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The NorthAmerican Sportpony – heard about this ‘breed’? By Verena Kruepe Obviously, it is not actually a pony breed like the commonly known ones, i.e.Welsh, Connemara, etc. A variety of pony breeds and breed crosses (excluding drafts) are found in the NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry (NASPR), the ‘home’ of all the sportponies with a common denominator: athleticism and performance. Through careful selection and inspection, and based on the very best NorthAmerican bloodstock, the NASPR has obtained a strong foundation for the NorthAmerican Sportpony. A NorthAmerican Sportpony looks and moves like a small horse, capable of competing in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing, as well as in the Driving and Hunter shows. It is very athletic and horse-like in appearance and ability. Movement, therefore, is paramount to the quality NorthAmerican Sportponies, and that movement should have great suspension, articulation, impulsion and elasticity. The ‘hunter type’ pony can be considered a NorthAmerican Sportpony, especially the one which excels in jumping and has the desired conformation and ‘look’. All ponies accepted into the Registry must undergo an inspection and be DNA-typed. It is in this way that pedigrees can be documented from this point onward, even with breeding stock that is currently of unknown parentage. Stallions accepted into the NASPR undergo additional performance and progeny requirements. The NASPR brand is a distinct sign of its unique breeding program identifying these NorthAmerican bred sportponies. All forms and instructions can be found on the Registry’s website www.northamericansportponies.com under ‘Forms & Publications’.

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What must I do to obtain proper papers for my sportpony? Issuance of the Certificate of Registration (i.e. the papers) is the final step of the registration process. To start the process submit membership and sportpony application forms along with supporting documentation as specified. You will then receive a DNA kit (possibly also for dam and/or sire) to complete and send to the Veterinary Genetics Lab. Once the DNA of your Sportpony has been typed and parentage verified, you will be invited to present your sportpony for inspection. Thereupon, and as the final step, the Certificate of Registration will be sent to you. I recently bought a 5-year old mare with NASPR papers and brand and want to have the ownership transferred to me. Along with the Transfer of Ownership form, you should submit the mare’s original Certificate of Registration handed over by her previous owner, and a copy of the Bill of Sale. Hurry up with the transfer of ownership application as the charges increase with the time passed since the sale was made. NASPr ...continued on page 8


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NASPr ...continued from page 6 The previous owner of my Sportpony cannot find the papers she promised to mail – which was half a year ago. Instead of a simple transfer of ownership, the procedure now requires that you submit an affidavit along with the bill of sale by which you assure that a change in the ownership of the Sportpony has actually taken place. I am so proud that my young stallion has been granted a 3-year preliminary breeding license as a result of his inspection. What does this entail? Congratulations on this achievement! Your stallion has obtained full breeding status and his offspring have full registration rights. Before your stallion is awarded his permanent breeding license, he must successfully complete the Performance Test within this three year period and produce at least 10 foals with at least a First Premium score from their own inspections. Alternatively, results from recognized shows may replace the Performance Test requirement. The details are to be found on the Registry’s website and specifically in the NASPR rulebook. These are the obligations for you as the stallion owner: You have to obtain an annual breeding permit for your stallion and submit a breeding report at the end of each breeding season. I want to register my youngster as a NorthAmerican Sportpony. He is out of a Thoroughbred mare by an approved NASPR Sportpony stallion. Can I just get papers or must my youngster also be DNA typed and inspected?

DNA typing and inspection of a Sportpony are integral parts of the overall registration process. It is through DNA typing and inspection that pedigrees can be documented. Consequently, the parentage of every Sportpony must be verified through genetic testing before a registration certificate will be issued. Every stallion and mare shall have DNA testing prior to his or her foal be eligible for registration. I have an NASPR registered filly. However, she is already almost as tall as her mother who is a Jockey Club Thoroughbred mare. What can I do if my filly grows out of pony size? This is pretty easy. Your filly can be transferred to the American Warmblood Registry studbook to become an American Warmblood mare.

Awards and Sponsoring

The NASPR has been playing a vital role in providing incentive programs and sponsored classes to acknowledge the athletic abilities of our NASPR ponies and help them to be seen in the equestrian community. The NASPR provides awards for the USEF Hunter Breeding Show Series and participates in the USDF All-Breeds Awards Program. It also sponsors the National Award Championship Program in Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Driving, and Eventing. Wherever awards and sponsoring of recognized shows on the NorthAmerican continent are requested, the NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry is willing to do whatever it can to support its breeders and competitors in a variety of ways. Last but not least, the Registry created the hugely successful Sportpony StarSearch Challenge Cup at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario, with over $ 2,500.00 in prize money. In addition to the many StarSearch qualifiers held in Canada, the number of qualifier shows in the United States is steadily increasing. There is the qualifier at the New York State Fair in Syracuse in August, followed by the NEDA Fall Festival of Dressage at HITS, Saugerties, in September and, of course, Dressage at Devon.

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www.thepaisleypony.com NASPr ...continued from page 8 We at the NASPR are not only sponsoring our sportponies but also our young breeders. We have developed an educational program for the Young Breeders which will allow them to participate in the World Championships for Young Breeders which takes place at 2-years intervals. We are now working towards qualifying our NorthAmerican Young Breeders for the 2015 World Championships for Young Breeders which will be held in the United Kingdom. Join the Fun – Discover the Joy

Verena Kruepe is the National Program Director of the NASPR and the AWR (American Warmblood Registry). Before she moved to the US in 2010 from Germany, she took her degree in Applied Linguistics and worked as a free-lance translator and interpreter for over 25 years. As she had grown up with equines and dogs, she later in her life followed her passion, shut down her translation bureau and became an animal behaviorist. In this field she authored/ co-authored various articles and translated several of the major publications on animal behavior and training into the German language. In her capacity as an animal shelter manager for nearly a decade, her life there was featured in a documentary series, and she appeared in a variety of animal related TV shows. As the National Program Director she strongly believes in the ability of the North American breeders to succeed in breeding the best sportponies in the world.


