"Think not what the Shetland pony can do for you - what
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AVAILABLE in the Midlands. Miniature Shetland mare who
lost her foal this morning (28th April)
available to help if anyone reasonably locally has an
orphan foal looking for a foster Mum. It’s a long shot,
but if we can help, we’d be happy to… Contact CorleyOak
Stud on 07939473980 or 01676-540055.
Hodeam Shetlands, 2x1st and a reserve championship.
events Easter Show.)
Well done Lucia Stanley and Georgia Filby. First time
ever in the ring and just 2 years old and, Hodeam Amelie
who took it all in her stride as usual.
Picture leading Lucia Stanley, rider Georgia Filby and
holding her on tight,
Southern group show, Ceann Boadicea, shown by Sian
Threapwood Vela II, Halfway stud
Fieldfare, Halfway stud
Hallplace What-A-Cracker & Merry Mouse of Quimper,
Sharptor Desire, H Randall
Hestigarth Ike, S Newell
||Mrs G Mather's show
team, had a very good day.
Alan Davis and
'Bubbles' (get outta here Alan)
starting the season with a win.
Florence Taylor and Cr. Hector at Southern group show, 2nd
in first ridden and 1st in young handler.
Lucie Rose & Hawkdale Klansman, 3rd in lead
Southern group show 23 April
GH Says, SO good to see the ridden classes being
supported. Having fun DOES NOT mean stressing
obsessively in pursuit of a ticket to HOYS!!
Jenna Land’s Cranford Firestorm at his
very first show. Winning the
mixed youngstock, and getting 2nd In a big
m & m class. Very pleased
with him even if he was a
Couldn't put this better myself so
over to you ALICE
BRITISH DRIVING SOCIETY, WEST SUSSEX SHOW
Absolutely over the bloody moon with my gorgeous pony!
What a star! Two 2nds and qualified for Addington
wooohooo. nothing like achieving your goal for the
season at your first show out! Huge huge thank u to
for having MAGREED CHARLIE for pre show sleepover and
getting him there!
Joe Marskell for being top groom!
for all the laughs and whip fights haha! Jim for being
driver and picnic provider hehe. And everyone else for
an all round fab day.
||Glen Smith's birthday,
Sat 22nd April, and if you are into in hand showing, a
lovely birthday, when your
filly, Robin's Brae Tilly, takes the Miniature Junior
Champion at the Shirrford Shetland Show.
Whilst the missus, Jane and Threapwood Tarna take
Supreme Champion at the same show.
Pic. left and right resp.
Judge:- Mrs J M Barugh.
and friends (Klingrahoull Cavalier x Claylands Lady
won his first Novice Novice M&M working hunter class on
Easter Monday at the Hunt Charity Show held at Morris
He then went on to be the Pony Workers Reserve Champion,
12 ponies in the championship and his 10 yr old rider
Eloise Vose was delighted.
The only Shetland competing and he certainly flew the
flag for the breed .
Brilliant day for Hodeam Shetlands at Ipswich Horse
Hodeam Briarrose winning the small breeds in-hand and
qualifying for Equifest and Hodeam Amelie winning the
lead rein m&m also qualifying for Equifest. Superbly
ridden by Lucia Stanley and led by my daughter
Holly Bland and support of
Thank you to our lovely sponsor
S-j Dolby at
Tack and Turnout at Stonham who reluctantly came for
Briar Pegasus winning the NPS Novice Lead rein and going
on to be Champion Novice Lr/Fr Beautifully ridden by
Honour Ballard and lead by
Friends and associates have raised £500
in sponsorship (via social media, so it ain’t all bad!)
for this year’s National Performance Show at Malvern in
July. As important, if not more
so, is ensuring the continuance of this and many other
Shetland pony shows. Contrary to the view of a tiny
minority, those of us who have run these shows for so
long, are far from afraid of newcomers, they are
essential to the future. Show organisers are keen to
involve like minded and ‘much younger people’ to help
and be committed to take over and carry the baton on.
Breed Societies, at least native pony societies are NOT
run for profit, no one is getting a dividend. Apart from
Office staff, it’s all done voluntarily, but ALL of us
who are members are part of THE SOCIETY, none more
important than the other.
