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.

Great to hear...

It was lovely to get an email from Ross who came to visit Arrayan several years ago as part of his research into an art project he was developing called Criollo.  There has been a film made between Argentina and New York and also a long ride currently taking place between Athens and Kassel.

As a mark of his gratitude and out of respect to Mark, Ross proposed that the organisers of this years Tschiffely Memorial ride dedicated a ride to Mark and that was held yesterday, Saturday the 24th of June in the mountains of Dreisesselberg.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Olé, Olé, Olé

A few more snaps from this afternoon, Ciutadella was absolutely packed, the horses still look immaculate and the riders smiles never falter.

Saint John's Day

At eight o'clock in the morning the piper returns to the Lord Caixer's home to ask permission to begin the replec of the caixers and cavallers, from that moment on the horses take over the city's streets and then the des Pla games (jocs des Pla) commence.  This morning we saw the ring games (L'ensortilla) where the riders gallop and aim to lance an iron ring hanging from the centre of the arena from a cord.  And the embracing run (Correr abracats) where two horseman gallop alongside each other hugging, and trying to give each other a kiss as a symbol of fraternity.