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Congratulates all exhibitors at the USEF Pony Finals Bill Schaub
Tips for Pony Riders from the In-gate By Andrew Ellis
1. Always be on time. No matter what you think, the Judges and
staff notice who holds up the rings. Give yourself every chance to win by being punctual.
2. Learn your course ahead of time. Courses are usually posted early and it is your responsibility to know them. Don’t wait until you get to the gate on your horse or pony to learn the course. Note: (I watch the best riders in the world at times preparing for their classes. The best ones sit and watch their competition and study the routes they may take while on course and how they will enter the ring and make their opening circle.)
3. Know the rules and know what is expected of you. While you
may rely on trainers for many things throughout a show, they are usually very busy. They may not have enough time during a show day to spend with you to educate you on all aspects of showing. If you plan on making this a lifelong activity then take the time to learn the history, the rules, and what’s required of you.
4. Be prepared.
Have yourself ready for competition. My wife says to me all the time “give yourself the tools and chance for success.” Come prepared. Are your boots shined? Do you have your number? Do you have your crop or spurs? Is your chinstrap tight enough? My wife also says to me “It’s the details, the little things that matter.” Make it matter.
5. Be polite. Saying, “Please” and “Thank you” go a long way. In
all my 30 years of working horse shows I can almost count on one hand the number of children who have gone out of their way to come up to me as a manager or paddock master and said “Thank You.” One kid who does it every single time she is at a show is Riley Hogan from Virginia. Her parents did a nice job Instilling manners. She walks around and thanks every staff member at shows where she competes. If you want some slack next time you are late for a class, remember being nice and polite gets you a lot farther than being discourteous.
6. Support other riders. You never
will know how much your support or clapping can mean to someone else, especially if they are having a bad day. Sometimes when I get frustrated with others I try and remind myself that I have no idea what is going on in their mind or life. Life is too short. Remember that even the best have a bad day with their riding.
7. Keep the show grounds and ingate clean. Many shows are held on private farms and we are guests on their property. Don’t throw peppermint wrappers on the ground. We are blessed to be able to enjoy such a wonderful sport in such beautiful places. Make them last.
8. Take care of the animal. Their needs come first. Is your horse or
pony thirsty? Has he/she been out of the stall for a long time? Does he/she need to go back to the stall to pee? Are you standing in the shade if it’s hot? Do you need a cooler if the weather is cold or wet? If you are not sure –ask. The care of the animals is number one. Make it priority.
. Be appreciative. To your trainer, your parents, your horse/pony. Even your brother/ sister whose time has been compromised by your horse show passion. It’s a long day for everyone. Good or bad, even with a less desirable outcome, thank the people that made it possible. Plus your equine partner.
Have a good time! Enjoy the experience of doing what you love in a wonderful environment with an amazing animal.
Andrew Ellis is from Warrenton, VA and works at over 45 horse shows around the USA each year. In addition to management he works as an announcer and paddock master. He and his wife Catherine also own operate Haven Hill Farm where they import, buy, sell, and train young hunters for the show ring. Andrew is a member of the Zone 3 committee and USEF Safety Committee. He is a founding Director of USHJA and a past member of the USEF Board of Directors and Hearing Panels.
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Name: Valentina Lehnner Age: Just turned 10 on June 17th, show age is 9 years old From: La Selva Beach, California Barn: BellaMar Training Stables Trainers: Elizabeth Van de Kerckhove and Catherine Birnberg Pony: (Starswept) Always A Gentleman “Gentry” Division at Pony Finals: Regular Small Ponies Valentina and Gentry have been together for almost 3 years. When we bought Gentry, Valentina couldn’t even canter yet. They are best friends and have come up through the cross rails, short stirrup, children’s pony and rated pony divisions together. This is year is their first year showing in the rated pony division.
My name is Annika Bezio and I am 12 years old. I ride in Stratham NH and show a medium green named White Oaks Mount Snowden. People may not know that before June I was not planning on going to pony finals and had less than 30 days to qualify. As of pony finals I will have been riding my pony for 4 months. Also, I make my own bows.
Ashely Schneider Show Age - 12 Austin, Texas Midnight Shimmer (CeCe) Medium Pony Hunters Trainer - Kelly Lorek CeCe & I have only been together for 6 months. Even though this is her first year in the regular medium pony division, she has rocked it many times! We recently won the $1500 Pony Derby at the Colorado Horse Park! She is one awesome pony! :)
My name is Ann-Patterson Sparks and I am from Mount Airy, NC and I ride with Peacock Acres in Pfafftown, NC. I will be showing in Medium Regulars with my awesome pony Woodlands Boo Boo Bear. My pony selected me for his owner when I visited Woodsland Ponies 4 years ago. When I was trying to decide between him and another pony, I was petting the other pony and Boo Boo came up to the other pony and bit him on the hinny and moved him out of the way so he could kiss me! He is sweetest boy ever!!!
everyone at The Paisley Pony Magazine would like to wish Good luck to all exhibitors competing at The USEF Pony Finals!
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Top left: Austin and Prince Caspian (small regular) Top right: Austin and Miracles Happen (pony jumpers) Bottom right: Alexis and RF Theodore (large green) Bottom left: Alexis and Lulu Davis (medium green) Austin Bauman 11 yrs olf * Alexis Bauman 13. yrs old Fun pony fact: all our ponies have “human” names!
Pony Finals tips from Simone Coate 1: Don’t miss a course walk 2: Always be on time. You don’t want to get stuck behind 100 ponies. 3: Have fun! Pony finals is all about making new friends, learning, and having a good time with your pony!
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My name is Avery Lambert and I am a Paisley Magazine ambassador. I am thirteen years old, but I am show age 12. I am from San Jose, California and I show mostly in Northern California. I show my two ponies Lakeview Pickpocket and Hallelujah. At Pony Finals we will be showing in the regular mediums and larges, and I will compete in the pony medal. My medium pony Lakeview Pickpocket (named Petey) won the model at Pony Finals when he was younger, and Hallelujah (named Louie) helped his rider win the NorCal Pony Medal last yearâ&#x20AC;Ś so both of them have high expectations for me! They both had the same previous rider at another barn, and they are back together again, so now they are practically brothers! This will be my first year competing at Kentucky and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait!
Bailey Bailey Robinson From:: Texas A Cool Push Button Medium Green pony (far left) Berry Good Medium pony (near left) Bailey rides ponies for Kickapoo Ponies
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My name is Devon Owen, I’m 13 years old and I am from Ringwood, New Jersey. I will be showing my pony EZ To Spot in the Pony Jumpers on the Zone 2 team! I have been to Pony Finals 2 years but this is my first time showing there!
