Pony Blog 2019
This spring and summer is all about introducing young and novice ponies to the wider world. You can follow their progress below.
Well Willoway High Society joined us to be a broodmare, but she is going beautifully under saddle and we decided to try her at a local show in hand to see what she thought of the showing lark. She was a star and won a good mixed M&M class and a small SHP class, finishing overall In Hand Reserve Champion behind a delightful traditional cob. Many thanks to Caroline Smith and Mr and Mrs Large, for gifting us this super mare. 'Grace' is by Willoway Minstrel, out of Willoway Harry's Hope.
Trenley Tomorrow went to his first show since August 2017. The weather was atrocious, but he still had quite a successful day. Photo below shows him battling the elements before winning the overall In Hand Championship.
Highfox Felicity went to her first ridden show in May and won the absolute novice and the novice ridden class. We were thrilled with her behaviour. We didn't stay for the Championship as she was a very tired baby girl.
A unexpected joy, so pleased to see this one enjoying his new room with a view this morning. He is an absolute love. So glad to have him back in Yorkshire. Much more about this boy soon.
Highfox Skyfall six year old stallion (Samsons Spy x Rainy Day Girl). Sadly this boy ended up in a very unsuitable home, and very poor, but we managed (eventually) to buy him, from a kind third party, and hope to give him a second chance to fulfill all his potential. So far he has repaid us by eating and sleeping himself better and we have just (four weeks since the first picture) started ground work with him. A quick and willing learner it looks like he will make a super performance pony.
A last minute decision to take Highfox Faith to NPS Area 4 proved fortuitous. Not shown in hand since the Breed Show & not shown ridden since the NPS Champs last year, she won the Home Produced M&M In Hand Championship, the Open M&M In Hand Championship, the NPS Silver Medal & Supreme M&M In Hand Champ; the Open M&M Ridden, the Intermediate Ridden (no one else forward for this though!), stood Res Intermediate Ridden, Reserve Open Ridden (a little onward enjoying herself!) and then went amazing at the end of the day to turn the tables and claim the Supreme M&M Ridden Champ, British Isles Qualifier and the NPS Ridden Silver Medal. What a pony, what a day and many congrats to breeder, owner, producer and jockey Philippa Hadwen.
Highfox Faith went to Addington for the NPS Supreme Dressage Championships in April, a big ask as she is not tin regular work due to Philippa's university commitments. Although her canter work was rather exuberant she still manged to help The New Forest Flyers Team (sponsored by Hird and Partners' Equine Clinic) to clinch second place in a very competitive Team Competition. See below.
Finally Trenley Tomorrow is out and about experiencing the world. We hope to get him out to a few dressage events and shows over the summer.
Highfox Felicity continues to make good ridden progress. Here she is sporting her lovely new Poly Pad numnah.
Willoway High Society is also making excellent progress. See photograph below.
Tiny Highfox Hope and her owners Gwen and Mia enjoyed a brilliant time at their first RC show. Winning two performance classes. Its great seeing our ponies loved and having so much fun.
Highfox Felicity went to her first event under saddle and tried her first dressage test piloted by Philippa. She behaved beautifully. Indoors too, another first! She worked really well and even managed a ribbon, coming 3rd out of quite a big field of horses. A true future child's super star pony - as the judge observed.
It's March already and so far we have had an exciting year (we have not even left the yard yet!). On top of the news of Faith being awarded the Silver Performance Grade and achieving Grade 2 Dressage, with the NFPB&CS, we then received notification that her dam Rainy Day Girl has been given a Gold Award for her progeny. This is an amazing accolade for a little Forest bred mare and so well deserved. We are delighted. The picture on the left shows Rainy Day Girl with her last foal Hunky Dory.
Faith, Felicity and Hermione all featured in the Elite rankings even though they had only been to a few Elite shows between them (Faith did 2, Felicity 1 and Hermione 1); Faith still managed to stand 7th overall!
Hermione now has a new long term loan home back down in the New Forest with the wonderful Dovey girls. The photograph shows six year old Florence returning from a hack across the Forest. She's a very lucky girl and Hermione is a very lucky pony! We are delighted that this special pony has found another lovely home. STOP PRESS: Hermione won her first 2 foot 6 inch jumping competition with new jockey Erin (Florence's nine year old sister), in the fastest time of the day, April 2019..
We would like to introduce a new Highfox resident, the lovely Willoway High Society, a nine year old black mare by Willoway Minstrel, out of Willoway Harry's Hope. We would like to thank Caroline Smith for allowing us to have this lovely mare, a future broodmare and a happy hacker for Diane (unless Philippa pinches her for dressage of course!). She has fitted in really well and we can't wait to see her progress under saddle.
A lovely start to the New Year came with notification from the New Forest Breed Society that Highfox Faith has achieved her performance grading - Dressage Grade 2 - as a result of her Novice results (under BD judges) and better still has been awarded Silver Performance Pony Grade. We are thrilled. Also good news from Dorset that Highfox Hermione has finished her career with the lovely, talented Izzy King by winning the New Forest Enthusiasts Jumping Award, Versatility Award and Junior Championships in both sections; the Best All Round Pony Shield and the Best Show Jumping Pony from Poole and District Pony Club and was placed 4th overall in the NFPBCS Ringwood Brewery National Performance Pony of the Year, also winning the Best Show Jumping Cup. Hermione has now returned home, as sadly Izzy has grown quite tall.
Izzy King and Highfox Hermione 2nd out of 111 starters and Best Junior PC Area Championships.
Highfox Faith mid test during a BD competition at Manor Grange, piloted by Philippa Hadwen, earning points towards her Grade 2 Dressage Award.