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National Museum of Rural life Christmas Fair and foal show, East Kilbride, Glasgow on Sunday 4th December
Fayrefield Shetlands lead by 8yr old Sarah Leach were used to advertise the annual Christmas fair which welcomed families to see the shetland ponies, donkeys and alpacas, meet Santa and attend the Christmas panto amongst the many activities and craft stalls.
The shetlands on display were from several studs including Fayrefield, Dryfesdale and Glenmyvot made a good selection to represent  the shetland breed. The weather was kind and a great day was had by all.

Another Christmas looms and happily most of us will approach it in good health. I Doubt any of us will have gone through the last 12 months without  knowledge of a relative, friend or acquaintance that isn't either  'living with Cancer' or worse, succumbed to it. We 'the Shetland pony owners and breeders' have raised funds via this web site, for the nurses of MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT) where you may 'send Christmas greetings' by emailing me an image of  your choice and a greeting and I publish it on a dedicated page. You then work  out how much money you have saved on cards and postage, not sending cards to Shetland friends and send it to me instead, minimum £5 and of course no upper limit, just as much as you like. I keep a dedicated basic account at Barclays with £5 in it for the Macmillan appeal so having sent me image and wording, kindly make a donation (and advise by email you have donated) to the fund by :-

BANK TRANSFER sort code 20-27-94   Account 23256979

PAY PAL to gerry@showpony.com 'send money to friend or family' this avoids pay pal fee.

OR (Least preferred option), cheque payable to G Hart. Cranford, Berwick, E.Sussex. BN266TF (NOT MACMILLAN) as I have no facility to pay this in.

PLEASE SEND YOUR CARDS etc AS SOON AS YOU CAN. I'M READY. X  see www.shetland-pony.com/mac16

Just sent via Paypal donation to the very worthy cause above.  I have just lost a dear cousin to this awful disease and I know what a really brilliant job Macmillan nurses do.
Hope you raise loads for them. BJ
FABULOUS. THE FUND IS ALREADY PLEDGED £275 in less than 24hours !!

With Fandabbydosey off to her new home, her 'lovechild' Fabracadabra goes to the Southdown Hunt's children's meet with Daisy Wells aboard.

'Fab' is well broken and as not yet 4 we mean to turn her away, but an opportunity to meet hounds, albeit only for an hour being led, is all good experience gained. She needs to be bombproof for her 2017 intended l/rein jockey, Lucie.


Have you got any similar news?  ghkw@showpony.com

Christmas arrives early in Cornwall

Miniature Shetlands stole the limelight in the fancy dress class at the Cornish Association of Welsh Pony and Cob Society’s Christmas show. Friends, Sue Buckley and Pam Tabb – with respective grand-children – took first and second prizes with their topical themes. Here, sporting a very impressive beard, and a lamb on her shoulder is shepherd Pam with Elissa and Naomi. Tawna Boy George took the part of ‘Christmas Present’ with tinsel, Christmas stockings and flashing antlers, before being disrobed for the serious stuff – winning the small breeds class and being judged overall Reserve Champion gelding.


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 !

National foal show, and an Island bred foal bought through the Lerwick Sale is Champion Shetland. Well done to breeder Carole Laignel and new owners Tussilago stud.

Mini Filly foals 1st Mardlebrook Victoria 2nd Bwlchclawdd Glorious Girl 3rd Chasend Rosella
Mini colt foals 1st Gue Rioja. 2nd Hermits Moonstone. 3rd Mardlebrook Valient Soldier. 4th Robins Brae Ultimate.

Claire Wright bought Gue Rioja through Lerwick sales and brought him down. A very long journey for him but he coped admirably and has taken it all in his stride. He is a credit to his breeder Carole.

Standard colts 1st Coppice Musketeer 2nd ?? 3rd Kalipso Galaxy.
Standard filly 1st Somahouse Ruby 2nd Threapwood Miranda 3rd Hollydale Hearsay

Overall Shetland champion Gue Rioja Reserve Somahouse Ruby



Is proud to present a Second  Driving Clinic with Elinor Bosanquet of the Clothie Shetland Pony Stud from Aberdeen due to massive demand after her Clinic in 2015.

Anyone who is already driving or interested in driving their Shetland Pony in the future is invited to attend – wonderful opportunity for all!

Elinor is a partner in the renowned Clothie Shetland Pony Stud and competes at the top level in all aspects of carriage driving.  She drives single, pairs, and six in hand and is now competing very successfully with the home-bred Clothie  Team of Shetland Ponies.  She also drives Welsh Cobs.

Elinor is going to take us through the process of breaking a single up to driving multiples.  There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and “hands on” experience. SPS-SB Driven Performance Awards members are strongly encouraged to bring their own turnouts. 

Where:  Watt Meadow Equestrian Centre – 2 minutes drive off Junction 11 (Cannock) of M6.

When:  On Saturday 14 January 2017.

Please contact Willowe Keeley if you are interested to attend or require further details.

Mobile 07980 635292 01902 372238 willowe.keeley@virgin.net

 N.I. Shetland Pony Group Show

The organising committee welcomed Douglas Macarthur and Tony Bell to judge at the Group’s end of season show.

Douglas judged the SPSBS affiliated classes and Tony took care of the unaffiliated fun classes.

Thank you to all the exhibitors for supporting the show and congratulations to the prize winners.  

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

Principal Results

Novice Champion                                            Westpark Elderberry                      Sharon Cumberland

Reserve Novice                                                Sugen Puff’s Honey                        Celeste Walkden

Junior Champion                                              Ronelle Indigo Rose                        Sharon Cumberland

Reserve Junior                                                  Ronelle Ebony                                   Sharon Cumberland 

Ridden Champion                                            Kilshane Galaxy                                Charlotte Glenn

Reserve Ridden                                                                Beltoy Kizzara                                    Amelia Wheeler

Supreme & Senior Champion                     Burnside Lennon                              Sharon Cumberland

Reserve Supreme & Senior                         Glenlough Persuasion                    Sharon Cumberland

2016/NISPG Show. Supreme Champion & Reserve

2016/NISPG Show - Best Miniature

2016/NISPG Show - Best First Ridden


                                                                                                                        2016/NISPG Show - Best Lead Rein

South West Shetland Pony Group Autumn Show 2016
Here are the results. We had a lovely sunny, but cold day, for our show today but members came out in good numbers with their lovely well turned out ponies. The committee would like to thank all members who came and supported the show today and a big thank you goes to I.Bailey for judging the classes today. 

