Tarnmoor Prince x Redhouse Donna
4 March 2002
We are delighted to report that Jack was awarded Best of Breed at Olympia 2001. Preparation is never easy for this competition. Jack was stabled under lights (mimicking summer time) and rugged up (resembling the Michelin man) to ensure that his summer coat remained intact for the big day. That coupled with regular hacking and schooling sessions meant we worked right on through the Winter and have just about managed to come out the other side, exhausted but very happy.
Jack and I recently 'guniea pigged' at the MESG Fell Supporters Showing Clinic hopefully helping new members to understand a little about what is required from the Fell Pony in the show ring and right now he is back in his paddock doing what he does best - eating grass and looking handsome with an adoring Mum looking on!
He is currently surrounded by Fell pony friends - The 3 year old Townend Carly is back with us to produce for this season on behalf of her owner Mrs Sue Fabb, Carly (or Plum as she is fondly known) won the Fell championship at Newbury with us at the tail end of last season, a great win in very good company. All being well I shall cover her with Jack next year. Ginny Duncan's lovely 5 year old Townend Badger is here preparing for his first affiliated novice ridden season and Wendi Davis's pretty 4 year old Rundales Danny has just arrived, in to bring on and hopefully compete later in the year. You've guessed now, I've had to give up the day job and concentrate full time on Fell ponies?!
Jack has 'wives' booked in as well so it will be a busy year for the stud one way or another!
Wall to wall Fell ponies - not bad for Berkshire - what more could I ask!!
13 September 2001
I am delighted to report that not only was Jack placed in both the national finals at Ponies UK (8th Glyn Greenwood and 5th Kingsford Ridden respectively) he has also now qualified once again for Olympia at the recent FPS South show. With 4 other Championships both in-hand and ridden we have had a good time.
My pony owes me absolutely nothing - he deserves a home here with me for life and a special place in my heart forever. I adore him!!
Now in his 9th year, he has qualified for all major ridden championships from novice level right up to open including Olympia (as a 6 year old) and Ponies UK Summer and Winter Championships, on numerous occasions. Now just starting to jump he was recently placed a creditable 5th in his first show jumping competition, showing great style and believe it or not, it was the first time he had jumped an actual course - what a star!!
We stand him at stud and he is the proud father to both a daughter out of the great Lunesdale Lucky Lady and a son out of Gaisgill Jewel.
Jack and I (Sarah) have already won 2 ridden championships in January 2001 and are very much looking forward to the forthcoming summer show season.
This picture was taken of him as a five year old as he was just beginning to compete in open classes. After taking the year off in 1999, we attended a few shows in 2000 with some success but are on top form for 2001 (with the aforementioned two championships already) and will be contesting the Olympia qualifiers again so fingers crossed!