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Cranford Fantastic ridden by his owner, Digby Shepherd, wins the Shetland Epsom Derby, August bank holiday.

Keswick show

Pictured against a beautiful Lakeland background, 9 year old brood mare Mariella of Mawbray was chosen as champion Shetland at Keswick show by judge Miss B. P. Wilson. Two of her daughters … yearling Maryann and 2 year old Maryjo …also won their classes. Reserve champion was Paul Atkinson’s entire male class winner, Horninglow Ravenstone.

Report by G.W.

Edenbridge & Oxted show.
Miniature ring. Judge: D Hodge Ring Champion. C Percy. Snelsmore Jasper. (below left) Reserve Champion. D Bryce & J Clitheroe's Buxted Evette
Junior Champion. Anne De La Warr's Fairy Constance. (below right) Reserve Junior Champion. Mrs M Ball's Buxted Champagne.

Standard ring. Judge: J Walters. Ring Champion. V Hampton. Briar Piccolo Res Ch. C Pearce's Buxted Enchanting  exh. P Hopkins (below right)

Junior Champion. V.Hampton. Briar Mandalin. Reserve Junior Champion. Ann Page. Somahouse Trooper

more pics when i get them. Ed.








Super day for Viv Hampton's Briar Stud
Briar Piccolo (Briar Pandora x Southley Snowman)  below left, was Standard Shetland Champion and Briar Mandalin (Southley Mayflower x Briar Piccolo) below right, was Standard Junior Champion.

Piccolo's picture was taken at the recent EQUIFEST, where he stood, Rare Breeds and Ponies of Britain Supreme Champion.
'Mandalin' at this his 3rd show, (E&O) again was youngstock champion.

Crosby & Ravensworth 27th August. A good entry of Shetland Ponies were forward for Judge Mr John Harrison who chose....Champion...The Nicholoson Family....Kinness Susan, Reserve Champion......Oxendale Jubilant.....J D Kay
A date for your diaries, THE DOWNS GROUP XMAS PARTY is booked at THE STAR INN ALFRISTON EAST SUSSEX BN26 6AG on Sunday 13th December 2015. Arrive 12-15 for welcome drinks, 1-15 sit down for 3 course meal, coffee,Tea and mince pies, 19-95 per person, Plus to include our very popular auction and Raffle,  All members will receive a menu and order form together with a News Letter nearer the time.

No doubt my fault for not including it in the renewal reminder, but if you wish for blue button thus alongside your stud 'link' taking visitors straight to your 'for sale'  page, then there is a 10 annual fee. If you would  like said button reinstated, OR INDEED ONE APPENDED, gerry@showpony.com kindly email me  to get payment details. I now have bank statement for August and can see who paid via BACS and how much. :-)

The Wessex Shetland Pony Group held their Summer Show yesterday amid awful weather, unfortunately we experienced very heavy rain for most of the show, thankfully we were all inside. Many thanks to all of the exhibitors who braved the weather.
The main results as judged by Mr G Wright & Mrs D Wright are as follows:
Miniature Junior Champion: Witcombe Hanibal, Miss M Dyer
Reserve Miniature Junior Champion:Snelsmore Roxanne, Mr & Mrs C Percy
Miniature senior Champion: Shawdene Areil, Mrs G Mather
Reserve Miniature Senior Champion: Eiger Jupiter, Mrs D Gerring
Overall Miniature Ring Champion: Shawdene Areil
Reserve Overall Miniature Ring Champion: Eiger Jupiter
Standard Junior Champion: Champlers Rose Petal, Mesdames Pickett & Sargeant
Reserve Standard Junior Champion: Kingswood Royal Arwen, Mrs D Woodley
Standard senior Champion: Carola V D Belschuur, Mrs D Woodley
Reserve Miniature Senior Champion: Champlers Verity, Mesdames Pickett & Sargeant
Overall Standard Ring Champion: Carola V D Belschuur
 Reserve Overall Standard Champion: Rose Petal
Ridden Champion: Josie Marsden on Kilshane Almond
Reserve Ridden Champion: Jasmine Wills on Tickners Blue Bell
Supreme Champion: Carola V D Belschuur,
Reserve Supreme Champion: Shawdene Areil.

At Abbeyfield retirement home for genteel folk.

Just a look at retirement, show results, been there, done it and still looking good.
L to r Stowell Park bess 31 years young.
Abbeyfield Dean 24 years young and Lockinge Patricia 28 years young.

Byways Autumn Bracken at the age of 31 years.  We kept her from a foal to age 6yrs., and then sold her to a lovely home. 

At the age of 18 yrs though, she was going to be sold on, so we bought her back, and she has been retired with us now for the last 13 yrs.
Her hearing is amazing, as when our door is opened in the morning (which she cannot see from her paddock}, she whinnies hopefully for her feed.  Her sight is also wonderful as if she sees Martine (who now looks after the ponies for us) walking towards our entrance, she also whinnies – loudly...................?!
She hasn’t got any stiffness, and sails round the paddock if she doesn’t want to be caught – usually when she senses we need to worm her, or if the farrier is due........................!!
She is an absolute dear,so let’s hope she continue's to enjoy her retirement for a long time to come.  P.Cooper IOW


Wotknotts Jethro

Wotknotts Buccaneer

Chris and Trudi Ridgers' stud had a fantastic day at Chagford Show recently. Wotknotts Buccaneer won the Miniature Stallion Class, and 2-yr old Wotknotts Jethro won the miniature 2/3 year olds.....then much to their delight Jethro went on to take miniature Champion under Judge Mrs Carrie Cozens-Cook and Trainee Judge Mr Charles Seward, with Trudy Waterhouse's Pansi's Bounty Reserve. But their day didn't finish there....they went back into the ring for the Supreme Shetland Championship....and Jethro got it. Two happy people.
Standard Champion was Catherine Evans' Sharptor Knighthood, reserve supreme Pansi's Bounty.

Pembrokeshire County Show was a memorable one for junior jockey Soffia Cynwyl of Newcastle Emlyn after she was crowned Mini Champion Mountain and Moorland having won the Mountain and Moorland Lead Rein class, a qualifier for the NPS M and M Micro Demolition Ltd M and M Leading Rein National Championship. Riding her four year old coloured standard Shetland mare, Coppice Bryony Rose, Soffia a member of the Tivyside Pony Club, was led by family friend Ian Lamb, and won her class against 25 others from across the country. A.F.

Don't forget.......'kneeling' on one knee or two is taboo, either in the showring, or outside for  photo come to that. I have digitally removed  for the last time the person in kneeling position in a photo sent to me for publication. In future, you won't 'have a prayer' of getting published. Ed.

Champion Pembroke county 2015 and straight through to Olympia, BRINLEYVIEW COMMANCHEE. With owner Anna Stevens and Producer Debbie Barr standing and Gemma  mounted. I think he's won the lot this year! Good luck to them, great ambassadors for the breed.

Kerswell Rania

 Kerswell Montgomery

Alichbrae Ruby

Kerswell Moneypenny

Alichbrae Shetland Ponies in Scotland at the Central Scotland Shetland Pony Group summer show.  Judge : D Johnston.

The Stud is thrilled to bits with their days outing at the beautiful setting of Coalsnaughton in central Scotland.  It proved to be fruitful for the father and daughter team from Crieff in Perthshire.

The day’s wins were 3rd for Kerswell Moneypenny in the 2/3 year old class, a second place for Alichbrae Ruby in

the foal class. Kerswell Montgomery went onto to take 1st in the 4 years and over and then went onto take Reserve Miniature Champion.  Their mare Kerswell Rania, took 1st in the mare class and went onto to take Miniature Champion
. Rania went onto to take Supreme Champion. In all a super day for the Alichbrae team.  Stevie and, Kirsty said special thanks must go to both Jane and Tony Dennis for their support and also allowing them to purchase these super ponies that we are so proud to own. 

Chris Gwilliam, who, with his wife Ruth, founded the successful Earlswood Stud, passed away on Thursday August 13th.

The Funeral service for Chris Gwilliam will be held next Wednesday Aug.26th. at Redditch Crematorium,Bordesley Lane, Redditch,B97 6RR at 12.30pm. Liz Gray.

 Following their retirement from breeding and showing they transferred the prefix to us.   Many thanks, Liz & David Gray,  Earlswood Shetland Ponies.

Hawkshead Show 18th August 2015
Champion: J D Kay, Oxendale Jules
Reserve Champion: Mrs M Simmonds, Horningblow Ravenglass.

A rare visit as a competitor these days, David Kay with his 8 year old mare took the championship under judge J McMaster. Esq.


Just like to say what a pleasure it has been to be a member of the Society for the last few years. Following years of turmoil, much of the objectives necessary in my opinion,  if not always the methodology, the Society is back where it belongs, in the hands of the membership, with Council working on their behalf and of course primarily, the Shetland Pony we all love and cherish.

