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!
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.
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.
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.
Where do we start? Apart from winning numerous County and International shows in-hand including Coloured Champion in the International show in 2010. He has qualified for HOYS 2011, 2012 & 2013 and Royal international 2011 & 2014. He passed his CHAPS grading in September 2008 in-hand and ridden.
Since a foal he has won so many classes and championships against mature ponies, we are so proud of him. He is now one of the most consistent ridden Shetlands on the circuit and we are looking forward to the rest of the season with hi out competing this year. His son Red Indian has been sold and is following in his fathers footsteps showing great potential as a ride and drive.
More importantly, he is the nicest natured stallion you could ever wish to own. He is a joy to have on the yard and he loves his showing.
Max qualified for Royal International 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Mountain & Moorland working hunter pony.
Max is a lovely welsh cob stallion, owned by Terry Davies.
We had Max to show but jumping is his thing and he is loving it! He narrowly missed out on his flat hoys ticket coming 3rd in Monmouth with same marks as the winner. He has qualified for Royal International 4 years running. Been supreme champion worker. 2nd in the Intermediate working hunter final at NPS. Champion Open Ridden at NPS area 29, He has also been Champion in Royal Welsh twice!
We are pleased he qualified for Royal International in area 29 jumping the only clear round of the class, my boy certainly can jump! He qualified in Moreton for HOYS jumping one of only two clears.