Thursday, September 19, 2019

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...

Pony Mom 101 – Equitation Basics Explained

BY PONYMOMAMMY Pony kids aren’t expected to know everything, but learn in the form of weekly lessons, summer camp, and time at the barn. New pony moms and dads...

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...

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...

Devon Leadline 2019: The Next Generation of Equestrians

PHOTOS BY EMILY MCNEILL Many equestrians get their start in leadline, but Devon is inarguably a grander leadline than most. Sunnhats, dresses, suits, impeccable ponies and of course—smiling riders...

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...

Who Jumped It Best? Devon 2019 Small Pony Hunter

PHOTOS © IRENE ELISE POWLICK Devon's opening weekend has top competition in all rings, but some of the fiercest riders are the pony hunters. These exceptional teams performed wonderfully...

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...

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...

Mistakes Happen (Even at Pony Finals)

BY PONYMOMAMMY We survived Pony Finals! I feel like there should be some recognition for us moms that helped groom, and clean stalls, and wash breeches in the laundry...

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...

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...

Quality Wins the Game: Breaking Down the Pony Model

By Lauren Aubert At many horse shows, a  class where the ring is filled with ponies shown in-hand by their riders is often seen before the first jumping class of each division. This is known...

Kat Fuqua on the Rise

INTERVIEW BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES After a stellar year in the show ring, eleven year old Kat Fuqua carried the momentum right through the indoor circuit. Competing at the Pennsylvania National, Washington International, and The...

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 Must Do’s

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM With the start of the 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 to...

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...

Quick Facts about Pony Measurement

CLICK HERE to read TPH Editor Sissy Wicke's "Pony Measurement: The New Normal?"  Read the entire US Equestrian Hunter Rulebook HERE Quick facts about Federation Measurement Verification There are three kinds of measurement proceedings for horses and...