I am so proud of our British Native breeds, they are such fantastic ponies in themselves, and also cross to make amazing allrounders and sport horses. The native ponies of the British Isles are the Dartmoor, the Exmoor, the Shetland, the Highland, the New Forest, the Connemara, the Fell, the Dales, and the Welshes section A, B, C and D.
Here is my lovely little New Forest gelding, Rhubarb Baby, or Roo for short.
When I say mine, he was sold yesterday, but it still hasn't sunken in He is by the famous stallion Smiler of Sheepwash, and was one of his very last foals. Eight years old, 13.1hh and out of a Moorcorner mare. Roo is forest bred and lived wild in the New Forest until he was two. I helped my sister to school him to event, and he got her on all the PC teams! An awesome pony and such a cutie!
Roo as a foal, on the forest with his mum:
My first pony, who I shared with my sisters, was also a native! He was a mouse dun Highland Pony, and was so much fun! He was entire until he was five, so had a massive neck. He taught us a lot! Here is Jayjay:
I just want to say your ponies are gorgeous. The picture isn't the best but its all I have. This is a little dartmoor gelding Logan I used to learn to ride on ( he isn't mine). He was gorgeous little thing. Very lazy when he wanted to be but took good care of his riders. I miss him heaps!
My purebred (grade 1) connemara Stan who's posh name was Ballinasloe Hero.
He was born 1990, was 14hh, had show wins as long as your arm, able to do a high level of dressage and was a good fun pony. Regisered as a chocolate dun, geneticly he was a smokey buckskin.
By Ashfield Miller, out of Derrycoyle Lucky lady. He was the first foal from that pairing. His full brother TYNAGH MILLER is standing at stud in Ireland.
Next one is Harvey (harvest moon II) welsh section B. He was my first pony and is now 30 years old. 12.2hh. He has been with us for 20 years and taught me everything I know (perticularly my stickability). He has been out on loan quite a few times, taught lots of kidsa to ride and we have had offers of blank cheques for him but we have not parted with him.
Me as a tiny dot on him.
Me reminding him about his manners when he started taking liberties in the show ring with his little rider
Taking anouther little girl for her first experiance in the show ring (waiting outside and no my sister did not take her in the ring dressed like that, the leader in full LR mum outfit was in the ring with anouther pony), nothing like throwing her in the deep end at a county show
Danny Aka Derwen Ransom, 16hh 18 years old when I first rode him, out of Derwen Riviera and by Tireinon Step On . This is a horse that I got a chance ride on in 2008, simply because I was in the right place at the right time. The first time I sat on him I had 5 mins to learn how he thought (litteraly had one walk trot and canter) and then into the ring where we won the championship.
Did several more shows on him over the next few seasons, had several more championships, unfortunatly he is now retired.
First time I rode him (ignore the roundings that changed as soon as I was offered the ride permanatly)