Changeover of Presidents has been seamless and a bearing down on expenditure by Mrs Lambert and subsequently, Lady De La Warr, has been  both efficacious and relatively painless, no mean feat, and Society funds seem secure, but constant vigilance is the order of the day.

We have a magazine ‘free’ to members and we continue to enjoy the input of Jane Dennis, a true professional, working with Joan Lambert  and liaising with  Pauline in the office, probably the best team we have to compile and edit such a publication. I hear the odd rumble that one or two wish to return to the old style small A5 size, because they ‘can carry it round in their pocket’. Surely a joke? Apparently not. If they find themselves in the country with ponies and ‘broken down vehicle’ they presume they could ‘rock up to the nearest member for help’! Please don’t. I’ve been in this since 1985, and to date no one has needed a magazine to find me and if you do, you don’t know me well enough to impose.

I get a free NPS magazine A5, and I cant be bothered to read it, wrestling each page by breaking the spine to keep it open. With the internet providing instant news, names and addresses of studs, our magazine  provides interesting articles that have a broad appeal. If it goes to A5 it will lose advertisers faster than you could say ‘mother, where’s my magazine I’m off on my travels’. Stop it.  Buy an ipad, google it, then directions. Don’t muck up the magazine on a crank notion.

Oh, and congratulations to Roger and Jill Jones and Anne De La Warr and all those who weighed in and stewarded, commentated, ran about etc, for a lovely breed show. Super atmosphere all day and  the showground at Ardingly looked superb.


2015 Shetland Society Breed show results here.

I am no Luddite. Technology serves us well, but instead of becoming simpler and more user friendly, for me, of at least ‘average intelligence’ it becomes ever more complex and pervades our lives in everything we do. So much is foisted upon us that we don’t need. For example, things we once did easily, click on an email link, once brought up an email page already addressed to the intended recipient, with Windows 10, installed in haste (DON’T DO IT) and removed (mostly) at leisure and expense, requires to know which ‘app’ I wish to use. There is no facility to choose, “leave me alone, I just want to do what I’ve always done”.

This web site enjoys success because of its simplicity of use and layout. No-one has to ‘sign in’ to use it, no password to remember, no-one is trying to build a profile of you to bombard you with adverts that are considered age/lifestyle appropriate. Everything is where you are used to it being, and as long as I can maintain that I will. Unless you are a geek, stick with your operating system, it works, so leave it alone. Apparently most ‘browsing’ is done on mobile phones and tablets. That’s rubbish, most goes on at work on PC’s, see how quiet facebook is at weekends! Nonetheless I have to rebuild the site opening page based on the latest technology. Bear with  me. X p.s. if you get the ‘which app’ option having clicked an e mail link, just ‘highlight’ the email address, copy and then paste into the ‘To’ part of the email.

Anglesey Show Aug 12th 2015
Enigma Sorcerer
Overall Shetland Champion in very strong classes.
1st Stallion,Best Miniature.

Fillongley Jun ch. Cranford Frizzle. A Lynch.


Alison Lynch was Standard Champion with Lathom Jesmay; Glenn Smith was Reserve Standard Champion Brenda Twining and Pinglewood Tobemory stood Miniature Champion. Ali and Jesmay were Overall Shetland Champion

Glenn Smith and Georgia were Reserve Overall Shetland Champion

 Minsterly Show.
Shetland Champion – Clothie Jewel
(owned by Willowe Keeley)




Here's CRANFORD HECTOR, former senior stallion at Cranford, now gelded here pictured on  lease at Equifest with his lead rein rider, Florence Taylor where she came 4th/22 and above 3rd/24 young handler.

Hector at his first show since castration was first at the recent Society breed show in lead rein ridden by Oliver Richardson Burbage! WHAT a star.


Okay, In the last ten days, I've done 3 days away at Malvern performance show, then the breed show, then next day 3 days back at malvern for NPS Champs. Been 'out of action' with monstrous kidney infection, and crashed the PC trying to install windows 10. Now uninstalled. I've sent out reminders for subs for shetland-pony.com, one of the worst, most tedious jobs jobs, but is compensated by receipt of dosh, to date I have not had to  threaten with 'Billy baseball bat' but where majority have  paid, there are a few stragglers. Regained one and four studs retired, so your support and enjoyment drives me on. IN YOUR ENTHUSIASM to tell me your news,  some of you have sent it two or sometimes 3 times. If it ain't on now, it's NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, sorry.
I am up to date with league results, i have an update to do for I.O.M, 3 ads for sale,  start rebuilding 'studs page' based on those who have paid,  so if you haven't paid yet, I would appreciate or advise to the contrary.
Did I  mention we've had Baby lucie here for last 3 days. going home to grannies soon. And i'm only 67  xx 

Due to usual jockey unable to make it to the show on Saturday I am seeking a jockey for the above class. Daisy is 40" and 5 years old. She is has been well behaved at the biggest of shows.
I can offer some expenses for travelling if required
If you have a jockey who might fit the bill please telephone 07969 785743

CANWELL SHOW Champion & overall champion

Ali lynch with Lathom Jesmay

Glenn Smith with Champlers Georgia

Reserve champion & overall reserve  champion

This beautifully iced home made fruit cake was

made by Shirley Nadin of Claylands and given

to me at the  breed show. Lovely gesture,

MUCH appreciated, Mo and Shirl, among the best. x

The funeral of the late lamented, Judy Hawkins, will be held on Wednesday 12th August at 1.30 pm @
St Margaret's Church, Isfield, East Sussex. TN22 5XP. FAMILY FLOWERS ONLY. Her daughter, Victoria, has asked that instead of flowers, her mother, Judy's friends, might wish to donate to a perpetual trophy to be awarded at the Downs Shetland Pony Group Summer show. Judy was a keen and enthusiastic supporter. Cheques made payable to 'The Downs Shetland Pony Group' AND POSTED TO
the funeral director: Cooper & Son, 42 High Street Lewes. East Sussex. Bn7 2DD

One week left to get your entries in for the Kington Agricultural Show Herefordshire (closing date: Tuesday 18th August) for the Shetland section, everyone who came last year really enjoyed it and it would be nice to see the same faces again, and more new faces would be even better! Schedules available to download http://www.kingtonshow.co.uk/livestock

 Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday the 12th September.

Fantastic result for the all  conquering Brinley view  Commanchee, owned by Anna Stevens and Lara Joslin. Supreme ch. and off to HOYS as well.

Feel free to send in your breed show photo. You don't have to have won. See below. Ed

Shetland Pony Breed Show - 2015 - Ardingly Showground


Champlers Vesta - 1st Brood Mare, Champion Black Pony and Overall reserve Supreme Championship.
It was 27 years ago when Champlers won the Overall Supreme Championship at the Breed Show at the Ardingly showground in 1988 with Wells Perfecta. Not sure where all those years have gone!
I'M NOT EITHER, but you've maintained the standard. Ed




No, it's not a pillar box melting in the heat at the SPSBS Breed show at Ardingly, it was a rear view of Lucie Bevan waiting to go in the fancy dress as Red Riding Hood, with her mum as 'Grandma', brother Jack as 'the wolf' and Kevin, 'head child minder' (To us all!) Reminds me of ET. 'phone home'.

Here are major results. more on my return from NPS Champs. Meanwhile email your breed show photo WITH NAME OF PONY for publication to gerry@showpony.com 

Main results are ridden ch & supreme Brinleyview  Commanche , black ch & reserve supreme Champlers Vesta, coloured champion Buxted Enchanting P Hopkins , miniature ch Tawna Basil Bryce/ Clitheroe, WHP ch Sandy cross Sir Galahad, Driven Ch Barns Blue Mouse    Driver Anne Radcliffe.



Annual subscriptions for web sites and links on www.shetland-pony.com are due 1st August. Like us, many of you are attending  the SOCIETY'S BREED SHOW on 2nd. I will happily take your subscription there and you will be pleased to hear that now in its 16th year, PRICES REMAIN THE SAME. I will send e mail reminders on MONDAY 3rd a.m, before I leave for NPS Champs Monday pm. BUSY BUSY BUSY! GH. Cheques to K Whitmee, send via paypal to gerry@showpony.com or email me for bank transfer details.


The Milday Stud has arrived at the Padbrook Stud in Kent all the way from Cousland Edinburgh
Eric Gillie safely transported them down. Looking forward to meeting you on Sunday. Kind Regards. June & John.

Well done. Best wishes and good luck and enjoy yourselves everybody, from wherever you will have travelled for Sunday's Society breed show, Ardingly. Pre show congratulations to Roger & Jill Jones and Lady De La Warr for organising the event. A load of work I believe completed in time! Ed.

New Forest show. Shetland successes
Standard Shetlands

Champion: Schivas Kerry and Reserve sup. M&M in-hand right

Junior champion & Reserve standard: Sharptor Desire  below

Reserve Junior champion: Sharptor About Anna : Ella Reed.

Miniature Shetlands

Champion: Top Rock Johntie       below  right

Reserve: Blackertor Angel : Sharon Ball skewbald, below right
No Miniature junior champions awarded.