Foal Champion- Collytown Mardi Gras/ A & C Blamey

Reserve Foal Champion- Robins Brae Ultra/ S.Cozens

Miniature Junior Champion- Collytown Riviera/ A & C Blamey

Reserve Junior Champion- Tawna Poldark/ A.Runnalls & F.Hammond 

Standard Champion- Kerlock Verity/ C.Chapple

Reserve Standard Champion- Darklake Mr Moon/ Miss C.Seipp

Miniature Senior Champion- Collytown Fabian/ C.Rundle

Reserve Miniature Senior Champion- Tawna Star/ A.Runnalls & F.Hammond

Overall Champion- All About Anna/ E.Reid

Reserve Overall champion- Collytown Fabian/ C.Rundle

Sheila Gibson. R.I.P. It is with unbearable sadness that I have to tell you of the death on Friday, 4th November, of my lovely mum Sheila Gibson of the Coppice Stud.  She was 89. Mom founded the stud in 1981 with a filly foal, Glenfall Contessa, and the foundation mare Chatsworth Dolly Vera, adding a black colt foal, the Wetherden bred Glenfall Excelsior in 1983 and later adding coloured stock such as Firebird of Spring Cottage and Newtown Peppermint.  The lovely ponies that came from those early beginnings over the past 35 years are too numerous to mention here and one day I would like to write a definitive history of the stud, together with more about the life of this wonderful lady.  She was quietly strong and fearless, kind and gentle, having survived diphtheria before she was ten, a disease which was a killer in those days.  She married her childhood sweetheart, Bob Gibson, and had four children, Martin, Julia Ann, Stephen and Louisa Jane.  Her family was her life, together with her dogs and ponies and the countryside.  She was never happier than when she was showing her ponies in hand, which she continued to do well into her seventies, winning her last championship with her beloved Coppice Dolly Diana at the age of 79.  I know it’s a cliché, but they really did throw away the mould when they made my mum.  She will be dreadfully missed.         Julia

Coppice Dolly Diana and Sheila winning the Shetland Pony Championship at the
National Midlands in Hand Show 2001, for the second year running.


     52nd Anniversary Show and Sale of Registered Shetland Ponies

 Aberdeen and Northern Marts welcomed an entry of 77 for its 52nd-anniversary show and sale of registered pedigree Shetland ponies at Thainstone today.

Champion of the standard section – judged by Mrs R A Provan Summerfield Glenfarg Perthshire – was a 2009 born bay mare from I G Burgess, 13 Clickimin Road, Lerwick, which was unsold. Reserve champion was a 2010 born bay and white stallion from Mrs J Syme Schiehallion, Netherdale Walls, which sold for 500gn to D Barr, Belmont Cottage, Lewes, Sussex.

Mr D Robertson’s, Little Balmae, Ash Road, Terregles, Dumfries, 2007 chestnut mare was selected miniature champion by judge R S Pitcairns, 172 Alloway Drive, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, and sold for 650gn to N S Wilson, Mingulay, Alford. The reserve champion was a 2013 born skewbald stallion from D Findlayson, Hillcrest, Duncanstone, Dingwall, and sold for 200gn to J Mitchell, Mid Craigton, Newton Mearns.

The top price of the sale was 2,000gn paid by D Elphick, New Barn Farm, Stunts Green, Herstmonceux, East Sussex, for a black mare lot 41 from James D Swan, Teanahaun Croft, Connon Bridge.

 Prize List

Standard Section – Colt Foal


Champion and 1st


No 21 Kevin Hay Marelestoon Aith Bixter


No 11 D S McArthur 17 John Street Queenspark Nairn

No 20 Kevin Hay Marelestoon Aith Bixter

No 38 Miss E Smith Berry Farm Scalloway



Standard Section – Filly – 1, 2 or 3 year old



No 69 Mrs J Syme Schiehallion Netherdale Walls

No 12 Mr W & Miss P Robertson 32 Newhame Road Montrose

No 5 Mrs J L Lowthian Zetland Gamblesby Penrith




Standard Section - Mare


Champion and 1st




No 46 I G Burgess 13 Clickimin Road Lerwick


No 7 Ms N Maternaghan Hartrigge Gardens Coggate Hartrigge Jedburgh

No 76 D Robertson Little Balmae Ash Road Terregles Dumfries

No 42 J SwanTeanahaun Croft Connon Bridge








Standard Section – Entire Male



No 13 W & Miss P Robertson 32 Newhame Road Montrose Angus


Standard Section – Licenced Stallion


Reserve champion and 1st

No 68 Mrs J Syme Schiehallion Netherdale Walls


Miniature Section – Colt Foal


Champion and 1st


No 49 Robin’s Brae Stud, Dunrossness

 No 64 Stranduff Shetland Ponies Stranduff Aboyne

No 24 Mrs G Alston 12 Yule Square Huntly

No 48 Robin’s Brae Stud, Dunrossness






Miniature Section – Filly Foal




No 23 Mrs G Alston 12 Yule Square Huntly

No 60 Stranduff Shetland Ponies Stranduff Aboyne

No 61 Stranduff Shetland Ponies Stranduff Aboyne

No 63 Stranduff Shetland Ponies Stranduff Aboyne





Miniature Section – Mare


Champion and 1st

No 73 D Robertson Little Balmae Ash Road Terregles Dumfries


No 77 D Robertson Little Balmae Ash Road Terregles Dumfries

No 1 Mrs S Henderson Weston Deskford





Miniature Section – Entire Male



No 44 D Findlayson Hillcrest Duncanstone Dingwall


Miniature Section – Stallion


Reserve Champion and 1st


No 43 D Findlayson Hillcrest Duncanstone Dingwall



No 37 Miss A I Irvine Kininvie Blackford Rothienorman






Other Leading prices:


Chestnut Filly Foal from Mrs H Emslie Holmhead, Logie Coldstone 500gn; piebald stallion from Mrs L J Burgess Robins Brae Dunrossness 500gn; palomino mare from Mrs S Henderson Weston Deskford 500gn


Sale of harnesses, models, stud books etc


Stud book volume 67, £50; inhand brown leather show bridle £45; webbing head collars £35; 1950s Shetland pony stub book society car badge £35; English standard in hand bridle £30

                Robin’s Brae Stud, Dunrossness     lot 49                                                                       2016 Standard Champion - lot 46                                                                        Miniature Champion - lot 73

The Wessex Shetland Pony Group had its last show of the 2016 season on Sunday 30th October. Here are the results. Our judges were Mrs G Wright and Mrs M Matthews. C.H.
Supreme Champion: Kingswood Arwen - Mrs D Woodley
Reserve Supreme Champion: Buxted Evangalist - J Hawkins family shown by Mrs J Jones. 

Miniature Junior Champion – Snelsmore Quizmaster   

Reserve Miniature Junior Champion – Buxted Principle Boy  


Miniature Senior Champion – Buxted Evangelist                           

Miniature Reserve Senior Champion – Shawdene Claret     


Miniature overall Champion – Buxted Evangelist                           

Reserve overall Champion – Snelsmore Quizmaster   


Standard Junior Champion – Kingswood Arwen                        

Reserve Standard Junior Champion – Westbridgepark Bombay Sapphire                  


Standard Senior Champion – Bellever Eternal Flame     

Standard Reserve Senior Champion – Buxted Daniel                          


Standard overall Champion – Kingswood Arwen                        

Reserve overall Champion – Bellever Eternal Flame     


Ridden Champion – Ulverscroft Select

Reserve Ridden – Abb Fab


Supreme Champion – Kingswood Arwen                        

Reserve Supreme Champion – Buxted Evangelist                 


Halloween Horrors!

Pam Tabb...as you have never seen her, with her eight year old twin grand-children Elissa and Naomi, and Tawna Boy George. This gruesome group won a huge fancy dress class at the St Austell Bay Equestrian Club’s Halloween horse show.



Settled and much loved in Ireland by Carol O'dea. Sold by Cranford stud as an 11 year old to Bantac stud on a promise of 'home for life'. (Well 4 years anyway. Circumstances change) had a few good years with the Edern stud and then various.

I am so pleased to see him settled where he is much loved and valued. I think if I had my time again I wouldn't have raised and licensed as many stallions. Problem being, if it was good, sound straight  moving and good pedigree, it reflected well on the stud. We all did it and it was a mistake, hence far too many stallions and a fall in prices.

Stallions are special, half of any breeding programme, but the hard facts, especially in minis, once a breeder has used a bought in stallion for two or three years, he'll be off as they license his progeny.

I don't mind colts in standard ponies, geldings are sought for riding and some, not enough sadly, for driving. Enjoy your life Nureyev, you deserve it. GH

Wessex Shetland Pony Group Open Autumn show.
Kingston Maurward college. Dorchester

1st place filly foal Shandwick Betsy-Mae.

NEW for the ponies for sale page.........For breeders who have castrated colts they have bred, may now advertise such ponies on a dedicated page via a link on the normal ponies for sale page. advertising will be at the same rate, ie from £10. THE DIFFERENCE BEING, ADVERTS WILL STAY 'LIVE' FOR UP TO 6 MONTHS. PLEASE ADVISE WHEN YOUR ADVERTISED PONY IS SOLD. PLEASE SPREAD THIS NEWS AMONGST ALL BREEDERS SO THAT IT BECOMES FIRST CALL FOR THOSE LOOKING TO BUY A GELDING.

Lerwick Shetland Pony Show & Sale 2016

The 57th Annual Lerwick Shetland Pony show and Sale were held on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October 2016 at the Shetland Rural Centre.  The Pony Breeders of Shetland Association (PBSA) in conjunction with Shetland Livestock Marketing Group (SLMG) and Aberdeen and Northern Marts (ANM) once again hosted the sale of registered pedigree ponies.   There were 67 ponies entered for the sale with 66 forward, almost the same number entered last year and once again all very good quality ponies.   The ponies began arriving at the Mart on the Thursday afternoon prior to the sale and exhibitors and potential buyers were invited to socialise together and enjoyed a fantastic spread of soup, sandwiches and home bakes laid on by the PBSA.  Due to the Mart being busy the show returned to its historical slot on the Thursday evening preceding the show.  The show of ponies to be sold commenced at 6pm with good entries in all classes. 


The Judge for this year’s show was Mrs Marion Matthews who travelled from Cornwall to officiate.  She remarked on the good quality stock which came in front of her and praised the efforts of the Pony Breeders of Shetland.  The best Colt Foal and Champion Foal at the Show was the miniature skewbald Robin’s Brae Ultimate from the Burgess Family, Dunrossness and Best Filly Foal was the standard Bay Laaward Tess from S. Flaws, Virkie.  Overall Show Champion was the 39.5” Bay 3 year old Licensed Colt Hollydell Harken and Reserve Champion was the 8 year old 40.25” Black Licensed Stallion both from S & J Rendall, Nesting.  For the full show results see below. 


The Friday morning commenced at 9am with a parade of the show prize winners which was also broadcast live via i-bidder as it had not been possible to stream the actual show.  After the success of the I-bidder Online Auction system the last 2 years those involved were hopeful of another good response from buyers unable to attend the sale.  Photographs and details of the lots for sale were available to be viewed online for several weeks prior to the sale to generate interest and give buyers a chance to make enquiries and choose their purchase.  On the day a live audio and video feed of the show and sale was streamed online enabling the whole world to watch with many ponies being sold through i-bidder.  This year saw what appeared to be an increase in buyers travelling to Shetland to purchase ponies.  One particular buyer, Mr Bloemers, had driven all the way from Holland to buy a particular pony and was very grateful to have been able to make use of the generous Northlink sponsorship deal which the PBSA had secured.