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red in the mountains and hills of Wales for generations, Welsh

Ponies and Cobs are a hardy native breed, full of intelligence, athleticism and beauty. One of the hallmarks of the Welsh breed is their incredible versatility. Welsh of all four Sections compete successfully in all types of under saddle disciplines, including English, Hunters, Western, Dressage and Driving – among others.

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he questions most often asked about Welsh have to do with the four Sections and what they are.

The Section A, the Welsh Mountain Pony is the smallest of the four Sections, with heights up to 12.2 hands in the US and 12 hands in the UK. Section A’s are the Section upon which the others are built – the foundation of the breed. These little powerhouses first carried the Welsh farmer across the hills of his farm, making his work easier. Over the years Section A’s have found their niche in performance venues, including both under saddle for children and adults alike, and also in harness. In the USA, they are the second most popular of the Sections, but in their native Great Britain, they outnumber all of the other Sections.

Section A Welsh Mountain Pony stallion, Young’s Main Attraction, winner of many Supreme Championships. Owned by Paula Jo Bright

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Section A Welsh mare Severn Baubles and Beads Owned by Mary Benedict, Severn Oaks Farm

Section A Welsh gelding Severn Consort 2011 WPCSA Champion. Owned by Maria Hudgins


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Section B, known simply as the Welsh Pony, is currently the US’s most popular Section, according to the number of animals bred and registered in recent years. The Section B’s have no lower height limit and in the US are allowed to be up to 14.2 hands, though in Great Britain, the mother society restricts them to a height limit of 13.2 hands, feeling that the larger ponies lose some breed type as their size increases. The B’s are the “youngest” of the 4 Sections of Welsh, having only come into being, as we know them now, through the use of small Arabians and Thoroughbreds on the native Section A Welsh Mountain Pony mares in the early years of Section development. Those “non Welsh” stallions are now very far back in most pedigrees, but were used to increase the height and add more “riding type” attributes. The Section B excels under saddle, for both child and adult riders, and also shine in driving as well. They are extremely versatile, successfully competing in English, Western and in harness. They are the Section specifically bred to be children’s mounts, however, they are big enough for many adults to enjoy. One need only look at the list of leading Hunter Pony sires to see the large influence that the Welsh have had on the hunter scene. In the top 100 2013 leading Pony Hunter sires, 91% of the sires are purebred or partbred Welsh, the majority being Sections A and B, or their partbreds.

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Imported Section B Welsh Pony gelding, *Bronheulog Armani, showing as “Armani”. Winning many hunter pony championships, including Reserve Champion Small Pony Hunter at Pony Finals 2013. Owned by Madeline Schaefer.

Section B Welsh Pony mare. Clanffair Martina LOM, winner of many Supreme championships. Owned by Family Partners Welsh Ponies

Section B Welsh stallion Carolinas Red Fox Owned by Lands End Farm 1985-2005


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The Section C, Welsh Pony of Cob type has a height limit of 13.2 hands, and these ponies are the stronger, larger counterpart to the Section A, but with the addition of Cob blood. The Section C’s are very appealing to both youth and adult riders with their size and body type, which takes up a lot of leg, making them not swiftly outgrown for young riders and suitable for adults. The Section C’s are the smallest in number of animals produced each year in the US, with just 18 foals being registered in 2012. The Section C’s excel in various spheres, but more recently we are seeing an interest in them from the dressage community. They can be a great choice for young riders with their non-intimidating size, but with enough height and body to not be quickly outgrown.

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Section C Welsh Pony of Cob Type mare, Talywern Legally Blonde, winner in the breed ring and in dressage with a junior rider. Owned by Wyndsor Welsh.

Imported Section D Welsh Cob stallion, *Nebo Knight Rider, owned by Amy Riley. Photo © Kate Bemis.

The Section D, known as the Welsh Cob, is the largest of the four Sections. They have no upper height limit and must be over 13.2 hands. We see many Cobs over 14.2 hands, which makes them a desirable mount for adult riders. As with the other Sections, they have well sprung ribs, which take up a lot of leg. They are big, powerful movers with plenty of bone and feather, while still retaining the overall “Welsh” look. The Cobs are as versatile as the other Sections, and we are seeing a lot of interest in Cobs as dressage mounts, where they excel – with feathers flying, all the way up the levels. The Cobs and Cob crosses have also seen considerable success in the eventing world, with their bold nature and good jump, as well as success as driving animals nationally and internationally.


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In the US, the four Sections of Welsh, along with their partbreds, are registered with the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America (WPCSA), under which there is also a diverse show system. At the Welsh breed shows, the breed’s versatility is on display, with in hand classes being judged on conformation, movement and breed type, and performance classes, including English Pleasure, Hunters, Western Pleasure, Trail, Pleasure Driving, Carriage Driving and Ridden Welsh (a UK style class). Many Welsh compete successfully both in hand and in performance, and are able to accrue points towards lifetime awards under the WPCSA’s show system. The shows are fun, low key and very family oriented.If you are interested in learning more about Welsh Ponies and Cobs, or finding a breeder or show near you, please visit the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America’s web site at http://www.welshpony.org

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Author Gretchen Aitken breeds Section B Welsh Ponies at Family Partners Welsh Ponies in Oregon under the Clanfair prefix. http://www.welshponies.com

Alvesta Shem Jones, Welsh Mountain Pony Gelding, with Eva and Ava. Photo Courtesy of Alvesta Farm

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About This Month’s Cover

This month’s cover is a painting called “Light of Foot” 9 x 12 Oil on Panel by Crystal Cook. Crystal Cook is a two star member of the Utah Watercolor Society, as well as the creator and designer of Tumble Creatures. She is an Internationally recognized artist, her paintings are held in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the world. Crystal’s paintings have been included in many group and solo gallery exhibitions across the country and one of her paintings was honored an award of honor in the distinguished and very competitive International Equine Art Exhibition. She’s also an established teacher having taught group workshops from beginner to advanced artists. But most of all, she just loves to create beautiful, and adorable pieces of art that connect with other people.

