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Gemma Davies sent us these fabulous photos of Matty aged 9 with the lovely Sharptor Autumn Sunset leading the hounds from the children's meet and practicing their jumping this holidays.
The beautiful Bassett ( Hackamore Momento)went to his first ridden show with Jen Sellers this weekend.
Bassett has taken his time to mature but Marilyn Parker said “We couldn't have asked any more of him...really chuffed”
Bassett proving he was worth waiting for, looking super in the sunshine
Looking to join a group of like minded shetland people, there will be one in your area too, you don’t have to have a pony, as offers of help on show days or for social events are always gratefully received. Here is Jenna Land’s report from the East Anglian lunch.....
"The East Anglian Shetland pony group had there first get together of 2019 with fabulous support and raising lots of money for the groups funds with the meal, raffle and tack sale. Looking forward to our next event our spring show on the 28th April. We are so lucky to have such wonderful members and support."
Putting your best foot forward & clocking up some serious mileage is Stepley Tiara who has had a busy half term - two pony club rallies and clocking up 20miles of hacking in the last 3 days. Abi Barker
We don’t post much about our own ponies but for a change I will, this was our half term.....(Lucy Bearcroft)...☺️
Shetlands are better when they’re shared. Fay had her friends over for a pony play day, where no one was left out. Horninglow Whinlatter lead by Lauren (7) Fay (6) & Darcey (2)!!!
Darcey did a lot of walking just leading her up & down the field, with Winnie taking great care of her little leader.
Today took us to a local agility competition where Fay & Winnie took top spot I’d have never thought that doing agility would have made such a difference to both pony & child but they have come along way in a short amount of time, gaining the trust of each other.
Someone else making the most of the half term sun....
Sophie (6) is having a lovely time on her Shetland pony enjoying the weather. Her pony Hedderwick Tara has been kept busy in a range of activities recently...showjumping, mounted games and hunting always looking after her little rider. Jane Richardson
Adel Phillips thinks she’s turned into a crazy shetland lady.... well we say welcome to our world.
Thank you Adel for sending us this, we love the stable doors 😍
”I thought I would share a little snap shot of our half term, dressage practice in the fog, letting the kids pick their own stable door colours and Sapphire coming up with some interesting solutions to having 4 ponies to exercise and only two riders . Pankymoor Sir Bruce and Millvers into Darkness.
Lovely to have reports from some new combinations,we’re excited to see what the season holds for them all & wish them every bit of luck.
This Pair have only been together for a few months and are finally clicking. So far this year Jaime and Tiny (Bramins First Edition)have been bonding and having fun but are now preparing for a busy showing season ahead on lead rein. Going to be so much fun for the two of them and Hopefully a successful year with there first show of the year in the next few weeks.
Lilly Richardson’s turn to take champion on snowman today!⛄️⛄️
Younger sister Penny won NPS L/R on snowman and qualified for final , Lilly won F/R and qualified for final and then went on to champion 🎉
Many congratulations to you both & of course the lovely Briar Snowman.
What a lovely sight.
The video is of Horninglow Crummock Water and William Jones aged 9 popping ditches out hunting with the Sennybridge. Fantastic day out with the most lovely welcome. He kept up with the field and covered miles and miles. My only problem is he is outgrowing him and I do not have a replacement jockey!!!
Oh Rhiannon Jones we feel your pain, when will these children stop growing but what fabulous memories they’ll have.
While we love what our beloved ponies do now, things were very different for them not so long ago.
Here is Marley - (Stonecellars Kinross)and Lisa Walker’s son Alex (he's the 4th generation of their family to work with 'pit ponies'). The last ponies came out of Ellington pit 25yrs ago today so 24th Feb 1994 at noon.
Marley & Alex were at the Beamish museum for the commemoration today
thank you Lisa Walker for sending this in to us 😊
The photos are of Alex, Marley & previous generations.
Practice makes perfect......
Blackertor Persia looking after her little jockey
"We've owned her a few years now, she was backed by us and my older daughter who is now 11 did first ridden for a season. Unfortunately due to a growing child I put her on loan last year for the season and took her back over winter. LR practise has started this week for Persia and she's taking to it really well. Younger sister Sophia (3yrs) Will now take over the reins and so has started lessons too. Can't be easy on a saddlepad but here she is practising her balance." Rebecca O’Dwyer
Penny Richardson taking up the reins on Briar Snowman at BSPS area 6 show. Not only winning the open M & M leadrein but taking champion too. Well Done Penny 🎉
Older sister Lilly also took 2nd place in the open first ridden.
Now that’s a good half term result.
Photo credit Emmpix
Sharptor Ambition aka Doug & his little jockey Dinky have had a mix of first time out showing together & just going out with friends.
Dinky and Doug did their first show she is just 2 yrs old and Doug really looked after her!! She even got some ups and downs too 😍
They got a 2nd novice lead rein
And a pink one ( luckily because all she wanted was a pink one ) in new combination . ( we have only had him a few weeks ) they have also been on a 5 mile ride across moorland, Doug doing his best to keep up with the others. Josie Roney
The gorgeous rosettes have arrived for our 2018 Inhand Awards Scheme, however there is a small technical hitch in that some have arrived with 2019 on them. These will be remade asap but apologies to those who will be posted out in the second batch for the delay, (on the plus side we already have half of this year's rosettes!).
We absolutely love them, especially the Special Recognition one. A huge thank you to Native Pony Bridles who sponsored the whole scheme and Kate even designed the bespoke rosettes as well. Www.nativeponybridles.co.uk
You can join our 2019 Inhand, Ridden or Driven Awards Schemes by clicking here.
When you're gorgeous inside & out. Breckan First Endeavour, “Eddie” to his friends & even though he was only broken last year, he’s taken fabulous care of his little jockey & handler Hannah (2.5years old)
They had a great time at the Orkney carriage driving show on Sunday. They did a young handlers class winning themselves a third. And then dressing up to do the concours class and won a third in it too.
Great to see our next generation of ponies & riders.
Great to Frankie Currell and Hestigarth Prolific featured in the Horse & Hound 11 to watch out for.
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Monday 30th September 2019
Brightwells Sale of Registered Shetland Ponies
Incorporating the Monthly Horse & Pony Sale - Entries Close Friday 13th September
Held in the Cattle Ring, Hereford Market, Roman Road, Hereford HR4 7AN
All Ponies must be registered with the SPS-BS and full names provided.
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