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.
Purchased to start breeding performance ponies. Very good bone, loves everyone and enjoys being ridden. Very successful with his mares. Kindest nature. He passed his performance testing as a ridden stallion in 2005 gaining a distinction. Congratulations to Gauntlet who had all very pretty foals and all had good success so far including 2nd in Royal Welsh 2007. Gauntlet has retired from ridden classes is he is far too laid back and no one realises he is a stallion. He is retired to stud where he is proven invaluable.
He is also extremely fertile and seems to get every mare in foal.
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.
Shadow was purchased in Builth sales, we are meant to be cutting back but he caught our eye and love his wealth of mane and tail. He has had some lovely foals with us and when Jilly Jones at Buxted stud was looking to get some of her old bloodlines back we contacted her as we wanted to find him the best possible home as he had done so well for us! When Jilly came to pick him up we mentioned some of our miniature mares would be for sale and to our and her surprise she bought the whole herd that were running together! So Shadow and his little family have moved to the Buxted stud.
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.
Lots of bone. His first ever show he was champion minature and overall reserve supreme! Has won nearly everytime out, being shown twice this year gaining champion both times. Now running with a small herd hoping to breed some cream’s as mum has put him with her palies! A very nice compact pony. Has sired some of our nicest foals. In 2010 and 2011 he has sired the shetland pony grand national mascots at Olympia, proving to be a big hit with the crowd and the officials.
Classic is a lovely big stallion with terrific action. He enjoyed his first season with Debbie Barr winning the Picton Novice final in NPS summer championships and qualifying for Olympia 2012. In 2013 Classic qualified for Royal International and HOYS where he did us proud and went beautifully.