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Can't believe Digby Shepherd, my little bro and his awesome pony, 'Zorro' have qualified for Olympia in the Shetland Pony Grand National. Thomma Shepherd.

Well done Digby and Cranford Fantastic AKA Zorro. Full brother to Cranford Fiddledydeedee, Frodo, Frizzle and half brother to Cr. Fandabbydosey. Not the prettiest we've bred, but 'andsome is as 'andsome does, and this pony does the lot, well done to 'team Shepherd' you deserve your successes. G.H.


Blazefield Topsy as Show Champion

 Buxted Jemima won the senior Miniature rosette.
Kingsacre Princess Beatrice took the Miniature Youngstock Ch

There was an especially happy atmosphere at our last show of the year on Sunday. Whoops of delight and cheers greeted the selection of the 21 year old Standard mare Blazefield Topsy as Show Champion. Topsy is owned by Chris Boyle (Toohoots Stud) and was competing at only the second show in her somewhat mature life! Originally purchased by Chris and Ian several years ago she has been pushed around a bit, but they set out to get her back and she now thrives with these two dedicated owners. She stormed through the classes taking First in the Mare, Novice, Black and Veteran Classes plus the Standard Championship -  and all this against some pretty respectable competition!
Judge Margaret Ball had a busy day, her Reserve Standard Champion was Buxted Discovery, handled by S.Greene, who also took the Standard Youngstock Championship with Buxted Darius.  Another happy pair were Mesdames Robin and Elphick whose Kingsacre Princess Beatrice took the Miniature Youngstock Championship, then their Buxted Destiny took Standard Youngstock Reserve and finally their Buxted Jemima won the senior Miniature rosette.
Miniature Youngstock Reserve was our long term supporter S.Belton’s Pinglewood Tin Tin, while Senior Miniature Reserve was Hasguard Magnate owned by a new friend C.Salters.
At the other end of our menage Emma Payne looked after the youngsters in the fun ring where there was plenty of activity in the fifteen classes. The Open Ridden Championship was won by A.West’s Alardyn Cookie with R.Lee’s Mowview George Boy as Reserve and the Open In Hand Championship was won by Snelsmore Indigo (Z. Fairhurst) chased by Longcot Jack handled by J.Belton.
Not so long ago, when we decided to focus on shows as distinct from trying to run a conventional Group we faced a very uncertain future. The fact that all has gone well is down to our excellent organisers and to our many loyal supporters. We’ll be back at Bury Farm in 2015 and intend to introduce a Fancy Dress Class – for which we already have entries! H.D

N.I.Shetland Pony Group Show 
The organising committee, exhibitors and spectators were delighted to welcome Irvine Burgess from the Robin’s Brae Stud to judge at the Group’s annual show.

Support for the Show was exceptionally good and with 35 entries forward in the ridden and young handlers classes it was testimony to the Shetland Breed as a fabulous child’s pony. With an influx of new exhibitors and members the future looks bright for the Group.

Congratulations to all our prize winners in particular the Cumberland family in taking the Supreme tricolour with Glenlough Persuasion and standing in Reserve Supreme her stable mate Ronelle Pollyanna.

Full show results & photographs www.nishetlandponygroup.co.uk    

Principal results: Supreme Champion.      Glenlough Persuasion   Sharon Cumberland
Reserve Supreme.          Ronelle Pollyanna                            Sharon Cumberland
Ridden Champion            Barns Rosanna                                  Eva McClurg
Reserve Ridden               Clothie Night Hascosay                  Chloe Stewart
Senior Champion             Glenlough Persuasion                    Sharon Cumberland
Reserve Senior                 Beltoy Rising Pride                           Michelle McDonald
Junior Champion              Ronelle Pollyanna                            Sharon Cumberland
Reserve Junior                  Beltoy Diavlo                                      Tony Bell      


To those of you entered in shetland-pony.com's league tables and results, please note, all results as per allowed in rules MUST BE submitted by 30th September latest. That includes photos missing. Each year's results stay available on line so well worth submitting even if you have done less than 6 shows. GH.

Reading Shetland Sale Announcement

The Sale of Shetland Ponies to be held at Reading Auction Centre on Wednesday 22nd October will take place this year as advertised.  106 ponies were entered by the deadline of 19th September, which is enough to hold a sale. Phew! and there are some of the top studs entering stock who are supporting the sale, aware of the true adage 'use it, or lose it'.

Please Note:  Due to issues surrounding so-called lodgers over a number of years, only ponies entered in the sale will be allowed on the auction premises.  There will be no exceptions.  

Mini Mania 2014

After 18 months of planning, our very first Mini Mania Show was finally here!! (6th September to be exact) held at Alsager EC.With brows mopped, T’s crossed (and fingers, toes and eyes too) our first classes were under way, which included all small equines from SPSBS affiliated, non registered SPSBS,  UKAMAHA  and a Miniature Horse ring.

Success followed, and soon enough, competitors were walking past with huge grins on their faces, clutching rosettes, and (for the lucky ones) trophies stuffed under arms as they proudly led their charges back out into the sunshine for a quick look at their booty and a polish ready for the next class.  We were delighted to see a huge response to our Long Rein Classes. One was a novice dressage test, won by S Stirling and Ladyshore Oh Nana Whats My Name and the other an obstacle course won by M. Arden and Claylands Stirling. It was truly a wonderful sight to see so many ponies thoroughly enjoying something a little different from the normal showing routine and displaying their skills.

Our 5 wonderful judges Mrs D Tindale (standard shetlands and long rien), Miss D Johnston (miniature shetlands), Laura Wilson (non SPSBS reistered shetlands), Mr J Wilson (miniature Horses) and Mrs E Livesey (UKAMHA Miniature Horses) and stewards were greatly appreciated by everyone, not only made excellent choices, but also had some very constructive advice and had the task of deciding our Supreme Champion of the Show. With so many beautiful shetlands and miniature horses to choose from, each being carefully considered, a unanimous decision was made by all and Jill Needhams miniature Shetland mare Seva Isabella was crowned “Best in Show” with Sally Anne Skellerns miniature horse Golden Oak Mochachino Reserve Champion and Hannah Bradleys miniature horse Ujenik Extasys Destiny was made Reserve, Reserve Champion.

Mini Mayhem followed after lunch with fun classes, jumping, chase-me-charlie (exciting stuff from the mini Maniacs amongst us) and a fantabulous obstacle course. Competitors pulled out all the stops when if came to fancy dress and the entries were…. Well …ruddy brilliant!! Tracy Wilson, our judge, had a hard job (and keeping a straight face while doing so) Tara Birch and Tussilago Louis, dressed as little Bo Peep (oh the sheer indignity for the little man) was our Champion!

A great day was had by all, 2 legged, 4 legged and even 5 legged (yes there was a little trophy for that one too!) and plans for next years show are now under way, to be held on 5th September 2015 at Rodbaston Equestrian Centre. Please look on our facebook page, Mini Mania Show, for all show news. S.W.                

Jo O’Nions with Junior Champion Hermits Elissa

Miss D Johnston (left) with Steward Caroline Smith (right) photograph by Trafford Photography

Jill Needham's miniature Shetland mare Seva Isabella (TOP) was crowned “Best in Show”

Tara Birch and Tussilago Louis, dressed as little Bo Peep
Surely one of the best ever? Ed

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Benefits include, better digestion, reduces risk of colic, more natural intake of food, less waste, less mess, may be fed on the floor or hung up. Read the info on the website http://www.nibbleze.co.uk size recommended for Shetlands 'Crunchy' (small). Quality product. GH recommends.

Kington Show. Thank you so much to everyone that came and supported the Shetland classes for the first time at Kington Show. It was a fabulous turnout for the first time and the show organisers and I were really pleased with how everything went. After further discussion we are now looking forward to next year's show and will run the same classes. We were especially thrilled that the Snelsmore stud had made the journey up to the show as well and went home with their lovely stallion Nevada gaining miniature champion. The principal results are as follows;
Judge. M Davenport
Standard Champion
- Lanthom Joyful   P. Hampton
Reserve Standard Champion - Rugpit Dark Secret    D. Lanman
Miniature Champion - Snelsmore Nevada  Mr & Mrs CT Percy
Reserve Miniature Champion - Halstock Amaretto Rose  Miss L. Harris
Once again thank you for coming and we look forward to seeing you next year. Report By L. K Mellor

Bowes show.
Kentstone Tilly winning her last show of the season at Bowes today, 13-09. Best mare/gelding 4yr old and over, champion mini and res. overall Shetland. Judge Mrs DP Wright.

Usk show where for the first year they have held affiliated Shetland classes.
Here are the results.
Judge Mr R Miller

Class 1 standard youngstock.1st Mrs J Smith - Annwood Verohnicca. Class 2 Broodmare with foal at foot or covering certificate~
1st Mrs M Newton - Harwell Emilee. Class 3 standard adult over 4, 1st Mrs M Newton - Sharptor Diego, 2nd Mrs S Jones - Degai Beauty. 3rd Mrs R Richards - Gwyddil Nightjar. Class 4 miniature youngstock. 1st Ms J Leek - Bwlchclawdd Catrin Haf, 2nd Mrs S Jones - Halstock Spirit. Class 6 miniature adult over 4, 1st Miss H Rowell - Halstock Lottie, 2nd Miss E Mellen - Buxted Chit Chat 3rd ??. Champion - Mrs M Newton - Harwell Emilee. Reserve Champion - Mrs M Newton - Sharptor Diego. Best Miniature - Miss H Rowell - Halstock Lottie.

Southern Shetland Show on the 5th Oct, Remember entries close (postmark ) Monday 22nd September,  NO LATE ENTRIES, you may swap entries on the day if you have previously entered. Delia Woodley

Entries for Builth Wells sale.  I understand that Brightwells have transferred the ponies entered for the Shetland Sale at Builth on 26th September to their general Horse Sale at Leominster next Friday 19th September. M.D.

Details on their website www.brightwells.com

I'm not surprised. As 'webmaster' for shetland-pony.com, amongst the spam emails I receive are offers to put this website towards the top of the 'google' rankings. This morning by coincidence I had a bit of an I.T. buff here and was showing him the site. I googled Shetland Pony, and at the very top behind wikipedia came shetland-pony.com. Hasn't cost me a penny! The ranking result driven entirely by the volume of traffic the site generates. Result. Whilst I was at it, I showed him a 'snapshot' of those viewing the site. At that time, an hour ago, there was someone in Brazil and someone in Finland as well as 11 people in the UK viewing. Truly a worldwide following.  (That does not include those looking at the 'for sale' page which is hosted by showpony.com)

Hartside stud have a champion day at Loweswater show.
At 3 weeks 1 day old Hartside Merick laped up the sun and took champion foal on his first outing while Hartside Beauty took both Junior champion and Overall champion. Lannie Jackson the most senior team member of the Hartside stud carried on the showing tradition and took champion bird on the day with his magnificent Buff Orpington Cockerel - well done dad/Granda. J.L.

I have been speaking to Thimbleby & Shorland, Auctioneers at Reading Market today. Clients who  are on their mailing list will be receiving a mailshot in the next few days, in effect stating albeit reluctantly, that unless there is a surge in entries fairly shortly, then this year's sale will be cancelled. It is not something they wish to do as they approach the anniversary of the 50th sale, having always been great supporters of the Shetland Society. Although far from profitable for them in recent years, they have juggled their sales fixture list to accommodate the pony sale. They have taken on board requests by vendors after  last year. Quite when they would ever know when 'the market' in ponies would warrant restarting the sale is a big unknown and they are aware that the sale has always been a shop window for the breed and an opportunity for breeders of better stock to command good prices. However, they are in business and not there to run at a loss. (That's our job!) I hope they get sufficient 'well known' studs and some good ponies' that will attract buyers allowing the sale to continue, and for Breeders to continue to reacquaint and renew friendships.     

TAWNA VICEROY . . . "You're Simply the Best". How true the words of that song are for my very special boy who has just topped his year by taking the M & M Supreme Champion (in hand & ridden) at the S.W. Welsh Pony & Cob Society's Late Summer M & M Show. What an amazing achievement for a MINIATURE GELDING - winning a 50 cash prize as well!
Viceroy has had another fantastic year, bringing home 16 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 9 x Championships, 6 x Reserve Championships, 1 x Supreme and 2 x Reserve Supremes. Not only is he a wonderful show pony - but is full of character, with a temperament second to none. P.T.

Isle of Wight M &  M Pony Society Show. 07-09-2014, under Mrs Jill Jones. Pauline Smith's, Blacketor Angel won the M & M youngstock small breeds class. From the the youngstock 1st prize winners she took the Taybar Trophy and then went on to be Youngstock Champion.

Another all rounder, out there doing it. Degai Beauty showing just what a family pony she is. Last week I took
her to Monmouthshire County show where she was second in the inhand small breeds M&M class, today she went to a show with 
my 7 year old twin boys and did two dressage tests where she was 2nd and 4th. She was then 2nd in the family pony class with 
Harry who competed for the first time off the lead rein. She then competed with Edward in the young handlers where they were also
second. Sophie Jones

Coedpoeth Jennifer, has had a busy summer, with her little rider Rosie Moore, she has competed in the Shetland Grand National,  was a firm favourite at the Countryside Show at Ardingly representing the Pony Club,  did very well at the Shetland Performance Show,  put up with being an elephant yet again in the Fancy Dress at the Oxted and Edenbridge Show,  attended pony club camp and fun days and then won four cups at the Dormansland Show.  She has also been teaching other little children to ride and start their equestrian careers.  Faith Bedford

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          Pontardulais Show 25 August
                                                                           Judge : Mr Nigel Vale
Champion :                 Buckland Giorgio II and also Veteran reserve champion - Mesdames Powell and Jarman
Reserve:                    Windwillow Marnie - Mrs Julie Nichols
Jnr. Champion:            Windwillow Marnie - Mrs Julie Nichols
Res. Jnr Champion:     Kenvig Lottie - Mrs Julie Nichols

Shetland sale at Builth Wells cancelled. LACK OF ENTRIES.

No apology for taking advantage of my access to this site to make a point.
‘Independence’ for Scotland. Beware, act in haste, repent at leisure.
And if you think, what’s it got to do with you Gerry, I’ll tell you. I am more of a Scot than I am English. My mother was a Scot, and I have more Scottish relations than English. My eldest sister was born in Scotland and had it not been for my mother’s ATS war time posting to South East England she never would have met my father.
‘Independence’ is a leap into the unknown. Alex Salmond is a slippery snake oil salesman, a one trick pony leading the gullible into a potential disaster on a wave of pseudo but misplaced nationalism. Do not labour under the illusion that we want you to stay for the oil. Along with the rest of the UK, Scotland has benefitted hugely from its extraction, but it is a finite resource. It is not a sustainable or self renewing commodity. Your security and that of the UK has been because of the UK’s independent Nuclear deterrent, something we’d all like to live without, but even Labour when in power change their tune in the knowledge it’s a necessary evil.
This is not a reason to vote ‘no’, but the Breed Society status belongs to the UK, not Scotland and ’independence’ would almost certainly see the loss of that to England. It isn’t something I would welcome, but enterprising bodies would grab it with both hands.
I have just been watching a DVD of my last living uncle, Robert McAllister, at the time 4 years ago, he was 91, and has lived on the Isle of Wight since the war. Such self effacing bravery, one of the forward party 'special forces' raid on Dieppe, prior to the D Day landings. He didn’t fight for Scotland, he fought proudly and bravely for Britain, that was his country, and still is.
We don't have to like each other to love each other. If you vote ‘yes’ for independence it won’t be undone, you will survive I’m sure of that. But will you prosper?

Two beautiful foals from Breckenlea in Shetland, unbeaten to date and clear to see why.
On the left is Breckenlea Scenario unbeaten colt foal this year and on the right Breckenlea Giocoso unbeaten filly foal this year with handler Amanda Slater. These two enjoyed success at Unst recently, booth coming first in their section, with the filly coming 'best overall foal' including the standards.
Overall champion at and Junior champion was a 3yr old filly from Clivocast stud Clivocast Vanda. Reserve Overall champion and Senior Champion was Roseanna of Berry owned by Bergli stud. Reserve Junior champion Gue Olivia. Reserve Senior champion was Clivocast Viking from Clivocast stud

Here's Jenny Preece, foreground, with one of her homebred Wenlockedge yearling fillies, taking the Supreme championship over a hunter recently in Shropshire. Judge commented that the pony had won it on movement. Particularly pleasing from a ridden judge, Jenny thought, as it mirrored her own 'good movement' breeding policy.

If they are good enough, they are big enough. Ed.

