Ponies are a Child's Dream ..
Mary Katherine Day-Petrano has spent a lifetime professionally training children's ponies and child riders at the highest levels.
Mary is a 5 foot tall professional rider and trainer who operated a Welsh and Welsh crossbred pony breeding farm. Mary can personally train and school almost any sized pony.
Some of Mary's past Champion hunter ponies and riders are shown below.
For riding instruction prices, go to the "Riding & Training" web page link on this website.
For horse and pony training prices, see section below, "Training Celeste."
Photo: WPCSA Reg. No. B-36834 Holyoake Tequila Sunrise (by Delvers Tarragon No. 31263 out of Hincliffe Marina No. 79184 by Weston Neptune No. 15112) imported from the United Kingdom and owned by Maria H. Martino, Dream Spinner Farms, Scottsdale, Arizona, Yearling Welsh Champion at Pomona, California, and subsequently broke and trained by Mary Katherine Day
Thank you, Maria, for being so good to me and entrusting your fabulous Section B Welsh pony to my farm to break, train, and start over fences. He was an Amazing pony !~!!!
Photo: Michelle DeWitt Snyder, age 4, with her WPCSA Registered Sec. A Welsh pony gelding, "Haven Toby," No. 19255 (by Kerr's Toby No. 3386 out of Haven Fairlight No. 9005 by Liseter Sunlight No. 2097)
Mary Katherine Day (Petrano) has ridden and trained ponies for a Lifetime - just 2" taller than a Dwarf, Mary has broken, trained, rode, and shown small, medium, and large ponies as a Junior and gone on to dedicate her life to Specializing as one of only a few U.S. National Champion Title holders who have become a Professional pony trainer.
Photo: Scamperdale Farm's Pony Hunt Team at a Local Show / North Salem, NY circa 1969, L-R: Mary Katherine Day (Petrano) on Large pony "Bonnie," Jody Coble on Medium pony "Robin," & Unknown young man on Small pony "Major"
Photo: Mary Katherine Day (Petrano) showing Dr. & Mrs. Y.L. Yeaton's Large green pony hunter, "Bittersweet Blessings," under the tutelage of R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch and Susan Bauer Mutch (Pinckney) in the Large Pony Hunter Under Saddle at Sussex County Fair & Horse Show, Branchville, NJ, 1974
Photo: Mary Katherine Day (Petrano) showing Dr. & Mrs. Y.L. Yeaton's Large green pony hunter, "Bittersweet Blessings," under the tutelage of R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch and Susan Bauer Mutch (Pinckney) in the Large Pony Hunter Division at Sussex County Fair & Horse Show, Branchville, NJ, 1974
Some of the Ponies / Riders Mary has trained
Photo: Michelle DeWitt Morgan, age 4, with her WPCSA Registered Sec. A Welsh pony gelding, "Haven Toby," No. 19255 (by Kerr's Toby No. 3386 out of Haven Fairlight No. 9005 by Liseter Sunlight No. 2097) in her First Leadline Class !!!
Photo: Michelle D. Morgan, age 4, with her WPCSA Registered Sec. A Welsh pony gelding, "Haven Toby," No. 19255 (by Kerr's Toby No. 3386 out of Haven Fairlight No. 9005 by Liseter Sunlight No. 2097) Takes 6th Place in her First Leadline Class, Golden State Horse Show, Santa Rosa, California, 1982 !!!
Photo: "S," with Amy Breall's Small Pony Hunter "Gavroche," Welsh-Shetland cross, gelding, 11.2 hands, at Mark West Stables horse show:
Photo: "J" on Les Paskett's Large Pony Hunter "As Good" ('As good as a Big horse'):
Photo: Michelle D. Morgan, with Vahalla Equestrian Center's Large Pony Hunter "Bella" (formerly Va Va Voom) sold to Valhalla by Gail McGuffey's The Dressage Arena:
Photo: "M" on Les Paskett's Large Pony Hunter "As Good" ('As good as a Big horse'):
Photo: "M," with her medium Welsh pony "Ransom" (a fabulous pony jumper):
Photo: "S," with Mary Beth Arnold's Large Pony Hunter, "Milton:"
Photo: "A," with Pebbles Is A Star (by Silvan out of Marijes by Jes-Jur), Chestnut, Mare at the Pickwick Horse Show in Elk Grove, California. Silvan was a Swedish Warmblood.
Additional pictures can be seen on the "Riding & Training" link on this website.
Mary Katherine Day (Petrano) has broken numerous Thoroughbred racehorse yearlings, show hunter and jumper horses, and show ponies throughout her life.
Prices for Horse and Pony Training:
$ 1,000. per month for full training (does not include board price)
$ 600 per month for 3-4 days per week training (does not include board price)
This sub-section will be devoted to demonstrating how Mary broke then 3-year large pony hunter filly, Celestee.
First Step: Putting On/Getting Accustomed To The Saddle & BridleWhen Mary started with Celestee, the filly had only been saddled and bridled very few times, and wanted to throw her head up both putting the bit in and taking it out. After just six rides, Mary solved this problem and in the process of teaching Celestee to willingly take the bit to have her bridle put on.
Video No. 1:
Second Step: Lunging With Tack & Noise / Ground Driving
When Mary started with Celestee, the filly (as she soon discovered) had not been taught to lunge, and jumped the 4'6" fence out of the free-jumping arena.
Mary has now taught Celestee to lunge willingly with tack (saddle and bridle on), with stirrups down -- and Everyone check out how this 3-year old filly / Large pony hunter handles the Railroad Train whooshing by at ONLY HER SIXTH TIME RIDDEN !!!!!!!!!!!! What a Great pony !!!
Video No. 2:
Third Step: Girthing-Up & Backing The Pony
Next, Mary tightened the girth, aligned Celestee to the mounting block, stood in the stirrup, and backed Celestee -- What a Great pony !!!
Video No. 3:
Fourth Step: Mounting -- The First Ride
This is Mary's first ride on Celestee -- breaking her to ride. This is where the ground work beforehand ("doing one's homework") Really began to pay off.
Video No. 4: