• Welcome back Plumtree Tigerella!

    Today we welcomed Plumtree Tigerella, aka Tigger, back to Plumtree! We are thrilled to have this beautiful yearling filly back at our stud.

    Very sadly and unexpectedly, we lost her gorgeous Dam, Plumtree Tigerlilly earlier this year. We were absolutely devistated to say the least. Luckily for us, Tigger had gone to Lynne & Terry Day at Wildsworth Stud as a weaned foal, and they very, very kindly offered to let us have Tigger back.

    Tigger is so much like her Mum,  Tigerlilly, pictured below, summer 2012.

    Not only was Tigerlilly a gorgeous mare, she was a fabulous Mum. The photographs below are her with Tigger, at just a couple of days old.

    In June this year Lynne and Terry asked Jodie if she would like to show Tigger for them at Lincoln County Show. We were delighted as Tigger came 1st in the yearling class.

    Tigger arrived back at our stud today, where she has joined her half sisters Golden Lily, Irrisistable and Ellie May. We think she remembers us... she has settled right in! Thank you both Lynne and Terry for letting us have this lovely litte filly back!

     

  • Introducing Plumtree Little Star...

    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.

    UPDATE 29.05.16

    Star is now 3 weeks old, and is so cute and chunky... as you can see from these photos!

     

     

  • Introducing Plumtree Eddie...

    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.

    UPDATE 09.05.16

    Eddie at just over a week old, he is a little show man and everybodies friend!

    In the morning

    And in the evening

    UPDATE 29.05.16

    Eddie is growing into a strapping young man.

  • Moving Time at Plumtree!

    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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  • Introducing Plumtree Honolulu...

    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)

    UPDATE 11.05.16

    Honolulu is now 3 weeks old! Time does fly!

    UPDATE 13.05.16

    UPDATE 29.05.16

    Honolulu is now 6 weeks old and getting prettier by the day!

    UPDATE 04.06.16

    "When I grow up I want to be a dressage pony"

  • Hello & Welcome to our new website and brand new blog!

    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.