Event Horse Names: Pumpkin Party!

‘Tis the season for pumpkin ALL THE THINGS.

Need jump decoration? Kick some pumpkins out there!

Need a horse? Look no further than the world’s most versatile squash.

And this photo really just speaks for itself:

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And pumpkin spice isn’t just for Starbucks lattes anymore. Pumpkin spice bit wipes, pumpkin spice dewormer, pumpkin spice helmet spray … Kristen Kovatch posits the philosophical question, “If you’re not pumpkin spicing everything, are you even really experiencing fall?” and considers all the possible equestrian pumpkin spice applications in this post over at Horse Nation.

But how about pumpkin event horse horse names? The following names are registered in the USEA horse database:

Graphic by EN.

For some of them, the inspiration behind their name was pretty obvious: the horses are largely chestnuts, as well as one palomino and strawberry roan. But Natalie Hollis’ Thoroughbred mare My Pumpkin Pie is … a plain bay?

Aside from a grandsire named Marshmallow Pie, Natalie wasn’t sure what the story was behind her horse’s name. So she turned to her breeder, Virginia Benz, a dear family friend who owned Natalie’s Advanced horse. Virginia stood the Thoroughbred at her farm in southern Illinois and bred a few purpose-bred-for-eventing Thoroughbreds each year. Natalie has had several of My Pumpkin Pie’s siblings and reports that all are doing well at eventing, dressage and jumpers.

Virginia’s answer: “Guess it was my ‘fruit and veggies’ period. Had two fillies — one was Peaches and the other Pumpkin, couldn’t register her as Pumpkin, so it was My Pumpkin Pie.”

Fair enough! Best of luck to My Pumpkin Pie, who has been on a tear at the Beginner Novice level, winning her last three events with Cindy Anderson in the irons while Natalie recovers from a torn meniscus in her knee.


Natalie Hollis and My Pumpkin Pie. Photo courtesy of Natalie Hollis.

Happy Thanksgiving, EN, and may all your pumpkin wishes come true!

In case you missed them, check out these previous editions of Event Horse Names: Authors, Books & CharactersBattle of the BoozeThe Empire BusinessMonster TrucksCelebritiesSnowSt. Paddy’s DayFourth of JulyChristmas and What’s For Breakfast?