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December 2019

Fabulous record breaking Olympia, for Sussex Breeder and Producer, Debbie Barr from Firle near Lewes. Two of the three Shetland ponies at the Olympia final were bred by her. The black (Ricardo) was best Shetland.

Firle Ricardo

Lotuspoint Cassius

Firle Georgio

Est. 2000

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Fran Punton's Almondell Sabrina winning the Overall Shetland championship at the Native Pony winter fair. Connections delighted

Almondell / Edinburgh

SWSG were delighted to welcome members of The North Wales Shetland Breeders Group to the end of season lunch held at the Royal Ship Hotel Dolgellau on the 1st December 2019.

Thanks to everyone who came and to Elaine and Emma for organising the lunch and to Audrey Jones Isle of Mona Stud who gave a very interesting talk.

November 2019

Dougal W. H. Dick (Transy Stud)
Died suddenly on Monday 25th NOVEMBER 2019
Truly 'Mr Shetland Pony' A huge loss to the breed and the Society
Funeral at Dunfermline Crematorium on Tuesday 10th December at 1045 a.m. and afterwards at Garvock House Hotel. No flowers please. All welcome.

Pictured, left to right back row. Rita Bundock, best Reserve junior standard pony. William De la Warr, best junior miniature. Lyn Sayers, best gelding.
Front row. Florence Taylor, best young handler. Lucie Dale, Best Rider.

The Downs celebration lunch at the East Sussex National Golf Club.
New this year, awards to the most successful across the two summer shows.


Rita Bundock, best Reserve junior standard pony. William De la Warr, best junior miniature. Lyn Sayers, best gelding.
Front row. Florence Taylor, best young handler. Lucie Dale, Best Rider.

Mandy Sargeant and Jackie Percy best standard and best miniature adult ponies respectively.
Well done Jill and Roger Jones for organising a very pleasant get together.

Dryfesdale Dynamic on latest news. He has just been broken to ride and made his debut yesterday achieving third place. He is owned by Mick Woods and Linda Seward.

Supreme Champ handled by Lisa Wilson

On Saturday (9th November) the Central Scotland Shetland Pony Group held our Youngstock Show at Caledonian Marts, Stirling.


Photos were taken by Annette Sproul

Reserve Supreme Champion handled by Senga Murray

Noreen Patricia Anne Burt (Trewordergrange Shetland Stud)

1931 - 2019 Passed away peacefully after a short illness

Funeral Service at Egloshayle Parish Church

Thursday 14th November at 11.30am

Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Egloshayle Church and Cinnamon Trust

Funeral Directors: R J Bray & Son, Egloshayle Rd, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6AD

October 2019

Toby of Catchpool with Lara Joslin and a very happy little rider at S.W.Wales GROUP show.

The Wessex Shetland Pony Group held our Autumn show on Sunday 20th October.  We had a lot of fun at the show which offered the usual range of showing classes and some fun classes were added for everyone with the theme of Halloween. Our members are always so creative! Well done to everyone and congratulations to all of our competitors, the showing results are:


Supreme Champion – Claudia Groves with Selspen Merry (picture) Reserve Supreme – Kerswell Mr Red

Miniature Junior Champion - Shangrila Dylan------Reserve Miniature Junior Champion – Snelsmore Ultimate

Miniature Senior Champion - Kerswell Mr Red------Miniature Reserve Senior Champion - Witcombe Eros

Miniature overall Champion - Kerswell Mr Red-------Reserve overall Champion - Shangrila Dylan                          

Standard Junior Champion – Kilnbrook Isambard----Reserve Standard Junior Champion – Sharptor Dashwood

Standard Senior Champion - Sedgehill Olivia---------Standard Reserve Senior Champion – Sharptor Armani

Standard overall Champion - Sedgehill Olivia-------Reserve overall Champion – Kilnbrook Isambard

Ridden Champion - Selspen Merry-----------------Reserve Ridden - Kilshane Almond


It was lovely to see the creations produced in the fancy dress class, our thanks to the competitors for your hard work. The pictures show Lily Chant as a purple witch with her pony appropriately named Magic Star, Lucy Stuchfield as a ghost and her pony Teegan attired with spiders and hanging skeletons and Jasmine Wills as the green witch and her pony Lupin as a black cat. We also had pony pumpkin lanterns and home made halloween pony treats!  We are now full steam ahead preparing for the group Christmas Lunch which is taking place on Sunday 1st December at our lovely new venue, The Northover Manor. Hoping to see everyone there for another day of enjoyment and of course festive eating.

Supreme Champion – Claudia Groves with Selspen Merry

Jasmine Wills as the green witch

Lucy Stuchfield as a ghost

Lily Chant as a purple witch

Wessex Shetland Pony Group Autumn Show.

 Wotknotts Midge 2nd Miniature Stallion, 1st Owner Bred.

South West Wales Group Show. 

