Saturday, February 29, 2020

Little Horse, Big Heart

By Chloe Kuhlmann You’ve heard of a dog learning to sit and lie down but what about a horse? Shay is an 8-year-old 35” tall miniature horse who can perform an abundance of tricks like...

2015 Recap: USEF Pony Finals

August 2015 - Lexington, Kentucky - Photos by Bethany Unwin Photography Sophia Calamari and With Applause won the Small Green Under Saddle and were second in the Model The Plaid Horse Kathryn Lily Equestrian shirt spotted in the...

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...

20 Awesome Spots and Dots That Brighten Up Hunter/Jumper Shows

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Though I've been extremely fortunate to own and ride great horses in my life, there's a holy grail that keeps eluding me. I dream about, yearn for and obsess over...

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...

PonyKid’s Premiere Pony Finals

BY PONYMOMAMMY Years and years ago, when I still read my PonyKid a book every night in bed, we read about a girl and her trip to Pony Finals....

Baby Blue Claims VPBA Title At 2015 Pony Finals

By Virginia Pony Breeders Association Tuesday, August 4th, was opening day of the 2015 US Hunter Pony National Championship, held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Ponies qualify to be invited and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Zayna & Smallwood Mystic: Mighty Match

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

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...

The Pros of Ponies

Photo: Jaden Porter and Farmore State of the Art competing at Pony Finals. Photo courtesy of Shawn McMillen. By Intern Ashley Shaw The words “the pony ring” can stimulate a variety of thoughts and emotions for pony...

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...

The Pony Posse: When Loving Horses is Ageless

2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry BY JOAN AGUADO There are five of us in the Thursday night jumping class, armored up in helmets and air vests, bracing ourselves to fly over jumps...

Minding the Medal at Pony Finals

By Jordan Cobb The culmination of long hours at the barn, grueling horse shows, and emotions of every variety is the opportunity to travel to Lexington, Kentucky at the end of the summer. It is...

Get to Know the Klemm Ponies

By Intern Izzy Feinstein   At horse shows all across the country, beautifully turned out and perfectly trained ponies enter the show ring with their pint-sized riders. As parents and trainers watch nervously, a “mom” to...

Who Jumped It Best? 2019 Pony Finals Regular Larges

PHOTOS BY TORI WEED Pony Finals has almost come to a close, and the awards have all been handed out. There's still one more grand prize we need your...

From The Wild to Pony Finals

Reprint of July/August's 2015 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph070815 BY TPH STAFF Mr. Popper is truly one of his kind, as he is the first full bred mustang to qualify for Pony Finals....

Green Ponies, Shaken Confidence & Inspiring Riders

BY NATALIE STEMPEL After years of struggling in the hunter classes on my pony, it was time to find a partner who wanted to grow with me! Kasper has...