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Enhancing Your Dressage Ponies Muscle Development Part 1 – The Equine Conditioning Center By Audrey Maschue

The comparison is often made between dressage horses or ponies and body builders, although, I’d like to think dressage athletes are more like body building ballerina’s! Either way, the comparison does underscore the need for conscientious muscle building for dressage athletes. Achieving the needed muscle using only a 20 X 60 meter arena is often very difficult if not impossible. Luckily there are some great ways to supplement and enhance your normal dressage workout. One way is by visiting a Conditioning Center or Rehab Center! Being close to one of the mecca’s for dressage training and showing, provides me a great luxury of having access to innovative and advanced equine tools. One of which is the Equine Condition Center located in the heart of Wellington, FL. After a tour of the facility, I couldn’t wait to bring my ponies over to the center! They have a regular (no water) treadmill which can be set on an incline, as to simulate hill work, which is another fantastic way to help develop a dressage ponies muscles. This is a very popular choice with many top trainers! The Center also boasts a salt water spa to cool horses and ponies legs, and with the added salt it acts like a poultice to draw out inflammation. But the piece of equipment I was most excited about was the Aqua Treadmill- specifically for the purpose of muscle building for the dressage pony. Because Florida is notorious for the very flat sandy terrain, it can be very hard to work outside the arena in a way that actually develops added muscling. The Aqua Treadmill can be a great alternative! The machine itself is very sturdy, with many safety features that put my mind at ease when I brought my 2 boys over for a try! The first session is mostly a training session, where the pony is walked through the machine, then stood inside and closed in. First the pony is acclimated to the treadmill, without any water. Once the pony is walking confidently on the treadmill, slowly they add a little water, again waiting for the pony to show confidence and a smooth stride. It is very important

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to have good knowledgeable handlers! Although, it seems uncommon to have real difficulty with the horses and ponies, I can see where having the right people handling your pony is key to the success of each session. Of course, the girls at the Conditioning Center were great and really handled my boys with skill! During the first session, the water is only up to the ponies’ fetlocks, and the timer is set for five minutes. The water is then drained, and the pony continues to walk on the treadmill for several minutes – like a cool down. The second session, the water height is extended up to the knee, again for five minutes, and the third session, up to the ponies’ belly. After that, the time can be lengthened gradually by a few minutes each session. The advantages of an aqua treadmill really are numerous, and would require several pages to go in depth on them all, instead I will cover some of the specific ways I feel they help dressage ponies! Firstly, the water level can be completely customized for each horse to target specific muscles, or desired results. For a stretching and loosening effect, the higher water levels will work best. This is great for developing a loose swinging pony. They really do feel like they have just gone to a yoga class! To build strength for a quick active hind leg, a lower level might be better. A great way to help develop the muscles needed for an active piaffe. Whichever water height you choose, you can also be assured the pony stays working “over it’s back” and does not become inverted because they are trying to keep their head up above the water which can be the case, while swimming, or using in inground treadmill, where the height of the water is not easily adjustable. This is VERY important for a dressage pony. Another benefit is the added buoyancy for less stress on the ponies joints, which could be particularly important if your pony


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is rehabbing from an injury or is prone to injuries. Of course one should not forget the added fun factor! Both of my ponies loved the water, and even wanted to play a bit in the water. It’s great to see your pony having fun while doing some great fitness work! Not every pony develops in the same way or by the same methods. It’s important to develop the whole pony, and consciously work on building a stronger, well rounded athlete whose body is capable of handling the demands we ask. Seek out ways to make your training varied, targeted, safe and hopefully fun! I know both of the ponies I took to the Equine Condition Center really benefitted from the work they did! 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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Brothers, Odyssey Heat Wave and Odyssey Five o’ Clock Shadow, driven by Deborah Branson, with Jenna Hughes as the navigator, in the marathon phase of the competition. by Deborah Branson 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 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 allaround, versatile horse. 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. ~ www.haflingerhorse.com Continued on page 28


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Odyssey Heat Wave and his father, Foxbrush U.S. Remember Me in the cones phase of the competition at the Southern Pines CDE held April 10-12 in NC driven by Deborah Branson, with David Frump, is in the “dickey” seat.


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The Falabella Horse Most people have seen or heard of a miniature horse, but when asked, “Do you know what a Falabella Horse is”, the answer is usually a resounding, “No!”

brought with them their elegant steeds like the Andalusian Horse. As history dictates, the Spaniards eventually vacated the region, leaving some of their horses behind. These wild horses were left to fend on their own in a harsh environment resulting in a smaller and hardier horse.

The rare Falabella is a very special and true breed of horse in miniature. Like it’s full sized relatives, this tiny horse is proportioned exactly like larger horses, but developed unique features unlike other breeds. Studies around the world have shown that Fallabella Horses compared to other breeds, have two less vertebrae, as well as fewer ribs in their genetic make up. These little horses standing between 28 inches to 34 inches tall (at maturity) can outlive most breeds of horses by two-fold. It is not uncommon to find Falabella minis living well beyond forty years and in good health.

