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Understanding the Pony Division

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Photo: Liz Callar

By Scott Starnes, USEF “R” Course Designer

In the rated pony hunter divisions, the trusted Handy course needs preparation as well with non-related distances and handy turns with possible other tests which may include trot jumps mixed in to a handy course. All of theses possible tests can be found in the USEF rulebook, as they can change each year. All the rules on the pony division are on the USEF website.

Preparing your pony for the upcoming show season depends on what size, level and division your pony or ponies will be competing in the show. For example, is your pony a large, medium or small? Will your pony be competing in one of the rated divisions: Green ponies, Hunters, Jumpers or equitation? All of these play a factor in preparation for the shows in the coming year. Mr. Scott Starnes is a known USEF “R” Course For an “A” rated circuit pony, it is a good idea to acquire the “recommended pony distance chart” which can be located at the United States Equestrian Federation “USEF” website. This information will give you an idea of the different distances you will be preparing for and offers a great learning tool in knowing the distances your pony is expected to cover in each particular class. There are many factors that are involved with setting these distances: ring size, footing conditions, directions of travel and beginning or end of season.

Designer nationally and internationally in both the Hunter/Jumper discipline. He has acquired many Grand Prix, Hunter Derby and Medal finals for the past 25 years. Scott has had the privilege to assistant course design in three World Cup finals as well as the 1984 and 1996 Olympic games. Scott and his wife Simone Starnes recently relocated to Bend, Oregon in 2013 where Scott enjoys fishing, mountain biking and skiing in his free time.

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The Paisley Pony GGT- FootingT, the equine division of Polysols Corporation is introducing a new blend of material geared towards the Do it Yourself Arena Owner In the past our high quality textiles have competed successfully in a market filled with cheaper products. One of the challenges we have experienced is clients who have existing sand that is not up to par for our mainstream GGT Footing Products. This new blend has thirty percent of fibers created by elastic fiber, polyester fiber in a black color. The DIY blend is a multi-colored geo textile that easily blends with most levels of sand products . The elastic allows for more energy and bounce, while also binding and blending to the sand .The same high level geo textile is used and this blend also has the ability to deflect the glare from the sun due to its color scheme. The retail cost is .93 cents per pound which makes it the least expensive GGT Footing textile with 30 Percent fiber on the market. GGT- Footing used a local farm outside of Aiken, SC as the test arena. Christina Jason from Southland Stables in Salley, SC was the first to blend the DIY mix. By using the DIY and a GGT Footing groomer, a rototiller and a good vibrating roller they were able to blend the GGT Footing product into their existing sand by themselves with beautiful success. Their drainage prior to the installation was very good and afterwards the stability of the sand was greatly improved in many areas that had before felt too deep. Christina and her fiancĂŠ run a large scale hunter, jumper and polo sales barn. The option of an arena with great footing helps when Christina is working the sales horses, especially over jumps as there is less concussion than when jumping on the grass area that is used when flatting and schooling the polo ponies. The elastic fiber can also be purchased separately as a component to existing arenas or new installations. We also offer a dust control product called Dust absorber. Not all textiles are created the same! GGT- Footing T Company prides itself on its level of quality control and safety to horse and humans. For more information on GGT Footing T Contact: Cynthia Brewster- Keating at or call 864-804-0011

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Pony of the Month

GASLIGHT CHWYRLWYNT LOM/AOE/OD aka “Wendy” is a pony that personifies the versatility of the Welsh breed. Shown initially on the open show circuit, she won the hearts of many non-Welsh competitors by competing and winning in everything from hunter hack to reining. On the Welsh show circuit she became well recognized as a tough competitor in every division she entered...which was all of them. In her career, Wendy held National Championship titles in English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Hunters, Pleasure Driving, Trail, Ridden Pony and Childs First Pony. She held the Trail title for four years. In her final show season, Wendy earned eight National performance division Championships. In addition, Wendy was the WPCSA high score Section A pony for five consecutive years. In 2006 Wendy became the first Welsh pony to win a Legion of Merit and an Award of excellence in the same year. In 2008 she achieved the ultimate goal of being the first Welsh of any section to win an Individual Order of the Dragon. She earned over 4,000 points, in just the 2008 show season. With a current point total of 11,599 points she is the second highest scoring Welsh pony of any section, the highest scoring section A and has the most performance points than any other Welsh Pony in history. That is the technical stuff. On a personal level, Wendy is a delightful Prima Dona. Apparently she knows her grand dam was a “Queen.” In spite of her awareness of her importance, she has agreed to work harder and do more than most ponies would even consider tolerating. She is undoubtedly the toughest pony I have ever met, both mentally and physically. I think she may actually be made of titanium. Wendy officially retired in 2008 to begin her new life as a broodmare. She has two lovely foals on the ground that show promise to be spectacular competitors as well and we expect more beautiful foals from her before she is done. She just could not stay out of the limelight though and, with her 2012 filly at her side was Supreme Champion at a Gold rated Welsh show in California. Not at all bad for a retired broodmare. Now seventeen, Wendy is as vibrant and awesome as ever and is captivating a new generation of followers as she embarks on her third career as a teacher. She was tacked up for a video session when clips were needed for the 2013 WPCS AGM Judges clinic and recently demonstrated Leading Rein and Child’s first pony skills at a Judges clinic here in California. Her latest project is really special though. She has a new little girl, Lauren, that she is teaching to ride and enjoy ponies. Watch for them in lead line and walk trot, or you can ask Lauren to read her school Journal, which she has dedicated to Wendy. ~ Submitted by Dr. Carrie MacWhorter

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So you can’t afford a driving instructor? By: Jessica Axelsson

So you’re new to driving! Maybe you bought a pony/mini/Standardbred that once drove and it sounds like fun, so you think I can do that! And of course you can! If you’re like most people who have started off the same way, you’ll buy a harness, a cart, maybe try it on your pony/mini/ horse and then either decide at this point there are way too many straps to figure out alone, or perhaps, you’re luckier and you have a friend who’s driven before and you get as far as actually hooking the horse up before realizing your in a bit over your head! Here’s where a driving instructor usually comes in. The call goes something like “I’ve got a pony, cart and harness, I just need you to show me how to put it all together”. Doesn’t sound too bad until I get there. Then usually the course of events unfolds something like; the harness is too big or too small, the cart is heavy/ old/or just plain doesn’t fit, the pony has his driving bit on backwards, his breeching around his chest and okay, okay, you get the picture! Here’s what I (and I’m sure other driving instructors) would really like you to know! We don’t like seeing you waste money! This sport can be expensive enough; we don’t want you to make bad investments. We don’t like helping you sell/give away/burn (okay a bit extreme) useless “stuff”! Call us first! Here’s a short list of what any instructor, worth their weight in second cutting alfalfa, can (and should) do for YOU: A good instructor can... ... help you find the right equipment for your driving animal, your driving terrain and your future goals! And at the right price! (They should know the market, the best makers, sellers and where to find you a deal!) ... start teaching you at what ever level you are ready to learn at! (They shouldn’t be teaching you how to run cones if you can’t harness properly!)

