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30 March 2020

Something to cheer everyone up during this pandemic.

How a 12-year-old became a Shetland pony champion,

What Shetland pony champion Zak, 12, thought about retiring after winning almost every event.

And from the Shetland Film Archive, the Jim a’ Berry Collection,
1970s era 16mm colour footage of ponies, horses and foals on the Berry croft, Scalloway.
Filmed by James Smith MBE (aka Jim a Berry).

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24 March 2020

Ivy Cromarty of Hools Shetland Pony Stud
Passed away on the 23rd March 2020 aged 97 years old.

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Ivy pictured in 1965 with Shetland Pony Trophies

19 March 2020

Dear friends of SSPG
As a group, we put the health and wellbeing of our competitors and our team as a top priority. We have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it unfolds and are following the guidance issued by the government and health authorities to help keep everyone as safe as possible. It is with much regret, but probably little surprise, that we can confirm the cancellation of The Southern Shetland Pony Group show on the 26th of April. We are continuing to make plans for our show on September 6th, however we will of course continue to monitor the situation and make decisions accordingly. Our thoughts go out to anyone who has been personally affected, and we hope that everyone stays safe and well.

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17 March 2020

Show Cancellation / Postponements

South West Shetland Pony Group Show – 22nd March – Cancelled

Serrang Equestrian Inhand Show – 5th April – Postponed to later in year

Downs Shetland Pony Group Spring Show – 5th April – Cancelled

Southern Shetland Pony Group Show – 26th April – Cancelled

North Somerset Show – 3rd May – Cancelled

Scottish Friends Open Show – 3rd May – Cancelled

Nottinghamshire County Show – 9th / 10th May – Cancelled

Devon County Show – 21st/23rd May – Postponed until 28th/30th August

Fife Show – 23rd May – Cancelled

Heathfield Show – 23rd May – Cancelled

Herefordshire County Show – 23rd / 24th – Cancelled

Surrey County Show – 25th May – Cancelled

Great Harwood Show – 25th May – Cancelled

Suffolk Show 27th / 28th May – Cancelled

Staffordshire County Show – 27th – 28th – Cancelled

Royal Bath & West Show – 28th/30th May – Postponed until 31st July/2nd August

Cothi Bridge Show – 30th May – Cancelled

Central Scotland Shetland Pony Group Spring Show – 30th May – Cancelled

Royal Cornwall Show – 4th/6th June – Postponed until 10th/12th September

West Fife Show – 6th June – Cancelled

Midlands County Show – 6th / 7th June – Postponed until 10th / 11th August

South of England – 11th / 13th June – Cancelled

Caerwys Agricultural Show – 12th June – Cancelled

Royal Three Counties -12th /14th June – Cancelled

Cumberland Show – 13th June – Cancelled

Royal Cheshire Show – 16th / 17th June – Cancelled

Royal Highland Show – 18th/21st June – Cancelled

Derbyshire County Show – 28th June – Cancelled

Royal Norfolk – 1st / 2nd July – Cancelled

Royal Lancashire Show – 3rd / 5th July – Cancelled

Great Yorkshire Show – 14th / 16th July – Cancelled

Royal Welsh Show – 20th / 23rd July – Cancelled

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12 March 2020

Brightwells Auctioneers wish to announce that due to market forces and with immediate effect, that they will no longer be conducting their equine sales. The curtailment of this aspect of their business will mean that the WPCS and Standardbred (STAGBI) sales held at Builth Wells, the Sport Horse Sales at Addington, the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society and Horse & Pony sales, held at Hereford and all other equine sales will no longer be conducted by Brightwells. Whilst making this announcement, Brightwells would like to say a huge thank you to all our loyal customers who have supported these events previously. Whilst making this announcement it is stressed that all other aspects of Brightwells business remain the same and will continue as normal.

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10 March 2020

2020 Colt foals – full brothers, but not twins…

How can that be‘ I hear you ask…
Dams are Wotknotts Mindy, 13yrs and Wotknotts Matilda, 5yrs. My lovely cream/chestnut dun mares are full sisters –聽 out of Shamarette Millicent by Wotknotts Jeremy Fisher.聽
Both colt foals are by Kerswell Bandit.聽
The cream skewbald is Wotknotts Marco out of Matilda and the chestnut skewbald is Wotknotts Minstral out of Mindy. So on paper their pedigrees are full brothers.聽
“Not the best year to have had early foals… it’s been a struggle but they are doing OK… “says Trudy
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8 March 2020

National Stallion Show 2020

Standard Champion and Overall Supreme Shetland was Hawkdale Dixie owned by Donna Lochtie.