The sale was a very mixed affair with some ponies achieving good prices and some failing to attract bids.  Average prices for ponies sold were: Stallions 600gns, Geldings 139gns, 1, 2 & 3 year old Entire Males 433gns, Colt Foals 258gns, Filly Foals 109gns, Mares 237gns and Fillies 95gns.  The leading prices were;  Filly foals: Gardie Jorgie 600gns Not Sold, Gardie Jess 260gns Not Sold.  Colt foals: Robin’s Brae Ultimate 950gns G Cross, Milton Keynes.  Benston Valentino 180gns Not Sold.  Fillies: Robin’s Brae Serena 180gns Not Sold, Musselbrough Annika 130gns Not Sold.  Mares: Tawna Melody 630gns N Taylor, Edinburgh. Breckenlea Geneva 5oogns G Cross Milton Keynes.  Entire Males:  Hollydell Harken 1000gns S Belton, Milton Keynes.  Gandalf Fra Oya 900gns Not Sold.  Geldings: Sir James of Berry 280gns J lamb, Essex. Merkisayre Sea Duble 180gns J lamb, Essex.


Lerwick Shetland pony Sale Show Results 2016

Miniature Filly Foal

1.     Tupton Sula – J W Laurenson – Not Sold

2.     Gerratoun Minnie – Alan Clark – Not Sold

3.     Westergarth Delight – Valerie Johnson – 160gns to Norman Taylor, Edinburgh

Miniature Colt Foal

1.     Robin’s Brae Ultimate – Burgess Family – 950gns to G Cross, Milton Keynes

2.     Gue Royale – Carole Laignel – Not Sold

3.     Benston Valentino – Mari Williamson – Not Sold

Standard Filly Foal

1.     Laaward Tess – Sonja Flaws – 175gns to C Smith, Scalloway

2.     Silva of Kirkatown – D A Laurenson – 50gns to D Zblewski, Muir of Ord

3.     Seagrind Olivia – Morgan Goodlad – Not Sold

Standard Colt Foals

1.     Berglie Julian – Bergli Stud – Not Sold

2.     Northharrier Victory – Penny Gear – Not Sold

3.     Northharrier Valiant – Penny Gear – Not Sold

1, 2 & 3 Fillies

1.     Musselbrough Annika – Janice Priest – Not Sold

2.     Robin’s Brae Serena – Burgess Family – Not Sold

3.     Grutness Sugar – Myrna Flaws – 95gns to J Macdonald, New Pitsligo

1, 2 & 3 Colts

1.     Hollydell Harken – S & J Rendall – 1000gns to S Belton, Milton Keynes

2.     Merkisayre Calvados – Merkisayre Stud – 260gns to J Lamb, Essex

3.     Gardie Icon – Amanda Slater – 40gns to L Cochrane, Kilwinning

Mares 4+

1.     Griesta Brea – Myrna Flaws – 275gns to A & M Manson, Skeld

2.     Breckenlea Geneva – Amanda Slater – 500gns to g Cross, Milton Keynes

3.     Laaward Gael – Sonja Flaws – 160gns to C Smith, Scalloway

Stallion/Gelding 4+

1.     Eynhallow Black Majestic – S & J Rendall – 600gns to Mr Bloemers, Holland

2.     Gandalf Fra Oya – Bergli Stud – Not Sold

3.     Sir James of Berry – Merkisayre Stud – 280gns to J Lamb, Essex


Best Filly Foal at Sale (Kiora Shield): Laaward Tess

Best Colt Foal at Sale (Kiora Shield): Robin’s Brae Ultimate

Champion Foal: Robin’s Brae Ultimate

Show Champion (D B Robertson Memorial Trophy): Hollydell Harken

Reserve Champion: Eynhallow Black Majestic

Milne Cup - Best Foal from Unst: Silva of Kirkatown

Stranduff Rosebowl – Best filly foal from all Shetland Shows: Bergli Gloria

Irvine Cup - Best colt foal from all the Shetland Shows: Merkisayre Julian


Of the 24 show prize winners 15 were either evaluated ponies or from evaluated parent/s.  Champion and reserve ponies are both evaluated Stallions.  The best filly foal and best colt foal are by evaluated stallions and all trophy winners are either evaluated or from evaluated stock.  Huge thanks to everyone for their continued support. R.F

                            Hollydell Harken. champion.                                                                          Eynhallow Black Majestic res.

Harry and Edward Jones took their Shetlands Coppice Prudence and Degai Beauty to a local cross country course.  This was a first for Degai Beauty as she has only recently started jumping so her first ever course of jumps let alone cross country! She produced a great clear and came 5th, Edward and Prudence were just out of the placings but had a great round. Sophie Jones.

Garthspool lucca - overall champion foal

Snelsmore rouge - overall show champion




'I love it when a plan comes together' (A Team quote). Some nice messages received.

Dear Gerry,  I do hope you are keeping well. Thanks to your website, I have sold 3 foals and would be very grateful if you could put Sold on the 3 following foals:-Liscombepark Susie, Liscombepark Alfie, Liscombepark Katy. Very many thanks, see you Wednesday.   Judith x

Wow what a wonderful surprise . Received my trophy for  the awards scheme today for Hodeam Amelie in the l/r section.
Absolutely lovely. A BIG THANK YOU to Gerry Hart and all sponsors. Roll on next year.
Regards. Sonia Cowie-Bland, Hodeam Shetlands 

Very pleased with my memento for Coedgleision Polly - most points for 3 year old miniature Shetland filly in the shetland-pony.com showing league. Thank you Gerry Hart for organizing it and keeping the league and to the sponsors. L.M.

