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Winter 2018 - Turin Hill Kylemore arrived on the gillies bus after a very long journey down from Arisaig, Kyle is very kindly on loan to us from Joyce Wilkinson of the Caimbe highland pony stud, Kyle will run with some mares and hopefully breed us some fillys to go with Raasay. Highland Chief of Talisker excelled himself at Olympia for Claire and Amber Thorpe with a foot perfect show and manners to match. Looking forward to watching him again next season. But now i think he deserves his well deserved paddock break.
Autumn 2018 - Highland Chief of Talisker had another good show at BSPS heritage winning all his ridden classes and then the breed section, securing his place to see father christmas at Olympia. Josh took Brodie to represent the breed at the Newark tractor and vintage show, hes also been invited back next year.
Summer 2018 - Highland Chief of Talisker qualified for the Royal international horse show open final. At NPS he won and went champion Picton qualifier then won his Picton final, he then won and went overall in hand champion, the next day was the HOYS classes where he excelled all expectations, he won his qualifying class then went OVERALL NPS HOYS CHAMPION 2018. Huge well done to team 'Junior' and we look forward to watching them at HOYS XXXXX
March 2018 - Well done Rhi randall and Jedi of Talisker , a good start to the season winning at NPS Area 13 and then winning and reserve champion at manhood. Highland Chief of Talisker also doing very well with amber Thorpe, Picton champion at Ponies UK following on from another champioship just a few weeks earlier.
September 2017 - Soon be time to wean thus years foals,this year has gone so quick, we have two mares in foal for 2018,Finglands Nutmeg and Jem of Ednam House, very much looking forward to seeing what Raasay produces next Spring.
May 2017 - Jem has produced a super colt foal for the first foal of the year, we have called him Talisker Red Admiral as when Chief passed, a red admiral butterfly landed and stayed with him until he passed away. 'Red' is a strapping colt and a we are so happy with what Chief has left us so far. Raasay has covered and settled his first mares with us and we will have four mares in foal to him for 2018. Rose and mouse foaled within two days of each other, a lobelt filly and a colt named Chieftain and Butterfly.
April 2017 - Paddy and Monika demontrated at the Highland Pony study day and were both absolute super stars, very proud of them.
February 2017 - We are starting to get excited, not long till our last chief foals will be here, i cant wait to see what he has left us. xxxx
November 2016 - Super news form Rhi Randell, Jedi of Talisker 1st at his first foal show, huge congratulations xxx
October 2016 - Paddy and Raasay are home and settled, the foals have all been weaned have have started to leave for their new homes, always a sad time of year but also excited to watch them grow and see their progress in their new homes xxx
August 2016 - A fabulous month for us, the first and only two shows this season with our own ponies. Jem of Ednam House Champion Highland and Jedi of Talisker Champion Foal at Iceni and then Finglands Nutmeg 1st Broodmare and Drumuie of Talisker 1st foal at the Southern Highland Pony Show. Our new colt Marnonwells Talisker also Won the colt foal and took champion foal at Blair.
July - Sadly a legend is lost, we are absolutely devestated to report the passing of our wonderful stallion Highland Chief of Whitefield. He was a wonderful, kind, stallion who lives on in his many beautiful children. He will never be replaced, nor forgotten. RIP big man xxxx
June 2016 - We have had a stud reduction this year due to my lovely little boy James being born. Two sons are now keeping me on my toes! A good year so far though with four super foals being born, three colts and a filly. Ponies that have flown the nest are also getting super results and its so lovely to be kept updated. If you have a Talisker pony, i would love to hear updates from you xxx
December - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us all at Talisker.
October - Foals have been weaned and have gone to their new homes, we wish their new owners all the best.
August - Andrea Gilberts stunning 5yr old gelding made us very proud at the southern highland pony show, he won his class, the mature championship and supreme in hand championship, getting his nps silver medal and hps bronze medal, a huge achievement, well done guys. They now own two who have done this as Hazeldene did the same with us in 2009.
June - We have had a fantastic month, Alfie has qualified RI, Nutmeg and her foal were both Supreme Broodmare and Supreme foal at Iceni with Wally being Supreme Yearling, the mares are settled and happily in foal with just Fhuarain to cover by AI to Lochlands Principal Flute.
May - We have four beautiful foals on the ground, three fillys and one colt, all are sold bar Conista who we are retaining. We have a new kid on the block, Whitefield Prince Warrior by Whitefield Prince Platinum out of Nadine of Whitefield who we are running on to be the next stud stallion to cover our Chief children.
Dec - Its been a long time since our last update but what a super season with have had. Murthwaite Alfie qualified for the Royal International Horse show again and went superbly, he then went on to qualify for HOYS at the Showing register summer show, at Hoys he went better than we could ever imagine and finished 7th. Superb for such a young star. Alfie is now on loan to Jenny Crane and will be out under saddle with Steph Wheway in Spring.
May - Alfie has had a super month, he won a huge class at the Royal Windsor horse show, qualifying him for the Olympia semi finals, he then was reserve supreme at BSPS Area 13b qualifying fof the Royal International horse show. We have had 3 beautiful foals, two colts to Holmedown Cascade and Holmedown Clearwater. Sallow had a beautiful colt by Oswald. Sadly Hollys foal was still born but the amazing mare she is has taken on a welsh section a orphan foal and is raising her as her own.
April - Murthwaite Alfie was reserve open Llanarth ridden champion at the Ponies UK Winter champs, a good start to his show season.
February - Sorry its been a few months since our last update. We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and new yr. Sadly Tic Toc has been found and has crossed Rainbow Bridge, we are devestated by his loss and he will never be forgotten. Josh is getting there with help to express his grief, time is a great healer. On a happier note, spring is nearly here and the foals will soon be due. Cascades being first in four weeks time.
December - My five year old sons beloved pony Tic Toc was stolen from the field 6/12/13, he is a 24yr old 11hh grey gelding with curly hair from having cushings and a pink and black speckled muzzle, there is a £1000 reward for his safe return, how someone could be so evil to a child is beyond me, we just want our special boy home for Christmas.
November - Its taken me a little while to update, the reason being we very sadly lost one of our last ladies from our foundation line, Jenni of Ednam House. We sadly found Jenni dead in the field with no sign of any distress, the way we hope they all go but not at the age of 8. She was far too young to go and has left a huge hole in our hearts. RIP Special lady, you will not be forgotten. Since loosing Jenni we have had some sucess with the ponies, her daughter and only foal Talisker Fraoch Isla has won both her shows and been champion, the fell filly Townend Lady Talisker won at her first show and was reserve supreme, she then went on to win the highland/fell/dale section at the British National Foal of The Year and then take the M and M Championship. Blaven has started her journey to New Zealand to Pippa Newby, we wish them all the best together.
September - Talisker Dearg Mhor has had another fabulous win at Bucks County. Well done guys. xxx
August - What a season, its been crazy busy (sorry for lack of updates), Alfie had Royal International and then was 2nd in his Picton Final, Iliana and Indiana started their showing season with some good wins, the foals are coming on a treat and the foal shows will soon be upon us. Ponies we have bred have been doing really well too, Talisker Dearg Mhor has continued her winning streak with Highland Championship at kent and a win at Equifest, Fhuarain of Talisker was Champion at Leek and Staffin of Talisker was Champion at Stafford. We were also thrilled to see a daughter of red (Lillibet of Kuranda) take the supreme at the Southern Highland Pony Show.
June - Jenni of Ednam House and Talisker Froach Isla Supreme champion Broodmare and Foal at the Iceni native pony show, a very happy bunny :)
May - Rose has foaled a lovely cream colt on the 29th May, we have named him Torrin. Talisker Dearg Mhor is doing very well for Alison Wooderson, shown by Philip Ward-Burton, she won at Newark, Herts County and was reserve champion at Surrey. Alfie was Picton Champion at NPS Area XI, he also won his Dargavel qualifier and the next day wowed us all by winning his RIHS qualifier at BSPS Area 13b, so proud of this young man and Aimee Hoare who is doing him superbly. Blaven foaled a lovely strong colt foal over the Windsor/Sandringham weekend, we have named him Talisker Royal Monrach and he will be available for sale, Holly has foaled a lovely filly who we have named Ullinish, she will be retained. Shulista is flying across to the states later this year but not before competing in yearling classes with me this season. Jenni and Isla won both the broodmare and foal class at Sandringham and then got reserve supreme of Show, Ozzie and Jenna both won and qualified NPS Champs, Equifest and Ponies UK at NPS area 14. Alfie has qualified for the silver medal and British Isles, not a bad start to the season.
March - Jenni has had a absolutely gorgeous cream dun filly by Chief, born on the wettest day possible she is a sturdy lass and we have named her Fraoch Isla. Alfie had a super show at NPS Area 13 winning the pure novice and novice ridden then winning the glyn greenwood and leyhills in hand, getting the championship and winning the silver medal and british isles qualifier go moon.xxx
Feb - Cate did really well at her first dressage of the season coming home with a win and a second and qualifying for the championships. Holmedown Clearwater has arrived and settled in well. Ponies have been brought back into work after a nice winter off. Hopefully we will start showing again in May. The mare all look brilliant coming out of winter. Looking forward to having some foals to play with.
Dec - Townend Talisker was 2nd at the British National foal of the Year show, only his second time out and he had only been down from Cumbria 3 weeks, thank you so much to Philip Ward-Burton for all his hard work.
Nov - Balleroy Minstrel has won the HPEC Stallion of the Year, so pleased with the boy, he is consistently a super star. Townend Talisker had his first show and qualified for NPS Leyhills winter championship, PUK Winter championship and Equifest 2013 only a week after travelling down from Cumbria, so proud of him.
Aug - We have had a super month, Monika was third in the british isles at NPS, she was also 2nd in the NPS area 25, at Ponies UK Alfie was 2nd in the Glyn Greenwood and Monika was Reserve Champion Lee Smith. Minstrel was Champion at Newport and res Supreme at Bakewell. Equifest was wonderful, Oswald went reserve supreme champion of champions in his final, something that i think will take a long time to set in, we are thrilled with him this season. Toravaig won the 2yr old class at the southern highland pony show, he then went breeder/produced champion as well as winning the family group with his full brother Strollomus of Talisker. Both Monika of Whitefield and Catriona of Mystic Isles have qualified for the 2013 Top Spec dressage finals.
July - Oswald won his class and went champion at crowland show, Joshy did his very first fancy dress class with tic toc as scooby doo and the mystery machine and won a strong class also. Jenna of Talisker won a strong 1,2,3yr old class at NPS area 7.
June - A super day at NPS area 15, Monika got the silver medal and qualified for the prestigeous kilmanan final as well as the british isles championship, we are so so pleased.
May - Hirstmund Beaujolais had his first outing at NCPA Lincs/notts, he won both his classes and picked up 5 qualifications, PUK Glyn greenwood, PUK Lee Smith, Equifest, NCPA Members and NCPA Open, not bad for his first time out. Minstrel looking amazing and won his class, took the championship and then went silver medal supreme! Well done team Crane xxxx Blaven of Talisker gave birth to a lovely filly foal by Highland Chief of Whitefield, we have named her Shalista of Talisker. Hirstmund Beaujolais won the yearling class at South Suffolk, Townend Rocky II qualified Ponies UK Glyn Greenwood, Ponies UK Lee Smith and Equifest, so proud of both ponies. Sandringham show was a very sucessful event, all the ponies did well, beaujolais qualified for royal london, jenni and cate won and qualified equifest and royal london but to top it off Monika won her classes and took the Supreme championship on her first outing of the season, full results on show team page. Josh had his first pleasure ride on tic toc around sandringham estate, Monika played ride and lead pony, we had great fun and im so proud of him. Rose gave birth to a lovely cream dun colt on the 29th, we have named him Duntulm, hes a lovely fit foal. Murthwaite Think On had his first show and came home with a win and all his qualifications. Murthwaite Alfie also won out with Jenny and Martyn Crane, well done team Crane xx
April - A super start to the spring season, Minstrel was 1st and Champion on his first outing with Jenny and Martyn Crane at the HPEC Pennine Show. Ozzie won his championship at the BSPS Winter champs and was 2nd in thr RIHS qualifying class.
March - Kirsty has painted this wondeful picture of Chief named Highland Chief, prints are available from www.perportraitsbykirsty.com
Please come and support our show to be held on the beautiful Sandringham estate on the 19th May 2012, schedules are availble for down load from the HPEC page, classes for Highlands, fells and dales. Affiliated to the Highland Pony Society and Highland Pony Enthusiasts Club. Sashes to champions and reserves. Trophys to all class winners.
January - HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM EVERYONE AT TALISKER. xxx
December - Bow and Peggy have gone off to their new homes. Junior is coming on a treat and we are really pleased with him. We are now starting to back Jura...how the time has flown! Surely he was a foal only yesterday?
October - Took Jenni to the East of England Autumn show for the RBST stand for the HPS, she loved the attention and fuss, looking forward to next year.
September - Bow, Peggy and Junior have been weaned, the babies were as good as gold to wean. Jenni and Cate did us proud at dressage, Jennis first time out and she was 2nd with 70%, to top it off cate got 72% and won the class, a good start to the season.
August - We have had a fabulous start to the month, Jenna had her first outing at the NPS Summer championships no less, she won her class, Monika then qualified for the picton championship and on the final day became reserve champion overall home produced in a huge strong class, very proud of the ponies. Ponies UK gave us another good week, Jenna won her second in hand class, we will now turn her away till next year after her two big wins. Alfie went first and champion in his championship and Ozzie went first and champion and got into the supreme and the cuddy so we got to put our glad rags on for two evening performances. Monika won a huge class at equifest then at the southern highland pony show the next day, she won her ridden class then went champion, whilst hope won her two classes with Sophie Core. A super end to the season we are thrilled with the ponies this year.
July - Minstrel has had a super month being reserve supreme at EMWPCA and then being Supreme Champion at NCPA Staffs, huge well done to team Crane, he is looking fabulous. Monika has qualified for NCPA Pony of the Year ridden, we are thrilled with how she is coming on after such a short time. Roger has been brought back into work, doing absoloutely super and hacking out. He will do some pleasure rides and endurance before coming out under saddle this winter. Oswald won his class at the North of England, Alfie won both of his and went on to be champion, a very pleasing day.
June - We have had a very busy month indeed, Alfie started the month by being Supreme Champion fell pony at Suffolk Show, Monika of Whitefield was then broken and given two weeks training till her first ridden class. She took home many wins and qualifications and was 2nd in the Picton. The foals are all growing well and we are very pleased with them.
May - 10th May Rhidorroch gave birth to a very pretty colt foal, we are calling him Highland Chief of Talisker after his father. 24th May Druimfearna gave birth to a lovely filly, after a rocky start when we thought we may loose them both they are now doing really well and baby is driving mummy mad!
April - Its been a little while since we have updated but we have been crazily busy, fenced two new paddocks for the horses and preparing for the arrival of this years foals. Blaven blessed up with a beautiful colt foal on the12th April, he has been named Talisker Bow Bells (Bow) and is a wonderful chap. Truly has gone to her new home up in Scotland, she has well and truly landed on her feet and we wish her new mummy all the best of luck with her and look forward to seeing her soon.
February - This month we have been mainly been concentrating on bringing on the babies with a few dressage competitions thrown in. Jenni and Roger are now backed, Jenni will continue on and do novices this year and Roger will be turned away till next season as i just dont have time to bring the two on. Cate and Fern are coming on nicely and have been getting good scores.
January - HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!
December -Catriona of Mystic Isle and Ellister Islay Royal Fern have done us proud, both girls qualified for Trailblazers and UK Riders Dressage championships in their first qualifiers, it was also Ferns first time out ever ridden! Alfie won his class at NPS Winter woolies show at Mouldton college and has qualified for NPS Leyhills in hand and PUK Keston in hand. We want to wish everyone a very merry christmas and hope everyone has a enjoyable holiday.xxx
November - We are absolutely thrilled to announce that one of our last ladies by Corriegarth Rhiddorroch has been scanned in foal to Highland Chief of Whitefield. Blaven had been scanned earlier this year as not being in foal, we were very disapointed as she is one of our last foals from our late stallion Corriegarth Rhidorroch, however, we called the vet to check her over as her tummy looked a little different to the other maiden mares and it turns out she is well and truly in foal. We are so excited!!!!! Jenni went to Your Horse Live to represent the breed on the breed stand, she lapped up the attention talking to everyone who passed her and behaved so well in the parades. Very proud of her this weekend.
October - A good day was had at the GWC Show, Jenni won and qualified for the Chesham, Confined Novice and the Keston in hands and Roger qualified for the Keston and the Chesham with Vic, so a very successful day for us. Staffin and Jenna have been weaned, so far they have been stars and taking everything in their stride. Tennants and Hope will be weaned around Christmas.
September - The month started well with Balleroy Minstrel taking Supreme at Moorgreen show then the following week Jenna decides to go walkabout and escape from the field. Found her in a 15ft drainage ditch full of water, took 3 fire engines and 15 firemen 4 hours to get her out, we were worried sick and really thought we had lost her but after four hours dad pulled her onto the back using the tractor, she laid there shivering for an hour and i thought thats it, shock the vet will put her to sleep but she left up and dragged us to the stable totally sound!!! I could not beleive my eyes!! We are so lucky and she is such a special foaly to us we thank our lucky stars she is strong will and survived her ordeal!!!! Jenni of Ednam house arrived from Sheila Brooks on the Monday and we took her to Highlands and Islands on the Sunday, she won a very strong mare class before being crowned highland champion and then taking the SUPREME!!! Still in shock on that one too!!!!
August - Southern Highland Pony Show was very successful, we had six ponies there and with good freinds had a very enjoyable day. Ruaridh and Lea won the pairs ridden very ably ridden by Hannah and Kirsty winning 2 very nice bronze trophys they also were 1st and 2nd in the turnout, Ruaridh won the veteran in hand qualifying for the royal london championships in september, Greadhaich won the driving and was 2nd in the pairs alongside Ferry of Forglen. Fern won the 4yr old mare and also won the progeny alongside her sister Cloverdene. Strollamus won the 3yr old gelding and was also res champ and we were thrilled when Catriona of Mystic Isles qualified for the NPS Topspec dressage finals at Addington next spring. Equifest Alfie won the Fell in hand and was res champ. Ponies Uk Minstrel won the Home Produced and went res champ, he also was res champ in the breed class. NPS Summer champs was a very successful show for us, we were thrilled when Minstrel won the Home Produced championship and then the next day Murthwaite Need 2 Roam won his class with Murthwaite Alfie in 2nd. Mins had a super day at Ponies UK Summer Champs winnig the Lee Smith, go Mins!!!
July - A super day at the festival of the horse, Louise Thompsons Glamaig of Talisker won the youngstock making us so proud and then in the fell and dale youngstock Alfie won a very strong class and was also best yearling. To top it off on the way home from the show we also got a call to say Minstrel had won and gone champion at Newport so a super day all round. Minstrel has had a super day at Derby County winning his class, the championship and getting his silver medal, Annac has foaled and blessed us with a cracking colt foal, very pleased with him. And Lea won her dressage tests with mid 70 percents, i never thought the speed demon would take to it but she has proved me wrong, love that pony!! NCPA Leicester and Rutland show was a very successful day, Mins won the adults with ellister islay fern 2nd and then Murthwaite Alfie was 1st with Murthwaite need 2 roam 2nd. In the supremes Minstrel was reserve supreme presidents cup and we were thrilled when alfie was made Supreme Leicester and Rutland with Fern in reserve! Not a bad day :)
June - We had a super day at Three Counties, along with the help from Vicky who had not shown in the last ten years we took Rodger and Alfie for the yearling and 2/3yr old classes, we were thrilled when they both won their classes and Roger took Reserve Champion, the next day at East of England Minstrel won the adults and Roger won the youngstock with Alfie in 2nd place, not bad going!!! Cate and Lea had a super few dressage tests at Manor farm gaining their highest scores yet so we are so pleased with how they are coming along and Truly has gont to stud to be covered by multi supreme champion Rochedo Beach Bandit so we are very excited for next years little arrival.
May - Murthwaite Alfie has had a cracking couple of shows, his first show was Newark and Notts where he was a super star, won his class and took the fps rossette then South Suffolk he did the same, what a clever lil man.
April - Foaline has blessed us with a beautiful filly foal by Balleroy Minstrel, our first foal by him, she is a picture of her daddy and will be staying. Druimfearna has also had a cracking sturdy colt, very very pleased with this years foals, just Annie and Hazel left to go now.
Mar - We are absolutely thrilled that Balleroy Minstrel went Supreme Champion at NCPA Cheshire, big well done to Jenny and Martyn and all the best of luck for the rest of the season, not bad for his first time out of the year! He then went on to do very well at the northern winter champs with winning his section of the keston and being first reserve to winning the polyanna home produced and becoming champion home produced. Big well done to team crane who were also reserve supreme with the dartmoor Rochedo Beach Bandit, what a show!!! A year on after losing our beloved labrador Olive we have a new member of the family joining us..a picture of she who is yet to be named is above.
Feb - Big congratulations to Polly Porter whos lovely mare Catriona of Mystic Isle won her 2nd ever dressage test with 63%. She was a super 3rd at her first only a week previous with over 60% so is coming on leaps and bounds.
Jan - Ruaridh of Talisker is back home!!!!!! We were thrilled to pieces to get the boy who started it all off home again. Hopefully we will be out to some veterens later this season with the boy :0)
Dec - Had a cracking day at the PUK Lincs Xmas show, Roger went and won and qualified for the Keston and also the confined novice in hand at the winter champs, he was such a good boy. Lea did the ridden and came fourth, she was foot perfect and looked wonderful however the judge thought she was past it! I think she would change her mind if she rode her on a hunting field......wow that pony can fly! Have updated rogers pic on the our ponies page and also added it and leas ridden pic to the results page. Very proud of them both today ;0). Went to the Native Pony show at Laughton Manor, we wanted to take Roger for the NPS leyhills in hand qualifier but as it was such a distance we decided to put Rose on the lorry for the in hand too. What a day we had, Roger won qualifying the the NPS Leyhills in hand championships and then Rose as the tack was still in the back we decided to have a pop at the riddens with rose (shes only been broken a couple weeks), she won and qualified for the PUK Confined novice ridden, the NPS Pure novice ridden oh and she got the Leyhills and PUK Keston tickets in the in hand too. So so proud of them both, expecially dear rose who was thrown in the deep end.
Nov - We had a very successful day at the HPEC AGM again this year, Mins won best stallion in the HPS performance awards, he also won best stallion in the HPEC annual awards as well as the Leyhills shield for his in hand acheivements. We are so proud of this super pony and all he has done for us, he is truly one in a million and we love him to pieces. A big well done to Jenny and Martyn too who currently have him on loan. He is loved to pieces with them and he is looking out of his skin, i couldnt think of anywhere i would have rather he gone on loan too. Love you guys.xxxxx Angus went off to his new home with Susan Bussey, he loaded up and travelled a treat, so proud of him bless him. Wish them all the best of luck, hes a lovely boy. Had fun riding Heather Bakers dressage horse Karbiet, sadly Darcys off on loan but ive had such fun riding him. Thanks guys for the oppertunity.