Reserve Standard Champion was Eynhallow Dutch Prince owned by Brenda Laing.

Miniature Shetland Champion & Reserve Overall Shetland Champion was Halstock Cams Warrior, owned by Hazel Clarke.

Reserve Miniature Champion & Junior Miniature Champion was Alichbrae Bambi owned by Lynda Cochrane.

Alichbrae Bambi Photo courtesy of Fiona Brims Photography
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Hawkdale Dixie
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29 February 2020

We always felt Tawna Patrick had a bit of star quality, but my goodness – isn’t he becoming a celebrity in the village of Cockington – a regular at the pub, the caf茅, the craft shops, even photo-bombing a wedding! Take a look at the video by Devon Live.聽
As breeders, it is so heart-warming to see one of our ponies leading such an interesting life, with a great future ahead in a caring, knowledgeable home.
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26 February 2020

The Royal Northern Spring Show held at the Thainstone Mart.

Yearling Filly Milday India Jane, shown by Rachel Beattie, was 1st in the Miniature Yearling Class, took Overall Miniature Champion, Best Coloured, and then Overall Supreme Champion of the show.

Standard Champion and Best Female was 6yr old Mare Lynmore Isla shown by Christine Forbes.

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25 February 2020

Joseph White [Huckerby Stud] aged 84, passed away after a very short illness on Saturday 22nd February at The Conquest Hospital Hastings.
Joe and his wife Pauline came to Shetland ponies when they retired from business. They started by buying a few geldings from me to keep the grass down at the lovely house Joe had built for their retirement. The bug bit, and it wasn’t long before they bought some mares, sold the new house and bought somewhere with more land to accommodate their herd. Joe often told me how pleased they were that they had ponies, it saved them from what would inevitably be boredom from ‘going on cruises’! His wife, Pauline, though inexperienced with ponies, is very good with animals. She was a sponge for information and knowledge and ‘got it’, pretty quickly. They bred some very nice ponies having acquired some from Jane Dennis and Jill Jones to go with ours. They stopped breeding and showing 7-8 years ago, and to this day have kept all their ‘old ladies’, ‘going up the fields’ twice daily, to check them and give them titbits, Joe’s pleasure. Joe was a fisherman for most of his life, owning boats off Hastings beach. Latterly he had retail TV shops. An ex semi pro footballer, a handsome man with his pretty wife Pauline, they made a great couple. Pauline, the thoughts of your friends in the Shetland world are with you and your family at this sad time.聽 聽 聽 Obituary sent in by Gerry Hart.

25 February 2020

For those Studs with a website made and hosted by shetland-pony.com, we have a new template / design. Please view the studs listed to see the template in action.

This new template will give a better result in search engine results eg Google / Bing and also displays your images alot clearer. These pages can be customised to colours of your choice and your social media links added.

If you wish your stud to be transferred over to the new template or you would like a website made in this format please get in touch.

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23 February 2020

York Auction Centre
Shetland Pony Sales 2020

Friday 27th March

Saturday 26th September

Thimbleby & Shorland

52nd Annual Reading Show & Sale of Registered Shetland Ponies

Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 9:30

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20 February 2020

Mick and Judy are very happy that Billy is now a licensed stallion.

Merrylees Billy the Kid – 30″
Sire – Merrylees Ringmaster
Dam – Merrylees Angelina

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17 February 2020

“On Valentines聽Day Shallochmill Crunchie arrives, a fortnight early and I think he is the first Scottish Foal to be born this year.
Mother and baby doing great but I’m getting nothing at all done due to sitting watching them!”
says Susan

Is this the first Shetland foal of 2020? Send them in…..

