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Our 2017 foaling season has come to an end arrival of a beautiful, minimally marked dun & white colt foal born at 12.30am on 4th of July...
Introducing Plumtee Django!
Photos at just 12 hours old
Django is out of Plumtree Dottie and by Plumtree Hideaway. Funily enough their 2016 filly foal was the last foal to be born in 2016 too! He arrived a little early too... due on the 21st of July but Dottie gave us all the signs she was about to foal, which is what we like! The birth went well and although he had a little trouble getting into the right position to suck, after a little guidance from Lorraine all was well. Mum and baby are doing great!
Django has the most beautiful little head, as all Dottie's foals do and we just love his markings. Django will be our last foal by Plumtree Hideaway as he is now at a stud in Germany! We had absolutely no intention of keeping any foals this year (apart from Dainty's) and certainly no more colts! But Lorraine fell in love with Django almost instantly and we will be running him on.
Below are some photos of him at 1 week old...
If you read our May blog (which can be found HERE) you will know Plumtree Jolie. who was born on 30th May was the last foal we were expecting until the 9th of July and Lorraine & I were looking forward to catching up on some sleep... but our mares had other ideas!
I can honestly say we have never had a year with so many early arrivals!
Introducing Plumtree Dakota!
(Photo taken at 2 hours old)
What a lovely surprise we had at 12.50pm, 9th of June when our lovely mare Darwin Dainty gave birth to a beautiful palomino filly foal out in the paddock. Plumtree Dakota was 30 DAYS early! (Due 9th of July!) and our date was very acriate because Dainty had only spent 1 week with one of our stallions last year. Luckily, because Dainty's bag was so big, and she had been resting more than usual the couple of days before, we had been keeping a close eye on her and Mum (Lorraine) saw her go down in the paddock so we were there for the birth! Dakota did give us a little scare so we had the vet to check her over and all was well. Dainty's foal was still born last year so we are delighted she has a baby to love this time. Dakota will be staying with us at Plumtree as Dainty will now be retired from breeding after giving us some fabulous foals.
Dakota is by Brandeston Rupert.
We only had to wait another 10 days for our next new arrival. Also due on the 9th of July...
Introducing Plumtree Jazmini!
(Photo taken at 5 days old)
This beautiful Cremello filly born was born at 10.15pm on 19th of June. 20 days early, although its is not the first time her Dam, Pixbrooke Jazmine, has foaled early. We were just brining the ponies in for the night, I was at one end of the yard and Mum was at the other when we both spotted Jazmine digging up in the corner. I was actually about to bring one of our stallions in and he looked most confused when I shut the gate and ran across the yard without him!
Everything went well with the birth and once Jazmini had had a bit of bonding time with her Mum and found her feet we moved her to her stable. Jazmini also gave us a little scare as she couldn't get the hang of latching onto Mum, so all through the night we milked Mum and fed her baby with a shringe. Finally at 8am the next morning she got the hang of it and nursed, The vet came to check her over and her IGG test came back with excellent results.
As mentioned above, Jazmine had foaled early in 2016 too when her gorgeous 2016 Palomino filly foal, Plumtree Juno, arrived 34 days early! You can read about Juno HERE.
Jazmini is also by our gorgeous stallion Brandeston Rupert and was our last foal due to him for 2017.
Our next early arrival was also totally unexpected, his Dam, Plumtree Bubblegum, has never foaled early before! As sual her bag was quite big, and she had been egar to get into her stable for the couple of night before, which is unusual for her. Lorraine seems to have a sixth sense for foaling because she had just put the camera on to check the ponies when Bubblegum went down to foal!
Introducing Plumtree Bono!
(Photos taken at 12 hours old)
A gorgeous, tiny dun & white colt foal born at 10.55pm on 30th of June... 28 DAYS EARLY!! Bono was supposed to be our last foal due in 2017, expected on 28th of July. He is by Plumtree Hideaway.
So what a month! 3 early foals but luckily all 3 are thriving! We now just have 1 more foal due in 2017...
Foaling wise it was a slow start to May, although Plumtree Joyce (aka Aussie), a first time foaler, kept us on our toes! She liked to play the "I'm going to be really restless and act like I'm going to foal until 3am in the morning and then just go to sleep!" So most nights we were up half the night watching Aussie on the cameras and then setting alarms to check on her through the night. Maiden mares have a knack of trying to catch you out so we were keeping a very close eye on her!
