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...

Pony Finals Judges Offer Insight on How to Have a Competitive Edge

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN AND ELISE STEPHENS Adorable ponies and their riders travel from all over the United States to compete at USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, Kentucky. Competing at this prestigious event is a dream...

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

BY INTERN 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...

Not Just Another Treat

BY EDITOR 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...

Devon Sibling Spotlight: The Propp Sisters

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM Stella, Juliette, and Clara Propp are a trio of siblings hailing from New York, New York. Stella, 15, competes in the 3’3” junior hunters aboard Maraschino, Morocco, and Neato, in addition...

Scenes From 2018 Devon Junior Weekend

BY INTERN IRENE ELISE POWLICK The first few days of The Devon Horse Show and County Fair have been filled with wins, sunshine, and excitement to be showing at one of the greatest and most...

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 III: Hurry Up and Wait

BY PONYMOMAMMY We’re back with the final installment of the new pony parent horse show guide! Make sure you didn’t miss the vocabulary lesson and prep/clothing guide, but for today we’ll get on to surviving...

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...

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...

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...