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We are running a Shetland meet on behalf of the Wilton Hunt on the Saturday 4th March

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Kind messages from all over to me, but hey gang, I'm not dying, not yet and no more than anyone else! Apart from not running the awards / points scheme, nothing will change. Subscribers to this site, will still get their show results published on here, the news page, along with any other news of interest. schedules/results etc still here as usual. Yes, the Shetlands are going, except for two that will be for you know who, next year. I don't feel obliged to carry on breeding until my dying day, just trying to be sensible. Neither will we be devoid of animals............ Valais sheep, texel crosses, a couple of cobs and a highland pony, are projects to give me a reason to go out! SO SEND YOUR NEWS and I will do my best by you. GH

NATIONAL STALLION SHOW. Two years in a row for Kerloch Rupert.

PHOTO COURTESY SCOTTISH FARMER
FULL SHETLAND RESULTS HERE


SHETLAND PONY YOUNG HANDLER. AGED 9 OR UNDER, ON 01/01/17.
1ST. FINLAY BROUGH.
2ND. LIAM MURRAY.

SHETLAND PONY YUNG HANDLER, AGED 10 TO 16, ON 01/01/17.
1ST. SIAN BUCHANAN.
2ND. ELLIE HARKNESS.
3RD. AALIYAH WILKIE.

BEST YOUNG HANDLER - SIAN BUCHANAN.


This from a long time supporter...............
Really sad to see that the Awards Scheme is over for ever! With high hopes I have joined in every year from it's inception. I have to admit that it's very existence and being part of it encouraged me to continue to support our local shows in the proud anticipation that those few extra points might lift one of my ponies to the top of the table. 
I have been fortunate over the years, eagerly checking the final declarations and on occasions been thrilled at the results; in other years disappointed. But this was all about consistency, and I don't mind being beaten by a good pony. I continue to treasure the lovely mementos, remembering the amazing times we've had. 
I totally understand and respect your decision. Thank you so much for running the scheme, and for the enjoyment and exposure it afforded us and many others. 
I'm breeding very little now, and don't plan to continue showing much longer, so with changing priorities in life maybe this will be the catalyst to hang up my overly-tight showing jacket, and re-evaluate. 

Although this is the end of an era, it is a huge relief and reassurance to know that you will continue to run Shetland-pony.com providing an informative, timely, no-nonsense platform for those of us who can't be doing with 'social' media. Thank you, Gerry, and long may you continue! T.R.


Shetland-pony.com moving forward in 2017. As already reported, no points showing scheme. However, SUBSCRIBERS ONLY ie those who pay an annual subscription to Shetland-pony.com may continue to submit their news of show success for consideration for the news page. Items of general interest may also be submitted for consideration for publication.
The picture alongside is one of my prize possessions, presented by Dougal Dick and Steven Strang at an annual dinner at the Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells in 2005**, engraved from some Scottish breeders, in recognition and thanks for my promotion of said Scottish breeders through the web site and the awards. TRANSY STUD is a sleeping giant of the breed, WELLS, under an enthusiastic Harry Sleigh, seems reinvigorated. Many others have dimmed owing to retirement. But I know, it's the history that makes the Shetland pony what it is, and I will do what I can to reinforce that.
** Weren't they some fabulous times?.

I am not surprised to see the fall off in postings on Facebook. Many longstanding Breed Society members are mortified at some of the vicious goings on. Quite why these people cant conduct their vitriol in private by email defeats me. They encourage people who in honesty could not be privy to the facts, to comment or ‘like’. I don’t see it on facebook, because I have long since refused ‘friends’ requests, blocked others, but the fact I STILL get to hear about it all in a way is worse, that these outrageous slanging matches extend beyond social media and in my opinion, damages the perception of the breed the vast majority of us have enhanced, our efforts under threat by a few deranged Johnny come latelys.

