Pony Blog 2018
Pony Blog 2018
Highfox Faith achieved Novice Dressage Grading in October and contested her first ever Elementary test scoring 66.4%.
We had to say goodbye to two of our much loved home bred ponies in October. Highfox Finale and Highfox Soloists, both were by Maestro and both fantastic ponies. They were put to sleep at home, a terribly hard decision. We miss them.
Having missed Performance Day, we hot footed from Sheepgate in Lincolnshire, down to Brockenhurst in the New Forest for the In Hand Day at the Annual Breed Show. Highfox Faith exceeded all expectations by standing a wonderful 2nd to Hollybrook Melitta (who went on to stand supreme of show), in the not exceeding 138 cm Yeld Mares. The standard in the mare classes was really high and we were just delighted. She then won the biggest class of the day the Competition/Sports Pony for the second time. Her half sister Felicity won the Small Mare and Gelding class and then stood Reserve Champion in the Small Pony Championship......considering she had a lame handler impairing her somewhat she did very well indeed. Faith also enjoyed playing out across the Forest, making the most of her time away. Highfox Hermione won two of the showjumping classes in fine style ridden by Izzy King.
Faith and Philippa had a really lovely time playing at dressage at their first National Under 25 Champs. Their best score was 67.4% for an excellent 10th place prize, 66.5% again for 10th (no prize though as two tied in 7th place) a very sound 65% for a good test and a disappointing 63% under a low scoring judge for a very sound test. Great experience, lovely people and new friends made, lots of exciting things to work on over the winter months.
Highfox Hunky Dory ended his show season with a super win at Equifest (only his fourth show) winning the New Forest In Hand Championship. He behaved beautifully for Philippa. Very proud of them both. He also stood 5th in a really super Spillers' in Hand Final (all breeds) and 4th in a huge Rare Breeds class. Great experience for a young pony to be in the big main arena. He will be turned away now to relax and grow up. He will cover his first mares next spring and will also be available for AI.
Highfox Destiny was 2nd and 7th at the British Dressage Pet Plan Area Festival, held at Sheepgate in Lincolnshire. She has now qualified for the next stage at Manor Grange later in the year. Very many congratulations Tanya and the lovely Twiggy.
Had a lovely time at the National Pony Society's Summer Championships, doing the performance classes . Highfox Faith excelled herself in the Event Pony, doing a good dressage test and then a fabulous round over a testing course (most didn't get round), with only an unlucky lower pole over the Oxer, to finish a great 3rd. Absolutely delighted. She was also 2nd in the Home Produced In Hand, 5th and 6th in two other very challenging WHP classes and finally notched up a really pleasing 4th in the Novice M&M 133 cm WHP Final, jumping another really fantastic clear round. Philippa also represented NPS Area 4 in the National Pony Society's Young Judges Competition and won the hotly contested M&M 19-25 section - aged 19! This was a lovely start to a really enjoyable show.
To our surprise when the Northern Region BD Prelim Dressage Teams were announced for the Under 25 Championships in August, we discovered on her scores from only two outings Philippa Hadwen and the diminutive Highfox Faith had been selected to represent the region. Hope to have some fun at Sheepgate doing something different, a good experience for the dressage newbies. Well done to everyone on the teams, on-wards and upwards, looking forward to meeting everyone in August. Photo shows Faith re-hydrating after finishing her second test at Manor Grange 17/7/18. Photos: Avril Jackson.
Very long, hot day at Aldborough and Boroughbridge Show 22/7/18 at the lovely Newby Hall. Faith ended up Champion WHP Pony or Horse, having won the novice WHP early in the morning. A really lovely old fashioned show, with amazing going considering the incredibly hot spell we have been having.
Highfox Faith and Philippa Hadwen winning Prelim 17 at Manor Grange on the 17th of July, securing enough points in just two outings to qualify for the British Dressage Area Festival, the National Under 25 Championship and the National Native Pony Dressage Championship. We are still in shock as Philippa has just joined BD, so a lovely unexpected successful start. Still lots to work on and enjoy. Below dressage divas!
