We are sure you will love all our ponies – and if you want to stay extra close to them why not become one of the “Borrowers”? (Each pony has one Borrower, but do ask if your favourite is available )
Our newest Willow Farm recruit. She is being schooled by April and Diana and will hopefully join the Riding Centre gradually from late May or June. Maisey is 14,2hh skewbald cob, nicely forward going and loving learning to jump. Watch this space….
Cindy (Rumworth Cindy Sue)
Registered 12.2hh bay Welsh Sec C
Placed in Sec C Lincolnshire All Welsh Show last year in ridden class, and keen to go showing again this year, Cindy loves to jump, whether it be a jumping lesson, a showjumping competition, cross country or Mini One Day Event. Cindy will attempt any height. Cindy’s borrower this year is Lily, and they performed strongly together at the May Day Show.
13.1hh Chestnut with 4 white stockings, Welsh sec C
In the field, Dylan tries to dominate his group and is, indeed, a bit of a bully, but well behaved in his stable. Very enthusiastic, and forward going, with typical Welsh C extravagant paces, he is quite happy to do a bit of everything – especially liking Pony Club Camp!
Fiddy (Fiddich of Langley)
Registered 14.2hh grey Highland from Langley Stud
Everybody’s favourite pony! Fiddy is a forward going pony who is enthusiastic about everything. He has a fantastic bold action, is brave in every situation he finds himself in and generally just loves life! Asked his favourite activity here? Fid couldn’t answer. He said he just loves absolutely everyone and everything. Fiddy has taken on the responsibility of baby sitting the younger ponies out on the roads as he is so cool in any crisis. We welcome Tilly as Fiddy’s Borrower this year.
Jeannie (Jeannie II)
Registered Highland x Shetland grey pony 12.2hh
Jeanie being a Highland cross Shetland pony, has resulted in the best traits of both breeds. Jeannie’s ambition is to be there at the Shetland Grand National one day! Asked about her favourite thing in life, Jeannie answered ‘grass’ but she also loves gymkhana games and being ridden bareback! Jeannie has taught so many children who are just off the lead rein, but can also jump a nice clear round with the older kids (and staff!)
Merlin (Caldes Merlins Heath)
Registered Highland 13.2hh
joined the team in 2016. He is related to both Nevis and Fiddich, sharing Langley and Turin Hill bloodlines. He is a great favourite with all riders. Merlin has been competed by Lora, taking Reserve Ridden Champion in his first show. Merlin has springs when it comes to jumping too, so is a multi talented little pony.
Registered 14.2hh grey Highland
Brought from Scotland with Jeannie as a pair of unbroken youngsters, Mickey is a fantastic all rounder, as good at jumping and dressage as he is hacking out and playing games. Mickey’s favourite activity is getting himself as black and muddy as possible 5 mins before he is due to be ridden, as he just loves being groomed and cuddled. Mickey has a good sense of humour!
Nevis (Nevis of Langley)
Registered 14hh grey dun Highland
Another Langley pony, Nevis shares a field with Fiddy, Dylan and Merlin. He is a very pretty pony and says he wants to be a ‘Working Hunter’ please. Although he is happy to be schooled and join in lessons, games and hacks, Nevis dreams of poles, tree trunks, log piles, tyres, showjumps, in fact anything ‘jumpable’ and he is there, first in the queue! From September Nevis will be available to team up with a Borrower.
13.2hh black New Forest gelding
Robbie, bathed and trimmed for a show is absolutely stunning. Not the easiest ride, he likes a competent, quiet rider, Robbie loves jumping, gets excited at games, musical rides, hacks in woods. Likes showing. Rob had a bad past, and although much is now forgotten, he still likes cuddles and kind words. He will also be looking for a Borrower from September.
11hh 5yr old palamino Welsh Section A pony
Tammy joined the team in 2015 to help with Junior groups and smaller riders. She has really blossomed and is great in lessons and a star at shows. Tamara will be competing at the Lincolnshire County Welsh Show again this year in both Lead Rein and First Ridden classes, and she would love to find a Borrower to work with regularly.
14.2hh Haflinger mare.
Wesley was imported from Denmark as a youngster and is kindly on loan to us from a family in Coventry. She is available to the more experienced riders as she is very forward with strong typical Hafflinger paces and a natural jumping ability. Wesley, being such a pretty pony, is a darling of the camera.
Towney, Bertie and Katie now enjoy their retirement at Willow Farm, still loved by the many children who rode them over the years and looking forward to new visitors.
At the beginning of Willow Farm was Amy, a Grey Sec B 12.2hh. She took Jess through Pony Club and local Shows before going on to teach numerous children to Dressage and jump. Storm came next a 13.2hh Bay New Forest who taught literally hundreds of children to ride off a lead rein as well as to jump and to hack out safely. Many will also remember Coral, Logan, Sam and Black Jess too.