I have decided reluctantly, that there will be no points award scheme run by me through Shetland-pony.com, 2016 will have been the last. The main reason for stopping is my health. In my life I have never failed to fulfill any obligation I have undertaken, and any promises made have always been honoured. I don’t want to start a season and not be able to be ‘on it’ in my usual manner. (entry fees for 2017 will be refunded)
A month ago I had a serious kidney stones op and post op complications mean I have struggled to get back to ‘operating speed’. I am in my 70th year, not ancient, but over 30 years in a wheelchair is taking its toll now. I have made my contribution, it’s time for others to step up. One thing I know, no one is indispensible. Having spent 4 days in bed last week, I got up for half an hour, to find that a ‘group show’ schedule I had put on the site had failed to appear. It took me 6 hours resolving the computer glitch, alongside the original half hour ‘putting it on’. You may ask ‘why didn’t you wait until you were well’? Because, it’s how I ‘have’ to work and you can’t change how you are. (A service I have given groups along with results published, photos/reports etc for 17 years free of charge!)

I will continue with Shetland-pony.com for the foreseeable future, (gotta do something to keep me occupied) but ‘news’ of personal show results will be confined to subscribers to the site. All other news will be welcome but published on its merit or newsworthiness. Thank you for your continued support. Gerry Hart.

Apart from two ponies, all of our Shetland ponies will be sold this year and are for sale NOW including those in foal. No more breeding for us. Loved it, but it’s over. Details later this week.


SPS-BS DRIVEN PERFORMANCE AWARDS SCHEME

The Annual Luncheon took place on Sunday 15 January at the Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell near Stafford.  Thirty seven members and supporters enjoyed a perfect lunch and it was wonderful to welcome back Sue Wood (previously Helps) and her daughter Diane.  Sue owned the well-known Waterside Shetland Pony Stud, was a very well-respected SPS-BS judge and was very successful in driving over many years.  The speaker was Sue Mart from Bennington Carriages and she gave a very interesting talk presented the trophies.

The Training Day with Elinor Bosanquet had been scheduled for Saturday 14 January but this had to be postponed due to appalling weather conditions in Scotland.  The day was re-schedule for Sunday 5 February and a wonderful day was had by all.

Elinor took us through breaking a pony from scratch to driving away.  She put two ponies together in a tandem (one had driven tandem previously but the other one had never done it before).  Other turnouts learned so much – and there was a session on bitting and harness. 

There were over 30 people in the audience and the feedback has been amazing. This year we will hold a get-together in the Autumn, the Annual Lunch will be held on the second Sunday in January at the Moat House and we are very hopeful that we will have a fabulously entertaining speaker!  If anyone has an interest in joining the Scheme please contact Willowe Keeley – willowe.keeley@virgin.net or ring 01902 372238


Dear Mr Hart,
I am contacting you as one of your local fundraising managers for Macmillan. I wanted to thank you at Shetland Pony Owners & Breeders for raising over £1300 for Macmillan in 2016. Thank to you and your members so much for choosing to support Macmillan in this way. We really can’t thank you enough, the money you raised really will help people and their families affected by cancer.
Every penny and pound you raised will make a massive difference. The numbers really add up;

£28 would pay for a Macmillan Nurse for an hour, helping patients and their families receive essential support

·       £185 would pay for a Macmillan Grant to help a cancer patient heat their home. Every day more than 40 people receive heating grants from Macmillan.

·       £1,712 would operate our Macmillan Support Line for an hour. In this time, our cancer support specialists could answer 47 calls and emails.
If you have any pictures of how you raised the money you’d be happy to share on social media do please send them to me. It’s a great way to inspire others. ***
I also wanted to ask are you planning to raise funds for Macmillan in 2017? If you are that of course would be fantastic. Please get in touch as I’d be very happy to support you and help you raise even more this year.Thanks for taking the time to read my email and for supporting Macmillan last year. I look forward to hearing if you have any plans in 2017.