We are delighted to have received the Bohemia Crystal paperweight in acknowledgement of Tawna Freckles’ success in the show ring this year. Many thanks once again to yourself, and all concerned with the Shetland-pony.com points league. Well done to all who took part. A R and F H

Thank you for the beautiful computer mouse, love it, something very different & now sitting pride of place on my desk. A huge thank you for administering the results scheme & to the sponsors for their support; very much appreciated! MB

Many thanks for the  award, it arrived safe this morning, not sure how to attach the wires and ball to its under carriage,  it's sat on my desk and have already mixed it up with the comp mouse. Have a good sale at reading. J.B.

What a really nice surprise for myself and my stallion, who did all the work by the way. So on behalf of Enigma Xquisite and myself I would like to say a big thank you to the sponsors and to Gerry Hart for all of his hard work. It has been great fun and Thank you.E.F.

It was a lovely surprise to come home from Reading sales to find my showing scheme memento in my pile of unopened post.
Thank you so much for all your hard work organising this award scheme every year. J.P.

Mementoes, acknowledging show ring success in 2016 were posted on Saturday 15th October, so you should receive by midweek and an email acknowledging receipt appreciated.
They are engraved including the name of sponsors...........and I apologise in advance to Mike and Joy Barugh for omitting to include 'Birchmoor' from the engraving, who have always been enthusiastic supporters and sponsors. Entirely my error, I can only put it down to a combination of 'the pills' and creeping old age.

Chiltern Group show 09/10/2016 Judge Mrs Campbell

A lovely group show held at Addington Equestrian centre. The organisers all worked really hard, so friendly and helpful. 
Results in the affiliated ring were Supreme Champion standard stallion Briar Piccolo and Reserve Supreme Champion Yearling Miniature colt Snelsmore Sundance.
The unaffiliated ring seemed very popular, could hear lots of giggles from that direction, all the children seem to be having a great time.  


Couldn't have put it better myself! GH

Wow!! Issy (Isabel Hanson) and Sharptor Bellisima 2nd at HOYS in Open Dartmoor/Exmoor/Shetland!!! Into International Arena tonight!!! Thank you Julian Walters and Debbie Barr for everything!!!!! pic left.

And pic right, Lotuspoint Cassius 8th place, Owner is Sarah Evans, Rider is Emily Alice Stobbart. HOYS 2016, great results for the Shetland ponies. CH

Sharptor Trinity, CUDDY FINAL at HOYS 2ND PLACE PONY SECTION. Well done Julian Walters. Great advert for the Shetland breed.

T&S 'Reading' catalogue may be viewed here. Actual catalogue from T&S £6.00
tel 01189 508611 pay by card.

IF you subscribe to shetland-pony.com ie you have a link or website listed, AND if you are sending stock to Reading sale, you may send a photo to me, with name/age/gender and I will publish on the 'for sale' page FREE OF CHARGE.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Results of those entered in 2016 results scheme are here

Standard yearling colt
Buxted Nimrod. Owned by Rita Bundock  30

mini yearling colt
Snelsmore Spectre. Mr & Mrs C. Percy  80

Standard yearling filly
No entries

Mini yearling filly

Tawna Freckles owned by Tawna stud  80

Standard 2 year old filly
 Sharptor About Anna. Ella Reed  88

Mini 2 y/old filly
Lignite Swingtime L Jamieson   91

Standard 3 year old filly
Isle of Mona Sheena. Isle of Mona Stud  114

Mini 3 y/old filly
Coedgleision Polly  Lel Mayfield  65

Standard 2/3 years colt
Buxted Minstrel.  D Elphick/G. Robins.  84

Mini 2/3 years colt
Snelsmore Quiz Master 3y/o Snelsmore 68
Wotknotts Midge 2 yrs  43. C&T Ridgers

Standard mare
Felicity's Fleur. 89   Barugh Family

Mini mare
Gott Mabs. 90. Owned by G Smith

Standard gelding
Cranford Frizzle 52. Corley Oak stud

Mini Gelding
Gue Quoys 14 Maria Bulloch

Standard Stallion
 Wikners Gryffendor. 96. Beltoy N.I.

Mini stallion
Enigma Exquisite. E Fitzhugh 84points

Lead rein pony.
Cranford Airfrost. Snaith/Davies. Rider. I Davies

Specials to Shawdene, success over many ponies shown. Reece Macleod, youngest handler. Hodeam Amelie. r/up lead rein.


ALL those listed will receive appropriate mementoes in due course, thanks to sponsors. Enigma, Beltoy, Halstock and Sharptor Studs.
There have been a couple of issues in the 'uploading' of this page which I hope now sorted. GH.

East Anglian Shetland Pony Group Performance Show Sunday 25th Sept
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that attend our performance show on what was a very wet start but fortunately it soon vanished and turned in to a lovely dry day. We had 3 fantastic judges Mr Guy Hurst, Mrs Gill Cowell and Mr Justin Cowels. Our concerns for the ridden ring was a distance memory with lots of late in entries coming forward on the day, Mrs Cowell had the hard job of judging the very strong ridden section with her champion eventually coming from the lead rein class with Flora Hayes and her Beautiful black mare Kerloch Eliza. We had Mr Cowels in the driving section which found his champion in Alison Ramplings and Danni Claydons, Ramnaberg Davie putting in a flawless performance. We had a great amount of entries in the in hand section where we saw Mr Hurst find his overall champion in the form of a lovely two year old filly Spinneybank Tinkerbell owned by Mrs Betsy Cawley and shown by Matthew Cawley. Much to their delights Spinneybank Tinkerbell then went on to taking the top honours of best in show. We also had a brilliant reception to our new fun section which saw beaming smiles all round and some very happy children and adults a like with the stunning grey gelding Hackmore Black Narcissus and Isabella Stanley with her huge smile taking the fun championship. JL


East Anglian Show. RESULTS

Notice of Memorial service for Caroline Henry, by Chris Henry.

I am organising a memorial service for Caroline to be held at Wells Cathedral at 14.15 on 11th November 2016 and as Caz always wanted the

service to be a child friendly event.