Brooke Brooke Russell 13 years old From: Matthews, NC Bring on the Rain - large ponies
Avery Franke Age: 11 From: Alpharetta, Georgia Barn: Patchwork Farm and trained by Janet Salem and Lauren Kissel (top) Naughty or Nice Avery just got Naughty or Nice (a/k/a Sassy) in June so we are not quite sure how the Medium Green Pony Hunters are going to go! Fun Fact: Sassy has super cute, little hoofs! (bottom) Farmore Imagination This is Avery’s second year riding Farmore Imagination (a/k/a Sugar), Small Pony Hunter Division, at Pony Finals. She had so much fun at PF 2016 that she made sure to win the Medal Equitation class to be able to stay all week for PF 2017. Fun Fact: Sugar’s favorite treat is watermelon.
Hello my name is Brianna Fosnaugh from Mansfield, Tx. I will be showing a small grey mare owned by Kim Brunson named Hershey’s Blue “Dixie” Danube. We will be competing in the small green pony division and can’t wait to see how we do. I am 10 years old and a fun fact about me is that I also race triathlons.
Mom and Dad, Thank you so very, very much for believing in me and letting me lease such an amazing pony. I am so excited about attending Pony Finals with Stowy and also very appreciative. Additionally, I would like to thank Victoria and Gretchen for helping me to always do my best and also Shades of Bay Farm. Finally, thank you to Raeann for sharing your amazing pony. I love her so much!
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Pony Finals Gallery Camden Camden Kitchens My pony is Helicon Stowaway We will show in Medium Greens I’m from Chandler, Arizona.
I have the unique experience of getting to show on the West Coast with Gretchen Lof and showing with Victoria Skelding on the East Coast. Both of my trainers are amazing and so helpful to me and Stowy.
Caitlin Fortier -Age: 10 Dippin’ Dots- Green Medium Pony This is my first year at Pony Finals. When my parents surprised me with Bandit 3 years ago we never imagined we would be here together. It’s all a dream come true. He has my whole heart (and my moms) and we are excited to have a great time in the huge Walnut Ring. Something funny about us that people wouldn’t know....no matter what, we have always had the same expression and in the same mood. He is my best friend. Photograph by Emily Meeks Photography
Fun fact about my pony. Stowy love, love, loves peppermints, apples, carrots, basically all treats but the neat thing is after she eats a treat she sucks her lips and tongue. It’s like she wants to get every last bit in her mouth.
Colleen Gilmore 14 Years Old From: Boulder Colorado Just Say So in the Large Green Ponies Just Say So is a full blood Dutch Warmblood that was supposed to be a full sized horse but never grew and stayed a pony !
Calder Trotz Age 12 From: Memphis, Tennessee Brownland Miss Kimmy, Small Ponies and Pony Medal Fun fact: Most Chestnut mares have a lot of attitude, Kimmy is actually really sweet!
May 2017 colt by Glenhaven Amadeus out of Superstition
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Cecillia Machado Age 13 From: Reading, Pa Pony Name: River Boat Blues we will be showing in the medium greens. Fun fact: No matter who Princess gets turned out with- every one falls in love with her and then we have to separate them.
Devyn Borden Age: 12 From: Purcellville, VA Pony’s Name: My Sweet Sadie “Sadie” Division: Large Green Pony Hunters Fun fact: I have owned Sadie since I was 6 years old she was my first pony. I have competed her in the mini stirrup division up through the regular large pony hunters and the medals. Sadie is sweet to people but is always the boss with other horses. Her favorite treat is peppermint puff candy and she is known around the barn for her great knees and big jumps. When I am not riding Sadie I am working with my new jumper horse and picking up as many rides around the barn as I can.
Emily Grace Swinson Age 13 Raleigh, NC Pony: Wayne’s Blue Sapphire Regular Large & Equitation
Ella Ella Doerr Pony: Woodlands Kennedy Showing in the regular medium pony Fun fact : I love going swimming on ponies
I first rode my pony, “Missy,” when I was 3 years old at Mike Plumb’s farm. in Southern Pines, NC. She was an event pony and in training with him. I would go to his farm for leadline lessons. Years later I had a chance to buy her. At 23 years old, I took her to one “A” show in 2016 to qualify her for last year’s Pony Finals in the large green division. At the last minute, with only one horse show left to qualify, I decided to do it all again this year and took her to one show since last year’s Pony Finals and was able to qualify her again for 2017 in the regular large division and the equitation. This will be my final show with Missy. At 24 years old, she has certainly earned a happy retirement.
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Dawson Amick Age 16 Marvin NC Pony Foxmor Starstruck Large Pony Hunters and US Pony Medal Fun Fact “Winnyblu’s” favorite snack is golden oreos and he loves to be ridden in a hackamore!
Elise Heim Age: 13 From Cape May, NJ Pony: Glencoe Charter Party showing in the Medium section Fun Facts: My family has owned Charter Girl for 10 years. When I was 4 years old and she was 4 years old, I would play on her back while she was eating hay in her stall. Some tips that will help you prepare for pony finals are when you are schooling in the walnut ring you should let your pony go she then flags and score board. This will get them used to the surroundings before they show. Also when you are hacking practice only hacking on half of the ring because when you show the ring will be separated for the model and the hack. When you are doing your over fences class make sure that you always have your leg on because the ring is a lot bigger than you think! Good luck! ~ bLexi Asbury
My name is Emma Gurley. I am 14 years old. I live in Rutherfordton, NC, which is only a few miles from Tryon International Equestrian Center. I love showing there. It is where I qualified my pony for Pony Finals. My pony’s name is Maple Side Knight Spot a.k.a “Knight”. We will show in the large pony division and the medal. This will be my first time showing at Pony Finals. I can’t wait!
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My name is Gabbi Sousa! I am 14 years old and from North Carolina! I have a large regular pony named Jackson, aka, Sugarbrook West Point, showing in the large regulars. Jackson sometimes goes by little dude or J. He is a deep chestnut and has a black tail with a few chestnut and bay highlights! He absolutely loves Swedish Fish, and loves to get them in his teeth and show everyone! That’s his favorite part! He also loves Pony Pantry treats, the peppermint OatNuts are his favorite! Jackson is 8 years old, 14.2hh, and a welsh X quarter horse! He is an attention hog, but that is one of the many reasons why I love him!
My name is Hailey Hurst. I am 14 years old. I am from Indianapolis Indiana. I have one pony that I will be showing at Pony Finals this year. His name is Tangled Up In Blue (Trey). We will be showing in the large green ponies division this year. Trey loves to try new things. He loves to go out on a cross country course and gallop around and jump the scary looking jumps. He had about 15 rides before we bought him and since then we have grown up together. He is petrified of clippers and only allows my mom and I to clip his face without a fight. I love to work with young horses/ponies. I am just now started my third unbroke pony.
Gabby My name is Gabby Stouffer, I am 13 years old and I am from Knoxville, TN. I am showing Orchard Hills Ghirardeli “Tank” in the Large Regulars. Tank LOVES animal crackers.
