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Away from the Cumbrian Fells, it is impossible to replicate the environment that made these ponies what they are today, but we do all we can to run our ponies as near to that "idyll" as possible. The mares are run on rough hill ground from September until April with little, if any, supplementary feeding in order to maintain the natural hardiness that is essential in the female stock. The stud usually consists of around 8-10 brood mares, youngstock and our stallions.
Jackpot gained his stallion license and covered a few mares in 2009 so was shown less. During his few outings he was Fell Champion at NPS Scotland, Great Yorkshire and the Royal Show, where he went one better and claimed the Supreme M&M Championship. He then went on to stand Fell Champion at tha NPS Summer Champs at Malvern and was awarded the Shalbourne Cup for the best M&M Stallion. He again finished the season in style by reclaiming the Youngstock and Overall M&M Champion titles at the NPS Scotland Finals at Blair Castle.
The first foals by Jackpot were born in May 2010. We are very pleased with them and are eager to see how they progress. ackpot started his 2011 show season very well. He has continued to do well throughout the season. As we had hoped he has gone on to make the grade. He has matured into a lovely pony with an exceptional temperament, and is now leaving some nice youngstock on the ground. 2008 saw Tam concentrate more on his ridden work. Ridden and schooled at home by Jill Cousens then partnered at shows by Chris MacMillan he had a very successful first season.
In 2009 Tam continued to progress in his ridden work and had a succesful season, including winning the Fell section of the NFU Open Ridden Championship at NPS Summer Championship Show, Malvern. At the same show in his first evening performace, he seemed to love the lights and the atmosphere in the main arena where he was Reserve Champion in the Brithish Isles Supreme Ridden Final.