Best Wishes for a Happy New Year and Peaceful 2012

8 Backed this Year:

Izzy Day 2
Mandoline Day 1
Isla Just Backed
Robbie after First Canter

Ricky having a proper Highland Holiday

Ricky on Holiday
Ricky on Holiday

Autumnal Ponies

Highland ponies in the Autumn

Very well done to Ricky and Claire for doing so well at HOYS.  Brilliantly produced and ridden and a beautifully executed performance.

Balleroy Maverick at The Horse of the Year Show
Balleroy Maverick at HOYS

German Highland Pony Breed Show - Brokeloh - 2.10.11

Ruaridh won the over 14 h.h., 4 y.o. & over gelding class, being beautifully shown by Iona Wener, first time out for both of them. This was hugely thrilling for the whole Wener family, who had travelled from Southern Germany for the event bringing both Ruaridh & Sporran with them.

Balleroy Ruaridh
reproduced by Courtesy of Nathalie Bartyska
Balleroy Ruaridh
reproduced by Courtesy of Nathalie Bartyska
Jenna of Taliska
Jenna of Taliska

Jenna of Taliska

Jenna of Taliska, is taking after her sire, Balleroy Minstrel and keeping up with his winning ways

Balleroy Delilah

Balleroy Delilah at Romsey Show 2011
Delilah did well at Romsey Show - Abi is delighted

Bank Holiday Weekend

Balleroy Rupert - NPS Qualifier East SoleyAt last we seem to be getting the show on the road again after two months of frustration and bother with my ankle.

We planned a busy Bank Holiday weekend:

  • Saturday with a dressage test for Rupert, where he qualified for the NPS Championships at Addington.
  • Monty went on to be first in his test the next day
  • Monday we went to the Cricklade Show with Rupert, where he won his first ever Picton Qualifier. 
Balleroy Rupert Picton Qualifier
Rupert Picton Qualifier Sept.2011

Little Star

More news from Duke who was such an integral part of Dougie coming to us here -  follow up photos of Duke after his successes of the last two weekends, plus his winning 'roll'.

Hi Dawn,

If I was excited last week I am ecstatic this one! We tried our first Trec.comp on Sunday. Part 1, timed 8 grueling miles on grass,roads and tracks over the Marlborough downs at Barbery Castle., followed 2, by an extensive skills test. We came 2nd in ponies and 3rd over all, 18 forward, most of whom had done it saveral times before. The 2nd picture is his " victory roll" the first is his overall rosettes for the 2comps, 3 classes over the 2 Sundays. There are no more comps. for the moment, there is no more room on his mane.! What a "season" we have had, all 7 days of it ! 2 very different types of comp. 3 classes and 5 rosettes. What a star. To day we cannot stop kissing and cuddeling him. Not much in sight only some training classes and B.D.S. rallies, but as Alison says "there is room for improvement",

best wishes Duch

  • Duke - Le Trec
  • Duke celebrating

Who is a clever boy then ...

Duke, Dougie's childhood friend, has upped his game and is now going to driving "Events", behaving like a true gentleman and even winning prizes, this time with Alison driving, whilst The Duchess sat on the sidelines applauding. Dougie is suitably impressed.

Duke driving
Duke Driving


Ricky gave us all a huge thrill today, winning the HOYS Qualifier at North of England Show, Arena UK, from a class of 27. Fantastic, and congratulations to Claire and Shirley Collier and Katy Bacon, who rode him today. What a team.

It was particularly good news as Mother is grounded at home with a broken leg and needed cheering up.