Hannah Wright Age 11 I am from Broomfield, Colorado I will be showing Starburst, (his barn name is Cooper). I will be showing him in the small pony hunter division. I got Cooper for my 11th birthday. He is the best pony I have ever ridden and known.
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The Real Paisley Pony Did you know there is a REAL Paisley Pony and she is the namesake of the magazine? Here are some highlights of her life and how she has impacted many lives... Breeding: Paisley was bred by Snowden Clark. Her dam is a pony named Confetti and her sire is Houdini. The beginning with Cindy Taylor: Many years ago, I had a pre-green horse for sale. Ian Silitch and Snowden Clark had clients for it so I shipped him down to Snowden’s in VA. While I was there I saw two adorable weanlings out in the field and couldn’t resist spending time playing with them. Snowden told me I should buy them. I told him if the clients bought my horse I would buy both weanlings…well, my horse stayed and I went home with two weanling ponies- Rockridge INXS (who I named Paisley) and Rockridge Fancy Atyre (Fancy). Fancy was sold as a two year old, but I kept Paisley. She was kind of a farm mascot. We didn’t get her broke until she was about 5 if I remember correctly. Other than a few wild moments as a very green pony, she was super easy. Brave to the jumps- had perfect lead changes- and was just a happy, fun pony to have. We showed her in the green ponies in Ocala (Kristen Vetterl rode her for me). Shortly after that we sold her to the Schindler’s in MD for their son Blake. They renamed her No Boundaries. Fast forward to 2003. I started a magazine called The Equirer. In December of that year, we received a letter from another magazine that our name was too similiar to theirs and they were going to sue us if we did not change it. We changed the name to The Plaid Horse (my Dad came up with this- as we had “plaid” patterns on our covers. Two years later, I decided to start a pony magazine and of course named it The Paisley Pony!
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Paisley: One Inspirational Pony By Will Kennedy
Riding means different
things to different people, and for me it’s all about the bond between the horse and the rider. I’ve always considered that important. I give my horses lots of attention, I put them first, and when I do well at horse shows, I always give all the credit to my horse. In my career doing the Jumpers I’ve had two of the best horses anyone could ever ask for, Chappie and Ontario (aka Taylor), but had it not been for Paisley, I don’t think I would be where I am today, both in the equestrian world and in the “real world.”
Paisley wasn’t my first pony, but she was the first one I really bonded with. I was too young to remember much about my first pony, Panda, and I didn’t have my second, Silver Tide for very long. I was around 8 or 9 when I started riding Paisley, and she quickly became a regular part of my routine. Twice a week after picking me up from school, my grandfather would drive me to Rolling Acres Farm, where Paisley lived in the barn furthest away from the main barn and indoor ring. I would get her out of her stall and walk her up to the main barn to tack her up, struggling all the way to keep her from darting off the path to get a bite of grass before my lesson. It was on Paisley’s back that I learned my diagonals. I remember Laura Pickett always asking me “Will, are you on the right diagonal?” as I trotted around the ring. I would look down and, unable to tell my diagonals apart, would go “Yes... no, wait yes… no…” until I got it right. My first major equestrian accomplishment, being reserve champion in the Childrens’ Pony division at the Washington International Horse Show, was on Paisley. But Paisley wasn’t just a pony to me. Paisley was a friend.
When at horse shows, I would always be by Paisley’s stall, talking to her, petting her, giving her treats. I named some of her spots, among them the “Panic Button,” “On/Off switch”, and “Hydraulic button” (as recorded in the May 2007 issue of The Plaid Horse). Even if I wasn’t in the mood to ride, I still was excited to go to the barn just so I could see Paisley and tell her about everything I’d done since the last time I saw her, and she always listened. And perhaps most importantly, Paisley helped kick-start my interest in writing, something that has stuck with me ever since. A talking pony named Paisley was a main character in almost a dozen stories alongside her human companion, a boy named Jimmy Johnson, who I can guarantee I did not base on myself in any way, shape, or form. In these stories, Jimmy and Paisley went on all sorts of adventures. Two of them were actually published in this very magazine. “Run for the Roses,” Jimmy and Paisley’s first adventure, in which they competed in and won the Kentucky Derby, was published in the July/August 2008 issue of The Paisley Pony, with “Jimmy and Paisley in the Revolutionary War,” in which Jimmy and Paisley helped George Washington cross the Delaware River and win his victory at Trenton, was published in this magazine’s September/October 2008 issue. In their other adventures, the duo were noir detectives in New York City, saved a princess from an evil lord in a mythical kingdom, braved the Oregon Trail, joined the Pony Express, fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, spotted a U-Boat as part of the Civil Defense Corp during World War II, entertained the families of wounded soldiers at a veterans’ hospital during Thanksgiving, helped Santa deliver presents during Christmas, and visited the White House for Sasha Obama’s birthday. This last story actually made its way to the Oval Office, and I received a letter from Barack Obama in which he stated “Thank you for sharing your story about Jimmy and Paisley’s visit to the White House. I admire your creativity and hope you take pride in your talent. America needs young people like you.” Two short stories published in a magazine and a letter from a president – If it wasn’t for Paisley, none of that would have happened. All these years later, I still am often reminded of my experiences with Paisley. The process of finally mastering lead changes while riding school horses at practice for my high school’s IEA team reminded me of learning my diagonals on Paisley. My horse Taylor is currently recovering from an injury, and I had to handwalk him every day for a few weeks. He too
preferred to graze instead of walk, though today I am much more capable of handling that sort of thing. I still write stories, though not as frequently as I did while chronicling Jimmy and Paisley’s adventures. Had it not been for Paisley, I don’t know if I would still be riding, or had a three or four year period where I was constantly churning out new short stories, Jimmy and Paisley or otherwise. One pony inspired passions within me that I still hold to this day. And while I know she probably won’t read this (though I think she’s definitely smart enough that she could), I just want to say “thank you, Paisley.” You’re a real inspirational pony, and I hope you’ve touched other kids’ lives as much as you touched mine.
“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.”
What is Paisley Up to Now? Paisley Ambassador Madeline Radosevic interviewed Paisley’s current owner Katie Francella to see what Paisley is doing now How did you come to know Paisley? I used to work at Rolling Acres and Laura Pickett brought Paisley in to be tried by a little girl that had just started riding. They leased her as a short stirrup pony. She was perfect for the kid. She was one of those ponies that once you had her in the barn you didn’t want her to leave so we were always looking for the next kid for her.
What do you love most about Paisley? That she might look like a misfit but she’s a winner and she’s a teacher too.
How long have you had Paisley? My father and I bought her in the fall of 2010. I’ve known her since 2003.
What were some of the bigger shows Paisley went to? She was champion at WEF a couple of times and champion at WIHS local day. I think she went to Capital Challenge but I can’t remember if she was a star. Hits Ocala, every major horseshow at the east coast.