The Great Yorkshire Show is a challenging environment and a big ask for a pony contesting only his third show, but Hunky Dory behaved beautifully and coped really well with the general chaos. He won his class, but sadly competition was sparse. However he was a serious contender in the mixed Championship and received super comments from the judge. Champion and Reserve went to two adult Connies, both Cuddy finalists and worthy winners. We were very proud of 'Ziggy's' manners and his attitude to work. It was also very hot!
Highfox Faith contested her first affiliated British Dressage competition on the 7th June at Manor Grange, achieving really good scores, standing 2nd in both Bronze sections and 3rd and 5th respectively over all. She looked very small next to the big horses, but was completely un-phased. The new long arena experience suited her well and she really enjoyed herself, collecting 7 BD points in the process, her scores putting her in sight of her first Area Festival qualification, if she can maintain the same percentages on her next outing. Picture shows Faith working in before her test.
Highfox Felicity went to a local show and won her mixed M&M small and large breeds class in hand. She then had her first hack around the showground. She really enjoyed this and seemed to prefer being ridden to the in hand lark, which she made it clear she didnt much want to do! Backed and ridden away by Philippa last month, she will try some Intro dressage later in the year.
News from Lincolnshire: Highfox Destiny (Faith's full sister) has qualified for the British Dressage Area Festival and the Native Pony Championships. She has notched up a further two second and two first placings in her last two BD outings. Many congratulations to Tanya and Twiggy, what an amazing first competitive season they are having together. So pleased for them both. Photo shows them finishing one of their winning tests.
We went to Huby and Sutton with Highfox Faith on the 24th June, what a lovely show. Faith was really on song and tried her very best. She did her first NPS open workers at 80 cm, the biggest course she'd jumped to date, an unlucky pole still left her in 2nd place, she was clear in the novice and finished 3rd, 4th in the Ringside ridden and represented the Foresters in hand, securing a nice red rosette and her in-hand NPS qualification. Here she is in the WHP tackling the first element of the double in some style.
Highfox Hunky Dory's first County Show resulted in him winning the youngstock class and standing New Forest Champion. Entries were good, but disappointingly only a few came forward on the day. However very pleased with his behaviour again. His education is coming along nicely.
Highfox Faith went to our local show, first time out in 2018. What a start. Ridden Champion, In Hand Champion and then Working Hunter Pony Champion. Lovely day and what a FAB pony beautifully shown by Philippa - boot camp at Keysoe paid off!
Highfox Faith tried something different at Keysoe in May and loved it. Proper cross-country course.Here she is flying through the water and below trying the big step for the first time. Hard to believe that she is under 13 hands.
We believe Highfox Evensong is in foal again to the late Luckington Sportaide. Early days but looking good so far. Keeping everything crossed.
The end of May already and another a lovely start, this time to a show ring career. The two year old colt Highfox Hunky Dory went to a busy Agricultural Show, Otley, for his first ever outing. Behaved like a star to win a big M&M Youngstock Class and then went on to win the Mountain and Moorland Championship. Another Rainy Day Girl offspring, by Samsons Spy.
2018 has started with the most amazing news Highfox Faith topped the New Forest Pony Breed Society's Elite rankings for 2017, gaining more Elite points than any other pony in the country. She has been incredibly consistent at major shows and competitions, but this accolade was totally unexpected. At 131 cm (about 12.3) she is probably the smallest pony to ever top the Elite Scheme to date. Her sister Highfox Forever achieved the number one spot in the Elite rankings many years ago. Both mares are out of Rainy Day Girl.
Two years old in June, Highfox Hunky Dory (Samsons Spy x Rainy Day Girl) left home for the first time in April, to visit the New Forest where he was inspected by a panel of judges, who duly passed him as a future stallion. It was an awful damp day and very busy, quite an experience for a pony who had never been off the yard before. However he behaved beautifully and learnt a great deal. Photograph of 'Ziggy' at his first show. May 2018.