... tell you where the shows/competition/parades/trails/ clinics are in your area! (They should know local show schedules, trails, and pleasure drives! This way they can help you make new friends or try new things!) ... help keep you safe! (In more ways than one! This can be mean anything from helping you drive/harness/put to safely, to finding you a safe driving equine!)

Liz Callar

Don’t worry I totally understand! Budgets that were once tight are now so small most of us can’t afford much in the way of extras but I just ask you to consider the following reasons why you can’t afford not to have a driving instructor!

... sometimes offer you equipment to try/borrow/use until you find what you like or decide what you need! (I, personally, have lent everything from driving aprons to bits and harnesses to students! I keep extra stuff just to be able to do so!)

... help you meet other people who share your interests! (We like to take you to shows, outings and activities! Plus, we secretly know of at least one driving event that would be thrilled to have another willing volunteer!) ... recommend reading material geared to your driving, your horse and your goals! ... and explain to you why you need to know/do/buy, x, y, and z! So by now you might be asking, how do I find such a person! The American Driving Society is a great resource to find information! Visit and look to the left hand side under ‘regions’ to find your regional director’s information. This person is a great asset to you! Email or call them. Ask who teaches in your area! Visit local shows (if your lucky enough to have some) take note to who has students there, or ask drivers! We’re friendly, we love new people to take up the sport and most people can tell you who teaches them or who got them started! Ask in your local tack shop! Sometimes they have information about instructors in the area. If you end up with information for instructors too far away or into the wrong type of driving (pleasure v. combined driving, or breed specific) don’t worry, call them anyway! They can probably give you a great recommendation for someone closer or more geared to your goals! When you do find a prospective candidate ask questions! Make sure your questions count. It may not matter if your Driving Instructor...continued on page 14

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Driving Instructor...continued from page 12 new instructor competes at international combined driving events if you want to trail drive. But in the same way, if you want to show at pleasure shows ask the person when and where they have competed. Find out who they take lessons from. A good instructor, in anything, will be keeping up his or her education even if it’s only a few lessons a year or clinics with their favorite trainer when he/she is in town. Ask if they have insurance. Find out if they have experienced school horses you can learn with! It’s just like riding, how can you know what it should feel like if both you and your horse are learning? It always helps to get in the carriage with a different horse, so don’t underestimate the value of a school horse or two! If you get a chance it might be nice to watch a lesson, take a drive with them or talk to current students! Not every instructor is right for every student! (Think back to elementary school. I bet there was a teacher you loved! And, probably, one you hated! Perhaps you didn’t like the way they taught, or maybe they just gave too much homework!) People teach differently, find someone you enjoy learning from! After all, you are doing this for fun, right?

With knowledge of your goals, your equines ability and your budget (however small) a quality driving instructor should be able to get you well on your way to enjoying a new sport!

Jessica Axelsson operates Single Tree Stable, a driving lesson program, based out of Cape May NJ. She is a licensed pleasure driving judge with the American Driving Society, an active competitor and enjoys bringing beginners into the sport in a safe and fun atmosphere! She currently teaches beginner through advanced drivers, for fun and competition and travels through out the country teaching clinics and judging shows. You can see pictures and additional information on the web at or contact Jessica directly at!

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By Audrey Maschue

In the day of YouTube and viral videos, it is very easy to see videos of top Olympic horses, or top FEI Ponies, dancing around the arena, and you may assume that those horses and ponies were bought that way. – Super expensive, just totally out of the ordinary horses and ponies that some lucky fellow brought home to their stable and danced their way to a top level. Sometimes you might be right. But some of those fancy pants were not born as extravagant movers, but instead trained and developed carefully to bring out the very best that pony (or horse) could possibly do. Everyone has the opportunity to make the most of the pony you have. And you might be surprised just how fancy your pony can become! Exercise #1 – Transitions Within The Gait. Lots and lots of transitions! Start with a nice working trot, and lengthen down the long sides of the arena. By starting on the long sides, the pony has the support of the wall, only once you have good lengthenings along the wall should you start going across the diagonal (for the trot) For added difficulty try short sides! If your pony doesn’t have a natural lengthening, you will need to practice this. Don’t be afraid to ask for a little more! Just when you think that’s a nice effort, praise the pony, and ask for a little more! You might be surprised at just what more is in there! A common mistake most riders make when lengthening is giving away the connection in order to encourage the forward reach or forward reaction. Neither of which comes from dropping the connection! Remember a pony must go forward from the leg, not by giving the hand, and lengthening the frame only comes from having enough impulsion from behind and your pony is seeking the connection. Allowing with your hands doesn’t mean giving it all away! As important as the going forward is, so is the collecting. Even on young and inexperienced ponies you can play with one step here and there. More experienced ponies, you can play with several steps at a time. Again, start these transitions into smaller more collected steps on the wall, then for added difficulty you can try other points around the arena. You may find, your pony very slow to come back to you, or just sort of stalls out when asking for the more collected steps. It may then be helpful to actually go back to trot walk or trot halt transitions until your pony is really listening to you. It is also just as important to make sure that you are not relying only on your hand to bring the pony into more collection, the less hand, and more seat you use, the greater the benefit! Also make sure you keep the engine revved up in those collected steps! You want quick steps both in the canter and the trot!

canter, then once you have established a forward canter, balance your pony, and ask for trot. The first couple of strides in trot after the canter are the building blocks for that awesome trot your looking for! Ride that trot forward! Stay posting, only sitting to ask for the canter. If your pony is naturally forward thinking in the canter, you can play with keeping the canter a bit more collected, and pushing trot more forward. Your pony will inevitably make some mistakes. Some of the transitions down, may not be as balanced as they could be, and sometimes your pony may decide that going right back into canter is way easier then pushing so much in the trot. Don’t worry about these mistakes, just keep riding. If your pony wants to canter instead of push in the trot, spend a little longer time in the trot. If your pony is not forward over his back at the canter, spend more time going forward at the canter before coming back to and pushing the trot. Both gaits will improve! The repetitive canter transitions make the pony much stronger, and increase the ponies “jump”. The canter trot transitions giving you the opportunity to really find that fancy trot! It also loosens their backs and helps really focus the pony on your aids! Exercise #3 Cavelletti’s. Although a whole article could be written on this alone, I will only touch a few points. Most people are familiar with trotting poles. Start with 1 pole on the ground, and slowly as your pony is comfortable and relaxed, and another, and then another and another. You can build up to 4-6 poles. Playing with the spacing can be crucial in getting the desired effects, along with the height of the poles. Make sure your pony is staying soft and round and continuing to reach over it’s back while using the poles. It does no good if the pony is going over the poles hollow and braced! Poles can be a great way to improve the canter as well! Start with one pole. Your timing, and ability to see the striding is crucial to start, but with some practice, both you and your pony should be able to canter over one pole balanced with a little added jump! I would suggest when adding more poles to put them at bounce distances, this really strengthens your pony as well as helps keep it’s balance and power. It is very important to not rush, or drop your pony over the pole. You want the canter to remain a very balanced, round working canter. Focus on remaining soft and allowing for a bigger stride, without throwing away the connection or balance! Exercise #4. Shoulder-In to Medium Trot. For more advanced horses and riders this can yield real results. Not only is it a very good strengthening exercise, but really teaches the pony to engage and push with the hindlegs! Ride shoulder-in out of the corner, down the long side. Once a good shoulder –in has been established, turn the horse across a short diagonal and immediately ask for a lengthening or medium trot. Upon reaching the track, collect and start shoulder fore if you have little room left on the long side, or shoulder-in if you have some room. Make sure you have your pony straight on the diagonal, and try to keep the ponies neck long and upon collecting again after the medium trot. Improving Your Ponies Gaits...continued on page 20

