Meet Our Team:

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

Ann Riley Cotton

Ann Riley Cotton of Cleveland, Mississippi is a sophomore at Bayou Academy. She has been riding for four years and outside of riding, enjoys playing tennis and running track. Ann Riley loves to do any and everything that allows her to get further involved with horses and has become a valuable asset to our team. No matter where we are or what we are doing, Ann Riley never fails to keep us entertained. With Ann Riley, there is never a dull moment, whether that is because of her sense of humor or because she is simply having a “blonde moment”, we are never bored when she is around. Along with entertaining us, Ann Riley is also very helpful and does whatever she can to help the team. At horse shows, when Ann Riley is not in the ring, she can be found taking pictures of our team, helping around the barn, or updating the social media. Ann Riley is a one of a kind character who brings so much joy to our lives. Look for her on Rollingwoods It’s Apparent this show season!

Rollingwoods Money Talks and Ann Riley

Who is your favorite Rollingwoods Pony?

🎤 “Rollingwoods It’s Apparent is my all time favorite Rollingwoods pony!”

What is your favorite class?  

🎤 “My favorite class is English Pleasure!”

What is your favorite part about showing with Rollingwoods?

🎤 “This may sound weird, but I like the work! Everyone operates as a team, and we make hard work enjoyable!”

What is your favorite memory with Rollingwoods?

🎤 “My favorite memory with Rollingwoods was driving to horse shows during the summer of 2019, listening to the Top 1000 Country Songs Radio Station and seeing if we would make it to #1 during the trip!”

Anna Hutchinson of Boyle, Mississippi is a senior at Bayou Academy. She has been riding with Rollingwoods since she was eight years old. We have throughly enjoyed watching Anna grow into the rider and young woman that she is today. It is amazing to think about how far she has come from eight to eighteen! Anna is very dedicated and always willing to learn. When riding, Anna always puts her best effort forward, whether in practice or show. Over the years, Anna has been a wonderful addition to our team. Anna is always willing to lend a hand with whatever needs to be done. She is never afraid to get her hands dirty and does so with a smile on her face. We have very much enjoyed our time with Anna so far and can not wait to see where she goes in life. Look for her on Rollingwoods Not Yours and Rollingwoods Talk in Rhymes this show season!

Anna Hutchinson

Who is your favorite Rollingwoods Pony?

🎤”My favorite Rollingwoods pony is Rollingwoods Money Talks.”

What is your favorite class? 

🎤” My favorite class is the equitation class.”

What is your favorite part about showing with Rollingwoods?

🎤”My favorite part of showing with Rollingwoods is the amazing barn family. “

What is your favorite memory with Rollingwoods?

🎤”One of my favorite memories was the drive from olive branch to Maryland to show at Penn Mary Del.”

Mason Davis

Mason Davis is an eighth grader at Bayou Academy. Outside of ponies, Mason enjoys playing football and basketball. As Sally Ross’s son, he was born into the pony world and has been riding for as long as he can remember. Mason is appreciative of his long lasting friendships he has made while showing ponies and is known to gather large groups of children from all over to play with while at horse shows. Everyone is always welcome when it comes to running in Mason’s group. Even as a small child, Mason has always been quite the character, getting noticed wherever he goes. Mason is always doing something to keep people entertained, whether his famous accents, his VERY unique singing, or even his jokes, Mason is always up to something. Be sure to watch for him on Rollingwoods Hey Jack!, Rollingwoods The Cat’s Meow, and Here-Be Bacardi Myst this show season!

Who is your favorite Rollingwoods Pony?

🎤”Rollingwoods Who Doone It because she started me riding.”

What is your favorite class ? 

🎤” I really like the Ride a Buck fun class.”

What is your favorite part about showing with Rollingwoods?

🎤”I enjoy my friends at the shows and the fun that we have. “

What is your favorite memory with Rollingwoods?

🎤”Any trip to Braums for ice cream.  We always have a good time when we are together.”

Alex Clark

Alex Clark is a sophomore at St. Agnes Academy and has been riding for Rollingwoods for 6 years. She has become very involved with not only the farm, but also the Welsh community. She is a member of the WPCSA Youth Council and was recently presented with the Sabra Schiller Memorial Volunteer Award. Alex is so dedicated, she attends Welsh Pony shows even if she doesn’t have a pony to ride! Alex rides and drives, but has also learned to run the barn in its day to day process. She has learned bloodlines and knows who all of the ponies are. Alex is very dedicated to the farm, coming everyday even if she doesn’t ride. During the Covid shutdown, she pushed Joanna to train several ponies to drive, since they had so much free time. Rollingwoods is so lucky to have Alex on our team, and we can’t wait to see her this year with Rollingwoods Walk Softly!

Who is your favorite Rollingwoods Pony?

🎤 “My favorites are Rollingwoods Walk Softly and Rollingwoods Back In Black.”

What is your favorite class? 

🎤 “My favorite class is English Pleasure!”

What is your favorite part about showing with Rollingwoods?