Cranford Vision and Jade Ripper
Collect the HOYS ticket open ridden small breeds

Brinleyview Commanchee
Res junior Coloured (All breeds)


Wanted, 15-16inch suede pad for a friend email pics and price to ghkw@showpony.com. I know its policy not to do wanted adverts, but nothing on ebay and want to get all the Shetland crew on it. ta. xx

Sally Coles photography (c)

OXENDALE JUANITA Champion Veteran Horse and Pony

Section Cleveland County Show 25.7.15 now aged 25 years.

(Mrs J Walker)

Harry Jones attended his second junior pony club camp with the Ledbury Hunt Pony Club on his Shetland Coppice Prudence.  They have had four fabulous days doing dressage, show jumping, x-country and gymkhana.




The Riccalton breeding mares made the journey to Denmark in 2009, to run alongside Lille Rosendal, when Mrs Logan decided that she wanted to take a "back seat". Now she is able to enjoy all of their adventures without having to do any of the mucking out!  We made the decision to name foals born after the breeding ponies moved to Denmark as Riccalton DK so that it would be easy for people to recognise their place of birth. Both of the old girls successfully passed their assessments in Denmark.  In 2009 Riccalton Harebell was Overall Champion 1st class with 45 points and in 2011 Riccalton Larkspur, at the grand age of eighteen, also passed her assessment with 43 points and 1st class. Since then, the youngsters bred here have enjoyed much success in the show ring. Riccalton DK's Holly (Sire, Charlottenlunds Winston. Dam, Riccalton Harebell) going BIS last fall and last summer Riccalton DK's Lively Lady (Sire, Charlottenlunds Winston. Dam, Riccalton Larkspur) achieved  a max 24 points at our National show and proceeded to compete against all other breeds for the title "Shows Best 2 year over all race " competing  against 16 other breeds, Lady stole the show.  Recently at the mares assessment here in Jylland, Lady was assessed by judges Rachel Bown and Peter Tindale in the standard 3 years class and was awarded 9-9-9-9-9=45 (max50).  She then went on to achieve  Best 3 year, Junior Champion, Standard Champion and then Overall Champion 2015! So as you can see the Riccalton Stud is alive and kicking with great promise for the future.Mrs C. Logan, Barbara & Ivan Tovgaard 

Judy Hawkins, sponsor of Native pony classes and avid 'show woman' the kindest, most generous of ladies, passes away suddenly on 24th July.
Further details and obituary in due course, but in the meantime I have to say briefly that Judy worked her way through most of the native breeds with much success, accommodating daughter Victoria's growing age/size and equine ambitions, but with Victoria providing a baby girl she had come to Shetland ponies for that much loved granddaughter, 'Holly' with whom she had competed lead rein and was starting first ridden. pic below

Judy's eldest and  much loved granddaughter Holly & 'Roger' Kerloch Rebel.

 Herewith a news item from earlier this year, a success she topped with her 2015 win at Royal Windsor again with 'Truffle' a pony she really loved, and not just for its success.
At a lovely new venue/showground for nps area 20 Hickstead.
in Sussex on all weather surfaces making the going excellent for both ponies and handlers . Judy Hawkins' three year old filly Sharptor  Truffle won her mixed breeds young stock class (Judge ~ Mrs Lowth) then went champion and to Judy's great delight, was awarded a nps silver medal 

Alison Bromwich wrote: So chuffed with Clive (Klingrahoull Cavalier) in his first season driven - but isn't the tiny tots lead rein what the performance show is all about! ABSOLUTELY! and smiles all day both days. lovely show. Ed.

Kentstone Tilly who won geld mare in a strong class of 14, best miniature and res. shetland champion at aldborough show (july 19) owners Howe and Ridley.
Hermits Gracie who was 2nd in a yearling class of 6 at aldborough show last sunday judge Mr. Paul Dawson  owned by C.Howe and C. Ridley

Royal Welsh show, Builth Wells on Monday 20th July. Judge Mr J.D. Kay

There were huge classes for Mr Kay to judge in both the standard and miniature sections, in total 123 entries and nearly all the ponies were forward.
Overall Shetland Champion - Eiger Hugo, left  
Mr & Mrs F Hodder

Miniature Classes

Yearling    1st Snelsmore Ruby Tuesday, Mr & Mrs C Percy

                   2nd Chasend Lady in Red, Mrs S Jones

2 & 3 year old    1st Eiger Oliver below left Mr & Mrs F Hodder

                        2nd Snelmore Quaffle, Mr & Mrs C Percy

Mare    1st Gott Mabbs, Mr G Smith bottom left

            2nd Snelsmore Lalique,  Mr & Mrs C Percy

Stallion    1st Eiger Hugo,  Mr & Mrs F Hodder

               2nd Snelsmore Jasper, Mr & Mrs C Percy

Standard Classes

Yearling    1st Claylands Nordman, D Verity /A. Birdsall

Mare or gelding ~1st Claylands Golden Finale.
Shirley Nadine & M Arden
                                2nd Champlers Mimosa. J Smith
rd Brewards Pippa.   L Gregory 

Claylands  Golden Finale was Res. Overall Champion.

2&3yrs olds standards
                           1st Melland Royal Liberty ( Andrew Britland)
                           2nd Pirouette Midnight Debut( Kate Hampton)                           3rd Homer Of Crafton ( A. True )

Stallion       1st CLAYLANDS PRINCE OF FOXT. D Verity /
                     A. Birdsall

                    2nd  BREWARDS PLUTO Mr & Mrs L Gregory

HOYS Bound.
They finally got the ticket,after so many near misses Ellie Simmonds  and Birchmoor Admiral win the First Ridden and went Res Champion at the Scottish Horse show today  , also finishing  3rd in the open ridden. Well done Ellie.JB. 


Breed Show photographer.......

Due to a road accident, the photographer booked to attend the Breed Show has now been changed to Swingletree Photography. All rings will be covered by the Swingletree Team.

All photos will be on their website where exhibitors will be able to place their orders for favourite photos of a memorable show.

Tel: +44 7580 162125

Web:  www.swingletree.photography

To rug, or not to rug? Speaking personally, definitely not, other than protecting a washed pony prior to a show, but here is a very interesting article sent in by Mandy Sargeant which will give a proper insight into the issue,

Herewith full results of 2015 SHETLAND PERFORMANCE SHOW. Undeniably one of the best shows on the calendar, held on one of the finest showground. Don't miss it next year!
                                             Results Saturday 11th July,        Results Sunday 12th July


Shetland pony Grand National at Great Yorkshire Show.

Cranford Fantastic, full brother to fiddledydee and half brother to Fandabbydosey, winning his race, piloted by Digby Shepherd to qualify for Olympia in the Shetland pony Grand National.

More from Great Yorkshire Show.

Harry Sleigh's Reserve Champion Wells Masterclass.

Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate.Stallion Jill Needham with Stevensons Hose Shadow; 2 Sleigh Wells Masterclass; 3 Watsons Kerloch Ruprt. 4 Lowthian Hartside Sebastian; 5 Atkinsons Horninglow Ravenstone;6 Geach Holmhill Valentino. Yearling 1 Charlotte Smith Magdalene of Mawbray 2 Watsons Jedhart Sir Uno 3 Ramsey Robins Brae Spiggie 4 Kev Ramper Huckleberry (4 fwd) 2/3 year old 1 Sleigh Wells Vitesse 2 Woods Lathom Joelle 3 Charlotte Smith Roughwood Violet 4 Lowthian Hartside Mia; 5 Simmonds Addingham Caitlin; 6 Hutcchings Deraden Duchess 7 Atkinson Addingham Brook.8 Eames Zennor Snow bunting. Mare; Richardson Laddyll Rambling Madcap 2 Woods Lathom Jenny Wren; 3Sleigh Wells Tanwood. 4 Wells Phoenix 5 Charlotte Smith Butterbt Temptress; 6 Snaith Threapwood Bright Starlet Gibson Coltonford Charcoal 8 Simmonds Horninglow Ravensglass; Gelding Bentham. Melland Jackson 2 Coulthard Talwrnisaf josh; 3 Birchmoor Admiral 4 Walker Langa Edwin; 5 Barnes Crank Cappucino 6 Eames Sandford Rowan 7 Smith Butterby Shadow. Mare and Foal: 1 Connor Rosevillas Milly 2 Lowthian Hartside Blyth 3 Atkinson Horninglow Ellary. 4 Snaith Holmhill Virginia. Foal 1 Lowthian Hartside Blitzan; 2 Atkinson Addingham Elsie 3 Snaith Holmhill George. Champion was Jill Needham with Stevenson's Hose Shadow Res Harry Sleigh Wells Masterclass. Both Stallions
                                                   below....Jill with Hose Shadow   and
Waiting to enter the ring for 'Cuddy' L.M.

