Chalkie in Charge

The Main Man left us today (24.4.2014) to chase rabbits, deer and squirrels forever in the Ashdown woods. Greatest sadness, he is quite irreplaceable.

June 10th 2014


Surely one of the most admirable of riders out there, still competing at 79, Pat Perkins, on Delilah. Not only competing, but also qualifying for CTR Dressage Championships. Congratulations to Pat and Lilo. Acknowledgements and thanks to Chiltern & Thames Rider. June Issue.


Magnum full face
Two lovely photos of Magnum ...
Magnum - what a trot
... brings to mind ducklings and swans!

Two of ours with Kate Carnegie

Rosie with Josh
Rosie and Josh
Balleroy Yashmina at the Sandringham Show
Yashmina at the Sandringham Show

6.6.2014 - Lanark does well

Balleroy Lanark at South of England Show
3rd at the South of England Show


Lanark’s first two shows were a great success, with him winning the Highland Yearling class at Sandringham on 10th. May, then going Res. Youngstock Champion, followed by a second at Notts County the next day in the Large Breeds Yearling class.

Delighted for Polly and her team and equally for us at home. Also one very proud Mum here.

Lanark Highland Yearling & Reserve Youngstock Cahmpion at Sandringham Show
Lanark - Sandringham
Lanark 2nd Large Breeds Yearling Nottingham County Show
Lanark - Notts County


Spey and Roscoe
Spey & Roscoe - Two young men beginning to blossom
Short Stuff
Short stuff - Companion to those who matter.......
Best view ever – thro’ the ears of Rupert in Dorset
Dessie's Head


Better happenings since last week.

  • Delilah won her Intro test last weekend - must have been the blingy browband!
  • Iona came to stay for the weekend and took Rupert off to the woods for a ride.
  • Ricky showed his "Film Star" qualities
Delilah - Highland Pony bling
Bling for Delilah
Woodland ride for Iona and Rupert
Off for Heavenly ride in Woods
Ricky au galop

Ruaridh & Lanark

Ruaridh - Pepper & Salt highland pony
Ruaridh - Pepper & Salt coloured pony
Lanark at Kate's


Very difficult week here. Dear Rupert left to go to Dorset last weekend, where he will be with Mel and Iona (The Unicorn), which is great but very sad for me as we were very close and he has left a big hole.
and today Regent, Rupert's half brother, owned by Dani Brown, had to be put down due to a ghastly injury. Our thoughts are with Dani, who is heartbroken.

Rupert at Rare Breeds Show

Three fledgelings happily settled and doing their stuff:

Balleroy Rigoletto highland pony
Balleroy Rajah highland pony
Balleroy Magnum highland pony

My dear Isla settled at last

Balleroy Isla highland pony
Isla being led by Madeleine

Another success story

Ricky has returned to Claire and they have already started the season as they intend to go on, with a couple of wins under their belts.

Balleroy Maverick - BSPA Area15 Dressage

Rumpus in Scotland

Balleroy Rumpus highland pony in Scotland
"I can do it too! - early days"
Balleroy Rumpus relaxing
"Phew, that's better!"

Another exodus from Ashdown on 26th. March

Yashmina, Rosanna and Lanark left here to go to Kate Carnegie at Talisker. Rosanna to be bred to Balleroy Minstrel, Yashmina to be Kate's ridden pony and Lanark now in the proud owenership of Polly Porter.

Rosie & Yashmina
Rosie & Yashmina
Spey & Junior
Spey & Junior

And in exchange I now have Junior (Highland Chief of Talisker) here, who will be carrying out stud duties with some of Dougie's daughters this year.

Youngsters growing up

Dessie & Lanark - Balleroy Foals 2014
Dessie & Lanark
Balleroy Ilona
Balleroy Spey
Yoyo and Yashmina

Yashmina and Yoyo

Yashmina (now home again from Summer Camp in Epsom) and Yoyo (starting her pre-natal exercise regime) setting off on a ride.

Am having a glorious time, when it doesn't rain, riding Yoyo, who has not been ridden since a 3 y.o. and is now 14. She doesn't know much but is awesome!

Balleroy Isla

Isla on Dartmoor

Isla seems nicely settled with Madeleine on Dartmoor where she emigrated to before Christmas


Private Mud Bath
Magnum's private mud bath!
Balleroy Magnum
Magnum at Home

Diary of a Unicorn (In Training)It is always a delight to hear about ponies who have left home and gone to new families, all the more pleasing to know that they are demonstrating the true versatility of the breed in every way from top level showing to endurance, with a bit of everything in between. This year we decided to share the story of one particular pony, Balleroy Iona, who now lives in Dorset. Iona's diary will be updated regularly and is a light hearted look at her new life and family. She leads a different life in comparison to many of our ponies and is about to become involved in some exciting projects - we hope you enjoy the first instalment as much as we did.

Click Here for Iona's Diary of a Unicorn