Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas !
I have taken some up to date photo's of the foals today in the glorious autumn sunshine.
Valerock Miss Brodie
Time for a catch up. My broadband has been playing up and it has been really difficult to update the website. The connection seems fine now so I can now let you know how we have done at the shows we have been to.
Last Sunday I rode the Cliviger Gorge pack horse trail with Kath and Lynne and their horses Spinner and Jack. I rode Drum and he was such a good pony, remarkable really to say that he has only been on the road twice and has never been ridden in company. All of them were very good, considering we had to ride through a wind farm, directly under the turbines. That was quite an experience to say the least! When we had survived the wind farm, then came the bogs, which were quite deep in places, Drum came into his own here and just ploughed through them, at one point having a good old dig and covering me in mud!
Yesterday I spent a lovely few hours veiwing ponies at Kath Wurcbacher's Cloughwood stud in Warrington. The weather was gorgeous and so are Kaths ponies. The foals were all very sleepy in the sun. Here are some pics of the mares and foals.
Last weekend it was The Royal Lancs Show and I had entered Pearl in the youngstock class, brought her in the night before because the weather was horrid, gave her a bath and put her in the barn. Pearl really didn't like the idea of being left in on her own and was throwing a little paddy, so I went to get Drumochter from his field to keep her company. All was well then and she was quietly munching her hay. Got her out in the morning to load her up and she was lame, she must have hurt it when she was having a strop. I was really dissapointed but still went to the show to watch and Pearl is fine now, the little madam !
Valerock Pabbay went off to her new home too and she has settled in well with her new family. She was a star loading and travelling. I'm always sad to see the babies go, here is a photo of her the night before she went.
Have loaded some pony pics up taken in the evening on one of the rare times the sun has been out here.
We have had a busy week, going to The Great Yorkshire show on Wednesday and North of England on Saturday.
Pabbaydene's filly has been weaned this week too, ready to go to her new home. They have both been brilliant and no fuss from either of them. Baby Pabbay has been bought by my friend Dawn and is going to a lovely home with other highlands for company. Wishing them the best of luck for the future.
We have been up to the Royal Highland Show, with our young stallion Strathleven Drumochter. We had a brilliant time, as usual the show was fantastic, the weather was great and to top that off, Drum came 2nd in the senior stallion class. I was thrilled to bits with him. He was his normal laid back self, sleeping, lying flat out in his stable every afternoon. We had to go in the grand parade every day, Drum liked that too, especially the Clydesdales, he got very exited when they were in front !
Trowan Violet has had her foal, a beautiful strong colt sired by North Wells Summit. As usual Violet gave birth with no problems, in fact I was shocked to find him there because Violet showed no signs of foaling the night before.
We still havn't managed to get to any shows as yet, I have been really busy with the foals and visiting mares, so it looks as though the RHS show will be our next one. Hopefully soon I will get Flower and Thorn the yearlings to a local show, for a little bit of experience.
Colt foal born 25th May out of Rosemary of Croila and by Strathleven Drumochter, bred by Mrs Kath Wurcbacher.
Colt foal born 20th May out of Trailtrow Rhuann and by North Wells Summit, bred by Micheal and Carole Forrest.
Colt foal born 18th May out of Moss-side Kirsty by Strathleven Drumochter, bred by Mrs Jan Barker.
At long last Velvet has had her foal! Yesterday morning at 5am in the pouring rain, a colt foal by Blairgowrie. They are both fine and Velvet adores her new son. He is a friendly little thing.
Still waiting for Velvet to foal, she is now 2 weeks and a bit overdue. She looks well and is just starting to bag up so maybe it will come next week. All of the other foals are growing and filling out really nicely. Everytime I think about taking pics of them it pours down.
Today I have had my very first sit on my young stallion Drumochter, he has been away for a few weeks for backing and he has been a super star. They all love him at the yard where he is, you just would'nt think that he was a stallion.
I have been to see one of North Wells Summits foals out of a visiting mare Strathbeag Kirsty Bhan, she foaled last Saturday a filly and she is gorgeous, bred by Dawn Stringfellow. Luckily she is not far from us. Here are a couple of pics.
Another new addition this morning. A filly foal out of Valerock Sweet Briar (Ruby) sired by Blairgowrie of Whitefield. I havn't really been able to get close to her because Ruby is extremely proud and protective of her new baby. Everything went really well and she was up and sucking within half an hour. I am thrilled with Ruby's first foal and her Grandparents where watching her over the fence.
I have had a brilliant St. Georges day today with Molly having a colt foal early this morning. Think I shall name him George. Everything went well, he was a little slow to suckle but eventually managed it, whilst Molly was led down. Its because his legs are so long and he couldn't work out quite how to get there !
Been snapping away today, in the glorious sunshine, here are some pic's of the new farm.
Bryony of Combebank had a filly foal last night, it is her first and she has been brilliant. Both of them are doing really well. The sire to the foal is Strathleven Drumochter.
We have finally moved into our new farm and all the ponies were brought over at the weekend.
This months news is very exiting, we are moving farms. Not too far away from here, the new place is in Cliviger near Burnley. A beautiful spot right on the Mary Townley loop, which is a long distance ride, in fact Townley Hall is our neighbour, so we should have plenty of good off road riding places nearby.
Today we had an outing with Pearl our 2 year old filly to the NPS area 5 show at Myerscough. We had to borrow a friends trailer because our lorry is poorly and in the garage, thanks Dawn!
We have had real wintery weather here this week with plenty of snow and more to come. The ponies seem to be enjoying it and are all wintering very well.
Today we have been up to near Glasgow to deliver Peggy of Combebank to her new owner Jane Dawson from the Isle of Islay, that was just half of her journey. The rest would have been by ferry to Islay a very long journey, but Peggy arrived fit and well. She was so very well behaved on the trip and just walked from our trailer into Jane's without any bother.
Pabbay's foal is doing really well, growing like mad. Pabbay is a shadow of her former self, she actually looks very trim. Which is a rare sight for Pabs! I have named the foal Valerock Pabbay after her mother and grandmother, but her stable name is Holly.
Pabbaydene has foaled this morning at 2.10am, a filly.
Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous new year !
Oldhams Wood Miss Molly
Peggy of Combebank
Valerock Sweet Briar
Molly and Bryony stood in the middle of the haylage pile as usual they are like the Kray twins seeing everybody else off !
It looks as though Pabbaydene will be giving birth soon she is waxed up and this morning was dripping a bit of milk. It is so exiting I just can't wait to see the foal. It has been a long time in coming, I thought that she would never breed and suprisingly and thrillingly she is about to give birth. Hope that the foal has a wooly coat to cope with this weather.