Warm regards.Ryan
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(I will send web address showing cards and methodology of collecting funds  GH)


     

The Southern Shetland Pony Group lunch was held in the lovely New Forest at Hamptworth Golf Course on Sunday 22nd January. We all enjoyed a lovely carvery, a selection of scrummy puddings followed by tea, coffee & mince pies. A great chance for everyone to catch up without being busy sorting ponies out at shows and it seemed everyone enjoyed themselves. As always we had our raffle with lots of goodies on offer (mainly the poop scoop that everyone wanted but of course Jackie managed to win that!) we managed to raise around £200 for the group.

Show dates for this year will Spring show will be held at Priory Equestrian center, Farnham on Sunday 23rd April. It was decided that our Summer show this year won’t be held at the New Forest show ground (due to last year getting cancelled because the ground needing to be dry for the NF show and having to find another venue last minute) It will be held at Manor Equestrian Centre, Ower where we can have the pick of inside venue or outside. The date is TBC but will be on our website shortly. Autumn show will be held again at Sparsholt, Winchester on Sunday 24th September.

Our Greenhurst Trophy (awarded for an outstanding achievement) was awarded this year to David Hodge & Julian Walters for breeding all three of this year’s supreme champions at our shows:

Spring Supreme Champion – Halstock Cassandra – owned by - A Davies

Summer Supreme Champion – Sharptor Perdita – owned by - Messrs Hodge & Walters

Autumn Supreme Champion -  Sharptor About Anna owned by - E Reed

 

All in all we had a fantastic meal, caught up with friends old and new and would like to say a huge thank you to all the members for their continued support of the group. J.P.
        


New date for driving clinic
 

SHETLAND PONY STUD-BOOK SOCIETY
DRIVEN PERFORMANCE AWARDS SCHEME

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 from the very start up to driving away.  There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and “hands on” experience.

Where:  Watt Meadow Equestrian Centre – 2 minutes drive off Junction 11 (Cannock) of M6.
When:  On Sunday 5 February 2017. Times to be confirmed.
Cost:  There is no charge to anyone wishing to be part of the audience – however donations towards the cost of putting on the day would be very welcome.
Please contact Willowe Keeley if you are interested to attend or require further details.
Mobile 07980 635292/01902 372238
willowe.keeley@virgin.net


BREXIT BREXIT................. I wonder what will happen to our much vaunted 'Mother stud book' status when we leave the EU? ANY IDEAS?  gerry@showpony.com  My opinion? Nothing. Continental Europe ignore our rules, so should that worthless status be given elsewhere**, then we will reciprocate and ignore their rules! Such jolly japes. ** Can only be country of origin. ie UK

You may have noticed I have taken down the Shetland-pony.com page on facebook. Nothing against facebook, I'm on it on a personal level, but having tried it for the Shetland-pony site, I don’t believe it suits a pony breeders' site that is long standing with so many well respected studs represented/listed.
Having spent two days in hospital recently sans facebook, I realised quickly on returning home that a) I hadn’t missed it at all, and b) most of the postings are just inane witterings of little consequence to anyone other than the writer, and I include my own posts in that. I am constantly amazed by the stuff that gets posted. People’s sexual proclivities, personal health matters (Very personal) and people holding court as to what and how we should conduct ourselves. Amazing. I’m here for my friends, at the end of a phone, an email, or personal message, if they need help, advice, comfort or in any way. I see stuff on there by people I know and the temptation to comment, ‘For ****’* sake, SHUT UP! Is sometimes all but impossible to resist as they seek to ‘blow their own trumpet’ enhance ‘friends’ perception of them, whilst in reality, trashing a favourable perception previously held.
Shetland-pony.com has a loyal following of subscribers and visitors. It remains the ‘go to site’ for people ‘coming into the Breed’. I WANT TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE YOUR EFFORTS. With that in mind, ponies advertised on the ‘for sale’ page will remain listed until they are sold, or for 6 months, whichever is the shorter time. News that is submitted by subscribers will have their ‘stud link button’ included by me when I am doing the posting. The show results scheme will continue, but would be enhanced by more entries. It’s an opportunity to show your successes where everyone looks without the derogatory feelings generated by such declarations on facebook. Do not labour under the illusion that ‘like’ means that. ‘Like’ is often motivated by ‘if I ‘like’ you, you will ‘like’ me when I tell you how well I’ve done. Not always, maybe, but by rather more than you’d choose to believe.
Keep your web site up to date, (or, I'm always ready if we have that arrangement) advise me when you do, and let me have your news and pictures. Good luck and best wishes for 2017.

