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Brownland’s Bugs Bunny, 21. Brownland Farm (Brownland’s Water Image x Petticoat Lane) Brownland’s Bugs Bunny has been a steadfast pony for any rider who has the pleasure of being partnered with him. He has taught many riders the finer points of horse showing, including Daniella Fields, Jaime Gibson, Caitlin Guinn, Parker Schooley, Sarah Smith, and his current rider, Margaret Anderton. Throughout his life, Brownland’s Bugs Bunny has never let his riders be handed a ribbon, and, in fact, would rather spook away from the sight of a ribbon than allow one to be pinned on him! Despite his hatred for ribbons (and anything being handed to his rider) he has never let his riders down, and continues to win wherever he goes. (Please hold the ribbons, but not the applause.)
Master Plan, 23. Darby Pease (Valentino x Larka) Master Plan is a typical sassy pony with loads of spunk. He has shown all over the nation with riders such as Caroline Dunn, Samantha and Taylor Hodge, Sophie Del Vescovo, Darby Pease, and his current rider, Gracie Fernandez. Grumpy in the stall but a gentleman when he is out, Master Plan is the perfect pony for any young rider to learn on. “When you’re riding him he’s really good but he has sassy moments and he’ll throw in a little buck or hop just to spice things up,” laughed owner, Darby Pease. He may be a senior pony at 23, but Master Plan sure is not showing any signs of it yet.
Close To Home, 22. Jody Moraski (Pendock Masterpiece x Benlea Cinderella) Close to home is a pony who was put on the big stage from the very beginning, and she has excelled. Never out of the top ribbons, Close To Home has been ridden by Laura Pfieffer, Madison Onorato, Megan King, Alaina Aureliano, Jody Moraski, Hope Verschleiser, and her current rider, Sara Pezza. She enjoys being at shows more than she enjoys being at home, and tends to be a bit of a princess, knowing that she is getting the best treatment so she can go in the ring and win. Even after competing for two decades, Close To Home still enters (and wins!) in the same division she conquered as a young pony. We look forward to seeing Close To Home wearing blues for many more years to come!
The Plaid Horse - August 2017 - The Pony Issue