FOALED: 7th May 2018, Homebred
BREEDING: Sire Philanderer ii (Jumbo) Dam Que Warrior (Warrior X Heartbreaker X Tangelo VD Zuuthoeve)
Bonnie is a brave and inquisitive youngster who has been bred to produce ourselves as an event horse we plan to keep her here at Hurstwood Farm long term. We have huge hopes for Bonnie becoming a exciting eventer in the future.
Huge thanks to all the team at Upper Clayhill Farm Stud and equine vet Simon Staempfli for her safe arrival.
SEX: Mare FOALED: 2012 HEIGHT: 16.3 Approx
JOINED HURSTWOOD: November 2016
BREEDING: Sire Iroko (WF) Dam Sullane Kate (TB)
Bio: Coco was sourced at Ireland’s top event horse sale, Gorsebridge “Go for gold”. She had been produced for the sale but had no competition history. Coco caught Mike and Liane’s eye primarily due to her bold attitude towards cross country obstacles despite her young age and inexperience. She is a tall elegant mare with a quiet temperament in her stable, and despite her size she is very self aware.
In 2017 Coco began her eventing career very successfully with 3 double clears and 3 placings at her first 3 events. She then stepped up to compete in a 5 year old class but unfortunately following this she required some time off and therefore the decision was made to put her in foal to Britannia Royal a young promising local stallion with exceptional breeding (Headley Britannia X Royaldik).
Competitive career :
- Clear round 90cm Arena eventing (first outing)
- 2nd 90cm Arena eventing Pyecombe (second outing)
- 10th Chilham Castle BE 90 (first BE event)
- 9th Twesledown BE 90
- 3rd Borde Hill BE 90
SEX: Mare FOALED: 2013 HEIGHT: 16.1 At present
JOINED HURSTWOOD: November 2016
BREEDING: Cruising (ISH) X OBOS Quality (OLD)
Bio: Cindy was purchased from the Monart select event horse sale in Ireland. We viewed her loose jumping and she stood out with her bold, smooth and very correct technique over a fence. She was unbroken and only lightly handled. When Cindy arrived she had been fully clipped and shod yet it was impossible to even pick up one of her front feet; we believe she must have been sedated previously. Cindy was also very head shy and wary of people, so for the first few weeks we focused on giving her positive experiences of handling, giving her lots of grooming and the odd treat! She gained confidence very quickly and within a fortnight she had learned to pick up her feet and our farrier was able to come and remove her shoes without too much drama.
After Cindy had become more comfortable with being handled, Liane began the breaking process and Cindy responded really well. Within a month, Cindy was walk, trot and cantering under saddle in the outdoor arena and even popped over a few jumps. Following this we turned her away for several months to relax, grow and evaluate her newly found skills as a riding horse!
Cindy then came back into work towards the end of the summer 2017 and did some cross country schooling and low key training shows. She now remains in work but we are allowing her plenty of time for her to mature before her competitive career starts.
FOALED: 2011 Bred by Brendon Stud
BREEDING: Sire Warrior (Heartbreaker X Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve) Olympic Showjumper
JOINED HURSTWOOD: 2014 as a lightly backed 3 year old
Betty was purchased to bring on and sell, however we all fell in love with her friendly loving temperament and laid back attitude so she has remained here for longer than planned! She is the best at giving cuddles, and has plenty of fans including 1 year old Bertie who likes to stroke her nose and pull her whiskers, all without Betty batting an eyelid!
Betty has a scopey, effortless jump and huge elastic paces which help her to do well in dressage and show jumping. However Betty’s laid back approach to life doesn’t lend her to becoming a top event horse as she doesn’t like to gallop! She is still young so we haven’t pushed her to go any faster than she is comfortable with cross country, she no doubt has more to give but it is unlikely she will ever have enough blood to become a three day event horse.
As Betty has so many positive attributes; her jump, paces and temperament, we put her in foal in 2017 to a stallion with a high TB % Philanderer the youngest of the Jumbo stallions. On 7th May 2018 she gave birth to a big, strong filly who we decided to call Bonnie (see Bonnie’s post).