Merioneth County Show 27th August 2014

Judge Mrs Davenport

Champion Lathom Jolene – Miss J Woods

Reserve Champion Serenteifi Rhodri Emlyn – Miss F Morkill

Junior Champion Lathom Joelle – Miss J Woods

Reserve Junior Champion Isle of Mona Shandie – Messrs Jones and Young

Best Miniature Enigma Sorcerer – Christine Gray

Best Foal Lydees Foxies Easter Latte – Miss L Millichap

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Just looked at a snapshot of who geographically is 'on' shetland-pony.com. At 18.52 28th AUGUST, there are, 15 in UK, 1 in California, 1 in Dubai, 2 in Holland and one in Germany I think you can say, that's a global following!!

Aylsham Agricultural Show held at Brickling Park on Bank holiday Monday with Mrs Barugh judging. Our mare Hareghyll Memory back in the ring after her ridden and broodmare duties won the mare class and then took the championship. Then onto the m and m interbreed championship with Mrs Palmer judging and was champion. It was a pleasure to show this little mare and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. M.P.

While spending a few days in Wales I saw the future, right there before my very eyes, in the form of my friends 2 year old, yes 2 year old granddaughter, Alice Watkins. Alice loves her pony Star (Lloegr Amelia bred by her  Granny, Angie Reed) and spends as much time as possible with her, she sits in the saddle as if she was born there and at her very tender age can rise to the trot!  With Mum, Kitty in tow Alice trot around the show ring to dazzle the judges and collect her red rosettes.
With youngsters like this coming on surely the future of the Shetland Pony is secure. R.B.

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Cadnam Show Society affiliated Shetland Show under Mr D Sykes, Blackertor Angel took 1st place  in the Miniature Shetland 2 and 3 year old and 2nd place in the Miniature Shetland Filly 1, 2 and 3 year old. Angel went on to take the Junior Championship. Stroudwood Galaxy took 1st place in the Miniature Stallion class then went on to take the Senior Championship. Unfortunately we had to catch our ferry to the Isle of Wight and missed the Overall Championship. Pauline Smith

Only Su Woodcock knows the name of the beast!

Or come to that, the name of the show, when and where it was or

who the judge was, but it shows the lighter side of showing, when

the pleasure of winning unexpectedly and the subsequent loss of

the ability to remember anything tangible, is a delight. Well done Su

and the 'Beast' whoever you are!

OMG!! Just got in grinning from ear to ear. Beast did good... Beast did ruddy good. We got junior champion! Was utterly, utterly thrilled.... He only then went on to become reserve supreme inhand ruddy champion! Apparently we looked rather tiny sandwiched between two huge hunters! We've come home with stupid grins on our faces,a trophy which weighs more than beast and 100 prize money! Just been to get fish n chips and got some rather strange looks in the queue, thought it was me cor-blimey trousers they were looking at, only to realise that in my dazed state I had failed to notice me pop socks had rolled down and were hanging Nora Batty style round me ankles

Edenbridge & Oxted. Judged by Ms Fiona Hammond, Cornwall. Minis Judged by Abigail Hampton, Herts.
Mini ch Chris & Jean's mare - Balmedie Frisby. Res ch & jun ch Snelsmore Oasis. Res jun ch Snelsmore Querl. Standard Ch Buxted Discovery A page ,Res ch Mandy Sergeant Champlers Verity, Jun ch Buxted Darius A Page Exh. S Greene. res Jun D Woodley Kingswood Royal Sapphire Yearling, Winning owners, results and most ponies, kindly by JJ. Ponies names  by educated guess from catalogue by GH. Any errors please advise.

One glamorous granny and one of her grandchildren winning first's at Edenbridge. Left is Judy Hawkins with Stallion Buxted Evangeliste, and right, grandaughter Holly Hawkins Smith with Sharptor Truffle, who has had a very successful season. So important kids are given good ponies to show. Well done Judy.

Snelsmore stud's two fillies from Edenbrigde show. Full sisters Snelsmore Oasis and Snelsmore Querl. Junior, Reserve Junior and Reserve Senior Champions

Kentstone Tilly
who won 4yr old and over miniature class and res.ch at Wensleydale show. Judge Mr.P.Dawson. C.H.


As we know, owning breeding and showing Shetland ponies is not all hoorays. Sometimes, and happily rarely, ponies suffer trauma and their recovery and the elation we feel is more thrilling than winning at a top show as Brenda Twining of the Pinglewood stud relates here.~
"I really wanted to share our good news about our “Precious” pony who we thought we were going to lose but after much patience and attention she has turned the corner and is fighting her way to fitness with her foal “Jools”. All of the wins were totally surpassed when our pony Pinglewood Precious, after much care, attention and hard work of hand feeding of gruel every four hours for the first 10 days, is recovering nicely from Hyperlipemia and is well on the way to making a full recovery.   It’s wonderful to see her munching on grass and mooching about with her foal".

Cunningsburgh Show.
Judges – Douglas MacArthur (Miniatures) and Kenneth Adams (Standards)  Results

This year’s Viking Shetland Pony Show (Results) took place on Sunday with spectators enjoying a good turnout of ponies. The weather was kinder than predicted, with more sunshine than was forecast allowing the majority of the classes to be judged in dry conditions.  The show has three sections, one for miniature ponies shown in-hand (under 34 inches), one for standard (34-42 inches) ponies shown in-hand and one ring for performance ponies. This year’s overall Supreme Champion went to the home bred standard stallion Merkisayre Kelvin exhibited by Elaine Tait of the Merkisayre Stud in Burra. Reserve Supreme went to the Miniature Ring Champion Snelsmore Karisma owned and exhibited by the Bergli Stud from Finnigarth, Walls. The winner of the Performance Ring was the Gelding Hollydell Royal Command ridden by Keiva Robertson and owned by the Solhiem Stud.
Other notable winners on the day were Laaward Incognita owned by the Laaward Stud who was Reserve Champion in the Standard Ring. Junior Champion in the same ring went to Robin’s Brae Stud’s 3 year old filly Clivocast Vanna with the Reserve Junior going to Hollydell Stud’s Hollydell Hesitation a 2 year old filly.  In the miniature ring Reserve Champion & Junior champion went to Gue Olivia a 1 year old filly from the Gue Stud and Reserve Junior and champion Foal went to Breckenlea Giocoso of the Breckenlea Stud.
The three judges who had all travelled up from England commented on both the high quality and good presentation of the ponies forward at the show.  It was also noted that the handlers were all very well dressed until the oilskins had to make an appearance! Show Secretary Ingrid Dickie on behalf of the Viking Show committee said “I would like to express our gratitude to everyone involved in the preparations for this year’s show, your continued support is greatly appreciated.  There was a fantastic showcase of ponies across all three rings and encouraging to welcome some new exhibitors along with our stalwart entrants!  We would like to thank you all for attending and extend our congratulations to all ribbon winners and Champions.”
Pony Breeders of Shetland Association (P.B.S.A) Chairman Irvine Burgess said “the quality of ponies on show was terrific and the ponies without ribbons could easily have won first prize at many other shows”.  He wished to thank our three Ring Sponsors, Dean Gilfillan Agricultural Supplies, Anderson & Company, Millgaet Media, all the class sponsors and everyone for contributing to making the show a success and for the friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. 

                     Merkisayre Kelvin

Clivocast Vanna

Gue Olivia                        

                  Laaward Incognita

Snelsmore Karisma

Hollydell Royal Command

Here's some memories of the Shetland pony international show at Hickstead 2010

A week later than that which used to be the date of the Sussex show, We hosted, whilst Chrissy Wells organised, the Southdown East branch of the pony club. They had their first go at cross country at Ludlay and then a gymkhana and food to finish off the day on Berwick playing fields. Video of Jack, firstly on Fandabbydosey and then our Dartmoor Dauntless, giving a lead to a less experienced boy.  Much fun for all.
Also in attendance and competing yesterday, was 3 year old Daisy Wells and her gelding, Cr. Beckam pictured here the week previously having done a 3 day pony club 'mini camp'

Daisy won't let her mother groom the pony, or do anything else to help either, unless it's genuinely beyond her. Very little is I'm told. From fancy dress to cross country is no leap at all to these two who are inseparable.

PS No winners places yesterday, but rosettes and sweets for, least tears after falling off. Best out of control pony. child who tried hardest etc. Lovely, everyone learnt something and were better for the experience.

Southern Group Autumn Show
schedule/entry form

To be held on  Sunday 5th Oct 2014 at

Priory Equestrian Centre, Frensham Farnham, Surrey, GU10 3DP  
Affiliated to - The Shetland Pony Stud Book Society, G.E.M.S.

