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FOSTER MARE 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.

Herewith the list of those who have kindly
sponsored the 2017 National Shetland Performance Show. Saturday-Sunday 8th-9th July. Their support and contributions are much appreciated.

Ridden Championship

  www.shetlandshowingtack.com 

Driven Championship  

www.vintageequine.com 

In Hand Championships  &

Open Ridden/Novice Ridden Championship

Heritage Grange Stud - Clare Boardman https://www.facebook

Sound System

its intelligent transport services

RINGS  

Thimbleby & Shorland  www.tsauction.co.uk Driving Ring

www.ghyllparkequestrian.co.uk – Ring 3

Shrubb Saddlery                        – Ring 4

Mr & Mrs Barugh, Birchmoor Stud  Ring 2

www.briarshetlands.com  –  Ring 1

www.shetlandponyagility.com  -  Ring 5 

Medals

Hackamore Stud 

 

 

 

Classes

Countess de la Warr, South Park Shetland Pony Stud - Mini

Claylands stud Claylands Stud

Robert & Julia Banwell

Gerry Hart  - .www.shetland-pony.com            - Driving

Pony Breeders of Shetland

Rosalyn Fraser

The Alex Moulton Charitable Trust

Middlemoor Minis

Coppice Stud Coppice

Plumtree Miniature Shetlands  -  Mini Mare Class  www.plumtreeminiatureshetlandponies.com

Gillian Marston

Jackie Rawlings

Keeley Family
SPSBS Driven Performance Awards

Mrs J Walpole    www.shetland-pony.com/liscombe

Sarah Hird

Jenny Blake

Abbeygreen & Fayrefield studs – Standard In Hand

Lel Mayfield

Sonia Cowie Bland

Lynda Rowland

Lynne & Terry Day  -  Mini In Hand

Chasend Stud

Ladbury Shetland Pony Stud  www.shetland-pony.com/ladbury

Linda Impey

Anonymous   -   Standard In Hand 

 


Hodeam Shetlands, 2x1st and a reserve championship. (Welshmoor 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,
Holly Bland.

 
     



Southern group show, Ceann Boadicea, shown  by Sian Green.



Threapwood Vela II, Halfway stud


 

Buckholt 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 rein.

 

Southern group show 23 April

RESULTS HERE

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 little  vocal

 



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 Sue Marskell for having MAGREED CHARLIE for pre show sleepover and getting him there! Joe Marskell for being top groom! Kerrie Aylmore 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.


Claife Clarissa and friends (Klingrahoull Cavalier x Claylands Lady Jeanette)


Millquoy Democrat won his first Novice Novice M&M working hunter class on Easter Monday at the Hunt Charity Show held at Morris Equestrian Centre.

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 .


From Facebook Wed 19th April, Shetland Performance Show - WELL THE SCHEDULE IS READY, so please take a look! for rules/timetable & entry forms see our website.

Or, already on http://www.shetland-pony.com/advshownotice.htm (this bit added by GH) 

A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS, WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT xx
http://www.shetlandperformance.co.uk/…/shet-schedule-20171.…


Brilliant day for Hodeam Shetlands at Ipswich Horse Society.
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
Lewis Greathead.
Thank you to our lovely sponsor S-j Dolby at Tack and Turnout at Stonham who reluctantly came for photo's

SCB


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 John Harvey.


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


News from Scotland..............Crunchy Munchy......

Crunchy is making quite the name for himself up here being the adorable little soul he is. We've just had a super Easter with him finishing up with a first place win in his show jumping yesterday securing top of the long line up after the best gallop to the last I’ve ever seen! We took him to a show on Saturday where the only eligible class was a CHAPS Open Ridden Pony and this was little Millie’s first ever show off lead rein. He looked after her exceptionally well and the judge lined him up in first place before the individual show where unfortunately little Millie took the wrong leg in canter and was moved down, but the kind judge did say loudly after the class that he was his winner had it not been for that. One very pleased little girl anyway. She continues to LOVE her pony to the moon and back. Looking forward to a busy season hopefully so will keep you posted.  A lovely lady yesterday asked his name at the show and knew straight away where he had come from. She was most complimentary. JW


David Hodge.

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

Parlington-Miniature-Shetland-Stud-


Southern Shetland Pony Group shows

Spring show on 23rd of April 2017
at Priory Equestrian, Frensham Road, Frensham, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 3DP 

schedule            entry form


The Downs Shetland Group Show, 2nd/04. Buckhurst Park. Home of the 'Fairy' ponies

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.

Above..Standard champion 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

 

Below.

Champlers Rosepetal junior champion and Champlers Victoria Standard and Overall Champion. With breeder/exhibitor Mandy Sargeant.

Not the 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 as.
Video clips of SOME of the children.
 

