In 2013, we had two lovely filly foals. The first was born to our homebred mare Annabelle 428/1. What a truly wonderful and memorable time watching our very first ‘baby girl’ become a mother herself. Mabel is the second foal by Dunkery Golden Eagle 78/156. The second new arrival, Maisie, is by Coed-Y-Wern Nimrod and the fifth filly in a row for Caledonia 309/4. Until now we had chosen not to register a prefix for our herd but we now have one which is to be ‘Finchcroft’. The fillies are therefore officially Finchcroft Mabel 428/16 and Finchcroft Maisie 428/17.
Finchcroft Mabel was purchased as a wedding present for Jen and Jake Bacon. Two other ponies also left home for pastures new. Alfred 428/15 has headed to a home near Stourbridge and Isabelle 428/11 has joined the Clunie family in Scotland.
Sadly we lost both Beethoven “Bart” 428/7 and Marlyn Balivanich “Bazil” 90/4. Both were very special and treasured boys who shall never be forgotten.
In 2013, Gaoth 309/8 had another very successful season competing mostly in his favourite discipline, working hunter. He qualified for the working hunter finals at NPS Champs in every section he was eligible for Open, Intermediate, Junior and First Ridden. He stood First Ridden Working Hunter Champion in the final. Earlier in the season, he stood Supreme Champion in good company at the NPS Area 12 working hunter festival. He has jumped well in HOYS qualifiers and was just one mark away in second place at Monmouth Show. His other notable successes in 2013 included Ridden Champ and Supreme Champ at the Welsh Area Exmoor Show and Champion of the Mixed Ridden classes on the final day of NPS Champs.
Alongside his ridden career we are still dabbling with Horse Agility where he has graduated from Medium Level to Advanced*. Despite only managing to attend a limited number of competitions he finished 5th in the Real-time Worldwide League for 2013.
Dunkery Golden Eagle travelled down to Cornwall where he was backed by Jenna Payne. He had his ridden debut hors concours, in the novice ridden class at Exford. This was the first time we had seen him being ridden and what a fabulous job Jenna had done. Since then, he has competed at one ridden show, the NPS 25 Autumn Show where he won the Pure Novice Small Breeds. Albert, 428/6, has also been out under saddle throughout the year with mixed results. He has now been gelded so he can move onto a mixed livery yard in 2014 to enjoy a more fun and varied ridden life.
In non-pony news, we are ‘expecting’ a baby of the human kind due at the end of March 2013. Exciting times!