Reality TV Star or Pony Champion? How I Became Both

BY ELLIENA APOLLO Lights, Camera, action? Well, not quite. In my case, my mom’s idea of a simple video project somehow turned into the concept for a new reality TV Show.  It all started in Tryon...

Who Jumped it Best? Medium Green Pony Hunters at Pony Finals

BY VYLA CARTER Pony Finals may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean we can't still pick our favorites from the huge fields of top competition. Samantha Takacs and Galianna earned the overall Medium...

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 in the Dixon oval, but we...

The Christmas Pony

By Julie Claire Ma One stormy winter day, two days before Christmas, Dana and I were lounging at her dad’s. Having already stripped the contents of the fridge, listened to music, and found some TV...

Why Ponies?

Above photo: Bella Griffin leased Vermont Golden Graham for the Medium Green and Medium Pony Hunters in 2017. Photo by Vyla Carter. Learn more about Emily Elk's Stonewall Ponies by CLICKING HERE! By Emily Elek First of all,...

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 has recently turned a corner in...

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...

Show Strides Book Sneak Peek: School Horses and Show Ponies

The following is a preview of the first book in the Show Strides series, a series of novels about riding, horse shows, and what it takes to succeed in the sport we all love....

Golden Oldies Ponies Excel for Decades

BY JENNIFER TAYLOR When I see someone searching for a pony and they want something under 15 years old, I often think, I will take the ones OVER 15.  I will take them at 25! I...

A Pony Mom Says Goodbye to #pigtailsandponies

BY PONYMOMAMMY When my mini-me got her first pony, she was a peanut of a thing. Maybe 40 pounds soaking wet. Her legs barely came past the saddle flap. She let me put her hair in...

Rowfantina Gold Sovereign: A Pony Stallion of a Lifetime

BY LILLI BIEDERMANN I was the unofficial President of the Winston Fan Club. Amy and Randy McCoy, Champlain Isle Ponies, Isle La Motte, Vermont, owned Rowfantina Gold Sovereign (aka Winston) and they humored me; allowing me to...

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...

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,...

Rounds Over Ribbons: With Her Best Show Season Behind Her, Mimi Maddock Heads to...

By Catie StaszakPHOTOS: Anne Gittins Mimi Maddock was 10 years old when she sat down for her first meeting with Andre Dignelli and Patricia Griffith at Heritage Farm. Dignelli, an 11-time champion of the USEF Show...

Where Did My Pony Come From?

  Thoughts on name prefixes and suffixes By Randee Beckman Once upon a time, it was considered very prestigious to own and show a pony with a known prefix. You knew the breeder or at least the...

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...

Golden Oldies: Truly Noble and Northwind Just Josh’N Reaffirm That Age Doesn’t Have to...

At the 2021 Desert Circuit, we've found the Fountain of Youth—at least, a few ponies have. Truly Noble and Northwind Just Josh'N's combined ages are 47. But their results say they're still well within...

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...

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...

How to Survive Growing Out of Ponies

By Eden Pessin It happened to me. It will happen to a lot of you. I got tall. Every year, as I grew from smalls to mediums to a 14h large, I knew it was coming. Then...

Ella’s Story

Above: Ella and Romeo At The Plaid Horse, we are committed to giving young riders a platform to be heard and to develop their love of riding, writing and horsemanship. We hope that someday they...

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 all filled the Dixon Oval for...