Competitive career: – Double clear Blue chip power/ Newcomers (1.10m) as a 5 year old
– 3 out of 4 double clears (sj and xc) at her first BE events
– Qualified for British novice second rounds in 2016
– 1st 1.05m open at Petley Wood BS
– 1st BE100 Combined training at Felbridge
BREED: TB X
SEX: Dark Bay Gelding
DAM: Oakfields Rococo (Sire Baron B)
Freddie was bred here at Hurstwood Farm by Mike. Freddie has inherited the personality of his Dam, Oakfields Rococo, being pretty fearless and extremely forward which gives promise that his eventing career will be as illustrious as hers. He is extremely bold and Liane’s extensive SJ experience is proving invaluable for working on his pace and getting him to listen. Liane took on the ride of Freddie in 2012 having never previously evented herself, and they competed in their first intermediate during just their second season together. However they then had a setback soon after this when a fall cross country resulted in Liane breaking her leg and a knock to Freddie’s leg which required surgery. So the 2014 season started by them both needing to take some time rebuilding their confidence as a partnership. We have high hopes for this pair and truly believe that they can reach the very top so watch this space! *Freddie and Liane have now qualified for the British Festival of Eventing 2015* . During 2015 Liane and Freddie were competing at 2* level and in 2016 upgraded to Advanced. – View his page for more details Click here to see Freddie’s Page
SEX: Bay Mare
SIRE: Country Top Gun
DAM: Oakfields Rococo
Millie has a stunning set of paces inherited from her Dam Coco,who excelled at dressage, working at Advanced Medium. Millie was backed in 2010 and turned away for over a year. Liane then produced Millie as an event horse upto Novice 1* level, which we feel is her maximum potential. She is now on full loan and liveried here at the yard, with a young rider who wishes to start eventing. We feel that Millie is a brilliant horse to show a brave but inexperienced rider the ‘ropes’ at grassroots level eventing (90/100) and make a brilliant all rounder. Millie can be grumpy to handle but is a straight forward fun ride who loves to jump. She is also occasionally used for lessons and hacks here at the farm.
Competitive career: – 68 BE foundation points
– £163 BS winnings
– 18 top 10 placings at BE events up to 100plus
– Double clear at Brightling BE Novice 2015
– Winner of two BS discovery classes
– Qualified for British novice and Discovery second rounds
– Qualified for 1.05m amateur second rounds
– Double clears at Newcomers (1.10m)
– Qualified for multiple unaffiliated dressage championships
SEX: Coloured Gelding
SIRE: Country Lone Ranger
DAM: Oakfields Rococo
William was backed by Liane in October 2011, proving very quick to learn. He worked well in the school and started hacking out with some of our older horses. He quickly picked up the basic aids and was jumping a small course after just 3 weeks under saddle – he showed a really natural and careful technique over fences at this early stage.He was then turned away to give him some time to mature. In late 2012 we brought him back into work and he started his eventing career in the spring of 2013. Unfortunately for various circumstances (rider injury, abandonments, etc) he hardly competed at all for the rest of the season. In 2014 he has been able to have a much more productive season so far and has truly excelled! His natural scope with his jumping had ensured he has not been outside the top 5 in BE classes this year, with 2 wins under his belt already in his short career.Click here to see William’s progress
BREED: Warmblood X
SEX: Dark Bay Mare
1989 – 2015
SIRE: Baron B
DAM: Rosa Baccardi
Coco is our foundation brood mare, providing us with Freddie,William and Millie since 2003. Coco had a very successful career before retiring to stud – bought as a 5 year old she had much success at showing before moving on to dressage competing up to Elementary but working Advanced Medium at home. Coco then started her Eventing career and won her first event at Stilemans with the lowest dressage score of the day. She as always top 3 at then Pre-Novice, always with the lowest dressage score. Coco was competing at Novice with success until she unfortunately got her injury. She has proved to be a fantastic mother and produced some lovely stock that we think are some future stars!