What is Paisley’s current role there? She’s retired and has been for a few years. She had a bit of a soft tissue injury and although I tried to bring her back, she didn’t quite come back. Holly Geelhaar’s is where she is now. I would trust her with my own kid, that’s why she has Paisley.
How old is Paisley? Paisley was born in 1994, so 23. When was her last year in the medium regulars? 2005 or 2006 but she shined as Children’s pony. Who was her favorite person? Will Kennedy, I’d like to say it was me, but it was Will. Who is Will Kennedy? Will leased her and went from Short Stirrup to Childrens on her. Laura Pickett trained him. Will had her for 2-3 years.
What was your favorite memory? My favorite memory is probably watching Will show her.
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From Pony Hunters to FEI Jumpers...
What Paisley Ambassador Madison Rauschenbach wears,from the pony ring to the jumper ring!
Winning, Losing, and Lessons By Paisley Ambassador Ryder Richardson
With a lot of big events and competitions
coming up (Pony Finals, Medal Finals, Etc) I thought I would remind everyone that it’s not always about the ribbons. Show season is about fine tuning and learning to trust your horse or pony. The past few months of very early mornings have been about learning how to not buckle under pressure. It’s been about learning to ride competitively against your friends and barn mates and continuing to stay friends with them. Show season is about learning to push yourself to the extreme and come out with a smile and a pat for your pony even though you have just subjected yourself to the judgment of someone that may not like the color of your horse, or the way that you ride. Riding is a tough sport. My first year of horse showing was a mess. I did not make it around a full course until my very last show. I made such beginner mistakes. I would forget my courses. I would get so nervous that I would jazz my pony up so much that we would spin circles around the ring galloping full speed. While my friends were pulling in long beautiful ribbons I mostly ate dirt and a few bad looks. But then it happened I went into my class and crushed it. I was exactly 5th out of 5 other jumpers but I earned my ribbon. I did it. Finally. I went on to win a few more ribbons at that last show. I stepped out of the jumpers and into the hunters and found a little success in the short stirrup ring; nothing big and fancy and definitely not the coveted cooler or championship ribbon. The following year was a bit better because I had concrete goals for my ponies and knew what to expect from being at the shows. Though, from what people always tell me, “life happens when you are busy making other plans.” So true, right? My small hunter pony became my jumper pony and my jumper pony became my children’s hunter pony. Ok weird, but I went with it. I struggled to make adjustments in both rings and on two ponies. I was a middle of the road, couldn’t quite pull out a win, rider. I would try so hard but I just couldn’t break past the yellow ribbons. But I was having a blast. My last few shows of my second season all came together beautifully. My ponies were feeling great. I had switched to a trainer that understood my learning style a bit better and I was feeling confident and happy. What I remember the most about that time is not the ribbons but the feeling of accomplishment. I remember telling my mom that I had given my pony a good ride and that I could tell my pony was so proud of me. I had remembered what I had learned in my lessons and I applied it. Sure, winning a little bit after losing for so long was not too bad either.
This year my large pony and I moved up a division to the regular Large Pony Hunters. We are back to placing in the bottom colors if we even place at all. We giggle and laugh and make mistakes and try not to waste my moms money by forgetting courses or forgetting to “halt for ten seconds, drop stirrups, and do a sitting trot out of the ring” during our medal rounds. (That only happened once or twice….I promise). We have had a couple fantastic moments with rounds that made me feel like I was on top of the world. We have had a couple low points, like not qualifying for pony finals. I still haven’t won that cooler that I have my sights set on but my longing for it drives me forward. But, each of our paths is different. We are all riding different animals with different strengths and different weaknesses. We subject ourselves and our mounts to the uncertainty of what each show day will bring, of what each judge is looking for, of what the competition will bring. At least for me, I try to think about how I can better myself and my previous attempts instead of worrying about things out of my control. We are all amazingly brave athletes to saddle up and get in that ring. We spend thousands of dollars and invest hundred of hours of time in preparation. We want to do our best and make everyone proud. It should not be about the ribbons, it should be about the challenge. The loss can be the biggest win, it shows us the metaphor of life and being able to try another day. And lets face it any day that we get to saddle up and ride makes it a truly wonderful day.
Congrats to each and every one of you. You are all champions in my book. Good luck at Pony Finals and remember that you are already luckier than 99.9% of the population for being able to ride these magnificent animals.
Look for more articles by Ryder in each issue of The Paisley Magazine
Hi Paisley readers! As I’m writing this, we are a little more than a month away from Pony Finals, and I am very excited. Today, we’ll be talking about the best parts of Pony Finals, some fun things to do, and some tips to get you started! Pony Finals is one of the most exciting events in the pony world, as it displays hundreds of ponies coming from everywhere in the country to compete against each other, some of them experienced competitors, and some having just moved up into the pony divisions. One thing about Pony Finals that I love in particular is almost all of your pony friends will be there, if they are from California, Texas, Florida, New York, wherever. Pony Finals gives you an opportunity to bring all of your friends together. Outside of showing, Pony Finals also has a number of fun and educational activities. Some of these include foot jumping, ice cream, pizza parties, and a golf cart parade. You can participate in the Emerson Burr Horsemanship quiz to test your equine knowledge. There are also a number of clinics, including modeling and the horseless horseman. These are free to participate in, as well as being open to come and watch! Pony Finals can definitely be stressful, so here are a few tips from some experienced riders:
This is my fifth year going to Pony Finals, and for people going for their first time I think they should go have a lot of fun because that’s what Pony Finals is all about. ~ Libbie Gordon
I’ve done Pony finals twice. If you make a mistake, keep going and try your best because you still have a shot.~ Samantha Takacs
This will be my fourth year showing at Pony Finals, and the only things I want people showing there to know are have fun, enjoy your friends, and make it a learning experience for you and your pony. ~ Luke Jensen This will be my fourth year at Pony Finals, and some tips I would give to people are stay calm and don’t get worked up, do what you know and what you have practiced, and try not to have high expectations going into it just focus on having a good, smooth round. I have been to Pony Finals five times. Just have fun and try your best. ~Casey Oliver
This would be my fourth year showing at Pony Finals, and the only things I want people showing there to know are have fun, enjoy your friends, and make it a learning experience for you and your pony. ~ Adam Edgar
USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant encourages riders and friendships by Paisley Ambassador Ella Doerr
Every year the USHJA Foundation awards three junior riders the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant to go to USEF Pony Finals. Applications open in January of each year and all current USHJA junior members are welcome to apply. In 2015 I talked myself out of applying because I thought I wasn’t what the USHJA Foundation was looking for. A year later, I decided that I would apply and take my chances. I started writing my essays months before the applications opened. I have wanted to go to the USEF Pony Finals for years. I’ve watched YouTube videos of riders and ponies going around that big beautiful ring, and I wanted to get to do the same. I wanted the chance to spend a week at the mecca of ponies – the center of all the best pony hunters, jumpers and pony equitation. I’ve seen pictures of riders participating in the clinics and wished that those of us back home could learn too. The opportunities to learn at Pony Finals sounded
endless so I knew that I just needed to get there. When I heard I was one of the three chosen by the USHJA Foundation, I was blown away. Even though Pony Finals was still two months away, I was anxious to get to know the other 2017 recipients and the riders from previous years. I figured they would have great advice on how to get the most out of the experience and that they too shared a hunger to learn. So I started an online chat group to get to know each other. Here are our profiles that we shared to start the conversation that has led to our friendships. If you, or someone you know, are interested in applying for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant, please visit the Foundation’s website at ushjafoundation.org for all the details or consider donating to support the USHJA Foundation’s many great causes. My advice is, APPLY! Don’t let doubt get in your way.