Comment here if you wish………. https://www.facebook.com/gerry.hart.315  


I wonder what 2017 will bring? Brexit will rumble on, Trump saga will continue, ‘celebs’ will carry on dying to much wailing on social media. What is certain for those of us involved with owning/showing/breeding Shetland ponies, life, as it affects that part of our lives, will proceed as usual, certainly superficially at least. There is a concern or should be, that two places for England on the breed society council were not taken up last year. There was a time when people clamoured to get on council and were subjected to a vote by members. This usually followed a period of discreet canvassing, finding out who else was standing, and only declaring candidacy, if the prospective council member thought they’d get on.
On a personal level, I never believed that it was necessary to have council based on regional representation. (But that's me, others feel differently) We are all supposed to have the same aims, protecting and promoting the Shetland pony. And providing the stud book is maintained, the constitution is adhered to, it shouldn’t matter where a member of council is domiciled. Anyway, my point is, the society was two  members light last year because of England’s ‘no show’ and whilst I hope I’m wrong, I cant see it changing this year when I presume two more (or will it be four?) will be required.
We’ve been lucky in the Council members we have, but it could be disastrous when to be honest, anyone who wishes to get on Council, just needs to put their name forward and they are ‘on’. If they are prepared to stand the financial cost of the exercise to try to make the rules and regulations ‘in their own image’. Doesn’t follow they would succeed, consensus usually prevails but would not lead to a ‘happy council’ Just think of some of the horrors out there! So I guess my message is this, think carefully if you could help maintain the status quo, and the greater good is more important than any personal agenda, and if you can, please step forward. We’ve had enough changes to the constitution. GH


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Joan O'Brien

Annwood Stud

 

On December 22nd, in her 91st year Joan O'Brien passed away, peacefully at home.

 

Joan, my mother, learnt to ride on Highland ponies and was given her first pony in 1939 by her grandfather.  She parted with him at the time of her marriage to Derek ten years later, having qualified as Doctor of Medicine the previous year.

 

Once she had her four children, Mum took up riding again and encouraged all of her children to ride. Many family holidays were taken in Devon and visits to Dartmoor were frequent; meeting George and Vera Shillibeer on one of these visits ignited her interest in Shetland ponies.  A visit to Arlington Court, Devon, the family home of Sir Francis Chichester, where they had a stud of standard coloured Shetlands furthered her interest in the breed.  

 

In 1964 Mum bought her first Shetlands.  She quickly became completely enthralled in their pedigrees and started the Annwood Stud which she ran very successfully for 30 years.  Her wonderfully retentive mind meant remembering pedigrees was never difficult! Mum became a panel judge and also served on Council. 
 

Despite having to part with her ponies in the early 1990s Mum continued to judge and remained extremely interested in the breed.  She was so thrilled when I was able to keep some Shetlands and has been a tremendous support to me over recent years - she never lost interest in the ponies even during her last days!

 

 

Mum often talked of the wonderful friends she and Dad had made through the ponies and of the interesting places they had been to, as well as the amusing times they had spent at shows and visiting studs.

 

She will be greatly missed by all the family but I am comforted to know that it gave her immense pleasure that her granddaughter, Lucinda, and I are continuing with the Annwood Stud and what a fantastic legacy it is.  We are so lucky that she laid the foundations with some lovely ponies which she gave so much time, effort and thought to.  Mum often reminded me that it takes a lifetime to achieve your breeding goal and that she gave me a head start!

 

There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Thomas the Martyr Church, Winchelsea, East Sussex on Friday 13th January at 12 noon. 

