Chalkdown Group has five of its own ponies and four that are brought to us each week by their owners. We thought you would like to meet some of them.
At our RDA sessions Lara has the patience of a saint! She will stand at the mounting block for ages without moving a muscle and she will keep the most nervous riders safe and boost their confidence. She is a rather beautiful black Fell Pony and although not too tall she is sturdy and strong. She wears a Long Service Medal on her bridle as she has been teaching children and adults to ride at Chalkdown for over 15 years now. At home she is queen of the paddock and is very choosy about who she shares her field with!”
Comic is a very easy-going character, little in life phases him and he is generally a pretty accommodating little chap! He loves food and treats as he is on a very managed diet to control laminitis, which he is quite prone to – so a rare carrot/apple treat or an excuse to get onto good grass goes down very well! He loves attention and being cuddled by his riders at RDA. He dislikes being on his own and being out in bad weather.
Comic is Chalkdown’s smallest and most elderly pony so he looks after our tiniest riders. A very important job indeed.
Tinker, who is brought to us each week by his owner Claire, who is a volunteer. He is a chunky 15.3hh piebald cob, making him ideal for most of our adult riders. He has a wonderfully calm temperament, giving his riders confidence and he will also stand patiently while we all get organised. He knows his job and adjusts perfectly to the abilities of our different riders.
He loves to jump a few fences, take a hack round the forest but most of all he likes to chill in his field with his friends and eat!
Chase was born in Wales in May 2010. He belongs to Kay’s daughter and he comes along to help us out if we need an extra pony for our younger riders. Kay has owned him since 2014. He is very cheeky, has a lovely nature with little children and loves hacking out and sponsored rides. He is a rather pretty 11.2hh palomino Welsh Section A Pony with a very fancy full name – Waithwind Wind Chaser. Chase loves being groomed and fussed over and he loves food, especially bananas! He doesn’t like large men.
Buttercup (aka Bee) joined Chalkdown in July 2021, aged 6. We weren’t too sure we liked her name but as it is unlucky to change a horse’s name we just shortened it to Bee. She is a 15.1 middleweight cob and a beautiful dark liver chestnut colour. She has a kind nature and loves lots of fuss and people’s attention. She lives with the other Chalkdown girls and is quickly learning her RDA role and becoming a valuable member of the team.