All posts by Lara Joslin

Royal Three Counties

I’m not sure where to start, I have been rubbish updating our website since Harry (Baby number 1) arrived. Since then we have continued some incredible results including Cheeman getting his hoys ticket in 2017 having not been sat on since olympia 2016. He really is incredible and loves his job.

Anyway, back to Royal Three Counties!

There is a very fun war between me and Frankie, as lots of people know, #TeamChee and #TeamClassic

A really fun bit of rivalry which ended with me actually sitting on Classic although I think Chee man may have been relieved – I still have baby weight to get rid of!

So Chee man won his inhand class, expertly shown by Charlotte Leonard, he then went on to stand champion! Completely overwhelmed by this pony he just keeps giving! This left Frankie under a lot of pressure as she was competing in the HOYS ridden, which they only went on to win!


Classic and Frankie are off to HOYS, can’t quite believe it! They then went on to stand HOYS small breeds champion and took the silver medal!

Days like Three counties are what dreams are made off.

Massive thanks to Charlotte and Frankie for doing a fine job! Also to Lucinda who did some pampering! Top job ladies!


Jacob of Catchpool

Black yearling colt

Very quiet and friendly

By Sapphire Classic out of Zara of Catchpool

Would make a great children’s pony, price will go up if we geld him here.

To us he is destined to be a children’s pony so does require gelding.



2 year old bay gelding

another lovely quiet gelding who would make fabulous childrens pony, would also excel in the show ring.

Tonto of Catchpool

2 year old black gelding

By Brinleyview Camanchee

Out of Pansy of Catchpool

Tonto is a lovely quiet gelding, correct in every way. would be a fabulous children pony and would do well in the show ring. £750



Judging down under

It was a great honour to be asked to judge in New Zealand and Australia, and a once in a life time opportunity to travel down under.

We decided to make a big trip out of it as if you go all that way you must see what the wonderful Countries have to offer. So with nearly 3 weeks in New Zealand and 3 weeks in Australia we planned to see to make the most of it and enjoy our trip as much as possible!

We flew to New Zealand (staying in Hong Kong for a couple of nights on the way) and on our first day met up with British judge Robert Parker Jones and Christopher Littlewood who were able to give us some very helpful tips on where to go. It was lovely to see some friendly faces the other side of the world and gain some really helpful advice. We hired a car and spent 10days exploring the South Island,  I have to say what a beautiful Country but it did rain everyday which made us feel quite at home considering we are from Wales!

The show in New Zealand was the Northern Region Shetland Pony Enthusiasts, and even though it was a small show, there was certainly no lack in quality. My overall supreme was a lovely senior mare Murrayfield Indigo, and my reserve supreme was a lovely young stallion Gleneagles Phantom.  It was nice to see some lovely youngstock and all the competitors were ever so friendly.

On the Sunday we went to a brilliant 3day event where we got to see some top riders including Blyth Tait tackle the show jumping phase. By this time the rain had cleared and it was very hot – anyone visiting make sure you take the suncream!

Many thanks to Sue Jackson for all her hospitality.


We then flew to Australia, and spent a few nights in Melbourne (which is a lovely city) before getting a car and driving out to Bendigo where the two day show was to be held. We were taken for a lovely Chinese meal on the Friday night with some of the show committee, which was a lovely welcome, and then shown how to get to the showground- so thank you Jo and Barbara.

Sally asked if my husband would judge the unaffiliated gelding classes and after lots of debate (mostly me!) Sally reassured me that it would be fine. So when I saw the schedule the night before to see he was given over 20 classes and championships to judge you can imagine my nerves!

The show started at 8am with a large class of maturity and futurity classes. I haven’t heard of these classes before but I think they are a great novelty idea. As far as I understand, you enter the class when your mare is in foal. You then enter the following year, when the foal is born, and again as a yearling. The classes are for 2year olds and then the 3 year olds. This was a very popular class with a HUGE trophy and the winner of the class wins the accumulated prize money made up of the 3 or 4 years of entries! So as you can imagine the competition is fierce and this was Matt’s first class to judge!

It was a long day of judging with some very large classes and very beautiful ponies in 35degree heat. How the competitors kept going is beyond me! They did a fabulous job showing their ponies and I was incredibly impressed with the standard. Mum always taught me that in a class it should always be the one you would most like to take home and in several classes I certainly could have taken more than one home!

I should also like to mention my champion foal M&M Valley Lodge Maloo, a miniature bay colt that had an incredible personality and would have quite happily fitted in my suitcase! The sashes he won were bigger than he was!


The supreme champion led pony was a very nice stallion; Lynvale Lodge Bentleigh, however anyone of the ponies in that championship were worthy winners and could have taken the championship. Congratulations to everyone who competed at the show. I was very impressed with the standard of ponies, which were turned out so well and in that heat as well.

