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some of the successful ponies bred and schooled by the Cranford stud. l-r. VISION,  HECTOR, CRUNCHY,  FANDABBYDOSEY, .
 

The fabulous Fandabbydosey, leaves Cranford for her new life with ten year old Olive Nicholls in Lambourne. Ive had some memorable horses and ponies in my life, and for obvious reasons I never rode her, a few may have equalled her, but I don’t think any of the others brought me  more enjoyment than this grey mare. I’m sad to part with her, but she’s too good a pony to be ‘kicking her heels’ doing nothing, but I couldn’t be more delighted with her new home. Young Olive just got on, and rode her as though she’d ridden her loads. https://youtu.be/WHBLqUupV0k Oh the difference between a child that can ‘actually ride’ a schooled pony and one whose mum just thinks they can! Jack Dale rode her latterly for 4 years and enjoyed huge success and much fun, but Gabby Charlesworth  rode her,  as did Becka McCann, and even Sam Constantine, but it was Jack with his light  hands and his ‘sit quietly and leave it alone’ style that fared best. In fact he could gallop it around a course of jumps with nothing more than a headcollar. Fabracadabra, Fanny’s filly, is off hunting this weekend on and off the lead rein and we hope Jack’s sister, Lucie, will do lead rein next year. Following my PA Sarah into the hay barn yesterday, Sarah turned and took this photo. I’ll never forget her, but this picture just sums her up. Nosey !


Hector, as a stallion, here at Royal Windsor competing in an Olympia qualifier with Emily Grange 'up'

Cranford Hector, now gelded, with new owner 'Flossie' Taylor, 6 years, already enjoying success under saddle and young handlers. Equifest 2015 The best thing I ever did where our standard ponies are concerned, was to break them all to ride at 3-4 years ESPECIALLY stallions. Although he bred us some lovely stock with superb temperament, his ridden exploits were And here in the fancy dress class at the 2015 breed show at Ardingly. left to right, Jack Dale as 'wolf' Lucie as Red Riding Hood, mum, Sally as grandma and Kevin as 'woodman'
confined to 'open' classes because of his stallion status. With hindsight, having his son  who bred us similar stock, only bigger, I should have 'cut' him years earlier and let him  loose on the lead rein and first ridden classes where his manners and way of going are excellent. I would strongly recommend, you break/school and ride your brood stock giving them a huge advantage with the extra string to their bow.