What’s one way to spoil me rotten? Take two very handsome coloured ponies, pop them directly into a beautifully setting, evening sun and let me take photos of them. That ought to do it! 😍
A couple of weeks back, I went over to the picturesque village of Barkway, in Hertfordshire, to visit Rebecca and her two patchy ponies.
First up we had sixteen year-old traditional cob, Jack Harvey Frost, better known as just Harvey at home, who belongs to Rebecca’s friend Jill. However, over the past three years, Rebecca has had the pleasure of treating him as her own.
Rebecca only began riding six years ago and Harvey taught her the ropes. She tells me that he has given her the confidence to hack out, gallop and jump and even taken her into the show ring. He is a bit of a showing pro, having qualified for RIHS himself. But he and Rebecca have gone Champion at Saffron Walden, Over and Caddington and even done Concours classes, and Performance to Music, to AC/DC, at Equifest, together!
Harvey was also the guest of honour at Rebecca’s wedding in 2015 and even carried the bride in her wedding dress, on her special day. However, as he suffers from arthritis, Harvey has now retired from showing and lives a quieter, pampered life.
Enter William. Rebecca bought William when she knew Harvey would be slowing down, last Spring. His showname is Wilkismoor Highwayman and he is a four year-old, part pred Welsh. He was unbacked when Rebecca bought him and was her first horse of her own. To this, she says, “that probably makes you wonder if I might have lost the plot. 😂 But I have lots of knowledgeable people in my life to help support me with his continued education, and Will has the kindest soul, and loves cuddles and a fuss.”
William was backed at the beginning of this year and took everything in his stride. He and Rebecca have enjoyed galloping around the countryside and showing off his flashy paces in the showring. Last weekend, Will was placed 3rd in BSPA Novice of the Year, so he’s filling Harvey’s big shoes pretty well, so far.
Rebecca and William are looking forward to continuing their education together and hope to eventually aim for RI. They’d also like to try a bit of jumping and dressage, but Rebecca says that they are in no rush as he’s still a baby and certainly isn’t going anywhere.
Thank you so much to Rebecca, for having me over to photograph her beautiful boys, and to her entourage for their help getting ears forward! It was such a lovely evening.