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What to Pack in Your Pony Finals Survival Bag

By Tatum Mitchell Pony Finals is an experience many young riders dream of—a wonderland of ponies, ribbons, and hopefully more smiles than tears. Preparing for any horse show can be a daunting task, and...

Teaching Young Riders Empathy and Responsibility

Francesca Mulligan from Stoney Fields shares how she fosters empathetic, hard-working riders.  How do you teach kids to handle disappointment or mistakes?  We normalize them. It’s important to stress to young riders the value and probability...

The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Pony Rescued From New Holland Auction

By Tatum Mitchell A trip to the New Holland auction and $500 dollars later, Maria Bogdanova-Peifer brought home the pony of a lifetime, Cupcake. Bogdanova-Peifer, who also goes by Maria “BP,” has her own farm in...

William Burtard and Quicksilver Electric Slide Secure WIHS Pony Medal Win at Lamplight Spring...

Edited Press Release Wayne, Ill. – June 18, 2022 – Riders gathered at Hunter 2 during the Lamplight Spring Spectacular II to showcase their ponies this weekend in the hunter and equitation divisions as the summer...

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...

10 Tips for Trying Ponies at Pony Finals

BY EMILY ELEK Pony Finals always leads to a flurry of people trying ponies. With all the children and ponies in the same place, it’s like the best of everything from a sales perspective. What...

Sunrise, Sunset: Pivotal Years with a Life Changing Pony

BY BIANCA JONES I knew when I first saw him, that I wanted him. Sonny was a 14.2 hand sorrel quarter horse pony. We were told he was 10 when we bought him, but one...

Bob Crandall and Traci Brooks Named Official Clinicians of Annual Pony Modeling Clinic at...

By Tatum Mitchell Bob Crandall and Traci Brooks will run the annual Pony Modeling Clinic by USHJA at USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, KY, 2022. In addition to fences and flat classes, one major part of...

First Timer: Annings Legend Wins Best Young Pony at Devon 2022

By Tatum Mitchell Morgan Shortt and Annings Legend, Anning Mill Farms’ 2020 colt, took home the win for Best Young Pony at The 2022 Devon Horse Show with Charlie Brown as handler.  Shortt describes the Best...

Moonlighting: How Ponies Keep Me Going Through Med School

BY EMILY RAE SHEVELAND  Yes, I am a medical student, but I moonlight as a crazy pony girl. When I started medical school, many thought it was time to leave my boots to collect dust....

Pony Stallion Talisman Wins Second Order of the Dragon Award

BY GEORGIA ANN SMITH Sally Steinmetz, owner of Rosehaven Farms has been involved with Welsh ponies for many years, dedicating herself to the breed and enjoying every minute of it. As a small breeder, only...

Unbridled Curiosity: Three Ponies Highlight Recent Discoveries in Equine Science

BY TOBEY PEARL Not long after three ponies named Hufflepuff, Cruzer, and Dacardi arrived at Bar-B-Ranch in South Florida, they identified a perceived threat in their turnout pasture—an unfamiliar gelding or mare brought out from...

Bob Crandall to Return to Stonewall Farm for 2022 USEF Pony Finals

January 10, 2022 - Stonewall Farm (Ixonia, Wisconsin) is excited to announce that Bob Crandall will be joining the team once again for the 2022 USEF Pony Finals (Lexington, Kentucky). “We love Bob! He has a great...

Applications Now Open for the 2022 Gochman Grant

The 2022 Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals is offered by Becky and David Gochman and their family. Every year, three young riders are given the opportunity to compete at Pony Finals. Along with...

John Bragg’s Bridgeport Farms: Building Success From the Ground, Up

BY LINDSEY LONG If you’ve seen Bridgeport Farms at a horse show, chances are you’ve been impressed. The sheer size of the show setup is remarkable, with aisle after aisle of beautiful horses and ponies...

5 Strides With Thunder D’Azure

An “interview” with the pony jumper (via his rider of three years, Kenzie Chang!) The 14-year-old Connemara buckskin gelding, who goes by Thunder or Tutu at the barn, qualified for Pony Finals in 2021. 1. What’s...

Protected: Five Reasons Why I Love Pony Finals in the Rolex Arena

By Piper Klemm The return of the USEF Pony Finals to the Kentucky Horse Park earlier this month was more than a celebratory occasion, and I'm still basking in the jubilance that comes with being...

Sound Advice: Ten Tips to Regulate Your Ring Pace

BY ROBIN GREENWOOD Follow this step-by-step guide to regulate and maintain your ring pace, whether you’re riding in a schooling show or in the Walnut Ring at Pony Finals. 1. Learn and then practice your horse...

How This Pony Bounced Back Thanks to Palm Beach Equine Clinic

BY TORI BILAS/JUMP MEDIA They say “no foot, no horse.” It may be an old adage, but it proves just as true today. Many intricate structures compose the animal’s foundation, and the overall health of...

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...

In Focus: Weekdays at Pony Finals 2021

The 2021 USEF Pony Finals: a triumphant return of what serves as many riders' first championship experience. Pony Finals is truly an event: a competition, an educational forum and a tremendous networking experience—both for...

It Happens! Pony Edition

We all make mistakes. But horse people, as a group, aren’t always the best at handling them. So TPH reached out to some top riders to share their own show ring bloopers to prove,...