If you read our April blog (which you can read by clicking HERE) or are a "Liker" of our Facebook Page you will know that at the end of April we had a very busy night with 4 foals born within 4 hours of each other! But it had being too rainy to let them out in the paddock the following day so their photos had been taken in the stable. Well a few days later when the wether was much better I got a few photos of them out in the biggest paddock at home (the nursary paddock was out of use for maintenance!)
Here is Plumtree Shelby, dun & white filly foal. Also pictured with her very foal proud dam, Plumtree Honey-Suckle, our blue dun & white mare!
Our bay dun and white filly foal, with the gorgeous heart shaped face marking, Plumtree Venus
And last but by no means least, Plumtree Mustang, palomino colt foal.
While out taking those photos I also snapped a few of our older foals;
Plumtree Charger, our Palomino & White colt, almost a month old and taking after his brothers and sisters, turning into a right little show man! Crystal, Chargers Dam, always puts a good stamp on her foals,
Plumtree Denzel growing into a little show man too... we just love his markings!
And finally Plumtree Gatsby, one of our palomino colt foals had also been practicing his posing!
It had seemed like forever since Venus, Mustang and Shelby had been born, but on the 21st the wait was finally over and it happened again... we had 2 foals born within 2 hours of each other! And they are both mine! (Jodie)
Now my little mare Plumtree Tasmin normally has a huge bag weeks before foaling, and 2 weeks before she foaled she had no bag at all! I was starting to wonder if she was even in foal! Then a week before she foaled she developed a tiny little bag, so I though she was going to go to her next due date in June. Then out of no where, literally over night 2 days before she foaled her bag grew HUGE! The following day I checked it at 7pm and it had gone hard, by midnight we had wax and me & Mum thought... its going to be tonight. So we came in the house so everything was nice and quiet and watched her on the camera. And we watched, and watched, and watched... by 5am still nothing! So Mum sent me up to bed so at least one of us would get some sleep and she was going to wake me up if she started. I got up at 9am the next morning... still nothing! So we popped Tasmin & Aussie in the nursary paddock and got the mucking out etc done and then I sent Mum to bed for a few hours. It was a gorgeous day so I got the camping chairs out and sat on the garden watching Tasmin, who was very restless until 3pm when I decided to make a bacon butty... but before I came in I hoped over the field fence to check her over and thought I may as well check Aussie too and she had waxed up as well! Luckily, I can see their paddock from the kitchen window too! We decided to bring the ponies in a little earlier than usual that night, and again came inside and watched them both on the camera until finally... at 10.55pm Tasmin gave birth to a very strong, chunky, blue dun & white colt foal...
Introducing Plumtree Thunder!
Thunder is by Plumtree Hideaway.
Aussie was in the pen right next to Tasmin, so while we waited to make sure Thunder got up and sucking, etc we could still keep a close eye on Aussie... and not to be out done, at 12.30am Aussie (Plumtree Joyce) gave birth to a gorgeous, tiny, bay dun and white colt foal! First time Mum's are always a worry, but she bonded with him right away! So...
Introducing Plumtree Jax!
Jax is by Merrylees Camelot... and is a proper little mini me of Mum Aussie! but with Dad's white nose!
Both photos were taken the next morning when the boys were around 12 hours old.
We didn't have as long to wait for our next arival... 2 days later, on 22nd of May our lovely mare Jewel gave birth to a beautiful little piebald colt foal! Jewel was another first time Mother, and gave us no warning what so ever that she was going to give birth that night... but as alway we were watching the cameras and went out to the barn as soon as she went down...
Introducing Plumtree Jenson!
Jenson was born at 11.30pm, Jewel took to him right away too so the worry of the first time Mum's was over! Jeson is also by Merrylees Camelot and was named by my boyfriend Mat... the name certainly suits him, he spent most of his first day speeding round the paddock! Photo taken at 18 hours old.
And last... but by no means least! At 4.30am on the 29t, our gorgeous mare Jenny (Aussie's dam) gave birth to a stunning, tiny, little tri-colour filly....
Introducing Plumtree Jolie!
Jolie is also by Camelot... who must have been a very busy boy last June! Due to none stop rain (again!) Jolie spent her first day nice and cosy in her dry stable so the photo was taken at 1 day old!
