Snelsmore Miniature Shetland Pony Stud

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For sale: Loanin Sadie

sadieWe bought Loanin Sadie as a foal from the Shetland Island sales many years ago, so it has been a hard decision to sell her. However with our herd numbers increasing year-by-year, we have now reached over 70 ponies and need to start selling some of our original mares. Hopefully reducing the stud size will give us a little more time to enjoy the ponies rather then constantly working.

At the moment Sadie is running with Kington Zazarac. This is her first time with him and could be an interesting outcome as I believe them both to carry the mushroom gene (although not tested). She will continue to run with him this summer until sold or weaned, hopefully resulting in a bouncing bundle of joy in 2015.

Sadie is, and always has been, a healthy mare, good foaler and caring mum. She has a skewbald filly, Snelsmore Ruffles, at foot by Merrylees Talisman. She is for sale with or without Ruffles, available around Sept/Oct. As usual with any of our ponies, a 50% deposit secures.

With our stud reduction in mind, if there are any other ponies within the Snelsmore Stud that anyone would like to enquire about, please contact me. I am looking for good homes for a selection of mares and youngsters.

A little help from my Mum in West Sussex

MadonnaI can’t believe it is just over a year ago since my mum died. The 21st of June would have been her birthday and I know she would have wanted me to carry on as normal and show our ponies. So with her in the back of my mind, we took four ponies to the NPS Area 20 Summer show held at the South of England show ground inWest Sussex. It turned out to be a long hot day but well worth it.

Our first class of our day was for miniature ponies aged three and under. We got off to a good start with novice filly Snelsmore Oceana who was placed second and Snelsmore Orchid following on in fourth.  Our next class, the four years and over, was immediately after and gave us little time to swap ponies.  Luckily our horse box was park nearby and we returned slightly out of breath with our filly Snelsmore Madonna and stallion Snelsmore Jasper.  With two of our nicest ponies in the same class we didn’t know who would come out top. Madonna moved beautifully and continued her recent form taking the top spot; I can’t help but enjoy it when a filly beats the stallions, especially when I’m leading her! Cliff lead Jasper, who looked fantastic and gave our judge, Mr A Bell, a very tough decision to make when it came to the remaining places; with the competition strong we were happy with a close third.

With no miniature championship Madonna and I had to battle it out against the highest placed standard ponies for the Overall Shetland Champion. Madonna took it all in her stride and trotted her way to the winners spot, taking Supreme Shetland Champion and Best Miniature rosette. we now had an opportunity to go forward much later in the day for the Supreme In-Hand, competing with all the other breed champions.

Five hot hours later Madonna and I did our show in the main ring against some beautiful other breed champions. Madonna was still full of spirit and floated around the ring with a little more energy than me; it seemed a very long way round! The judges were very complementary about her and gave us a fourth place. We were so pleased and a little part of me knew my mum would have been too.


For sale: A pair of adventurous geldings

461118_10151456055828775_497839325_oOur two geldings Snelsmore Nelson and Snelsmore Napoleon have returned to the stud and our looking for a new home. These boys have been very lucky so far and had two lovely homes where they have been much loved by everybody. However sadly both times for reasons beyond their control, it has not worked out for them. Ideally they would love to stay together but would separate if they could have new friends.

These boy’s would enjoy showing and they are big enough to be ridden or driven. Both would  make idea companions  for a horse or happy to be  pet’s.

Please contact me for more pictures and information.

The lows and highs of showing: South of England and Chiltern Group

OceanaAfter a really disappointing day showing at the South of England on the 6th June, our two hour journey home on the busy M25 seemed longer and hotter than usual. The best result we could manage all day was a second place in the first class at eight o’clock with Snelsmore Quaffle; it was a promising start but we soon learnt it wasn’t to be our day . We couldn’t really be disappointed with our ponies, they looked well and all performed to their best. Showing is a matter of personal preference and on this occasion our miniature judge Mrs Elliott seemed to prefer the traditional black ponies instead.

A week later we put all our negative thoughts behind us and entered for the Chiltern group show.  I had a really badly bruised, possibly broken toe, and running was proving to be quite painful so we were unsure of how the day would go.  In the first class we had two real babies out for the experience. Snelsmore Querl and Snelsmore Q-Me were placed second and third behind a more mature winner and we couldn’t have been more pleased with them. It was a real boost and helped me push on through the pain in my toe.  Snelsmore Oceana made her second showing appearance in the two/three old class and she took second place. Another great result. She went on be Reserve Junior Champion later in the day which really put us on a high.

Keen to give Snelsmore Nevada an interest, we entered him in a mixed standard and miniature stallion class. He behaved really well considering how naughty he can be at times and was placed third. Finally the day ended with Snelsmore Lalique and myself winning the mare class. What a difference a show makes, showing is so up and down, you never really know what you’re going to get. I suppose that’s why we do it, for the thrill!

Roll on the Welsh Breed show!