Around 1850, Mr. Patrick Newtall, an Irish horse breeder was credited with the discovery of this tiny horse in the countryside. One day, as he witnessed a small- sized stallion drinking from a stream, he decided to gather up a small herd of these tiny horses and begin a breeding program at his son-in-law’s ranch.

Falabellas originated near the region of Buenos Aires, Argentina well after the first Spanish explorers arrived and

Through selective breeding he and his son-in-law, Juan Falabella selected the best of this wild herd and developed a robust, resilient and consistent small sized horse. They were well proportioned in miniature, possessing excellent temperaments, intelligence and longevity. The new breed took on the name of the Falabella family who embraced their dream of producing the tiniest well- proportioned horse in the world. Continued on page 30


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Continued from page 29 A true Falabella has his ancestral lines on both sides of his pedigree going back to that original herd of tiny horse that Newtall found during the mid 19th century. Over the years, the Falabella family has continued to raise these precious little horses with big hearts on their ranch in Argentina. One of the first Americans to import these robust miniatures horses was the owner of the renowned Regina Winery in California. The winery imported several that they trained to pull their stagecoach to the delight of all who visited the winery. The most famous stallion they acquired was Chianti, who would become the foundation sire of the miniature Appaloosa Horse. With his gorgeous markings, sweet nature and intelligence, this stallion stamped his foals with all the fine qualities the Falabella family worked so hard to produce. Chianti’s bloodlines can be found in many American Miniature horses today, lending his lineage and quality to them. Falabella Horses come in a variety of colors, with Appaloosa markings being much sought after by miniature horse enthusiasts. These colorful tiny horses can do anything big horses can do at shows such as obstacle, in hand, ridden (by small children) and carriage driving. Some are used as therapy horses at therapeutic facilities. Falabellas also have been embraced by the “Baby Boom” generation of equine lovers for the pure joy of being able to work with their beloved equines on a less time consuming, physically demanding level. Adults and children a like, can delight in the friendly little horse who is gentle and affectionate! A Falabella can be triple registered into the Falabella registry, the American Miniature Horse Association and the American Miniature Horse Registry. However, AMHA and AMHR minis cannot be registered as a Falabella, unless they have the pure bloodlines of Falabella horses going back to the original horses in South America. Over the years, the Falabella horse has been regarded as the purest of the miniature horses, and a handful of lucky breeders around the world have had the opportunity to own and raise them as the Falabella family has done for centuries. One such farm, Hickory Springs Falabellas, located in Upstate, New York has developed their breeding program to include the bloodlines of only pure and true Falabellas, including Chianti’s lines, currently owning two grand- daughters of Chianti on their farm.

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Hickory Springs is standing at stud several outstanding Falabella stallions for their own breeding program and for select outside mares. Bloodlines come from original and imported Falabellas including notable greats: Chianti, Zumbador, and El Rey. One of their stallions, Ferrari is a stunning Pintaloosa stud who is perfect in every way from the tips of his tiny ears to his gorgeous flowing mane and tail. This boy is a color producer, and a great example of what a Falabella looks like today! Hickory Springs is registered with the Falabella International Preservation Association, an organization that is dedicated to maintaining the pure lines and preserving these fancy and beautiful Falabella horses. Members of FIPA can be found worldwide and logging onto their website, you will find dedicated and educated breeders who are using the purest and best lines of the Falabella horse today in their breeding programs. With the assistance of FIPA, and highly respected Falabella breeders, Diane Wolcott and Dr. Barbara Sreenan, Hickory Springs is fortunate to have their expertise guiding them in their search for the best of the best Falabellas in the country. Many years ago, Angelica Falabella, a direct descendant of the Falabella family, relocated to the United States and brought with her a hand selected herd of Falabella Horses from the original ranch in Argentina. Today, Angelica Falabella is retired from breeding Falabella Horses, but her legacy continues through respected breeding farms of Falabellas in America and Europe. Hickory Springs is a proud owner of several of Angelica Falabella bred horses. With a handful of rare Falabellas arriving this foaling season, Hickory Springs is enthusiastically anticipating a crop of beautiful foals. They state, “The thrill and joy of owning such rare and beautiful tiny horses is truly an honor as there are only a few thousand Falabellas in the world today, and we have some of the best bred Falabellas here on our farm!” Farm: Hickory Springs Falabellas Owners: The Robison Family Location: Lima, New York Website: hickoryspringsfalabellas.com


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Kate Considine is no stranger to the world

of victory gallops, trophies, and tricolors in the pony ring. By Alexis Meadows

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ate Considine is no stranger to the world of victory gallops, trophies, and tricolors in the pony ring. Based out of Southern California, she owns and manages Willow Brook Stables. Kate is a familiar face across both coasts, with countless championships and awards won by her students as well as ponies she has owned and leased. However, she will also be the first to tell you that the partnership she has created with some of the most notable ponies in the industry is based off of a program of respect, understanding, and a huge, genuine love for all they do. “I don’t think a lot of people give ponies credit for the two jobs that they really have. A pony’s job for a rider is so much harder than that of a horse, because the pony has to be the leader and the caretaker, but at the same time has to listen and do what a child is telling them,” Kate explains. Opposite Page - Kate and her daughter Cathrin Cammett

At 5’2”, Kate is petite enough to school and train her riders’ ponies herself, something she finds immensely helpful. “When I ride them as a trainer, I can understand what the kids are feeling. When you are on the ground, you only see it. Setting them up for the kids gets you just one step closer to the solution.” The Michigan native grew up competing and working on the East Coast for trainers such as Anne Kursinski before moving to Europe to further her experience and skills. She spent several years there before returning to the United States and moving to the West Coast, where she eventually opened Willow Brook Stables. Kate was quickly reintroduced to the pony world well over a decade ago when a young and green rider named Nicoletta von Heidegger moved to Willow Brook with her two ponies.


