Highfox Hunky Dory is now fifteen months old and developing into a super chunky chap. Pictured here grazing in the field at home on a rainy day. We hope to present him for licensing next year if he continues to develop well. Looking good so far.
A very hot Breed Show this year.
Some lovely ponies forward in hand and Faith did not disappoint, with a 1st and two 4ths, holding her own, in excellent company.
She went beautifully in the riddens and (a bit disappointingly) stood 3rd and 4th. She jumped clear in the WHP to stand a pleasing 2nd and went clear in the novice showjumping to stand 3rd in a very big class. She did a nice dressage test too and qualified for the NPS Dressage Champs.
Highfox Heremione and Izzy King once again won the open showjumping. Such a good girl and expertly piloted by Izzy.
Photograph shows Faith with plaits having won the Ridden Pony class and just about to contest the Sports Pony!
Faith had another lovely NPS Champs, coming home with a huge stash of ribbons in hand and ridden and jumping clear round her first ever NPS WHP course. We had a lovely few days at Malvern, topped off by Faith doing her first and only HOYS class of the year to finish 6th and Best Mare, winning a rather posh ribbon to prove it.
Faith galloping in the Open Ridden, where she eventually stood a great 5th. Photograph Jack Reeves.
Some Sad News
Its with great sadness that I have to report the passing of the lovely Highfox Hosanna (full sister to Forever, Soloist and Evensong). She was with Alison Pink from being three until her untimely and sudden death caused by sycamore poisoning. She had a lovely and varied life, moving on from a successful showing career to take part in a huge range of disciplines, including driving. She had a fabulous time, but was taken too soon and sadly she was in foal. Belated condolences to her family, who I know loved her and miss her very much.
We braved the weather for a day out at the Great Yorkshire, but sadly the Breed class was very small, a bit disappointing. Faith enjoyed herself though (as ever) and it was nice to chat with friends. Hoping the GYS may change the format for next year. The return of a ridden class might also encourage better numbers and quality entries. Time to put pen to paper again!
Starting to Jump Again!
We are really lucky to have a number of local shows with nice little WHP courses on the doorstep and Faith has been furthering her education. She was Reserve Champion WHP last week to a lovely novice Welsh Cob at a local Riding Club, causing a deal of stress for us in the process when she pulled off a shoe! Thanks to our lovely farrier Andrew Rawson, for coming to the rescue and to Richard Barton for helping Philippa to get her eye back in with the jumping lark. Lots of good fun!
Trenley Tomorrow is now well and truly backed and really taking to the ridden job.
He is such a lovely boy, nice and slowly does it. Looking forward to seeing him mature and progress with his ridden work. Many thanks to Tim Pearson for being the first one to get on board and helping Philippa to start work with 'Bertie'.
Highfox Felicity also had her first experience of tack and a jockey this week. Such a good girl. Pleased with her too!
Our much loved old boy Highfox Soloist has found a new loan home, we are hoping he will settle well and love his new family. All is going well so far. Here he is after a 'pamper' session. Looking amazing for nineteen years young.
Good luck Emily and Tracey, hope you have lots of fun and adventures together.
Well a quick dip of the toe into showing, before A levels start, has been both successful and enjoyable. NPS Area 4's Spring Show saw Highfox Faith and Philippa qualify for the Novice WHP champs on their affiliated debut. They also collected NPS Intermediate and Young Rider tickets. At the NNFPSG Elite Show, now run in conjunction with NPS Area XI, Faith won the NPS Con/NF Intermediate ridden, the NF mares in hand, the Members in hand, the Members ridden and stood 2nd in the Open ridden, collecting tickets for the NPS open and home produced in hand and the open and home produced ridden. The pair went on to stand reserve in hand, reserve ridden and reserve supreme. Looking forward to a few busy days at Malvern in August.
Highfox Destiny (Samsons Spy x Rainy Day Girl) is pictured here at her first dressage and first ever competitive outing with her owner/rider Tanya Cooper. They won one test and were second in another, winning the best young horse or pony award in both classes. This six year old mare is a credit to Tanya as she had a bad accident in the field as a three year old, which meant a long recuperation and lots of TLC were necessary to get her back to full health. Can't wait to see them progress through the dressage ranks. Well done Tanya and 'Twiggy'.
Samsons Spy is now resident back home with his breeders in Hampshire where he will focus on dressage, showing and all things fun with the Dovey children. He is now gelded, but has a forever home with lovely people, we are really looking forward to see him having lots of fun. His son Highfox Hunky Dory has been retained and will be presented for licensing next year.
Delighted to discover that Highfox Faith was the top mare and second overall in the 2016 New Forest Pony Elite Scheme.
Highfox Hermione and Izzy King flying to come 3rd out of a field of 29, January 2017.
STOP PRESS: Two 1sts last time out show jumping and a win cross-country. Super team.
The foal now has a name - meet Highfox Heaven Sent. As you can see she rather likes people.