Records need to be
kept, policy and purpose and standards, Judges’
appointment, rules appertaining and finance, need to be
maintained. That is the work of the Council who oversee
those, things on OUR behalf. They are UNPAID and pay
their own expenses. A huge commitment and gift to us
all. Similarly judges, may require their expenses to
attend a show, but these are invariably minimal, another
gift to the membership. Group Shows and the like,
Shetland only, are also run by enthusiastic members, for
the members, with any ‘profit’ securing future events.
It’s the same with groups. Then we come to the remaining
membership who enjoy these facilities. Nothing wrong
with that, it’s the purpose of the activities. I retired
from running the Sussex show several years ago, after 18
years, and the South East Group, a couple of years
later. Although a very popular show, no one was prepared
to take it on, so it ended. Similarly the South East
group, that folded when I retired, but its funds went to
‘the Downs Group’ which formed afterwards albeit by two
friends who are my age!
My point is this,
especially for the events mentioned above. They need new
blood to carry on. They need people who purport to love
the breed, to give up or better put, ‘donate’ one day a
year to a show of their choice. You do not have to be a
breeder to get involved, an interest in Shetland ponies
and commitment will more than suffice. Anyone who has
attended the Performance show will have seen the
happiness and sense of achievement attained by child,
parent and pony. Approach a show secretary; say what you
can offer by way of help. I am sure you will not be
rebuffed, but welcomed with open arms. GH
First outing of this season for the 3 year old filly
Sharptor Kitty Hawk, winning the Highbrook stud
championship and NPS Silver medal at NPA Cornwall.
Two really smart minis
showing what mini Shetland ponies can do. left.....Parlington Tess
competing at the weekend at the Carriage Driving
Extravaganza at the Morris Equestrian Centre with her
young driver, Arran.
right...........Dougie Robertson and stallion Terregles
Denzel who also won at the same show
Southern Shetland Pony Group shows
Spring show on 23rd of April 2017
at Priory Equestrian, Frensham Road, Frensham, Farnham, Surrey, GU10
Shetland Group Show, 2nd/04. Buckhurst Park. Home of the
Full results click here
No favouritism, just that I've got these first. No doubt
loads tomorrow with report and results. left to right.
Florence Taylor riding Cranford Hector, winner of first
ridden and ridden CH. Lucie Rose in young handler and
below left with Hawkdale Klansman winner leading rein.
Friends Florence & Lucie with their awards and Florence
& Hector, young handlers.
and Supreme Mrs M Sargent with Champlers Victoria at
TDSPG show and our miniature champion and reserve
Supreme Mrs G Mather's ShawdeneHermes, shown by her son,
Seaton, also pictured the two judges ,Mrs Andrea Foster
and Mr Steve Rendall
Champlers Rosepetal junior champion and Champlers
Victoria Standard and Overall Champion. With
breeder/exhibitor Mandy Sargeant.
busiest Spring show for the Downs,
rather earlier than normal, but the mini entry held up
well, and standards, were as usual in the south east,
rather less, but quality was good, and both judges had
some decent ponies to sort out.
Well done Jill and Roger, the indefatigable Janice and
Pauline, photos and steward with Julie Exall stewarding
also. Lovely day out in the sunshine. Results soon
|Video clips of SOME of
Ella and Fabracadabra
Daisy Wells and Cr. Beckham
oh dear Lucie
snatched the camera! Thanks to Anne De la Warr for
Some of the children
showing SOME of the adults how to 'do it'. Particularly
like pic, bottom left, tongue out with concentration, or
This is an
appeal for sponsors for the national Shetland
Held at 3 Counties Showground, Malvern. JULY 8th
and 9th with clinics held on the 7th.
There are loads of classes for the very novice, mums
allowed in ring to help, through to working hunter
ponies and various ‘flat classes’ lead rein, first
ridden, open. There are driving classes and a two rings
for in hand. ALSO ‘CLINICS’ THE DAY BEFORE.
Sponsorhip is £25 per class BUT YOU MAY SHARE A
SPONSORSHIP between two for £12.50 each.
