Sunday, 20 August 2017

Bits and pieces

Two year old Campeador is looking well although sporting the "what happens if you get stuck in traffic and don't have time to quality control the children's plaiting" look, it is somewhat unusual and makes me smile, lots.  Four year old Bellini has picked up another couple of red rosettes dressaging this weekend and heads off to dressage camp next month.  Santiago has been saddled and girthed up for the first time and is totally unbothered.  

When Fatty went and I said "one day I might own a Chamfron again" well I do and I've even pulled my finger out and updated his passport this time!  Now technically he was never sold from Chamfron Stud but there was a break down in communication earlier in the year and he was being moved on, however alls well that ends well and I get to play at being an owner these days while he is treated like a king with his new family.  

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Getting bigger

Not as much action on the trail camera at the moment but at least one fox cub still coming to the garden most nights.  In the woods the other camera has picked up the odd (sadly very blurry) snap of a badger.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Having fun

Not much to report on the blog at the moment, Spidey is fully recovered and had a fun trip out to Bowhill Estate today to canter through the woods with his girlfriend Wena.  I disappointed him the other day by making him trot in a stubble field, he said I was a complete disgrace to pony ownership and sulked magnificently.  I bought him matchy matchy fluff in teal to make up for it.  

In other news we had a fantastic yard night out at the Lauder Common riding ball, lots of laughs, not least me demonstrating why it isn't a particularly clever idea to cross a cattle grid in towering heels, in fact I think I will still be laughing about that long after the bruises have faded.  Also had a lovely night out catching up with Patricia and meeting Helen while they were riding the St Cuthbert's Way.  Such a shame we didn't take part in the pub quiz though, the first two questions were "what holds a saddle on a horse?" and "how do you breed a mule?" - we'd of been quids in...

Monday, 31 July 2017

PC Chip pro photos

Cracking photos of twelve year old Eleri competing at dressage with Chamfron Chipita, with kind thanks to Laura Sian Photography.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Perfect Ten

4yo Chamfron Bellini back in her winning ways at dressage this weekend - and scores her first ever ten!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Pony Club Chamfron Chipita

Chip has been a PC pony this weekend with Eleri Owen of Anglesey/Ynys Mon branch riding her at the area qualifier for the PC national dressage championship. Thrilled with Eleri and Chip, 8th from more than 40, sadly the team missed out on a placing by just half a mark. Chip's owner Linda is delighted, she is not back riding after a (non horse related!) broken wrist so very pleased Eleri and Chip are getting out and doing things!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Chamfron Yolanda - Five Years Old

Yolanda is now playing tournaments in Cheshire and is going well.  Photos with thanks to Sarah Clegg.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Trail Camera Foxes

The cheap trail camera in the woods and the Birdcam 2.0 in the garden, both catching plenty of fox action.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Back on Board

This is the face of the worlds wimpiest New Forest!  Spidey managed to cut his leg a fortnight ago, it was the sort of cut that would of made the Appaloosas go "ooo that nipped a bit" and the Criollos would have probably not noticed.  The roughty toughty native pony you see before you was very nearly dead, he couldn't even stomach a polo, the world had ended.  Luckily with lots of attention, love, hand grazing and you know being rugged in July so he wasn't all shaky he has fought back from his (in his opinion) career ending injury and we are back on the road.  However I think he may have shrunk again.  

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Chamfron By Dand - Endurance

Some fantastic photos of Chamfron By Dand and Rebecca storming round the 34km at Broughton last weekend and looking like they are having a ball.  Photos with thanks to Kris Clay, I love it when a Chamfron is competing somewhere he is snapping, brilliantly scenic shots guaranteed!  

Chamfron Malambo - 4 weeks on

Malambo has now been with Ally for four weeks and has settled in nicely, made friends with all the family and has a flourishing bromance going on with Merlin the shetland!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Chamfron Bellini Dressage

Bellini had a dressage outing yesterday at a new venue, she is a very sensible four year old, catching up on her snooze with 40 minutes to go, then warming up on grass and coping with new judges boxes and arenas running side by side.  Thank you Beth and Natalie for the photos.  

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Chamfron Chipita ODE

A happy smiley Chip having a spin round a local ODE today, best dressage in her section, a lovely bold show jumping round and then a hesitation at the water (damn!) on the cross country before finishing well.  I sometimes feel I need to remind these Chamfron ponies they used to live on the wettest farm in the west, getting their feet soggy should not be a surprise to them, maybe they are traumatised by their childhoods!!  

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Trail Cam Foxes

The vixen and her cubs continue to be regular visitors to the garden.

Sunday, 25 June 2017


Quick phone snap as the Minorcan's bring an outstanding 2017 festival to a close with a firework display two minutes walk from the hotel.