I have two very simple aims for this service with the first being a fitting thanksgiving for Caz. The second and most important is to deliver a

 happy, celebratory memory of Izzy and Oliver's Mummy to ensure that a “funeral” memory can be as positive a memory as I can make it for

 my children.

Please join us afterwards for cream tea at the Swan Hotel. No need for a sombre dress code this is a celebration!

Chris Henry.

IF you are entered for results league, you must make any submissions etc by 30th September. That is the final date for this year's results to be declared. GH.

Principle result from the Southern Shetland Pony group show 25/09/2016
Miniature Junior Champion
Tussilago Natural Blonde, R Luck
Reserve Miniature Junior Champion
Snelsmore Starburst, A Goatley
Miniature Senior Champion
Hillash Bruce, G Phipps
Reserve Miniature Senior Champion
Buckholt Fieldfare, B Westall
Miniature Ring Champion
Hillash Bruce, G Phipps
Reserve Miniature Ring Champion
Tussilago Natural Blonde, R Luck
Standard Junior Champion
Sharptor About Anna, E Reed
Reserve Standard Junior Champion
Sharptor Knighthood, C Evans
Senior Standard Champion
Buxted Daniel, J & R Jones
Reserve Senior Champion
Threapwood Vela II, B Westall
Standard Ring Champion
Sharptor About Anna, E Reed
Reserve Standard Ring Champion
Buxted Daniel, J & R Jones

Ridden Champion
Serenteifi Sian Huclolus, C Randall
Reserve Ridden Champion
Blackertor Redstar, D Bellamy
Driven Champion
Greenhurst Daytime, L Sayers
Reserve Driven Champion
Hestigarth Ike & Jetson Loxton Hill, S Newell
Gelding Champion
Waterpitts Elegant Lord, T Dashwood
Reserve Gelding Champion
Blackertor Redstar, D Bellamy
Supreme Champion
Sharptor About Anna, E Reed
Reserve Supreme Champion
Greenhurst Daytime, L Sayers
Reserve, Reserve Supreme Champion
Serenteifi Sian Huclolus, C Randall


Southern group Show report results


Thanks to everyone for making the Southern Shetland group Autumn show in memory of Caroline Henry a success. For those who were unable to attend our show a memorial service for Caroline will be held at Wells Cathedral, Somerset BA5 2UF on the 11th of November at 14.15.
Our two Judges Anna Stevens, Lara Joslin, and Probationer judge Louise Wilson all travel long distances, thanks to everyone they had a lovely selection of ponies presented to them. All my worries of too few competitors a couple of days before were unnecessary, classes were generally well supported with lots of new faces. The day ran fairy smoothly thanks to Cliff keeping competitors coming. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, for some it was the beautiful memorial rosettes, others it was the cake, but for me it was great seeing the kids smiles. After a long discussion and a lot of walking up and down our final line up of well-groomed ponies our Supreme Champion sponsored by Thimberby and Shorland was chosen. It went to a very delighted Ella Reed and her Standard Ring Champion, Sharptor About Anna. For most of us watching it was a slightly tearful moment watching brave Izzy presented the supreme Trophy in memory of her mum. Lin Sayers and Greenhurst Daytime with their lovely performance and beautiful driving turnout took Reserve Supreme and finally Callum Randall riding Sereneifi Sain Huclolus who never put a foot wrong all day took the Reserve Reserve Supreme. JP


IF you subscribe to shetland-pony.com ie you have a link or website listed, AND if you are sending stock to Reading sale, you may send a photo to me, with name/age/gender and I will publish on the 'for sale' page FREE OF CHARGE.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW

This received from Gill Lloyd of Cotmullion stud in Wales. On hearing that the Reading sale WILL take place.

Great news :) Well done you :) I have not sold at Reading for years and it will no doubt, cost us loads to attend. ie. kennels for our dogs left behind, animal care for animals left behind, overnight stay, day off work, diesel, bridge toll cost.... etc etc.... hey ho... what else should we do..... there are lots of sellers my way who now have no other option... so well done you..... I shall also address Brightwells because they have now pulled the plug on the shetland sale in Builth which previously gave all the Welsh breeders (of which there are many... and some really good stock are bred here too...!) as to how they think they will get big entries for a Shetland Sale when they are sold in the 3rd week of September...?? :( Put it at the end of October ( ie. after the cob sales !) and they could get a huge response... ie. there are a large amount of Welsh breeders producing good stock and nowhere to e sell them now !! ?? how many people living this way have foals to sell - all ready and weaned and 18 wks old in mid September... ???? Some of us, like myself, live 800 ft up.... we do not want a foal born in frigging March or April... :( I rest my case :) Thanks Gerry - you do a great job and perhaps we will see you at Reading.  I shall buy you a drink ..... is that pub still open ?? x

Got to say, I agree wholeheartedly with Gill’s points. In the boom times prior to the financial crash and resultant austerity, plenty of auctioneers were happy to jump on the gravy train. Thimbleby and Shorland, whilst they are a business have maintained the Society sale, more recently to maintain the historic link than pecuniary advantage. Bugger Builth and Brightwells, if everyone who had stock to go to auction went to Reading, all the buyers would go there ending up with more ponies, more buyers and better prices which would go some way to offset costs. I support Reading as a matter of reciprocation of their loyalty to us. We should all do the same. IMO. GH.PS. SADLY THE PUB HAS GONE.


48th READING AUTUMN SHOW & SALE OF SHETLAND PONIES – 19th October 2016 Just a reminder that the entries for the above sale close on Friday 16th September, so RING OR EMAIL YOUR INTENT NOW.  Entry forms available at Thimbleby & Shorland web site – www.tsauction.co.uk or from the office 0118 9508611

I get the impression T&S will NOT be phoning, emailing vendors encouraging them to enter this year. So, if you have traditionally sent stock to the sale at Reading and you do not want the sale to fold. USE IT OR LOSE IT. GH


The group performance show is on the 25th September at World Horse Welfare, Snetterton, Norfolk.  There are in-hand, ridden and driven
classes as well as fun classes. Fabulous prizes for the children and lovely rosettes, floral garlands and
sashes. Still time to get those pre entries in. Late entries taken on the day. 