This show has so much going for it. It is a lovely
venue, lets children and ponies compete in a friendly
show from starters to the more experienced. The in hand
has grown to be amongst the ‘must do’ show. Message me on Facebook or email
if you would like to sponsor and i will send bank
details for the show. xx
Shetland pony stud book society driven performance
Red house carriage museum visit Saturday 14th October is
now fully booked up, all tickets sold.
All members are welcome to our fun day, Sunday 15th
October. Test your driving skills, dressage, cones, and
obstacles. £15 per turn out including light lunch, free
camping, grass keep,and stables.
Doreen & Peter Tindale, Abbeyfield stud,
Dee Gee farm, Colton, Rugeley staffs.Ws15 3lw.
The British Indoor Carriage Driving
Championships at The College EC, Keysoe, Bedfordshire
take place 7 – 9 April. For several year’s now, we have
had a Small Pony Championship, which is now becoming a
very important and popular part of indoor driving. These
classes has been dominated by Shetland ponies of all
sizes, driven as a single or pair plus a unicorn & four
in hand teams.This year we have over 25 Shetlands
competing in the two small pony classes, some are
registered but some look as if they should be registered
but are rescue ponies whose registration can’t be
traced, plus many part-bred Shetland ponies. There are
ponies from well know studs – Blenheim – Kingsacre –
Priors – Ramnberg – Helawi, just to mention a few. It
just goes to show how versatile the Shetland Pony is,
also how brave and sure footed they are, as they go like
the wind in the fast, timed phase (obstacle driving,
used to be called ‘The Hazards’) often the ponies turn
on a sixpence at full speed and at a 45 degree angle.
Really exciting for Driver, groom and up to 300
More details of the Championships on:
Driving UK are sponsoring the Carriage Driving Classes
at The Southern Shetland Pony Group Spring Show
on 23 April. Also a brand new trophy to the Carriage
Driving Champion. Hopefully lots of Carriage Drivers
will support these classes to try to be the first winner
of this lovely sculptured trophy. Rita Bundock, Indoor
Carriage Driving UK
Claydon driving Ramnberg Davie at 2016 Championship
Fandabbydosey with her new owner Olive Browne. Winning
the 65cm show jumping at Wickstead on Sunday 19th March.
She is a star!!!
Love Georgie Browne x
excitement the Wessex Group held the first group show of
this season in a brand new venue – we are so lucky it is
absolutely fabulous as so many competitors came to tell
us after the show. We had a lovely amount of exhibitors
both experienced and those new to the Shetland world,
how great it was to see increased support from our
younger exhibitors in the Young Handler classes and the
Ridden who are almost more competitive then the adults.
Not quite Easter but the young handlers did not refuse
their prizes of cream eggs.
We are very grateful to our brand new
venue at the World Horse Welfare Centre which offers the
group everything, super Olympic sized indoor arena,
viewing gallery, café offering a great varied menu for
those of us that need refreshment and of course the
essential indoor toilets and a visitor centre so that if
you have the energy after showing your pony you can look
around the centre and even take your dog for a walk. We
would like to thank everyone who supported us at this
show by sponsoring and attending and showing their
ponies, exhibitors came from near and far for which we
are extremely grateful but at the moment we are feeling
very tired and losing ourselves under piles of paperwork
but given a rest I am sure we will soon be preparing for
our Summer Show which is going to be at the same venue.
We were fortunate with the weather, just a quick threat
of some rain with the wind rising but it did not come to
anything to deter our enthusiasm. Hope to see everyone
again on Sunday 6th August.
We were treated to
judging from Mr I Bailey who judged the standard ponies
and Mr R Pitcairn who judged in the miniature ring, they
were kept busy in their rings. The main results are as
Champion: Witcombe Hanibal
Standard Junior Champion: Westbridgepark Bombay Sapphire
Miniature Champion: Snelsmore
Reserve Junior Standard Champion: Lakehead Milly Magic
Champion: Snelsmore Pavorotti
Senior Champion: Buxted Daniel
Senior Champion: Snelsmore Querl
Reserve Standard Senior Champion: Champlers Rose Blossom
Champion: Snelsmore Pavorotti
Overall Standard Champion: Buxted Daniel
Miniature Champion: Whitcombe Hanibal
Reserve Overall Standard Champion:
Champlers Rose Blossom
Maddie Wills on Misty Morning of Catchpool
Campion: Lucy Stutchfield on Stepley Teegan
Champion: Snelsmore Pavorotti
Supreme and Reserve Supreme and also Jill Jones
celebrating with her pony Daniel
Flossie (Florence Taylor) and Gonzo Cr. Hector, at a
show this past weekend.
