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. 2019 competition news will also be found on this page.
National Pony Society Championships 2019
Highfox Skyfall is really coming on now and he ventured out and about to work at Anne Hebron's yard for a change of scenery, to see what he thought of the big wide world. He was such a good boy. Many thanks to Jo Jack and Philippa Hadwen for doing most of the work with him to date. A great team.
Left Highfox Felicity going beautifully for Philippa at Rydale Show. However she was beaten by her younger sister, who on this occasion (her second show) claimed the Breed Society rosette and the 1st prize. This was quite a surprise as she is nowhere near finished yet and is being allowed to mature slowly. All the same, it was lovely that she did so well and that she gave Felicity a run for her money! Heaven Sent is pictured below.
We decided to have a quick practice run before the National Pony Society Summer Championships with Faith, as she'd not done a ridden class since April. True to form she put her best foot forward and was rewarded with 1st place both in the In Hand and Ridden Mixed M&M classes and then was awarded the In Hand M&M and the Ridden M&M Championships. A lovely show and some quality in hand ponies forward.
The lovely two year old Highfox Heaven Sent went to her first local show as a practice for bigger events and behaved beautifull from walking on the wagon to getting back off again at home. We think she's a very special filly with a bright future. She has a long way to go yet, but certainly worth waiting for. She's pictured above and below.
The evergreen Highfox Hermione introducing yet another incredibly talented young jockey, Erin Dovey, to showjumping. She is now based in the New Forest and is loving life with her new family. Great to see her still doing what she loves.
Highfox Skyfall continues to make amazing progress and is now ridden away. With thanks to Jo Jack and Philippa Hadwen for all their hard work with this young man.
Skyfall with Jo up top.
Trenley Tomorrow finally made his ridden show ring debut in June, winning three classes and standing overall Ridden Champion.
Willoway High Society behaved beautifully at her first County Shows, standing 2nd at Royal Cheshire County and 4th at the Great Yorkshire Show. She is not meant to be a show pony, but has really enjoyed the experience and has been a pleasure to show.
Highfox Faith attended her second show of the year The Great Yorkshire Show, winning the mixed age New Forest class in fine style and making it five red rosettes, two Reserve Championships, two Championships, two Silver medals and a Supreme from two outings. This is a record even for her!
Trenley Tomorrow first time out under saddle
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 in 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.