SEX: Bay Gelding
Weasley is a nice genuine all-rounder who enjoys his work. He joined us here at Hurstwood Farm in 2014 and has grown in stature andconfidence hugely since his arrival. Initially he struggled with his balance through his canter work in the school,but is improving rapidly. He can school nicely on the flat and is very good at teaching novice and more experiencedriders how to ride with a steady light contact. He really enjoys to jump and will happily jump round a showjumpingcourse at 90cm and is a real natural round the cross country course.Click here for part loan details
SEX: Chestnut Gelding
Percy is the expert at dressage – he has competed up to Advanced Medium. However now at his slightly more mature age he enjoys having more variety in his work here at Hurstwood. He is not owned by Mike but is kept here at livery and can sometimes be used for lessons with more experienced riders. He also previously evented at pre-novice level so knows how to jump cross country and show jump.
SEX: Chesnut Mare
SIRE: Carmel Head
DAM: Risk of Lightening (Damsire Risk Me)
Belle was backed in 2009 here at Hurstwood Farm and stayed with us until she was sold in 2016. During her time here she had a successful dressage career but sadly wasn’t suitable for eventing or to use for lessons as she needed a very sensitive rider.
BREED: Irish Cob
SEX: Coloured Gelding
Mellow came to us on a schooling and breaking livery in 2011 and when we had the opportunity to buy him we snapped him up. He can work really well in the school, as he carries himself beautifully and enjoys the work, definitely not your normal cob type. He loves to hack out and is such a lovely boy to have on the yard, a genuine softie who adores a fuss. Mellow is a true all rounder as he also enjoys jumping both in the sandschool and around the cross country course. Mellow is now on part loan to a young girl who thoroughly enjoys him and we continue to use him for some of our riding school clients and our riding holiday guests.
BREED: New Forest
SEX: Grey Gelding
Barney came to us in 2002 having been rescued by the ILPH from a miserable existence, completely unhandled and suffering from malnutrition. Mike Pocock adopted him with the intention of providing him with a home for life acting as a field companion for his youngstock. He was subsequently backed and has proved to be a fantastic little pony.For the last couple of years he has been ridden regularly and competed with local success. He is a super chap that really looks the part and is a great ride for a competent junior or even a lightweight adult. He really enjoys his work, especially hacking out and is a great mentor to the youngsters when out on hacks. Barney loves to jump cross country but can be cautious when it comes to show jumping.
SIRE: Louella Gardammer
Gorgeous Pru sadly has a rare condition involving her palette so she is only able to do light to medium exercise so as not to cause her any harm or distress. That said she really enjoys her work, goes nicely in the school and enjoys hacking out with her best friend Molly. Pru has a heart of gold and really loves a cuddle. It is such a shame about her condition as she could be such a super competition horse.
SEX: Grey Mare
Molly came to us after being on livery here at Hurstwood. She has mainly been used in the past for hacking and leisure riding but we are now improving her flatwork and schooling and she is now ready for some of our clients to have their lessons on.Molly has a lovely sweet nature and is a great school mistress for nervous or inexperienced riders. She enjoys her hacking,being good in traffic, and will happily pop a few jumps up to 0.90. Molly is now happily enjoying her retirement.
BREED: Welsh B x
SEX: Bay Gelding
SIRE: Whinfell Tom Kitten II
DAM: Madeline Daisy-Chain
Tom is a stunning part bred Welsh Section B. Tom had some local success showing as a young horse and Judges comments were that he was a lovely pony with super paces and would do well as a show pony. He is happy to hack out alone or in company and is great to shoe,box, clip and catch and loves a fuss, always calling out a greeting to you when you go onto the yard. Tom does have a lively temperament and is not a novice ride so needs a confident rider but would be a top class Pony Club pony to compete in all disciplines and is currently offered for sale. See Tom for sale advert
SEX: Bay Mare
DAM: Swift Pursuit
Tia is a lovely girl and like Barney was from the ILPH. She has some trouble with her eyesight and unfortunately can’t be ridden but she does a great job of looking after her best friend Coco.