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The Fell Show Debut in Australia
The fell pony cleans up at the APSB Stud Show at Bendigo, and a week later, take The Melbourne Royal Show by storm on there debut to the Australian show circuit.
These are just a few of the garlands we took home.
LLANCLOUDY FELL PONY STUD would like to thank everyone involved in making this such a successful show debut for the fell ponies. Your help, support, dedication, enthusiasm and undeniable friendship has quiet literally overwhelmed me.
THE BIGGEST THANK YOU TO MY SUPPORT TEAM.
Visitor Chloe, falls for Llancloudy Sally
Breeders of HOYS, Olympia and POYS qualifiers.
LLANCLOUDY FELL PONIES - THE ONLY BREEDER IN AUSTRALIA TODAY
The Hidden Gem
The Llancloudy Fell Pony herd came to Australia in October 2007. The only breeders of this unique and prestigious breed in the country today. After securing the breeding lines which has taken a number of years, it is only now the Llancloudy stock is becoming available.
The fell pony is without doubt one of the most incredible breeds in the world today, dating back to pre-roman times, a breed tested by endurance and hardship. Now used as competition ponies for endurance riding, show jumping, cross country, dressage showing and ultimately phenominal driving ponies. Capable of being ridden by both adults and children alike, giving you the all round ideal family pony.
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THE HARDY PONIES WITH THE ROYAL SEAL OF APPROVAL:
WHY THE NATIVE FELL PONY HAS BECOME A FIRM FAVOURITE WITH THE QUEEN
One of the oldest equine breeds on the planet, Fell ponies like the Queen's mount Carltonlima Emma, have roamed the moors of Cumbria since the Neolithic period.
Docile, hardy and thick-set, the majority of Fell ponies are black, grey or bay and measure between 13 and 14hh.
Highly prized by the Carvetii, the Iron Age tribe who occupied the region more than two millennia ago, the ponies later caught the eye of the invading Romans and were used as trade goods all over the Empire.
The Romans also helped develop the breed into the relatively large animal it is today. Originally thought to have stood around 12hh tall (similar to Dartmoor and Exmoor ponies), by the end of the Roman period, the average Fell was more than a hand higher.
Another invader to fall in love with the Fell pony was the Vikings, who used the animals as pack ponies; a use continued by the Normans. By the 13th century, the Fell's usefulness as a pack animal was well-established and the pony played an important role in British trade until the end of the 18th century.
Following the Industrial Revolution, Fells were used to transport iron ore and coal from mine to town, as well as underground when the height of the shaft allowed. Although previously used in trotting races, the Fell pony really came into its as a riding horse in the 1950s, when its gentle nature and pretty looks made it the pony of choice for families.
Today, the pony remains a popular choice for riders of all ages, among them the Queen who breeds Fell ponies at her Hampton Court stud.
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Duke of Edinburgh shows that even at the age of 94 he still holds the whip hand as he takes to the roads in horse and carriage
The Duke of Edinburgh was seen braving the dull Easter weekend weather while riding a carriage with four horses around Windsor.
The Duke was accompanied by two female passengers who sat in the back while he took the lead around Windsor, which is home to Windsor Castle, one of the royal residences.
By 1973 he was suitably proficient to take up the sport competitively, representing Britain at several European and World Championships. He is even credited with developing the sport, even supervising the drafting of an early carriage driving rule book.
He continued to compete in four-in-hand carriage driving with his team of fell ponies into his early 80s and still enjoys the sport recreationally. In his book '30 years on and off the box seat' The Duke of Edinburgh describes the appeal of the sport.
'I am getting old, my reactions are getting slower, and my memory is unreliable, but I have never lost the sheer pleasure of driving a team through the British countryside. "I have been fortunate to have had a longer innings than most, and I have no intention of giving up while I have a team of willing ponies and dedicated staff and while I can still cope with the challenges which carriage driving presents me with."
The Prince competed at the Royal Windsor Horse Show for the last time in 2005
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Photographer - Gina Feakins owner and breeder of the Llancloudy Fell Ponies.