I would also like to thank Sally for not scaring my husband off judging completely, and let’s hope he follows my footsteps onto the Shetland panel in years to come!


Highlights of our trip (other than the Shetland shows!) include:

White water rafting in Rotorua

Black water rafting and caving at Waitomo

Jet boat on the Shotover river

Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef & helicopter view of it

Surfers paradise

Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo – where we got a lot closer to wild animals than we ever thought we would!

Brinleyview Camanchee is off to RIHS 2015

Chee was expertly piloted by Gemma Pallett to win both his open classes in South Suffolk Show on the 10th May; gaining both his RIHS tickets in one day!

Chee qualifying RIHS 2015
Chee qualifying RIHS 2015

Having only been graded with the BSPA on the 19th of April, and his first ever BSPA qualifier – he really is one in a million!

So beautiful
So beautiful

Huge thank you to Debbie Barr and her team, he really is a testament to all your hard work!

On his way to victory
On his way to victory

Morning Mist of Catchpool AX2776 – 2010

MistyMisty is a lovely sweet mare with good bone.

She has good old bloodlines, out of Ulverscroft Northern Sky, and by Riccalton Gauntlet. She will make a fabulous ridden prospect or brood mare.



Sirius of Catchpool AX0073- 2009


Sirius of Catchpool

Sirius is a grey gelding approx 39″. Bred to make a top ridden prospect by Riccalton Gauntlet and out of a Claylands Little Fran.

Will be a flash ridden shetland but I think he will make a tremendous lead rein as he seems very laid back.

Gelded as we feel he is destined to become a childrens pony. He has been professionally backed and now needs a child to further his career.

SOLD – Good luck to Kirsty, we wish you all the best with him 🙂

Sapphire Classic HOYS winner 2014

Well where do we start?!

Classic and Thomma being called forward as the winners
Classic and Thomma being called forward as the winners

We have had the most fantastic season anyone could wish for with our two Shetlands, Sapphire Classic and Brinleyview Camanchee. To be fair mum has always said that some judges think (esp non-Shetland judges) that a typical correct Shetland is big and black – and we will always get some who cannot see passed Camanchee’s colour. So her answer was to send both stallions to Debbie Barr.

Classic and Thomma in the championship in the main arena
Classic and Thomma in the championship in the main arena

With Camanchee or should we say Chee man winning Royal International and the NFU Mutual championship in the NPS Summer Championships (even being ridden by the judge!) we didn’t think we could get any better. We hoped for a top 5 in HOYS and repeat is best Shetland title of 2012 – so as you can imagine after a foot perfect show and looking fabulous when he wasn’t in the top 11 we were a little disappointed. But Classic and Thomma were still there and the placings were revealed in reverse order, once they got up to second (which was Alice Barr on the dartmoor Okeleat Navigator (owned by David Hodge, Julian Walters & Debbie Barr’s) we didn’t think we were in contention. I think we will all live that moment a million times in our heads when Classic was announced as the winner – in fact it gave me goose bumps writing this!

Thomma Shepherd rode him superbly as always. Debbie has done an amazing job producing these ponies for us and Classic has really matured and is going so well. I have to say watching him work in the night before – he has never looked or gone so well. Not sure where his gallop has come from?!

Huge thank you to Debbie Barr, Angela Pallett, Mandy Shepherd and all the girls (you know who you are!) for making 2014 so special.

Classic and Thomma winning HOYS
Classic and Thomma winning HOYS


We were also lucky enough to qualify Chee man for the CHAPS class on the Sunday of HOYS but unfortunately Shetlands were not the judges favourite breed so he wasn’t in the top 10 but he looked fabulous.


Chee Hoys Ridden Dartmoor, Exmoor & Shetland
Chee Hoys Ridden Dartmoor, Exmoor & Shetland


Brinleyview Camanchee partnered with Gemma Pallett has had a few weeks beyond our imagination!

1st New Forest Olympia & Reserve Champion

1st New Forest HOYS CHAPS & Reserve Champion

1st RIHS small breeds

1st NFU Ridden NPS Summer Champs



Firstly he was filmed by the BBC for the Royal Welsh where he won the inhand stallion class

Chee winning Royal Welsh
Chee winning Royal Welsh

He then went on to New Forest show the following tuesday to stand Reserve Champion in the Olympia qualifier with Gemma.

He then went back to New Forest on the Thursday for the HOYS CHAPS class which he again won and went reserve champion.

He then went onto to Royal International where he WON the small breeds final!

We are beyond proud of him and Gemma!

Chee at Royal International
Chee at Royal International
Chee winning RIHS
Chee winning RIHS


Chee at RIHS
Chee at RIHS