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The Great Yorkshire Show
All Shetland pony breeders, enthusiasts , producers, I have discussed , listened & sympathised with lots of people who are asking the committee of the GYS if they will consider in the near future , holding separate
In Hand breed classes & championships for both standard Shetlands & miniature Shetlands separately , recognising there own atrubutes & qualities.
Each having there own valuable qualities.
Most affiliated (SPSBS) national /county shows are separate classes .
So now is the time to act on your thoughts if you would like the committee to consider the above for next year.
Following my conversation with GYS today we are advised to let our voice be heard, please email your support to ;
Simply relying your support for separate classes & championships .
Thank you
Any further questions please pm claire boardman

The Downs Group Spring Show at Buckhurst Park 15th April    RESULTS

Supreme Champion, Mesd Picket and Sargent Champlers Rose Petal

Res. Supreme Florence Taylor's Cranford Hector with judges, Mme Y Held and Mnsr L Durand Georgina Robins' Buxted Summer Jewel, Senior mini ch and res champion mini

left.. Rita Bundock with Buxted? yearling filly and Belinda Jacques with?



Got to say, in my opinion, and many others, the young handler class was the class of the day. Children all scrubbed up as were their ponies.

Showing everybody their skills handling their ponies. Hard work rewarded, with everyone appreciating the dedication

Shetland Showing fans.........take note. Most of us enjoy our county show/s. Nice to walk around, do a bit of shopping etc. BUT BEWARE, these are businesses and even if they enjoy charitable status, they are merciless in cutting classes if their entry drops. Your area group shows are run by a few hardworking people whose only reward is that YOU have had a good day out, win or not win. The recent years, allowing late entries on the day, in my opinion, mean that come the day, should it be raining the temptation to switch off the alarm, roll over and stay in bed is attractive. On a personal level, I don't venture too far for group shows, or any, other than the performance show and the Society breed show, if the latter is within reasonable distance. but I always try to support The Southern Group Show, run by Cliff and Jackie Percy,  and the Downs run  by Roger and Jill Jones. I Don't support them in a patronising manner, they are a good day out, and they do their best to accommodate everyone with classes to suit. Rosettes and sashes aplenty, [maybe too many in my opinion] but people like them. You even get a slice of cake at the Southern! They both try and get judges from afar, two from France coming to the DOWNS SHOW, THIS SUNDAY 15TH APRIL AT BUCKHURST PARK. These shows, all over the country, deserve your loyalty and attendance to ensure their future and your entertainment.   SOUTHERN GROUP PRINCIPAL RESULTS BELOW

To the left are some of the exhibitors in the Supreme ch/ship showing 2 of the seven entries across the two driven classes. [a good effort by the show who are encouraging ridden and driven ponies]
Contrary to those who think 'showing' is only about coming first and being champion. I think not so. So if you were pleased with you/your pony's efforts, and you have a picture, feel free to email it for inclusion on this report.


Miniature Junior Champion

Snelsmore Sebastian, D Tarpey

Reserve Miniature Junior Champion

Snelsmore Truffle, D Tarpey

Miniature Senior Champion

Buxted Penny Poppy, Buxted Stud

Reserve Miniature Senior Champion

Buxted Marksman, Buxted Stud

Miniature Ring Champion

Snelsmore Sebastian, D Tarpey

Reserve Miniature Ring Champion

Buxted Penny Poppy, Buxted Stud

Standard Junior Champion

Buxted Exculsive, The Hawkins-Smith Family

Reserve Standard Junior Champion

Champlers Rosetta, Mesdames Pickett & Sargeant

Senior Standard Champion

Champlers Rose Petal, Mesdames Pickett & Sargeant

Reserve Senior Champion

Ceann Charm, Mrs B Jacques

Standard Ring Champion

Champlers Rose Petal, Mesdames Pickett & Sargeant

Reserve Standard Ring Champion

Buxted Exculsive, The Hawkins-Smith Family


Ridden Champion

Cranford Fiddledy Dee, Lucie Dale

Reserve Ridden Champion

Cranford Hector, F Taylor

Driven Champion

Hesigarth Ike, S Newell

Reserve Driven Champion

Callum of Wortingwood

Gelding Champion

Hesigarth Ike, S Newell

Reserve Gelding Champion

Callum of Wortingwood

Young Handler Champion

Cranford Hector, F Taylor

Reserve Young Handler Champion

Acanthis of Breamore, Daisy Dennis

Supreme Champion

Snelsmore Sebastian, D Tarpey

Reserve Supreme Champion

Champlers Rose Petal, Mesdames Pickett & Sargeant

Reserve Reserve Champion

Cranford Fiddledy Dee, Lucie Dale



5year old Imogen Davies and Cranford Air Frost doing their first side saddle event winning their restricted class and the intro dressage with 85% at Side Saddle Association, Area 2 Side Saddle Easter Dressage Show at Dalton Peircy."