Kent County Show judge J E Jones

Kingsacre Princess Beatrice

1st 3yrs and under class, Miniature Champion and Reserve overall breed champion

Overall champion was Somahouse Hollie - Ann Page

Parklands Show Report :  Even with other shows being held round and about plus the Performance show we still managed 92 entries. Making her first visit to judge at our anniversary show (10 years with rosettes being marked accordingly), Rachel Bown did a wonderful job joining in the spirit of the event and our thanks go to her.
The ‘open’ championships came down to a confrontation between the Pinglewood and Somahouse ponies with arguably honours even. Godfrey Cross (and family) staunch supporters of our shows from the out set took a well deserved reserve miniature championship whilst daughter, Sarah took reserve standard championship albeit with a Somahouse pony, stopping Brenda Twining and Ann Page from a total clean sweep.

Roger Cook with his chesnut foal Slades Marshmallow took reserve standard junior champion again no mean feat again the ‘fearsome twosome’.

We have made many wonderful friends over the years from the events we run and “on the circuit”. The fact that our summer show has a donated trophy for every class tells of the support we receive from a band of loyal Shetland pony enthusiast’s who have returned year upon year, their ranks swelled with many new faces on each occasion.Christine and my self thank you all and may it long continue.

The 2016 Parklands S.P.S.G. shows will be held on 15th May & 10th July at the Bedfordshire College Equestrian Centre (SG18 9HF) which is an indoor venue

with plenty of hard standing parking.

Pinglewood Honey Bunch was first in the Yearling class and Reserve Junior Champion
Pinglewood Rosa was first in 2 & 3 Year Old class and Junior Champion
Pinglewood Tobermory was first in Stallion class, Mini Champion and Overall Champion

Echt Show  11-July-2015
Fairytail Fernando, won Best Miniature and Reserve Overall Shetland at the Echt Show in Aberdeenshire against some very stiff competition. Great turnout and great weather, for a change!
Jane Milne

National Shetland Show of Wales 28th June 2015
The wet start to the day did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of competitors at the fifth annual Shetland show at the David Broome Event Centre at chepstow. this year the entries were more evenly distributed across the sections and all classes were well supported. New classes introduced last year enabling miniature Shetlands to compete in their own sections as coloured (in Shetland terms - non black!) or black miniatures as well as their own miniature Shetland category means they all have several classes to compete in under different panel judges and this has proved popular.
David Hodge (Devon) had Miss Claire Connor's Rosevillas Milly as Champion black with his Junior Champion Annwood Tulip reserve exhibited by Mrs M Davenport. The miniature black champion was Gott Mabbs owned by Glen and Jane Smith with Camelot of Catchpool owned by Anna Stevens and Lara Joslin reserve. 
The miniature Shetland classes were judged by Julian Walters (Devon), these classes as always were large and of a very high standard. After much deliberation in several of his classes (and he had twelve miniature classes) he chose Pinglewood Honey Bunch owned by Miss B Twining as Junior Champion and Senior Champion from the same home was the super moving Pinglewood Tobermory. Reserve Champion was Trudy Ridgers' Wotknotts Buccaneer
Mrs Marion Matthews judged the Standard Coloured Shetlands with her winning stallion Riccalton Leader ably shown by Caroline Henry also going champion. The famous Riccalton stud was sold from Cumbria to Denmark and this stallion was re-imported this year by Caroline for her daughter Izzy. As Caroline says every little girl needs that big grey Shetland to grow up with. With that in mind Leader has now been gelded. The reserve coloured Shetland was Coppice Mollie owned by S.M and JA Gibson. Mrs Mathews went on to judge the coloured miniatures and had her champion Halstock Mattador owned by J Harris and Junior Champion Snelsmore Rembrandt owned by Mr & Mrs C Percy.
Mrs J. Webb judged the ridden ponies and this is the section in the past that has had fewer entries. However this year there were several contesting - even one exhibitor turning up a day early for the Shetland Show so decided to enter the show that was there the day before and went Supreme Ridden!
Two ponies got their tickets for the Olympia semi-final; Rambling Rose of Crafton (Tracy Roynon) and Ladbury Regent (Carmilo Stud). The Champion in this section was the NPS/Marion Williams novice leading rein winner Burnside Lara (Miss Carmen Streams) with Rambling Rose of Crafton reserve and Rambling Rose went on to with the NPS ridden sliver medal.
The CHAPS classes were judged by Ms B Adlam (Ebbw Vale) and she too had Burnside Lara as her champion with reserve Selaw Secret Weapon (Mr D. Prosser).
The line up for the Supreme championship was impressive with the Best Bred in Wales youngstock champion being Katie Belle of Catchpool (Mrs L Joslin) and Senior Rambling Rose of Crafton (Tracy Roynon)  - The Best Bred in Wales Championship is always hotly contested!
The Supreme Champion was the miniature champion, Pinglewood Tobermory (Miss B Twining) also winning the NPS silver medal in hand medal and reserve was Annwood Tulip (Mrs M Davenport) and Reserve Reserve Burnside Lara (Carmen Streams). These three all won rugs (- sponsored by Catchpool Shetlands) as well as the CHAPS champion and the Novice Champion (both sponsored by Equine Wales)- Barns Poppy owned by Miss C Connor. This was the first year to present rugs and when I commented that i thought white was an unwise colour for the miniature rug I was assured it would never see the back of a horse but would be a treasured memento!
Well done to each and every competitor, it was lovely to see some many friendly happy faces enjoying the day and we look forward to welcoming you all back next year to a show which is becoming the most popular Shetland Show in Wales. 
My final word must go to thank Sandra Seward for all the hard work she puts into organising not just this show but many others. She has the full support of the committee (whom we are also very grateful to) but her hard work must be recognised. 





                                 National Shetland Performance show 2015
Congratulations and thanks for a great show with a growing entry to
                                      Viv Hampton, Sue Bearcroft,

All judges, Jilly Jones, Mary Davenport, Jayne Harvey, R James Esq. Mrs Evans, Sandra Seward, Mr A. Hamilton Rhodes. Mrs G Cowell, Mrs S James, Miss A Hampton.  All stewards, Roger Jones, other names please to ghkw@showpony.com

If you have a photo you'd like to add please send it to ghkw@showpony.com

SEE PHOTOS TO DATE mostly by Lynda Rowland, ON www.showpony.com/malvern2015 

Sharptor Keepsake (Madeline Haynes & Sandy Wooderson) who was Junior Shetland Champion and Reserve Breed Champion at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Principal show results from the Southern Shetland Pony Group 5th July


Miniature Ponies: C Seipp

Standard Ponies: L Cave

Supreme Champion: S Ball, Blackertor Angel

Reserve Supreme Champion: D Hodge & J Walters, Schivas Kerry

Reserve, Reserve Supreme Champion: G Getley, Callum of Wortingwood

Miniature Junior Champion: F & C Hodder, Eiger Oliver

Reserve Miniature Junior Champion: J Light, Blakevally Lilly

Miniature Senior Champion: S Ball, Blackertor Angel

Reserve Miniature Senior Champion: F & C Hodder, Eiger Neptune

Overall Miniature ring Champion: S Ball, Blackertor Angel

Reserve Overall Miniature ring Champion: F & C Hodder, Eiger Neptune


Standard Junior Champion: D Hodge & J Walters, Sharptor Desire

Reserve Standard Junior Champion: D Woodley, Kingswood Royal Arwen

Standard Senior Champion: D Hodge & J Walters, Schivas Kerry

Reserve Standard Senior Champion: R & J Jones, Buxted Daniel

Overall Standard ring Champion: D Hodge & J Walters, Schivas Kerry

Reserve Overall Standard ring Champion: R & J Jones, Buxted Daniel


Blackertor Angel

Ridden Champion: N Head, Coppice Brigitta

Reserve Ridden Champion: H Yates, Corryhill Prince of Darkness

 Gelding Champion: H Yates, Corryhill Appollo

Reserve Gelding Champion, Lizzie Deacon, Firle Ruben

 Driven Champion: G Getley, Callum of Wortingwood

Reserve Driven Champion: M Honeybourne, (Unicorn)

 Merry Mouse of Quimper

Hallplace What-A-Cracker

Clothie X-Toll

Full results and more pictures on our website soon.

                        Buxted Daniel behind, foreground Schivas Kerry

G Getley, Callum of Wortingwood

                                                  M Honeybourne, (Unicorn)

Ridden champion and reserve

Eiger Oliver. and right > Eiger Neptune



  above left and clockwise.

Sharptor Desire,

Kingswood Royal Arwen

Piebald ~ Reserve Gelding Champion Firle Ruben, 

Chestnut ~ Gelding Champion  Corryhill Appollo, 


Julian Walters' mare, Sharptor Trinity went champion at The Royal Norfolk.

The 3 year old filly Sharptor keepsake went junior & reserve overall champion for Madeline Haynes. Pic soon

All in all a very good day for Sharptor. Ed.