Looking back...what the 2016 recipients have to say Cecillia Machado Age: 14 Barn: Riverboat Farm, P.A. Amy Machado– Trainer Currently showing In: Medium Greens
Do you own your pony: Yes. Riverboat Blues (Princess) What you learned from going to Pony Finals: On a personal level, that I need to work on my ability to speak to others in an interview situation and working on the long approach distances. What has going to Pony Finals done for your riding going forward: Pony Finals is amazing and everything I thought it would be and more. I learned that it is something I will work hard to be at for many years to come. I learned that new friends can quickly become good friends and that the pony world seems so big, but really is a small, amazing and fun community.
Riley Hogan Age: 14 Barn: Grovespring Farm V.A. and Brewer Squared V.A. Susan Deal and Elizabeth Brewer Cella-Trainers Currently showing In: 3’3 juniors
Do you own your pony: I’ve moved up to horses, his name is Copeland.
Judy Dettore Age: 15 Barn: Hunt Hill Farm, P.A. Jonathan Martin-Trainer Currently showing In: Large Regular Pony on Pacific Blue
Do you own your pony: Yes, Beanie. She is moving up to the large greens next season.
What you learned from going to Pony Finals: I learned that if you set a goal and try as hard as you can and don’t give up that you can succeed.
What you learned from going to Pony Finals: Pony Finals was an amazing experience. I got to see how amazing and fun it is, all the work that goes into it, and just how the whole show functions. It was something I am so grateful for and there’s so much to be learned.
What has going to Pony Finals done for your riding going forward: I took away from Pony Finals how important it is to control your nerves and not letting them get to you and ruin your performance. And the fun that it is competing against such accomplished riders.
What has going to Pony Finals done for your riding going forward: After experiencing Pony Finals, it pushed me to work hard so I can come back. After showing there and knowing how fun and awesome it is, it made me want to go back more than anything and that helped me to push myself.
lets meet the 2017 recipients Olivia deStanley Age: 17 Barn: Foxrock Stables Beth deStanley-Trainer
Currently showing In: Large Pony Hunter
Do you own your pony: Yes I do. Her show name is Walnut Creek Holy Smoke, but we call her Molly. She is a Welsh cross. Reason for Applying for Grant: I applied for the grant because this is my last junior year and attending Pony Finals has always been a dream of mine which I will be able to realize through the grant. What am I hoping to gain from the Pony Finals experience: I’m hoping this experience will be a great learning opportunity for me to grow as a rider as well as being able to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity that many people don’t get to experience. What I am most looking forward to: I’m most looking forward to getting to meet new people who share the same passion for riding and growing as a rider. 5 Thing you may not know about me: 1-My great grandfather trained race horses. 2-When I’m not riding I’m taking photos of anything and everything. 3-Football is my favorite sport (outside of riding #GoSkins/Panthers) 4-I’m a freak for anything purple and or glittery 5-I’m a chicken nuggets fanatic
Logan Blake Crouser Age: 14 Barn: Peacock Acres in Pfafftown, NC Ashley Peacock – Owner Kristi Watson – Trainer Currently showing In: Large Greens
Do you own your pony: Yes. Her name is Sugar, and she is a Quarter horse. Reason for Applying for Grant: I have always dreamed of going to Pony Finals with Sugar. I knew if I was selected for the grant, I would be able to make my dream become a reality. What am I hoping to gain from the Pony Finals experience: I am so excited to show Sugar at Pony Finals. I cannot wait for everyone to see her. I hope to gain as much knowledge as possible so I can continue to grow as a rider. I also hope to make everlasting friendships and meet new riders. What I am most looking forward to: I cannot wait to show Sugar in front of everyone. I trained her myself for five years. I look forward to showing what we have learned together. 5 Thing you may not know about me: 1-I am a Texas native. I was born in Waco, Texas. 2-I trained Sugar myself. She has NEVER had a training ride. I taught her everything she knows. 3-My favorite food is Mexican food. I can eat it every day. 4-I rode Western for one year before I started riding English. 5-I am an honor student. My favorite books series is The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
Good luck to all exhibitors at the USEF Pony Finals from everyone at the paisley pony magazine
Ella Olivia Doerr Age: 14 Barn: I’m from Avon, N.C., and keep my pony at home between N.C. and staying with my grandparents in P.A. I train at
Woodberry Farm, York, P.A. Chris Hurlbert-Gemmill – Owner/Trainer Currently showing In: Large Childrens Pony
Do you own your pony: Yes. His name is Faircourts Lightning Thief (Leo). He is a large Maryland bred Welsh pony who I have been bringing along for a few years. He is still pretty green but is super fun to jump. Reason for Applying for Grant: I’ve always wanted to go to Pony Finals, not just to ride but to experience all of it and learn from listening, watching and participating in all the clinics and educational events that are going on during Pony Finals. At this time, I don’t have the resources or the pony who is ready to go. The grant has made all of it possible. What am I hoping to gain from the Pony Finals experience: Knowledge. Experience. New Friendships. Knowledge-I just want to learn as much as possible and let that inform my riding and horsemanship going forward. Experience-I want to ride in that ring and school with 100 other ponies and take it all in. New Friendships-I want to make new friends of all ages and professions who are passionate about riding. What I am most looking forward to: Learning as much as I can from various trainers/professionals and participating in the clinics. 5 Thing you may not know about me: 1-I worry about going off course so my trainer Chris goes over and over it with me even though I already know it. It’s sort of calming for me. I’m so grateful for her patience. 2-I work to pay for my lessons and bought my pony from saving. 3-I got overheated at a horse show and threw up in my mouth in an under saddle class. I kept it in because I wanted my pony to place so badly-which he did. ick :/ 4-I love riding my pony bareback in our woods. 5-I’ve never had a soda
Pony Finals Gallery Savannah
Savannah Strasberg 10 yrs old From: Orlando, FL Showing Sugarbrook Game Plan Fun Fact: I like to go snorkling in the Bahamas
Jared Hersh Age : 12 ( show age 11) From : Wellington, Fl Division: small green with John Darling I just started riding him a month ago and I love him I love green ponies and their little quirks!