Show Secretary: Mrs Delia Woodley Tel: 01962 772131 or 07824393559  delia.woodley1@btinternet.com 

Entries close: Monday 22nd Sept  (postmark)   Please note....NO late entries

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This pleasant exchange took place this morning on Facebook. GH in blue
Hi Gerry, I notice on your wonderful page you had mentioned an annual subscription. If it supports your page then I'm most definitely in- is there any information ( I'm so bad at finding stuff on these pages) and how to pay x

The site is paid for by those having links to their web pages on the homepage. it is 50 per annum aug-july. if you would like your stud added, it would be a pleasure, tho I think a link to a blog of yours would give us all a laugh! Thanks for your appreciative words. g

I always find your comments and articles ruddy funny- perhaps I read things with my tongue on cheek, but I'm sure that's the way you've intended them to be! Hahaha it kills me- even if I have to go away and look up the odd flamboyant word!!

at least you 'get it' ;) some don't!

Hahahaha .... Can almost hear the silence as some read it hahahaha keep up the wonderful work- I love it. Now where do I send the pennies?

do you want a stud link? if you tell me name of stud/county i'll fix it and send papal inv?

Yes that would be fab-
Just got to say, that whilst EVERYONE follows this site it is nice to know that there are people prepared to chip in apart from loyal subscribers who of course are my priority, nonetheless, if deemed worthy, I'll give anyone a go when it comes to reportage.


        Serenteifi Morgan Llwyd                                  Treen of Hutton Gelding below                                and a follow up improved picture.

Equifest news

Serenteifi Morgan Llwyd,winning  1st Amateur ridden shetland, and 2nd open ridden m&m, Ridden by Verity Checkley


Equifest and a delighted Judy Norton who in her own words had this to say"Just wanted to show you, needs to be a better photo of him for shetland-pony, but he was fed up by the time the husband took this, nevertheless very proud moment for a middle aged, overweight, granny with 2 artificial knees!  He ran out like a flipping Gazelle,I ached like whatsit on Saturday night! x"

I agree, I've seen better photos, but he must be a good pony to win the gelding class at Equifest, so well done you. Ed.


Magreed Charlie Boy here's a mini that does the lot! Hs speciality is driving, both 'cones' and private drive. He does lead rein, hunts and here he is springing over 50cm with his jockey.

Owned by Alice Browning and sold by me to her as a 3 year old entire, i wondered whether her enthusiasm for him was to be a 'flash in the pan'. Certainly not, he does all his work regularly and clearly enjoys it, a credit to the mini Shetland pony.

Minsterley. Judge Mrs R. Rees

1st , Overall  Shetland  Champion  & Reserve Supreme  Inhand  Champion  of  Show, Champlers Mimosa. Mr & Mrs G Smith.



Fernhalls Sarah Jayne. Born 21st April 2014. Won her miniature foal class, and eligible to go into the overall foal championship of the show. There were all breeds forward in the foal championship, but to our amazement she was pulled out champion beating all the welsh breeds and shires etc. we were over the moon.

Enigma Pegasus. Above....... Reserve Overall Shetland Champion 
Best Miniature  1st Stallion Exhibitor Lisa Slinn

The Wessex Shetland Pony Group held their summer show on Sunday 17th August. Although a little windy at the start and a couple of heavy storms in the morning the weather held for us and the sun came out in the afternoon. With plenty of ponies forward our judges, Mr J McMaster and Mrs C Collinssplatt chose the following Champions to end the day.

Supreme Champion - Eiger Jupiter, Mr & Mrs P Gerring (picture attached) Reserve Supreme Champion - Kingswood Royal Saffire, Mrs Delia Woodley

Other results:

Overall Miniature Ring Champion - Eiger Jupiter. Reserve Overall Miniature Ring Champion - Whitchurch Willow, Mrs V Lang

Overall Standard Ring Champion - Kingswood Royal Saffire Reserve Overall Standard Ring Champion - Boxleaze Champlers - Mr B Gamblin

Miniature Junior Champion - Wotknotts Jethro, Mr & Mrs C Ridgers Reserve Miniature Junior Champion - Snelsmore Oceana, Mr & Mrs C Percy

Standard Junior Champion - Kingswood Royal Saffire Reserve Standard Junior Champion - Oakgrove Honey Brunch, Mrs B Wills

 Ridden Champion - Gammon Bluebell, George Gregory  Reserve Ridden Champion - Riccalton Talisman - Izzy Henry

 We were again happy to see good entries in the Young Handler classes, these  pictures (below) show some of them in their classes.

                                   Eiger Jupiter

Kingswood Royal Saffire

Some fantastic results at Saturdays show in Coalsnaughton well organised and what a super day out thanks to Louise Wilson and the Committee

Milday Darashan took champion miniature and overall champion miniature and reserve supreme overall 
Milday Oreo was 1st in the stallion class and reserve miniature champion  and reserve overall miniature to Milday Darashan 
Under the judge David Hodge 

LLANRWST Agricultural Show, North Wales.
 pictures below in order - left to right
Overall Champion & Best Miniature: Arthur Jones’ 9yo brood mare Camlan Ffion
Junior Champion & Reserve Overall Champion: Jones & Young’s 2yo filly Isle of Mona Arian
Best Foal: Jones & Young’s filly Isle of Mona Skye

Annual Renewals and subscriptions to shetland-pony.com. I am pleased with the annual renewal level, it shows your support and the site's ability to stay no.1 as the most used resource for enthusiasts. Every year, there is a natural 'wastage' (hate that term) of subscribers as breeders retire, or give up for various reasons. It's common knowledge that there is huge over production of equines in this country so the unfortunate process we are going through is market led. The vast majority of those who are continuing are reducing their numbers of breeding stock to match demand. Naturally prices have suffered as a result, in stallions in particular, for years studs have been 'overdone' with stallions and the lack of demand has GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH A LACK OF INSPECTION. (The demand for mares is equally as weak) There are plenty of stallions that were assessed under the Society scheme and they are not required either. I, amongst many others will have plenty more to say on the subject should it prove necessary, but for the purpose of the exercise I will say this.
Putting aside the EU laws on the matter which prohibits discrimination against any breeding animal. If foreign countries allowed our 'voluntary' assessment/evaluated stallions straight into their stud books without condition or undergoing their 'evaluation' there might be some merit in it, but they don't. I've listened to and been involved in this recurring argument over the last 30 years and come to the conclusion that no matter how well intended, inspection/evaluation whatever, some people will always breed poor stock. It is not intentional, nor exclusive to ponies, it's every breed and species of animal that is domesticated. Most of the European countries no longer need to buy UK bloodlines, they've already got them and if not they can get them from a nearer location than ours. So if your 'business plan' is to sell your production abroad, before you get carried away, look in the stud book appendix for exports and see how few have actually been exported. Having done so, may I suggest you get a new business plan. We all like punt' on a pony we fancy, it is part of the enjoyment, a new face, and that's where the foreign trade comes from, certainly not necessity. One thing I know is that sales abroad are a tiny part of UK trade under any regime, and there is no point ripping a united membership asunder over the issue. Ed. 

The schedule for the Southern Group Autumn Show will be out next week. Group secretary and show organiser Delia Woodley is keen to have a  foal class, both for minis and standards. The show is in early October and most foals will be weaned by then. However, if you have not weaned a later born foal and wish to show it, it may be shown with its mother, but the mother will not be judged as it is thought there will be few if any in this situation. Delia would like to remind everyone that entries WILL CLOSE two weeks before show date and there will be NO LATE AND NO ON THE DAY ENTRIES ALLOWED.

ANGLESEY COUNTY SHOW (Wednesday13 August) with Judge Mrs L. Sellars deciding as follows:
Overall Champion: Jones & Young’s 8 yo barren mare Isle of Mona Sheila below left
Reserve Champion: Mr & Mrs L. Gregory’s barren mare Brewards Penny
Junior Champion & Best Miniature: Mr A. M. Hughes’ Yearling filly Bodorgan Tess  - pic bottom right  (note of interest for you Gerry – sire is Cranford Nureyev) *
Reserve Junior Champion: Miss Hughes’ 2 yo filly Edern Peaches N Cream
Best Coloured: Brenda Critchlow’s Butterby Pazaz
The Shetland Pony Grand National was a feature in the main ring on both days!
Strange how  one's 'legacy' only shows once you stop! Both the mare classes at DOWNS Show last sunday, were out of Cranford Estee. Well done Jill of Buxted for getting the right sires to produce, Buxted Elsa and Buxted Esme.

