"Think not what the Shetland pony can do for you - what
do for the Shetland Pony?
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We are running a Shetland meet
on behalf of the Wilton Hunt on the Saturday 4th March
Anyone and everyone is more then welcome to bring their
Shetland/ Shetland's along.
Please Facebook message Tilly Shepherd or Call Mandy on
01725 518532/07917 540741 for more details
HAMPSHIRE DORSET BORDERS
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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
SHOW. Two years in a row for Kerloch Rupert.
PHOTO COURTESY SCOTTISH
SHETLAND PONY YOUNG HANDLER. AGED 9 OR UNDER, ON
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 –
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
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.
(I will send web address
showing cards and methodology of collecting funds
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
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.
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.
for driving clinic
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.
Watt Meadow Equestrian Centre – 2 minutes drive off
Junction 11 (Cannock) of M6.
On Sunday 5 February 2017. Times to be confirmed.
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
I wonder what will happen to our much vaunted 'Mother
stud book' status when we leave the EU? ANY IDEAS?
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Delighted that she got her photo
taken with the huntsman and even got a shot of his
I have permission to share these
photos with you from.nige hutchison who was the
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
FOR DETAILS OF THE 2016
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
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
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
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
Alan Davies with Valegro, at Olympia this week. This is
Alan's Macmillan appeal card
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
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'?
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
lunch on the 22nd January at
Hamptworth Golf course & country club,
Everybody welcome, invites will be
sent out to all members and posted on our website
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.
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
||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 :-
code 20-27-94 Account 23256979
PAY PAL to email@example.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
PLEASE SEND YOUR CARDS etc AS SOON AS YOU CAN. I'M
READY. X see
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 !!
off to her new home, her 'lovechild' Fabracadabra goes
to the Southdown Hunt's children's meet with Daisy Wells
'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
Christmas arrives early in Cornwall
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
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 !
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
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
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.
Meadow Equestrian Centre – 2 minutes drive off Junction
11 (Cannock) of M6.
Saturday 14 January 2017.
Willowe Keeley if you are interested to attend or
require further details.
635292 01902 372238
N.I. Shetland Pony Group Show
committee welcomed Douglas Macarthur and Tony Bell to
judge at the Group’s end of season show.
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
Sugen Puff’s Honey
Ronelle Indigo Rose
Supreme & Senior
Reserve Supreme &
2016/NISPG Show. Supreme Champion & Reserve
2016/NISPG Show - Best Miniature
2016/NISPG Show - Best First Ridden
2016/NISPG Show - Best Lead Rein
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.
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
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
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.
Coppice Dolly Diana and Sheila winning the Shetland Pony
Championship at the
National Midlands in Hand Show 2001, for the second year
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.
Standard Section – Colt Foal
Champion and 1st
No 21 Kevin Hay Marelestoon Aith
No 11 D S McArthur 17 John Street
No 20 Kevin Hay Marelestoon Aith
No 38 Miss E Smith Berry Farm
Standard Section – Filly – 1, 2
or 3 year old
No 69 Mrs J Syme Schiehallion
No 12 Mr W & Miss P Robertson 32
Newhame Road Montrose
No 5 Mrs J L Lowthian Zetland
Standard Section - Mare
Champion and 1st
No 46 I G Burgess 13 Clickimin
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
Standard Section – Entire Male
No 13 W & Miss P Robertson 32
Newhame Road Montrose Angus
Standard Section – Licenced
Reserve champion and 1st
No 68 Mrs J Syme Schiehallion
Miniature Section – Colt Foal
Champion and 1st
No 49 Robin’s Brae Stud,
No 64 Stranduff Shetland Ponies
No 24 Mrs G Alston 12 Yule Square
No 48 Robin’s Brae Stud,
Miniature Section – Filly Foal
No 23 Mrs G Alston 12 Yule Square
No 60 Stranduff Shetland Ponies
No 61 Stranduff Shetland Ponies
No 63 Stranduff Shetland Ponies
Miniature Section – Mare
Champion and 1st
No 73 D Robertson Little Balmae
Ash Road Terregles Dumfries
No 77 D Robertson Little Balmae
Ash Road Terregles Dumfries
No 1 Mrs S Henderson Weston
Miniature Section – Entire Male
No 44 D Findlayson Hillcrest
Miniature Section – Stallion
Reserve Champion and 1st
No 43 D Findlayson Hillcrest
No 37 Miss A I Irvine Kininvie
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
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.
Champion: Kingswood Arwen - Mrs D Woodley
Champion: Buxted Evangalist - J Hawkins family shown
by Mrs J Jones.
Miniature Junior Champion – Snelsmore
Reserve Miniature Junior Champion –
Buxted Principle Boy
Miniature Senior Champion – Buxted
Miniature Reserve Senior Champion –
Miniature overall Champion – Buxted
Reserve overall Champion – Snelsmore
Standard Junior Champion – Kingswood
Reserve Standard Junior Champion –
Westbridgepark Bombay Sapphire
Standard Senior Champion – Bellever
Standard Reserve Senior Champion – Buxted
Standard overall Champion – Kingswood
Reserve overall Champion – Bellever
Ridden Champion – Ulverscroft Select
Reserve Ridden – Abb Fab
Supreme Champion – Kingswood Arwen
Reserve Supreme Champion – Buxted
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
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
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
Pony Group Open Autumn show.
Kingston Maurward college. Dorchester
1st place filly foal Shandwick