Oct - Big well done to Carolyn Belchers quadrille team for doing so well at Addington. The outfits were absolutely brilliant and greadhaich looks rather fetching in a kit!!!! We had a wonderful ride at wimpole estate for the WA area of the HPEC. I took Fernilea and Vicki too Yohan of Craignetherty, both ponies loved their day out and were super stars.
Sep - Mins had a very successful time at the royal london championships, he won the highland in hand, the m+m large breeds, was in hand m+m champion, supreme in hand and overal reserve supreme, NCPA POY Championships he then won the large breed stallion, took the brown turner supreme and then was reserve for the presidents cup, so proud of the boy, he has had an amazing season. Five mares successful scanned in foal to Minstrel and Chief next year, really looking forward to the first Mins babies. Aug- What an amazing day we had at the southern highland pony show, after Hazel won her class at equifest we took her to the southern breed show too, we were over the moon when she won the broodmare class and so happy when she took the mature championship and went on to be supreme in hand champion. It was a great day all round for the stud, Glamaig of Talisker won the condition and turnout and the 2yr old in hand class and went on to be reserve supreme youngstock champion. Strollomus of Talisker was 2nd to his sis in the 2yr old in hand and also 2nd alongside her in the family group. Jameela of Talisker won the part breds for Emma Smith and Greadhaich of Talisker also had a win and a 2nd. What a super day its going to take sometime for this all to sink in! Big thank you to Eilidh and Vicky for being such super grooms and Karen for handling baby hana for me, love you all. Took Mum out for her 60th birthday, rolled up into the carpark and who was eating his dinner with his wife and kids but only Jamie Oliver. Legs turned to Jelly but i had to get a cuddle! He was such a lovely chap and so down to earth, made my year!! Mins won his class and was res supreme at Leicester and Rutland so another very successfuly show for the boy, he then went on to be supreme in hand and overall supreme of the show at Canwell, Mins was also 1st at champion at the Showlands native pony show.
July - Mins has started the month on a high! He went to NCPA Staff country fair, won the glyn greenwood section, was champion glyn greenwood, won the NCPA in hand, wond the NCPA in hand championship and took home SUPREME IN HAND of the show! Wooo Hooo way to go mins and another big well done to Jenny and Martyn! Hes looking smashing! Laddie did us proud being 1st and reserve champion at the last ever Royal show, he is only four and will now have a much deserved rest till next season. Mins was 1st and res champ at Ashby la Zouch.
June - Minstrel has gone out on loan to Jenny and Martyn Crane, they had a very sucessful first show with him at NPS area 27 with Minstrel picking up the silver medal. The following weekend they ventured to EMWPCA and were 1st stallion, champion non welsh and reserve supreme in hand!! We wish you all the best of luck for the rest of the season guys!! Polly Porter has a lovely colt foal by Highland Chief of Whitefield, he is a chunky chap and absolutely gorgeous! Moss-Side Pearson went out to his first show at Manor farm, behaved like a star and won his class, he then went out the following week to Crowland show and did the same again. Strollomus of Talisker and Jo Fyson won there class at Etterige farm. Well done guys! On the 22nd Annac gave birth to a lovely cream colt, he is called Glenfiddich of Talisker (AKA Jock), hes a very freindly chap already. What a busy month!
May - Despite the rain we had a very enjoyable day at the rare breeds show. Glamaig of Talisker looked fantastic and won the 3yr old class for Louise Thomson. Holly Baker rode Midtown Mac superbly in his classes and got a 1st and a 2nd. Moss Side Orchul Laddie got a first in the stallion class. A huge congratulations goes to Louise Williams with Nashend Balblair who gave birth to a lovely cream dun filly foal by Highland Chief of Whitefield. All the best of luck with your gorgeous new addition. Joshua has a new addition, a wee shetland from Dorothy Baker called Linacre Hurricane Henry. He will enjoy pootling around on him and mum will enjoy the occasional show class lol. Mr Mac has gone to Dorothys for her youngest Holly to ride. I could not have wished for a better place for him, i hope he gives you lots of fun guys, hes a cracker!! Hazel gave birth to a gorgeous yellow dun filly foal on the 31st, we have called her Sligachan! Just Annac to go now!
April - 20th Druimfearna gave birth to a lovely chunky cream dun colt foal. Im so pleased with him. Laddie and Mac went to NPS area 13, |Mac won and qualified NPS summer champs and Laddie won his class, qualified equifest and too champion. Pictures of out new boy on ponies page. Minstrel had his first dressage test this month, he went brilliantly for Heather and they won with over 72%, they also qualified for trailblazers. Sadly we lost dear Olive to a heart attack, she was a speacial pup and although we only owned her four months, she will be sadly missed for a long time. Rest in peace little girl, we miss you.
March - We took Minstrel to a 'pre winter champ' show at Topthorn Equestrian centre, it was a BSPS area 16 show. Heather Baker kindly rode him for me and they both went foot perfect and won. Im very proud of the both of them and of course a big thank you to Heather. Olive went to crufts and was 4th out of a whopping 48, we could not beleive it! We had a lovely day but that will be it for her showing, she can now roll in as much fox poop as she likes! Laddie has also qualified for the Glyn Greenwood summer championship.
February - We have had horrendous snow for 2 weeks. The ponies are all doing well and Minstrel, Nettle and Lea are happy to be in the warm. Roll on Summer.
25th January - Its been a busy year so far. Monique has left for her new home with Donna Pringle, we wish them all the best and im looking forward to visiting her later this year. Minstrel is back in work and doing a sterling job. Gillean has left for her new home in Holland with Marty Stemmer and Jura has been weaned and looking super.
6th December - Laddie has excelled himself again, winning both his classes, the in hand championship and becomming overall reserve supreme of the show. Not bad for his second time out.
22nd November - HPEC agm today, we had an enjoyable day. Alison Paynes cooking was divine and it was so nice to catch up with old freind and meet new ones. We had succesful point card results too. Greadhaich was 7th in the HPS performance and 2nd in the HPEC for his ridden shows and we won the amateur breeder prize which was great. What a wonderful day and a big thank you to all the organisers.
8th November - A big thank you to Jo Fyson for holding a parelli day for the west anglia area. Everyone had a super time and want another one!
1st November - Just picked up the latest member of the Carnegie household, a lovely yellow lab called Olive. Olive is 1 months old and is related to my other lab, Rusty. She has settled in to the horsy way of life straight away and is so good with the cats and Josh.
18th October - Minsrels last showof the year and again he went briliantly and took home a first and championship ridden. I also took Moss-side Orchul Laddie into the in hand for Dorothy Baker and he won both his classes and was in hand champion so a really super day at EANPS.
12th October - Took Greadhaich to the WA Kings forest ride today, such a lovely time of year to ride the forest as the leaves were changing colour, it was beautiful.
4th October - Minstrel had his 2nd ridden show today, at Newton hall in the pooring rain. He won the BSPS heritage ridden, PUK confine Novice ridden and went ridden champ. He was a real star especially with the terrible weather. Proud mum i am again, what a super pony, love him loads.
27th September - Minstrel had his first ridden show today, he was a super star and we came home with a wonderful first, im so amazed how well he behaved for a young stallion, he doesnt stop surprising me.
13th September - We had a wonderful autumn gathering for the west anglia area of the hpec. Thank you so much to everyone that came and also to Claire Kinsley for her wonderful 'ride with your mind' demo on Tosh, all the best of luck at the championships.