Phew! What a week!!! Luckily we don't have any more foals due until the 9th of July now... so we are both looking foward to catching up on some much needed sleep!
If you are a regular reader of our blog you will know that last year I wrote a blog for every foal born and updated it with new photos every few weeks. This was very time consuming, especially when we are living on very little sleep and taking care of our babies so this year I am going to do things a little differently! At the end of each month I am going to write a "Newsletter" blog, which will include all new arrivals and updated photos of our foals!
For those that didn't read our previous blog, our first foal of 2017 arrived on the 4th of April! A gorgeous, chunky palomino and white colt we named Plumtree Charger! To see the blog about his arrival into this world please click HERE
Well by 4 days old he was certainly living up to his name & flying around the nursery paddock!
I always feel a little bit sorry for the first foal, because once they get to a week old they start to want a playmate. Charger had to wait until he was 9 days old to get one of those...
.. Introducing Plumtree Denzel, a beautifully marked piebald colt born at 3.25am on 13th April. His Mum, Plumtree Polka-Dot gave us a bit of a scare, presenting us with a red bag delivery but we got him out quickly & he is doing great. This photograph was taken at one day old, as I was so tired the day he was born! We have decided not to cover Dot for 2018, although she loves being a Mum we think its time for a well-deserved break.
Denzel's sire is our palomino stallion Brandeston Rupert, pictured on our STALLION PAGE. His Dam, Dot, our show champion mare, pictured below.
And here is Denzel at 8 days old!
Introducing Plumtree Gatsby!
On 23rd of April at 12.30am Golden Lilly gave birth to this gorgeous little palomino colt. Everything went great for Mum and baby. Here he is at 11 hours old with his Dam, Harlequin Golden Lilly (Out of Plumtree Tiger-lily).
His sire is also Brandeston Rupert.
While taking Gatsby's first portrait I also snapped this of Charger having a play with Denzel in the background seriously considering joining in!
We didn't have to wait long for another... make that 3 more foals! Which brings me onto a very busy night here at Plumtree! 3 foals born in less than 4 hours!
At 10.15pm on the 26th of April our beautiful Dilston Vienna gave birth to a gorgeous little dun & white filly foal. Her first foal! We were over the moon and she has been a very protective and caring Mum from the start. And we knew that wouldn't be the last that night as before we came back in the house after making sure Mum & baby were doing ok we check the other mares and 2 more were waxed up! Sure enough at 1.37am Littlewitty Ellie gave birth to a gorgeous palomino colt foal and not to be out done at 1.39am Plumtree Honey-Suckle (Vienna's best friend) gave birth to a beautiful cream & white filly foal! Who is also our first foal by ou gorgeous stallion Merrylee's Camelot!
So introducing... Plumtree Venus by Plumtree Hideaway
Plumtree Mustang by Brandeston Rupert
and last, but by no means least, Plumtree Shelby! By Merrylees Camelot.
All 3 spent today nice and cosy in their stables as the weather forecast was horrible so more photos to follow.
What a month! But we atleast were able to get a little more sleep for the last couple of days of April.
Hi, Jodie here. Its been quite a while since I wrote a blog so I thought I would do a little end of year round up and let you all know what we got up to in the last few weeks of 2016.
First off, I had entered the SPSBS 2016 foal photo competition and was honoured to have come first in the Best Friends category with this photo of Plumtree Bonanza with Emily, taken the first time they met. They hit it off instantly. We were thrilled when Bonanza (Bo for short) was chosen by Lel Mayfield of Skyelands Shetlands. Emily is Lel's granddaughter and a part of her show team "Team Nana". We are very excited for Lel to get Bo out showing this year, unfortunately though, under showing rules, Emily is too young to take Bo in the ring because he is a colt so Lel will show him.
As a category winner the photo was printed in the Autumn/Winter Shetland Pony Stud Book Society Magazine, pictured below, as well as being featured on their website, which you can view by clicking HERE. And if that wasn't enough I also won 3 gorgeous little shetland ornaments, but I knew someone would appreciate them more than me so I gave them to Emily!
Christmas came early for me this year on the 12th of December. My wonderful Mum (Lorraine)... I mean Santa, bought me this beautiful buckskin filly foal for Christmas! What more could a girl want?! I have always loved buckskins and now I have one of my very own. She is such a character, the sweetest little thing; I am chuffed to bits with her!