June update: one foal at a time

IMG_3483Cliff and I are having a busy time at Snelsmore right now. We’ve hired out one of our fields for dog agility training sessions with agility World Champion Lisa Frick from Finland. People are coming and going all over the place however it’s nice having so much hustle and bustle; the ponies are having to share their fields with over excited dogs and caravans for a few weeks but seem to be taking it all in their stride.

Foaling has now finished with a late flurry of new arrivals. I was really pleased to have delivered Halstock Cassandra foal. Cassy has never been one for making it easy, so true to form she had a red bag foaling; fortunately I delivered Bubbles, a bay filly, safe and sound for our friend Alan.

In total seventeen Snelsmore foals have joined us this year. In the past few weeks Benston Gloria had a piebald filly who we have named Snelsmore Rag doll; both Cranford Cherry Blossom and Snelsmore Meringue had colt foals called Rooney and Raphael and lastly Snelsmore Mystique had pretty little chestnut filly by Snelsmore Infinity called Rumour.  Mystique is proving to be a wonderful first time mum and I’m so trilled with all our mares.  As far as the foaling year goes we have been really lucky, just one bad luck story for poor Snelsmore Nightengale. She is a maiden mare and foaled unexpectedly in the field, unfortunately losing her baby. She is doing really well I am always so amazed the way the ponies seem to get over these horrible situations. Now we sit back and look forward to a relaxing summer.

Lessons learnt from Chiltern Group Show

Vincott MollyA few weeks ago we attended the Chiltern group show in Buckinghamshire. The weather was great which kept everyone in good spirits and the show was well supported.  We’re fairly new members to the group and were really impressed with the organization and general camaraderie.

Our day was not only good because of the sunshine; Snelsmore Jacqueline won a strong mare class and went on to be Miniature Champion and Reserve Supreme. A great result for her so early in the showing season. Snelsmore Quedesha also had a good day winning the yearling class and Reserve Junior Champion. We are really pleased with this filly as she was a late foal and is not a year old until August. Snelsmore Nevada and Snelsmore Orchid kept the good vibes flowing with their second places in the stallion class and two-and-three year-old filly class.

Despite the great results, the biggest thrill for us was an interesting link between the three Miniature Champions; all are connected to a brood mare of ours called Vincott Molly. Molly was given to the stud by a close friend many years ago and has since had some beautiful foals for us, two of which are Jacqueline and Quedesha. She is also the grandam of Shawdene Eve who took Junior Champion and Senior Champion on the same day. All three ponies are by different stallions and clearly prove that the right brood mare plays a big part in any breeding programme. I don’t consider Molly to be a show pony but she is a proven brood mare and  has contributed hugely to our stud.

Help us name our foals

letter_rEach year our all our foals are given a name starting with the same letter; it makes it much easier picking names and tracking which year they were born in. This year the letter is ‘R’ and we’re looking for suggestions.

We’d love some ideas so please comment below and the best will be used. Hopefully it’ll mean less frantic Googling later on!

The foals are pairing up

Ricicle_and_RubyYesterday, Snelsmore Drambuie had a lovely bay filly foal by Snelsmore Mandrake which has given Snelsmore Lilly’s daughter, a tri-coloured filly also by Mandrake, the perfect friend to play with.

Seeing these new borns suddenly makes the older foals look so grown up. Here is a photo of Ricicle and Ruby. They have quite determined expressions on their faces, must be up to something!


Out with the old and in with the new

As many of you know we’ve been having some problems with our website in the past few months and after spending time trying to fix the problem, the quickest solution turned out to be a new website. For the moment I’ll be using this temporary blog to post news about the stud and pictures of the latest 2014 foals. Hopefully we’ll add pages as we go and build the website back up to its former glory.

If you have any queries about the stud or ponies for sale please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our first outing: Wessex Group show

Snelsmore_OrchidIt’s early March and I can’t believe it’s our first show of the year. It always seems the hardest show, getting back into the old routine is tough after the winter plus the unpredictable nature of the March weather makes it hard to decide whether to wash the ponies or not before hand. On this occasion I knew I was taking coloured ponies so I really had no choice; in the days leading up to the show I knuckled down to the job in hand washing and drying the ponies.

The day’s showing started with our two yearlings Snelsmore Q-Me and the more experienced Snelsmore Quick Silver; both took well deserved second places. We were particularly pleased with little Q-Me as this was her first outing. Snelsmore Orchid was a little star and won her class. If this wasn’t enough to be pleased about she also went on to be Miniature Junior Champion and Reserve overall Miniature Champion. We were obviously thrilled with the result.

However, it’s not always about the big wins, showing is also about getting the ponies into the ring for some needed practice. While Snelsmore Madonna may have looked amazing, pure white thanks to all my scrubbing, she could only manage a fifth place. It was a tough class and we were still pleased with her performance. When it comes to showing, practice makes perfect and for her first time out this year, I was pleased that Madonna kept her cool and showed as best she could; it was simply not her day.

All-in-all we were really delighted with the ponies and it was lovely to catch up with all our old friends after a long winters break. Onto the next one, see you all at the Southern Group Show.