Pony Blog 2009 - bits and pieces

Olympia December 21st 2009 - Many congratulations to Simon and Shirley Young’s stallion Farriers Fingerprint (AKA ‘Buster’) the first New Forest pony ever to win the M&M Ridden Championship at Olympia; owner bred and ridden and a worthy winner.  Well done ‘Buster’ and all your connections from your son Spy, grandaughter Faith and everyone else here at a very cold and snowy Highfox. A well deserved win and a fantastic result for the New Forest Breed.

November - Cold, wet and awful. Muddy, hairy ponies and dark nights!  But the odd nice day too. Pictured below a hairy Samsons Spy, living out, aged three years, November 2009..

NNFPSG - Pony Points Competition 2009 Highfox Finale (PS Hadwen) - Junior Champion (third time); 1st overall Ridden. First Reseve overall. Well done girls ... again!

BEGINNERS' LUCK! Highfox Finale and Philippa tried dressage for the first time, winning Ryburn Valley PC's beginners class with a score of 74.61! They also finished 3rd in the open Prelim 7. Well done girls.

October - Hermione has started her PC career with Ryburn Valley, taking over most activities from Finale who is now reluctantly taking it a bit easier, before returning to stud duties. We had an enjoyable time in the Forest at the back end of the month and took a small stud display to the International Weekend invitation show held by the Breed Society at Ford Farm, Brockenhurst on the 26th.

September - Faith is going a dark bay dun now, this makes her look a bit like a rather BIG Exmoor. Good job we've always had a soft spot for a nice Exmoor.

August - The New Forest Breed Show was really enjoyable this year; it was so nice to see everyone. Highfox Finale didn't appreciate the long journey and was a bit under the weather (understatement turned out she had a septic ulcer on her stomach) but she soldiered on and stood second with Philippa in the first ridden and third in a big junior ridden class, winning the specials for the best pony ne 128cms and the best pony ridden by a Pony Club member. Hermione took over from her dam on in-hand day, standing third in the small pony class and winning the riding pony class. It was Hermione's first outing since the Breed Show last year. 

Highfox Hermione and Philippa Hadwen aged 10 making their debut together with out any adult assistance, at the New Forest Breed Show.

Having waited for hours, to do the first ridden class at our local show, Finale and Philippa finally got into the ring, winning the red ribbon, a trophy and qualifying for the Showlands Elite Championship Show. At the other end of the competition spectrum Furzley Charaide piloted by Hannah Carrick, notched up a number of good placings and stood Reserve Champion WHP at the NPS Summer Championships and then went on to win the Native Pony Breeds WHP Championship, not just his section, but the overall national title! Well done Cath, Hannah and Charaide.

 

Philippa ... in the straw hat ... at the National Pony Society Summer Championships at Malvern, with the other members of the NPS Area 4 Young Judges Team and their rosettes and certificates.

Samsons Spy is now backed and being worked gently.

At the New Forest and Hampshire County Show Furzley Charaide, now owned by Cath Harrison and ridden by Hannah Carrick won the Knightwood Challenge Showjumping Competition.

Rainy Day Girl is covered again and is running out with Spy, this year's foal Faith, and Forever (who was  Rainy Day Girl's first foal by Maestro back in '97).

Faith is very dark, nearly black, at the moment, but with bay patches and she has developed  a very tiny bit of white on one foot .....after she has been registered without of course.... argh!!!

July Finale ....pretending to be a SHP ..... and her owner played out at a local show at the beginning of the month and came home with two rather nice trophies and two red rosettes. Spy enjoyed an outing, his first to a really big event, the Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate. He stood 2nd in the mixed M&M youngstock class, to a Connie. 

 Samsons Spy - aged three.

Evensong stood top of the in - hand four and over Connemara/New Forest section (the mixed M&M classes were big and had to be split) and then third overall to two Highland stallions. 

Faith is now nearly seven weeks old and continues to grow....she is a very big foal for such a small mare. She appears to be going black/brown; she might changes her mind .... but she's allowed to of course, being female!

June -   A very enjoyable time with our Australian visitors who stayed for a few days at the beginning of June. Below: picture of Spy enjoying a schooling day out at Cheshire County Show 2009.

  

His daughter Faith is continuing to grow (see picture below); she is already nearly four weeks old.

   

May -  At last she's here 'Highfox Faith' (Sire: Samsons Spy  Dam: Rainy Day Girl ) The photograph below was taken when she was just three days old.

Faith is the first foal by Samsons Spy, out of our Silver Graded, senior broodmare Rainy Day Girl. She was born on the 20th May. For more pictures click on 'Picture Diary of a Foal' New pictures will be added frequently as she grows and matures.

Highfox First Love is enjoying life with her new owner Gwen Sawyer and is now trying out a few shows for experience. She added a red rosette along with a Reserve Champion ribbon, to her tally at NPS Area 5 recently. The Champion pony was her sire Furzley Charaide. She is now also backed and ridden away.

Northern New Forest Pony Supporters Show 17th May - Highfox Evensong made a brief return to the show ring after a two year absence and had a very successful day: 1st New Forest pony four and over, Champion In - Hand New Forest; Reserve Champion Mixed M&M In - Hand; Overall Champion Best New Forest in Show and Reserve Supreme M&M in Show.  Highfox Finale and jockey competed in their first affiliated open ridden at the same show and were a creditable 4th in a biggish class, winning the small pony special rosette.

Rainy Day Girl has still not foaled!

April - Highfox Forever is covered and believed in foal; Samsons Spy is busy with stud duties -  we are still awaiting the arrival of his first foal.....so is Rainy Day Girl!; Highfox Finale is busy with RC/PC activities; Highfox Hermione is enjoying being schooled and learning to jump and Highfox Evensong is working on getting back to full fitness and enjoying hacking out.

March -  Forever is running out with Samsons Spy before his visiting mares arrive next month. Spy is only running with a few mares in this his three year old season and so is already fully booked for 2009.

February - More snow!!!. But then some nice news. Highfox Finale has managed the final place in the New Forest Pony Society, Ringwood Brewery Performance Awards.

Playing out together - a bareback adventure.

January - Another new year and a frosty and snowy start for our Yorkshire New Forest ponies. Too much grass until Christmas week to leave the ponies to their own devices, but the recent cold spell has meant that they are all now out 24/7. Rainy Day Girl is 'blossoming' and we are eagerly awaiting her first foal by Samsons Spy, due in May.