Earlier in the week I travelled over to Kent to meet Beth and her gang of four. (Five if you include Bertie the Maltese Terrier cross Shihtzu!)
Beth owns Lunar, Charlie, Dolly and Teddy Bear.
Lunar was first to model for me and is a six year-old British Warmblood. She is by Liberace and out of an ex-racing mare called Schindlers Beauty. Beth has owned Lunar since she was just two. As a youngster, they competed in 1,2 and 3 year old classes, always being placed in the top two.
Beth tells me that she backed Lunar herself when she was four and then turned her away last year. She’s been brought on slowly and this year Beth wants to concentrate on dressage, with her, just getting her out and about, with the ultimate goal of showing her as a show hack.
Next up we had little Dolly. Fairley China Doll is from the well known Fairley Stud and is a twelve year old British Riding Pony. Before Beth had her, Dolly competed in lead rein classes and is now teaching Beth’s friends ponies to ride. Apparently she has her own little fan club and they are hoping to take her out to do young handler and lead rein classes this summer.
Then I met handsome Charlie, who is a nine year-old Standardbred. Beth purchased him as an un-backed four year-old and again, backed him herself, with the help of his previous owner. Charlie was doing great with his training, but sadly last year he went lame and was diagnosed with sacrolliac joint disease.
Charlie is currently undergoing rehab and is back up to hacking out. But Beth says that his future is still uncertain and he may have to spend his days as a field oranment, if worse comes to worse.
And very lastly we had Teddy Bear. Small horse, huuuuge character! This little chap was absolutely hilarious. Teddy is an eight year-old Shetland cross and didn’t have the best start in life. His owners moved away and abandoned him in a field. He was there for months before a man found him and rescued him, later selling him on to Beth, to be a companion.
Teddy suffers from seperation anxiety and used to go everywhere on his hind legs, boxing with his front legs. But Beth has worked hard to overcome his behavioural ‘quirks’ and he is now much better. However, she says, “If there’s any trouble Teds in the middle of it!!”
Thank you, Beth, for a lovely evening. Your gang are absolutely gorgeous, all so very different and they were stand-up models (Even if I did think Teddy was going to end up on my lap at one point! Lol!) Thanks for having me!
Now booking for Spring and Summer 2017.