Charles (Chic) Brown died on Tuesday 27th March. Age 81. Dearly beloved husband of 54 years of Irene, much loved dad of Alan and Neil and a dear brother, brother-in-law, uncle and cousin. Chic ran the Kinness stud with sons, Alan and Neil at St Andrews, Fife. A stud of 20-25 Standard Black ponies of Wells, Millhouse and Westpark bloodlines. The stud was 30 years old in 2017 with Chic & Neil being well known at shows and sales. Chic had a big interest in heavy horses, farming, gardening, football and Traditional Music.

The funeral is on Thursday 12th April, 2pm at the Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews. Thereafter, 3.45pm at Kirkcaldy Crematorium to which all friends are respectively invited.

Chic showing the foundation pony, Millhouse Rose, then a yearling filly at his local show, Fife Show, May 1988. This is where it all began..........

Sadly, Eva Smith of the Berry stud, Scalloway, Shetland, has passed away. Eva was yet another stalwart of the breed, yet another to leave, making me wonder, who will replace these breeders who have devoted a lifetime to  improving the Shetland pony?

South west Shetland pony Group , Spring Show 2018 on Sunday March 25th at Cholwell Equestrian Centre Lewdown Okehampton
The s
ix year old gelding Zennor Silver Shadow, above left, owned by the Cosgrove family won the gelding class ,took best gelding and champion standard Shetland and then went on to take overall supreme champion ,
Three year old Zennor Blackberry, abobe right, taking junior champion and going res standard champion to Zennor Silvers shadow. Owner, Marion Matthews was delighted that the lovely last foal left by southley Snowman Zennor Snow Crystal now a yearling won the yearling class and also went res junior champion ,the judge on the day was Mr S Rendall Hollydell stud all the way from Shetland

Indoor Carriage Driving UK™ are holding their British Indoor Carriage Driving Championships at The College EC, Keysoe, Bedfordshire over three days. 6 – 8 April.

Entries total 139 in all. The Small pony single class has attracted 16 entries from all over the country. This class is dominated by, guess who? The Shetland Pony, both Minis and standards. The Small Pony Pair class is also mainly Shetlands. The Four in Hand (Teams) Class has seven entries – three and three quarters of them are Shetlands. Iain McKendrick from deepest Scotland, Claire Bourne, and Catherine Walton will all be contesting the new for this year Shetland Pony Team Challenge, kindly sponsored by The Downs Shetland Pony Group.  Julie Wedgbury will be defending her Champion status with her team of three Shetlands and one British Spotted pony.

During the three days 180 horses and ponies will be competing in various classes, 37 of those will be Shetlands, a good representation of Shetland Ponies Driving ability.Many ponies are outgrown child’s ponies that have been given a new life by competing in Carriage Driving Classes and almost all of them are extremely good.

Admission is free, there is a good restaurant, free parking and a great deal of fun and excitement. You are very welcome to come and see just what a Shetland can do apart from being a lawn mower.


Daisy Harrap, Digby Shepherd, Chris Harper and Ed Harper. They sponsored Zorro [Cr Fantastic] and were delighted with their result. The venue was Wilton Hunt Point to Point. Tilly Shepherd rode in the charity race and was 5th. It was very emotional. A lot of tears as she passed through the finish line. She raised 3000 for Salisbury Hospice. I was very proud of her . Mandy Shepherd. As is everyone who knows her. G.H. x

Even the 'mini beast from the East' can't stop a foal when it's ready to come into the world.

The Tawna Stud had an early arrival yesterday - Tawna Patrick is Tawna Tia Maria's first foal. Here he is this morning when we took him outside to take a look at the funny white stuff on the ground, which luckily was melting quite quickly.  F.H.


Wessex Shetland Pony Group Spring Show 18th March has been very reluctantly cancelled due to the Amber weather warning. We are sorry for the late announcement but were hoping that it would be going ahead. This is a very reluctant decision.  

