If you watched last week’s vlog, you’ll have seen my shoot with Sherrie, down in West Sussex, where we met Donna, her spotty pony and her miniature Shetlands. I absolutely loved this shoot and we got so many gorgeous shots that I had trouble choosing my faves to show you guys.
Donna and Spot’s story is super cute, because she was actually there when he was born! He is a 15.2hh, nine year-old, and has Welsh, Warmblood and KWPN in him. And Donna bred him herself. His showname is Lucksfield Pandemonium.
They have had their ups and downs together, including issues with Spot’s back and Donna’s confidence, but things have really come together for them more recently and Donna hopes to get him out showing and showjumping next year.
I absolutely love this partnership. Donna’s mum tells me that they have a bond like no other and that Spot has helped Donna through some tough times. And their connection is completely obvious and actually very moving, when you see them together.
Aswell as Spot, we also met two of Donna’s miniature Shetlands, which were just so squidgably cute! First we met Donna’s little black boy, Trooper. Trooper is four years-old and came down to West Sussex from Scotland when Donna bought him online, last year. She saw him on Facebook and fell in love with him.
Trooper has done a little bit of in-hand showing and some driving and that is what Donna plans to do more of, with him.
And then last, but certainly not least, we had little Lucksfield Leah. Oh my goodness, this little lady just melted our hearts when she climbed into Donna’s lap!
Leah, or ‘Princess Leah’, as she is known, after being born on May 4th, was also bred by Donna and was only just over three months old at the time of our shoot. But she’s super bold and followed Donna into the field without her Mum, without a second thought.
Donna says she’d like to show Leah in-hand, too, but at the moment she’s just content to kiss and cuddle her and she absolutely loves her to bits. I think we can all see why!
I want to extend the biggest of thank you’s to Donna and her mum, Robin, for being so welcoming to Sherrie and I and for being such a pleasure to work with. We had such a wonderful afternoon at your home and I’m so grateful that my job allows me to meet such special people.