Families in search of an experience that’s a little out of the ordinary can find exactly what they’re looking for at Pony Playce, a horse stable just north of Appleton operated by Linda McLernon.
Pony Playce combines McLernon’s two passions: education and working with ponies. Bringing her experience, McLernon wanted to provide an opportunity where children could do more than just take a pony ride in a circle.
At Pony Playce, the experience is far more hands-on — with the chance to take care of pony-related chores and upkeep, groom the animal, participate in other demonstrations, and, of course, take a ride.
“With my background in education, I can customize each visit to meet the needs of my clients,” says McLernon, who has operated the business for three years.
Every visit is private and reserved, leaving families the space and time to connect with the ponies. McLernon also offers a variety of themes kids can select, such as cowboys and cowgirls and princesses and knights.
Pony Playce offers parties for up to 12 children as well. Kids who participate are typically between the ages of 2 and 9 years old, as the ponies can accommodate riders up to 100 pounds. Additionally, as a Girl Scout Approved Community Partner, McLernon hosts troops for play dates and parties where they can earn a badge.
McLernon says running her business is highly rewarding in more ways than one. Not only does she get to do what she loves, but she’s also able to provide an outlet for kids who have a passion for ponies, but don’t have the access.
“I always tell the kids that I have just as much fun as they do. This is my dream come true,” McLernon says. “It’s really nice when you hit that factor of having your dream meeting someone else’s dreams.”