Linen Owens Age : 11 (show age 10) From : Marion, North Carolina (near left) Pitch Perfect regular mediums / medal (far left) Howie Do It regular smalls Fun Fact : I live on a farm and have a bearded dragon, 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 ponies, 17 chickens and 20,000 honey bees!
Lucie Rowe Show Age: 14 St. Louis, MO Pony’s Name: Blue Indigo Section: Medium Greens Fun Fact: I have known my pony since he was a foal!
Lucy Butler, 13, Colorado I am showing Helicon Special Notice in the larges, Helicon Just Notice in the mediums, and Charm Bracelet in the small greens. Helicon Special Notice and Helicon Just Notice or Hot Rod and Justin as we call them around the barn, get bored if I have left them in the cross ties for too long and start to “dance”
Stuart Little Stuart Little, a long-haired, long legged, almost all white Jack Russell Terrier named after you know which famous rodent, was born in 2000, the odd-looking duckling runt of his litter. The last of the 6 siblings to be adopted, he was finally taken home by Hunter Taylor. Maybe being the unfavored one as a puppy instilled in Stuart to need to try harder, to try harder to ... not necessarily to please his human companion (what used to be called owner in unenlightened days), but rather to stand out and make a mark. One of the early ways in which Stuart made his mark was by attacking and seriously defeating a mink pillow newly purchased by the mother of Hunter’s then girlfriend. When faced with the ultimatum of “Stuart goes or you go”, the choice was easy: Hunter chose Stuart. Hunter moved on, with Stuart, and they were together until Stuart’s death on April 24, 2017. Stuart had cheated death once before, in 2012, when he came down with a near-fatal auto-immune disease, but he slowly, slowly improved and was eventually back to his normal rambunctious self, with almost the same vertical leap that he had before his illness.. When Hunter was first dating his wife Ruth, in 2004, she visited him at his apartment one evening. Hunter prepared drinks and a plate of Brie cheese and crackers and then left to go to the kitchen to prepare dinner, leaving Ruth in the living room with strict instructions to keep an eye on Stuart. Ten minutes later, forgetting her instructions, Ruth went into the kitchen to offer help with dinner. Hunter immediately asked about Stuart, and they both ran into the living room to find Stuart standing there with a huge, weird grin. No Brie on the plate. The weird grin was quickly explained. Stuart had helped himself to the Brie, somehow managing to get the entire round in his mouth at once. Unfortunately for him, all he could do was grin, as there was no way he could chew it. The cheese was removed from his mouth in one piece. And then put back on the plate, a bit wet and messy, for Hunter and Ruth (No, just kidding, it was actually, sadly discarded). During his younger years, Stuart’s obsessions were: (1) toys and balls and (2) food. When he ran after a thrown ball, he was like a bullet flying across the yard. Every time someone came to the door, Stuart would race off to find a toy to show the guest, and would then shake it ferociously. He could jump straight up in the air several feet, and would engage in hilarious twisting jumps if a toy was thrown high. His athletic ability was impressive, except for the coordination part, as his amazing leaps usually ended with Stuart coming up empty, wondering what happened. As for food, Stuart would eat almost anything, including, one time, a box of chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds. An hour later, when he was sick as a dog (pardon the expression), Ruth was giving her credit card number to the Animal Poison Control telephone hotline for a consultation. Stuart also had a fondness for bread, sometimes leaping onto the countertop to grab a freshly baked loaf, eating and mangling just enough of it to make it unappealing to anyone else.
When Hunter and Ruth moved with Stuart to New Hampshire, Stuart let his curiosity and fearlessness get him into more trouble. Late one summer evening he was let out to do his business, and came running back to the house with the entire front of his body loaded with porcupine quills. Hunter and Ruth removed over 60 quills, but the ones in Stuart’s shoulder were too deeply embedded to get out. To the vet the next day, and the remaining quills were removed under general anesthesia. A week later, the day Stuart’s stitches were to be removed, he went after another porcupine and got quilled again, not as badly this time. His version of the story was “You should see the other guy”, the other guy meaning the porcupine. In other words, Stuart’s claim is that he inflicted major damage on Porkie. According to Stuart, he needed a third try to show he could come away unscathed, but Hunter and Ruth had their doubts about his story and refused to risk it. Besides, they were the ones paying the vet bills, not Stuart. One night later that summer the windows were all open and Hunter took Stuart downstairs with him when he couldn’t sleep. Ruth suddenly smelled skunk and yelled to Hunter not to let Stuart out. Too late. It was Stuart who got skunked. Hunter had to get into the shower with Stuart and rub him down with a mixture of white vinegar and Dawn soap and baking soda to try to get the smell out. Months later whenever it rained a faint odor of skunk still came off Stuart. Up until 6 months before his death, Stuart was still walking over 2 miles a day, occasionally going 5 miles, and most people who saw him thought he was a puppy. His fur was all white, so the white fur around his mouth did not change with age. His energy and mischievous attitude also made him appear younger than his years. But time finally caught up with him. He became stone deaf and somewhat blind, and in his last months began to limp. At the end, he developed mast cell tumors all over under his fur. He was still beautiful, and it was only when touching him that one was aware of the lumps. By the end, he could only eat soft foods, but Ruth and Hunter gave him doggie ice cream, and ground farm beef into a mush that he could get down. Stuart’s personality changed during this period, with Stuart changing from a fiercely independent, wild and crazy dog to a more affectionate and more docile guy, who loved to be carried around and held close. He took his last breath on Monday, April 24, at 17 years old. RIP, Stuart Little. Dream of that porcupine you vanquished and that skunk you would outwit next time, and that delicious ice cream... Dream on, little fellow. Note to Readers: In addition to the wonderful memories Stuart Little left with his family and friends, he also left a treasure trove of letters he wrote to a young girl growing up in New Jersey. In his correspondence with Tess, which covered the years of 2010 to 2017, Stuart combined fact and fantasy in recounting his adventures in New Hampshire. Although the letters at times stray from literal fact, they always reflect Stuart’s imaginative spirit and love of life with complete honesty. The Paisley Pony has obtained permission to reprint some of these letters in upcoming issues, with occasional editing for greater clarity.
Pony Finals Gallery Justine
Mackenzie Fitch, 12 years old Collegeville, PA Paris Charm, Green Medium Pony Division Fun facts: Mackenzie grew 4 inches in the past 6 months!! Paris loves to model in her bare feet! Photo by: Bob Conklin
My name is Justine Palmer and I’m 13 years old. I live in Houston, Texas but was born in Memphis, Tennessee. I will be showing my pony Rosmel’s Silver Mimosa in Medium Greens. Fun Facts:I have an equestrian comedy YouTube channel. (Channel name: Justine Palmer) I’ve only been riding for 2 years and my first show was also my pony’s first show.
