And lastly, on my trip to Jotman’s I met with Alyssia and her pony Star.
Alyssia, her mum Michelle, and I, all used to be on the same yard some years ago, so we actually spent more time chatting and catching up, than shooting, lol. It was lovely to see what they’d been up to and reminisce about the old days.
Alyssia owns seven year-old, Welsh Section B, Star. Star comes from good stock, with his sire is Cadlanvalley Eloquence, coming third in the colts class at Glanusk in 2008 and his dam is fairywood champagne coming third in the Welsh Section B class at the United Counties Show. Aswell as this, his dam’s sire is Cotterll Sandalwood, who went supreme champion. And I know that Alyssia was very specific about the bloodlines she wanted, when she set out to buy her new pony.
She bought Star when he was four years old and had spent most of his time in the field. Star has a bit of a nervous disposition and previous attempts at backing him had been abandoned.
So when Alyssia got him, she gently backed him and then turned him away for the winter. She tells me that Star was quite underweight when she first bought him, as he tends to stress it all off, so it took her around a year to get him to a good weight.
Over the last few years, Alyssia has worked long and hard to gain Star’s trust and says that he has gradually settled more and more. At first she couldn’t tie him up, or even sweep near him. But he’s much happier and content these days. He was certainly an absolute angel for our shoot. He was determined to make Alyssia and Michelle look like big fibbers and he didn’t put a foot wrong.
They also told me that he was the least photogenic pony ever and that no photographer had been able to get a good shot of him. Well, I think you’ll agree, there is nothing wrong with this pony! He’s so pretty, with his golden coat and his eyeliner. And he posed like a pro, too.
Alyssia tells me that the she and Star went to their first ever showing show, under saddle, together, on Saturday and that he behaved impeccably. They hope to attend bigger shows in the future, like Orsett, Equifest and TSR and then they’d even like to giving jumping and dressage a go, too. And Alyssia also aims to go out hunting in the winter, which will be a huge hurdle!
Wishing these guys all the luck in the world. I love a story where a pony has gone from a bag of nerves, to feeling happy and loved, because of the effort their owner has put in. Huge well done to Alyssia, who has won the love and trust of this little horse and clearly worked so hard! Thanks for having me guys . It was great to see you again and catch up!!