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My personal favourite breeds

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I’ve been round horses more or less my whole life. I grew up on a farm where we had horses both for pleasure and also for work (although we more often used mechanised and motorised equipment to plough the fields). Horses have therefore been my passion and a great part of my life. Riding as even given me great comfort and pleasure during difficult phases of my life. The only time I didn’t have horses was when I lived in the city for university but as soon as I graduated, I moved back to the country. Over the years, I’ve had many different breeds of horse and for my money, these are the top three breeds: Arabian. There are many reason why Arabian horses are probably the most popular breed in the world. Firstly, they have been round for hundreds and hundreds of years. As long ago as 1000 years…

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Choosing a pony to bet on

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Why are you betting? It’s an important question to ask yourself. If you’re betting to add a bit of excitement to the sports you’re already watching then it doesn’t matter too much what you decide to do and whom you decide to support. If you’re in it to turn a quick profit then you’re going to need to choose the teams and athletes that have the best chance of winning (and that might not always be the team you want to win). Firstly and most obviously, remember to check the statistics of the teams and players. Assuming that you already have a good knowledge of whatever sport you’re going to betting on, you will also need to know the nitty-gritty of the teams and players. Pay attention to the trainers, any changes in players or venues. These are factors that can often be overlooked but fatally so for the gambler….

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Grand National, a British treasure

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The Grand National is a cornerstone of the equestrian calendar. To think of it is to recall images of the English countryside of strawberries and cream, gin-based cocktails, landed aristocracy and the idly wealthy the Wilde loved writing about taking to the fields every spring for one of the most popular events of the equestrian arts anywhere in the world. Through film and TV and the general influence of American culture in the 20th century, people not from the UK might be more familiar with the Kentucky Derby held annually in Kentucky and is famed for the mint juleps that everyone drinks there. But the Grand National is a handicap steeplechase, nearly seven kilometres in length (4 miles and 514 yards), and has two laps and 30 jumps. With one million pounds on the table for wining, it is the most valuable jumping race in all of Europe. Now it…

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A little bit about the British Spotted Pony

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The British Spotted Pony is a small pony breed from England that has been around for centuries. Its spotted fur serving as a way to camouflage among the British countryside. There are cave paintings dating back as far as 18000 BC that clearly show the Spotted Pony. Throughout history, the Spotted Pony was seen as a magical creature and therefore beloved by Royalty and the likes and they were often sent as gifts between the Royal families. While the Spotted Pony is believed to be native to Great Britain, many ponies were exported to Australia, Canada, United States, Netherlands, Germany and France after World War II. However, breed associations stopped the export in the 1970s when they realized that many of their best animals were lost due to the high demand and that the Spotted Pony was becoming quite rare in England. Nowadays the Spotted Pony is a rare breed…

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Best Pony Breeds for Children

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If your children are avid riders and you’re considering getting them a pony, here’s a short-list of breeds most suitable for kids to ride: 1. Connemara. Not only for children, this breed that originated in Ireland is very intelligent and even tempered making it ideal for riders of all ages. They are known for being very versatile animals and suited to essentially any type of equestrian sport, but they are perhaps best suited for jumping. At 13 to 15 hands and almost all colours (except brown) they are beautiful creatures. 2. Shetland ponies. As the name suggests these creatures come from the Shetland Islands, in Scotland. They are well-known for being very small but that doesn’t mean that they are weak animals. The harsh conditions of the Shetlands meant that these have developed a natural stamina and endurance that almost without equal. They originally pulled coal carts and did farm…

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The origins of British ponies

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Like nearly all of Eurasia and much of Africa, in Britain the horse has been the primary power source for humans in order to carry out activities such as farming, mining, transporting both goods and people and also for the projection of power by means of military. The earliest horses found in what we now call Britain date from some 700,000 thousand years ago, well before humans as we known them had evolved in Africa, much less migrated to Europe. But when humans did make it to Britain it wasn’t long before they domesticated the horse four to five thousand years ago. By the time the Romans arrived in Britain the Britons had integrated the horse until their culture most thoroughly and the Romans commented profusely on the horses of Britain and the fearsome chariots that they pulled. Now nearly all the horses in Britain are used as means of…

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The British Spotted Society Breed Show at the Three Counties

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The 2016 British Spotted Pony Society Breed Show returned to it’s old home on the Malvern Showground this year, and proved to be a great success for all of those people that attended. Once again the AGM was held the night before, and the social evening was well attended. The weather smiled on us and it was lovely to see some new faces this year, and some new ponies. It has showed us that Malvern is a very popular venue with our members, and combined with the chance to compete the day before at the Midlands In Hand there was no doubt that it attracted more interest. There were far more larger ponies there this year, and the ridden classes were well supported, showing that spotties aren’t just pretty faces! Quality could be seen everywhere you looked, in both the large and small sections, and competition for the major titles…

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Reading sale of miniature horses & ponies

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This was the first sale of miniatures at Reading & it included a section of British Spotted Ponies. It was from this section that the highest prices were reached. Top price went to ASIL’S DARK SECRET an elegant almost black filly foal by Foxley’s Dinky Tot (SPSBS) ex Gaterley Frosted Lace (by 2004 BSpPS Leading Sire Blackwater Tarot) bred by Anita Chaney. Lively bidding reached 1700gns & she was sold to BMHS Chairman Wendy Edgar.Second highest price of 1100gns went to Gwen Fox’s MEADOWFOX TAPESTRY a bay & white filly by Anita Chaneys spotted Stallion Asil’s Calisto out of Longmeadow Hannah who has some lovely breeding behind her. Anita Chaneys other entry ASIL’S TIA MARIA a chocolate brown filly also by Asils Calisto out of Birchwood Pepsi by the palomino stallion Kerswell Suntan fetched 650gns. All these three fillies were impeccably turned out & a credit to their breeders. Nick…

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York sale of spotted & coloured horses & ponies

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Spectators were surprised when National Champion CAPITALL DON was offered for sale at the annual sale of spotteds & coloureds. Beautifully turned out as always by the Spalding family, he really turned heads. It is rare to find such an offering at a sale. He was sold for 1250gns & is to be produced under saddle by the purchasers younger sister. He was highest price of the ponies forwards but some of the horses fetched considerably more. Hermits Stud, always a great supporter of the sales, sold the tiny 23” leopard spot colt foal HERMITS SINBAD for 1000gns. There was a lot of interest in this cute little colt. They also entered some fabulous spotted cobs. Mrs Lilly sold AESTHETE CHARISMA a 30” spotted mare by Tanzivan Toulon ex Aesthete Mystic for 900gns. Pat Garrill sold some beautifully marked fillies, Castle Fantasia sold for 820gns, Castle Ice Queen for 640gns…