I’ve always loved this photo of my mother, and I know she did, too. I don’t know for certain why she is sitting on a pony dressed as a cowgirl, but if I remember correctly, she once told me that a man was walking through the neighborhood with his pony one day, taking photos of children as they sat on it.

My mother looks to be about 6 or 7 years old, and a front tooth is missing. It could have been taken in Sioux City, Iowa, or Tacoma, Washington. Nothing is written on the back of the photo (of course), but on the front she has written, “With Love, Judy Ann.” To whom it was given, I don’t know; I found the photo in my grandmother’s collection after she passed away.

What I do know is that this is a snapshot of a moment in time when my mother was a happy, carefree child. What child wouldn’t be thrilled to sit on a pony, even for just a few minutes?

I hope that she had wonderful memories of that day.


Written for the 78th Edition, Carnival of Genealogy: Pony Pictures!

Copyright © Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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