NCPA North Yorkshire.
Jane Smith's Champlers Mimosa. 1st. & Standard Champion.
Threapwood Tarna 1st in Standard Youngstock class.
Judge. Joy Barugh,

note from Judge Joy Barugh

Just seen the results on the web for the NCPA Yorkshire branch show at Mill lane, Selby.
The show had got their championships mixed up and did not have the correct amount of rosettes.
As schedule printed before error seen I had to carry on with advertised championships so we had a
Overall mini championship,then a Overall junior championship from the Standard and mini youngstock,but no standard
championship,finishing in an Overall show champion and reserve.Can you please correct Jane Smith results as she was Overall show champion with Plumtree chimaira reserve overall show champion having been overall youngstock champion and Miniature champion.Sorry if it sounds double dutch but felt Jane was doing the pony out of the honor it deserves Thankyou Joy.
Happy to add especially as Jane never over eggs' her results Ed

North and South meet at Skelton show ...
Hartside Stud - Janet Lowthian's Hartside Kenzie won overall standard Shetland champion, and Lignite Stud - Lorna Jamieson's Valsheeda Millie May won Overall Miniature Shetland Champion.

Royal Norfolk show. 11 year old miniature stallion Blenheim Kingfisher won the 4 year old and over stallion and gelding class on Thursday at the Royal Norfolk show. He also won best miniature and qualified for NPS summer champs, PUK summer and winter champs and Equifest. This class was open to standards and miniatures. We are very proud of him.  Owned by Sonia Cowie-Bland and shown by Holly Bland. 

Jill Evans of Blenheim Shetlands is home after here major total reverse shoulder replacement surgery, she is high in spirits, and now has to get things hopefully working better, not a huge amount of movement yet, but at least the pain is a different pain now, she has had lots of best wishes from people, and she would like to say thank you to everyone for thinking of her, she also says she WILL be going to the shows with us even if in her words "I have to travel in the bloody trailer"

DON'T FORGET THE Southern Group show on the 5th July New Forest show Ground. Schedule download here http://www.southernshetlandponygroup.com/

Okay, Shetland-pony.com and showpony.com are both up and running which means you have access to all the studs, latest news and ponies for sale. 16 years of files to sort through, so brain a bit addled after sorting out  what to keep and what to dump. Email is a bit erratic but will be sorted, but ghkw@showpony.com  works so news, adverts etc to that address please. GH

A Wonderful Way to Spend Mid Summer's Day On Saturday 20 June members of the SPS-BS Driven Performance Awards Scheme met up on Cannock Chase for a Mid Summer Get-Together and Drive.  As soon as the ponies were put to the skies blackened, thunder rumbled around and the lightening became more than we felt acceptable – so a very short drive followed and it was agreed that we should do the arranged drive on the Sunday.  A lovely picnic provided by Peter and Doreen Tindale was had – then some members went back with Peter and Doreen to see their wonderful Abbeyfield Stud.  Saturday night – a wonderful, hilarious typical Shetland Pony Get-Together where we were joined by Maurice and Shirley from the Claylands Stud.

Sunday morning dawned a beautiful day – and we set off across the Chase – fabulous scenery, and the ponies all behaved perfectly and learned a great deal from all they met and saw.  Back to base for another ” Doreen Tindale Picnic” and then back home. Many thanks to all who made the effort to come – and those of us who did are counting the days until Mid Summer's Day 2016.  Attendance is strongly recommended!!! WK

I am changing the 'servers' for Shetland-pony.com and showpony.com (for sale page) so sometime in the next 48 hours both may be out of action for up to 24 hours. sorry for any inconvenience. :-)

A report from yesterday's Wales national breed show at Chepstow which was rather wet and cold but didn't dampen spirits. Halstock Matador, (pictured) J Harris, who won the Champion Coloured Pony.

Brenda Twining's stallion, Pinglewood Tobermory took the Supreme Championship with an Anwood pony taking the Reserve. I am not sure about the Reserve Reserve, it was a lovely lead rein pony. J.H.



More from Wales........

Gott Mabs (G Smith) 1st Senior Barren Mare. Judge  Mr.J. Walters.

1st  Black Miniature Barren Mare or Gelding  & Black Miniature Champion. Judge Mr.D. Hodge

Derby County Show today, Shirley Nadin with Claylands Dabill of the Highlands was the Shetland Champion. Lathom Jesmay got 2nd and stood Reserve Shetland Champion. (pictured). Cranford Frizzle was 2nd In his class Corleyoak Pearlescent won the miniature yearling class and was Reserve Junior Champion. Had three ponies in the championship so Maurice Arden took Frizzle in for me. Shirley and I both waited to the end and took our Shetlands into the Supreme Championship, although we didn't get anywhere, both ponies behaved beautifully. Judge was Mr Gregory

NPS area 20, BUXTED DANIEL 1st standard Shetland 4 & over plus reserve champion overall, this boy is such an easy kind stallion who never disappoints in the ring

Area 20 NPS show, 27th of June Judge Mrs Webb                        Snelsmore Pavarotti (above)
Snelsmore Nevada (above) 1st 4yrs & over class, Best Miniature & Overall Shetland Champion 
Snelsmore Pavarotti 1st 3yrs & under class & Overall Reserve Junior Champion

Results for the South West Shetland Pony Group Summer Show held on Sunday 21st June at Tall Trees Arena, Cornwall. The committee would like to thank Mr & Mrs Griffiths for judging a great turnout of our members ponies as well as all the people who helped out on the day of the show. swspg Committee 
Ridden Champion: Westleigh St Cyrus Snowki Doki & Miss L.Blamey
Child Handler Champion: Darklake Loki & Miss J.Tropman
Child Handler Reserve Champion: Sharptor Raphael & Miss M.Hall
Champion Gelding: Coryhill Black Panther/ Mrs S.Braddon
Reserve Champion Gelding: Collytown Brammer/ C.Babbage
Miniature Junior Champion: Halstock Lavender Lace/ Mr D.Hodge
Miniature Reserve Junior Champion: Tawna Clarius/ A.Runnalls & F.Hammond
Standard Junior Champion: Sharptor Desire/ Mr J.Walters
Standard Reserve Junior Champion: Bellever Magic Charm/ Mr & Mrs  Bowden
Miniature Senior Champion: Toprock Johntie/ Mr D.Hodge
Miniature Reserve Senior Champion: Tawna Lowenna/ A.Runnalls & F.Hammond
Standard Senior Champion: Schivas Kerry/ Mr J.Walters
Standard Reserve Senior Champion: Lakehead Meredith/ Mr & Mrs Bowden
Overall Miniature Champion: Toprock Johntie/ Mr D.Hodge
Overall Reserve Miniature Champion: Tawna Lowenna/ A.Runnalls & F.Hammond
Overall Standard Champion: Schivas Kerry/ Mr J.Walters
Overall Reserve Standard Champion: Bellever Eternal Flame/ Mr & Mrs Bowden


Lincolnshire County Show

Kingsacre Princess Beatrice


1st Miniature 2/3 year old, Reserve overall Junior Champion and Best Miniature at Lincolnshire County Show.


I had the same result with the same filly as a 2 year old last year, so delighted to have won it again. G.R.


Pirouette Midnight Debut

                   Cheshire County    

                     Champion                    Reserve Champion       

             Horninglow Ravenstone      Horninglow Ennerdale Water

                       Junior Champion                    Reserve Junior

                    Pirouette Midnight Debut              Lathom Joelle


It was so nice to see the article posted on Shetland-pony.com news of HOSE REYNARD. We had him for several years and have bred some nice mares by him which we have kept the best ones for showing and future brood mares, We have had good results from his stock and may it continue. unfortunately we could not keep him having most of the stock by him We are so pleased that Kate Hampton has him giving him a wonderful home and showing him in veteran classes and producing winners for her. Best wishes to you SHIRLEY CHAPPLE. ("WESTBRIDGEPARK" SHETLANDS.)  One of 'the greats' Ed.

Coppice Bryony Rose joined our yard at the end of last year and Soffia and her are the best of friends. So far this season, they have won under saddle:

1st, Res Champion and Second Reserve Supreme at the Mid Wales CHAPS Royal Welsh Spring Festival as a lead rein, 1st at the South and West Wales Shetland Pony Group Show, 1st Ridden at St Clears Agricultural Show, 1st at the Carmarthen Welsh Pony and Cob Association Show, 1st and Res Champion at Aberystwyth County Show and third at the Three Counties Show in Malvern in the Novice M and M Lead Rein out of 12 forward and was the first Shetland in line. A.F.

Our 'mature' stallion Hose Reynard (sponsored by Native Pony Bridles) has recently been pulled out of retirement to compete in the SSADLOlympia classes at the grand age of 27yrs.
We were delighted when at Shropshire County he won the Standard Stallion class In the Shetland section and also went on to win his SSADL class achieving a fantastic 88% in the first round qualifiers, then last weekend in the Regional Qualifiers at the Royal 3 Counties he took another red in his 24+yrs category.
Sadly the Olympia ticket eluded us in the Championship, but so very proud of our boy, and still time for the ticket yet!