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The Heideggers recognized Kate’s ability to take ponies and horses to the next level and jumped in. “They only had two ponies, Hit the Spot and Roxanne, when they moved in with me, and after a couple of months, we went from two to twelve ponies,” Kate recalls. What does she look for in a pony or horse? “A kind eye and a natural willingness,” she says immediately. “I know a lot of people are in love with the breeding and lineage of ponies and horses, but if I can see a kind eye, then I know by nature they want to please. I don’t care if they don’t jump the best, or if they swap leads. If they’re trying, that’s a good starting point for me.” The spirit of Kate’s love for the feisty four-legged caretakers in her barn isn’t without healthy limits, though. “Good ponies get to go to bed early and

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get lots of treats. Bad ponies get to spend more time with me. And they get to decide which pony they want to be,” she laughs. Kate recalls one pony in particular. “Strike a Pose was my first ‘already famous’ pony. Hugely opinionated, huge winnings, and known for being quite cheeky. We took him to the Desert Circuit and he wouldn’t go to the end of the ring. He’d jump the first jump and then just wouldn’t go. I got on him that afternoon and spent the whole time riding him all around the property. Everyone told me what he or she thought I should be doing. And I said, ‘Let’s see what happens tomorrow.’ And the next day he won both classes. We were Horse of the Year with him, and Sophie [Applegate] was WCHR Pony Champion. That was my big break into the world of famous ponies.”

Hannah Goodson-Cutt and Showdown win the blue.

That break into the pony world has led to a long line of winners. Most recently, Lakeview Pickpocket was the 2012 Grand Champion in the Zone 10 Pony Finals and Southwest WCHR Champion with Wylie Nelson. Nelson also showed Rainbow Canyon and Snapshot to a slew of tricolors in the Mediums and Smalls, respectively. Kate recently sold Kodak to Heritage Farm.


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With awareness for the influx of people that are beginning to stream back into the industry, especially those with younger children, Kate keeps her eye out for those ponies that fit the bill. “I am careful when I put a child on a pony. I find ponies that I can give the benefit of the doubt. If they’re kind and safe, you can teach them everything else they’re supposed to do and build a mutual respect.” Sophie Applegate and Strike A Pose

Soon after he was the Children’s Hunter Pony (Sm/Med) Champion at the Hampton Classic. She acknowledges that the sales can be bittersweet, but takes pride in watching new partnerships grow between the riders and their ponies.

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Kate’s love for the ponies is just as great as her affection for her students and teaching. “I think I’m a big kid myself,” Kate laughs. “At the end of the day, I’m ten years old, living my dream. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love the horses, the people, competing—I love the whole process. And I’m grateful. I get to ride horses and ponies for a living. And teach kids and adults to love the process as much as I do. Who wouldn’t be happy?” she says. “Even on the hard days, it’s the best job in the world.”


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Riding Life Have you ever wanted something so badly, that if you didn’t have it you thought you would die? Well, I know that feeling. It’s like you love something so much it hurts. When I was a little girl all I wanted was a pony. Very few people get a chance in life to be with such beautiful animals. Not many parents can afford to buy their child a pony. When I was getting older I figured out that I was probably never getting a horse or pony. My parents just couldn’t spend that type of money on something like that. Horses are expensive. They need so many things to live. Between board, food, vitamins, lessons, shoes, vet visits, and show costs. It all adds up to a lot. After a while it’s hard to justify those expenses. But, one day I moved to a new town called Allendale. When I found out there was a barn in that town I went totally crazy! I told my parents that I just wanted one lesson. I took my first lesson and my trainer Hayley told me I should come once a week. My parents took a long time to think about this. They finally told me I could take lessons once a week. I was so delirious! They thought this would only be for a short period of time. But, they were so wrong!! After taking lessons once a week for about two years I got to lease a pony. This meant I got to ride three times a week. I was starting to actually love my life. Riding just made all my worries and fears go away.

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After two years of leasing different horses, my parents wanted to buy me a horse. It was in 2011 when my trainer Hayley started talking to me about owning a horse. She said it was a lot of work and responsibility but I was up for it. After talking long and hard about buying a horse we were ready to look. My parents and I first looked at a pony named Romeo. I rode him really well but, he was a bit too small for me. Next, my parents, Hayley and I looked at a horse named Rosie. She was 15 hands exact. She was a gray quarter horse and only 7 years old! When I first tried her out at the farm I didn’t make such a good impression. The barn where Rosie was just happened to be 45 minutes away from where we were on vacation. It made sense to take the ride and look at her. We were down the shore that week and didn’t know I was going try out a horse, so I didn’t have my riding clothes. I had to use my trainer’s daughters stuff. She is in college but I’m almost the same height as her. When I tried on her clothes they were kind of big and the helmet kept sliding down my face. I knew I could do better than how I was riding that day and I wanted to give it another chance. It was extremely hard to ride in someone else’s clothes, boots, helmet and saddle. Hayley asked the owners if we could trailer her back to the barn and have her on trial for a week. They agreed to let me try her out at Hayley’s barn for a week. Everything was going so good. We even took her to the Sussex horse show to see how we would do and we won reserve champion!! It was meant to be. I fell in love with Rosie instantly! My parents knew how good I was doing, and saw that Rosie was gentle and safe. They decided to buy her for me and make her a part of our family! I was so excited. I couldn’t even talk or breathe. She was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Now there’s no way my life can be complete if she leaves me. If we never found her I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Soon after buying her I started showing consistently. Time after time we kept getting ribbons. This horse took me a long way. I would have never been where I am without my trainer Hayley and my horse Rosie. There’ve been times when I screw up a jump and she saves me! If I don’t come in straight she will still make it work. This horse is amazing. She and I have such a special bond. She’s my best friend. I love her very much. It has been over two years since we got her and we are still moving up in classes and winning ribbons. I am so thankful to have such a passion for something I love and I know with perseverance Rosie and I will continue to grow and compete as a team. Riding has taught me to believe in yourself and what you love, because if you work hard enough dreams do come true. Nicole Cinelli 13 years old


