In Training

Destiny

Gender: Gelding

Year of Birth: 2012

Height: 14.1h

Colour and Markings: Flaxen chestnut with a star and stripe and socks

Breed: I think there must be Boerperd. Also Arab.

Discipline: Behaving himself

Destiny is an adorable homebred and the apple of mommy’s eye, rightly so; he has such cute looks and gaits. He was recently packed off to big school with me and has not enjoyed the transition, but we’re getting there.

An intelligent but strong-willed pony, D has plenty of try and fire, and is always looking for trouble. He doesn’t let anybody walk over him but is very gentle with his mom. His basic training is more or less done and we’re starting to hack, jump, and play with dressage.

Eagle

(Alpha Eagle)

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Gender: Gelding

Year of Birth: 2012

Height: about 15hh

Colour and Markings: Black with a star

Breed: Partbred Appaloosa (half Arab)

Discipline: Hack

Eagle is a short-term resident who came to me for backing in the beginning of March. A sweet and sensitive soul, he has suffered more than any horse should, let alone one so goldenhearted. Now with his doting new mom he has landed with his bum in the butter and I’m looking forward to his happy ending.

Lancelot
(ii Sir Lancelot)

Gender: Gelding

Year of Birth: 2012

Height: 15.0hh

Colour and Markings: Dapple grey with a really sunburned pink nose

Breed: Arabian

Discipline: Showjumping

Lancey belongs to a kid at the yard, who got him for her birthday in 2015. I started him a few months later and now he’s just about to make his graded debut.

He was hand raised and acts like it – just the cutest puppy dog you ever saw, and a firm favourite with everyone. He also has awesome gaits and even his bad habits can be adorable.

Midas

(Morning Star Touch of Gold)

Gender: Gelding

Year of Birth: 2013

Height: 13.1h

Colour and Markings: Palomino with a blaze

Breed: Nooitgedachter x Welsh

Discipline: Showjumping (and all-rounder)

Midas is the second resale pony we’ve owned ourselves and so far is a resounding success. The little chap is beautifully bred and made his competitive debut in the end of January.

He has loads of attitude, intelligence, and try, jumps like a warmblood and behaves exactly like a bratty little Welsh pony. This is a truly top-class pony and I’m very excited about his future.

Sunè

(Arop Sunè)

Gender: Filly

Year of Birth: 2012

Height: 14.1 1/2hh (146cm)

Colour and Markings: Bay with a star

Breed: Nooitgedachter

Discipline: Showing

Sunè (sue-nay) is one of the sale horses I always have from Arop. She is the quintessential first pony: plain, but correct, businesslike, and truly bombproof, even at her tender age. Working riding is her forte, and nothing ever seems to rattle her either under me or with a lead rein kid or novice rider aboard. I don’t expect it to be long before she sells like a hot cake.

Trooper

(Morning Star Trooper)

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Gender: Gelding

Year of Birth: 2013

Height: 14.0 1/2hh (144cm)

Colour and Markings: Bay with a star, stripe and snip

Breed: Crossbred

Discipline: SANESA first pony

Troopy was purchased in February and is recently in training. Nothing ever bothers this little chap, ever. He has all the makings of a totally safe first pony, partially because he can hardly ever be persuaded to wake up from his perpetual nap.

This very attractive chap is surprisingly forward-going to ride for his temperament, but still rather a ploddy type and a huge hit with the kids. He will start training shows in the spring.