Schedules for two of the South's most popular spring SHETLAND  SHOWS, Southern and Downs now on


SHETLAND PONY BREEDERS WALES - a lunch and get-together has been organised at the Park Lodge Hotel, Aberystwyth, on SUNDAY 18th MARCH 2018, 12 for 12:30. It promises to be an entertaining afternoon in the company of "The Singing Blacksmith". 2 course meal @ 15.50 per head. Bring a Raffle! Contact Audrey Jones on 01248 722331 to book.

National Stallion Show


Champion - Kerloch Rupert 
Res - Rosskate of Transy 
Junior - Roselucy of Transy 
Res jnr  - Wells Admiral


Miniature Shetland
Champion Halstock Jeopardy 
Res - Plumtree Jolie pic. right
Junior -  Plumtree Jolie
Res - Alichbrae Tobias

Young Handler Champion
Brooke Lambie 


    Enigma Tabitha                                                                       Alichbrae Tobias pic above                                    


22 entire male
1 Kerloch Rupert 
2 Westpark Royal Star
3 Eynhallow Dutch Prince
4 Roserhum of Transy 

23 colt 2/3 years
1 Wells Craig 
2 Myreton Gustavo

24 standard mare
1 Rosskate of Transy
2 Heidrun av Bergi
3 Birchmoor delight 
4 Eynhallow Dew

25 standard gelding
1 Hildersay Skerrie

26 filly 2/3 years 
1 Roselucy of Transy 
2 Wells Prosecco
3 Wells Eloise
4 Renshaw Belle

27 yearling colt/filly/gelding
1 Wells Admiral
2 Eynhallow Contessa
3 Lathom Jonnie
4 Eynhallow Beatrice

28 entire male
1 Halstock Jeopardy 
2 Kerswell Merlot
3 Zorcho of Berry
4 Sprigo of Berry
29 colt/geld 2/3
1 Alichbrae Eddie
2 Foula UNO
3 Creamline Rory
4 Robins brae upala 
30 miniature mare
1 Halstock Melrose sox
2 Blackertor sunflower 
3 Alichbrae Dixie
4 Gardie Evian
31 filly 2/3
1 Enigma Tabitha
2 Halstock Alexa
3 Droonpark Cinderella 
4 Fayrefield Isla Skye
32 yearling 
1 Plumtree Jolie
2 Alichbrae Tobias
3 Dryfesdale Amber
4 Halstock Daisy May

Alice Browning's highly successful mini driving Shetland, Magreed
Charlie Boy, back as good as ever, first time out having been
compelled to have an eye removed last autumn. Worrying times
now behind them. xx

NPS Area 13, Bea Shepherd and Carmilo Magician winning his class and qualifying for royal international on his first outing of the season!


Saturday 10th March
Faversham, all Shetland and mini show. Cr Fiddledydee Supreme Champion. Ridden by Lucie Dale. Lucie not quite 4 years.

BSPS Area 9B at Summerhouse EC Gloucester. Annwood Gilder won Dartmoor Shetland Exmoor class Royal International Open Ridden Qualifier. Rider Jessica Clarke, their first show of the season

This sad news and obituary by June Brown from her facebook post. Sentiments with which I can genuinely concur as I actually knew her.GH.
 Marie was a trustee of the centenary fund and this is her, part of a painting of the trustees by me GH, now hanging at Devonshaw, Transy stud


The Pony Breeders of Shetland Association are deeply saddened to learn of the passing, in the early hours of this morning, 6th March, of Mrs Marie Brooker of Clothie Stud. A founder member of the PBSA and twice President of the Shetland Pony Stud-Book Society, she dedicated a large part of her life to the protection and promotion of the Shetland Pony, supporting activities at her own stud right until the end. She was a formidable woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The legacy she leaves behind in the generations of young pony riders she has nurtured and encouraged is immeasurable.
Thank you Marie x.

Our sincere condolences go out to her family and close friends at this very sad time

Top left, Lucie Dale, practicing on Cr Fiddledydee and top right, 'swapping' with brother Jack on to a Highland pony. Jack has moved on to bigger ponies, but still can't resist a 'little go' on Fiddledydee. Lucie happy to ride anything!  [ARE YOU GETTING YOUR TEAM READY FOR THE SEASON? LET'S HAVE SOME PICS]

With conditions like this in Scotland, at the very last minute, despite RED weather alert, the SCOTTISH NATIONAL STALLION SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED until 11th March.

So, Stevie McKay, a whose ponies are here pictured, Shearer and other exhibitors, can stop worrying about getting ponies clean, for another week. L.O.L or what?

