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...

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...

Mistakes Happen (Even at Pony Finals)

BY PONYMOMAMMY We survived Pony Finals! I feel like there should be some recognition for us moms that helped groom, and clean stalls, and wash breeches in the laundry mat at the RV park at...

Big Eq = Big Pressure?

By PonyMomAmmy It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had some thoughts to share. The truth of the matter is that this past year has been a year of transitions—and transitions are hard for me....

A Little Bit of Magic: Robin Greenwood on the Moments that Made Her Career

By Nina Fedrizzi People often think of a life’s work in vast swaths of time; a slow march of days and weeks that, if you’re lucky, ultimately culminate in success. In reality, though, it’s more...

Pony Breeding for Performance

Reprint of July/August 2014 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at:https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/the_plaid_horse_70814_96_pgs BY SANDY HOLBROOK Sitting ringside at a horse show, where you are probably reading this, it is easy to overlook the attention it takes to get...

Always at the Barn: Why Pony Rider Helena Timpany Has a ‘Bright, Bright Future’

BY ANN JAMIESON Helena Timpany was only two years old when she was first hoisted up on a pony at a birthday party. “It was the best birthday party the kids ever had,” her mother...

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 it’s your life long dream or...

Pony Shopping Woes

Let me say this on the front end – pony shopping is a first world problem! Being fortunate enough to be able to purchase a pony, any pony, for myself or my child is...

How This Pony Bounced Back Thanks to Palm Beach Equine Clinic

BY TORI BILAS/JUMP MEDIA They say “no foot, no horse.” It may be an old adage, but it proves just as true today. Many intricate structures compose the animal’s foundation, and the overall health of...

Meet the Charming Ryder Richardson

Article and Photos By Mackenzie Shuman With his impeccable style and charming demeanor, it's hard to miss young Ryder Richardson at The Colorado Horse Park. However, put him in the ring on one of his two...

Unbridled Curiosity: Three Ponies Highlight Recent Discoveries in Equine Science

BY TOBEY PEARL Not long after three ponies named Hufflepuff, Cruzer, and Dacardi arrived at Bar-B-Ranch in South Florida, they identified a perceived threat in their turnout pasture—an unfamiliar gelding or mare brought out from...

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...

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...

7 Things You Don’t Want To Forget Packing For Pony Finals

Packing for shows can often make our heads spin. Up to our eyeballs in checklists, grain, gear and hair bows. Here are some things we at TPH find necessary when you are bound for...

Addison Slye and Our Song: How This Small Pony Has ‘Given Her Wings’

BY PIPER KLEMM Originally published in the August, 2020 print issue. The best part about Addison Slye is her mindset in regards to her ponies—she is a prime example of how well that mindset will...

Farnley Dolphin: A Legendary Pony

Written by Irene Elise Powlick With the face of an angel and a devilish look in his eye, Farnley Dolphin was an iconic show pony. Bred by the famous Joan Dunning at Farnley Farm in...

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...

A Pony’s Impact: How One Pony Can Influence Lives

BY VYLA CARTER We all remember that special teacher in our lives- the one who made a difference to us. They may not have been the easiest or the kindest, but their impact is something...

Epic Farm Pony Feedback Frenzy Championship

BY ANN JAMIESON Pony Finals, like so many eagerly awaited events, was cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Kids around the country who look forward to it all year were crushed when they learned...

William Burtard and Quicksilver Electric Slide Secure WIHS Pony Medal Win at Lamplight Spring...

Edited Press Release Wayne, Ill. – June 18, 2022 – Riders gathered at Hunter 2 during the Lamplight Spring Spectacular II to showcase their ponies this weekend in the hunter and equitation divisions as the summer...