🎤 “I love how we all work as a team and support each other. It is reassuring to know that win or lose, everyone at Rollingwoods will have my back. Another thing I love about showing with Rollingwoods is that there is never any pressure put on us to win. All that we are ever asked to do is to try our best and have fun.”

What is your favorite memory with Rollingwoods?

🎤 “It’s really hard to pick a single memory when I have so many great memories with Rollingwoods. One of my favorites would have to be from the Tulsa State Fair when Sally Ross and I wanted to go to Braum’s, but Joanna was driving and wouldn’t take us. So, when we stopped at the hotel and Joanna went inside to check in, Sally Ross got in the driver’s seat and said ‘I’m an adult and I’ll go to Braum’s if I want to go to Braum’s.’ Then off we went to Braum’s and left Joanna at the hotel!”

Mary Francis Mangum, Dr. Claudia’s oldest daughter, has been riding her entire life. Mary Francis became part of our team at the age of eleven and we have been fortunate enough to get to watch her grow up. Now a freshman at the University of Mississippi, Mary Francis is majoring in business and is doing very well. She has even started her own small business, Mississippi Mutts Apparel, where she makes adorable, affordable bandanas for animals of all kinds. Mary Francis is able to run her business and excel in school, all while remaining an active member in the equestrian community. She is even on the Ole Miss Equestrian Team! Mary Francis also fox hunts with Longreen Foxhounds and participates as a Junior Whipper-In on the hunts. In her free time, Mary Francis enjoys going on trail rides with her thoroughbred, Magic and working with her three dogs, Magnum, Shilo, and Sage. Mary Francis will be joining us this show season on her Rollingwoods L of A Rainbow and we can’t wait! Mary Francis has many valuable skills and has a lot to offer as a part of our team. Being our designated pony clipper, driving the truck and trailer, helping with young ponies are just a few of her many skills. She is an extraordinary young lady and we are so glad we are getting to be a part of her life.

Mary Francis Mangum

Rollingwoods L Of A Rainbow and Mary Fra

Who is your favorite Rollingwoods Pony?

🎤 “Rollingwoods L of a Rainbow and Rollingwoods Easy as L“

What is your favorite class? 

🎤 “Low Hunter”

What is your favorite part about showing with Rollingwoods?

🎤 “My favorite part of showing with Rollingwoods is how much we love and help each other! It’s like a crazy second family!”

What is your favorite memory with Rollingwoods?

🎤”It’s hard to pick one, it’s always a crazy time! One of my favorite memories is the time Sally Ross took us to get take out, but when we got in line and no one had any money so we went back to the show grounds to get money. On our way back to the restaurant, we missed the turn, so she went against traffic to get back to the parking lot (only logical thing to do), and they were then closed. At that point, I’m pretty sure we just gave up and went to the hotel to sleep.”

Charlotte Mangum

Charlotte Mangum is the younger of Dr. Claudia’s two daughters and has been riding for as long as she can remember. She is a junior at Northpoint Christian school and is also 2021 Germantown Charity Horse Show Princess. Charlotte has been riding with Rollingwoods since she was eight years old and has been so much fun to watch grow up. After taking a few years off from showing, we are so excited to say that Charlotte will be joining us again for the 2021 show season on her beloved Blue Heron’s Stephen Foster. Outside of showing, Charlotte enjoys fox hunting with Longreen Foxhounds, trail riding, and spending her summers as a counselor at Camp Oak Hill. Most recently, Charlotte has become a Junior Whipper-In for Longreen, a reflection the wonderful rider she has become. Charlotte is always helpful around the barn, especially when it comes to setting up the round pen for our annual colt breaking. She has become a master at this task and is now in charge of the whole process. We are so glad that Charlotte is a part of our team and can’t wait to see what this show season has in store for her!

Rollingwoods Not Yours and Charlotte.jpg

Who is your favorite Rollingwoods Pony?

🎤“Rollingwoods Classic Rock”

What is your favorite class?

🎤”English pleasure.”

What is your favorite part about showing with Rollingwoods?

🎤”Everybody helps everyone else.”

What is your favorite memory with Rollingwoods?

🎤”Jumping out of the ring at the Texas Rose show.”

Without Ruth, none of us would be where we are today. Ruth is the definition of a hard worker, building two successful businesses, Olive Branch Animal Clinic and Rollingwoods Farm (with the help of her sisters). Ruth had a vision of what a good pony should be, and she set out to make that vision a reality, which resulted in the establishment of Rollingwoods Farm. When she began breeding ponies, Ruth learned from anyone and everyone that she could, especially Gail Thompson. Over the years, she has become an expert on Welsh bloodlines and has spent a large amount of time creating what she considers “the perfect pony”. Ruth’s hard work, determination, and dedication have been instrumental in the development of Rollingwoods Farm. Not only does she invest countless hours into her vet clinic and the farm, but as President of the WPCSA, she also invests innumerable hours into the Welsh Pony and Cob Society. Ruth also enjoys showing her Jack Russel Terriers and occasionally produces a litter of JRT puppies. Ruth is always happy to give advice or share stories with anyone willing to listen. Our kids will tell you that, “If you actually listen to Ruthie, you will learn a whole lot!” Along with her widespread knowledge as a breeder, Ruth is also an accomplished driver, winning multiple nation titles every year. We all love to watch Ruth drive and cannot wait to see her and her newest driving pony, Rollingwoods Not Yours, debut this show season. All of us at Rollingwoods have an immense amount of respect for Ruth and all that she has accomplished. Thank you, Ruth, for all you do to make everything we do possible!
 

