Saturday, February 29, 2020

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...

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...

Scenes From 2018 Devon Junior Weekend

BY INTERN 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...

The Kentucky Derby had Patch, the Pony World has Levi

Above photo credit to Nicole Shultz Photography By Nicole Farr One thing usually occurs when I attend new shows: Almost everyone that passes by my pony stares, whispers, or even points at him.  They see the...

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...

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....

Road Map to Pony Finals

By Katie Lenkart & Audrey Oldfather | Photo by Adam Hill Where to buy food: The main food stand located next to the Main Hunter ring has killer French toast- I get it almost every morning!...

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,...

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...

Partnerships In and Out of the Ring Pave Little Brook Farms’ Road to Success

BY CAROLINE NICKOLAUS, PHELPS MEDIA GROUP Almost all trainers would agree on the importance of a solid horse-and-rider combination, and some would even argue that having a suitable partnership is half the battle when it...

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...

Lost in the Woods: One Pony’s Journey

BY KIRSTY WRIGHT Trainers have many horses and ponies wander through our lives. From the perfect packers that we wish we could clone, to the fearsome fiends that make...

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...

Meet Team Stoney Fields!

By TPH Brand Ambassador Eden Pessin If you show ponies on the Ontario A circuit, you’ve heard of Stoney Fields Farm.  Their ponies are always at the top of the jog and their riders are adorable...

Elise’s Story

Above: Elise and So Enchanted at Pony Finals 2017. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography. By Elise Stephens Elise Stephens is 11 years old and has been riding for 7 of those years. Elise has four ponies and shows in...

No Matter What Happens, Pony Finals Leaves Lasting Memories

BY ELISE STEPHENS Pony Finals. For some, it’s an insurmountable challenge to even try and qualify, let alone show there. For others, it’s just another show—easy peasy. But whether...

Currais Guides the Ryan Sisters to Top Finishes

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES From the fields of Vermont to the shores of Long Island to the sunshine of Florida, Joey Currais is a familiar figure on the horse show circuit. He is most often...

This Year’s Top Five Pony Finals Accessories

By TPH Intern Annie Birmingham   Pony Finals has begun! And of course, the most adorable horse show in the country needs to have the most adorable accessories! Here is your guide to this year’s top...

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...

Living the Dream at Pony Finals

Reprint of July/August 2014 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/the_plaid_horse_70814_96_pgs BY PLAID HORSE INTERN LILY SANCHEZ Hi readers! I’m Lily Sanchez, 20, newfound intern for The Plaid Horse and part-time groom for Emily Elek...

Hard Work and Big Moves Fuel Skylar Boehm’s Collegiate Riding Dreams

By Julie Unger Fourteen-year-old Skylar Boehm doesn’t come from a long line of equestrians. She isn’t even second or third generation, but that doesn’t matter. She brings heart, determination...

Ponies & Palms: What Could Be Better?

BY EDITOR SISSY WICKES The name Ponies & Palms brings a smile to all who invoke the image of warm weather and beautiful ponies. Further illustrate the picture with...