10th September - Jo Fyson had a very sussessful day at Ashwell show, Mossy (Strollomus of Talisker) was Reserve Champion Youngstock, what a super end to the season, well done Jo!!!! Greadhaich has been on his first hunt out with the bloodhounds and was a super star, we then took him to the beach last weekend and he had a wonderful time. We are looking forward to our holiday next week. Eilidh Mcqueen has very kindly said we can stay in her holiday home in Loch Goil and so we are heading up to Scotland for a nice weeks break next week.. Thank you so much Eilidh!!!
26th August - Its been a crazy week, i had my first ride on Minstrel and he was a super star. He is so nice and forward going but came back to me as soon as i asked, its hard to beleive he has only been broken 3 weeks. We had super news from the McClellan stud in California that A'Bhasteir of Talisker has been awarded his stallion license and Strollomus of Talisker was reserve champion at Ashwell show so very well done Jo and Mossy, what a lovely end to the season.
19th August - Hazeldene was 1st and reserve champion at both Ponies UK and Equifest, she seems to have liked that combination this year!!! Foaline was second in her class at Ponies UK and Glamaig got 2 firsts for Lou and Mossy a second for Jo...well done guys they look super.
8th August - We had a super week at the NPS Summer Champs. Greadhaich was 3rd in an amazingly strong ridden class and got into the evening performance, where he behaved like a star and did a gallop that made the earth rumble!! Foaline won the 2/3yr old highland class and then went on to become reserve champion. We are still on cloud nine, it was such a super day.
26th July - The West Anglia area of the HPEC held an open day at the Glenwestcastle stud. A big thank you goes to Nicki and Diane Barfield fonr a wonderful day, full of super ponies and demos and also to Bex for her wonderful display on Johnsondene.
19th July - It was Hazels first show today at the highlands and islands show held on the ipswich showground. After five minutes of cheekyness on our arrival she tied up to the lorry munching her haynet nicely before we set off to the ring for our first class with me on tenderhooks. Hazel did not drag meskking across the ring as expected and did a wonderful show. She was first and reserve champion in the end and was such a pleasure to handle all day long. Very pleased with you Hazel pips. Bein also had his first shot at a jumping class and was 2nd to Johnsondene.
1st July - R.I.P Tarskavaig of Talisker
What a sad sad day, we lost little Tarka boy this evening. He was fine at lunch time and when i came back at four he was flat out in the field. We managed to get him into a stable and the vet came, gave him antibiotics, inflammatories, pain killers and hooked him up to a drip. He got up and was up and walking and it looked like I would be in for a long night of feeding him and building his strength and he would recover and then all of a sudden he collapsed and died in a matter of minutes.
He had a slight infection on Friday and with the vets advice we fed him live yogurt and everything cleared up by Saturday morning.
The vet said that his immune system had not had the chance to recover before being hit with another bug which he just couldn’t cope with and being 28 degrees did not help either. It hit him so quickly, i cant believe it, Im so upset, he was such a wonderful foal and so sweet and cuddly, truly one in a million. The vet said she has seen it many times this year, how horrendous.
We are so so cut up, he was a wonderful boy with a wonderful future ahead of him in a lovely home.
R.I.P Tarka boy, you only lived 3 weeks but you were one in a million.
24th June - Bein was 2nd ridden at three counties and also at NPS are 13, we are so pleased with ow he is doing this year. The Kings Forest ride was great fun and we will be planning another ride for later on in the year.
9th June - Princess of Dykes blessed us with a lovely yellow dun filly foal this morning. We have named her Gillean.
8th June - Sad day and a super day today. Truly has gone to her new home with Bev Simcox. I was very sad to see her go but she will have a lovely home and i will be able to keep very much in touch. East Anglian Natives was a great success again this year Greadhaich of Talisker was Champion ridden highland, Glamaig of Talisker won the yearling in hand, Strollomus of Talisker was 2nd yearling in hand and Jameela of Talisker was 2nd in her long rein class on her 1st time out ever. They all looked super and it was lovely to see them again, keep up the good work guys, they are a real credit to you.
2nd June - Hazeldene gave birth to a lovely yellow dun colt by Chief today, we have named him Tarskavaig AKA Tarka.
1st June - HPEC WA Jump cross clinic was held at the National Jump Cross centre at Wittering, it was a super day and everyone had great fun. I am looking into dates in September for us to run this again, so please let me know if you would like to join us. Piccie updated on the HPEC page.
10th May - Congratulations to Louise Thompson and Jo Fyson with Glamaig and Strollomus of Talisker at Newark and Notts county show today. Andy, Josh and I went for our first 'family' outing to support the guys today. It was lovely to see how both ponies have changed and matured, they both look super and are a credit to Jo and Lou. Glamaig won the yearling class with Strollomus taking best gelding.
5th May - Greahaich was 2nd in a very strong class at Woodbridge horse show today.
1st May - Welcome into the world Joshua Carnegie!!!!!!! Joshua was born at 9.03am weighing a whopping 10lb 8oz! Mum and baby are doing well and mum and dad are absolutely besotted! Druimfearna of Talisker also foaled today, she was due on the same day as Josh (14th April) but held off until Joshua was born - What a coincidence!!!! Jura of Talisker is a lovely cream dun colt by Highland Chief of Whitefield.
13th April - Greadhaich of Talisker won his ridden class at the NPS area 13 show today. It was a super day for the highlands too as Gemma Stanfords stallion Torrin of Croila also took the inhand championship. Well done Gem and Torrin!
31st March - Greadhaich of Talisker did us proud again at the Ponies UK Winter championships this weekend. We came home with two 2nds and a reserve champion, he also has to do a little stint in the evening performace and behaved impeccably. It was lovely to meet up with Jo Fyson who owns Strollomus, Jo showed me some great pictures of him and he is looking really well. Only 2 weeks until my due date now...so no news means good news!!!!
8th March - Very pleased with Greadhaich of Talisker today. He went to the Ponies UK Lincs show at Manor farm for his first ridden show of the season and his second ridden show ever. He was so happy to out and you could see how willing to please his rider he was, he won his class and qualified for the winter championships and also ended up reserve champion.
February - Bein has gone away to Julie Barton in Suffolk to be produced for the Summer. I am trying to be sensible and take things easy this year with the baby coming along. We have also not decided to use Minstrel on his first mares, much to Chiefs delight! The HPEC WA gathering at Littley Green in Essex was a great success, Michael Sharpley attended and gave us a very informative talk on his judging experiences both in the UK and abroad and we also held a photo competition, with a many super ponies entering it made Michaels job of judging incredibly difficult. Thanks you all for supporting us and i hope you had a wonderful day.
25th January '08 - Went to see how Mossy is doing down with Jo Fyson in Stevenage. He looks absolutely super and extremely happy there. Almost a teary moment!
1st January '08 - Happy new year to all, i hope we all have a happy and successful 2008!
31st December - We went to see how Glamaig of Talisker had settled in today with Lou and Malcs from Northampton, she looked extremely happy and in such great condition. Its really hard parting with the foals but its so nice to see them in great homes where they are loved so much.
27th December - Strollomus of Talisker has gone to his new home with Jo Fyson in Stevenage. He seems to have settled in straight away and is living a life of luxury, so a very happy highland in Stevenage!
24th December - We all at Talisker want to wish everybody a wonderful Christmas, a wonderful new year and good luck for 2008!!!
2nd December - Glamaig of Talisker has gone off to her new home in Oxford with Louise and Malcolm Thompson, she loaded up well to come and did not cause a fuss when the trailer started off, she unloaded and settled into her stable straight away. We are very proud of this little girl, good luck with her Lou and we hope to see you out at some shows next year.
25th November - A very productive day today, it was Mags and Mossys first ever loading lesson, well they loaded themselves into the trailer before we had even finished our tea, if only they were all that easy, thank you to Lou and Malcs for all your help today.
24th November - We had a great day at the AGM and thank you to the commitee for holding such a get together. It was also announced that i will be the area rep for the new HPEC area and we will be holding several events throughout next year. Please come and support us.