The ridden classes are L/R, F/R and Open along with a ridden and supreme championship.
So far we have ONE pre-entry for the ridden, although we do know of a few more who are intending to come.  Entries are taken on the day
It's a really friendly show, the schedule is available on horsedates.co.uk and on the EASPG Facebook page. or here
If people could drop the Facebook page a message to let us know if they are able to come along  that would be great. AB

CLOSING DATE FOR RESULTS SCHEME  If you have ponies entered in Shetland-pony.com’s results scheme, all submissions must be completed by 30th September. Kindly send results in this format.

Name of pony/Age    name of show/date   judge   class entered     placed and ch/ships if any.

This scheme stops awarding points at ring level, ie, standard champion, or miniature champion. Just refresh your self of the rules if unsure. Find them on www.shetland-pony.com/2016


 SPSBS BREED SHOW, BUILTH. www.shetland-pony.com/wales

Results of the 2016 Breed Show held at Builth Wells 28th August 2016. HERE

25th Anniversary Viking Show

Sunday the 21st of August saw the Pony Breeders of Shetland Association host their 25th Anniversary Shetland Pony Show.  A change of venue to the Cunningsburgh Show Field proved successful and although the weather was not in our favour on the day this did not dampen the spirits of the many exhibitors and spectators.

 The Viking Show is a major event in the Shetland pony calendar, attracting spectators from Shetland, Mainland Britain and beyond.  It gives exhibitors the chance to not only compete against each other but also show the world what Shetland has to offer.  The show began in 1991 with one ring at Gott Farm.  It has continued to grow in popularity over the years and currently occupies three rings comprising of Miniature, Standard and Performance ponies, with this year’s entries at 189.  Thanks must go to the Cunningsburgh Show Committee for providing our new venue.

Our judges this year, Mr L Gregory, Mme Y Held and Ms I Spence, travelled from England, France and Scotland, and all three judges commented on the quality of ponies forward on the day.  We also welcomed many visiting Shetland Pony enthusiasts to our show from Finland and France who echoed the judges’ opinion of the Shetland ponies here within the Isles.

The Show committee wish to express their gratitude to everyone who helped in any way to make this year’s event possible.  Without the support and assistance of many individuals, it could not enjoy its continued success.  Thank you to all individuals, Studs and businesses for class sponsorship. CLICK for full results. R.F.

L to R Hollydell Hazard, Rebecca Fraser, Irene Spence, Hollydell royal Command, Arianna Robertson, Avie Robertson

Hollydell Hearsay Cahmpion Foal Jane Rendall Yvonne Held.jpg

Snelsmore Karisma

Snelsmore Karisma

Hollydell Hazard Rebecca Fraser And opposite

Merkiayre Dior Standard Champion

Merkisayre Dioran Standard Reserve Champion

<<<< Robin's Brae Topaz Reserve Miniature Champion


More pictures will be added as we get them.Enjoy!


There is also a Lerwick Pony Sale Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/580607912010253/

History repeated itself yesterday at Kington Agricultural Show, judge Mr R Griffiths, when Lathom Joyful took the Standard and Overall Shetland Championship with Snelsmore Nevada standing Reserve repeating the line up of 2014 and best of all Joyful won our own Native Pony Bridles trophy that we donated last year. 
Lathom Joyful went forward to represent the breed in a strong Supreme Show Championship, judged by Mr. Terry Court, where she was pulled into the final 6 line up.
Reserve Miniature Champion was awarded to Glen Smith's mare Gott Mabs after winning a strong miniature class with over 14 ponies forward.

Spinneybank Jasmine. 


Competed  for the first time in Dressage. Won  the lead rein section at The Dressage Festival  held at Nineacres, Stapleton Leicester.

Ridden  by little Rose Cassapi, led by  her mother Tracey Cassapi. C.S.


Results for Mini Mania, 3rd September 2016
Standard Youngstock

Champion – Hannah Britland with Melland Nula Rose
Reserve Champion – Nina Smith with Embers Black Knight
Standard Senior Champion –Kate Hampton with Latham Joyful
Reserve Champion – Shirley Nadin with Clayland Stirling
Standard Shetland Overall Championship
Champion – Kate Hampton with Latham Joyful
Reserve Champion – Hannah Britland with Melland Nula Rose 

Champion – Joanna Soloman with Buxted Juliexe
Reserve Champion – Laura O’Nions with Hermits Elissai
Youngstock Champs
Champion – Shoreside with Buxted Juliexe
Reserve Champion – Lucy Pope with Lornath Jigsaw
Senior Champs
Champion – Glen Smith with Gott Mabs
Reserve Champion – Laura O’Nions with Hermits Elissa
Overall Mini Shetland Champion
Champion – Glen Smith with Gott Mabs
Reserve Champion – Shoreside with Buxted Juliexe
Overall Gelding Championship
Champion – Shirley Nadin with Claylands Stirling
Reserve Champion – Ebony with Blackstone Folly Love Bug




RESERVE BEST IN SHOW CHAMPION (& Highest Placed Shetland)
(photograph of Lathom Joyful - Reserve Best in Show (highest placed Shetland) )

Results for Usk Show. report S.J.
Judge Mr N Vale
Standard Youngstock 1,2 & 3 year old
1st - Harwell Eliza - Mrs Newton
2nd - Stepley Tethys - Angela Hawkins
3rd - Stepley Taurus - Mrs Newton
Standard over 4
1st - Degai Beauty - Mrs Sophie Jones (pictured)
2nd - Sharptor Dego - Mrs Newton
3rd and best gelding - Lloegr Dumbledor - Mrs Sarah Lloyd
Miniature Youngstock 1,2 & 3
1st - Kenvig Lottie - Mrs Julie Nicholas 
2nd - Whitcombe Humprey - Mrs Trudi Waterhouse
3rd - Birchwood Panda - Mrs Julie Nicholas
Miniature over 4
1st - Pansis Bounty - Mrs Trudi Waterhouse
2nd - Tawny Shimmy - Helen Rowells
3rd - ?
Overall Champion  - Kenvig Lottie - Mrs Julie Nicholas
Reserve overall Champion - Pansis Bounty - Mrs Trudi Waterhouse

Judge Mr L. Gregory braved a Lake District monsoon and from a good turn out of quality ponies chose 2 year old Maybelline of Mawbray as junior and overall champion, a repeat of her performance at the Cumberland County Show. Mr & Mrs Atkinson’s Horninglow stallion was reserve and a Wenlockedge pony shown by Mr & Mrs A Winton was miniature champion.Report by Geoff. Watson.