Kate Hampton (Pirouette Stud)

what a great pony he has been and continues to be, a credit to you. Ed.

Some results from Caerwys show
judged by Mr. L Gregory


Standard champion - Claylands Dabill of the Highlands S. Nadin
Dabill won the Mare class, also the Coloured class (17 entries in this class)

Reserve champion - Ember's Black Knight (Pic left)

Junior Champion - Ember's Black Knight Miss N Andersen Smith

Reserve Junior Champion - Pankymoor Perisma J.E Sherratt

Stallion- 1st Enigma Xquisite - Elaine Fitzhugh.
Miniature-4 and over   -1st  Enigma    Xquisite  
Miniature-3 and under -1st  Enigma   Zola - Christine Gray


It has been decided to cancel The Downs Group Show on 9th August  due to heavy commitments around this time (the SPSBS breed show must come first, especially as we managed to get it in our area) we will be back on track next year with this show & our Spring show,  sincere apologies to anyone wanting to attend but I have looked at other dates & it is impossible ! Jill Jones

"Okay, so the saddle's slipped up the neck, I've jacked in holding my reins on my lap of honour, in favour of this blue ribbon thingy, and I may not be the best rider (yet!) But the judge said she was judging the pony who was an angel, never having a basket saddle before with me assuming the forward gunner position. All that, and chuck in an overload of cuteness. I don't care where we came, nor does mummy, but I do enjoy it and I think Fiddledydee liked it too. Lucie Bevan as told to GH.

Three Countries with Stepley Taka and her foal Ms L & J Tropman's Tressys Trooper take first in mare class and foal class then takes standard champion under judge Mrs K Gibb.

Royal Three Counties Show on Friday. The sun did shine and we missed the forecasted rain. Lots of Shetland entries and really good sized classes. Mrs K. Gibb from Aberdeen judged both the miniature and standard classes.

Pictured here is the miniature Reserve Champion, Mr. W. Handley's four year old mare, Seva Renie, shown by Cath Davies and  miniature Champion, Halstock Matador owned and shown by Jennifer Harris (Henhope)
Photograph courtesy of James Alexander

Louise Eyres and Stow Millie first standard Shetland four and over and reserve champion at South of England yesterday. Judge Mrs V Hampton

Snelsmore Querl, 2 year old filly winning at 3 Counties, shown by owner/breeder Clifford Percy.

Although the Breed show schedule ‘Rules’ IN SO FAR AS THEY affect the  HOYS qualifier have been passed by HOYS, it seems that a HOYS entry form must be filled in with the appropriate Pony’s/rider’s/owner’s  numbers issued by HOYS. This is free of charge and  fairly simple to do, so  do not be put off by it. Go to        http://www.grandstandentries.com

Click the button ‘register now’ and register your pony, rider and owner. Have your pony’s passport to hand and full details of rider, name, address and DOB and membership no. of spsbs, or bsps, or nps of both owner and rider. MAKE A NOTE OF THE 3 x 5 digit NUMBERS then go to  http://hoys.co.uk then ‘competitor zone’ then on the right, HOYS QUALIFIER ENTRY FORM. Print it off and fill in using HOYS number and name of pony and number, rider and number and owners name and number. Your actual breed show entry will have all the breeding etc and the allotted numbers of HOYS have it also. SEND HOYS FORM WITH YOUR BREED SHOW ENTRY.

Bath & West Mesd Pickett & Sargeant's Champlers stud have a red letter show. Champlers Verity  Standard Champion

Champlers Vanita reserve Junior Champion
Judge Lionel Gregory Esq

Champlers Mimosa at Severn Valley 
WPCA Welshpool. 1st & Standard Champion. 
Owned by Jane Smith

Judge Mr T. Jones.


Threapwood  Tarna, G Smith
1st, Junior Champion & Reserve Standard Champion



If you are coming from afar and need stabling, best telephone Roger or Jill Jones to book it.
 01323 763405

the turnout

bedecked with rosettes

Stolen titbits!

Thrilled with our day, Cranford Freddie at his first show at East Sussex BDS he won the exercise vehicle class, and second in the novice class. He has qualified for the national championships at Addington Manor. He has very recently been broken to harness by Sonny Hillier who has done a great job. We are very exited about his future driving career.

Best wishes, Paula Woolgar.

Another successful pony out of Isle of Mona Fringe who joins in the likes of Cr Fandabby dosey, Cr. Fiddledydee, Cr. Fantazy and many others. Ed.

This year's colt already sold, but I have a fab yearling filly for sale with huge potential as performance or in due course a brood mare with fabulous temperament. cranford@showpony.com

PLEASE NOTE.......The official photographer at the breed show will be,
PETER BLACKMAN. Web site - www.peterbphotography.co.uk

SPS-BS Driven Performance Awards Drive Weekend 20/21 June 2015
Please would members let either myself (07980 635292) or Doreen TIndale (07831 306739) know if they intend joining us over the weekend of 20/21 June for the Drive on Cannock Chase on Saturday (commencing at 2.00 p.m.)  Barbeque at Doreen and Peter Tindale’s on the Saturday evening (we will all migrate to the local pub if the weather is inclement!) and a further drive on the Sunday morning if people would wish. 
 Camping/stabling available at Peter and Doreen’s and many local B&Bs, pubs and hotels too!
 Anyone who would like to join us for the evening Barby is most welcome – a good chance to meet and up talk about everyone’s favourite subject – Shetland Ponies!!!
 We do need to know numbers, so please can we have names by Sunday 14 June.
 Willowe Keeley

Hartside Stud start the showing season off well at The Cumberland Show Yesterday with Hartside Sebastian winning his stallion class, and overall Shetland champion and then went on to win the champion overall in-hand horse on the field, against a variety of different breeds. His son Hartside Blitzan (7 weeks) was placed 1st and best foal. Hartside Blyth was placed 2nd in the mare with foal class.

Eiger Nijinsky Robert Pitcairn's 4 yr old stallion at the Central Scotland Shetland Pony show, 30.5.15, where he was 1st in Stallion class, Champion Miniature and went onto become Reserve Supreme Champion  of the show. This was under Joy Barugh. Supreme Champion of the show was Jimmy Wilson's chestnut mare under judge Rowena Proven.
Other recent result. Neilston show where Eiger Nijinsky was 1st in Stallion class and then Reserve Champion of the show. judge, Mr D Kay.

Carmilo Magician is back on form having had a year off the workers to concentrate on first riddens. Digby Shepherd on board, won his workers section at the Bath and West show qualifying for Royal International Show, and stood champion worker. The judges were Mr Puttock and Mrs S Hore.

Reserve Miniature Ring Champion: Eiger Oliver
Junior Champion: Eiger Oliver


Snelsmore Nevada.

The main Miniature Shetland results from the Royal Bath & West Show held on Saturday 30th May. JUDGE L Gregory Esq,
Miniature Ring Champion: Snelsmore Nevada. Reserve Miniature Ring Champion: Eiger Oliver
Junior Champion: Eiger Oliver. Reserve Junior Champion: Snelsmore Quaffle
Mare Class, Gott Mabs, Jane & Glenn Smith. Yearling Class, Wotknotts Aimee ~ Trudy Ridgers

Schivas Kerry from the NPS area 24 show where she won the NPS silver medal and then went on to win a the British Isles supreme in hand championship.

Truly, a fabulous mare. Ed.


Bogs Candy Floss and foal at ICENI native pony show, best foal, 1st mare and res. champion. So proud of her, she showed beautifully, the foal was a little wayward!! Emma

filly foal by Sharptor Ambition, mare bought from Cranford, in foal.

The results of Great Harwood Show Monday 25th May 2015
Judge Mr J.D. Kay
Champion - Mrs E.A. Barnes -  Rosslyn Murphys Law (Pic right)
Reserve  - Mrs S. Stuart - Dreams Ringmaster
Junior Champion - Mr K. Wigley - Ramper Huckleberry
Reserve Junior - R & K. Brown - Romany
Junior handler - Miss Lauren McAlister - Rawside Royal Maizie
Best Turned out - Miss Lauren McAlister - Rawside Royal Maizie

Nicky France's mare, Tootsweet Black Buttercup won the standard mare and gelding class 4 year and over and went Standard Champion.

At the Caspian show last weekend which was in aid of young 9 year old Ben Elliott in order to raise funds to send the lad to America for treatmernt, we all mucked in and raised a few extra pounds and was the reason we went as it was essentially a Miniature Horse show, but were happy to have some nice results in that Claylands Golden Finale (Lexie) had three firsts with the coloured, mare and Shetland Champion and reserve reserve in the overall championship behind the two nice Miniature ponies. And Claylands William of Mamore was second and third in the Gelding and coloured class. A super day out for such a worthy cause and we all had the pleasure being presented by and having our photographs taken with the delightful young Ben Elliott himself. Raising funds AND  getting some results, sounds like a good day. Ed.

