My Dear “Ranger”

My pony, “Shadyside Ranger” arrived July 29th. It was a rainy day but mamma hitched her driving horse to the farm wagon and drove to the depot and as she came down the street everyone was saying “Oh see, the dear little pony going down to the Towers Farm.” They all knew where he was…

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Fawago King: Fond Memories of the 2024 APHA Hall of Fame Inductee

A few days after interviewing ⁠Vicki Croghan Pflasterer⁠ about growing up in the family that owned the versatile paint stallion Fawago King, the stallion was named one of the 2024 APHA Hall of Fame inductees. Regina couldn’t believe her good fortune to capture the story of Fawago King at such an exciting time.  Fawago King, a “sweetheart of…

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Trump

[From 1907 to 1918, the Webb Publishing Company hired children to sell subscriptions to The Farmer’s Wife magazine. Some of these children, due to their exceptional salespersonship, were awarded the grand prize. The grand prize was a Shetland pony, along with a saddle and bridle.] When I got a letter that I was one of…

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My Darling “Tip”

[From 1907 to 1918, the Webb Publishing Company hired children to sell subscriptions to The Farmer’s Wife magazine. Some of these children, due to their exceptional salespersonship, were awarded the grand prize. The grand prize was a Shetland pony, along with a saddle and bridle. The following letter to the publishing company is written in…

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Beyond the Hoofbeats: Celebrating Supportive Partners in the Horse World

In this episode, Regina, Lynn, and Heather discuss being married…and being horse-obsessed. How do they balance the two? It’s not always easy. Yet, they all make it work somehow. Lynn has it the “easiest” as Kevin is just as horse-crazy as Lynn (and he’s the chauffeur to far-away horse shows). Regina and Heather live a…

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Gar, The Best Mini Horse

When I think about all of the horses, ponies, and minis that I’ve purchased, Gar was the best purchase that I ever made. He wasn’t cheap, but he was a steal. At the time, my daughter was about 5 years old. I wanted a miniature horse that I could trust. That was broke. That was…

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“Major” The key to my childhood independence

Major was a laminitic pinto pony that my mom got for me from a family friend.  He was fat, headstrong, and hard-mouthed.  Perfect for 5 year-old me.  I rode him all over our farm property, and I became convinced that I was actually an “Indian” because I had dark hair and a pinto pony. Many…

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The Story of Flying Fawago

As shared in Frank Holmes’ book, “Paint Horse Legends: More Than Color” (Vol. 2), Flying Fawago had a profound impact on the American Paint Horse Association through his show record and the accomplishments of his offspring. Regina shares her research on this amazing stallion who always wanted to be a good boy.  To learn more…

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Poncho – My very first barnyard Shetland.

He was a sorrel and white tobiano with hair of similar texture and appearance of a wire-haired Jack Russell terrier – year-round. I believe Poncho was in his twenties when he was finally handed down to me by my older sisters. He used to just lay in the pasture and let me climb all over…

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Sluggo – The Swedish Jumper Pony!

Coming from a big Swedish family with six daughters, we couldn’t afford to own ponies or horses. So, we worked very very hard at the barn to pay for lesson ponies and local horse shows. This is “Sluggo” and I at a local show in Stockholm in the mid/late 80ies. He was the ultimate riding…

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