Ella and Fabracadabra
https://youtu.be/lgmHMLXz-Ww

Daisy Wells and Cr. Beckham
https://youtu.be/m0P1EvLHFTA

oh dear Lucie snatched the camera! Thanks to Anne De la Warr for retrieval.
https://youtu.be/7TjME81gIbw

Some of the children showing SOME of the adults how to 'do it'. Particularly like pic, bottom left, tongue out with concentration, or fear!                               


This is an appeal for sponsors for the national Shetland Performance show. 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 ghkw@showpony.com  if you would like to sponsor and i will send bank details for the show. xx


Shetland pony stud book society driven performance awards scheme.
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.  07831306739

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 spectators.
More details of the Championships on: 
www.indoordriving.co.uk

Indoor Carriage 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
 


Danni Claydon driving Ramnberg Davie at 2016 Championship


Cr. 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

WESSEX SHOW. With great 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 follows:

Miniature Ring:                                                                                                                                   Standard Ring:

Miniature Junior Champion: Witcombe Hanibal                                                                           Standard Junior Champion: Westbridgepark Bombay Sapphire

Reserve Junior Miniature Champion: Snelsmore Sienna                                                             Reserve Junior Standard Champion: Lakehead Milly Magic

Miniature Senior Champion: Snelsmore Pavorotti                                                                       Standard Senior Champion: Buxted Daniel

Reserve Miniature Senior Champion: Snelsmore Querl                                                              Reserve Standard Senior Champion: Champlers Rose Blossom

Overall Miniature Champion: Snelsmore Pavorotti                                                                     Overall Standard Champion: Buxted Daniel

Reserve Overall Miniature Champion: Whitcombe Hanibal                                                       Reserve Overall Standard Champion: Champlers Rose Blossom

Ridden Champion: Maddie Wills on Misty Morning of Catchpool

Reserve Ridden Campion: Lucy Stutchfield on Stepley Teegan

 Supreme Champion: Buxted Daniel

Reserve Supreme Champion: Snelsmore Pavorotti

Pictures attached 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.

Castrated 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. K Peace.

 

Congratulations................ GH


DON'T FORGET ~ THE DOWNS SHETLAND PONY GROUP SPRING SHOW

SUNDAY 2nd April at BUCKHURST PARK WITHYHAM E.SUSSEX.

by kind permission of Countess De La Warr

Judges, Mrs A Foster (Cornwall) & S Rendall Esq. (SHETLAND ISLES)

schedules and entry forms

OR via email buxtedshetlands@btinternet.com

 


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

Stolen pony found by roadside and now reunited with its owners. Huge campaign on web brought success.

Marion 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 every day. 
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)

  sold

   


 

Leaving Cranford......................
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?"
 

For LEASE
 

Isle of Mona Sherlock (BA0007/born 2012) Licensed 2015

dam: Isle of Mona Sheila (AS1731)

sire: Millhouse Director (AR2984)

Sherlock is a big boy at 41.5”, a lovely mover and has an excellent temperament 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, Wotknotts stud.


Gerry,  5th March 2017
 
Just to say a massive thank you for the coverage of the Shetland Pony Meet of the Wilton Hunt.  Good 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 Shetland.
 
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 life time.
 
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 life'! 
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

Many thanks

Mandy Shepherd

 

 

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STOLEN

 

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 REWARD OFFERED

 


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

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

PHOTO COURTESY SCOTTISH FARMER
FULL SHETLAND RESULTS HERE


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

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

BEST YOUNG HANDLER - SIAN BUCHANAN.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


SPS-BS DRIVEN PERFORMANCE AWARDS SCHEME

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


     

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


New date for driving clinic
 

SHETLAND PONY STUD-BOOK SOCIETY
DRIVEN PERFORMANCE AWARDS SCHEME

Is proud to present a Second  Driving Clinic with Elinor Bosanquet of the Clothie Shetland Pony Stud from Aberdeen due to massive demand after her Clinic in 2015.

Anyone who is already driving or interested in driving their Shetland Pony in the future is invited to attend – wonderful opportunity for all! 
Elinor is a partner in the renowned Clothie Shetland Pony Stud and competes at the top level in all aspects of carriage driving.  She drives single, pairs, and six in hand and is now competing very successfully with the home-bred Clothie  Team of Shetland Ponies.  She also drives Welsh Cobs.
Elinor is going to take us through the process of breaking a single up from the very start up to driving away.  There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and “hands on” experience.

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


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

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

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


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


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Joan O'Brien

Annwood Stud

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF THE 2016 MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT APPEAL


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

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

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



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

 

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

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

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

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

 


 

 
Southern Shetland Pony Group Christmas

lunch on the 22nd January at

Hamptworth Golf course & country club,

Hamptworth road

Wiltshire,

SP5 2DU

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

 


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

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