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Emma Massingdale’s Latest Adventure with Eriskay Ponies

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Sarah Wild

Emma Massingale, one of Mole Valley Farmers’ (www.molevalleyfarmers.com) sponsored riders will be back on our TV screens next week, after spending a month horseboarding behind two young Eriskay ponies across the ten islands which make up the Outer Hebrides. Emma’s latest adventure will be broadcast in three parts on the One Show, on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February.

As viewers will see, once again she took the challenge head on, camping out with ponies Noah and Storm and her little dog Inca, foraging and fishing for food as she went.

She says:

“Wow, what an adventure! The Outer Hebrides are truly breathtaking and there are natural treasures around every corner. Ten islands explored, six causeways crossed and around 185 miles covered! We finished filming at the Butt of Lewis. It was a world first to travel like this and I loved horseboarding with Noah and Storm, while carrying Inca on my back. The Eriskays have learnt a lot – there’s nothing like training on the job. I always try and prepare for a trip but until you’re actually living it, you never really know what you have let yourself in for!”

Emma concluded:

“A big thank you to my fiancé Jeremy, who helps with all the logistics, leaving me to concentrate on the ponies. Follow our highs and lows on the BBC’s The One Show starring next week”. I have loved horse boarding along with Noah, Storm and little Inca on my back! It’s now time for us to head for home! A massive thank you to Jeremy, Poppy and Kis for all your help and support. You will be able to see our adventure soon on the BBC for The One Show.y corner. I have loved horse boarding along with Noah, Storm and little Inca on my back! It’s now time for us to head for home! A massive thank you to Jeremy, Poppy and Kis for all your help and support. You will be able to see our adventure soon on the BBC for The One Show.

This was Emma’s third equine adventure, where she has taken a native pony breed back to its place of origin.  Firstly she transported her Connemaras to a remote Irish Island for a month; then trekked coast to coast across Scotland with her Highlands; Albert and Ernie went back to the Shetland Islands by sail boat and now the Eriskays have gone back to their roots in the Outer Hebrides.

Emma has amply demonstrated the mental and physical strengths of each breed and the often surprising ways they are adapted to live and thrive in their native environments.  The majority of indigenous British ponies are endangered – for instance, there are fewer Eriskay ponies than giant pandas and the breed is classed as ‘critically endangered’ by the Rare Breed Survival Trust, with less than 300 in the world.

Emma is demonstrating in very practical ways just how versatile and low maintenance the various breeds can be, compared to their larger horse equivalents.  Also they are literally built to withstand the challenges of their native environments.

Emma with Eriskays

 

Success for Ramiro B and his son at Competition Stallions Showcase

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Sarah Wild

THERE was much to celebrate for the team from Harthill Stud when the legendary stallion Ramiro B and his son Cushlas Reviro met with a lot of attention at the Competition Stallions Showcase.

Ramiro B added yet another award to his long list of achievements, as well as being ranked number four on the WBFSH sire rankings for eventing stallions this year, at the Competition Stallions Showcase he won an award for being the Sire of the Winning Futurity Foal from 2017.

Harthill Stud owner, Nina Barbour said: “We had so much interest in Ramiro B throughout the day and his seven-year-old son, Cushlas Reviro who coped really well show jumping in front of the crowds.

“Ramiro B remains a huge part of Harthill Stud and is responsible for so many of the success stories and youngsters we, and our clients have bred.

“Cushlas Reviro is out of a Hermes de Reve mare and I am very much enjoying jumping and producing him, he shows a lot of talent.  He was campaigned successfully last year by Anthony Condon achieving consistent results in six-year-old 1.25m – 1.30m classes.”

The 2018 Competition Stallions Showcase at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre was a great success with an exceptional turn out.

The show allowed mare owners and the wider public to see stallions in the flesh encouraging them to assess their quality and conformation and ultimately determine if they would complement their mare.

For the 2018 season Ramiro B is standing at Stallion AI Services who brought along some of the top stallions in the UK.

Added Nina: “Having the opportunity to see the stallions perform in the arena as well as having access to the stable area is a great way of showing both stallions and their progeny to those visiting.

“It was wonderful to see Ramiro B and Cushlas Reviro drawing such a great crowd  when they were paraded in the arena.”

Mare owners came to see Ramiro B and his progeny, asking many questions including what he passes onto his offspring. He is an outstanding dual-purpose stallion for both eventing and show jumping and is well known for improving the temperament of difficult mares.

Ramiro B has a stud fee of £950 plus VAT offering fresh, chilled or frozen semen.

For further information telephone Stefanie Hecker on (01948) 666295 or visit www.stallionai.com for further information on Ramiro B visit www.harthillstud.com

Ramiro B receiving the award for being the Sire of the Winning Futurity Foal from 2017

Cushlas Reviro and Nina Barbour at the Competition Stallions Showcase

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