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Caroline Blank’s Hardwork Pays Off With

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t is a common complaint in the horse show world right now. Kids today don’t take care of their own animals, they don’t ride outside the ring, they want instant results and are not willing to put in the time or hard work that training takes. While this might be true for some kids, to say this, you clearly haven’t met Caroline Blank.

By Dr. Piper Klemm Originally published in ProEquest.com

Blank, 14, finished up a banner show year in 2013 with Coldbrook’s Catch A Wave. Named the USEF National Reserve Champion in the Large Green Pony Hunters and with Championships all over Zone 2, the pair were rewarded at USEF Pony Finals with the Champion Owner-Rider Award, Reserve Champion Welsh or HalfWelsh Award, and 5th Overall in the Large Green Pony Hunters. This success was the culmination of three years of hard work together; Blank has owned and trained “Ty” since he was five years old and green broke. Together they have climbed from the Baby Green Division at local horse shows to the national stage. Training at Holly Bernhard’s The Farm in Malvern, Pennsylvania is an experience of its own. Bernhard has only three clients, which is all she’ll ever do. She is a singlehanded operation- she drives the trailer, takes care of the farm, trains the animals, and keeps smiles on the kid’s faces. There are no grooms and expectations of the three girls in training are high. Bernhard says, “We do a lot of one-on-one. My kids are all involved with their own animals. We muck stalls, bathe their ponies, and do everything together at the shows.” The picturesque green hills of Chester County roll around the farm, and they often ride outside the ring, either in the large fields or cross-country. When Bernhard takes them out

and about, they jump anything they might find and the ponies are expected to behave over any hazard in the way, such as walking over a tarp someone might have set out on their property. Lessons frequently involve jumping out of the ring mid-way through to head out on an “outside course” before returning. The prospect of getting a young pony to make-up for a professional, let alone a junior with a set number of years is daunting. Starting with a green-broke pony, Bernhard says, “It takes about three years to get that relaxed ahhhhhh feeling on course.” Bernhard sees it all as fun. Petite, blonde, smiling, and game for any challenge, Bernhard believes in putting the time in at home, but not pressuring the kids. She says, “The thing I tell the kids when they head in the ring is ‘have fun’- that’s the important part. It’s not their job, it is what they do for fun.”


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Ty is known around the barn for his puppy dog personality. “When he was a foal, Terry used to pick him up and put a lounge chair in his stall and he’d sit on her lap as a foal. He would probably try it if he could right now,” laughs Bernhard. In 2011, Caroline and Ty began showing together locally at the Chester County Horse Show Association (CCHSA) shows in the Baby Greens, Pleasure Pony, and other low-key divisions designed to get mileage in the show ring. During that time, Caroline also rode and showed Bernhard’s veteran large pony, The Gingerbread Man. “The ultimate way to me is the kid to have a really nice pony and a chance to show and then have the green pony,” Bernhard says. “That way they’re not always having to deal with a green pony.” As the ultimate confidence builder, The Gingerbread Man helped Caroline learn what the ride on a real Large Pony Hunter was supposed to feel like, even as they showed in the Children’s Ponies. At 20 years old and most of them spent as part of Bernhard’s family, he is still happy to bring young riders up the ranks. In 2012, Caroline and Ty moved up to the Children’s Pony Hunters at the CCHSA shows and also started to do some rated shows in the local area in the Children’s Ponies. They felt well-prepared to start the Green Pony Hunters in 2013, with the goals of going to Pony Finals and doing the best they could in the greens all year. As only a teenager well-versed in having a green pony would say, Caroline explained, “My ultimate goal was to get Ty to where I wanted him to be and get him ready for his regular large pony hunter career.” Preparing for Pony Finals was the usual routine at The Farm. Bernhard explained, “It is very rare that Caroline schools for any horse show- we usually don’t go in the ring for any type of schooling. That’s something I try to teach all of the kidsyou can’t always school and you have to learn that you have

Blank echoes the sentiment saying, “I’ve learned with Holly that it is really about enjoying the ride because you can only control so much. Whatever happens, happens and you ride the ride and do the best you can with what you have in that situation.” Coldbrook’s Catch A Wave came to The Farm in 2010 for Bernhard to put some miles on. Bred by Terry Jordan, the then five year-old gelding had shown lightly in the breeding classes and was ready to get his under saddle career started. After spending the summer riding and showing him, Bernhard put him on the market for sale, and the Blanks came to try him. The Blanks wound up falling in love with Ty and started to ride at The Farm, buying him and keeping him in training with Bernhard.


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Caroline Blank and Coldbrook’s Catch a Wave after a beautiful round in the Walnut Ring at USEF Pony Finals 2013. Caroline Blank and Coldbrook’s Catch a Wave after a beautiful round in the Walnut Ring at USEF Pony Finals 2013.