We said goodbye to 2 beautiful filly foals in December, and sent them off to start life in their fabulous new homes! The first was Plumtree Goldilocks, a tiny palomino filly foal, who left on the 8th of December. She was collected by LDD Equine Transport, who we would definitly recommend, and I am sure we will be seeing them again in the future. Goldilocks didn't have far to go to join her new Mum, Anna. Since arriving in her new home she has settled in perfectly, and Anna and Goldilocks have being doing some show practice. We wish you the best of luck with her Anna!
Plumtree Halcyon, our beautiful dun filly, had a little further to go! On the 29th of December she began her long journey up to the Scottish Highlands to join Sheena and Eric at Hjaltland Stud. First she travelled with Adam Gibson Horse Transport, who is a lovely guy and we would highly recommend him, up to Dumfries where she had a little stop over with Sheena & Eric's friend. She then continued her journey and arrived with them all the way up in Tain on New Years day. We are delighted Halcyon has joined their stud. They are absolutely lovely people, who were very welcoming when I visited their stud while on holiday in Scotland last summer, and their ponies are just beautiful. We wish Sheena & Eric the best of luck with this stunning little filly!
We now have just 1 of our 2016 foals left to leave us. She was late born and will be weaned very soon.
Finally, I spent last weekend updating our website. I have cleared the foals page in anticipation of the arrival of our 2017 foals. To see what foals we expect and which stallions we have used please see our FOALS PAGE.
I have also updated the GALLERY with photographs of our 2016 foals as well as some photographs of our mares and stallions.
Last but not least, I have updated the STALLION PAGE. Last Autumn 2 of our homebred boys, Plumtree Hideaway and Plumtree Tokyo, left us to join a stud in Germany. They arrived safe and well and their new owners are keeping in touch, which is lovely! We are expecting a few foals from Hideaway this year.
Well that's us all caught up! We hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and wish you a happy and healthy 2017. I promise I will try not to leave it as long before my next post. The website will be updated once our 2017 foals start to arrive towards the end of April, and for more frequent updates please give our page a like on Facebook by clicking HERE.
At 3.50am on 28th of May our gorgous mare Plumtree Bubblegum gave birth to a stunning broken colour colt foal. We are unsure what colour he will be when he grows up at the moment. Here he is at around 15 hours old.
His dam, Plumtree Bubblegum is a beautful dun. The photo below was taken 4 days before Bullet's arrival.
And his sire is our 31.5" dun & white stallion Plumtree Hideaway. Bullet is our 2nd foal by him.
Headshot taken May 2015
Photo taken September 2015
Here are a couple of photos of Bullet at 5 days old. As you can see he is very evenly marked, we are still unsure on his colour though!
Here is a photo of Bullet 1 day before his one month birthday! He's filling out nicely.
We had a lovely surprise arrival on 26th May, our lovely cremello mare Jasmin gave birth to a stunning, correct little palomino filly foal a whole 34 DAYS early! We have named her Plumtree Juno. In the photo below she was just under 2 days old.
And here she is at 4 days old!
Her dam is our lovely mare Pixbrooke Jasmin, has bred us some exceptional foals over the last few years and Juno is no exception! The photo below was taken summer 2015.
And her sire is our handsome boy Brandeston Rupert
Nearly 4 weeks old... doing well to say she wasn't due to be born until July 1st!
We have been excited about this foals arrival for a whole year! Our first by Plumtree Hideaway who passed his VVE in 2015. Plumtree Gunner, a tiny dun & white colt was born on 19th of May... And we are thirlled with him! Photographs taken at 2 days old.
His Dam is our little cream dun mare, Cranford Garland.
And his sire, of course, is our stunning blue dun and white, 31.5" stallion; Plumtree Hideaway.
Photo September 2015
Head shot photo May 2015
Plumtree Gunner is a tiny foal with a huge character! He is everyones best friend!
We think Mat is quite taken with him too!
Plumtree Luna is a very elegant palomino filly foal. She was born at 10.50pm on 9th May. Here she is at 2 days old (As mentioned in Star's blog the weather wasn't godd for photos for a few days). If Lorraine's memory is correct, Luna is the first palomino filly we have had from Golden Lily, and she has some lovely facemarkings, a blaze and a star, as you can see in the bottom photo.
