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Here is the record of 2018 news

A Facebook post has brought to light a painting I'd quite forgotten, and another the ownership of which I'd lost. I NEED TO CATALOGUE THE PAINTINGS I PRODUCED to authenticate their provenance and attribution. SO, IF YOU HAVE A PAINTING BY ME, PLEASE SEND A DECENT IMAGE FOR INCLUSION. A digital photo wil be fine, but try and get it a level as possible. Better late than never. My efforts are genuinely, all over the world, some even in Australia. I have received lots already, but their are more out there, especially, commissions of ponies.  I intend to GET A BOOK PRINTED, to be held by The Shetland Society as a record for reference. IF YOU WOULD LIKE your painting included, ASAP PLEASE.

PIC Birchmoor Amadeus. owned by Barugh family


The Southern Shetland Pony Group get-together. 
This year, the annual Southern Shetland Pony Group get-together was held in the pleasant surroundings of Hamptworth Golf Course, to celebrate the 2018 season and new beginnings in 2019. As usual, many of our members joined us and it was a pleasure to all be together without ponies for once; although the topic of ponies was never far from anyone’s lips naturally. After a lovely buffet lunch, we worked our way through the overflowing raffle table and Lynda’s popular quiz, which was won by Buxted Stud for the second year in a row. The afternoon continued with a round of thanks to our team of helpers and of course an applause for the members themselves, who have continued to support the activities throughout 2018.

 Last, but by far the least, we presented our two group awards; the Greenhurst Trophy for outstanding contribution and a young person’s award to a well-deserved youngster. Looking back over 2018 there were many moments and achievements worth celebrating, and it was a difficult decision picking the winners. However, a decision was made to present the Greenhurst Trophy to Mandy Sargeant and Daphne Pickett of the Champlers stud. This was awarded for their commitment to the Shetland breed, evident in their show ring success, excellent breeding programme and their long-standing involvement with the Southern Group. Sadly, Daphne was unable to attend our lunch due to ill health, however Mandy proudly accepted the award for them both.

 Not to forget the kids, the young person’s award was presented to the very talented ten-year-old Claudia Groves for her outstanding riding achievements in 2018. Not just within our group, Claudia has excelled across the country and is turning heads with her show jumping and cross country. She even competed in the Shetland Grand National for the first time in 2018; there’s not stopping her and we can’t wait to see what she gets up to in 2019.

With full tummies and armfuls of raffle prizes, the afternoon was a success and we thank everyone who managed to attend. 
Here’s to a successful 2019 for all.  


Principal Awards presented recently  at the N.I. Shetland Pony Group Dinner,  which was held at the Bannville Hotel,
Banbridge, Co Down. Good evening & well attended.

Lynne and Terry Day's PLUMTREE VINCENT, Another super
foal/yearling bred by Lorraine and Jodie Waite's Plumtree stud.
Lynne was delighted to get 1st and 2nd on his maiden outing.

Show secretaries, I've just started compiling show dates/schedules for 2019. EVEN IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT SCHEDULE PRINTED,


Very sad to hear the passing of Ian Bailey Esq, another stalwart and honourable member of the breed Society. Ian and Jenny were members and breeders of Touchwood ponies since 1980 and enjoyed terrific success in the showring. They bred only for their hobby of showing, choosing to retain their ponies for that purpose. Ian and Jenny were great supporters of the SUSSEX SHOW, and they missed very few if any. Ian was the perfect gentleman, popular as a judge and would always stand in if a judge withdrew from an appointment. Whether inside the ring, as an exhibitor or a judge, he was manners personified. He will be greatly missed for all that he brought to the breed and the Shetland Breed Society, and we send condolences to his wife Jenny. GH
Ps. Sadly, no one was informed of the arrangements but the funeral has passed. RIP Ian.

THE FAMOUS AND FABULOUS WAULKMILL REDSTART, IS LOST TO AS ALL, FOLLOWING A ROAD ACCIDENT. Below are two  pictures which sum up the extremes of this pony, in hand, feisty as a stallion, and gelded, a pony that could 'do the lot'. Owned by Alan and Alison Bromwich since a foal, still distraught, Alison sums up the pony's life (below pics) and recalls those who featured large. Wih the end of the year looming, we will forget the manner of his sad demise, his memory and achievements will live on as one of 'the greats'. GH

OK - its taken me a few days to get this far - and to be honest I’m still not sure I’m ready - but on  Friday the 21st of December we lost our very precious Waulkmill Redstart along with Anna Chaplin and and Ross Key’s Star in a very tragic accident. Bought from a photo on Gerry Hart’s shetland-pony.com website at 3 weeks old from Roweena Provan (Earnbrig Reynard x Waulkmill Swallow), he arrived with us at 4am on a very foggy morning at 6 months old and turned our lives upside down.

Never easy - but always a superstar - he won so much in-hand as a youngster showing - despite my numerous trips to St. Johns for finger strapping, ice packs etc and constant lunging as an attempt to get into the ring uneaten! Julie Barton was brave enough to take him on to produce, and even Rebecca Penny thought him special enough to bring out under saddle. He could be a total evil pig as a stallion, and bless Beckie she qualified him for Olympia - but after his exploits at NPS Summer Championships in the main ring - they had to come off! As a ridden gelding he went from strength to strength, (see - there do have to be good geldings!),              I really can’t list all of his winnings, but a few highlights are:

The Brineton Champion

The P(UK) Patrons Cup National Champion of Champions (that was a really big one over all those plaiteds, hunters etc under Jenny Pitman)

BSPS Heritage Mini Supreme Champion

The Vivienne Pratt Supreme M&M Champion

The Stevenson’s Rocking Horse WHP Champion

Champion ridden at the Breed Show, including the HOYs, the Juniors and the Open Workers

1 x trip to Olympia

4 x to RI Open and FR

5 x to HOYS, one year doing Open with Hannah Eaton and FR with Ellie Eaton

2 x La Liga section wins in 2018 - a first ever for any equine

- - - and there was never a Section D that had “out trotted” the “Red Man” in an evening performance!

 The people involved in this pony’s life read like a section from the “who’s who” of the equine world - John Parker and Julie Wedgebury who tried to persuade him that he should try driving (sorry guys!).  His amazing riders; Linzi Cave, Rebecca Penny, (don’t deny it Katie Bacon your pic is following!) Kimberley Bates, Hannah and Ellie Eaton, Jordan Tipping, Sofia Vaughan, Georgia Darlington, Abbie Hamper, Amelia Newby, Sam Roberts, Sam Wild, and of course - Dakota Keys.  I am so sorry if I have missed anyone - I am still not functioning.

This pony did everything - besides his showing and WHP, he did dressage, arena eventing, cross country and even babysitting me with a young Suffolk Punch on an endurance ride.  As Jenny Pitman said “you could scale this pony up to do whatever job you like”. Some of the greatest pleasure though that Alan and I have had, is seeing the growth of his relationship with Dakota - his first own girl - they were stunning together and my heart is breaking for her. 

I can’t thank Ross, Anna and Dakota enough for the love that you have given him - but most of all to Julie Barton -  who was with him at the end - you have been there for us from the first to the last and we will never forget that. 

He was absolutely our pony of a lifetime  - that horn is for you my boy - gallop as hard as you can!