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Devon Horse Show Memories Top Left: Moon Comet & owner Sindy Paul ~ 1966 small pony hunter champion (small and medium ponies were combined back in the day). It was the first year showing at Devon for both of them. Top Right: Chantilly and Sindy Paul standing in the ring at Devon. Chantilly was small pony hunter champion and grand champion in 1970. She was also champion of her small pony hunter section in 1969. Bottom: 1968 winning pony hunt team. LR: Ristree Lace with owner/rider Debbie Thorington, Harry Duce, Crepe Suzette owned and ridden by Sindy Paul, holding the grand championship trophy (the Wizard of Oz Trophy) Cindy Weiner’s father Charles Weiner and Sindy Paul’s father Dr. Gerson Paul, the chestnut pony is Sindy Paul’s Moon Comet ridden by Cindy Weiner (1968 small pony hunter champion and the first pony hunter grand champion at Devon in 1968) and Dick Fennelly (the groom for both Moon Comet and Chantilly at All Around Farm).


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From The Paso Fino Horse Association: Adorned with the title “Smoothest Riding Horse in the World,” Paso Fino horses are increasingly gaining the attention of American horse lovers. Full of energy, drive, stamina, yet gentle on the ground, the Paso Fino may very well be America’s best kept secret. Bred for good physical balance, the Paso Fino is quick, sure-footed, and very athletic. The Paso Fino movement is completely unique to the breed and although it may be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before— don’t write this breed off until you have ridden one.

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The athleticism and versatility of the Paso Fino is continually being explored by those who dare to put them to the test. Many stories tell of events in which this breed has surpassed others. Paso Fino horses have: *Won the North American Wind Rider Challenge Championship. *Competed in 100 mile one-day and 100 mile three-day Endurance Competitions. *Won Competitive Trail Rides. *Won Drill Team competitions. *Been ridden hours on the trail without rider fatigue. No posting required. Just sit back and enjoy the smoothest ride ever. *Shown the brilliance of the breed in parades and demonstrations. *Been that perfect equine partner for the youth rider. *Been trained to drive. *Worked cattle. *Won over the crowd at equine expos and events during breed demonstrations. *Won Cowboy Mounted Shooting competitions. *Won Horse Soccer tournaments. *Won Regional, National, and International Show Grand Championships.

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“Scooby” 4yo QH/Welsh with his 2yo first time rider.

Scooby is a 4yo green broke Welsh/ Quarter horse who is 14h and is one

of our breeding stallions when he isn’t teaching lessons to our riders. We got him about a year ago as just a breeding stallion but soon found his love for kids was so strong he would get jealous of other horses getting all the love. He soon became the barn favorite after students learned that they could have fun riding him bareback in a halter or in a saddle and hackamore. Parents love him as well as he is a pony the whole family can have fun with as he always has a surprise hidden and the surprise is that he is a stallion which most people wouldn’t know unless you told them. Our barn thinks he should be pony of the month because he is so sweet and versatile and trusting that we couldn’t have thought of another way of thanking him for being a part of our barn family. Sarah Fisher Barn Manager, Trainer Horse Haven Farm, LLC

Do you have a special pony or smaller equine that you think should be our “Pony of the Month” Let us know! Email to: theplaidhorse@aol.com


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“Pony Brags” Summer Sadler and Crocodile Rock (owned by Zoie Randall) Reserve Champion Large Children’s Pony Hunter at Hollins Spring

Baby Blue and Brianna Folk (owner Abbegail Molea) 6th in the Hits $5000 Pony Hunter Prix

BridleWood Paparazzi - 2014 Sec. B colt by 3 Time US National Champion Clanfair Signature, LOM and out of National Champion BridleWood Fame And Fortune.

EM in Australia and Cricket ~ soul mates!

Payton Rodriguez (7) and her pony Finglebridge Fearless heading back to the barn after earning her first Grand Champion in Walk-Trot.

Empires Wonderly Squire & Alayna Johnson Bulverde, Texas

Catalina, by *Carolina’s Red Fox, having a luau party with her friends Hailey and Ashley Redman of Summerwood Welsh Ponies

Children’s Small pony Champion Alayna is 9 y.o. Owned by: Briana Graves


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BridleWood Classic Deesign - Res. Best Young Pony Capital City. Sired by 3 Time US National Champion Clanfair Signature and out of Individual and Dam LOM recipient *Eyarth Dee. Dee Dee “Tired of winter!” Elsie riding for Megillian Farms and “Saddle Sold Separately” taking first place in walk/trot St Louis, Mo.

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“Can’t Buy Me Love” (aka Trinket) from Freedom Fields Farm, LLC. , Chesapeake, VA with Carley Corini and Trainer, Heather Kimnach of Pam Herman Farms, Chesapeake, VA at a recent “A” show at Show Place Arena in Maryland

This is our vvery well loved pony, Dreamcatcher. She was high point horse/pony of the year for the Copper State Horse Show series here in Arizona, and wins Champion or Reserve almost every trip out. We are very proud of her and look forward to her spending her retirement with us in the future. Wranglin In Chex (Grey Stallion, 2009) By Starlights Wrangler out of Dun It For Chex who is by Hollywood Dun It

Christina Semerad Desert Trails Horsemanship

Brighton Boast A Bit (*Colwyn Llewleyn x A Bit Quiet) and Elle Farros at Round Meadow Farm in Menlo Park, California.


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Foxwater Farms future pony jock and her barn buddy.

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Audrey Maschue (Xanadu Dressage) aboard Frodo Baggins preparing for the FEI 4yo Test

Fferm Gwenffrwd Oynx and Fferm Gwenffrwd Powys winning Champion Pair Pony at Walnut Hill Farm Driving Competition 2013. Whip Sarah Bates of High Hopes Farm. Groom Stacey Hoff.