They are going great guns, doing first riddens now.
We hope you are keeping well. We are aiming to go to the
Shetland Show on 2 April at Withyam. Hope to see you
there. All the best D.T.
at 16, now 18 and only ever competed in 'opens', just
proving there is life after being a stallion.
Cranford Julie Truly arrives at
the Robins Brae stud on Shetland. We intended to let her
foal here, wean the foal in September and then progress
her ridden schooling. broken at 4 years, never
went ridden, as Cr. Fandabbydosey, Crunchy and
Fiddledydee were 'out there' smashing it, and with
only one jockey, Jack Dale, we couldn't do it all.
Really successful in hand, we bred from her. I hadn't
advertised her, but when Irvine Burgess from Shetland
telephoned and asked after her, I decided to let her go.
With Waulkmill breeding featuring large both sides of
her pedigree, and Irvine watching her since a foal and a
fan of Waulkmill, well that clinched it.
A proud and emotional day to have my first homebred
Shetland Stallion out under saddle and my favourite Buzz
Buzz! Hannah King you were my rock today in so many
ways! Small m&m In hand 2nd Pricklegate Buzzard 3rd
Hools Rising High. Small m&m Ridden 2nd Hools Rising
High and 3rd Best Orkney Bred Pony. Thank you so much
Orkney Ridingclub and Caroline Foulis for this very
special to be treasured photo.
DON'T FORGET ~
THE DOWNS SHETLAND PONY GROUP SPRING SHOW
SUNDAY 2nd April at BUCKHURST PARK WITHYHAM E.SUSSEX.
kind permission of Countess De La Warr
Judges, Mrs A Foster (Cornwall) & S Rendall Esq. (SHETLAND ISLES)
OR via email
Dear Gerry, Just to let you know, I have sold
Liscombepark Araminta and Liscombepark Eliza Doolittle.
Thank you for your help. Best wishes. Judith x
Even better, because as a subscriber, the adverts were
free, not bad inside 24 hours GH
pony found by roadside and now reunited with its
owners. Huge campaign on web brought success.
Matthews, found this delightful grey filly by the
recently departed, legendary stallion, SOUTHLEY SNOWMAN.
What a lovely farewell present.
||The moment where Valegro and
Charlotte met the wonderful Cranford Fantastic and Digby
Shepherd. This was just before Valegro's retirement test
at Olympia. He said hello to all of the Shetland Pony
Grand National team. M.S.
7th March 2017.
I was kindly loaned 2 stallions last
year, Corley Oak Easter Bobby Dazzler and Gaterley
Creme de la Creme so am very grateful to both
owners. I put the mares in with the stallions quite
early as Bob needed to be back for home stud duties.
I picked Bob up on 28th February 2016. On 28th
January 2017, exactly 11 months later, our mare
Dilston Foxglove foaled. Silly me thought the mares
wouldn't be in season quite so early! (lesson
learnt). We've since had 3 other foals in February
from both stallions, pics herewith. Not ideal in the
awful weather we've had but this is where dog coats
are a god send and the foals have been out almost
Also, if anyone out there hasn't used them, I would
recommend giving the milk test foaling predictor
strips a try - used them again this year with great
success. Best used in conjunction with other
indicators and, of course, not take any chances but
they've meant fewer sleepless nights for me and have
predicted foaling so I haven't missed any and with
the last foal being born very fast in the foal sac,
it was crucial I was there. We're only human aren't
we and can't watch them 24/7 so, personally,
anything that helps is welcome.
7th March 2017
Lathom Jesmay – 9 year old Shetland mare; AU0834. Sire
– Celtic Rufus; Dam – Lathom Jessie.