I have attached a photo of my daughter Shannon King with 18 year old Weewaif Merry Mallow (Lolo) having fun in the snow. Sledge fashioned from a dumpy bag. Lolo has been the pony of a life time and just proves the versatility of the Shetland pony even when outgrown for riding. TK.

Left, Snow at Di Johnston's N. Yorkshire Parlington stud, Brutal.

Snow at Cranford, down south in Sussex. Girlie!

‘Great news re the Evaluation Scheme xx well done on all your hard work’

Was one of a few messages on 'evaluation' recently sent to me. I understand the sentiments, but it was the

 council who quashed it, not me, and I wouldn’t mind betting they had a rather more torrid time than I did. Of

course it’s important that members who believe they have an idea that would benefit the lot of the pony, having

researched and considered its ramification, should offer it up for consideration by the council. The key parts of

the above statement are the words ‘having researched and considered its ramifications’. That means not asking

council to turn the rules upside down because someone has a personal interest mission going on. For example,

for those who breed ‘dilute’ colours and want, ‘mushroom’ ‘lavender’ ’smokey cream’ and various other ‘colours’

accepted by the stud book. No doubt in years to come, this may happen. I may think it’s silly, but no doubt it’s

harmless, and I WOULD NOT campaign either way, unless it came to a huge issue, then i would happily publish

the views for and against. Personally those who promote dilute colour acceptance in the stud book, may do

better to firstly, be sure they’ve cracked temperament, movement and conformation in the progeny they breed

and worry about what shade of ‘smokey cream’ it is, or isn’t.

You may recollect, despite there being several comments on the news page opposing ‘evaluation’ and none ‘for’.

That was not me denying them a voice, they declined to submit an alternate point of view, perhaps they knew

there wasn’t one.

Mr Tony Dennis

Very saddened to announce that Mr Tony Dennis, from the renowned Kerswell Miniature Stud, has passed away.  Tony, together with his wife Jane, founded the stud many years ago and probably had the most influence on the miniatures in the U.K.

He was a well liked, larger than life character that everyone warmed to when meeting him and he will be sadly missed by so many in the Shetland World . Our condolences go to Jane and his family.

Tony Dennis passed away, 82 years of age peacefully at home after a long illness. Tony retired as a professional jump jockey in the late 1960s and moved from Surrey to Devon in 1972 with his wife Jane to run a stud farm breeding hunters and taking visiting mares but Tony wholeheartedly embraced breeding Shetland ponies with just as much enthusiasm. He loved his showing and meeting up with so many other breeders many of whom became life long friends. No one enjoyed the after parties more and he much enjoyed recalling the good old times when eventually he had to slow down! He loved his ponies and was proud of their success, starting to breed them at a time when good minis were hard to come by and ending with the knowledge that the Kerswell bloodlines are used in so many studs today.
 Not only have all the top studs imported Kerswell bred ponies into their herds, assuring consistent type, it’s a shame Tony wasn’t still here and able to do ‘clinics’ on how to show a pony in hand. He really was the consummate show man, a total perfectionist.  Just to watch him bring a pony to ‘halt’, perfectly balanced with its weight over all four feet, was and remains a skill mastered by very few. I remember him at halt, stepping forward one full stride, turning to face the pony, and with the lead rein at 45 deg left a clear view for the judge to view the pony from any angle without the handler pushing and shoving the pony into position.
 Jane [the power behind the throne!] will continue with a few ponies I’m sure, and will have memories to be cherished, not only of their successes, but their lives together and the great times those of us had who were and are lucky enough to be their friends. Bless you Tone, your legacy and place in Shetland pony history as a ‘great’ is established and assured.