Stella Wasserman Ali Reisch Emily Moore At Thermal


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Ice Breaker “Jubee” at Thermal

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Vermont Ruby Fox (Hidden Creek’s Rain Fox x Champlain Shortcakes) & Katie Pollock- Champion Medium Pony Hunters at St. Louis and Qualified for USEF Pony Finals 2014.

At the pony ring checking the course Ashley Penner Ava Weintraub and Stella Wasserman

Shari Roseboom Reserve Grand Circuit Champion in the Thermal Adult Hunter class. & Her daughter Shiloh Roseboom. Reserve Grand Circuit Champion in Walk Trot Equitation.


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“Pony Brags� Glenhaven Dynasty And Christine Nakazaki with there two first places in Walk/ Trot 19 and over western pleasure and EQ. Dynasty is 6 year old Cob mare by *Derwin Denmark bred by Glenhaven Welsh Ponies and Cobs

Audrey Maschue riding Gamiro, a 4yo Imported GRP gelding at Welcome Back To White Fences Dressage Show.

Glynhafan Hermione is a 2003 Section B mare, by Glynhafan Red Hawk, out of Glynmagic Lorelei, bred by Glenda Armstrong of Glynhafan Farm. Since 2008, Bunny has been USEF HOTY National Champion or Reserve every year, winning national titles in Welsh Pleasure Sections A & B Adult, Welsh Hunter Sections A & B Adult, Welsh Pleasure Section B, Welsh Hunter Section B. She has also won USEF HOTY Grand Champion Welsh an unprecedented three times- 2008, 2012, 2013!

Brianna folk and Baby Blue Champion Small Pony at HITs

Deadline for the next issue is May19th! Email your photos to: theplaidhorse@aol.com


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Kelsey Yin on her pony Good As Gold (6 year old APHA) He is an amazing pony and has never placed less than a second in any class, and he has been to 11 shows! He has 17 firsts and 4 seconds. He was recently high point champion. We just LOVE this pony!

Hanna Burtness pouring over the new Paisley Pony Magazine that just arrived in the mail. She LOVES to go through it page by page and babbles on and on about all the ponies.

James Kraut and Snoop Dog

Hannah Loeffelbein and Saddle Sold Separately winning Queenie Production Small Green Pony Winter Series Championship 2014


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McKenna Nagy, Carly White, Macy White. They all ride with Integrity Farm trainers Kathleen Caya & Natalie Hansen from Oconomowoc, WI.

James and Jack Kraut

Midnight & Kylee WindSong O’ Midnight 1st Dressage Show winning Training Level Test 3 Section C Gelding Owned By ~ WindSong Welsh Ponies & Cobs Sheridan, Oregon

Kathryn Lily Equestrian Spokesmodel shoot, Atlanta GA


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Hannah Loeffelbein Champion in Pony Classic, Champion regular small division and Reserve Champion in Small Green Division @ National Equestrian Center, STL MO.

Iris (FS Don’t Worry x SPS Crown Iowa) Weser-Ems filly bred by Whispered Wish Weser-Ems.

Rachel Rolfs and Lost my Sok (Prince) Prince is a large pony jumper, owned by Katiea Vargas of Clear Round Stable Last weekend Rachel and Prince were champion of the 2’6 Child/Adult EQ. at Plantation Acres Saddle Club Horse Show in Plantation, Fl

Joann Williams & CF Ladysmith 9 yr old Sec C Welsh Cob mare 2013 at Indian Hills, IL

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Galileo owned and ridden by Ashley Wren North American Anglo Arabian Horse of the Year and Hunter Jumper Champion

Sugarbrook Game Plan Champion Green Medium @ HITS

Lexi Dreisbach showing Madeline Weirman’s large pony Riveting at Wellington March 2014

Elsa Albatross, Haflinger Mare competing at the Cowboy Dressage Gathering and Finals Nov. 2013. Ridden/owned by Karen Young/ Kacey Sport Ponies

Kestrel 6 with her pony Pixie, They had a blast showing last year at the local POA club.


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Bernadette Louise Chuchungo with her pony Spellbound and Lexi Dreisbach with Madeline Weirman’s pony Riveting waiting for the large jog order in Wellington 2014

Sa-Lyn’s Kitty Hawk & Emily Grace Thomas. Owners: Sam and Cheryl Hight of Sa-Lyn Ponies.

Sydney and Dee Happy for Spring!

Ann Patterson & Woodlands Boo Boo Bear with their champion ribbons from the Piedmont Hunter Classic Show Series ~ Summerfield NC

Sydney Kimball and her small, green pony “Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust”, had a great day at the Wonderland Farm show in Leland, NC on February 23rd. Champion in the Hopeful Hunter 2’ & the Open Equitation 2’.

Northwind’s Just Josh’N and Katie Pollock in the Medium Pony Hunters at St. Louis.

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Leadline Class Cuteness… 8 Month-Old Triplet J.P. Armstrong Makes History at Trillium Championships


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“Pony Brags” Laurie Ann Occhipinti’s medium pony, Ziggy Stardust, had a clean sweep with rider Sydney Monkton in the Children’s Pony Hunter division at the 2014 Cupid Classic ‘A’ in Aiken, SC, bringing home all 5 blues and securing the Championship ribbon. Ziggy is a Section B Welsh ~ Welsh name Rhiannon’s Polaris (Gayfields White Zin x Rosmel Solara)

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Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em and Katie Pollock in the Small Pony Hunters at St. Louis

Alivia Hart and Maybelline won the $1,000 Pony Prix at HITS Thermal

Elizabeth Woods and Hidden Springs Woodstar, Grand Pony Hunter Champions at the St. Louis Winter Series Piper Klemm

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The Stardust Pony Dreams Show Team

Stonewall Pretty in Pink and Katie Pollock in the Small Pony Hunters at St. Louis



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