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Audrey Maschue - Owner and Trainer at Xanadu Dressage in Loxahatchee, FL. A “L” Program Candidate, Grand Prix Trainer specializing in both imported and domestic dressage ponies for Adult Amateur and JR riders. Standing GRP stallions Hilken’s Go For Gold and Bulgari Boy. National Clinician, Presenter and Demo Rider. Now accepting clinic bookings for 2014


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Looking for a good book to read? Excerpt from: The Secret of Blackwatch Her pony galloped full speed toward the darkness, white mane whipping in her face as she bent closer and whispered words of encouragement. Suddenly they were in the air, flying straight toward danger. She couldn’t see the source of the danger, but she knew it was there. She could feel it. The rain was pouring down on them, making it hard to see the way but she trusted her pony. The next thing she knew, she was tumbling through the air, falling again. Review by Tamara LaTorre An exciting book for adults and children alike! Share in this fantasy of adventure and intrigue as the magical relationship between Blackwatch Stables’ riders and ponies slowly unfold leaving reader’s on the edge of their seats. The characters practically step off the pages with their unique and true to life personalities. An impressive start to the Blackwatch Stable Series and a great addition to any horse lover’s bookshelf, I recommend this book and am looking forward to the next. Do you have a book you’d like us to review for The Paisley Pony Magazine? Email us at:

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Nutritional Considerations for Pony Broodmares with

Equine Metabolic Syndrome By Laura Stopper Batts, MS, PAS also known as the Equine Nutrition Nerd There is a growing problem of pony broodmares getting laminitis or aborting due to Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS). EMS is a hormonal and metabolic disorder that includes obesity and insulin resistance (IR).

reduced energy. Getting the weight issues under control can help many ponies diagnosed with IR to return to a normal metabolic status. However there might be a genetic component in other ponies and they may still be symptomatic. Most ponies are “easy keeper” and there is research that supports that this may be due to a “thrifty gene”. This gene is a genetic adaptation which helped certain breeds survive on the sparse vegetation where they originated. This “thrifty” gene alters metabolism. It also allows for an insulin resistant metabolism. Insulin has the effect of directing blood glucose into body cells and storage of that glucose as fat, which can be used when food is not available. Unfortunately, when these IR ponies are managed using modern equine management practices (which provide excessive calories from improved pasture and grain), the result is obesity and the many problems associated with EMS.

Insulin normally elevates during pregnancy as it helps redirect nutrients from the mare to the developing foal. However, if the mare is already at a high insulin level (which many ponies are) to start with, then the insulin surge in pregnancy puts the insulin level super high and these mares cannot get in foal, or have bouts of laminitis during gestation, abort or both. I recently received a call from a client whose pony was due to foal in 3 months and was showing signs of EMS. Her biggest concern was how to meet the nutritional demands of a pregnant pony mare while addressing the risks of IR and laminitis. The exact cause of EMS is not known; but there may be several possible causes or contributing factors including diets high in starch and sugar, obesity, breed, age and inactivity. Horses or ponies with a history of laminitis without an obvious cause such as grain overload, obesity or road founder likely have IR. Physical symptoms of EMS usually include abnormal fatty deposits on the neck (cresty neck), rump and above the eyes, an insatiable appetite and

Most pony breeders understand the increase in caloric demands that a broodmare requires during pregnancy so the idea of a restrictive diet and weight loss for their mare seems counter-productive to the health of the mare and foal. Luckily, there are ways to meet the needs of both mother and foal and at the same time, reduce calories with the goal of reducing insulin levels. As with any other health concern a call to your vet should be your first step. Your veterinarian can confirm a diagnosis of IR by measuring blood levels of glucose and insulin.

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“Chubbs” is a QH stallion. Jon’s son Seth is on him. here

You’re ready to try Reining. You’re ready to perform circles, lead changes, spins and sliding stops with speed and accuracy. Let’s talk about step one – finding the right horse. We usually look at the pedigree first. The more successful reining horses in the pedigree the better. Size is also a consideration. The ideal reining horse is usually not smaller than 14-1 and not taller than 15-2. A” gymnast” rather than a “basketball player”. We like to see a well balanced strong-bodied horse with good gaskin muscles that will withstand the stress of hard stops. We like a big well-muscled hip and a short, strong back. Well-formed withers are also important. The hinge where the neck and jaw meet is also important. A hinge 2 fingers (about 2 inches) in width is good - more is even better. An adequate hinge allows the horse to flex at the poll and give to the bit more easily.

Good bone and good feet are important with the Reiner as with a prospect for any discipline. A Reiner needs to be an extremely athletic individual with a good “mind” – “mind” being a unique combination of good disposition and trainability. The National Reining Horse Association Judges Guide describes the qualities of a reining horse: “The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance and dictated to completely”. He must also display smoothness, finesse, quickness and a good attitude performing the reining maneuvers. As with almost any kind of show horse “pretty” is a plus, but a Reiner probably won’t look like a pleasure or halter horse.

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Some reining horses are lazy or “laid back” and some have more “sting”. If both of these types of horses are equally athletic it will usually take a little longer to train the more sensitive or “feely” horse. One isn’t better than the other – it’s a matter of matching the horse and rider correctly. Before you start looking for a horse attend some reining shows. You will usually see the best Reiners at shows sanctioned by the NRHA. Also visit several barns and trainers. Take a lesson on a reining horse if possible and get a feel for the discipline. Enlist the help of a professional when you decide to buy – hopefully someone you’ll continue to work with for coaching and training.

Jon Ingram

Jon Ingram grew up in Southern California with the traditions of the California reined cow horse which emphasis lightness and finesse. He trained his first horse when he was ten years old and hasn’t looked back since. He worked with renowned Stock horse trainer, Ronnie Richards in Southern California. He has trained professionally for over thirty years. Jon has successfully trained and shown working cow horses and cutting horses as well as his specialty, reining horses, He has used his thorough training program to improve horses from a variety of disciplines, as well. Jon has earned nine World and National titles and has trained Non-Pro riders and their horses to become competitive partners at National Reining Horse Assoc. shows. Jon is a constant and enthusiastic student of anything equine and never quits learning or trying to improve his methods. Jon attended Cal Poly in Pomona, California majoring in Animal Husbandry. He has supported and promoted the sport of reining for more than twenty years. He was a founder and the first President of the Idaho Reining Horse Assoc. He continues to share his enthusiasm for the sport here in Florida. Jon is an excellent equine dentist and finds time in his busy schedule to do a limited amount of equine dentistry. Jon and his wife, Lauri, have three children and five grandchildren.