Please put this on shetland-pony.com in the hope the lady may see it.  would be very grateful as my dad is devastated.............Ok this is a long shot but here goes at the breed show the other week a Scottish lady took a photo of my dad's black guide dog (she wasn't in harness) sadly the dog passed suddenly today and that would have been the last photo of her can we share and see if we can track down so I can get a copy for him – thanks  hamishshetlands@hotmail.co.uk

The power and reach of shetland-pony.com!! Within the hour of the above got this. Ed.........."Thanks Gerry it worked I have been in touch with David the official photographer.  It was Claire from the society who saw the post and sent me the photo once again many many thanks it means a lot"

Some of the breed's top ponies enjoying success at the National Pony Society's summer championships at Malvern.
All had to qualify in their classes at County or NPS Area shows to be able to compete, mostly against other small breeds, Welsh A's, Dartmoor and Exmoor. If you enjoyed success at the championships and you don't figure here, it is because these are all I know. I will add you if you advise me by sending pictures and details.
Well done
all involved, it's competing and winning at this level that dispels the myths of 'naughty' Shetlands. It's a battle, but one we are clearly winning.  It was the Shetlands competing that drew the most enthusiastic support from spectators and I was amazed to hear of the number of people, non Shetland owners that follow this site! I think every child there wanted a Shetland.
Barns Roseanna (Owners, Beltoy stud N. Ireland) winning the RHR Demolition Small junior ridden final and Overall Champion at NPS Champs.

Days later, also 2nd in the HOYS M&M FR at PUK with equal marks with first in a very strong class.

Brinleyview Camanchee (Owned by Anna Stevens) Winning the NFU championship, adding to his many top flight wins this year.
Cranford Vision
winning the HOYS qualifier at Nps Summer champs
Jade Ripper rides him, it's only his second Hoys qualifier 
of the season. He is 9 years of age, we have owned 
him for nearly 5years but this is 
Jade's first season on him in the ridden due to being to young to 
ride a stallion.
Vision was previously owned by the Woods family and
enjoyed much success under saddle and in hand.
Birchmoor Admiral (front Drover other side)

Birchmoor Admiral and Birchmoor Drover had their best ever NPS Championship show at Malvern last week.

Admiral ridden by Ellie Simmonds
2nd HOYS First Ridden 
2nd HOYS Ridden Shetland (Alice)
1st Micro Demolition,non Welsh First ridden,Champion First Ridden and Overall Micro Demolition Lead Rein and First ridden Supreme Champion.
Birchmoor Drover   ridden by Alice Tomlinson  
1st Intermediate Ridden class
1st Novice working Hunter,NPS Area 25 final class,
1st Ridden  pairs with Admiral 
2nd  NFU M/M ridden shetland
5th NPS prelim dressage 
Cranford Fandabbydosey (owned by Cranford stud) Reserve f/r WHP ridden by 10 year old Jack Dale. At their first championships, also got 4th and 5th in two other worker classes.

Downs Group Show. Report by Jill Jones. Well, after the storm predictions for our group show, we were lucky to just have a few heavy showers but we could carry on outside , thank you to all the people who came but sorry for the ones who didn't make it, we hope you didn't have any storm damage & we missed you. We were lucky at Cherry Tree we hardly had any wind but looking at the news that was not the case for everyone. Huge thank you to our stewards Simon Read & Sandra Collicot for an excellent job & Gerry & Kevin for stepping in & judging our Fun Ring, we were very pleased with the show at this lovely venue, massive thank you Anne & Brian for letting us invade your home , some of our entries came from miles away, Newbury , Bedfordshire, Kent & even the Isle of Wight, thank you all, we could not run these shows without your continued support, we always worry if we will have enough entries for our judges but again you did us proud, a few classes were down but others up , we had 14 yeld mares & even more pleasing 5 brood mares & foals, how lovely to see the foals out again. the children had a ball in the Fun Ring & the 3 fancy dress entries were brilliant, Gerry's idea to put them in the main ring just before the supreme paid off as they had a huge round of applause before everyone went, definitely remember that for the future, congratulations to all our our winners will post more pics later, hope everyone enjoyed themselves & got home safely. J.J.
Principal results  Standard ch + Supreme  BUXTED ENCHANTING Pearce/ Hopkins,   below left
Junior ch +res ring ch + res sup BUXTED DARIUS Page/ Greene,   res jun ch SHARPTOR TRUFFLE J Hawkins,
Ridden ch  KERLOCH REBEL J Hawkins, res ridden ch BLACKATOR ISLAND WHISPER Emily Joyce
Miniature ch SNELSMORE JASPER  C & J Percy, res mini ch  BUXTED ESME ELphick/ Robins,
Jun ch SHAWDENE EVE G Mather, res jun ch SNELSMORE QUERL C & J Percy
Champion foal KINGSACRE ELATION D Elphick / G Robins
Champion gelding KERLOCH REBEL J Hawkins

BUXTED ENCHANTING. Standard ch + Supreme at Downs Group Show. ~   Pearce/ Hopkins

BUXTED DARIUSJunior ch +res ring ch + res sup  Page/ Greene,

                                                                                                                                        This it seems is 'minecraft' a computer game. Come on, keep up!

Snelsmore Jasper Miniature Champion, 


Junior Champions,  Mrs Mather's Shawdene Eve
and Res Jun, Snelsmore Q-Me

Last pic, but not least!

Aha, the 'Kingsacre mafia'. Check the shades.
 res mini ch  BUXTED ESME ELphick/ Robins. Champion foal KINGSACRE ELATION D Elphick / G Robins


Kinross show on Saturday. Kerswell Montgomery 
taking Miniature Champion and overall Res Shetland Pony Champion


Ali Lynch & Lathom Jesmay
won their class at Fillongley Show today and were Reserve Standard Champion. We had a deluge all morning then a near hurricane so a lot of people gave up and went home or didn't come in the first place!!



Pirouette Midnight Debut (yearling) - Junior Champion, Standard Champion & Reserve Overall Champion.
Miniature Champion & Overall Champion taken by the Pinglewood stud.

EGLWYSBACH Show in the Conway Valley, North Wales, was blessed with sunshine today (thankfully!). Some exhibitors still a bit weary after the Breed Show but we soldiered on:
Junior & Overall Champion: E. Fitzhugh’s miniature 2yo colt Treflys Fanando
Reserve Champion: Jones & Young’s barren mare Isle of Mona Sheila (pic below left)
and her Yearling daughter Isle of Mona Sheena taking Reserve Junior Champion (pic below right) 
Judge: L. Gregory.  E.Y.

Canwell Show in the miniature 4 year old and over class, Brenda Twining's Pinglewood Tobemory was 1st. Ali Lynch and Mr & Mrs M Caine's Corleyoak Easter Bobby Dazzler were 3rd Also Ali Lynch and Mr & Mrs Caine's Lathom Jesmay won the 4 year old and over 'standard' shetland class. and were standard champion.  Following their Breed Show success,   Brenda and Tobermory went on to be M & M Champion and overall in-hand champion

The Downs Shetland Pony Group Summer Show WILL GO AHEAD THIS SUNDAY  IF need be they have the use of the indoor school. It's only weather and it's August so bring your wet gear IF it's going to be wet. 30-40% chance it won't even rain. Honest!

Champlers Georgia  1st & Reserve Standard Champion.
Championship Results from Bakewell Show, 
Judge. Peter Robinson Esq. 
Overall Champion Kinness Victory /The Britland Family
Reserve Champion Champlers Georgia Mr & Mrs G Smith
Junior Champion Brewards Pippa  Mr & Mrs L Gregory
Reserve Junior Champion  Eiger Osco Littlefort Stud


Black Isle Show. The photo is of the winner of the Standard Young Handlers class, 8 year old Arun Nye with Brockville Endeavour. Endeavour was kept entire until he was 4, then gelded and for the last 12 months Arun has worked really hard to break him in. They’ve been competing at Pony Club over the summer and today was their first big show. We were all so proud of them and as you can see Arun was delighted! T.T

standard results only, sorry. Can anyone supply full mini results?