McKayla Frances Cates Showing Diesel Does It in the Medium Greens and USEF Medal Fun Facts: When I am not riding, I love to trick train my mini Ozzy ~ He can lay down, spin, paw, pick up and carry a back and many other things - all on que. It is so much fun!
Jessie Madeline Rubin, 10 years old, Mooresville, NC ExÜberance “Über”. They showing in the Medium Greens Fun Facts: Über LOVES to be dirty. He will find the dirtiest, muddiest spot in the pasture to roll. Once, he ground his head so much into the mud that his fly mask dried to his forelock and we almost didn’t get it out. We go through gallons of Quicksilver – he is only truly clean for horseshow weekends!
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Jessie Spade Age 12 Showing in the Smalls on “With Applause” aka Colby
Mouse Diaries From the diary of Johnny M. Elbereons The most important mouse living at Artemis Riding Academy
July - a windy Wednesday Well, at least I got some eggshells today because some large (to me) bird had just laid three fresh eggs and was carrying them to her other nest in the hayloft (where I rarely ever go because I am allergic to a type of hay that makes me sneeze). Now where was I, oh yes, any way the two animal-eating barn dogs growled at the bird and made her so startled she dropped two of her eggs in Whinny’s stall. (Luckily, she carried the third egg to safety.) It was then that I saw the anguish on the Mommy bird’s face that one of the eggs was still intact and was lying next to its fallen and cracked brethren. The hay-covered stall’s door was open just enough so that the nose of each dog fit in, and together they hauled the door open so that they could each get inside. With greed, the larger one gobbled up the egg that had broken (which was too easy) while the smaller dog managed to open the intact egg and eat the insides of it. Once the dogs left (I used my mouse ears to make sure,) I scuttled inside and grabbed the eggshell that had been recently cracked open and took it to my home under Spencer’s tack trunk. My nest was made of my non-allergic hay and other random barn resources, but one thing I desperately needed was a container. There were two wooden blocks that could have been used for pretty much nothing, but I figured out a use for them. Every day I worked tirelessly on gnawing it open, but whenever I got a nice splinter I stored it on a little pile and used it later. Finally, I had
The Mouse Diaries series is by Paisley Ambassador Spencer Dyson, pictured here with Whinny and Flat Paisley
eaten a small, but large enough, hole to fit the eggshells and their contents with still a little extra room if you pushed it all the way back. Every night I stored my eggshells and belongings in there in case those dogs tried to smell me out. I stacked the wood in the left over space until needed. Whinny’s humans found a piece of the broken eggshell that was left behind after they brought Whinny in from the field. They figured out that a baby bird must have died and seemed pretty sad. Spencer turned around and tightly hugged Whinny’s neck. Whinny bent his head down and sighed. I think the hug made both Spencer and Whinny feel better. …to be continued
Palomino ponies are many favorites for girls. They are the color of Barbie’s horse and stand out. The palomino pony comes from a special allele of the C gene. In basic words, it’s like the genetic makeup has an apostrophe (‘) attached to it and it is called the cream gene. If a palomino is bred to a chestnut, there is a 50/50 chance (just like if you breed a grey pony) that the pony will be a palomino. Buckskin ponies are our mom’s favorite ponies. They have the creamy body color like the palomino ponies, but have a black mane, tail, ears and legs. Just like the palomino pony being a dilute of the chestnut gene, buckskin ponies are the dilute of the bay gene. They have that Reese’s Pieces and Alexis Bauman up special apostrophe allele, C attached as well, but a different base color, and the cream gene is at work again. Kind of like when you mix paints together to paint a picture at home. A dark color gives you a dark result and a light color gives you a lighter result.
Black ponies are especially fun to see. They always catch your interest because we do not see them very often. Black is also, like chestnut, considered a base coat. So like we talked about earlier, chestnut (or red) is the dominate gene, well black is dominant recessive. (OK, kid terms: black ponies would be like Somermist Bellanova with Charlie Moorcroft blue eyed people.) Any time and Alexis Bauman riding a modifier is introduced (the agouti gene makes the black pony turn bay, the cream gene makes the black pony turn buckskin or the grey gene causes them to grey). White ponies have been our mom’s specialty; just in a horse model. The white horse is actually born white (unlike a grey that is born a color, turns grey, and keeps getting lighter and lighter). They have pink skin everywhere and their eyes are brown. You can breed two white horses together and get a bay or brown horse without a white hair on them. Why you ask? Easy: the pony is actually genetically a color. All white ponies and horses are rare. The dominant white gene (which is a gene that has modi-fied) makes the white socks, stockings and face markings bleed over the true “color” of the pony. Jared Hersh on Snow Day (dominate white)
Alexis (13) and Austin (11) Bauman sat down with their mom, Amber Bauman and wrote this article. All photos are by their brother Adam Bauman. They ride and train at Valley View Acres in Woodstock, Illinois. Alexis shows in the pony hunter ring specializing in green ponies and Austin shows his small regular in the hunter ring and his pony jumper in the jumper ring. Alexis and Austin have shown all over the country earning good ribbons at Pony Finals, Devon and WEF. Two for the Bunny and Alexis Bauman
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My name is Molly Roberts, I’m 14 years old and from Raleigh North Carolina. This is my first time at pony finals! I will be showing Norwoods Master Craft (or Milton as we call him) in the large greens. Milton is a welsh cross and is owned by Holly McDaniel of Virginia. Milton loves to give kisses and roll in the dirt. Miltons 2 favorite songs are “The a team” by Ed Sheeran and “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield.
Parker Peacock Showing age 8 Small ponies From Winston Salem NC My name is Olivia Murray and I am showing Wellen Gold Charm for Lauren Newmeyer in the medium regulars at the USEF 2017 Pony Finals
Pony : Glenhaven Astoria I have had neigh neigh since she was a yearling. It has been so much fun to watch her turn into the wonderful pony she is! I hope to never out grow her.
Pixie My name is Pixie Alfond, I am 13, and am from Denver, Colorado. My pony is Liberty’s Fire and Ice (Ice) I will be showing him in the large greens. Fun fact: Ice used to do the pony jumpers!
Rachel Rosenblum, age 12, San Francisco Bay Area I ride at Millennium Farm I will be showing Sam I Am (“Sam”) in the large greens and Sugarbrook Pink-N-Blue (“Darla”) in the mediums Fun Fact: This is my first year riding in the rated pony hunters. I am extremely excited to compete in KY and meet the other riders and their ponies.