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The primary goal for managing a broodmare with insulin resistance (IR)/equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is to control weight, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower the risk of laminitis through correct nutritional management. Ponies with a diagnosis of IR can benefit from the following nutritional and management strategies: NUTRITION I usually have good results with the following diet in these mares: •Remove grain and sweet feed from diet completely. •Restrict pasture access and only turn out with a muzzle when out in pasture. Keep ponies in sacrifice areas/dry lots during fall and spring when pasture grasses contain the most sugars including the fructan sugars which have been implicated in causing laminitis. •Feed forage that is TESTED and select hay with a low level of soluble carbohydrates. Timothy and orchard grass have lower sugar content than small grain hays such as oat and ryegrass. Alfalfa hay and coastal Bermuda grass are usually the lowest in soluble carbohydrate (sugar and starch) content, but alfalfa contains more calories so the feeding rate must be closely monitored. Clover hay should be avoided for the IR horse as the starch content can be high as well as the caloric density. Moderate quality grass hay is preferred due to its low soluble carbohydrate content and moderate caloric content. Soaking hay for 60 minutes in cool water or hot water for 30 minutes will significantly reduce its soluble carbohydrate content. •Feeding hay in a slow feeder will increase consumption time, keep the gut happier and lower stress levels. Studies have indicated that restricting a pony’s diet too low can increase stress hormones and lower metabolism. Therefore, using a slow feeder mimics the natural constant grazing pattern of a pony. The same two flakes you fed before that were gobbled up (and/or wasted) will take hours to consume with a slow feeder. •Feed a forage balancer for vitamin, mineral and protein supplementation. •If your pony broodmare shows signs of lamintis switch it to a diet of ONLY Triple Crown Safe Starch Forage. This is a chopped hay product that is fortified with minerals and vitamins and has a sugar and starch content of less than 10%. MANAGEMENT: •If laminitis is not a concern, exercising EMS mares to help control obesity. Remember, if the mare has not been in an exercise program start slowly and build up to a regular routine to avoid over exertion.

•Discuss the use of metformin (an oral antidiabetic medication), L-thyroxine (a thyroid supplement), and/or pergolide (used to treat equine Cushing’s disease) with your veterinarian, as these medications could benefit some ponies. •Routine farrier care is crucial in these mares to discover any foot issues from the onset. Your farrier will notice any evidence of early laminitis such as hoof growth abnormality, white line disease, and foot pain. Trims should be scheduled every 4-6 weeks after pronounced in foal and every 4 weeks at 6 months in foal mark. In summary, we have seen that providing proper nutrition to a pony broodmare is critical for a healthy foal and that the nutritional management for a pony with Equine Metabolic Syndrome is an important part of treating this disorder. Finding a nutritional program for a pony that is both pregnant and IR presents quite a challenge; working with your vet, your farrier and following the suggestions provided in this article can help you have a successful foaling season. ~The Nerd Laura Stopper Batts, MS, PAS is the Founder of Happy Horse Healthy Planet, an equine consulting company with a focus on environmentally conscious horse care. For years Laura held a position at a leading equestrian retailer and then as an equine nutritionist where she obtained both a FeedMasterTM and Professional Animal Scientist certification. In her role as a nutritionist she visited 100s of horse farms and saw the mud, manure and chemicals that can impact our planet. Laura obtained a MS in Environmental Science with a focus on the equine sector. She started Happy Horse Healthy Planet as a vehicle to further her mission. Happy Horse Healthy Planet is dedicated to educating and assisting horse owners in learning methods for environmentally conscious horse care. This is accomplished through speaking at educational seminars and club meetings, through her books and through horse/farm consultations. If you would like to contact Laura for more information, please visit her website : “Saving the Planet One Horse at a Time”TM

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Haflinger Stallion Stellar TVR Director for rideability, canter, free jumping, stadium jumping, and cross country jumping! Stellar was bred by Erick Scheiber, one of Austria’s most notable breeders, and was imported by his dam’s side at three months of age. He is by Austria’s top ST-line stallion, Straden, and out of the mare Chione, by Altess, a full brother to the three-time World and European Champion, Abendstern.


n 2012, the five-year-old 14.3hh Austrian imported Haflinger, Stellar TVR, became the first Haflinger stallion in North American inspected and approved for breeding into the top stud books of two European registries— Weser Ems and RPSI—and the American Warmblood Society. In 2013, Stellar attended the N.A.S.T. to fulfill performance requirements in order to obtain his lifetime breeding licenses, and made history once again by becoming the first Haflinger stallion in North America to ever attend and successfully complete the North American Stallion Testing! While Haflingers are considered a breed of horse, not pony, small horses and ponies attend the pony testing. Not only did Stellar pass, but he received an outstanding overall score of 7.98, with interior scores (character, temperament, willingness to work, constitution) ranging from 8 to a perfect 10, and 8s from the Training

Tempel Smith, of IL. Ten years later, Mr. Smith sold some Haflingers from his farm, and people started to become interested in this hardy pony. Limited to where they could show, many were shown in draft pony hitch and halter classes, as well as pulling contests. The people started breeding for this type of animal, a shorter, stockier type pony. In the 1970’s several Haflinger owners made the treck overseas and visited Haflinger farms. What they saw was not what was being bred in the US. The Haflingers overseas were taller, and more refined. When the breeders came back to the US, a change happened. Some breeders stayed with breeding the shorter, stockier draft type pony. Others went with the standards overseas, breeding for what was considered an all-around, versatile horse. When people in North America hear the name ‘Haflinger’ many mistakenly think this golden horse with a snow white mane and tail is ‘half’ of something. Also commonly mistaken is the idea that a Haflinger is a ‘draft’ or even a ‘cold type’ breed. The truth of the matter is that the Haflinger is a breed all of itself, dating back to 1873 when El Bedavi XXII was crossed with a rural farmer’s mare. The first colt named Folie is seen as the founder of the Haflinger breed. This beautiful animal was bred to be hardy. He had to withstand the Austrian alps, be athletic enough to pull a wagon to town and comfortable enough be ridden over the countryside, all the while keeping an uncomplicated and willing temperament so the youngest of children and oldest of adults could handle. World War I brought about change in the Haflinger breed. Little thought was taken to the established lines and conformation. The horse was bred down to become pack ponies that were much needed for the war. This continued into WWII. Finally, the Austrian Government took over the breeding of the stallions, making stallion stations and the stallion lines that exist today (A, M, N, S, ST, W, B) All stud foals born are named with the first letter of their sire, names that start with one of the letters of the stallion lines and must trace back to the original Haflinger stallion, Folie. The mare lines dramatically decreased because of the war and it took much more effort to get more of these lines. Filly foals names start with the same letter as their dam. The first Haflingers were imported into the US in 1958 by

Today, North America is the only place in the world where you will find two ‘types’ of Haflingers. They are considered by breeders as ‘draft’ style and a ‘pleasure’ style. Each has their own attributes that makes them viable in the US economy. The draft style has their own line of showing, hooked to 5th wheel wagons showing in multiple hitch classes from team through 8 hitches. The high stepping action is thrilling to watch! They are also used by many Amish to tend to fields. The pleasure style has entered the multi-faceted show world including Eventing, Combined Driving, Dressage, and Show Jumping. Let’s not forget the use as a great children’s mount and fabulous trail horse! The American Haflinger Registry keeps track of each pedigree, transfer of ownership as well as registration of each newborn foal along with hosting two sales annually and National Shows. A youth program, points and recreation scoring, as well as inspection and classification programs are also included in the membership.


