1979 Chestnut Mare
Rainbow is Rainy's second foal and the only pony born on the Chincoteague Miniature Pony Farm in 1979. She takes after her mother in both body and color. Rainbow sports a white blaze that goes down her face, making her resemble her younger brother Rainy's Boy. Rainbow looks very much like an Arabian, showing her heritage in her built. She had a spirited and dominate personality.
Rainbow lived on the Pony Farm for several years of her life. She performed for the crowds; standing on the stepstool and also bowing before the audience. She was also trained to be ridden. Like the other Misty family mares, Rainbow produced an abundance of offspring. Her first foal Dewy was born in 1985. Two years later, Rainbow gave birth to a chestnut filly named Sunny. The following year she had another chestnut filly that was named Rain Cloud.
In 1990 Rainbow was purchased by a family in Pennsylvania. In foal again, Rainbow left her island home for the New England state. Shortly thereafter she gave birth to her first and only son Misty's Cirrus Cloud. The family in turn sold Rainbow and her new son to the Allen family.
The Allens trained Rainbow even further, teaching her to jump which she clearly enjoyed. She could jump over three feet in height and was a big winner in English Pleasure and Pony Hunter Over Fences classes at horse shows. Rainbow also competed on the Western end of the equestrian sport, proving to be quite good at barrel racing and pole bending. She was also a member of the original Chincoteague Pony Drill Team. Rainbow has returned to her island home several times when the Chincoteague Pony Centre was established. There she performed at the pony shows and was on hand to meet visitors.
Rainbow produced two more foals in Pennsylvania with the Allens. She had Misty's Chance of Rain, a flashy pinto filly sired by Lighting of Chincoteague in 1995. Misty's Raindrop was foaled in 1999, the bay filly sired by Red Elvis was Rainbow's last foal.
Rainbow retired to Manheim, Pennsylvania with the Varner family whose daughter Claire was Rainbow's usual rider before she was retired. Claire and her mom Fay loved her and cared for her like the Misty pony champion she was. Rainbow died in December 2010 at age 31. She held the title of oldest living Misty pony for a number of years.
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