18th November - We had a wonderful open day and made several hundred pounds for the grass sickness fund and also for the new HPEC area. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us and of course to everyone who helped and donated aution prizes. I will post the pics from the day on the News sub tabs.
1st November - Its the 1st November and so far 3 foalies have been weaned (just one more to go), Nutmeg travelled safely to Mel and Gemma Stanford in Yorkshire and Mossy and Mogs will be staying with me for some lessons before moving on to their homes. I have just added a guestbook (only taken me 4 years to figure out to do this) please sign away and let me know what you think of my site.
6th October - Louise Thompson, her OH and Cathy Ives from the Spitchwick stud came over to see the ponies and catch up, the foals fell in love with Louise and her OH and wouldnt leave them alone and it took forever to get Cathy out of that field!! Piccie of Lou and the babies above, it was great to see you guys and thanks for taking such lovely piccies of the herd.
29th September - This weekend i flew up to Glasgow to say with my freind Eilidh who owns Annacs full brother Hamish, it was lovely to have a ride on him and even pop over a few logs. Saturday we headed up to Oatridge equestrian centre for the highland pony study day, this was a very interesting day with various demos and lectures from in-hand showing to various talks in the afternoon, a big thanks to the HPS for organising it and to Eilidh for putting up with me for the weekend.
23rd September - Just got back from a lovely weekend organised by the HPEC, there are some piccies of us from the beach ride on Saturday and the ride at Burnham on the Sunday in a sub folder above. Thanks to everyone who organised the event and to Helen White for providing the entertainment!!! Role on Burnham 2008!!
16th September - Just got back from the HPEC Newmarket ride and what a lovely day we had. The weather was just perfect and the ride was lovely. It was great to meet some new faces off the board (Polopocket) and see some old ones. Thank you so much Ginny and everyone who has had their hand in organising today for us. I will create a folder above with some piccies of the day.
9th September - Had a lovely visit from Jo Fyson who is having Strollomus, i think they have bonded already! Pictures above, Mossy lapped up the all the attention! Look forward to seeing you again soon Jo.
3rd September - Fernilea of Talisker had a day out today, we were asked by Ponies UK to take her for the native breeds display at Burghley house. It was a great chance to dress up for the day and go shopping for free! Lea as always was a show off and even drew a little fan club on the way back to the lorry.
14th August - PUK summer championships, well it was the last show of the season for us, the weather prediction was terrible and it had been raining all through the night. Luckily the skys cleared for a couple of hours during the highland classes and we didnt get tottally drenched. Minstrel was alot more settled in his stable overnight this time. He was not tucked up at all in the morning and just looked super. He won the in hand highland 2/3yr old in great company and went on to be reserve champion. What a lovely end ton the season.
4th August - Malvern highland pony show, it was lovely to catch up with so many old freinds and meet some new faces, we had a BBQ on both the Friday and Saturday at 'the booze wagon' to celebrate Mums b-day. It was Minstrels 1st time staying away from home and he behaved extremely well, he was quite tucked up on the Saturday but we still came home with a 2nd in the in-hand 2/3yr old colts class. We are so proud of how he behaved on his time staying away.
27th July - Heather Mitchell and i decided to take some ponies for some competing fun in Scotland, we loaded Bein and Isla up and off we trucked. 1st stop Border Union where Bein was 2nd in a very strong class of lovely highlands being judged by Robin Stewart. We then travelled up to stirling where Jaqui (Mulletsmum) very kindly put us up for the weekend with the ponies. We entered the deer stalking class for a bit of fun at Braco on the 28th and were absolutely thrilled when Bein got another 2nd. A big thank you to Heather for giving me the opertunity to do this with her and It was lovely to meet all of Jaquis gorgeous ponies and we hope to visit again next year!!
22nd July - Balleroy Minstrel had his first outling since i returned from honeymoon. NPS area 13 show at Cottenham race course, the ground was lovely and it was so nice to have a couple of hours of sun. Minstrel won his class which was super.
19th July - We have just arrived back from our honeymoon in the Maldives, we had an amazing time but the ponies were sorely missed. Lea is still in a mood with me for leaving her, so i am having to really suck up to her. We had a lovely warm greeting from Minstrel, Chiefy and all the lasses which was lovely. Maggie has teamed up with Nutmeg whilst we have been away and formed 'the terrible two', they are incredibly cheeky between them and Flo and Mossy are getting braver. I will post some wedding pics and foal piccies in the next week or so. 30th June - Well im now Mrs Carnegie, we had an amazing day and the weather held good for us. Thank you to everyone who help with the planning and also calming my nerves and thank you to all the wonderful people who showed p to support us, it was a wonderful day. I will post some piccies on a wedding page when i return from honeymoon. 19th June - Hazeldene arrived today. We are very grateful to Mel and Gemma Stanford for giving us the oppertunity to purchase this wonderful pony. Hazel will go to Chief, we just cant wait to see what next year brings. 10th June - AMAZING DAY AT EANPS, Balleroy Minstrel has just taken my breath away, here goes with todays results:
1st 2/3yr old highland Champion youngstock highland Champion highland Champion large breeds Supreme champion youngstock Reserve champion haven (supreme champion from all the breed champions),
Im just speechless, the little boy has made me so proud!
2nd June - As Stevenage show was to wet to go to on the bank holiday Monday for Beins first novice ridden class, we decided to jump into the deep end and enter an open class, well he went like an open pony (much to my surprise as we had been cantering on the wrong leg all week) and we came second in a huge class of open ponies. Very proud of my 'growned up boy'. 24th May - Princess of Dykes gave birth to a lovely little yellow dun filly by Grouse of Langley, we have called her Fionchoire of Talisker (pretty lady). 20th May 2007 - ANNAC HAS FOALED at 5.00pm today Annie produced a gorgeous little cream dun colt, he looks just like his daddy and has two little black thumb prints on the top of his forelegs. We have called him Strollomus of Talisker as this means strong and protected - quite appropriate! 13th May 2007 - Balleroy Minstrel attended his first show today at Milton Park, he was a little fiery but behave extremely well, he not only won his class but was champion aswel. What a weekend! 12th May 2007 - Foaline of Talisker attended her first show today at Newark and Notts county, she behaved so well and we are thrilled to say she won her class, first time out!! 10th May 2007 - Minstrel has been awarded a stallion license!!! It seems like only yesterday we picked up our little bundle of fluff from Dawn Cunningham-Reid and now hes a grown man...doesnt time fly! 28th April 2007 - Still no baby from Annie, should not be too long now. 6th April 2007 - We have our first baby of the season. A beautiful filly foal by Chief out of Druimfearna of Talisker born at 5 am. We have named her Glamaig (means greedy female) as she has not left the milk bar since she was born.
March 2007 - Sassie Lassy of Lound belonging to Karen Donaldson and Bonnie belonging to Helen Riley have both had beautiful filly foals by chiefy...we wish them all the best of luck with their new additions! I will post some baby pictures on the 'foals 2007' tab above. Princess of Dykes arrived safely from yorkshire, she is in foal to Grouse of Langley and her baby is due in May, shes so much like my mare lea thats its hard to tell them apart, this is going to be fun! Coulmore April has gone to Julia Rayner just down the road from us, they are a lovely family and are spoiling April rotten! Annie and Fern have just started to bag up, cant be long now! Many sleepless nights ahead for me i fear!
February 2007 - Ponies have wintered really well this year, the grass hasnt really stopped growing, fern is getting big.