Ruth Wilburn DVM

In your opinion, what pony had the biggest impact on Rollingwoods Farm?
🎤“I would say *Sleight of Hand and Severn Sirocco had the biggest impact on our farm.”
What has your proudest moment as a breeder been?

🎤“Watching my ponies go on to do well for other people…So, I guess I have a lot of proud moments!”
Do you have a favorite line of ponies? If so, what line?

🎤“My best ponies have been crosses between *Sleight of Hand and *Pendock Masterpiece daughters.”
As a breeder, what attributes do you breed for in your ponies?

🎤“They need to have four straight legs, a good rear-end, a free shoulder, and a trainable temperament.”

Joanna, affectionately known as “Jojo”, is fun-loving and never fails to put a smile on our faces. Although she loves to have a good time, Joanna is also one of the most caring and compassionate people you will ever meet. Joanna is the glue that keeps our team together and working like a well-oiled machine. At shows, she is always doing something to help the team. Whether that is simply reading the schedule to make sure everyone is on time, finding misplaced object, or pep-talking one of “her kids” before they go in the ring. Joanna always makes sure everyone is prepared before they enter the show ring, even if that means running late herself. Whenever Sally Ross gets up early to braid ponies before the show starts, Joanna goes with her to help, and often times she has all the chores finished before the rest of the team even gets there. If one of her “kids” is struggling, she is always there to help, whatever the circumstances. Joanna has never met a stranger and is always willing to help any and everyone in need of her assistance. She devotes countless hours to the farm, and sacrifices a lot to make sure everything is done correctly. Joanna does all of this and still manages to have a good time and make horse shows a fun environment. When she shows, Joanna always leaves the ring with a smile on her face, no matter what happened in the class. She sets an extraordinary example for the younger generation through her positive attitude, devotion, and compassion for both people and equines. “Our” Joanna is truly irreplaceable, and we are beyond fortunate to have her on our team. Look for her in the ring with Madyn Starman and Rollingwoods Walk Softly this show season! 

Joanna Wilburn 

In your opinion, what pony had the biggest impact on Rollingwoods Farm?
🎤"This is hard to answer, as there have been several. My first would have to be Severn Sirocco, aka “Rocky”. He was “known” at the Welsh Shows for being a wonderful minded stallion doing his job in the halter and driving classes. We even did our first Combined Driving Event with Rocky! His foals were the EASIEST to train and they hung out with him in the pasture, not their mommies. Second would have to be the incomparable Sleight of Hand, his impact on our breeding program is still visible today. The third would be Rollingwoods Lorna Doone. She trained many an adult and kid to drive. She was a Fox Hunter, she competed in English and Western, Hunter, Trail and Halter. She was the BEST broodmare there was. She raised her own wonderful babies as well as raising an orphan (even though she hadn’t foaled that year). Fourth, but certainly not last, would be Rollingwoods Easy as L aka “Elliot”. In the Welsh Shows, he competed in Western and English Pleasure, Jumping, and Trail. Judy Fendley competed him in Dressage as well. He was a wonderful Herd Sire and his foals have grown up to win many awards. There will be more to come but these stand out to me."

What has your proudest moment as a breeder been? 

🎤"Having “Rollingwoods” recognized, whether a kid knowing our ponies (someone used Rollingwoods in their pony’s name and a kid came up and said “that can’t be a Rollingwoods pony, he has no rear end”) to an adult knowing which kids are our Rollingwoods team by their happiness, NOISE, and love of the ponies. People meeting me and saying. “Oh, I hear Rollingwoods wherever I go at horse shows”. I hope this doesn’t sound vain, but what thrills me the most is that the years of hard work, sweat, tears, and laughter have resulted in ponies and “kids” that are not only identifiable, but also recognized for good quality."

Do you have a favorite line of ponies? If so, what line? 

🎤"Not really, each line has given us what we were looking for to improve the herd.”

As a breeder, what attributes do you breed for in your ponies? 

🎤"As the Farm Manager, I am the one handling the ponies from birth to 3 year old breaking. So, in my opinion, a good brain is the best thing a pony can have! I want them to “want” to be trained. After this, I look for movement, beauty, and the ability to do the job asked of them. Whether that is Pony Finals, Hunter, English, Western, Driving, Trail, Fox Hunting, Carriage Driving, Combined Driving, or Pleasure Driving. I want my ponies to not only be able to complete the job asked of them, but to excel at it."