Stafford County Show
Claylands Stirling, Standard Champion. (Exh S Nadin)
Champlers Mimosa, Reserve Standard Champion. (Exh J Smith)
Hermits Elissa, Best Miniature & Junior Champion. L Onions
Robin's Brae Neve, 2nd Open Miniature.


Warrington Horse Show. judge Mrs D.P. Wright.
L. Gott Mabs 1st in open miniature, owned by Glenn Smith, best miniature & overall champion.
R. Embers Black Knight. Owned by Nina Anderson Smith.1st standard 2&3yold & Reserve  Overall Champion.







Fun Ring at The Society Breed Show August 3rd Ardingly. Here are the classes.. PLEASE NOTE. These are the only classes you may enter on the day, all other rings and classes as per schedule. ENTRIES CLOSE 15TH JUNE

1) Prettiest Filly.  2) Most Handsome Gelding.  3) Best Exhibitor.  4) Bending.  5) Pony Judge Would Like To Take Home.  

Followed by

Class 6) Fancy Dress to be held in the Main Ring in front of The Norfolk Pavilion during Lunch Break

Do you remember just over a year ago our foal Havensway Super Ted (Teddy) had to have a life saving operation at a week old? Well it was worth the vet bill as he is now turning into a lovely pony. Today he went to his first show as a yearling at the Isle of Wight Mountain and Moorland show where he won the small breeds Youngstock and then went Reserve Youngstock Champion! Very proud of our homebred boy.  L.C.
Editor, Is assuming above owner has not yet read the following.........
'Get off your knees' those few of you who get down on one, or worse, two, knees when showing a pony. NO LONGER A SUGGESTION, BUT A RULE INTRODUCED THIS YEAR. It is not only dangerous and looks ridiculous (IMO), in the event of an accident it would have consequences for any ensuing insurance issue.

Heathfield Show Sat 23rd May. Judge M Sargeant. Mini and overall champion, Snelsmore Nevada. (C&J Percy)
Overall junior champion. Snelsmore Pavarotti

Overall champion. 5 years Stallion Snelsmore Nevada

Snelsmore Pavarotti 3yr old colt Overall Junior ring Champion


Yearling filly, Lloegr Dancer Rita Bundock was Reserve Junior Champion. Mare, 1st Buxted Enchanting C Pearce. Stallion, standard 1st Buxted Excel J Jones. Miniature Mare, 1st Fairy Virginia, Lady De La Warr. Miniature yearling, 1st Snelsmore Ruby Tuesday, C & J Percy.Res Champion Schivas Kevin. (L B Jackson)

Miniature Mare, 1st Fairy Virginia, Lady De La Warr.                  3rd yearling Fairy Replica owned and shown by Georgina Kester

Heathfield.......Yearling filly, Lloegr Dancer, Rita Bundock was Reserve Junior Champion

Gott Mabs, Mare (Exh/owner Glenn Smith) 1st and overall miniature champion,
Shropshire County Show. Judge J Harrison

I’ve had a quick surf around the studs on www.shetland-pony.com to see who has updated with foals/news lately. I have done England and will do Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland later today. If I’ve missed you, drop me an email or  message me via f/book

The Fabulous mare 'Champlers Verity' 1st & Champion at Royal Windsor. Mesd. Picket + Sargeant.
2nd Claylands Prince of Foxt. Diane Verity ,~
3rd Brinleyview Camanche. A. Stevens

Juniors. 1st Sharptor Truffle Judy Hawkins
2nd Champlers Roseblossom Lynda Rowland.


'Get off your knees'  those few of you who get down on one, or worse, two, knees when showing a pony. NO LONGER A SUGGESTION, BUT A RULE INTRODUCED THIS YEAR. It is not only dangerous and looks ridiculous (IMO), in the event of an accident it would have consequences for any ensuing insurance issue.

Fancy dress class at the Breed Show. Although a 'fun ring' class, it will be held in front of the Norfolk Pavilion at lunchtime. Every entrant will receive a rosette and the winner an engraved picture frame, so come on, thinking caps on and enter helping to make a colourful event.

Brinleyview Camanchee has go off to a flying start to the season and qualified for RIHS is two sections; Dartmoor/Exmoor and Shetland and the BSPA Coloured horse section.

Having only been back with Debbie Barr 10 days and only graded with the BSPA last month, he was expertly piloted by Gemma Pallett to win both his classes in the South Suffolk Show on Sunday.


We all had a thoroughly enjoyable morning at the NPS Area 12 show at Bromyard yesterday. It was the first time that the show had held classes for Miniature Shetlands, with thanks to sponsorship from the Four Counties Shetland Group. In the yearling class C&S Salters' home-bred filly Fernhalls Sarah Jayne took first place and went on to be awarded Junior Champion and Mesdames D&L Millichap's home-bred colt Lydees Foxies Easter Latte took 2nd place and Reserve Junior Champion.

 In the Stallion, Mare or Gelding Class it was Jenny Harris' Halstock Matador who took first place and Miniature Champion. With Charlotte Salters' Hasguard Magnate in 2nd and coming home with Reserve Champion. Miss L Mellor had a very creditable 3rd place with Birling Chicory as the only mare in a class of 6 stallions. Many thanks to show organisers for such an enjoyable show. Lydia Millichap.

Results and league tables 2015 If you are entered for this year, please feel free to send in your results along with a photo  of the pony/ies. DO NOT assume if I have reported on news page any success you may have enjoyed this season that I will have noted it for awards, NOT SO! Completely separate department, and it is for you to decide which show's results you wish to declare. Ed.


We recently entered our village carnival with the ponies the theme was 'Under the Big Top' we were very chuffed with our 1st place for our Collytown Performing Elephants!
Outfits all hand made by Alyson, the ponies were amazing, stood on their podiums for the judging and even did the parade around the village along with marching band, vintage tractors and all the other carnival floats.
Best wishes Chamaine.
Great effort Collytown. When I opened the first picture and before I realised it was Ms Blamey, I thought 'who's that bloke lurking outside the tent in the grey trousers, and what on earth is he doing'?  Sorry, you guys crack me up. Brilliant. Ed.

The post office load the delivery charge by 1.11pence for envelopes that exceed A5 size (7ins x 5ins) more importantly it involves a car journey to sorting office to collect, frustrating for the recipient don't you agree? It's the inclusion of SAE or the lack of 'correct' size envelope that causes the problem, so if you are in any doubt, either take envelope to the post office and ask them to weigh/measure it before posting!! WHAT FUN. Anyway Show secretary is grateful for early entries but would appreciate your cooperation on this matter.

An update on Alfie (Orphan)

Isle of Mona Star girl with her own colt foal Stardust and orphan Alfie, couldn’t have a better outcome, Alfie runs over to his milk bucket when he wants to feed, then runs back to them, Big Big thanks to Daphne and Mandy of Champlers Stud for all there help and support. D.W.


The Downs group spring show, Buckhurst Park. Judges:- Standards:- Mrs M Matthews Cornwall. Miniatures:- Mrs M Davenport Herefordshire.
The Downs Shetland Pony Group held their Spring show once again on the front lawns in the  beautiful grounds of Buckhurst Park with kind permission of Earl & Countess De La Warr. Although the weather was wet & windy to begin with,  it got better as the morning went on.  There were some lovely ponies forward for our judges Mrs Marion Matthews ( standards ) & Mrs Mary Davenport ( miniatures). I would like to say a special thank you to our two ring stewards Mrs Pauline Hopkins & Miss Scarlett  Matthews who  both did a brilliant job, also Kerry for the lovely hot food  & Janice for once again taking some super photos. Thank you to all who came to help & support us , the ponies were very well produced and everyone seemed to enjoy the day, also huge thank you to Pat Slade for supplying our lovely rosettes again they really are second to none. Jill & Roger Jones.
Main results , standard ring , ch & supreme Somahouse Holly ,A Page,  res ch Buxted Discovery A Page,     Jun ch Sharptor Truffle, J Hawkins,     Res jun Buxted Minstrel  D Elphick/ G Robins, Miniature ring    Ch & res  supreme, Snelsmore Oceana C& J Percy,       Res ch Snelsmore Mystique, C & J Percy,      Jun ch Milday  Isabel, M & S Bourner,    Res jun  Oakelbrook Sea Breeze,     Ridden ch Cranford Fiddledydee  Hart & Whitmee/ Jack Dale,     Res Kerloch Rebel, Holly Smith Hawkins,      Gelding ch Walstead Teddy , Sonia Burt ,  res Kerloch Rebel  J Hawkins,        Champion foal  Fairy Footfall , Countess De La Warr,         Full results to follow. above...Congratulations Supreme & Standard Champion "Somahouse Holly" A Page/ S Greene & Reserve Supreme & Miniature Champion "Snelsmore Oceana" C & J Percy, pictured with Mrs M Matthews, Mrs M Davenport and Mrs A Foster

Res. Miniature Junior Champion "Milday Isabel" Melody Bourner, Res. Jun. Champion , "Oakelbrook Sea Breeze" Alan C Davies


John and Eileen Snowdon and their Larkrise ponies gave an informative demo on how to introduce your Shetland pony to driving. John explained the harness and how to correctly fit it and how to lunge your pony in it in preparation of putting to.