January 2007 - Its been absolutely ages since i have made any updates to my site, life has been a bit of a whirlwind at Talisker to say the least, in the past 6 months i have got engaged, bought a house, weaned foals, broken in my four year old and am also frantically planning my wedding for June this year along side my two full time jobs (one of them being my neddies), to say my life has been crazy is an understatement!! I have made lots of additions to the site and added lots of new piccies of my babies, i hope you enjoy them. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
August - PONIES UK SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS! We had a very cold and wet year this year at PUK, Rhiddoroch of Talisker went and behaved beautifully all week, it was her first time stabled away from home and she encountered all sorts of strange and wonderfuly things yet was not upset by anything at all. In the highland in hand we won the Maconachie trophy for best highland filly for the 3rd year running, the previous 2 years it has been won by BLAVEN of TALISKER and before that there was a 1 year gap when FERNILEA of TALISKER won the trophy, we also came home with 2 second places rossettes which really made the week! Rose can now have a nice relaxing winter as she most certainly has deserved it!
23rd July 2006 - Whilst i was on holiday in France soaking up the rays, Mum decided to take one of our old broodmares 'A'Bhaisteir of Taliskers dam Monique' to the 'Highlands and Islands' bi'annual show at the ILPH centre in Norfolk. It was Mums first ever in hand showing class and she was thrilled that it was also her first ever win! I have just ordered a picture form the photographer of her crying her eyes out as she is awarded her first place rosette.
2nd July 2006 - Talisker Highland Ponies Open Day 2006 - We had a brilliant open day, the weather was wonderful and all the ponies decided to be in pleasent moods. It started off with a talk by Allen and page on feeding native ponies followed by a tour of the ponies 'Chief came and gave everybody a 3 second cuddle slot as he sussed out the strangers when we went into his paddock to see the mares'. Fernilea of Talisker and Heather Mitchell then gave a super deer stalking demonstration followed by a BBQ and raffle and the a talk on highland ponies in America by Jill Mueller.
Emma Smith then showed us the ropes with her western riding skills in a demonstration on Western riding with Ruaridh of Talisker and then to finish the day we had a loose schooling demo from Ginny Redgrave.
It was so nice to meet new freinds and catch up with old ones, we had in excess of 40 people on the day.
A big thank you to everyone that helped make it happen both in the gruelling weeks of preparation and also on the day. I will be doing a full write up as soon as i get back from my holiday in France but for now i have placed a few 'taster' pictures on the pictures page.
17th June - Greadhaich of Talisker and Uppacott Diamond Hills participated in the breed display at the East of England show, it was Trulys first time out and she didnt put a foot wrong, what an angel. Beinn on the other hand lived up to his name 'JCB' and although was quite a handful with all the atmosphere he really showed off and got him self quite a fan club.
11th June - We took Rhiddoroch of Talisker to the East Anglian Native Pony Show, the judge really like and and we won the highland Yearling class for the 3rd year running.
4th June - Ruaridh of Talisker and Helen Babington Smith had a great success at the Keysoe Dressage today, they came away with a first and a second, well done to them both, we are all extremely proud!
3rd June - We took Highland Chief of Whitefield out to Deeping Country Show today, we wanted to get him out for a break after covering mares all spring, he behaved really well and we came home with a first in a large, strong class of large breeds.
21st May-Uppacott Diamond Hills 'AKA Truly', arrived at our yard from Exeter today, truly is a lovely 2 year old dartie filly who has settled in straight away with her partner in crime Rhiddorroch of Talisker.
13th May - Newark and Notts county show, Rhiddorroch of Talisker got a 2nd in the large breeds youngstock in hand and qualified for the Lincolnshire native pony chanpionships in 2007.
11th May - We have a baby! A beautiful cream dun filly by Highland Chief of Whitefield out of Annac Na Dailach, we have called her Foaline of Talisker, foaline means greedy and this is very apt as she has been stuffing her face from the moment she was born.
May - Druimfearna of Talisker has been covered by Highland Chief of Whitefield and has taken, so im really looking forward to seeing her baby next year.
My Boyfreind Andy has had his first riding lesson on Fernilea, he got on really well and has natural talent, bu the only problem is i think i have lost my ridden pony now!
April - Ponies UK Winter Championships - We took Rhiddoroch Of Talisker to her first ever show, which just so happened to be the winter champs (nothing like going in at the deep end), she behaved as if she had been shown one thousand times, we ended up coming 2nd in the Glynn Greenwood and winning the Lee Smith in hand, what a result for her first time out, im so proud of her.
March-Sadly its the End of the hunting season, Fernilea of Talisker has had a great season, our last hunt was at the Milton estates with some lovely big fences and we had a wail of a time, role on next season.
February - ABhaisteir of Talisker made his journey across the ocean to America, he loaded up really well and travelled a treat, he even got a comment from the customs in the us to say what a sweetheart he was. A'Bhaisteir is to become the foundation stallion of the Mcclellan stud.
Jameela of Talisker has gone to her new home with Emma Smith from Godmanchester, she has settled in really well in her new home and made great freinds with Emmas other highland Molly.
January 2006 - 28th JAN - Fitzwilliam Hunt at Milton Park. This is a joint meet with the Woodland Pytchley. It was manic but Lea loved it as it was extreamly fast with some good sized cross country jumps. My friend Alison Babington-Smith came on her pony Poppy. You can see some of the pictures of this hunt on the Other Pictures page.
21st JAN - Hunting at Wistow today. I didn't stay out long as the going was quite deep and there was not a lot of jumping either. Lea hates it when her rider isn't petrified! We got to a covering 2 minutes from where I live after about 2 hours of being out so I felt it best to call it quits there and have a nice steady hack home!
2nd Jan - New years meet was held at the Haycock, Wansford. Helen Babington-Smith, Emma Smith and Myself attended. We had a great time although we covered our tracks on more than several occasions. Lea is starting to understand the whole hunting game and even put in a little buck with me when she felt we should be galloping.
December 2005 - BOXING DAY - Took Fernilea of Talisker to the boxing day meet at The Bell pub, Stilton along with my friend Alison Babingtion-Smith and her pony Poppy. We had a great days hunting although the final gallop home was a bit of a blur due to the Christmas alcohol that we were fueled with.
Saturday 17th Dec - I took Fernilea of Talisker along with my friend Emma Smith and her hairy Highland"Crosspark Molly" to their first hunt of the season, in fact their first hunt ever!! We didn't know how the ponies were going to react but both went beautifully, without depositing us on the floor or disappearing into the sunset with us. We had a great day out, and the ponies throughly enjoyed themselves.
November 2005 - I have brought up Fernilea up from the field. I'm going to start getting her fit and have a FUN winter with her. I have made a rule that I am going to do absolutely no showing but instead get out and do some sponsered rides and cross country for a change. Hopefully, there wil be some pictures of that soon.
October 2005 - We weaned both Jameela and Rose. They both totally shocked us as they were really happy to leave their Mums (Mums also felt the same about losing their babies) and have been really good with all of their baby training.
SEPTEMBER 2005 - What a good month this has been so far. We have just been lucky enough to purchase the stallion "Highland Chief of Whitefield" whom I have had on loan from Melanie Stanford for the summer. Chief has been an absolute angle this summer. We are thrilled that we now own him and are really looking forward to seeing next years foals by him.
AUGUST 2005 - Had an amazing time at 'Ponies UK'. Took our 3yr old gelding, Greadhaich of Talisker, to the final in hand show of his career as a youngster and had a very sucessful time. He was 1st in the large breeds section of the Glyn Greenwood championship and then went on to be Youngstock champion!!! WOW what an achievement, and he was such an angel with all the mayhem of the evening performance I couldn't have asked any more from him. (picture on contacts page)!!
AND to top it all off Blaven of Talisker went into the Highland in hand youngstock on the Saturday and took the Maconachie trophy for the best highland filly for the 2nd year running
July 2005 - 10th July - Blaven of Talisker went to her first show of the season this year as a practice run before the Malvern Highland Pony show. She behaved impecably, came in 2nd and qualified for the Glynn Greenwood Championship at Ponies UK.June 2005 - 25th June - Druimfearna of Talisker was 2nd in hand Mountain and Moorland large breeds at the Crowland Show in Cambridgeshire
18th June - Greadhaich of Talisker was 1st In Hand Youngstock Mountain and Moorland and Reserve Champion Mountain and Moorland at the East of England Show today. This was only his second time out this year and with all of the excitement of the show he behaved perfectly.
