There are several sites for horse motels on the Internet.
Horse Motels International just happened to be a perfect site for me!! They had a rating system and comments from previous guests and I felt it my duty, when I got home, to rate my stays and write comments to help other horse travelers along their way.
It ended up that my brother traveled with me, so I was not alone, BUT we found the motels” and the owners to be quite delightful, fun, and it definitely took a lot of worry out of traveling.
I know if I had been alone it would have been even more wonderful.
Each motel owner was more than willing to help unload, help feed and water, and load out in the morning.
It sure made traveling a lot more fun and it was not that expensive.
I will be horse moteling when I pick up Moses and hope I can stay at some of the same places on my way home!! Happy Trails, Sheila Amdor Iowa Page 13 My partner, Dave, who has traveled the trail for 18 months with only his horse and mule, suggested I find a horse motel along the way!!! He was from Ohio and knew there were such motels back east! Taking his advice I got online and searched — horse motels.
And lo and behold …I found Horse Motels International (www.horsemotel.com) and in one click my worries of EVER traveling alone were over!! I planned how far I wanted to travel the first day and then I went online to find horse motels in the vicinity of where I Volume 3, Number 2 Dressage At Devon Fell Ponies at Dressage at Devon Mary Jean’s stallions, Waverhead Model IV and Waverhead Robbie, were handsomely shown in in-hand stallion harness, as is done in England.
Unfortunately, under show rules, those harnesses were not allowed, but a series of errors on the part of the ring staff allowed the stallions in the ring to compete nonetheless.
Says Mary Jean, “So much for trying to be ‘correct’! We did not know it was not allowed, nor did the ring steward tell us before entering the ring (nor did the judge know ahead of time).
Dressage at Devon is a USEF-sanctioned event so USEF rules must apply.
Next time I must remember to read the small print!” Bert Morland of the Lunesdale Fell Pony stud came from Cumbria, England, to officiate the event.
Morland has over 40 years experience judging British native ponies for the National Pony Society and Ponies (UK).
He is also a member of the Fell Pony Society Council.
He indicated that the Connemara and Shetland ponies that he saw were of better quality than most of the representatives of those breeds that he sees in England.
Shetland pony exhibitors were especially thrilled to participate in the first breed show for British Shetlands in the United States in one hundred years.
The Thirtieth Annual Dressage at Devon (http://www.dressageatdevon.org) featured the world’s largest open breed show as well as a world-class dressage competition, sanctioned by both the US Equestrian Federation and International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).competitors from 12 nations, 29 States and 5 Canadian provinces were represented during the event.
Native ponies were also entered in the performance division of the show.
Glenhaven Barossa Valley, Reserve Champion Welsh Pony & Cob in the breed show, won the Born in the USA award.
He had to accumulate enough points competing against imported warmblood horses (many stallions) and German riding ponies to win the title.
The New Forest pony breed was well represented in the FEI dressage pony tests by Van Gosh and Zippity Do Da.
Van Gosh placed first, ridden by Meagan Davis, and Zippity Do Da placed fourth, ridden by Julia Warstler.
These results were quite an accomplishment, as it was the first time ponies have been allowed in FEI level competition in recent years.
Breed champion Dales stallion, Village Sovereign, was also entered in the under saddle competition during the breed show.
Finally, a driven dressage exhibition starred some very talented Dartmoors, Connemaras, and a Welsh Cob.
The in-hand champion native ponies returned later in the day for a Native Pony Exhibition, and the winners of each breed also participated in a Parade of Breeds at day’s end.
Exmoor pony, Marlyn Domino, joined the class winners in the exhibition to round out the representation of the native breeds.
Unfortunately, the Highland pony representative was unable to make the show.
Mary Jean Gould-Earley received kudos from class participants for her efforts in organizing the event, undoubtedly contributing to her willingness to go through it all again next year! Additional co-sponsors of the M&M in-hand class were The Native Pony magazine; Personal Ponies Ltd., home of North America’s British Shetland Pony Registrar; America Connemara Pony Society; The Moonlight Ranch, LLC; The Dartmoor Pony Registry of America; Claudia Novak; Exmoor Pony Enthusiasts; New Forest Pony Society of North America; The Dales Pony Society of America, Inc.; Lone Tree Farm; Scottish Highland Pony Society of North America; Kellwould Highland Ponies; George and Barbara Clardy; Dales Pony Association of North America; and Pony Enthusiast magazine.
Jenifer Morrissey Colorado F ell ponies outnumbered all but the Connemaras in the first ever Mountain and Moorland Pony class at Dressage at Devon.
Held September 30, 2004, in Devon, Pennsylvania, the class during the Breed Show had 32 entries from six native British pony breeds.
The Fell Pony Society of North America, in the person of Mary Jean Gould-Earley, organized and co-sponsored the event, and FPSNA has already been asked to organize next year’s class, scheduled for September 29, 2005.
The Mixed Mountain & Moorland class was an in-hand competition, open to all purebred, registered native ponies, and included Fell, Dales, Connemara, Welsh, Dartmoor, New Forest and (British) Shetland ponies.