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After drill team - Leps Vanessa of Happy Haflingers sharing a special moment with a fan at the Kentucky Horse Park

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Drill team - Lightning Strikes, Anton IK, Minute Maid, and Leps Vanessa performing their “Pink Panther” drill at the Kentucky Horse Park

“Mary” jumping at liberty. The best way to check someone’s connection with their horse is to take off the halter and lead and see what they can do! Kim Gieseke ~ Promenade Horsemanship Academy

Ella Gerhart received 2nd place out of @ 55 ponies in the older leadline division at the 2010 Devon Horse Show riding a Hafflinger named Oliver Twist (owned by the Meals Family).

Zoe Beehler, from Frankfort, Michigan. She is 12 yrs old and is in 4H, Pony Club and plans to join a H/J circuit and Dressage circuit this summer called Stepping Stones Horse Shows, located in North West Michigan. Her pony is a 5 yr old, silver bay tobiano, Haflinger/Gypsy mare named Fae Willow Unforgettable Grace (aka as CC). My daughter has done all the training on her. The award she won was 1st Place High Point Winner of the 2013 Gypsy Cross and Sport Horse Incentive Gift.

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Rider/ Owner: Alexis Azarian Pony: Coldstream Royal Celebration Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association 2013 Opportunity (Crossrails) Year end Champion

Alyssa Bateman the Lesson Mount Champion for the AHS 2013 Season. Alyssa is riding Finding Nemo. Nemo is owned by Kelsey Beers from Everything Little Farm.

Clarwood Penelope Pit Stop WPCSA National Champ Sec C 3yr old mare WPCSA SE Regional Champion MPB Champion Sec C/D Cob EWC Champion Sec C Cob Owned by Christine Fisher of Clarwood Welsh Ponies

Davric Honey Bee (section A mare owned by Kaitlin Hofer) and Emma Muscarelli were 2013 WPCSA Reserve National Champion Child’s First Pony,Eastern Welsh Circuit Reserve Champion Child’s First Pony and Reserve Champion Walk/Trot, and Northeastern Welsh Champion Child’s First Pony.

About This Month’s Cover Fox Creek Farm’s Diamond King proved he’s truly royalty of the riding pony world by earning an 8.77 overall - the highest score in the history of the North American Pony Stallion Performance Test, in Broken Arrow, OK in December of 2013. Diamond King’s combination of darklyhandsome good looks, athleticism and generous temperament comes as no surprise either. This elegant 14.1 hand Weser Ems stallion, licensed Stud Book I with the Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International, is the result of a pedigree concentrated with the very best dressage ponies Europe has to offer – top sires proven at the FEI level with offspring proven at FEI as well, and based on a mare-line packed with performance stars. It’s worth noting that Diamond King’s balance, quality and the rideability that wowed judges and audience alike at the pony test shine from a carefully crafted pedigree, built on judicious line-breeding and top-producing mare lines. The mare Gina shows up twice in Diamond King’s pedigree – this mare produced 20 foals, including the full-sibling, stallion-producing powerhouse mares Grace Kelly and Giana, who each appear in Diamond King’s pedigree. -- along with three crosses in the first 4 generations to the legendary pony Brillant, who sired an unbelievable 35 approved stallions and 23 States Premium mares, and who has been listed in the top three stallions of the FN’s pony breeding statistics for dressage since 1995. Unlike many of the performance ponies bred in North America, Diamond King’s heritage is not a simple combination of Welsh and TB or WB heritages. Generations of carefully selected ponies, layered quality upon quality, make up this young stallion’s genetics. And what is most precious about this pedigree is the rarity of finding this kind of motherline here in the USA – Fox Creek Farm has the largest herd of imported and States Premium German Riding Pony mares in North America. Diamond King’s first few foal crops have fulfilled the promise in those lines – with a high percentage of Gold Premium foals expressing his light, elastic gaits and harmonius type. Diamond King’s sire Dance Star AT was the 2007 Bundeschampionat Reserve Champion of the 3-yr. old Dressage Ponies, the 2008 Reserve Champion of the 4 yr. old Dressage Ponies and the 2009 Champion of the 5 yr. old Dressage Ponies with a score of 9.0. Dance Star was the unquestioned Champion of the 2006 Westphalian Pony Stallion Approvals in Munster-Handorf. A “...nearly perfect model of a riding

pony” was the term Dr. Maharens, (Director of the Westphalian Verband), used to describe Dance Star as he headed up a group of exceptionally high quality stallions that year. Once again the product of a top producing mareline and carefully chosen champion sire, Dance Star is one five approved stallions and two states premium mares who are all full siblings! Each of Dance Star’s full siblings scored highly at the finals of the German Bundeschampionat, and two of the stallions were champions of their approvals: D’Artagnon I and Dance Star AT. Winning just seems to run in the family… Diamond King’s grand-sire, Dressman I, was champion both of his approval and his stallion performance test. Dressman’s performance record after that is nearly unbeatable by any other pony stallion. From 1991-1994 he was four times Bundeschampion under four different riders, two times Individual European Dressage Champion, seven times Team European Dressage champion, and the list of championships Dressman has won goes on and on. Altogether Dressman has well over 100 victories in International Dressage competition. Dressman’s breeding record is just as impressive, having sired 26 approved stallions and numerous state premium mares. Coming to Diamond King’s dam SPS Loretta is like opening another Who’s Who of the pony world. This imported States Premium mare was champion of the Weser-Ems Elite Mare Show in 2004, beating out 35 other top States Premium mares – truly the best-of-the-best! SPS Loretta’s full brother, Kenwood, was an approved, licensed stallion. He was purchased as a Hunter pony and imported to the U.S. where he is now showing successfully in the Hunter pony divisions. SPS Loretta’s dam Lady Brie was an Elite mare with two approved sons and twelve foals in total. Fertility and prepotency also run strongly in Diamond King’s pedigree, and are important traits that are often overlooked. Finally, in looking back even a bit farther, SPS Loretta’s granddam Lotte was sired by the French Anglo-Arab Caid, whose dam competed in the Olympics! So it’s no surprise to see consistent performance and quality expressed in this young stallion from such a carefully puttogether pedigree – and the promise of his genetics for the North American pony-breeding scene cannot be overstated – not only do the ponies in every corner of his pedigree perform to the top levels, often under children, but they are consistent in keeping in size, which is so important for the American hunter pony market. Standing at Fox Creek Farm * Stud Fee: $1,000