Jesmay is a super black standard show pony who has been
very successful at county level. She has an exquisite
head, lovely temperament and simply oozes presence when
she is in the ring where she knows her job. She is in
rude good health with absolutely no vices whatsoever.
She would suit someone who wishes to show at county
level and have fun. Alternatively, she would make a
fantastic brood mare for someone wishing to breed
quality black standards as she has plenty of bone and
good depth of body to carry a foal. (She has not
visited a stallion to date). Jesmay is a special pony so
must go either to a showing home or to a reputable stud
as a brood mare. If we’re unable to find a suitable
home for her, we will be keeping her!
£995 ovno Please contact Ann Caine on 01676-540055
(home) or 07939473980 (mobile)
Isle of Mona Fringe, off to what will be her new owners
and retirement from breeding. Fringe and two Shetland
mad girls, Daisy and Lucy Wells. Enjoy your new life,
Fringe, you have been a great mare for us. Fandabby
dosey, Fiddledydee, Frodo, Fantastic (Zorro) and loads
more who've all enjoyed success in performance.
"WHERE can you find an
up to height, well bred black stallion today?"
Isle of Mona Sherlock
(BA0007/born 2012) Licensed 2015
Isle of Mona Sheila (AS1731)
Millhouse Director (AR2984)
a big boy at 41.5”, a lovely mover and has an
Contact: 01248 722331
Things move on…….. and so does shetland-pony.com.
Friends re united was once all the thing,
superseded by Facebook which continues to reign supreme
for social intercourse while so many other social media
sites have come and gone. I enjoy Facebook, mostly, tho’
goodness knows it lacks the appropriate gravitas and respect
that pony breeds, especially Shetlands, deserve.
I have spent several
weeks cogitating on the necessary
changes required to ensure Shetland-pony.com stays as
the premier ‘must follow’ resource for Shetland pony
owners, breeders and enthusiasts. I have decided on
these changes to ensure that.
All those who
subscribe to Shetland-pony.com, in
other words those who pay for a link or whose web site I
manage for them, as from now, may place up to 4 ponies
for sale FREE OF CHARGE and they will be posted on the
NEWS PAGE along with news items. NON SUBSCRIBERS may
still advertise on the ‘for sale’ page at the usual
rates. News items and subscribers ponies for sale, will
be dated and remain on view for 6 months. When your
advertised pony is sold I would appreciate being advised
via email or facebook messenger. Good luck for
forthcoming season, foaling and showing.
Herewith the first
of such subscribers ‘adverts’. From Trudi Ridgers,
Just to say a massive thank you for the
coverage of the Shetland
Pony Meet of the Wilton Hunt.
on the Wilton. My daughter Fleur,
hunted Clothie Lucifer for five seasons
(until she got too tall) with the
Albrighton Hunt. She never got left
behind – anything he could get over he
always got under, round or through and
they even had a day with the Devon and
Somerset Staghounds. She was never on a
lead rein (far too independent for
that!) and he always looked after her.
At the age of 35 she is still mad about
hunting and there are still members of
our hunt now who still see her as the
little girl on the lovely chestnut
The kids who had their day yesterday
were truly lucky – you can’t beat a
Shetland to start you out on a love
affair with hunting that will last a
Very best wishes, Willowe
So true Willowe, and if we arent
about instilling in kids a love with
ponies and horses that will last a
lifetime, then we're doing it wrong GH
|3rd March 2017
It is with heavy
heart that I offer for permanent loan my beautiful,
affable, ageing pony soul-mate New Park Caspar. He will
be 19 years young in April.
Circumstances evolve, people and
ponies get older and priorities change. I can't give
up entirely, but now need to move towards having
just half a dozen ponies, with one stallion to maybe
breed the occasional foal.
But one priority that doesn't change
is the wellbeing of my ponies. Caspar must go to a
5-star home where he will live out his life happily,
loved and cared for; where I can trust his guardian
to make the right decision at the right time.
It seems but a few years
since I first set eyes on Caspar at the late
Sonia and Rick Nixons's New Park Stud in
Devon; a gorgeous chunky then blue roan colt
just 5 weeks old simply oozing character,
already with more bone and hair than you
could shake a stick at! We met his
magnificent blue roan Sire, Kerswell
Kingfisher, who was by New Park Chieftain;
and his very pretty grey Dam, New Park
Charisma - most aptly named!
