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    Our last foal for 2017 has arrived!

    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...

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    Plumtree Stud Newsletter June 2017 - 3 Early Arrivals! So much for our month off foaling!

    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...

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    End of year round up 2016 - Competition win, new arrivals and foals leaving for their new homes!

    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.

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    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!

     

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    Ponies for sale at Plumtree

    It is rare we have ponies for sale other than our foals. But we have just a few too many at the moment, therefor we have decided to put a couple of girls up for sale. They will only be sold to knowlagable homes with other ponies or horses for company.

    Benstonholm Quern

    5 Years Old, Piebald mare.

    Quern, who we call Millie, is a Shetland Isle bred mare. She has a very sweet nature with both ponies and people, is good to catch and have feet trimmed. She is very evenly marked, correct and moves well, so could be shown.

     

    If you would like anymore information on Qwern, please get in touch with Lorraine by phoning 01302350083 or 07802900650 anytime or email lorraine@plumtreestud.co.uk

    We may also have a couple of mares for sale around September/October time, once their foals have been weaned.

     

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    Introducing Plumtree Bullet

    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

    UPDATE 02.06.016

    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!


    UPDATE 27.06.16

    Here is a photo of Bullet 1 day before his one month birthday! He's filling out nicely.

     

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    Introducing Plumtree Gunner... our first foal by Plumtree Hideaway!

    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

    Update 30.05.16

    Plumtree Gunner is a tiny foal with a huge character! He is everyones best friend!

    We think Mat is quite taken with him too!

     

     

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    Introducing Plumtree China

     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.

    UPDATE 08.06.16

    I do love headshots, China at 6 weeks old.

     

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    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.