Standard Shetland Results

Standard Judge: Mrs S A Clark
Miniature Judge: Mr I Burgess

Stallion 4 yrs & over
1. Kinkell Goodlad - Mrs J Barry
2. Mawcarse Earl - Mawcarse Shetlands
3. Millhouse Director - W & K Campbell

Colt, 2 or 3 yrs old
1. Newglen Luca - A & E Glennie

Yeld Mare, 4 yrs & over
1. Kinkell Gilean - Mrs J Barry
2. Gipsy of Chapelhill - Emma Campbell
3. Stow Rosie - Balnakyle Show Team

Mare, 4 yrs & over with foal at foot
1. Hawkdale Dixie - Donna Lochtie
2. Rashiburn Lady - W & K Campbell
3. Erray Chickweed - Mr & Mrs J Swan

1. Rashiburn Dawn - W & K Campbell
2. Mawcarse Lord Daiquiri - Donna Lochtie
3. Stow Chiquita - Mr & Mrs J Swan

1. Kinkell Evianna - Mrs J Barry
2. Rawside Royal Annabelle - I Spence & S Pye
3. Newglen Solo - A & E Glennie

Two or Three Year Old Filly
1. Stow Violetta - Mr & Mrs J Swan
2. Warrackston Tigerlilly - I Spence & S Pye
3. Warrackston Tamara - Miss Irene Spence

Gelding, Any Age
1. Clothie Mitchell - Miss Irene Spence / Miss Kayleigh Nicol
2. Brockville Endeavour - Lorraine Jones
3. Tornaveen Danny Boy - Vic Thomson & Marie Elson


Any Coloured Pony (other than black)
1. Kinkell Goodlad - Mrs J Barry
2. Mawcarse Earl - Mawcarse Shetlands
3. Kinkell Gilean - Mrs J Barry

Group of Three Ponies
1. Mawcarse Shetlands
2. W & K Campbell
3. Mr & Mrs J Swan

Standard Young Handler 16 yrs & under
1. Brockville Endeavour - Arun Nye
2. Gipsy of Chapelhill - Emma Campbell
3. Merkisayre Jo - Neil MacDonald

Ridden Shetland
1. Gipsy of Chapelhill - Emma Campbell
Clothie Mitchell - Kayleigh Nicol also best Lead Rein.
3. Merkisayre Jo - Neil MacDonald

Standard Champion: Kinkell Goodland - Mrs J Barry

Reserve Standard Champion: Hawkdale Dixie - Donna Lochtie

Miniature Champion: Hjaltland Hirta - Mr Donald Macleod

Reserve Miniature Champion - Hjaltland Thor - E & S Knight

Overall Shetland Champion: Kinkell Goodland - Mrs J Barry

Reserve Overall Shetland Champion: Hjaltland Hirta - Mr Donald Macleod


Another lovely day showing - Soffia and Earlswood Joules having a super time, winning the barren mare / gelding in hand class, then the ridden, winning the cup for the Best Rider Under 12 and then on to being Shetland Champions at Nevern Agricultural Show - lovely day, great company and fantastic weather.

Here is the main Shetland result from the Honiton & District Agricultural show, Thursday 7th August 2014, judged by Mrs D.V.M Howell of Hampshire.
Eiger Jupiter, owned by Mr & Mrs P Gerring took 1st place in the miniature stallion class, Overall Miniature Champion and Overall Supreme Shetland Champion and then went on to win the Mountain & Moorland Pony Supreme Championship taking the NPS Silver Medal.

Is this the first mini to win  NPS Silver medal?????? Well done. Ed.

Burwarton Show,
Jennifer Harris' Halstock Matador won the mini Shetland class over 4 yrs with 16 entries – Stallion, Mare or Gelding. pic with a very PROUD Jennifer. They also won the Coloured Shetland class – any age and were awarded the best Miniature Shetland Pony rosette. 
In the championship, three standard ponies took the SPSBS rosettes and they were awarded the BEST MINIATURE IN SHOW and won a lovely cup! They proudly attended the main parade in the afternoon and enjoyed every moment.
More results from Burwarton. Windsome's Pip - 1st , Stallion, Mare and Gelding class 4 years and over.  Shetland Champion (pictured below left) Owned by J.E Sherratt. Ember's Black Knight - 1st 1,2 and 3 year old, Colt, Filly or Gelding.Best Yearling Junior Champion and Reserve Champion (pictured below  right) Owned by Miss N Andersen Smith.
Pankymoor Perisma - 2nd 1,2 and 3 year old, Colt, Filly or Gelding
Reserve Junior Champion     Owned by J.E Sherratt

Breed show official photographers  www.imagetogo.net/go/?27648

Don't forget it's
The Downs Shetland Pony Group Summer Show
Sunday 10th August
At and with kind permission of Ann Page's Cherry tree farm
Judges Mr & Mrs Griffiths (Ladbury stud,Wales)
schedule/entry here

Remember the warning recently.....these shows will only continue if they have support

Oswestry Show 2nd August 2014

Champion Lathom Jolene – Miss J Woods                     Reserve Champion Rugpit Elliot – Miss L Millichap

Junior Champion Kirkstall Jenny Wren – Miss F Morkill              Reserve Junior Champion Pirouette Midnight Debut – P & K Hampton

Best Miniature Rugpit Elliot – Miss L Millichap                  Best Gelding Earlswood Ellen's Legacy – Mrs E Gray

Please say a huge thank you to all competitors in the fun ring today at the breed show.  It made all the effort worth while to see smiles and laughter and children enjoying their ponies.  Thinking caps on now to make it even better for next year.  Thank you,
Jayne whitehouse (SPSBS Judge),
Ps. It made a lovely change to judging the serious stuff and reminded me of my childhood x Happy to pass it on. Ed.

While other (more sensible) people (Not sure about that one! Ed) enjoyed a day at the breed show, we spent the day hosting a Children's Professional photo shoot with the talented equine photographer Katarzyna Okrzesik.
Katarzyna who is only in the UK for a short time before returning to her homeland of Poland started  the day at 9.30am and finishing just after 5pm, taking individual & family group pictures of a total of 29 local children with our ponies in a static scene and out with the herds in the fields. 
I know they say never to work with children or animals and soon after we began I was firmly agreeing with that statement but as the day went on we got into the swing of it and everything ran like clockwork. The ponies as usual were complete professionals!

In a galaxy, far far away (Harrogate) 3rd August, the SPSBS Breed show ....send me your news and I'll copy and paste it onto this page..................photos below
Glen Smith's Gott Mabs 2nd in a very large class of Miniature yeld mare...........

Anna Stevens' Sapphire Classic, won the HOYS open ridden qualifier, ridden by Tomma Shepherd, produced by Debbie Barr

Standard black ring. Jane Smith's Threapwood Tarna Yearling Filly 1st and Reserve Junior Champion.

Coloured Ring 1st mare and coloured ring champion champion, The Eames family's Merkisayre Jolly

2/3 yr old coloured colts 1st, Jun ring ch, reserve coloured ring ch & res supreme jun Ann Page's Buxted Darius,

Standard Coloured ring, 2nd gelding and best broken coloured A Lynch's Cranford Juggernaut.

Standard Black 2 yo filly 2nd  – Jones & Young’s Isle of Mona Arian – also awarded the trophy for Best Bred in Wales
Standard Black 3 yo filly 3rd  – Jones & Young’s Isle of Mona Shandie
Standard Black Brood Mare 2nd – Jones & Young’s Isle of Mona Skylight
Yearling mini colt class 1st Mrs G Mather's Shawdene Givanchy
2 year old filly class 2nd Mrs G Mather's Shawdene Faberge
3 year old filly class. Mrs G Mather's Shawdene Ebony

Standard coloured brood mare 2nd M. Arden's Clayland's Chloe.

 M. Arden's standard Colt foal Claylands Nordsman 

Coloured yeld mare 2nd C Pearce/P Hopkins' Buxted Enchanting.

Standard col standard stallion.  1st M. Arden's Claylands Prince of Foxt. 2nd JE Jones Buxted Daniel

Mini yeld mare. 1st & reserve mini champion, C. Howe's Kentstone Lily

Mini 3 year old filly. Countess De La Warr's Fairy Blaeberry.

Mini yearling filly 1st and Best Miniature Yearling Bred in Wales. Claire Connor's Coedgleision Kitty

Mini brood mare. D Elphick's Buxted Jemima

Mini foal C & J Percy's Snelsmore?