So, at 5 months old,
Caspar came to live with us. We had the
best fun, showing him very successfully
as a yearling, two- and three- year old.
He was licenced under the pre-directive
96 rules and went on to win many
Championships. More importantly he sired
most of my retained stock; those not
sired by him are closely related, being
next generation. The reason that I've
retained so many of his descendants is
that they are quite simply 'my type'.
Caspar stamps his mark: lovely head,
small ears, good confirmation, loads of
bone, super movement, lots of hair and
wonderful temperament. What more would
anyone want from a stallion?
And that's why I'm
offering him to someone who will
appreciate him, whilst giving him a
purpose, doing what he should be doing!
If he remains here he will be alone, as
he is too closely related to use on my
mares, which I don't want to breed from
regularly anyway. He deserves better.
Building on Caspar's own
success, his offspring have also been
very rewarding to show. Amongst our
successes have been Midge, Caspar's blue
dun son born 2014 - best 2-yr old colt
in Gerry's final league table last year
2016; his grand daughter Wotknotts Aimee
reserve yearling filly 2015; 4-yr old
great grand son Wotknotts Jethro (now a
gelding and also for sale), and probably
the pinacle of our success his 2008
piebald son Wotknotts Buccaneer - then 2
years old - Reserve Junior Champion at
the 2010 International Shetland Show at
Hickstead - viewers of the video will
remember 'this is the best day of my
Caspar is white now (and
rather scruffy), coughs a bit, but has
good feet and teeth and is still
fertile. He ran with one mare in 2016
who is in foal. He really is an amazing
lad, and so easy to do; if a stallion
like him had been available when I was
starting out I'd have grabbed the
opportunity like a shot!
So if there is anyone out there who could
provide Caspar with the perfect retirement home,
and in return benefit from the abundance he has
to offer, please get in touch.
I also have available for sale
two geldings, Wotknotts Jethro and Wotknotts Joe
aged 4 & 6 respectively, both successfully
proven in the show ring; a scruffy 9-month
palomino colt by W Jeremy Fisher out of Kerswell
Butterscotch; a brood mare, and maybe others.
This is a very difficult decision
for me; Caspar, and all my ponies for sale, must
go to the right 'for ever' homes, so please do
not email (it doesn't work) or text (mobile
number changed); if you are genuinely interested
you will be happy to ring me on my landline
01460 54425 between 6pm & 9pm evenings, or
weekends (if answerphone please state your
number clearly twice - it records a bit muffled
- and I'll get back to you). Absolutely and
categorically no dealers please.
Thank you. Trud Ridgers (Wotknotts)
||4th March 2017
21 Shetland ponies turn
out for a special meet of the Wilton Hunt. All sizes
were out for the day and made a good show. The event was
largely down to Mandy Shepherd and her children, one of
whom, Digby had so much fun going to HOYS on Carmilo Magician and racing Cranford Fantastic at
Olympia over the last few years. As Mandy said, "Digby
got to wear the Queen's colours and race in front of her
and winning, meeting celebrities Richard Hammond from
Top Gear, and even Ant and Dec"!
So good to see them putting
something back and hopefully launching others on the
path to success. Well done Mandy, Bea, Tilly and Digby
Shepherd. pic. L Rowland.
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
Sent from my iPhone
This has been all over the
web for sometime. I have been sent it to add to 'NEWS'
as no luck yet. Hope it helps...... GH
10HH SILVER ROAN/GREY SHETLAND STOLEN FROM BERRY’S GREEN
ROAD, CUDHAM, TN16. WEARING PINK WEATHERBEETA FLEECE. 25
YEARS OLD; ARTHRITIC AND DUE TO CANCER CANNOT BE USED
FOR BREEDING. MUCH LOVED, RETIRED MARE. WE ARE
HEARTBROKEN, AS SHE IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR
FAMILY. FREEZE MARKED BC83
& MICROCHIPPED! PLEASE CONTACT 07825041893 OR
07527619440 IF NOTICE ANYTHING OR FIND HER!SUBSTANTIAL
|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.