The 55th Annual Lerwick Shetland Pony Show and Sale were held recently at the Shetland Agricultural Centre. The Pony Breeders of Shetland Association (PBSA) in conjunction with Shetland Livestock Marketing Group (SLMG) and Aberdeen and Northern Marts (ANM) once again hosted a successful sale of registered pedigree ponies. There were 133 ponies entered for the sale a rise of 29% on last year but unfortunately there were only 108 forward on the day, hugely disappointing for prospective buyers but still a good number of ponies. The ponies began arriving on the Thursday afternoon and exhibitors and potential buyers were invited to socialise together and enjoy a super spread of home bakes and sandwiches laid on by the PBSA.
The Friday morning commenced at 9am with the show of ponies to be sold and there were good entries in all classes. New this year was a beautiful Trophy to be presented to the Show Champion. The trophy was kindly donated by the Tour Guides of Shetland Association in memory of the late David Robertson, of Trondra and Gott studs, who is sadly missed by all. The Judge for this year’s show was Mr David Hodge who travelled from Devon. He remarked on the good quality stock which came in front of him and he also complemented the exhibitors on how well handled the foals were and praised the efforts of the Pony Breeders of Shetland. Best Colt Foal at the Show was the standard piebald Robin’s Brae Spiggie from the Burgess Family, Dunrossness, and Best Filly Foal, Champion Foal and Reserve Overall Champion at the Show was the standard dark bay Loanin Shireen from Mrs J Roberts, Unst. Overall Show Champion was the 39” Black 3 year old filly Jo-Jo Av Bergli from the Bergli Stud in Walls. See full show results below.
After successfully trialling the I-bidder Online Auction system last year those involved were hopeful of another good response from buyers unable to attend the sale. Photographs and details of the lots for sale were available to be viewed online for several weeks prior to the sale to generate interest and give buyers a chance to choose their purchase. On the day a live audio and video feed of the show and sale was streamed online enabling the whole world to watch. This year’s I-bidder sales were more than double those of last year going from 23 ponies sold to 56 ponies sold, 52% of ponies forward being sold through I-bidder.
After a slow start the sale picked up with average prices up on last year. The leading prices were;
Filly foals: Clibberswick Selsey 540gns K Grant, Orkney. Trondra Kerus 360gns A. Mclennan, Orkney.
Colt foals: Robin's Brae Spiggie 300gns J Ramsey, Tyne & Wear. Robin's Brae Storm 200gns I-Bidder.
Fillies: Jo-Jo Av Bergli 950gns Unsold. Hestigeo Gunhilda 400gns P Hunter, Unst.
Mares: Merkisayre Be-Bo 460gns I-bidder. Loanin Vivid 380gns I-bidder.
Entire Males: Merrylees Nuggett 650gns Unsold. Merkisayre Calvin 400gns I-bidder.
Lerwick Shetland Pony Sale Show results 2014
Judge – David Hodge
Miniature Filly Foal
1st Loanin Flame Mrs J Roberts 160gns A Mclennan, Orkney
2nd Benston Tarka Mr J Williamson 240gns Not Sold
3rd Anderlea Tilly Mesdames Leask & Roberts 260gns Stackerhvi Stud, Whalsay
Miniature Colt Foal
1st Gue Preston Ms C Laignel 80gns Not Sold
2nd Breckenlea Scenario Miss A Slater 130gns Not Sold
3rd Laurenlea Sunburn Mrs M Inkster 15gns I-bidder Sale
Standard Filly Foal
1st Loanin Shireen Mrs J Roberts 280gns V Thomson, Forres
2nd Loanin Beau Mrs J Roberts 110gns I-bidder Sale
3rd Robin’s Brae Serena Mrs L Burgess 280gns Not Sold
Standard Colt Foal
1st Robin’s Brae Spiggie Mrs L Burgess 300gns J Ramsey, Tyne & Wear
2nd Filska Charleston Miss S Anderson 110gns Not Sold
3rd Solheim King James Mrs A Robertson 25gns Not Sold
1,2 & 3 Year Old Fillies
1st Jo-Jo Av Bergli Bergli Stud 950gns Not Sold
2nd Bydance Jazz Twinkle Mrs I Dickie 170gns I-bidder Sale
3rd Anderlea Danika Mrs D Jamieson 100gns I-bidder Sale
1, 2 & 3 Year Old Colts & Geldings
1st Benston Scallywag Mrs M Williamson 170gns Not Sold
2nd Gue Omaar Ms C Laignel 35gns I-bidder Sale
Mares 4 Years Old & Over
1st Clivocast Orelia Ms L Hunter 200gns I-bidder Sale
2nd Merkisayre Daisy Mr I Burgess 380gns Not Sold
3rd Anderlea Clearstar Ms C Laignel 340gns Not Sold
Stallions 4 Years Old & Over
1st Merkisayre Calvin Mr G Tait 400gns I-bidder Sale
2nd Merrylees Nuggett Mrs M Williamson 650gns Not Sold
3rd Bydance Hennessy Mrs I Thomason 160gns I-bidder Sale
Best Filly Foal entered in the Sale (Kiora Shield) Loanin Shireen
Best Colt Foal entered in the Sale (Kiora Shield) Robin’s Brae Spiggie
Champion Foal Loanin Shireen
Overall Champion (David Robertson Memorial) Jo Jo Av Bergli
Reserve Overall Champion Loanin Shireen
Best Foal from Unst (Milne Cup) Loanin Shireen