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Hi, I'm Pepper: a little terrier with a big heart! Join me and the LA Pony and Critter Club for various meet-ups, events, and discussions about human-animal roleplay, BDSM, and good old-fashioned fun. ;)

EQUUS Round-Up

What a wonderful weekend of pony play EQUUS was!

Here are the results.

CONGRATULATIONS to Handler Jenn and Tromper for winning the 2020 North American Pony and North American Trainer Title!  You earned it!

You might remember Handler Jenn and Tromper from a photo two weeks ago.  They are together on the far right!

Other champions included:

  • Grand Champion: Shire
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Cardholder
  • High Point Winner: Pandora

Of course everyone performed fantastically and the biggest winners of all were those who attended.  Thank you to our wonderful volunteer staff and our MC, Sarge.

We hope to see everyone next year along with some new faces as well!


This is it – your VERY LAST CHANCE to get tickets for EQUUS!  Buy them here, or forever hold your peace… EQUUS is this weekend!

In addition to hosting the North American Pony/Trainer Contest for the 2020 North American Pony/Trainer Title, we have many, many wonderful events with prizes to be earned, such as ribbons, plates, and belt buckles.

Our judges include Noishe, the 2018 Grand Champion winner for EQUUS, Honydove, the 2018 High Point Award and Pony Spirit award winner.  We are honored to have them!

Class Photo: Thunder in the Mountains

What a lovely time we had at Thunder in the Mountains in Colorado!  Look closely; there’s a deer mixed in with these ponies!

If you missed it, never fear.  Many of these ponies will be at EQUUS, including Clover (black stallion with green bridle), Cardholder (tan and white), and Tromper (black an white with brown harness.)  We hope to see you there, too… over 25 ponies are currently planning to attend!

Ponies AND Critters

People often ask what constitutes a “critter.”

Often, human ponies are seen on two legs, giving them a greater range of flexibility for running, jumping, or cart-pulling.  “Critters” evokes the image of an animla that scampers on all fours.

The LAPCC uses the term “critter” in place of “puppy” or “pet” because we are an all-inclusive group.  We don’t merely cater to ponies or puppies (although these are certainly among the most common)!  And we welcome primals, ferals, and “strays” in addition to pets.  “Critter” is a term that encompasses not only domestic animals such as puppies, kittens, and bunnies, but also more exotic animals such as foxes, wolves, and tigers.  If you are a critter, you are welcome here!  Petplay is only limited by the imagination, so we see all sorts of “critters,” including mythological and hybrid animals.  Whatever you like to play as, we’d love to have you!

Especially if you’re both a pony AND a critter…

International Events

The Los Angeles Pony and Critter Club is based in Los Angeles, of course, but you can find our members all over.

This weekend, members of the LAPCC will be attending two huge events.

First, at Thunder in the Mountains, subMissAnn will be presenting on Speed and Precision Games for Ponies, as well as Grooming and Aftercare for the human pony.  If you didn’t buy tickets online then don’t worry; you can purchase tickets at the door.  Be aware that Thunder in the Mountains is a membership-only event; check out the website linked above for more info!  Thunder in the Mountains is an annual event held in Colorado and has been active for 22 years now.

Second, Pepper Pups (aka Tony Bark) is competing at the International Puppy and Handler weekend‘s International Puppy and Trainer contest.  IPAHW is being held in Indianapolis and although the hotel is SOLD OUT, tickets to the event itself are still available!

Finally, back home in Los Angeles, in August, EQUUS International Pony Play Event is August 9th – 11th, and still has a limited number of tickets available.  You have until August to register!

Remember to check our calendar for news on upcoming events so that you don’t miss out on early registration to major events… it’s usually cheaper to purchase tickets early!

Petpay in the Media

Petplay has been growing!  Don’t believe me?

Consider the petplay episode of “Slutever” from March, where Karley goes to interview some ponies in the Rocky Mountains.  (Watch a clip here!)

Or look to the New York Times, which published a piece on the pup packs of San Francisco in April, titled “We Live in Packs.”  That same month, the Austin Chronicle published an article on petplay titled “Barking Up Austin’s Kink Tree.”

These are just two examples of the various petplay communities in OTHER cities.  We’re lucky to have so many petplay activities in Los Angeles.  This month, we have play date next week and a cart pull the week after that.  And in August, of course, we have EQUUS… an international event!

This year’s presenter is Aaleyah from Sweden, who will be teaching a class on harness design.  Be sure to get your tickets soon, before we sell out!


PS: The articles and clips above are non-fiction.  But petplayers are also appearing in fiction, too.  If you have seen “Umbrella Academy” on Netflix, keep an eye out for some puppies in the rave scene in episode 7!

Post-Pride Tips

Well, Pride month is over… but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be proud!

We were happy to see over 30 puppies at the LA Leather Contingent last month. 

Sadly, there were no ponies.

We don’t blame you; pavement can be hard on hooves! 

Here’s a subMissAnn pro-tip: slouchy leather boots (the kind you can buy at Renn Faire) are a great and far more comfortable alternative.

Remember, the most important thing to bring to parades or other outdoor events in the summer isn’t gear.  It’s water, sunscreen, and YOURSELF!  Gear is fun but all pets are welcome to events, because petplay is ultimately about how you feel, not about how you look.

And seriously: water and sunscreen are always good items to pack in your pony bags.

More Fun in the Sun

Looking for some cool summer events?

If you’re a pup, consider a puppy pool party!

Saturday, June 29th, in Palm Springs, there’s a MASSIVE puppy pool party.  $25 includes lunch and an open bar.  This is an all-gender and clothing optional party… do hoods and tails count as clothes?!  Who knows!  Buy your tickets here and find out.

For critters of all sorts, the SoCal Creatures are having an INDOOR mosh.  $25 for an indoor space and potluck lunch.  Tickets are VERY limited so grab yours ASAP by clicking here.

Summer Event News

Happy summer, ponies!

If you’re a fan of Ponies on the Delta (a large, outdoor camp located in Springfield, Louisiana), then you’ll be happy to know that registration is open!  Their 2019 camp for ponies, critters, and kinksters is November 8th – 10th, and their 2020 Ponies on the Delta event is in April.  Please note that their domain has changed; you can visit them here!

Can’t wait that long?  Never fear; EQUUS is just around the corner, and tickets are still available!  This is an international event and so we have ponies come from all over.  EQUUS 2019 is taking place at Sanctuary in Los Angeles, from August 9th to August 12th.  Buy your tickets here!

Speaking of international events, if you are a puppy, be sure to get tickets and hotel registration for International Puppy and Handler Weekend in Indianapolis, July 25 – July 28th.  The hotel is expected to sell out so be sure to register soon.  Click here to do so!

And don’t forget… it’s Pride month!  Ponies can be any sexuality, gender, or sexual orientation.  The most important thing is that we all love and support each other.  Be proud, ponies!

This Weekend: Monthly Playdate

This Saturday is the LA Pony and Critter Club Play Date!
Join us in the Olympic Forest at Kenneth Hahn Park.  We meet under the big tree with an Olympic Bench from 1 – 4 pm.  (Click the image below for full size.)

Suggestions: bring your outdoor park blanket to lay on, a freesbee, carts to pull. A jacket if it gets cold or windy.

We will bring water, a pony grooming bag, and reins.

Always so much fun; whether you go to be social or get into headspace, please join us! Pets are welcome, primals are welcome, and you are welcome! LAPACC is an inclusive club;  ALL pony and critters are welcome in the club as well as trainers and handlers. The diversity of the club enables us to exchange ideas and possibilities and to be welcoming to all individuals regardless of their level of involvement or interest levels.

See you there!