Her dam is our beautiful Harlequin Golden Lily, out of our beloved Plumtree Tigerlilly. Here's a photo of Golden Lily taken early spring 2015, so please excuse her coat as she was shedding her winter coat at the time!
Her sire is our handsome Brandeston Rupert. This Photo was taken in May this year, trust Rupert to find the longest patch of grass in the field!
A more recent photograph of this little beauty, or what you can see of her!
Luna at 1 month old... we love her!
On 8th May at 10.50pm, our lovely bay mare, Plumtree Little Sweetie gave birth to a tiny but perfectly formed cream dun filly foal, who we have named Plumtree Little Star. Below are a couple of photographs of Star at 3 days old, unfortunately we had bad weather for her first couple of days.
Star (for short) is the first filly foal from her dam, Plumtree Little Sweetie, who was the last foal from our foundation mare Edendale Golden Princess. We now name our foals using the initial of the dams registered name, so we thought "Little Star" was the perfect name for this filly, not only because she is little, and has a star... but also because we gave Edendale Golden Princess (her grand dam) the pet name Twinkle. And as the popular nursery rhyme goes "Twinkle, twinkle little star..."
You might recognise the photograph below, as it is very special to us. Its is of Twinkle with Litlle Sweetie when she was a foal.
And here is Little Sweetie, picture with Star at 5 days old.
Her sire, is our very handsome Brandeston Rupert.
Below is another photograph of star at 5 days old.
Star is now 3 weeks old, and is so cute and chunky... as you can see from these photos!
Our beautiful boy, Merrylee's Camelot has passed his Voluntary Vet Examination and is now a SPSBS licensed stallion!
Photographs above from September 2015
We bought Camelot as a weened for from Merrylees stud. He is black and white homozygous, now 4 years old. He is a lovely boy, with a temperament to die for.
On 16th May 2016, Moorhouse Equine Vets came out to assess Camelot for his voluntary vet examination, and we are pleased to announce he passed with flying colours!
Below is a little video of Cammi (As we call him), shot in April 2016
Cammi will be turned out with his first mares soon and we can't wait to see what he produces in 2017.
Our gorgous mare Ellie gave birth to Eddie at 11.30pm on 29th of April. He is a gorgous Cream Dun colt with white face markings, and he has been a little show off since the day we was born!
Here he is out in the nursary at about 18 hours old
His Dam, Littlewitty Ellie May is out of our beloved Plumtree Tigerlilly. We bought Ellie in foal (with Eddie) to Quakers Parsley, a gorgeous Buckskin.
Eddie at just over a week old, he is a little show man and everybodies friend!
In the morning
And in the evening
Eddie is growing into a strapping young man.
Finally here is Plumtree China's blog! (I apologise, I am getting so behind)
Plumtree China was born at 1am, April 24th. Her Dam, my (Jodie) beautiful mare Crystal, has had a 2 year break from foaling... and boy was China worth the wait! She is a lovely, chunky, square little filly and one of my favorite colours is Bay so I am over the moon! Plumtree China is to be retained by our stud.
Here is a little video taken over her first couple of days...
And here are a couple of photos taken at 10 (the one in the Stable) and 11 hours old!
She was tired from running around the pen all night playing!
Her dam is Merryhill Crystal, the photo below was taken 4 days before China was born.
And her Sire is our handsome Brandeston Rupert
PHOTO UPDATE 30.04.16
Here is Plumtree China on her one week birthday! She also let me stroke her for the first time.
PHOTO UPDATE 09.05.16
China having a play on a sunny evening.
She is so friendly now, it looks like another pony that I am going to have to have a 'helper' to get photos of (Please excuse the teribble phone photos! It struggled with the strong evening sun!)
PHOTO UPDATE 11.05.16
I had my Mum, Lorraine, help distract China while I took these photographs of her.
I do love headshots, China at 6 weeks old.
Our moving time photographs have always proved popular, so this spring we decided to do a video for a change and wow! We were blown away by the response! So we thought we would write a little blog about the story behind them. Theres not that much to it really. Two of the fields we use for our ponies are actually next door to each other, but the gates into either field are about a quarter of a mile apart. So what we do is call in a couple of helpers, there are usually 4 or 5 of us. Two people stand at either end a stop the traffic while another calls all the ponies to the gate. This is something we have been doing for years so the ponies know exactly where they are going. The ponies trot out of the gates and down the road and are followed by 2 or 3 people. At the other end the other 2 people direct them into their new grazing, not that we really need too! As soon as the gates are shut we thank the cars that we have stopped and they go on their way.