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Clarwood Love Bug MBP Champion Sec A 3 yr old mare WPCSA SE Regional Reserve Champion Owned By Guy & Helen Clardy of Clarwood Welsh Ponies

Alamo’s Ruby Red a 7year old Fernandez Mare. She is the year end champion for the state of TX in Combined Driving Eventing. Owners are Jerry & Diane Kornegay of Joshua, TX, trainer is Denise Hinder of Hinder Performance Horses located in Mt. Vernon, TX

*Courtway Formal Attire MPB Champion Sec A Stallion WPCSA SE Regional Champion Owned By Guy & Helen Clardy of Clarwood Welsh Ponies

Congratulations to Morgan Gravely and Dragon’s Lair Banner, who won Zone 4 Reserve Champion Children’s Jumper Low sections, Fourth in Zone 4 Pony Jumper division, Gold Medal Regional Championships for Children’s Jumper High section, Gold Medal National Pony Jumper Championships, 4th National Pony Jumper Championships, Qualified for M&S Children’s Jumper Finals, Qualified for Region 3 Dressage Finals.

Smoke Tree Golden Sun, and 11 year old Section B Welsh Stallion. He was Tejas Carriage Association Driving Champion for 2013. Owned and trained by Denise Hinder of Hinder Performance Horses located in Mt. Vernon, TX

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MHAA New South Wales State Championships . Emmy Wilson State Grand Champion Youth 8 years and under . Emma Witham (rider/owner) and her Pony My Memoir received the Dr & Mrs Charles Carr Perpetual Trophy presented by them and there granddaughter at the Central Florida Hunter Jumper Association Banquet for Grand Pony Hunter Champion 2013

Foxmor Starstruck Owned and Shown by Dawson Amick 2013 SCHJA Large Pony Hunter Champion 2013 NCHJA Large Pony Hunter Reserve Champion

Goldhills Master Bronze LOM AOE WPCSA National High Score Champion Long Stirrup Hunter WPCSA National High Score Reserve Champion AB Adult Hunters

Gaslight Amaterasu WPCSA National High Score Champion Section C Mare, CD Adult English Pleasure, CD Adult Western Pleasure.


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Larks Token (Half-Welsh gelding), owned by Kaitlin and Elizabeth Hofer of Saddle River, NJ is the 2013 USEF HOTY National Champion and Region 1 Champion Half-Welsh Pleasure. He is 2013 WPCSA National Champion in Half Welsh Adult English Pleasure, Half-Welsh Adult Western Pleasure, Low Hunter, and Reserve Champion Half-Welsh Geldings 3 & over. In addition, he is NEWPA Champion in H/W Geldings, H/W Adult and Junior English Pleasure, H/W Western Pleasure, and Low Hunter. Plus Eastern Welsh Circuit Champion in H/W geldings, Adult English and Adult Western Pleasure and Reserve Low Hunter.

Qualen’s Bally Wyck, coming 3 yo Half-Welsh gelding. He was Reserve Champion Hunter Breeding in the Indiana Hunter Jumper Association for 2013 Photo credit Shawn McMillen


Rosehave Legacy owned and ridden by Elise Heim. 2013 is officially over the year end awards achieved are just amazing! • USEF Zone 2 Small Green Pony Hunter Reserve Champion • USEF National Horse of the Year (HOTY) Welsh Small Pony Hunter Champion • USEF Pony Finals Overall Small Green Pony Hunter ~ 12th place • USEF Pony Finals Riders 10 & under on Green ponies~ 5th place • WPCSA National Small Pony Hunter Champion

Woodlands Senna 1st USEF Zone 5 Large Green Ponies Piedmont Hunter Classic Show Series Year End Winners, L-R - Ann Patterson Sparks and Lady Bugs FIrst Kiss winning Champion Novice Pleasure and Reserve Champion Young Entry Kevin Johnson, Trainer (Johnson Riding Academy) Ashtyn Myers and Frenchie winning Reserve Champion Novice Pleasure and Reserve Champion Short Stirrup

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Emma Witham with her Trainers Georgann Powers and Ann Louise Powers with winnings with her pony My Memoir of Green Pony Hunter Champion, Medium Pony Hunter Champion and Grand Pony Hunter Champion 2013 Central Florida Hunter Jumper Association. Glynhafan Hermione (section B mare), owned by Kaitlin and Elizabeth Hofer of Saddle River, NJ is the 2013 USEF HOTY National Grand Champion Welsh Pony- for an unprecedented third time. She is also National and Region 1 Champion in Welsh Pleasure A & B Adult and Welsh Pleasure Section B, and Reserve National and Region 1 Reserve Champion Welsh Hunter Section B. For WPCSA, she is 2013 National Champion Welsh A/B English Pleasure Adult, Welsh A/B English Pleasure 12.2-14.2, and Welsh A/B Hunter 12.2-14.2. She also earned her final lifetime award, The Order of the Dragon.

Ilay Talor owner/rider of “Jumpin Jack Flash� 2013 GHJA Champion in the small pony hunter division.

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Ideal Candidate, Champion 2013 VPBA Yearling Futurity, Reserve Champion 2013 VPBA High Score yearling colt/ gelding, second 2013 Devon yearling colt/gelding. Owner Alicia Z. Kline, Handler Oliver Brown.



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Travis Hagquist VIP Fluffy’s Seaqual Registered Chincoteague pony Skyline Corral: 3rd place overall Walk-Trot Maine Mavericks: Grand Champion Boys Walk-Trot Reserve Champion Boys Walk-Trot Barrels

BridleWood Sweet Deesire - 2013 WPCSA National Champion Sec. B Filly by 3 Time US National Champion Clanfair Signature, LOM

Wicked Willoughbie**** Platinum Award – 1st ever awarded for the New Forest Pony Society of North America 2005 Purebred New Forest Gelding Owner/Rider: Shannen Sullivan, Woodbine, MD Sire: Wicked Courtjester (Oleander x Wicked Vinnie Baby) Dam: Willoway Alice (Peveril Peter Piper x Ashfield Patricia) Breeder: Barbara Nelson, Stonefield Sportponies, Mt. Airy, NC

Clanfair Signature, LOM - 2013 WPCSA National Champion Sec. B Stallion...his 3rd Breed Ring National Title in 4 years!! Owned by BridleWood Welsh

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Jennifer Hagquist VIP Island Pairadice Registered Chincoteague pony Skyline Corral: Reserve Champion Jr Horse Maine Mavericks Corral: Grand Champion Pony Halter Reserve Champion Jr Horse