Pony Finals Gallery My name is Sally Ives. I am 11 years old and I live in Durham, NC. I ride with Meagan Bennett of Chapel Ridge Farm. I will be competing in the medium green section with my pony, Sequin. This is my first Pony Finals. A fun fact about me is that I own Sequin, a horse named Bender that I ride in the Juniors and TWO miniature horses named Teddy and Cookie that were delivered to my house on Christmas morning two years ago!
Taylor I am Taylor Brinsfield, I am 13 years old, and from Maryland. I am the rider of Piper, who competes in the Pony Jumpers. We purchased Piper online sight unseen, and she was virtually unridable. After 2 years of her going unridden, I decided that I would try to ride her. After trying pony racing, eventing, foxhunting, and more, we decided that showjumping was what she wanted to do. While training with my current coach, we were able to turn her completely around and now she is a solid 1.10m pony jumper (who I started showing in January 2017). And as for me, I have been eventing my whole life. As well as participating in racing, foxhunting, dressage, jumpers, and being an active member of Green Spring Hounds Pony Club.
Photo by A&S Photography.
Savannah Welch 9 years old (8 show age) Elon, NC Mapleside Magic Wish in the medium pony hunter division Fun facts.... Savannah : The first time I went to try him I wasn’t sure I wanted to ride him because his barn name is “Bucky”. I thought he liked to buck but actually he’s just a buckskin.
Savannah and Bucky just moved up to the medium pony division less than three months ago.
I am Sofia Baiker and my show age is 12. I am from Pacific Palisades, California. My pony’s name is Toblerone and I will be showing her in the medium ponies and the medal finals. Toby is a very patient and reliable pony, but like all ponies she can be sassy. She acts like a bit of a princess sometimes! I have been riding Toblerone for about 4 years and she has helped me learn and grow so much. Sadly this is my last pony finals so I hope it’s an amazing one!
Rebecca Oliver Age: 17 Location: Coatesville, PA Pony: Kudos Division: Regular Large Pony Hunters Fun Fact: You look at him, and you may just see a horse. I look at him and see...an escape, an angel, love, and a best friend. This best friend doesn’t have to say a word.
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Dejah Valdez, age 9, winning Short Stirrup Champion at her first A rated show on her new pony, Pixie Dust. Summer in the Rockies Week II.
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Windsor’s Jalapeño “Gavin” getting some big hugs at Lexington Spring Premiere!
Paisley Ambassador Emma Monroe introduced the Auburn Equestrian Camp to the Paisley Magazine at their Equestrian Camp.
Caroline Fuller venturing into the larges with her green pony, Gone With The Wind! Paisley Ambassador Ryder Richardson with his pony La Luna.
Stella Dalton, age 6, from Bighorn Wyoming winning short Stirrup champion and the $500 Stirrup Classic out of 25+ people on Goodness Gracious. Hailey Fox and Cool Beans strutting their stuff at a local SHJA show held at Cavallo Farms in Monticello, Fl in June.
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McKenna Gooden and The Lone Roan Champion at Blue Rock in the Large Children Pony
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Team Member Hailey Fox riding Jellybean at the Pensacola Summer Classic in the Short Stirrups. She finished the weekend Reserve Champion in a BIG Short Stirrups Equitation Division. Good ribbons in a BIG Short Stirrups Hunter Division and Fourth in the Short Stirrups Classic!!! She represented Team Paisley very well and had a smile on her face the entire time!!! Just what Summer is about!!!
Hailey Fox went to the Kentucky Horse Park for Breyerfest and to see their friend Marsha Hartford Sapp and her mustang Cobra, who was being introduced as a Breyer.
Stars Above and Ella Tarumianz Winner of the short stirrup classic with an 83 and an 80 and reserve champion their first time out in the short stirrup division at Tryon Summer V.
Isabella Berard and her pony “Paisley” (Splendor in the Grass)
Wilbur’s Posts... I’m pretty excited I have to say. I received a package of treats to review for my column. It’s a little tough being an old guy like I am. I have no show record- no pedigree- plus I’m blind in one eye- so I’m not always taken very seriously I guess. Lucky for me Cecillia Machado from Dream Girl Treats, thought I was worth sending treats to. Now even if I thought she was a great person for sending little old me treats- if I didn’t like them- I’d have to say that in my review. Luckily- I LOVED my treats. They came in a nice reseal-able package with a bow on them. That might not seem like a big thing- but the little details matter- it means someone cares. These treats are made with love and care. They are all hand-made and a lot of effort was put into them. I think my favorite was the blue doughnut one…but I loved them all. They come in different shapes- and each treat is unique…nothing cookie cutter here. So besides the fact that I love the treats- how they look and how they taste- what I especially love is the reason they are being made. Cecillia makes the treats to help earn money for horse showing…and in this case specifically to afford to go to Pony Finals! How can you not appreciate that?! I love the fact that she is working to earn the moneySomething earned is much sweeter than something simply given… and I know Cecillia will really appreciate Pony Finals…she will know what it took to get there- she will have an understanding of the costs associated with it…and the sacrifices that are made to get there. Be sure to visit her FB page: Dream Girl Treats and order some! I am so excited for everyone heading to Pony Finals. I wish I could have experienced it personally. I’m not the “quality” type of pony that would ever get to go- I’m more of the grade “he’s such a good boy” type. ..but I’m ok with that. It’s ponies like me that help kids get started. Most kids don’t start out on a top notch fancy pony finals winning pony…that would be like being given a Porsche as your first car. Maybe it works for some…but for many kids- the old tried and true teachers in the pony world give them the love and the desire to stick with it…the first ponies of the world are something else! They might never win a big class at a major show…but kids wouldn’t be the riders they are without them! So celebrate the perfect (though maybe
not fancy) ponies that have helped you achieve your goals along the way…they are the stepping stone to being better riders- they create our future superstars…never underestimate the best lesson ponythe best first pony…without them…you don’t have riders… This issue is full of the riders that have gone on…they are achieving their goals…one of which is Pony Finals. What a wonderful experience this is! It is attainable- you don’t have to have the BEST pony in the country- or go to a ton of shows. It is a goal that is within reach. And the best part is- anyone can win. It’s set up to be as fair as possible. Only the showing rider can sit on the pony- no one can prep it for you. It’s up to each rider to get their pony ready to show… and it can be anyone’s day on that given day…it’s as level a playing field as you will get in this industry…plus- there are so many fun activities involved…the experience of being there is what counts. It is truly a wonderful event…I will live vicariously through our Ambassadors and team members while they enjoy the show… Ok…so even though I’m all over the place in my column- but that’s what happens when you are a VERY old horse…I just want to bring up our Paisley Team. They are remarkable kids. They continue to amaze and inspire me. They are the kind of kids that I think will make the sport better and stronger. They work hard…appreciate what they have…adore their ponies…support each other… and look for ways to achieve their goals. I think our sport is safe in the hands of these kids… On that note…Wilbs Out…
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