The first time we took a photograph of this was in 2012. I uploaded it to Facebook and it went viral pretty quickly! I think it had somewhere around 5000 likes before I had to delete it because it was stolen worldwide, even big companies (Who I shall not name) were using it to advertise without giving credit to myself (Jodie, the photographer) or my Mum, Lorraine, as the owner of the stud. This is the reason all photographs that we use on social media are watermarked.
In this photograph I have actually edited out Lorraine, and her brother in law John out of the background. We abosutley love this photograph and we have had it printed onto canvas which hangs in our home.
It was quite a while before we decided to do another, infact it was February 2015. The ponies are in their winter coats and the fields had been very muddy so the girls did not look their best. This time there was a truck waiting to pass and he followed behind so I was unable to clean up the background, but this gives you a much better idea of how this works.
This one got around 500 likes so again we were ecstatic. Then earlier this year Durbarry of Ireland shared it to their Facebook page and we were over the moon!
But the biggest shock of all was still to come, the last time we did this, we were moving the ponies home to be sorted into pregnant mares to stay at home for foaling and the fillies to be put in the fresh grazing across the road. But this time we decided to video it! I set the camera up on a tripod to do this, so once the girls got close I could just leave the camera rolling if needs be. This little 36 second video was a massive hit, it currently has 1.6k Likes, 369 Comments, 3212 Shares and has had 235k Views on Facebook! We are still shocked, gobsmacked and over whelmed by the response to this video! So, if you haven't already seen it, here it is!
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At 3am on the 20th of April our gorgeous Henrietta gave birth to Plumtree Honolulu, a beautiful palomino filly. It was a straight forward birth, so this blog will be a short in text but we will have plenty of photos soon. We kept her in the day she was born due to the weather been a little on the cold side. She was around 14 hours old in the photo below.
You might recognise her Dam, Henrietta, from our 'Moving Time' video... when Honolulu was still sunngled up in her tummy!
And her Sire is our handsome Brandeston Rupert.
Here she is at 4 days old...
A little video of her and her half brother Plumtree Pegasus, letting him know who's boss! As you can see from this video, she has a gorgous white mane and the longest tail we think we have seen on a new born foal! (Honolulu is on the right)
Honolulu is now 3 weeks old! Time does fly!
Honolulu is now 6 weeks old and getting prettier by the day!
"When I grow up I want to be a dressage pony"
It seems as though we have been waiting forever but at approx 12.40am on Sunday the 17th of April 2016 Plumtree Polka-Dot gave birth to a beautiful Palamino colt we have named Plumtree Pegasus. At around 12.35am we were watching our foaling cameras and noticed Dot lay down and have her first push, so we got our boots and coats on and headed straight down the yard to the barn. Dot foaled 10 days early and Pegasus' birth was not straight forward. It was the dreaded red bag presentation, but due to Lorraine's quick actitions she split the red bag and pulled Pegasus out and we are happy to report both Mother and Baby are doing well.
The video and photographs on this blog were taken when he was only 11 hours old! Luckily the weather was fine and sunny on Sunday, so he didn't have to wait long to stretch his legs in the nursary paddock.
The sun was a little too bright for 'good' photography, but I did take a couple of snapshots. I couldn't help myself!
Pegasus' Dam, Plumtree Pokla-Dot. Photograph taken April 2015.
For more information on Dot please see our earlier blog by clicking HERE
And his Sire, Brandeston Rupert. Photograph taken March 2016.
For more information on Rupert please see our stallion page by clicking HERE
or see the link above.
Pegasus is now 3 days old doing well. Below are a couple of photographs taken last night.
Pegasus on his 1 week birthday! His personality is really coming out now, and he's so friendly! He was on my knee in the paddock this morning.
"Theres something tickling my lip!"
Pegasus is now 6 weeks old and has a huge personality, always first to come say hello when we walk into his field. The sun popped out just as I took this photo of him!
Our website has undergone a facelift and is now 100% mobile web compatible. While redesigning our website we decided to add a blog, where you will be able able to read all about our ponies in a bit more detail and where we will pass on useful tips and advice from our 33 years experience in Miniature Shetland Ponies. The blog posts are written by Jodie, Lorraine's daughter.
