Chalkdown Group has five of its own ponies and five 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 twelve years now. At home she is queen of the paddock and is very choosy about who she shares her field with!”
Merlin is a 14.2hh mid-weight piebald cob, although more white than black. He also has a tail that is at least 4 times the size of a normal pony’s tail. He was born in 2002 and was given a birthday in March as the exact date was not known. Karen bought him as a 4 yr old and he had not done much, just a bit of hacking. They learnt together and have had great fun over many years. He loves to show off in dressage, he especially enjoys dressage to music. He loves to jump and always jumps each jump much higher than he needs to. He goes to hunter trials and has done Le Trec. He has taught many people – young and old – to ride. What he absolutely loves are the RDA days. He is the perfect RDA pony although with some of the volunteers he does “hound them down” for treats! He is a once in a lifetime pony and Karen is so proud to share him with the Chalkdown Group.
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!
This is Dolly. She belongs to Beca who lets us borrow her when we need some extra help for our smallest riders. Dolly is a pretty little Welsh Section A Pony and she stands at 11.2hh tall. She was born in 2006. Dolly used to be a companion pony at a racing yard but she now enjoys living at home with lots of other horses, chickens, dogs, cats and geese! She is a fun pony but has a kind temperament and loves lots of cuddles from the children. We are very lucky to be able to call on her when we need her.
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.