Thursday, November 26, 2020

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...

The Four Types of Pony Moms at Pony Finals

BY HAYLEY KASTRUP Pony moms can sometimes have a reputation at horse shows, but we wanted to share what we love about our pony moms. Every pony mom is awesome in their own way, and...

The 7 Types of Ponies You Meet at Pony Finals

BY EMILY LUCIBELLO The Oldie: Oldies are a blessing from the heavens. You have seen this pony at shows for what seems like eons and have no clue how they are still around. Needless to say,...

Pony Finals Must Do’s

BY 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 the...

2018 USHJA Foundation Gochman Grant Winners Make Plans for Pony Finals

BY IZZY FEINSTEIN Starting in 2016, the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant has awarded grants to three deserving junior riders, giving them an incredible opportunity to attend educational activities and compete on a qualified pony...

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 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...

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...

Not Just Another Treat

BY SISSY WICKES Horse treats are a part of every rider’s shopping list. Shelves in the tack store are full of brightly colored boxes and jars like a candy aisle in the supermarket. Which to...

Devon Sibling Spotlight: The Propp Sisters

BY 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 to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Equitation With Tourette’s: A Young Rider’s Story

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN Horse lovers come in all shapes, sizes and personalities to boot, but there’s one thing every equestrian will agree on – riding is a hard sport. We have to juggle...

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...

10 Pony Cakes for Your Next Barn Birthday

Pony girls dream in fluffy forelocks, tiny trots and satin ribbons... and those dreams include birthday wishes! With crossrails and canter transitions constantly on the brain, it's no surprise that pony girls hope for...

Dear Santa, from Pony Moms

BY AVERILL PESSIN Dear Santa, I know the holiday season has arrived and I’m sure your mailbox is exploding with Christmas’s most popular request: A pony. Santa, please, on behalf of pony moms everywhere, I’m begging you. Just...

10 Ponies For Sale or Lease That Will Not Be Randomly Measured as of...

Above: A pony takes on the leadline. Photo by TPH Intern Izzy Feinstein. Given that the USEF policy states that only ponies under the age of 15 can be randomly measured, December 1 brings a...

How To Make Rainbow Unicorn Slime

By TPH Intern Izzy Feinstein As the obsession of mixing glue, borax, water, and other materials together to form “slime” swept the nation this past summer, it also took over horse shows. From USEF Pony...