 

No flowers, donations if desired for the Injured Jockeys' Fund c/o Ellis Bros., 3 Ferry Road, Rye TN31 7DJ

 

Photograph attached was taken at Chiddingly Horse Show in 1996. Gilia of Annwood with Lucinda riding aged 5, my mother and myself. Mary Davenport. nee O Brien

 

I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER Joan O Brien as a real stalwart of the Shetland pony Society. Living fairly close we were destined to be friends or deadly enemies, given my interest in mini Shetlands and Joan’s interest in standard, preferably black, and most certainly Annwood ponies! Apart from those fundamental differences, we became good friends over the years, and when I started the Sussex Show in the early 90s, both Joan and Derek offered their services to help. How could I resist Derek’s polished public address voice and Joan’s efficiency in the secretary’s tent? When Jane Dennis and I were proposing to the major county shows in the South to hold separate classes for minis, it was Derek, who as chief ‘horse steward’ at the South of England show, used his ‘clout’ to oil the wheels leading to a successful negotiation. Whereas most of us take pride in our breeding programs/efforts Joan really lived and conducted her Shetland doings by the banner that tops the news page, "Think not what the Shetland pony can do for you - what can you do for the Shetland Pony? GH.


The Fife Foxhounds always meet in our home village of Ceres which has been tradition for many years. 
Christie who turned 2 in September went out on lead rein aboard our gelding Oakley of Auckhorn.   
Delighted that she got her photo taken with the huntsman and even got a shot of his horn.
I have permission to share these photos with you from.nige hutchison who was the photographer today.
L Wilson. (Cassindilly)


Always HAPPY TO PUBLISH PICS OF THIS TYPE, IE, PONIES DOING STUFF and owners having fun whatever their age. GH

I have one late arriving cheque to pay in and we have a super total of exactly £1180 to go to Macmillan cancer support. I have reconciled the pay pal £535, and the Barclays £645 so please NO MORE this appeal. I will publish receipt from Macmillan in due course. Once again, thank you for your support. GH xx

To all Shetland pony owners and breeders,
I am hoping you can support the Shetland pony owners and breeders appeal for Macmillan cancer Support this year.

THE FUND IS PLEDGED over £1000 at 7pm 23rd December.! Job done!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF THE 2016 MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT APPEAL


The annual Christmas card appeal hosted by this web site on behalf of the

UK’s ‘Shetland pony owners and breeders’ has collected in excess of £1000 yet again, to the benefit of Macmillan Cancer Support. (Exact total will be announced after Christmas) Between us, and I have to say it’s largely the same people every year who have donated for well over ten years, every year, I wonder if we will hit the magic £1000.
Whilst I’ve got the physical and mental wherewithal AND YOUR SUPPORT I will continue, although what we collect is a small part of the charity’s income, when I hear some of the gruelling experiences so many you have suffered personally, or your loved ones, I feel that in the words of the mighty Tescos, ‘every little helps’ are so true.
You aren’t blethering all over facebook, with medical details in some cases, (what drives some people to do that?) you are carrying on, stoically and putting on a brave front. It’s hard, and some of the disclosures you confide in me, bring a tear to my eyes, often people I hardly know and only have contact with because of this web site and its attendant annual appeal. So as I age, the natural desire to do less of anything that taxes me, is dismissed confronted by the realities of people’s unrelenting battles, some will be won, others sadly lost.
Thank you for your kind words, as I act to coordinate your generosity. Far better we do something in the name of our beloved Shetland pony for others, than bitch and moan on social media, trivialities of no importance to anyone but the ill informed and mis-guided, casting an unsavoury shadow over a pony Society that deserves to be represented in the best  light. Thank you once again. Happy Christmas. Gerry Hart. xx

Catchpool stud's Brinleyview Commanchee, struts his stuff at Olympia. Sadly, 'Chee' was the only Shetland pony to qualify this year, so credit for achieving that. Well done Anna, Lara, jockey Georgia James, Debbie Barr and all connections.