Rhandolph of Catchpool

Autumn Show Standard Champion.

Lara Joslin / Anna Stevens

Grutness Shybrea

Four year old Grutness Shybrea (BC0845) Show Champion at 2019 Lerwick sale, from Gordon Douglas, Scatness. By Grutness Hyonog (AQ0540/S07-170) and out of Griesta Brea (AN1732/M06-158), Brea realised 600 gns to S Harris, Hereford.Also in picture is judge, Mr John Harrison, Morecambe, Lancashire.

Lerwick Pony Sale 2019

 The 60th annual Lerwick Shetland Pony Sale was held on Friday 4th October at the Shetland Rural Centre.  The Pony Breeders of Shetland Association (PBSA) in conjunction with the Shetland Livestock Marketing Group (SLMG) and Aberdeen and Northern Marts (ANM) once again hosted the sale with 63 ponies entered and 60 forward.  Once again there was a good entry of very good quality ponies, in a variety of sizes and colours to suit a range of buyers. The ponies began arriving at the Mart on the Thursday afternoon prior to the show, with exhibitors and potential buyers invited to socialise together whilst enjoying the fantastic spread of sandwiches and home bakes laid on by the PBSA.  Thanks again to Rosemary Cross for co-ordinating the food. 


The show of ponies to be sold commenced at 6pm on the Thursday evening with this year’s judge, Mr J Harrison travelling up from Lancashire.  The show was live streamed through the online bidding facilities, and again the facilities were available on the Friday for bidding.     

The Best Filly foal, Champion Foal and Reserve Show Champion was the Standard Black filly foal Filska Shelby from Miss S Anderson, Ollaberry. The Best Colt Foal was the Miniature Bay Tupton Vito from J W Laurenson, Unst. Overall Show Champion was the 37” Black Mare Grutness Shybrea from Mr G Douglas, Virkie.

The sale commenced at 9.30am and was broadcast live via the online bidding facilities. A huge response yet again from the online bidding, resulted in 26 ponies of the 60 forward, selling through the online bidding.  Photographs and details of the lots for sale were available to be viewed online for several weeks prior to the sale to generate interest and give buyers a chance to make enquiries and choose their purchase.

The success of the Breed Show celebrations back in July, and the Select Sale of Ponies in July helped to generate interest in the ponies forward for the October sale.  The hard work and dedication of the PBSA committee, by helping to promote the ponies from Shetland and promote the work we do here certainly helped to create interest in the sale. 

The sale was slow to start but gained momentum and prices were better across the board this year with some strong competition for a few ponies. This was reflected in the overall average price, being 375 guineas per pony.  Huge thanks to auctioneer Rod MacKenzie and Alan Donald for doing a fantastic job for all concerned.  Also a huge thanks to all our class sponsors, Harbro and Northlink Ferries.

September 2019

Newbury, by Jackie Percy. A lovely end to what turned out to be a rather wet Royal County of Berkshire show. With the morning sun disapparing to the forecasted heavy rain, we all had to soldier on regardless. After winning his class Snelsmore Uno and Cliff won the Junior Championship and received Cold Ash cup for the Best Opposite sex to Champion. Snelsmore Sienna and I had the worst of the weather getting completely soaked, but Sienna has become such a consistent mare she never put a foot wrong all day, and was rewarded by being chosen as Miniature Champion.

Birchmoor Simone at Eggleston Show
Last show of the year finishing with a brilliant day gaining 1st standard yearling, overall junior and supreme shetland champion of the show.

Judge Miss D Dixon.
She has been awarded 6 firsts, 5 junior champs ,1 res supreme and 1 supreme.

Royal Berkshire show, Newbury. A fantastic way to end a fantastic season with Jill Jones's Kerloch Pilgrim, expertly shown all year by Sian Greene.....
1st stallion, standard champion and then NPS silver medal mountain and moorland champion.

Carmilo Magician & Bea Shepherd qualified for Royal international 2020 at the Romsey show and stood reserve champion too!
We’re not sure any words can do this pony justice, he’s 1 in a million.
Photo by LRG photography

Kington Show 14th September - Judge Mrs G Cowell

Champions...  

Overall Champion - Snelsmore Sundance (Clifford & Jacqueline Percy)
Standard Champion - Pankymoor Ember (Nina Anderson Smith)

Photo Credit - Equinepix  

Dorset County Show 7th September Eiger Tornado won the Miniature Shetland Youngstock class and went Reserve Overall Junior Champion. Eiger Oliver won the miniature 4 years & over class and then went on to be Overall Shetland Champion.
The following day at the Southern Shetland Pony Group show, the Eiger team attained the following results; Tornado won the miniature 2 year old class and went on to become Junior Champion and then Reserve Miniature Overall whilst Oliver won the miniature stallion class, took the Senior Championship, Overall Miniature Championship and Reserve Supreme Champion.

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