pictured.........Tony, still showing one of his 'boys' age 74

The following tribute in 2008 at the Shetland pony owners and breeders show awards presentation Dinner, Spa hotel Tunbridge Wells. 'Lifetime achievement Award to Tony and Jane Dennis'
Having been associated with Shetland ponies throughout my life, when our stud was born in the 1980s I was very conscious at that time that as far as miniatures were concerned, the Fairy ponies from the South park stud were about as good as you could get. In great demand they were hard to acquire and were very expensive, supply and demand ruled. Some breeders having acquired stock from South park were starting to make inroads into improvements in miniatures which at that time, well shall we say, most of them were at best, poor specimens. Amongst the leading lights acquiring Southpark stock and adding their own twist to it were the Birling stud, owned by the late Lionel Hamilton Renwick, Di Johnston’s Parlington stud, Audrey Runnalls at Tawna, Joan Lambert's Brandon and of course Jane & Tony Dennis’s Kerswell stud. All of these studs have made a tremendous contribution to the breed and the best miniatures in the country with little exception have these studs influence in their pedigrees.
Their innovative miniature pony centre in Devon was a fantastic venture that by its very nature required a large number of ponies to make such a venue a real and viable attraction. Too often quality suffers at the hand of quantity, but an awareness and a definite policy direction made sure over the years that quality and type were produced consistently at Kerswell. The quantities bred at Kerswell have allowed their efforts over the years to put a real stamp on the breed. Everyone knows the influence of Ron of North Wells, but it was Jane and Tony that found him suitable mares that would produce that certain look so recognisable that have gone on and produced so many more ‘Ron’ type stallions, that have been the foundation of a lot of the top studs today.
Jane and Tony are two of the most knowledgeable, self effacing and popular people in the breed today, it would be remiss of me and my advisors in these matters to let this last opportunity, through this awards scheme not to acknowledge their huge contribution to the breed and breeders of miniature Shetlands. I am delighted that the 2008 award for achievement goes to Jane and Tony Dennis and their Kerswell stud. GH.

First show of the year for Lucie Dale and
Cr. Fiddledydee. Both been practicing, left home at 7pm. Long day, got home 5.15.
But worth it, because they came first
and Reserve and collected their Equifest
ticket. So, supper, bath, and 'just ten minutes' in

mummy's bed for a bit of telly.  Oops, looks
like this little girl lasted two minutes before
sweet dreams took over.


I don’t recommend it as a weight loss programme, potentially life threatening if you have certain underlying health issues, but as I start recovering from Aussie flu with attendant gastroenteritis and kidney infection. I’ve  lost 9lbs! I ate next to nothing for 8 days, just couldn’t fancy it. Doc said it could take 6 weeks to fully recover, I’m pleased to know that because I was beginning to believe ‘death was the only cure’.  I shall persist with my ‘skinny’ diet, and turn a negative into a positive. If you’ve got it, you’ll know, it’s like flu you have never had before. Take care. x
Ps. Sorry if ive been ignoring you. Normal service will be restored shortly. 30-1-2018

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Andrea Merrifield

Hi Gerry,

Summer Show will be the last Parklands show. Starting these things is the easy bit, knowing when to stop is the difficult part.

We have had much discussion and having all past the 70 mile stone, in my case starting to be a vague memory all ready, we feel after 13 years we have achieved what we set out to do.

 Prior to Parklands over the years we had put on a number of general local horse shows which were so successful to the point they out grew us and we had to stop.

With this experience and because we knew how, and we wanted to give some thing back, putting on a ‘Shetland pony show’ seemed a good idea. We never expected to have a ‘tiger by the tail’ and in truth with the County show unexpectedly asking us to have a show ring to our selves and then sheer numbers turning up each time to all the Parklands events we just inadvertently carried on.

Now it’s time to gracefully retire whilst still able to enjoy our ponies. We will of course continue to see you all at some one else’s show with them doing the hard work.

Our thanks go out to you all for your incredible support and good luck in the future.

Christine and Ian

The BUXTED STUD in Sussex is situated on part of the Pevensey Marshes where sometimes following incessant rainfall, the paddocks reserved for the stallions is prone to flood. Happily, the water drains off as quickly as it appears, but in the meantime it's a case of 'all in together boys'. Not a problem, they all know each other and following the odd squeal or two, they settle down and appreciate being in the dry.

Harry Joslin aged 2 makes his hunting debut with the Banwen Miners on Harry Potter of Catchpool on New Year’s Day. Mummy could barely keep up as he wanted to keep up with the hounds, needless to say we failed!


This sent to Macmillan today. Well done all who donated.


Sunday, 07 January 2018


Collected by a group of ‘Shetland pony owners and breeders’ via their Christmas ‘card’ scheme which may be viewed on

A letter of receipt/acknowledgement, which I will publish ‘on web page’ would be appreciated. You may email it to me as an attachment on the email address above. This will have been our 15th year when mostly we have exceeded 1000 annually.

Yours faithfully 

 G S Hart……. organiser

WE STILL WANT YOUR NEWS........ Shetland ponies spend 8 months of the year being hairy! Whilst the ponies that have been shown all summer will appreciate a few months off, here's the chance to show to the Shetland pony world, what you get up to with your pony when shampoo / showsheen are replaced with a dandy brush. Send photos and details to