Cerrigydrudion Show 3rd September 2016 Judge  Mr Rees
Champion Serenteifi Rhodri Emlyn – Miss F Morkill
Reserve Champion Isle of Mona Shandie – Jones and Young
Junior Champion Isle of Mona Sheena – Jones and Young
Reserve Junior Fernhalls Sarah Jayne – Mrs Salters
Best Miniature Fernhalls Sarah Jayne – Mrs Salters
Best Gelding Wildways Astonish – Miss F Morkill
Best Foal Camlan Quentin – Arthur Jones

SHETLAND Breed show Wales. JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU, to Audrey and Tony Jones, Bob and Audrey Griffiths and everyone else involved for their efforts hosting the show at Builth. We had a fun weekend, saw people we havent seen for years, funny how I haven't aged, and everyone else has. Even our stay at 'Fawlty towers' was a laugh. I'm still singing 'we'll keep a welcome in the hillsides' Thank you. x

By Monday 5th Sept LATEST. SEND GH Your photo of your breed show success. you don't have to have come first place tho' like those pics please, but perhaps it was your first time at a breed show and you were pleased to get a place/rosette. a dedicated page on main web site under 'news' will be compiled. MUST BE BY 5th SEPT.


Crosby Ravensworth is a Cumbrian village show that attracts entries from all over northern England and southern Scotland.

Miss D. Johnston had a long day judging well supported classes. She chose Mariella of Mawbray as her Champion. J.&K. Lowthian had the best miniature and best opposite sex . Myrtle, a Mawbray yearling was junior ch.


While a lot of people were at the Breed Show, those that didn't go from SOUTH EAST, supported the Edenbridge & Oxted Show. Judge - Mr. Ian Bailey.
The champion mini was Mrs G Mather’s Shawdene Bouloux Bonbon PIC LEFT Anne De la Warr's Fairy Fieldmouse as reserve,below left,  Junior champion was Anne De la Warr's Fairy Constance, below right, with I think a yearling owned by Mrs Mather reserve junior.  Bit wet as England is but a good show with a far better pony walk arrangement than in previous years, less pensioners and babies killed by hackneys and welsh charging through them all!!  Not a bad attendance given it was the breed show but obviously not overly well attended to be honest! A.DLW.
Those few who normally attend E&Oxted but went to the breed show will be pleased that some attended Edenbridge. Its a good old fashioned County show and we would not want to lose in the South East.
Shawdene Inke - 3rd Yearling Colt/Filly/Gelding Class. Shawdene Ice Cream - 1st Yearling Colt/Filly/Gelding Class. & Res. Junior Champion. Jambarrie Tinkerbell – 2nd 2/3 Year Old Filly Class. Shawdene Hermes - 2nd 2/3 Year Old C/G Class. Shawdene Duchess - 3rd Mare Class. Shawdene Claret - 2nd Mare Class. G.M.

THAME HORSE & COUNTRY SHOW on Thursday 15th September
Affiliated Shetland Classes and entries are very low, much lower than last year, don't forget we have fantastic prize money in ALL classes of £40, £30, £20 & £10 plus a fantastic Championship of £175 & £75 very kindly sponsored by Mrs G. Mather of the Shawdene Shetland Stud, closing date extended till Friday 2nd September. k.t.

Would you please mark our skewbald colt as sold - Brackenfields firefly  apache warrior
hes going to a lovely new home. Its reassuring to know that even in this quiet market people still appreciate shetlands as a breed and they continue to look for them and search for just the “right” one. thanks for such a great site to advertise all things shettie! lisa

BREED SHOW 29 August 2016 – Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells
Hi all, in response to a couple of enquiries re catering we can confirm that the Carvery will be available in Neuadd Henllan on the Saturday evening 28th between 5pm & 8pm.
Additionally, someone has today contacted the Society office and informed them that there is an outbreak of strangles in the vicinty of the show ground. We would like to confirm that the Show Secretary has today contacted the local vet in Builth Wells and they have no record of nor are they aware of any cases of strangles in the area. Lets hope for good weather and an enjoyable weekend!! Look forward to seeing you!

Oh dear, what a thoroughly vindictive nasty piece of work, I caught wind of this malicious rumour a week ago and got it scotched from facebook in short order. looking forward to seeing everyone at Builth. x Ed


Merioneth County Show Aug 24th Judge -Mrs G.Cowell

Champion-               Ember's Black Knight   Nina Anderson Smith.

Reserve Champion-  Lathom Jocelyn    Frances Morkill. pic left

Junior Champion-     Ember's Black Knight  Nina Anderson Smith

Reserve Junior Champion -Enigma Sirocco - Christine Gray pic right

Best Miniature-        Enigma Xquisite-   Elaine Fitzhugh

This month I am so very proud of my home bred mare Pansi's Bounty we have had an unbelievable August after a very sad July when I lost her mother Edern Pansi to Lymphoma, a very special Pony to me, successfully shown and a fantastic mother.

Bounty is so similar to Pansi in her ways and this month has meant so much to me. T.W.


Royal London, Champion of Britain Miniature , Judge Mr F Mc Allan

Royal London, Champion of Britain Shetland, Judge Mrs Cowell

Chagford Show,  Champion Miniature , Judge Mrs C Seipp

Wessex Shetland pony group , Supreme Champion, Judge Mrs J Elliot, Mrs F Hammond.
Very well done. Ed.