|Over the years we have had 5 driving ponies at our stud: one shetland, three welsh ponies, and more|
recently, in 2011 the addition of Walena Grey Lad (stable name Lennex), a four year old Welsh section A-
purchased when an unexpected bid of 20 Guineas was accepted by Thimbleby and Shorland auctioneers
at the Reading Shetland Pony sales.
Lennex being shown in 2016
photo courtesy of JayPhotos
The previous owner had planned to train him as a driving pony as they thought he had potential, so it
only seemed fitting to carry on with that plan. To say he was a challenge was an understatement.
Having been sold through four pony sales in his short life, and at some point having been treated aggressively,
the first objective was to get an opinion on whether or not he could be a suitable driving pony.
With this in mind we contacted Mark Broadbent of Fenix Carriage Driving, who also thought he had potential.
So the decision was to leave him there and have him broken to drive.
His development continued by attending indoor training events at Stretcholt, and private lessons given by Barbara Nadin.
Eventually Lennex, driven by Irene, was able to attend BDS rallies, he won his first Trec, he did a beach drive,
and training days at Mark's. His last assesment by Mark Broadbent, before going on loan, was very encouraging.
Four years of undivided attention has been worth every effort.
Lennex in training at Mark Broadbent's
Lennex (driven by Irene) returning from a
Trec drive organised by Somerset Area Commissioner
of the BDS Kathleen Hill, at Sampford Farm, Wellington
A lovely day out
Portrait of a winner!
Once again, Irene attended a pony sale at Sedgemoor Shetland Pony Sales in October 2016, and after the
sales, passing the pens, saw an unsold Welsh Section A pony named Coedana Ryan, another four year old
who seemed to deserve a chance. With the help of Sarah Anholt of Primore Equestrian Centre we are
currently training him, with a view to his forthcoming assessment by Mark Broadbent.
Our latest driving pony, Ryan
during schooling in Jan 2017