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11 February 2020

Lerwick Mart 2020
Aerdeen Mart 2020
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07 February 2020

Thank you for your patience in January during the transition of the site. I have received several emails about the new site, with a lot of good comments – Thank you. I also received a few suggestions (which are always welcome), about how it could be improved, a common one was about the colours being a bit dull on the Link Buttons, so I’ve made them a bit brighter! It is also fully responsive, so the screen size will alter to your screen.聽

The same format that’s served this site for 20 years applies, Stud Web Links on the front page, a Current News page, a Ponies For Sale page, a ‘NEW’ Stud Type page, a ‘NEW’ Stud Map page and a Show Dates Page. I will be adding the previous years news in due course. Please keep sending in all your News & Ponies For Sale.
The Stud Type page is at the moment split into 2 categories, Standards & Miniatures. On the Map page you can get a marker on your exact location or your postcode. This would be useful to visitors planning stud visits, to see your locations around the country. To get your Stud listed or edited on either the ‘Type’ or ‘Map’ page please get in touch.

If you wish your Stud Link to be included on the front page or you are needing a website built please get in touch – info@shetland-pony.com

27 January 2020

Shetland Performance 2019 –聽 Inhand Awards – Overall Points Champion

Miniature Stallion – Highedge Darcy owned by聽Jill Needham

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24 January 2020

International Shetland Pony Show 24th聽– 26th聽July 2020

at聽The P么le Hippique de Saint-L么 (St L么 equestrian pole).

Accomodation;
A dedicated park聽on the P么le Hippique de Saint-L么 offers hardstanding pitches with electric hook-up for lorries, campervans and caravans. 聽

No grass pitches for tents available on site, but still possible to have your tent in the parking.

Stables;
More than 200 stables are available, close to the showrings.聽Straw provided. Hay available on site.

More Info –聽www.internationalshetlandpony2020.com/

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A website promotes your Stud, it acts as a digital brochure letting people know what the story of your ponies is.

Don’t have a website? Don’t worry we can make you one!

From a simple website hosted by shetland-pony.com to a stand alone聽www.yourstud.co.uk

We can manage and update your website as an when you require or simply set it up and let you do the work yourself.

Here are two examples of home pages;

We can make you a simple website聽www.shetland-pony.com/yourstud聽containing 3 pages of your choice, together with a link on the home page of聽shetland-pony.com聽for a yearly fee. Included in the yearly fee is one advert a year on the聽for sale聽page.

We can also make you a more in-depth bespoke聽website with multiple pages, linking up with your social media accounts or blogs.
It’s not just horse websites we can do…..get in touch with your requirements.

Please contact us to discuss聽 聽 聽info@shetland-pony.com

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Horse of the Year Show 2020 National Pony Society / Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Pony of the Year Qualifiers containing Shetlands;

  1. Native Breeds Ridden Festival –聽31/05/2020

  2. Midland Counties Show –聽06/06/2020 – 07/06/2020

  3. Royal Three Counties –聽12/06/2020 – 14/06/2020

  4. Derbyshire Festival –聽13/06/2020 – 17/06/2020

  5. Royal Cheshire County –聽16/06/2020 – 17/06/2020

  6. Royal Highland Show –聽18/06/2020 – 21/06/2020

  7. North of England Summer Pony Show –聽27/06/2020 – 28/06/2020

  8. Royal Norfolk Show –聽04/07/2020

  9. Monmouthshire Show –聽04/07/2020

  10. NCPA Staffordshire County Festival –聽04/07/2020 – 05/07/2020

  11. Scottish Horse Show –聽08/07/2020

  12. Great Yorkshire Show –聽14/07/2020 – 16/07/2020

  13. New Forest and Hampshire County Show –聽28/07/2020 – 30/07/2020

  14. NPS Summer Championships –聽31/07/2020 – 02/08/2020

  15. Stoneleigh Horse Show –聽07/08/2020 – 09/08/2020

  16. Shetland Pony Society Stud Book Breed Show –聽30/08/2020

  17. Moreton in Marsh Show –聽05/09/2020

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Letters from Macmillan & Alzhiemers Society to all the people who donate to Gerry Hart’s shetland-pony.com SHETLAND PONY OWNERS AND BREEDERS Christmas Appeal, that was split between Macmillan & Alzheimer’s Society, all cards can viewed聽HERE;

Dear Friends,

We can’t say thank you enough

Thank you so much for your very kind donation of 拢595.00 to Macmillan Cancer Support Your generosity and support will allow us to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can

We would like to thank all owners and breeders for your generosity, kindness and commitment to supporting the work that we do at Macmillan. 拢595.00, for example, could pay for a Macmillan social care worker or family support worker for 1 week, helping patients, family members, and carers manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer.

