That question has been asked to every parent by their child upon visiting Pony Pasture. My answer of, “There used to be ponies but they all died” while accurate was woefully incomplete. RVA should be thankful that there are actual journalists like Phil Riggan on the local internets that can provide the complete answer to why Pony Pasture is called Pony Pasture.
But there was once a pasture there, and ponies were kept on the farm by the Brauer family.
“The name came from the 1960s when the area was suburban and people who were into housing their horses near the river,” said Ralph White, who has been the manager of the James River Park for nearly 32 years. Before Richmond annexed the area from Chesterfield County in the summer of 1969, the agrarian landscape was similar to what you’d see further west on Cherokee Road and Old Gun Road in the area near Bellona Arsenal.
There is more to the story, so head over to Richmond.com to hear it.