Recently Lorraine was nominated on facebook to post photos of her 5 most influential/special ponies over 5 days. And we thought this would be perfect for our very first blog as it will tell you a little more about where we came from... so here it goes.
Day 1/5 Edendale Golden Princess
With a love of all animals especially equines I was drawn to Shetland ponies in 1981 after a couple of stud visits and lots of research we went to the 1982 Fell and Shetland pony sale in Cumbria. It was love at first sight when I spotted Twinkle a tiny liver chestnut filly foal her reg name Edendale Golden Princess by Bogs Fireman. We paid 200gns for her people thought we were crazy at the time but we had to have her she was adorable the friendliest little filly I was hooked. We went to the Kerswell Stud for my first stallion and bought the newly licenced 2yr old Colt Kerswell Relko by Ron of North Wells. Twinkle prooved to be an excellent match for Relko producing a beautiful liver chestnut filly foal in 1985 Plumtree Poppy we named her.
Reading Shetland Pony sale was the place to buy and sell ponies so we entered Poppy into the sale being fairly new to Shetlands I was amazed at the interest shown in our little filly and was delighted when Tony and Jane Dennis Kerswell Stud bought her she made 600gns and we shared top price of the day with the Parlington Stud .... I will never forget what Tony Dennis said to me that day "she is the best pony here today" I was very proud what an accolade for me so new to Shetlands.
We kept Twinkles next filly another liver chestnut Plumtree Pretty Peaches she's still with us aged 30 now a little stiff on her legs at times but still enjoying her life.
Plumtree Amy another Twinkle filly went to Reading in 1988 again bought by Kerswell Stud we were 2nd highest price foal on the day.
As an 8yr old Twinkle was very ill and spent 6 weeks in Leahurst Hospital Liverpool we thought we would loose her but they got her better thank goodness, when we went to pick her up the Professor who had been in charge of her care told us she had more attention than any other equine on the place I think everyone there had fallen in love with her.
Such a sweet pony so friendly she used to whinny at me whenever she saw me it was the saddest of days when we had her put to sleep at the age of 30 ... She leaves behind daughters, granddaughters and a licenced stallion here at the stud.
I do miss her I always will she was one of the best "My Twinky"
She certainly put Plumtree Stud on the map.
2/5 Plumtree Patrick
My 2/5 has to be my first home bred licenced stallion the gorgeous Plumtree Patrick 31inch liver chestnut born in 1994 ...... Out of my beautiful Twinkle he was a keeper as soon as I set eyes on him.
The older breeders amongst us will remember how daunting the stallion assessment scheme was back then, I put Patrick forward as a 3yr old I opted for the assessment to be done at home rather than at a centre, I was so nervous on the day the 2 panel judges were Sheila Edwards and Diana Stavely accompanied by the Society appointed vet. To say I was thrilled when Patrick passed with flying colours was an under statement .... Diana said to me he was the best they had seen in a while and I should have taken him to a centre so people could see what the judges were looking for in a stallion.... It was one of the best days my lovely little boy now a licenced stallion.
Patrick has produced some fabulous foals for us and was shown with success in his day.
A lovely gentle stallion so easy and very kind he is 22 years young now and still fighting fit.
3/5 Plumtree Polka Dot
My beautiful mare Plumtree Polka-Dot ......
The only filly out of her dam my liver chestnut Plumtree Pretty Peaches .... Dots grandam my foundation pony Edendale Golden Princess "Twinkle" Dot is also related to my stallion Plumtree Patrick.
Dot is 15 now can't believe how time flys by ? She has been successfully shown and has bred me some outstanding foals, a very kind loving mare always admired by everyone who sees her. Dot is expecting a foal in late April.
4/5 Brandeston Rupert
Day 4/5 Has to be my beautiful stallion Rupert .....
Not bred by me but bought as a yearling Brandeston Rupert by Kerswell Rum ... Grandsire Tyros Storm of Lambridge ....
Licenced the old way as a 2year old he is a tank on legs with a beautiful head and temperament to die for, shown successfully in his younger days.
Rupert has had a great influence on the stud He has sired some outstanding foals in fabulous colours.
We just love him to bits.
5/5 - Every Pony!
It's difficult to pick my number 5 special pony as each and every one of the ponies here at Plumtree are very special ..... So here's a selection of some of the beautiful foals we have bred.