The M&M class was one of the largest in the breed show and was recognized by the Breed Show Committee as “Overall Best-handled and Best-turned-out.” There were seven Fell ponies in the class, all owned by FPSNA members.
Laurel Highland Farm showed six, and Sheila Amdor’s Llancloudy Moses was the seventh.
Lune Valley Dolly from Laurel Highland Farm was the top placing Fell pony, taking fourth place overall and Supreme Champion Fell Pony.
Laurelhighland Jake, who at two months old was the youngest participant in the class, was Reserve Champion Fell Pony.
Scores were based on 30% for trot, 30% for walk, 30% for conformation and 10% for general impression.
The spread in the scores from the top to the bottom of the class was quite close, only 15 points.
One observer noted, “Those are amazing scores.
You know it was a great class when the 10th place pony had a score of 76% and the lowest score was 68%.” There was a 4-way tie for second place based on scores, and the judge had to rank the ones that tied. Page 14 4. 13. 15. 23. 25. 27. 29. Fell Ponies in M&M Class Lune Valley Dolly Laurelhighland Jake Brackenbank Poppy Inglegarth Radiant Waverhead Model IV Llancloudy Moses Waverhead Robbie Dressage at Devon M&M Top Ten 1.
Balmullo’s Miss Lucy (Connemara) 2.
Kynynmont Moira (Connemara) 3.
Friars Sion (Welsh Section A) 4.
Lune Valley Dolly (Fell) 5.
Cassochie Westray (Shetland) 6.
Village Sovereign (Dales) 7.
Windfield Watermelon (Dartmoor) 8.
Kynynmont Haley (Connemara) 9.
Patty’s Look at Me (Connemara) 10.
Canadale Bronze Belle (Dales) Dressage at Devon M&M Breed Winners Connemara: Champion: Balmullo’s Miss Lucy Reserve: Kynynmont Moira Welsh Pony & Cob: Champion: Friars Sion Reserve: Glenhaven Barossa Valley Fell Pony: Champion: Lune Valley Dolly Reserve: Laurelhighland Jake Shetland Pony: Champion: Cassochie Westray Reserve: Lakewood Brighide Dales Pony: Champion: Village Sovereign Reserve: Canadale Bronze Belle Dartmoor Pony: Champion: Windfield Watermelon Reserve: Shilstone Rocks Snowshoes New Forest Pony: Champion: Hoppenhof’s Jennifer Laurelhighland Jake Reserve Champion Fell Pony Friars Sion, Lune Valley Dolly (Champion Fell Pony), Shilstone Rocks Snowshoes Village Sovereign, Friars Sion, Lune Valley Dolly, Shilstone Rocks Snowshoes, Balmullo’s Miss Lucy, Kynynmont Moira, (Canadale Bronze Bell, back row) Volume 3, Number 2 Page 15 Dressage At Devon Parade of Breeds Class #60: Native Ponies of the British Isles — White markings are not uncommon.
Their action is straight, high and true, with powerful knee and hock action.
They have tremendous stamina, an iron constitution, intelligence, and a calm temperament.
This is Champion Dartmoor pony filly, Windfield Watermelon.
The rare Dartmoor pony originated on the moorlands of Devon in southwest England.
It is usually brown, bay or black and stands at up to 12.2 hh.
Being surefooted, strong, and hardy, it is quite capable of excelling in any number of pursuits.
A calm temperament and friendly nature make the Dartmoor an excellent choice for a child’s firstridden pony, and yet it is strong enough to carry an adult, too.
A long and low stride provide a smooth and comfortable ride for showing, hunting, or trail riding, while good looks, pleasant manner and brave nature are also well-suited for driving.
This is an Exmoor pony, Marlyn Domino.
The endangered Exmoor pony is probably the most ancient of the native breeds, originating in the windswept, sparsely-vegetated moorlands of Southwestern England.
They are robust ponies of modest stature, 12 – 13 hh, but are capable of carrying both adults and children.
All Exmoors are bay, brown or dun with black points, a mealy muzzle, ring around the eyes lighter underbelly, and no white markings.
This primitive coat pattern gives then ideal camouflage on the moorlands where these hardy ponies still roam and forage for themselves.
Their winter coat is a special double layered coat that provides insulation and waterproofing allowing the ponies to stand out in all weather.
Exmoors enjoy working, are quick learners, and posses an almost cat-like ability to jump. This is Champion Connemara pony mare, Balmulla’s Miss Lucy.
The Connemara pony is indigenous to the rocky, inhospitable shores of Connaught in Northwest Ireland.
Exactly how the first ponies arrived in the region is lost in the mists of time, but they were probably descendents of Iberian ponies imported to the busy port of Galway many centuries ago.
They are rugged and sturdy, mostly grey, and stand between 13 and 15 hands.
They are famous for their jumping ability as well as an intelligent and cooperative attitude.
This is Champion Dales pony stallion, Village Sovereign.
Native to the upper dales, or “valleys”, of northeast England, the rare Dales pony was bred for the Pennine lead industry as a pack pony, and was also used for work on small hill farms in the area, carrying shepherds and hauling hay for great distances.
