We believe that there are many different bloodlines of Shetlands and more are suited to the ridden than others, with both temperament and movement. so when I (Lara) finished riding Shetland Ponies I decided I wanted to breed big performance Shetlands from the bloodlines of the ponies she had raced and shown. Ponies to be bred to move well with good temperaments.

‘Riccalton Gauntlet’ was purchased as stallion (we had owned and raced Riccalton Andrew) Gauntlet is we believe the last Riccalton stallion in the UK. He is fantastic with his mares and has a wonderful nature. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to have two Claylands mares; ‘Claylands Celeste’ and ‘Claylands Little Fran’ who unfortunately are no longer with us but have left us some lovely stock, (we raced Claylands Cameron). ‘Kransit of Gott’ our largest mare moved into this herd. We also have 2 lovely Ulverscroft mares (we raced Ulverscroft Hurricane).

We have now retained many of our own bred fillies that are now being put in foal to Brinleyview Camanchee our prolific winning skewbald stallion.

Riccalton Andrew
Abbie Dark riding Riccalton Andrew at Ponies UK, Peterborough

We have always had a large number of geldings, which we produce and show under saddle. Many of them are also broken to drive. Sadly ‘Victory of Catchpool’ 32” grey (prolific winner under saddle, best small gelding centenary show), Vandal of Catchpool 36″ Grey, and ‘Riccalton Andrew’ 40” dun (winner under saddle, W.H.P. and Shetland Grand National competitor. His many successes included 2nd in the final of Brineton 1st Ridden at Peterborugh) are no longer with us and are sadly missed.

Chee at Hoys
Brinleyview Camanchee in Midland Counties 2011 with Rebecca Jarvis-Broad

All our standard stallions are proven ridden ponies and have the temperaments to be childrens ponies. This ensures that the ponies we breed have the bloodlines to go out and compete as ridden ponies themselves. Most recently Brinleyview Camanchee has had a very successful season in 2011 and 2012, qualifying for HOYS in 2011, 2012 (he was 4th and best of breed 2012) 2013, and 2014. He even qualified for HOYS in the CHAPS section in 2014 he was flying the flag for Shetlands being the only one to qualify in this prestigious section. He qualified for Royal International in 2011 and 2014, winning the final 2014 against Dartmoor, Exmoors and Shetlands with Gemma Pallett. He has had a very successful 2014 winning Royal Welsh (inhand), New Forest (both ridden DES and CHAPS Coloured), NFU Championship where he was ridden by the judge! He then went on to win Royal International (first Shetland ever to do so!), win the prestigious Blue Ribbon Final and then went onto to qualify for Olympia (again the only Shetland to go through).

Chee at RIHS
Chee at RIHS

Sapphire Classic won the Picton Novice final in NPS Summer Championships and qualified for Olympia in BSPS 2012, and in 2013 he won the open ridden final in NPS and qualified for HOYS in the breed show. He qualified for HOYS in 2014 with Thomma Shepherd who then went on to WIN HOYS! We are thrilled with Classic’s progress and he will be out inhand in 2015.

Classic and Thomma winning HOYS
Classic and Thomma winning HOYS

Red Indian of Catchpool is our first home-bred standard stallion to be licensed by Brinleyview Camanchee. He is now sold but will be coming out under saddle in 2015. He is following in his fathers footsteps (Brinleyview Camanchee) and has already secured some very comendable wins and championships.


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