John and Eileen engaged with the gallery by offering an opportunity to take the reins of a single pony driven to an exercise cart and gave tuition on how to hold the reins and negotiate changes of directions, plus many more tips on the many aspects of driving, including safety and showing.

Refreshments were available during the session plus Eileen brought some hot cross buns!

A heavy April shower made spectators appreciative of the indoor school.
Everyone enjoyed the Demo and a big thank you goes to John and Eileen for all their efforts. After expenses, 30 went to group funds and we welcome two new members who joined at this event.

It's nice to know, that in these days of mistrust and cynicism that a reputation for honesty and fairness still counts. I've just received a blank cheque, signed, for me to 'fill in the amount' to enter the shetland-pony.com league results for this year. GIVE IT A WEEK TO CLEAR and you'll still be able to contact me via email, except I'll be in Barbados! :-)

Oh dear, I'm older than I thought! Needless  to say, despite having the Society magazines FROM THE MID 1970s, could I lay my hands on 1989, the one with the 1988 breed show results? No. I want to include in the upcoming feature as many who exhibited at the 1988 Breed Show when it was last held at ARDINGLY at the South of England Showground.
I spoke to Di Johnston from Parlington who managed to lay her hands on 1989 magazine and the results. Of the standard exhibitors, I have spoken to Jill Stevenson from Hose, who is looking to see what she has, Mr & Mrs Howell featured large and I've ;left a message for them, so who knows? Viv Hampton was doing well even back in '88 with ridden and driven so hopeful there. On the mini front, Holt's Park view stud was flying high and featuring also was Tikki Adorian in her pre toyhorse days with 'Hayes Hill' and Sheila Hinde and Hippominimus. Both Paul and Kath Holt have passed away, Tikki was concentrating on Toyhorses and Sheila Hinde is no longer involved. So what we have will be it, hopefully with a bit more input from the aforementioned. Oh how the years have flown......................  IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD, PLEASE FEEL FREE. PHOTOS/REMINISCENCES.

 Just read your article on the Breed Show at Ardingly.   I was on the organising committee with John and Barbara so we did not show. I organised the stewards etc but regret to say I cannot remember who they were.  From memory judges were Ginge Shillibear, Lionel Hamilton Renwick and I cant remember the coloured ring judge (Rachel Bown?).  Pam Harvey-Richards judged the riding and I can’t remember the driving judge. Rosemary Webb was to the fore in the ridden classes.

It does seem such a long time ago now, probably because it is!  I will see if I can find some photos but think it unlikely.  I did come across a schedule (which the guys in my firm’s drawing office at the time produced) when we moved but haven’t seen it lately.
Happy days!  Guy. (Hurst)

Yes Guy, They certainly were. We were all passionate about what we did, but we weren't so intense that we didn't enjoy it.


We have perused the pictures and delighted that you made such a good job of re-producing them of the Claylands ponies and of course the others from folk who sent in too. I reckon the lady in the white hat and blue jacket could be Mrs Jack Stevenson and the lady in the blue hat could be Jane Patterson? (that the folk at the rear of Mandy Sargeant's picture, worth a try anyhow)  You may look smart with your bushy dark hair, but take a look at the SLIM me (M.G.A.) !! blimey I was trim in those days.  We are in full support of this years Ardingly Breed Show, as they picked up the gauntlet at a late hour and therefore we shall be travelling down to take part.
As part of our ongoing quest to further the lot of the GELDING's, where we are trying to get people and show organisers to put on separate class's for them, rather than having them constantly lumped in with stallions and mares, with the inevitable result that so often the geldings are down the line. The Gelding is a most useful animal, loved and enjoyed by so many youngsters and we wish to encourage them and hopefully our quest will bear fruit for the future.  So far, we have presented trophies to the SPSBS, The Royal Cornwall show, Caerwys Show, The Red Rose and the Lincolnshire Show, The Mini Mania show.
  For next year we have been accepted by the Royal Norfolk Show and the following year will be the Staffordshire County Show.  So everyone out there, come and show your Geldings  and boost the class entries and have the fun that the Geldings deserve. Maurice Arden and Shirley Nadin. Claylands Stud.

1988. The last time the Breed Show was in the South East at Ardingly. 27 years on, it returns. Below, pre digital age! Images & recollections please send yours to be included.
Pictured, me, Gerry Hart 40 years old alongside grazing pen with mare, Furners Daisy (4th) and her foal Cranford Dainty (2nd). John and Barbara Church of Nashes stud organised the show. I remember Lionel Hamilton Renwick judged the minis. Also it was an overcast chilly day. I remember the late lamented Lady Joan Gore Langton of the South Park Stud, walking into the ring to impromptu warm applause, everyone was so pleased to see her following a recent illness. Mountross Blue Chip was miniature champion that day. Owned by Mrs P Blackwell (Harlequin stud). Blue Chip was Bred by Brenda Holly from Kent.

You can tell I'm half a scot! I still have that leather jacket, and that wheelchair, tho' like me it's rather dilapidated. I still have that hair, tho again, not so thick or that colour.

Some recollections....Maurice Arden, Claylands stud.
As I remember it, the weather was not that brilliant for the Breed show at Ardingly all those 27 years ago and was a bit dark at the end of the day, particularly in the Championships, when the judges seemed to take forever and finally had to be taken in hand by the ring Steward !!.
I'm sure this is correct, but picture ABOVE is of us all going to the main ring for the Championships and from left to right are my brother in law Philip Rowbottam with Claylands Amy, my late wife, Jeannette with Claylands Candy, me with Goldcrest of Drakelaw and bring up the rear Nikki Richards possibly leading one of the Abbotsbury ponies.

Picture above. Maurice Arden with Goldcrest of Drakelaw.

Above is M.G.Arden with Goldcrest on left of picture Breed show 1988 Ardingly.

Above a picture of the Supreme Championship presentation (G Shilibeer making presentation) at the Breed Show in 1988.  We had Wells Perfecta who took the supreme championship.  In the background is Caroline Collinsplatt, Pat Joyce, Mrs Monro, not sure if the woman in the blue hat is Zoe Snape?  Also, on the other side is Benyon Brown.  Mother looks a bit younger there and I look slimmer!! M.S.
From Mary Davenport (Nee O'Brien). Here are photos of two Annwood ponies shown at the 1988 Breed show.  Dad, Derek O'Brien, in charge of the stallion Elector of Annwood (Merlin of Luckdon ex Wells Elenora,born 1978) and the foal of course! The mare is Samantha of Annwood (Merlin of Luckdon ex Samphire of Annwood, born 1980) ,led by Mum, Joan O'Brien, and the foal Tutor by Elector of Annwood.  Elector was only ever shown twice, both times in 1988!

Just realized I was there at Ardingly in 1988,I did not take standards as I had not shown  them much that season due to spending the three months from end of May to end of that August with a badly  broken arm in-cased in pot.
I looked after ,groomed and prepared,showed a team of miniature ponies from the next door farm for Pat and Cliff Blackwell  of The Harlequin  Stud, founded about autumn 1985 run by them till about 2000 then remaining ponies given to their niece .stud finished about 2003,We took two stallions  ,cannot remember what else we took .
Mountross Blue chip won  the stallion class, with me showing Hippominimus Pooh Bear to take fourth place.
Blue chip stood Reserve Champion Smallstock Pony (NOT KNOWN AS MINIATURES THEN)
Advert from 1989 magazine of stud ,My daughter Emma is show Pooh Bear and Pat with blue chip J.Barugh

Scarlett Sharp aged 2 at her first show today on Tosca Last Addition. M.H. 


We at The Chiltern Shetland Pony Group are pleased to report upon a very successful show at our new venue, Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, in Addington, Buckinghamshire. Everyone stated what a lovely, clean and well managed venue this is.  We would like to begin by thanking our very professional judges, in ring 1, Mrs Elaine Lewis and in Ring 2, Miss Megan Halsall. They both had a difficult day, as the standard of pony and handler was very high. The classes were well supported, inside and outside the ring. full results here

 The following shows for 2015 are:-

Sunday 28th June 2015 – Affiliated judge L Cave


Sunday 20th September 2015 – Affiliated judge J Patterson


For more information or a copy of the schedule please email Michelle Coates pat.coates@ntlworld.com or call 07957117753.

right. Ring 2 fun ring champion, Helawi Golden Annie. Owner Jodie Howe.


Supreme champion Briar Piccolo with owner Abigail Hampton.                            Claire Felton's Brenin Aur Miniature champion and res supreme champion.

Shetland pony Grand National training day, Onley Equestrian Centre. Not for the fainthearted!