Zephyrus Make A Statement - 2013 WPCSA National Champion Sec. B Colt by 3 Time US National Champion Clanfair Signature, LOM

Zulu Masquerade WPCSA Southwest Region Champion 3 & Over Half/Part Welsh Mare

Jennifer Hagquist * VIP Fluffy’s Seaqual Registered Chincoteague pony Skyline Corral: Reserve Champion Open English Maine Mavericks: Reserve Champion 39 and over Western Reserve Champion 39 and over English

Taylor Hagquist VIP Island White Gold Registered Chincoteague pony Skyline Corral: Grand Champion Walk-Trot Reserve Champion Walk-Trot Barrels Maine Mavericks : Reserve Champion English Walk-Trot



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The Art of Fitting a Stallion for the Welsh Show-Ring By Megan Burtness, BridleWood Welsh

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Welsh stallion on a National level can be one of the hardest and yet most rewarding things you could ever do, though it is not for the faint of heart. Truly prepping a stallion for showing as an adult starts by taking the time to haul them out to as many shows as you can during their colt years. The more they get out and get into the swing of show life, as both a yearling and two year old, the easier it will be for them once they are mature stallions. This goes hand in hand with one of the most important things in our book at BridleWood Welsh. The better you feed your youngstock the better they look as adults. Those youngstock show years of top feed and exposure to life, really are the best foundation you can give your stallion in preparation of his senior show career. We ask a lot of our stallions. One minute they have to fulfill their duties in the breeding shed and then, many times in the same day, jump in a trailer packed full of mares and haul off to a show and act like they are as quiet as a gelding. To assist your stallion in coping with these demands be sure to socialize him with your own ponies as much as you can. We allow our stallion to share fence lines with our other ponies, though we always have hot fence up on our, also very solid, fencing

to prevent any touching that might cause a problem. We are careful to let the colts grow up in this manner and try to never isolate them from the other ponies. Much of the success to showing a stallion is in keeping him happy and stress free. The more you can keep him at ease around other ponies, like he will have to be at a show, the better off he will be. Though, always keep in mind that even the quietest stallions are going to be more prone to the problems of stress than your average pony. Ulcers can often be an issue for show stallions. Be quick to treat for ulcers at any sign the stallion might give. Over the years we have honed our feeding program to an exact science and we are very specific with the diets our stallions get. It is no easy thing to keep a stallion in halter fat and fit for performance during the height of breeding season. Honestly, it is hard enough to accomplish this when it is not breeding season. If only humans could lose weight as fast as a stallion in breeding season! If our stallions are keeping a full breeding book we often find we have to cut back a little on the performance work at home and we always have to increase feed during this time. We increase feed amounts as the breeding sea-

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son ramps up into full swing and lower the demands of his performance work just a little as the season peaks usually in May and June. We feed DAC supplements to all of our stallions and we swear by feeding alfalfa pellets in addition to good quality alfalfa and grass hays morning and night. We mix some rolled/ crimped oats to the alfalfa pellets to balance the diet and we tailor the DAC products used on each stallion to best fit his needs. Often times the most important part to showing a stallion is making sure he is happy both at home and at the shows. Consistent handling with a clear set of rules both in their show and breeding lives helps all of our stallions know how they should be acting in any given situation and in turn they are happier as well. We use a very specific breeding cue of a chain under the chin to help our stallions know when they are allowed to act like boys and when they are not. It is clear cut and we are very strict never to blur that line for our boys. Consistency is key with any stallion. When at shows always remember your stallion is being judged by anyone looking at him the entire time he is at the show, even when he is just standing in his stall. So great care needs to be taken to make sure your stallion is always able to put his best foot forward. Try not to put him next to a mare that might annoy him during the show. Just because the stall wall is solid does not mean he can’t smell exactly who she is on the other side. This is where his socialization at home really can help him be relaxed in his show environment as well. We take it a step further and always put our stallions deeper into the show barn row. There is always more commotion at the ends of the barns and we try to keep the stallions further away from that.

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Showing a stallion on a national level is truly a labor of love. They require more work than any mare or gelding ever will and there is always a greater pressure to do well when showing a stallion as every placing is a possible marketing tool in the never ending battle of promotion. Our current show stallion is Clanfair Signature (Sec. B Welsh) and he has been showing full swing since his two year old year when he was named the WPCSA National Champion Sec. B Colt. He followed that year up with another National Title as a 3 year old in the Stallion division. As a 4 year old he came in Res. National Champion (only 18 points behind the leader) and again as a 5 year old Signature is on top of the leader board by a landslide and looks to add a 3rd national title from the breed ring to his resume. Signature was the youngest pony to ever earn a WPCSA Individual Legion of Merit and now has the highest number of WPCSA halter points of any pony in the United States! Successfully showing a stallion is an art form and there is nothing more thrilling than getting to take that victory lap with a Supreme sash around your stallion’s neck!

Megan Burtness is owner / manager and head trainer at BridleWood Welsh. Specializing in Breeding, Training, and Showing Welsh ponies. BridleWood Welsh produces a small number of exceptional foals every year and stands two lovely Sec. B Stallions at stud, Clanfair Signature and Goldhills Most Wanted. Every year brings multiple nationally ranked ponies from the BridleWood Welsh show team and almost as many lifetime award winners over the years.

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“Pony Brags”

Addison Super taking a moment out with her pony Pumpkin at Bogginfin Farm’s Winter Camp in Ft. Myers, FL.

Ann Marie & Girly

Don Principe Wins USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year Don PrincipeHilltop Farm is proud to share the news that Don Principe (Donnerhall-Prince Thatch xxDurkheim), owned by Marydell Farms and bred by Adelheid Bruening, has been named the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year for 2013. The USEF Leading Sire system has become a valuable way for stallion owners, breeders, and trainers to evaluate the success of a stallion’s offspring in many different venues from competitions throughout the United States. With top results throughout the season by offspring such as Danseuse MF (Don Principe-Fuerst Heinrich), Dinah Shore MF (Don Principe-Rotspon), and CCS Legolas (Don Principe-Falkenhorst), Don Principe was the clear champion this year. Don Principe also finished 9th on the Hunter Breeding Sire rankings and despite a fairly young group offspring competing undersaddle ranked in the top 50 for USEF Dressage Sires. Both Hilltop Farm and Marydell Farm, would like to thank all the Don Principe breeders and owners who have confidently chosen to breed to Don Principe as well as the current owners who have their Don Principe offspring out competing. Your breeding and competition efforts are truly appreciated and this accomplishment could not have been possible without your efforts!

Making lifelong friends at POA shows! Abby Emery and Bethany Sims with their ponies Silver Diva and Driftwoods Fair Fanny.

