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...

Pony Perfection: Leslie Butzer’s Rico Suave

Leslie Butzer has long strived to breed the best hunter ponies.  Thanks to cloning, her beloved gelding, Rico Suave, can help her achieve that dream. BY KRISTIN PITZERPHOTOS BY DAVID ERDEK & SHAWN MCMILLEN Whether you’re...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Q&A with Stefanie Mazer on Pony Shopping in Wellington

View of the ring and covered round pen at Stefanie Mazer's Forget Me Not Farm in Wellington, Florida. PC: Erin Gilmore As we enter into the winter equestrian circuits, The Plaid Horse sat down with...

Scenes From 2018 Devon Junior Weekend

BY 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 historic...

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...

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...

Dade Dominates Devon Pony Jumpers

By Jordan Cobb After only competing with National Treasure a handful of times, Katherine Dade walked out of the Dixon Oval victorious. Dade and Treasure teamed up in December, a few short months before the...

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...

How to Reinstate Your Pony’s Green Year by November 30th

You will need: Pony owner USEF login & password, credit card, and about ten minutes. If you dabbled in the Green Pony Hunter divisions, but it was not exactly the debut you were hoping for,...

Airlie Corder is a Junior Rider on the Rise—and Caring for Her Animals Comes...

By Tyler Bui Airlie Corder is leading by example. The 12-year-old rider has dedicated herself to every aspect of the sport, in and out of the saddle. Airlie took her first lesson at age six...

Zayna & Smallwood Mystic: Mighty Match

See more of the April 2017 issue of TPH by clicking HERE! By Sissy Wickes, Photos By Emily Allongo Zayna Rizvi and Smallwood Mystic are a pair to contend with at this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival...

From Bullied to the Barn: #makingmclain and the Trainer Who Makes It All Possible

BY MEGAN HOFFMAN Do you ever meet someone and know that they will change the course of your life? That’s how it was when Ziggy and I met Liza. We knew we were in for...

Meet American Equestrian School (AES) at USEF Pony Finals

American Equestrian School (AES) — AES will be at the USEF Pony Finals at Kentucky Horse Park August 9 - 14! Meet with AES’ Dr. Piper Klemm (The Plaid Horse), Traci Brooks (Balmoral Farms),...

My Goal to Own a Horse: From a Lopsided Equestrian

BY 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 will...

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 teams. Groups of three riders in...

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...

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...

USHJA Young Pony Hunter Championship

BY 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 seven...