Meet Parker Peacock. She’s cute as can be, full of spunk, and can ride a pony like a champ (quite literally). Parker is a mere 9 years young, although she was quick to let me know she is almost 10. She lives in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where she currently has 6 ponies she rides for Peacock Acres, a farm owned and managed by her mother, Ashley. Growing up in an equestrian household means that Parker “has been riding for as long as she can remember”.
HG: When you are not at a horse show, what is a typical Saturday at Peacock Acres like for you?
PP: I go to the barn early and ride 2-3 ponies. Then I play with my mini ponies and jump them over mini-jumps.
HG: In addition to your minis, you have so many adorable ponies. I hate to have you choose, butttt I am going to anyway￼. When I say a word, tell me the pony that first pops into your mind.
HG: Treat monster?
HG: Class clown?
HG: You answered that Waylon is the class clown of the pony barn. Why?
PP: Well, Waylon is the youngest and can often misbehave. He also has the most nicknames, like shrimp and grits, biscuit and cream puff.
HG: What is it like being the daughter of a trainer and the barn owner?
PP: I like it cause I always get to go to the barn.
HG: Congratulations on recently qualifying and competing in the Small Pony Hunter division at the prestigious Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg. What was going through your mind when you entered the indoor arena for the first time?
PP: I was very nervous because it was my first time showing at Indoors and the arena is very overwhelming when you walk in. Neigh (AKA Glenhaven Astoria) was nervous too because it was her first time also so I rubbed her neck right before we walked in.
HG: What was the best part and worst part about Harrisburg?
PP: The best part was how cool it was to do an Indoor horse show. The worst part was how the arena felt really small when I was riding.
HG: Tell us about winning the Sportsmanship Award there? That is quite an honor. Why do you think you won?
PP: I always went into the arena with a smile. Even when the trip wasn’t the best, I always made sure to reward Neigh. Neigh was one of the youngest ponies, and I am only 9, so we were one of the youngest teams. I think the judges liked our positive attitudes, no matter how our trips went.
HG: What are your pony goals for this show season?
PP: My goals are to qualify for both Devon and Harrisburg, again.
HG: What is one thing you want to improve on with your riding?
PP: I need to keep practicing my course jumping. I want to slow it down and make it look as smooth as it can.
HG: Where do you see yourself in 4 years?
PP: I want to be doing 3’6″ hunters and start doing equitation.
HG: Do you have any good luck charms or superstitious things you do or wear at a big show?
PP: My grandmother passed away before Pony Finals 2017. I keep her casino card in my pocket.
HG: What do you hope Santa brings you this year?
PP: I want a puppy from Santa! I also want a halter for my mini, new riding gloves and chaps, and a Jott jacket.
Thanks so much for chatting, Parker. Can’t wait to see you shine in the pony ring this year! xoxo