Winona as a pup ID S2E23

Winona as a pup in Ponyville Confidential

Kind Collie
Sex Female
Owner Applejack
Other links
More info
Eyes Black
Colors ¤ Moderate tangelo with patches of white
Winona is Applejack's pet and work dog. She first appears in Applebuck Season helping 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] Also according to Faust, Winona is based on her Australian Shepherd, Lucy.

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 later appears 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 greeting Applejack as soon as she steps off the train at the end of the episode. In Ponyville Confidential, Winona appears in a photograph as a puppy pulling at a young Apple Bloom's diaper.

Season three

Winona licking the filly's face S3E08

Winona in Apple Family Reunion.

In Too Many Pinkie Pies, Winona appears chasing a herd of Pinkie Pies with Applejack, Apple Bloom, and Big McIntosh. In Apple Family Reunion, she licks a filly's face during the reunion, and she appears later in a photo album picture at the end. In Spike at Your Service's first exterior scene, Fluttershy walks her past the Golden Oak Library on a leash.

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

In 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 Maud Pie, Winona appears with the other pets while the Mane Six and Maud Pie have 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 in flashback 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.

Season six

In P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View), Winona delivers a letter to Twilight Sparkle from Applejack saying that she will not be able to attend Twilight's tea party. She also delivers Applejack a message from Twilight stating a friendship emergency.

Season seven

Winona gets mentioned twice in Fluttershy Leans In by Applejack.

Season nine

Winona helps out the Apple family during the Confluence in Going to Seed. In The Last Problem, Winona briefly appears in Applejack's group shot during The Magic of Friendship Grows, and her puppies briefly appear in future Sweet Apple Acres with Big Mac and Sugar Belle.

Depiction in Equestria Girls

Equestria Girls: Summertime Shorts

In Pet Project, Fluttershy gives Winona a bath before she has her picture taken alongside the other pets. In Leaping Off the Page, she appears in a photograph with the other pets in Rainbow Dash's bedroom.

Equestria Girls: Better Together

In Best in Show: The Pre-Show, Winona is entered into the Canterlot Pet Show by Apple Bloom without Applejack's knowledge. Fluttershy translates Winona's barks, saying that she wanted to surprise Applejack. She also appears in the follow-up short, Best in Show: The Victory Lap as one of the participation award winners.

Depiction in My Little Pony: Pony Life

Winona appears in an episode of My Little Pony: Pony Life.[4]

Other depictions

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

IDW comics

In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Winona appears on Issue #1 cover A, Issue #5 page 7, Issue #8 page 12, Issue #9 page 2, Issue #10 cover RI and page 22, the Issue #14 Jetpack Comics cover, and the Issue #41 subscription cover. In Issue #23, Winona helps Angel, Gummy, Owlowiscious, Opalescence, and Tank save the ponies of Ponyville from a kelpie's hypnotic song.

In My Little Pony Micro-Series, Winona appears on Issue #4 cover A, Issue #6 page 7, and My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #7 cover B and page 10.

In My Little Pony: Friends Forever, Winona appears on Issue #1 cover A and My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #8 page 2.

In My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries, Winona appears on Issue #4 cover RI.

In the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special, Winona's human world counterpart appears on page 48.

The Elements of Harmony guidebook

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

Volume II guidebook

When Applejack calls, faithful WINONA comes loping over. She's a helpful herder who's all about pleasing her master. When she's not delivering important messages, Winona enjoys a nice, long grooming.


A miniature puppy figurine with Winona's color scheme is packaged with early toy releases of Applejack. A larger Winona figure is included with a human Applejack doll in the Equestria Girls Minis Slumber Party Games Set.

In Enterplay's trading cards, series 1 card #38 of Winona gives her the description "This pup's bark is worse than her bite, but that's because she'd never bite you! Winona is a big help on Sweet Apple Acres, herding sheep, pigs, and cows alike. She's very smart and obeys every order Applejack gives her, even if that means riding a herd of stampeding cattle to save Ponyville! It might seem like she's just a work dog, but if you've ever seen Winona greet Applejack after a long trip you can tell she's just as loved as any other pet in Ponyville."

In Enterplay's collectible card game, premiere card α #94 C, The Crystal Games card #32 C, Primer Deck card #16 F, and High Magic card #23 C are of Winona. Absolute Discord card #93 U, Dig Deeper, attributes to Winona the quote "It's not my fault, teacher, Big Mac ate my homework!"


See also: Character appearances
YAt least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot
SAt least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot, without spoken dialogue or narration
BBackground appearance or an appearance where the character is not the focus
FAt least one appearance where the character is only in a flashback or fantasy-setting
PNo physical appearance, but appears in a photo, drawing, or figure
MNo appearance, but a mention by name or title
NNo appearance and no mention by name or title
Season one
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Season two
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Season three
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Season four
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Season five
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Season six
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Season seven
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Season nine
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26


"It's not my fault, teacher, Big Mac ate my homework!"
— Enterplay collectible card game Absolute Discord #93 U card Dig Deeper


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.
  4. My Little Pony: Pony Life 💖 NEW 💖 Spike and the Pets Best Moments | MLP Pony Life. YouTube (2020-07-09). Retrieved on 2020 July 9.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.