Mini stallion 2nd place Johnston and Plews Parlington Quentin

Best Novice Col Yeld Mare, Overall Best Novice Coloured Ring and Overall Supreme Novice of Show, Claire Connor's Barns Poppy

mini 2/3 years colt 1st + Jun Champion. Johnston and Plews Parlington Zephyr

Mini yearling filly 2nd Johnston and Plews Parlington Annaliese

Open progeny class, 1st Johnston and Plews Parlington Quentin, Zephyr and Anneliese

Coloured champion Merkisayre Jolly Eames family

Mini yeld mare 1st and reserve ring champion, Kentstone Tilly owned by Mr G W Howe

Miniature foal 2nd John Lawrie's Milday Razena 
3rd and 5th respectively in the huge yeld mare class Dawn Bryce/ J Clitheroe's full sisters buxted evette and buxted Eloise 
Standard black stallion 1st Mr & Mrs L Gregory's Brewards Pluto
2 year old mini filly 3rd Christine Gray's Enigma Titania  .

Yearling mini 4th  Christine Gray's Enigma Zola -
Yearling standard coloured colt 1st K Hutchinson's Butterby Guardsman.

2 year old standard black filly 1st  K Hutchinson's Deraden Duchess.
Black yearling colt 1st E.A.Barnes' Rosslyn Sir Maxwell 
3 year old black standard filly  1st, black jun champ and overall jun champion Mr & Mrs L Gregory's Brewards Pippa

Supreme of Show Brenda Twining's miniature Pinglewood Tobermory.
Res. Supreme Gill Needham's standard black mare ~ Dryknowl Verity Plum.





photos contributed variously. Thank you



Fantastic weather at Cardigan County Show  this year.

Soffia Cynwyl was NPS Mini Champion on Earlswood Joules as well as second and Reserve

Champion to India Latter on Willow of Crafton in the Shetland Class. A few days later in

torrential rain, Soffia took Champion at Fishguard Agricultural Show.



And now for something completely different, in its own way every bit as enjoyable.
Our Miniature Gelding Lornath Gethins Flame (Gregory) has done us proud to date this year at the few shows we have been able to attend. He has great movement and he is a pleasure to show.  We started to drive him last year and he took to it straight away. He can be ridden by the grandchildren and has a wonderful temperament and personality.  He is a wonderful example of a Miniature Shetland Pony Gelding that can be so versatile and a much loved part of our family.
Jan & Rob Sayer

Stonking campaign for Anna Steven's stallion, Brinleyview Camanchee,

Brinleyview Camanchee has had on unstoppable few weeks, after winner in hand at the Royal welsh, he was 1st and res champ in the straight through Olympia qualifier at New Forest, and then returned 2 days later and was 1st and res champion in the HOYS  coloured, then the next day onto Royal International where he was 1st in the small breed final.  Ridden by  Gemma Pallett, owned by Anna Stevens and produced by Debbie Barr.

Standing back as I can these days, I am so aware of the nervous state some exhibitors are in as they launch themselves toward Harrogate for the Shetland breed show. There are 3 very good judges, but at the end of the day it’s an opinion, on the day. Someone else may well call it differently. Enjoy it, take it as it  comes, and obviously in each class there can only be one winner so congratulate them, you’ll have your day another day. It is not life or death. Good luck to all.

HELP.....Can anyone take a small yearling filly, mini to Harrogate to spsbs show this weekend? Sold to be delivered there but person booked cannot go. V tame, v small. We can bring to you. 50 fee will be paid if you can help. Ta. 01323 870657

the power of the internet...sorted. thanks!!

A reminder for the Kington Show on the 13th September Really trying to get the word across to as many different counties in England and Wales. All of the details are currently on the Schedules page.
Some more news from the New Forest show from the Miniature in hand ring.

Snelsmore Quedesha winner of the yearling class. pictured.
Snelsmore Lalique winner of the Mare class and Snelsmore Oceana also won the 2/3 yr. old class and Junior Champion.


Latest news from New forest. David Hodge and Julian Walters win the miniature Shetland and standard Shetland championships with Top Rock Johntie and Sharptor Trinity respectively.
Trinity went on to be reserve champion in the 'Cuddy'. Ed. So close, well done, fab pony.
Brinleyview Comanchee Anna Steven's skewbald stallion won his class and was reserve champion in the Olympia qualifier. 

MORE....31-07. Brinleyview Comanchee
has won the HOYS coloured qualifier under saddle with Gemma Pallett at the New Forest show!!Well done team!! One little pony and two big tickets!!


Collytown stud had a welcome surprise when their miniature Yearling Collytown Shimmy took Champion Shetland today at Yealmpton Agricultural Show with Dave & Sally Bowden's lovely Standard Mare Lakehead Maybelline taking Reserve under judge Mrs Y Small.
Bit of a hat trick for us - three Championships at the last three shows with three different homebred ponies.

Gott Mabs. Miniature Mare owned by Glenn Smith
June 7th.            Severn Valley WPCA Show.         
1st & Miniature Champion

Judge Mrs. S. Cozens.

New Forest Show, Fusilier of Duntish 1st in gelding and Champlers Rose Blossom 1st in 1,2,3 year old.
Owned by Lynda Rowland

   A bit of good advice from the NHS.
Daphne Brown, Braywood stud has decided at 80 to retire from breeding ponies, and will keep only a couple of 'old ladies' as pets. In her hey day Daphne enjoyed much success in the ring with her Braywood ponies.

See the ponies available here, stallions and mares



Let's hear it for Kerswell!! Ed.

Alichbrae Shetland ponies did well on Saturday at Braco show, taking Miniature Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion against a mixed class of horses and ponies with Kerswell Montgomery they also took Reserve Junior Champion with Kerswell Monypenny who is a yearling and has only been out three times taking two Championships to date.

left, a picture of Kerswell Montgomery.



Much has changed in the U.K. since the clock struck twelve ushering us into the 21st century. Old certainties are gone, loyalty in business or to a supplier is not worth a carrot. Times have been hard in this country, not like the 1930’s admittedly, no one has starved, yet this recession has been compared as being as bad.

Where once all girls aspired to pony ownership and to some extent, boys also, now they have so many other things to do, sadly, mostly involving a games console or PC, the responsibility of looking after an equine, 7 days a week 365 days a year seems a big ask. Where are all the young people coming from who are prepared to devote 30 or 40 years to breeding ponies of any variety? Too many ‘old hands’, stalwarts of the breeds have retired or passed on leaving a huge gap of knowledge and dedication to the breed and the Society.

All breed Societies need committees to keep them afloat and running smoothly. There is definitely a paucity of people prepared to give of their time and at their own expense to take on a mantle of what was always considered to be an honour and a privilege. It is with that situation manifest, the Shetland Council need to change the constitution to alleviate the situation, allowing a member for Wales and one for Northern Ireland in their own right.

It is common knowledge that I believe it shouldn’t matter geographically who serves on Council, especially since the internet has drawn everyone closer and perceptions that one part of the UK may be done down if not represented has proven to be nothing more than urban myth. Having said that, I know a lot of people have felt ‘disenfranchised or disconnected’ since Council reduced the overall number of seats. Similarly for Northern Ireland. Yes there are only a few studs for Shetland ponies in a province overrun with equines, and they must feel completely cut off and for those two reasons alone, but the quality of the ponies in those studs is very good and must be kept in the fold

The wise ‘counsel’ that has invariably been associated with both N.Ireland and Wales, that whether you are going to the AGM or not, if not you should fill in the proxy vote recently sent to you by the office, returning it, backing all of the Council’s propositions voting ‘for’. It will show council we care and reinstate a situation where everyone felt represented and ‘part of it’. GH

Royal Welsh Show brings 'double success' for the 'Boys from Devon' David & Julian.
Judge Mr N Vale, champion Sharptor Trinity (left) and reserve Top Rock Johntie (right).

A long trip to Bedfordshire County, but pleasing results for Daphne Elphick and Georgina Robins of Kingsacre stud, East Sussex.
Miniature Champion & Supreme Champion  Buxted Jemima ( Elphick / Robins Kings Acre)
Junior Miniature Champion Kings Acre Princess Beatrice ( Elphick / Robins Kings Acre Stud ) Buxted President Third and Best Miniature - in the standard and miniature stallion class

This is Beaudesert Dark Secret, known as Tildy.  We took her to the Performance show and were delighted when she won the veteran class.  She is 23 and although that is not a great age for a Shetland two years ago she was diagnosed with Cushings.  I thought seeing these photos might be a comfort to anyone else who has recently had a pony diagnosed with the same problem.
I must give all credit for her amazing condition to my friend Roslyn Bennett who has had the care of her for the last two and a half years.  When I broke my shoulder Roslyn came and collected both my mares and took them home with her and there they have stayed.   She is not on drugs for her condition but on a wonderful herbal supplement.  I would also like to thank Hazel Bennett, one of Tildy’s ex-riders, for showing her at Malvern.