They are strong, surefooted, as well as both stylish and fast in harness.
Usually standing at 14 hh to 14.2 hh, they are predominantly black, with some brown, bay, grey and, rarely, roan. Page 16 Parade of Breeds: Class #60: Native Ponies of the British Isles (continued) This is Champion Fell pony mare, Lune Valley Dolly.
The endangered Fell pony is named after the “hills”, which are also called “fells”, in northern England.
They have been used for centuries as pack ponies, and also for shepherding and pulling carts.
Fells are strong and hardy, and stand up to 14 hh.
They usually have long manes, thick tails, and abundant silky feather.
They are fast trotters with well-balanced knee and hock action.
Most are black, but bay, brown and grey are also allowed colors.
With typically docile temperaments and tremendous stamina, they are popular with riding and trekking stables, well-suited for driving, and are also creditable jumpers.
This is Champion New Forest pony mare, Hoppenhof’s Jennifer.
The New Forest is in southern England in S.
The first written record of ponies in the New Forest was before William the Conqueror designated the area as his Novae Forestae, a royal hunting ground.
Canute’s Forest Law, dated 1016, also mentions ponies among the wild animals of the Forest.
At different times in their history, stallions of other native breeds, as well as Thoroughbreds and Arabs, ran on the Forest, but no outside blood has been permitted since the mid 1930’s.
New Forest ponies are noted for their versatility and kind temperament, range in size from approximately 12 hh to no more than 14.2 hh, and can be any color except piebald, skewbald or blue-eyed cream.
They should be of riding type with strong quarters and plenty of bone.
Their movement is free, active and straight but not exaggerated.
This is Champion British Shetland pony stallion, Cassochie Westray.
The British Shetland pony, named for the Shetland Islands, is the smallest of the native British pony breeds.
For centuries the ponies had to cope with an environment that howled hostility in Volume 3, Number 2 every breeze.
They grazed on poor vegetation, seaweed and whatever else that may have washed in from the sea.
These sure-footed little ponies were once the chief means of transport on the islands.
Not only did they carry their owners, but everything that had to be carried on the islands, from peat, which was the main source of fuel, to foodstuffs.
Shetland ponies were almost solely limited to the Islands until the 1850’s when they were sent by the thousands to work in the coal mines of Scotland, Wales, and the United States.
Their intelligence and quiet ways were ideal for the work of pulling coal carts through the narrow mineshaft.
Tens of thousands of these Pit Ponies labored in the mines well into the 1970’s.
The Shetland stands at no more than 10.2 hh, has short limbs, a short back, a thick neck, small ears, a flowing mane and tail, and a thick coat in winter.
This is Champion Welsh pony stallion, Friar’s Sion.
The Welsh pony and cob are native to the hills and valleys of Wales.
Welsh Mountain ponies and the larger Welsh ponies and cobs are registered in four separate sections of the Welsh Stud Book, according to height and type, from the smallest, the Section A Welsh Mountain pony, which stands up to 12 hh, to the largest, the Section D Welsh cob, which stands at least 13.2 hh with no upper height limit.
The description for each section is similar, with the typical short Welsh pony head with small ears, large prominent eyes, well-laid shoulder, and good clean legs and feet.
The characteristic fast trotting action should be groundcovering with forceful impulsion from the hocks.
Any color is allowed – except piebald or skewbald (or “paint”).
Welsh ponies and cobs are popular for riding and driving for both children and adults.
Unfortunately, our Highland pony representative was unable to make it to the show.
The rare Highland pony is native to the Scottish Highlands and Islands, where it has been a universal workhorse.
Highland ponies are still used for deer stalking, trekking, agriculture, driving, endurance riding and other recreational pursuits.
Standing at 13 hh to 14.2 hh, they are most commonly dun or grey, but can also be brown, black, and occasionally bay or chestnut.
They are hardy and typically kindnatured.
In addition to the Mixed Mountain and Moorland in-hand competition and Parade of Breeds, native ponies were also featured in a special in-hand exhibition and judging clinic with guest judge, Mr.
In addition, a driven dressage exhibition, starring some very talented Dartmoors, Connemaras and a Welsh cob, was also featured.
All in all, Dressage at Devon 2004 has been a great promotion for all the natives! A special thank-you for all the sponsors of Class #60, Native Ponies of the British Isles … We would also like to thank our guest, National Pony Society and Ponies Association UK judge, Mr.
Bert Morland, from England. Page 17 FPSNA Members Describe Their Own Dressage At Devon Experiences Sheila Amdor – Iowa real credibility, but also helping to provide a memorable learning experience for all.
We’re set to do it all again next year, so everyone mark your calendars to attend and/or bring your ponies on September 29, 2005! Bruce and Olga Hausser – Massachusetts M probably eventually get used to the fact that there isn’t time and energy to absorb everything I wanted to learn.
I encourage all Fell breeders to get out and see the other ponies in this country.
It was very educational to see the variations within the breed.
Sarah Vogeley – Virginia
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