Ann Marie ,Kaylee & Fiat

“Day after the show visit with extra treats for a job well done!” Ella Gerhart and Tofu received great ribbons in the Sm/Med Children’s Pony Hunters and placed 3rd out of 17 in the $250 M&S Children’s Hunter Classic at Our Farm Horse Show on Jan 20, 2014. This was their first time showing in a children’s hunter classic!! (Rider and Pony, both age 9, from Birdsboro, PA - train at Reinbow’s End Farm in Malvern, PA with trainer Lisa Bent)

EM in Australia - relaxing with her bestie


JAN/FEB 2014

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“Pony Brags”

Brooks Hull of Bogginfin Farm who won the Walk and Walk Poles Division at his first show on Beaverwood Passion Joann Williams & CF Ladysmith 9 yr old Sec C Welsh Cob mare 2013 at Indian Hills, IL

BridleWood Classic Deesign - 2013 WPCSA National Top 10 Sec. B Fillies and ranked 3rd Regionally with limited showing. Sired by 3 Time US National Champion Clanfair Signature, LOM Chico and The Man Both are rescued ponies. (hackney cross and hackney). They were both rescued in TN, lived in KY with me and moved to FL with me. They will always be with me!! ~ Kathy Madonna

Elizabeth Woods and Hidden Springs Woodstar won the USEF Pony Medal at St. Louis February 8th and b arnmate Katie Pollock and Vermont Ruby Fox (owned by Dr. Piper Klemm) was 2nd. Both girls train with Emily Elek of Stonewall Farm in Ixonia, Wisconsin.

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JAN/FEB 2014

“Pony Brags”

Lincoln Wyatt Smith of Bogginfin Farm winning his first Leadline Division on Bogginfin’s Tweedy Bird

Bethany and Mrs.Beasley (a POA)

Blueridge Fine China (Max) and Alexandra Lorinc

Warm up day at Thermal! Avery Glynn on Bit of Flurries Zoe Brown on All That Both ponies owned by Avery

Winterlake Tristan giving a hug

Wisteria Goldmelody Prince Charming owned by Nicole Jackson in Bastrop, TX



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JAN/FEB 2014

“Pony Brags” Farmore Royal Tywyn and Sandra Gebo winning the WPCSA American National Pleasure Driving (over 12.2 ) division in Tulsa Oklahoma. Farmore Royal Tywyn also won the WPCAC 2013 Shiloh Driving Award. Awarded to the high score pony and drivier combination . Erika Luter and Little Black Dress Champion Children’s Pony with trainer Charles Moorcroft

Glencoe Charter Party owned and ridden by Andrew Heim earn Champion in the Green Pony Hunter at Worcester Stables in Norristown, PA on 2/1/14.

Denise Hinder and her beloved Golden Retriever Bear who is so popular at the shows that he ends up with multi caregivers. He has his own dog walker, and masseuse.

Shine On- medium pony hunter & Grace Tuton

This is their 3rd A-rated show (for both Andrew and Charter Girl) and their 3rd tri-color! Yea Team!

Stibby Me from Longview sport Ponies Kaylee & Shiloh

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JAN/FEB 2014


“Pony Brags”

Lisa K Vaught, from Rising Sun, Maryland and her POA Stallion Clayhill Showdown Sonny (aka Sonny) They are a member of the Pony Of the America Club (POAC), as well as the Maryland POAC. They finished 3rd Nationally in 2013 in 3yo Halter Stallions.

“Dolly” and my daughter Annie. Dolly passed away last year and our family was heartbroken, so this is one of my most treasured photos. ~Shannon Klepper

Wicklyns Blue Scarab & Grace Tuton showing in the small ponies owned by Patricia Beary. Trained by Sherry Templin Training Stables

Woodlands Huck Finn, & Grace Tuton - in the large pony hunter model - Trained by Sherry Templin Training Stables


4 year old Halflinger mare Beauty, owned by Patsy Davis of Buffalo TX, trained by Denise Hinder of Hinder Performance Horses of Mt. Vernon, TX

Kelly & Gayfields Pattycake from M&M Farm

Laura Grimes and her POA, KS’s Ghostys Snowtiger, aka Snowy Photo by Lydia Gove


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JAN/FEB 2014

“Pony Brags”

Mariah Durand and Telynau Madeline ~ Walk/Trot Champion Week 2, Week 3 and Mid-Circuit Champion - Thermal 2014

Sarah Heller and Point and Shoot placed 4th, 7th, 2nd, and 5th in the Medium Green Pony Hunters on Feb. 1, 2014 at Worcester Farm. Sarah and Point and Shoot also placed 2nd in the USEF Pony Medal.

congratulations to Caroline Olsen of Sherborn, MA on the purchase of Sugarbrook Adorabelle

Posh Hotlips and Grace Hensley at StarDustPonyDreams jumping recycled Christmas Trees.

Sydney Berube and Quicksilver “The Magic Word”

Genevieve Heyn ~ Reserve Champion SS Week 2, Children’s Pony Champion Week 3 and Reserve Champion Junior Equitation Week 3 - Thermal 2014

2 year old Scarlett Logan with her aunt Maggie, (Trainer at Grosse Pointe Hunt Club MI) having a tickle fight before her first lead line class at the hunt club.

Section C stallion Synod Lord Percival (owned by clients Kim and Richard Sargent) Winning Large pony champion at Walnut Hill for the 4th year in a row. Jeffrey R Kohler - Relhok Farm

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Kaylee & Chip

Alan Schockett

Hannah and Avery from Two Bit Training

Welsh Mountain Pony stallion Relhok Austin Healey *Springbourne Boy Blue out of Northwind Caprice (*Revel Capip x *Weston Prelude) ~ Jeffrey R Kohler * Relhok Farm

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Quinn Durbin and Posh Trick Shot 1st place Pre-Child Adult Classic week 2, Champion Short Stirrup Week 3 and Mid-circuit Champion Short Stirrup! Thermal 2014

Jill Alexander and Sport Model performing a new trick. Such a sweet boy, always taking care of his girl!

Lucy Widmann and Little Black Dress 2nd in Junior Maiden Equitation Week 3 Thermal 2014


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JAN/FEB 2014

“Pony Brags”

Parker Davis ~ her first ride on New Moon

The Alexanders, a horse show family... (Mom’s taking the picture)

Mackenzie Kiley (11), Olivia Herfert (7), Kennedy Herfert (5) and Avery Herfert (22 months) with Lickity Split Tiverton Equestrian Center located in Tiverton, RI

Wanted to share the rewards of driving ponies after the riding days are over. So much from riding carries over in to driving and the challenges of riding carry over to driving. A love of ponies does not stop just because we change disciplines and change our focus. Winding Oaks Helios (half welsh)

From Windy Hill Farm ~ Ted W. DeHass

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Wildwynn Sinatra: Wynnbrook Starburst X TOF Sunny D. Purebred welsh gelding just 5 years old. Houdini is owned and ridden by Ashley Pardoe, of Doylestown PA They are trained by Kim Cousins of Huntingdon Valley PA. Houdini was Champion at Cornerstone Farm Winter Series, with a clean sweep of the division, and a 2nd in the M&S Classic. This is Houdini’s first time showing and doing the children’s Hunter division!!! Cant wait to see what the 2014 Show Season brings them.




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