Highfox New Forest Ponies


It has been a quiet end to 2017 as Philippa begins her University career, but one last outing with Bertie (Trenley Tomorrow) in September, resulted in a 1st prize in the Show Hunters in Hand and then the Horse Championship, making it two Championships and three wins, out of two outings. Very pleased with his behaviour as a busy little show.  He will make his Intro dressage debut hopefully in the New Year. Fingers crossed.

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!

A rather last minute decision to go to Equifest  and just play at some in hand classes proved a good one. Felicity was fourth in the Spillers In-Hand Youngstock Final and Faith third in the Adult Final; very big strong classes. Both ponies stood best of the Foresters forward and we were delighted . Then Faith went one better to be second in the huge Open Equifest In Hand adult section, to a super Highland stallion and best Forester ; followed by Felicity winning an equally big Youngstock section and then standing overall M&M Youngstock Champion. We were so pleased with them that we decided against the Evening Performance for Felicity - a bit much for a green baby. Philippa and Faith, not to be out done then had a go at the Young Producers competition and won. The New Forest classes saw both ponies stand second in their respective classes; obviously not quite the judges cup of tea, but we were still chuffed to bits with both girls and pleased for our friends Polly Pickford - Swift and Julie Fisher on their wins. 'M&M Champion' Highfox Felicity is pictured above. Photograph Pam Watt.

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.

Now for something completely different 'Bertie' AKA Trenley Tomorrow went to his first ever show on the 25th June and made his debut a winning one. He behaved beautifully and won the Show Hunter/ Horse/Pony out of 15 and the M&M Partbred out of 12. To top it all he then stood Overall In Hand Champion. We were thrilled with his manners and attitude and he thoroughly enjoyed himself. Such a good boy.
Exams finally over, we ventured to  Lincolnshire County Show on the 21st June just to do the In Hand Mountain and Moorland classes, as Faith has been on holiday over the exam season. Faith started the  day by standing second in a huge M&M four and over class with Philippa.  We were delighted when Felicity then had a great pull, to stand second  in a smaller, but quality, M&M two and three year old class (against the Cs and Ds); to our delight after her show she was promoted to first  and left the ring with  the red ribbon. In the Championship Felicity then took the Best of Breed rosette from Faith - who didn't look that happy about it!  We were thrilled however and pleased that she'd qualified for the NPS Summer Champs  at her first attempt. We were so happy with them both, they tried really hard, we all had a lovely day out and it was great to catch up with lots of friends. Left to right above Highfox Felicity and Highfox Faith.
Thanks to Tim Pearson for helping Philippa to back and ride away her big New Forest Part Bred. They are doing really well and 'Bertie' (AKA Trenley Tomorrow), has been a star so far. The photo shows Philippa first time on board. Watch this space.
Our smallest ever pony Highfox Hope and her devoted little person won their first red rosette and a medal no less at their local show.  Their first time in the ring and probably the first of many adventures together. Thank you Mia, Gwen and Haley for giving Hope such a fantastic, loving, family home.

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.

Another lovely time at the NPS Supreme Dressage Championships with Philippa Hadwen and Highfox Faith. A lovely Prelim test to stand 5th in this final (a disappointing score of 61.85% for such a nice test) and then a super 68.75% in the Novice final; we were delighted as this was only her 4th attempt at novice level - a good score and a 2nd meant they helped the Aligned Allsorts Team gain a place in the hotly contested Novice Competition.  A mistake with the team scores,  identified after the presentation, meant the Allsorts were initially awarded 5th place, when in actual fact they were 2nd! New rosettes were issued by the NPS to the Allsorts Team, including Faith and Philippa. Well done to all who took part. Looking forward to the next one!

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.