The other week I took the long drive up to Cannock, in Staffordshire, to meet Chelsea and her three handsome boys. Chelsea received a photoshoot voucher some time back, but we’ve only just managed to get around to it. My vouchers don’t have an expiry date as with horses, and the British weather, you just never know what’s going to happen. I like to be as flexible as possible for my clients.
So anyway… I went to see Chelsea the day after her 21st birthday, so firstly, huge happy birthday love!!
Chelsea owns Tonto, Jinx and Cadet, who you may have seen in my last vlog.
Tonto is the grey and Chelsea calls him her unicorn. And I can totally see why. What a beautiful boy. Tonto, or ‘Ennistymon Adam’, is a six year-old Connemara and he and Chelsea have done quite a bit of local showing together. However, Tonto seems to enjoy jumping a lot more than showing, and Chelsea’s aim is to compete in BSJA with him.
Tonto hasn’t been an easy pony and has been a bit of a project for Chelsea. She tells me that he was very nervous when she bought him and was also younger than she first thought, so I get the impression she has put a lot of TLC into this chap and he certainly seems to be a well settled, sweet boy, thanks to her efforts.
Next up we had the larger, darker chestnut pony, who is Jinx. And Jinx was rather a special show pony in his day. Chelsea first had him when he was just three and she broke him herself and owned him until he was eight. ‘Woodrow All Gold’, as he is more formally known when he’s winning titles and championships, is a 15hh hunter and is now semi-retired, as there really isn’t too much more for him to achieve in the show ring.
This clever pair were third at RIHS and then went first, champion and reserve supreme pony there in 2013. They came second (on joint marks with 1st place) at HOYS, won at Windsor and achieved numerous BSPS championship winnings, such as Young SHP Champion, Restricted SHP and more.
In 2014, Chelsea sold Jinx, but ended up buying him back again in 2015. And she tells me that he now has a home for life. He now enjoys a life of pub hacks, lazy strolls around the countryside, playing in paddling pools and there may be a few low-key local shows in his future, just to keep him entertained. “But for now I want to thank him for being amazing by letting him chill out.,” Chelsea says.
And last, but certainly not least, is cheeky little Cadet. The smaller chestnut pony. Whalton Cadet is Chelsea’s twenty-two year-old, 13hh hunter, who she has owned for twelve years. In their younger years, Chelsea and Cadet showed at county level, before moving onto showjumping and pony club.
Chelsea tells me that when she first had Cadet, she hated him. She said that he did the ‘wall of death’ around the menage every time she rode him and definitely taught her how to sit to a naughty pony. And I can attest to the fact that at twenty-two, he is showing no signs of slowing down, whatsoever. I swear, these veterans are the cheekiest of all my models!
Chelsea and Cadet are now trying their hand at Veteran Horse Society Olympia qualifiers, for the first time this year. They achieved a respectable two 5ths, a 4th, a 3rd and a 1st! They also still jump, together, when the showing season ends. And Cadet LOVES it!
Thank you so much to Chelsea and her lovely mum, Maria, for welcoming me at their home and introducing me to their special boys. I hope it’s been worth the wait!