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...

Lilly Ward, Daughter of McLain Ward, Completes Her First Pony Finals 

BY TYLER BUI  Lilly Ward has had quite the year so far. In just six months, the seven-year-old went from showing in the Short Stirrup division to competing in the Small Ponies at the 2022...

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...

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...

Splashes and Pops of Color at Pony Finals

BY TPH STAFF With divisions that literally have hundreds of ponies, how does one stand out at Pony Finals? Naturally, the hope is with a perfect trip, but some ponies come pre-prepared with their own...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Twenty Over 20: 2022 USEF Pony Finals

Age is nothing but a number for these veteran ponies, all of whom have qualified for this year’s Pony Finals. By Georgia Ann Smith They are the wisest of them all. These older, seasoned show ponies...

The Road From Reservation to Pony Finals

Above photo: Jordan Gibbs and Party Time in their Small Pony Hunter over fences round at Pony Finals 2017. By TPH Intern Tori Weed If you were at the 2017 USEF Pony Finals, you may have seen...

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...

Inside the Numbers: How Much Does Pony Finals Cost?

BY 2019 PONY FINALIST Attending Pony Finals is a dream shared by many young equestrians. A trip in the Walnut Ring, the chance for a coveted top 20 ribbon, friends and ponies everywhere—it makes sense...

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 and perseverance to every ride. Skylar started...

Ten Tips for Horse Show Parents Heading to USEF Pony Finals

By Jennifer Rubin Congratulations! Your petite equine has finally qualified for the big show!  But what can you do to help prepare yourself and your little equestrian for the upcoming trip to Lexington, Kentucky...

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...

American Bred: Dream Big, a Pony That Lives Up to Her Name

BY TORI SHEEHAN Holly Jarrett’s love for her daughter’s pony, Andi, knows no bounds.  “Andi is the best pony ever,” says Holly of the 8-year-old mare. “There’s nothing bad that I can say about her, she’s...

A Simple Catch Ride… Maybe Not

Reprint of July/August's 2015 Pony Issue. Read the full Magazine at https://issuu.com/theplaidhorsemag/docs/tph070815 BY JESSICA CHOPER & ARMAND LEONE As long as there are ponies there will be a need for pony catch riders. Tiny children matched...

Applications Now Open for the 2022 Gochman Grant

The 2022 Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals is offered by Becky and David Gochman and their family. Every year, three young riders are given the opportunity to compete at Pony Finals. Along with...

10 Tips for Trying Ponies at Pony Finals

BY EMILY ELEK Pony Finals always leads to a flurry of people trying ponies. With all the children and ponies in the same place, it’s like the best of everything from a sales perspective. What...

Vermont Ruby Fox Wins Betsy Fishback Memorial Trophy

By Betsy Kelley Congratulations to Vermont Ruby Fox (Hidden Creek's Rain Fox X Champlain Shortcakes, Rowfantina Gold Sovereign) owned by Dr. Piper Klemm, on winning the Betsy Fishback Award for Best Turned Out Pony of all of USEF...