How you’re helping

At Macmillan, we understand that cancer can impact a person’s whole life – health, money, family, work; everything. We can help people with managing symptoms and offer advice and benefits for things like keeping the cost of heating down during treatment. We can also provide training for employers to support people back to work. With your support, people get the energy and inspiration to feel more like themselves.

Thank you once again for being a part of Team Macmillan.

Dear Gerry Hart

We can achieve so much more when we come together. Thank you so much to everyone at Shetland Pony Group for uniting against dementia and raising a fantastic 拢595.00 from your fundraising – what a fantastic achievement!. 聽We will ensure that we make every penny count to drive our crucial work.

Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. But dementia won’t win. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer’s Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia 鈥 wherever they are, whatever they’re going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.

We鈥檒l make sure that your donation is put to good use, whether it鈥檚 spent on campaigning activity to stand up for people with dementia, funding research to develop a cure, or delivering vital services across the UK; it鈥檚 going to make a huge difference.

Just one of the vital services we provide is Side by Side where we focus on the individual needs and personalities of people with dementia, allowing them to continue doing their favourite activities and making sure people living with dementia don鈥檛 feel alone.


鈥楢fter a whole year of not going out, I now can’t imagine staying indoors.’ 鈥 Val, living with dementia, using Side by Side


We鈥檙e taking on dementia to put a stop to it, any way we can.

Once again, thank you. With your help we hope to one day win the battle against dementia.

03 January 2020

After much thought and deliberation, I have decided that it is time for me to pass on the baton which is Shetland-pony.com.聽I will miss it, but I鈥檝e got to the stage having been on steroids for years that they are starting to have some of the side effects long usage brings. Whilst they make me 鈥榮harp鈥 and on the ball, amongst other things, they thin the skin, not good for someone sat in a wheelchair.
Neil Kirkness from Orkney now owns the site, and much of its present content and format will remain the same, along with a new modern web site. Bear with us while the transition takes place. I have had my go, and its time to bring in new blood.

I鈥檇 like to leave a legacy of good memories, the Sussex Show, which I started and ran for 18 years the South East group for a similar time, passing its financial reserves to the Downs group which continues in the area. I set up the National in hand awards, a points scheme with an annual 鈥榖lack tie鈥 dinner and presentation at the Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, a highly successful, prestigious scheme and awards dinner attended by owners and breeders from Scotland, N Ireland, Wales and of course England. I always believed it was an important scheme that should be run by the breed society, eventually they agreed and continue with it to this day.

There are over 200 paintings by me of mostly Shetland ponies In the UK and worldwide, 150 illustrated in a book for reference. I think Kevin and I have bred some good ponies over the years and will continue with that, 3 perhaps 4 per annum, for the foreseeable future.

I鈥檇 just got my first PC in 1999, lying awake, the concept of a website that listed studs, promoted news, enhancing the reputation of the breed, a list of affiliated shows/schedules as provided by show secretaries, a results service, links to groups and associated sites, and a ponies for sale page. All laid out in an easy to access format. Over the years I have thought how I might improve it. I always believed it 鈥榙oes what it says on the tin鈥. That鈥檚 not to say it can鈥檛 be improved. The whole public perception of the Shetland pony has markedly improved to equality with other breeds. You鈥檝e been out there 鈥榙oing it鈥 breeding some fabulous ponies, but it has been Shetland-pony.com that has told the world.
Social media such as facebook has entered the fray, people can 鈥榩ost鈥 what they like, (and they do!) I鈥檓 not entirely sure that breed perception has been enhanced, certainly the perception of some are that they are overly 鈥榩leased with themselves鈥 and far too self congratulatory for my taste and many others. Shetland-pony.com, under my EDITORSHIP, WHILST CONGRATULATING SUCCESS, has stuck to the facts and results, that鈥檚 one of the reasons why people return all the time to the site. I am assured and confident that Neil will continue in the same even handed approach.

Bear with us during this transition period of minimal disruption and a bright new future for the first and most respected Shetland pony web site. Gerry Hart. xx

GH, site founder pictured 2000
GH, site founder pictured 2019
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