12th June - We took Polly Porter's yearling filly 'Catriona of Mystic Isles' (by Corriegarth Rhiddoroch) to the East Anglian Native Pony show today. She was a little angel and came in first in the yearling Highland In Hand.
May 2005 - 25th May 2005, Lyncrests Monique has had a cream dun foal by our late stallion Corriegarth Riddorroch in the early morning hours this morning. He is to be named A'Bhaisteir of Talisker which means the executioner. Lets hope he doesn't live up to his name! A'Bhaisteir can be seen on the For Sale list, will make a good ridden pony and has stallion potential. Monique is currently at my friend Polly Porter's yard and Polly has had many sleepless nights waiting for this baby. Since this is one of Red's last foals Polly has been extra careful, and she has another on the way soon by Rhiddorroch out of Lambrigg Snowspice.
The stallion, Highland Chief of Whitefield, arrived in early May. He is on loan to us from Melanie Stanford for the summer season to cover our mares. Chief is by Emperor of Whitefield out of Neka of Whitefield and has been a prolific winner in hand. Chief is a real sweetie and was out running with our mares after only a couple of days. He has settled in really well. We really look foward to the foals from him next year.
Kincardine Caitlin has had her foal today. (19th May), a lovely cream dun colt "Holmedown Lord of Talisker" who will be available at weaning.
8th May - Druimfearna of Talisker went to her first show of the season at Milton Park. She was first in hand youngstock and Reserve Champion.
April 2005 - Kincardine Caitlin has gone to her new home in Devon to my freind Wendy Bridges. Caitlin has settled in extremely well, although she has chosen not to mingle with the other highlands but instead looks on at them from a distance in disgust. Quite a sight aparently!
Lyncrests Monique has gone down to my freind Polly Porter in Suffolk. Polly is hopefully going to have Monnie broken to harness and driving next year, after her foal to Corriegarth Rhiddoroch has been weaned.
Sporandene of Kildavie, the grey stallion by Glensuie has gone back to his owner Janet Roberts in Essex.
WE HAVE A FOAL!! Our first Rhiddoroch baby of 2005 was born on the 18th April, she is a lovely cream dun filly out of Annac Na Dalaich, it was really lovely to find her after loosing Red a few weeks previous, she is gorgeous!!!! See picture above of her at only 2 hours of age, we have named her Rose "Rhiddoroch of Talisker" after her daddy.
March 2005 - Sadly we lost our old stallion "Corriegerth Rhiddorch" on Friday 26th March, it was a complete shock to us as although Red was 29 years of age, he had never had a sick or sorry day in his life, was living out and running with his mares right through the winter and looking amazing, he will be sadly missed by all here, he was a real gentleman and has left us with some lovely stock
January 2005 - Balleroy Minstrel (Minstrel of Whitefield X Yasmine of Whitefield) arrived today. He is my future stallion prospect and an absolute gem. Considering that he had never been on a lorry or away from home for that matter, he took everything in his stride, was really a brave boy and has settled in really well. I am looking foward to getting him into the show ring soon.
December 2004 - Although Druimfearna of Talisker and Blaven of Talisker were supposed to be turned away for the winter, I couldn't stop myself from taking then to one show just beforeChristmas, a Ponies UK Winter Championship qualifier. I am so pleased to say that they both qualified.
October 2004 -October 24th - East Anglian Native Pony Society Autumn show , Sporandene of Kildavie was 2nd in the large breeds Mountain and Moorland in hand class.
Lena Marriot from Friday Bridge is having our lovely new colt foal 'Lorien Derwydd' at weaning. Lena plans to show Derwydd and hopefully keep him entire, which is great as he has really nice department bloodlines. We wish her all the best with Derwydd.
September 2004 -Our new broodmare 'Kincardine Caitlin' has arrived all the way from Llandybie in Wales, with a gorgeous colt foal at foot 'Lorien Derwydd' who is by the stallion 'Turin Hill Fortrose' and also in foal to Fortrose for 2005 which is very exciting. When she arrived she pottered straight off the ramp and into the field with the other horses as if she had lived there all her life, not even a nicker or a snort.
Sporrandene of Kildavie was second in the large breeds ridden class at Parsons Drove horse show on the 24th, in a very strong class. This was a good line up for the highlands as 'Dalmigavie of Stanford' was 3rd with Ann Fowlie, and 'Ruaridh of Talisker' was 4th with his new rider Helen Babington-Smith.
August 2004 - Ponies UK Summer Chaqmpionships - Blaven of Talisker was 2nd in the Lee Smith In Hand Yearling Large Breeds on Friday and also won the "Maconachie" trophy for best Highland filly on Saturday in the Highland classes. Druimfearna of Talisker was 2nd in the Lee Smith In Hand 2/3 yr old large Breeds class on Friday. Both fillys are now going to be turned away for a much deserved rest over the winter.
JULY 2004- 25th July-Highlands and Islands show Druimfearna of Talisker 1st in hand 2yr old and Reserve champion. Helen Babington Smith took Druimfearna of Talisker in the young handler class and was 1st place in a strong class, this was also Helen's first ever in hand showing class. Blaven of Talisker was 1st in the in hand yearling.
JUNE 2004-Julie Bowen took her 2yr old grey dun gelding 'Greadhaich of Talisker' to his first show on the 28th of June. He was 1st in the NPS Mountain and Moorland youngstock in hand, so well done to Julie!!
Fernilea of Talisker is in foal to the TB stallion ' Aintlifelikethat' . He is a lovely grey stallion standing at 16hh by Godswalk out of Blue Alicia, and is the winner of 7 races and the MacDonald challenge cup 1998. We hope for our first lovely part bred foal around May of next year.
Saturday June 19th East of England Show - Sporrandene of Kildavie, 2nd in the in hand mountain and moorland.
Saturday 12th June East Anglian Natives - Sporandene of Kildavie, 2nd in the Bailey's novice ridden and 2nd in Glynn Greenwood qualifier.
Sunday 13th June East Anglian Natives - Blaven of Talisker, 1st in hand Highland yearling
Druimfearna of Talisker , 2nd in hand yearling Highland 2/3 year olds and also reserve champion!!
Hopefully 4 mares in foal to Corriegarth Rhiddorroch for next year,
Coulmore April, Annac Na Dailach, Lambrigg Snowspice and Lyncrests Monique have all been keeping Red on his toes!!
MAY 2004-Lovely big boned yellow dun colt foal born
out of 'Lyncrests Monique' by 'Corriegarth
Rhiddorroch' he will be shown this season.
Greadhaich of Talisker has gone to his new home with
Julie Bowen in Surrey, we wish them all the best.
Another 'Red' foal born out of 'Lambrigg Snowspice'
yellow dun filly.
APRIL 2004-Ponies UK winter championships.
Druimfearna of Talisker 2nd place in the Keston
Championship, not bad for a yearling filly in an open
MARCH 2004-NPS area 14 show at Wix, Druimfearna of
Talisker 1st place in the Mountain and moorland
youngstock in hand and qualified for the Glyn Greenwood
championship at Ponies UK summer championship.
NOVEMBER 2003-Manor Farm equstrian centre show,
Druimfearna of Talisker 1st in the youngstock Keston in
hand and overall reserve champion, and Fernilea of
Talisker 1st in the Keston adult class and 1st in the
confined novice in hand and qualified for both
championships at the Ponies UK winter championships.
OCTOBER 2003-Druimfearna of Talisker's 1st show at
Manor Farm equestrian centre, she was 1st place in the
mountain and moorland large breeds in hand and also
qualified for the Keston championship at the Ponies UK