Alan Davies with Valegro, at Olympia this week. This is Alan's Macmillan appeal card

 

Just had to draw attention to Shetland pony owner and enthusiast Alan Davies who is the travelling Groom to Carl Hester's dressage team. So much more to that job than the title implies. On hand for example, escorting Carl Hester's quirky, talented horse into the arena. Close enough to give both horse and rider confidence, but not so close to stifle the pairing. Knowledgeable, friendly and a consummate horseman, he shows his mini Shetland ponies in hand when he gets the chance. His good friends, Cliff and Jacquie Percy at Snelsmore, look after his ponies in his absence. Certainly those of us in the South who know him, have engaged with Carl Hester's dressage success than we would likely have done, because of Alan's association. GH

Ali Lynch and son Connor & Cranford Juggernaut ( Santa and Rudolph) delivering the prizes to the competitors at Coleshill Heath Riding Club. As 'Jugs' said, 'street cred, what's that'?

Daniel Robins likes the Downs group lunch. No dress code, and you can get a new pony in the raffle.

Daniel's Mum is Georgina from the Kingsacre stud in East Sussex.

 


 

 
Southern Shetland Pony Group Christmas

lunch on the 22nd January at

Hamptworth Golf course & country club,

Hamptworth road

Wiltshire,

SP5 2DU

 
Everybody welcome, invites will be sent out to all members and posted on our website soon.

 


Gabby Charlesworth breaks her leg out hunting after her horse drops dead with a heart attack. Number one jockey for Cranford for several years on the Shetlands, pics top left fandabbydosey, recently schooling a coloured cob for me and top right on the ill fated horse at a x-country event. Gabby will be in plaster for 3 months so it's a 'rain check' for our cob programme for time being. Horses? Dangerous things for sure, but I guess that's why they are fun.

Downs Shetland group lunch was held at the Berwick Inn, Berwick, Sunday 11th December, for the first time, nice one Jill, just quarter mile up the road from Cranford!! Venue was a little on the 'snug' side, but that helped towards a good atmosphere, and the food was good and the service superb. Well done Jill and Roger, and Daphne Elphick for organising the chaos AKA 'the raffle' beautifully. Several who had booked gave their apologies, various winter 'bugs', their attendance, whilst they would have been accommodated, would certainly have added to the 'intimate' atmosphere. Good to see people not seen for ages, and all on good form.
I've gotta get some weight off, don't know how, blooming cat eats more than me.

WELL WORTH A LOOK , trotting race in New Zealand. See facebook, search TAB Trackside.

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


SHETLAND PONY STUD-BOOK SOCIETY

DRIVEN PERFORMANCE AWARDS SCHEME

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.

ABERDEEN & NORTHERN MARTS.

     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

Gns

Champion and 1st
2nd
3
rd

4th

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

200


Unsold
60
70

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

 

1st
2nd
3
rd

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

200

400

Unsold

Standard Section - Mare

 

Champion and 1st
2nd

 

3rd

4th

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

Unsold

 

Unsold

 

450

900

 

Standard Section – Entire Male

 

1st

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

Unsold

Standard Section – Licenced Stallion

 

Reserve champion and 1st

No 68 Mrs J Syme Schiehallion Netherdale Walls

500

Miniature Section – Colt Foal

 

Champion and 1st
2nd
3
rd

4th

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

350

 

300

70

900

Miniature Section – Filly Foal

 

1st
2nd
3
rd

4th

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

850

550

450

520

Miniature Section – Mare

 

Champion and 1st
2nd
3
rd

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

650

 

400

450

Miniature Section – Entire Male

 

1st

No 44 D Findlayson Hillcrest Duncanstone Dingwall

300

Miniature Section – Stallion

 

Reserve Champion and 1st

2nd

No 43 D Findlayson Hillcrest Duncanstone Dingwall

 

 

No 37 Miss A I Irvine Kininvie Blackford Rothienorman

200

 

 

Unsold

 

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.

 


CRANFORD NUREYEV LOOKING GOOD AT 28

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.