Posted by Kendra Giarrusso Georgacopoulos on Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Mane ribbons and rainbow reins a-flying, ride along with 10-year-old Lucia Isenhart as she expertly pilots “Barbie,” a 10-hand pony owned by Phyllis Meyers, across the country in the Baby Starter division at the Spring Run Mini Horse Trial last weekend. As if this petite team weren’t adorable enough on their own, there’s a serious feel-good story to go along with it.
Just a few short years ago, Phyllis attended an estate auction in search of a trailer to buy and ended up coming home with an abandoned pony with terribly overgrown hooves. Take a look:
The maybe 15ish-year-old little redheaded mare, dubbed Barbie, was given a new lease on life thanks to Phyllis and she’s become a fabulous little event pony under the guidance of Amanda Conti, head trainer at Tuscany Hollow Stables in Goshen, Kentucky. Barbie and Lucia, a student of Amanda’s, have become local favorites and they make a wonderful team who clearly have a blast together. Make sure you keep an ear out for a mid-ride shoutout of ‘Hi Miss Phyllis!”
Be still my heart.