And can I echo your sentiments about how special the performance show is for everyone.  We are not big show people but have been to Malvern many times since 1994 with various ponies and small children, there are classes for everyone.          Best wishes Joan Ferguson

Collytown ponies attended another open day event, this time raising funds for Power Pack a Devon based charity that creates opportunities for young wheel chair users. We helped raise a total of 175 which will go towards the amazing work this charity does to ensure these children get to live their life's to the max.
Although our ponies have never actually seen a wheel chair before they were not fazed and stood solid as a rock to be stroked by the children.
A great testimony for the breed, so kind & gentle.  Chamaine Blamey

Get off your knees in the show ring for the following reasons.............
a) you are showing a pony, not a dog.
b) It is incorrect, because should a pony get startled, at best you 'might' be able to get up and out of its way. You cannot dodge sideways or backwards and the age of some exhibitors, jumping up is a physical ability long gone.
c) You want to be taken seriously by the other breeds...............start acting appropriately
d) Not least, you look stupid.

N.B Should something occur that caused your pony to panic and injure you, your chance of compensation would be about nil, for 'not being in proper control'.

Replies........first one is from a judge.
You do make me chuckle, as reading your little quips on the web ,it took the words right out of my mouth. The times I look at people looking right down the nostrils of a cute foal, that really could be a ticking  time bomb waiting to explode and dance all over them.
Having bred, shown and handled foals from Irish Draught and Arabs down to ponies ,Kneeling down was never a option and carrying a dustbin lid to ward off flying feet was a live saver. I could add a few more silly poses to the list  but will refrain.

Performance show. 3 Counties showground.12-13 July.


A short shower on Sunday morning, welcomed, was the reality when a deluge was forecast, the show enjoyed fabulous sunny weather. Organiser Viv Hampton along with Sue Bearcroft and their stewards and judges must have been delighted with the show, reflecting their efforts. There was a very good in hand entry on the Sunday which is welcomed, but as the performance show, it strives to put on classes to suit every activity and level of ability in ridden and driven.

If you have never been, make a note in your diary for mid July next year. The children all play together and friendships formed and the event enjoys a barbecue in the evening.

Do make the effort to attend if you can, and if  as a parent, you could steward a few classes, i know the organisers would appreciate some help on the 2 days.

Here is a selection of some of the lovely photos that may be viewed and bought on www.emmpix.co.uk and shetland-pony.com thank them for providing this selection. GH


Some results from Great Yorkshire show. Judged by: John Harrison on 10.07.14
Dryfesdale Diversity : below,  First prize yeld mare and champion. Dryfesdale Delilah  : below right, First prize yearling. The Great Yorkshire show has recently affiliated, happy to promote the show.

The National Performance Shetland show held at the Three county show ground 13/07/2014
Snelsmore Nevada Miniature Champion and Reserve In-hand Supreme.
Kindy Heidi winner of the mare class and Reserve Miniature champion
Also in the picture her filly foal Snelsmore Roxanne taking the best foal rosette.
Pinglewood took both the Junior and Reserve Junior positions. 
A lovely grey standard pony won the supreme but not sure who it was 
One of memories of the show will always be seeing GH asleep in the front of the car, Kevin asleep in the back of the lorry, and baby asleep outside in the pram.
I wish I had a camera at that moment, it would have said it all.
True, I am the manifestation of sleeping beauty! More on performance show when results come through. Suffice at this stage to say it was a well run, happy event. GH

Last Saturday, eight year old Soffia Cynwyl and her pony Earlswood Joules took the Shetland Championship at The Clettwr Hunt Show under judge, Nigel Lewis and over the weekend, Soffia and Earlswood Joules were again Shetland Champions at the Tivyside Agricultural Show - also winning Best Ridden Shetland and Best Coloured Shetland - delighted!! A.F.

Collytown a fabulous day on Saturday 12th at Liskeard Show under Judge Mrs Shirley Cozens
Collytown Suki 1st in the 2&3 Year Old Miniature Class, Junior Miniature Champion, Overall Miniature Champion & Supreme Champion Shetland!
we were a little emotional to say the least, and very proud to join the other Champions in the main ring for the Supreme Light Horse Championship and parade.
It was also a family affair Ellie won the child handler class & younger sister Lauren (age 4) being placed a well deserved 3rd in a class of six children aged 12 & under, great day all round!

Yesterday at Caz's Fun show 13-07-2014,  two child handlers and 2 geldings showed that the gelding is no longer inferior in the show ring. Darklake Loki (bred by C.Seipp) & Jess Tropman won the 13years & under, Reserve Champion young handler, Senior Standard Champion & Overall Supreme of show. Little Madi Hannaford  & Kelliwic Bullseye (homebred) won the young handler under 8 class, solid colour class, Senior Miniature Champion & Reserve Supreme of Show. There were two very proud mums outside the ring I can tell you!

Central Scotland Shetland Pony Group Junior Members Kimberley Dow, age 10 with Earlswood Blake and Lewis Wilson, age 8 with Oakley of Auckhorn recently participated for the first time in the Fife Hunt Pony Club Junior 4 day camp with their geldings.

Oakley and Blake were put through their paces in dressage, cross country and show jumping disciplines and their red team won the points accumulator for inspection every morning. 

Very well done to you both, keep up the good work.     L.W.

Fairytail Hit The Jackpot , Overall shetland champion at Newport
agricultural show Shropshire July 2014,
Judged by Nigel Vale , owned and shown by the Mowview stud.


 A clear warning. With the Southern Group cancelling its summer show for the lack of pre entries, the writing is on the wall. If you want local ‘group shows’ to continue, it is imperative that closing dates for entries must be re established, and adhered to. Show secretaries are finding themselves 'ringing round to ask exhibitors 'are you entering the show this year'? THAT  is beyond the call of duty and it was the Southern group's secretary, quite rightly refusing to play that, that caused the cancellation. LET'S hope members adhere to the closing date for the autumn show, or lose it  they will. After all, County shows close entries 6 weeks before the show day. Group shows are run on a non profit making basis, or usually if there is a profit, it goes to the group’s funds. Nevertheless, organisers are concerned that a change in the weather could decimate the ‘entry on the day’ element, which has become the larger part. Organisers are concerned that where judges are booked to come a long way, that the entry warrants such effort by the appointed judges and expense to the show. Further, each class has to have rosettes from 1-5 ordered which can be wasted if only two entered in a class. If you want your group or local show to survive, make the commitment and enter by the closing day. Group and local shows are run for the benefit of exhibitors, not the organisers. Do not say you have not been  warned.

Full results of the 2014 National Breed Show of Wales  here
Class 53 should read 2nd Blackertor Unruffled - Jennifer Harris and 3rd Blackertor Perdy - S Yardley & A Rowbottom

And to underline the item below, this arrived this morning...........All foals sold. Realistic prices and hopefully things are improving. Also, of course, sold the mare and foal on shetland-pony.com.  Judy Freer. Merrylees stud Xx
GH says... Yes it takes time preparing pics etc, but update your site and response will follow.

No pop ups, no cookies, no advertising (apart from yours) no spyware or cookies or tracking. Just Shetland stuff in an unbeatable easy access format.

Shetland-pony.com. Maybe it’s because it was the first dedicated Shetland-pony site in the UK. Maybe it’s because my enthusiasm for maintaining it, promoting everything good about the Shetland pony in all its manifestations does not wane, whatever size, colour or in whatever it excels, or maybe because its address Shetland-pony.com  is so well known nationally and internationally, for all of those reasons and more, it remains the number one resource for enthusiasts to ‘visit’ regularly to find all things relevant to the breed.

It remains free of advertising and gizmos, easy to navigate, I’ve tinkered with the format, but you all enjoy its simplicity, so why fix what ain’t broke? Studs fold, people retire, but to date new studs come on to fill their places. Despite the facebook phenomenon, which I use to promote this web site, serious buyers still refer to the stud pages of Shetland-pony.com when looking for stock, probably because that’s where the quality ponies reside.

On a personal note, we no longer breed minis at Cranford. We’ve had a lot of fun with them over the years, but the last ten years we

have been more engaged with the ridden pony and hardly ever show minis in hand now and so over the last 5 years we have

dispersed them. From hereon in the intention is to breed 2 – 3 standard foals annually, and continue to enjoy competing with some of

them under saddle. With your continued support I will carry on reporting your news, continue driving upwards the perception of our

favoured breed,  and make sure your attention is drawn to the things I believe you should  know, without fear or favour. GH