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Winona as a pup ID S2E23

Winona when she was a pup, seen in a photo in Ponyville Confidential.

Kind Collie
Sex Female
Owner Applejack
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Eyes Black
Colors ¤ Moderate tangelo with patches of white
Winona is Applejack's pet and work dog. She is first seen in Applebuck Season, where she and Applejack round up a stampeding herd of cattle. Unlike the Diamond Dogs, Winona only barks and does not speak in any of her appearances. She has a red collar with a golden name tag.

Development and design

"Winona" is a name of Native American origin, meaning "first-born daughter".[1][2] In both behavior and appearance, Winona resembles a Border Collie, which are natural animal herders.

According to Lauren Faust, her name was originally "Brandy", then "Buckaroo".[3]

Depiction in the series

Season one

Applejack and winona S01E04

Rounding up the cattle!

Winona is first introduced in Applebuck Season, helping Applejack round up the stampeding herd of cattle that is heading towards Ponyville. Later in the episode, Applejack has a tough time helping Fluttershy round up some bunnies, so Applejack tells Winona to help her, causing the bunnies to stampede towards Ponyville like the cattle did.

Season two

Winona is also briefly seen in May the Best Pet Win! in Rainbow Dash's dream, where Owlowiscious's head transforms into Winona's, and during the pony pet play-date, playing fetch with Applejack. She also appears in The Last Roundup, where she greets Applejack as soon as she steps off the train at the end of the episode. In Ponyville Confidential, a photograph of Winona as a puppy is briefly seen depicting her pulling at a young Apple Bloom's diaper.

Season three

Winona licking the filly's face S3E08

Winona in Apple Family Reunion.

Winona appears in a scene of Too Many Pinkie Pies, chasing a herd of Pinkie Pies with Applejack, Apple Bloom, and Big McIntosh. In Apple Family Reunion, she is first shown licking a filly's face, and again in a picture in the photo album at the end. In Spike at Your Service's first exterior scene, Fluttershy walks her past the library on a leash.

Winona later appears in Just for Sidekicks as one of the pets Spike petsits in exchange for a jewel. Here, Applejack claims Winona gets wild if she doesn't get her daily exercise, and is also shown to greatly enjoy getting belly-scratches from her owner. When the Cutie Mark Crusaders briefly take over watching the pets, she becomes the participant of the industrial-size pet hair dryer they had purchased with one of Spike's gems.

During Magical Mystery Cure, Winona appears in one of Applejack's flashbacks.

Season four

Winona and Tank bowing down to Angel S4E21

Winona portraying a unicorn in Fluttershy's play.

In the season four episode Maud Pie, Winona is seen with the other pets while the Mane Six and Maud Pie are having a lakeside picnic. Winona also appears in Testing Testing 1, 2, 3 playing as a unicorn in Fluttershy's play.

Season five

Winona briefly appears on flashbacks pictures of the Apple Family Reunion during Apple Bloom's third nightmare in Bloom & Gloom.

In Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?, Applejack grooms Winona at Carousel Boutique during the Mane Six's pet grooming day. However, due to Applejack's drowsiness, she mistakes Gummy for a hairbrush, and Gummy bites Winona's ear.

Other depictions

The U.K. My Little Pony magazine calls her Jackaroo, as does the U.S. edition of the Applebuck Season Storybook.

The Elements of Harmony guidebook

WINONA is Applejack's loyal work dog who absolutely adores helping her herd the flock.


See also: Character appearances
Season one
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Season two
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Season three
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YAt least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot
BBackground appearance or an appearance where the character is not the focus
MNo appearance, but a mention by name or title
NNo appearance and no mention by name or title


"It's not my fault, teacher, Big Mac ate my homework!"
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Winona stops sniffing S3E11

Winona image gallery

See also


  1. Retrieved on 2013 January 6.
  2. Dakota dictionary. Retrieved on 2013 January 6.
  3. Lauren Faust via Twitter. Retrieved on 2013 March 15.

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