The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association announced the opening of “Ponies Through the Decades,” an exhibit at the Wheeler Museum to pay homage to the people and ponies who have influenced the sport of horse showing.
“Ponies Through the Decades” presents the pictures, ribbons, coolers and trophies that these special and famous ponies have been awarded. Visitors to the museum at the USHJA Headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington will learn about ponies like Gremlin’s Delight, the mare that Marguerite Taylor-Jones purchased from Farnley Farm for her 3-year-old daughter Marianne. Gremlin became a champion at events nationwide, and in 1961 she earned a perfect score over fences with Sally Todd in the saddle to win the International Pony Team competition at Windsor Castle in England. The mare became the foundation broodmare for the Taylor Made Ponies Breeding program.
“Working with the Wheeler Museum Committee to put together the “Ponies Through the Decades” exhibit really made me understand the importance of our museum in preserving and keeping alive the history of our sport,” said Shelby French, USHJA CEO.
The pony-loving public is invited to visit and take a look at how history has evolved with regard to ponies and their special place in our sport. Sterling silver goblets, ribbon displays, specially created Breyer horses, wardrobe items and retired trophies from prestigious shows will all be on display. The exhibit opened May 15 at the Wheeler Museum and will continue until Sept. 23.