44th Shetland Show & Sale attracts international buyers

44th Reading Autumn Show & Sale of Shetland Ponies


Thimbleby & Shorland held their 44th Autumn Show & Sale of Shetland Ponies, held under the auspices of the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society, on Wednesday 17th October.  All things considered there was a relatively good entry, 141 ponies being catalogued, made up of 18 colt foals, 40 filly foals, 12 licensed stallions, 5 entire males, 9 geldings and 57 mares & fillies. 

There was a good company of buyers from all over the country and also from abroad.  Buyers attended fromFrance,Belgium,Germany,HollandandSweden, demonstrating that the sale continues to reach an international market.  

Of the 113 ponies that were offered, 75 were sold, which represents a success rate for vendors of exactly two thirds.   Top price in the sale was The Honourable Mrs Casswell’s exceptional stallion Kerswell Sage (AS2290), who made £2,782.50.  A skewbald pony with Kerswell breeding on both sides he dominated the sale and brought a deserved round of applause from the discerning company.  His conqueror in the pre-sale show ring, Fairytale Bronco Billy (AS2514), sold for £1,155. 

There were 52 mares and fillies offered and the standout lot was Mr J Hodge’s Merrylees First Lady (AN0264), a 10 year old piebald mare that had been running with Halstock Silver Birch.  A very well-marked mare believed to be homozygous, she was the subject of strong bidding from 2 parties to make £1365.  The Honourable Mrs Casswell’s Robin’s Brae Eleeta (AK0175), lot 128, also met with plenty of interest.  A black mare believed to be in foal to sale topper Kerswell Sage, she sold for £756. 

There was a good entry of filly foals and top price went to lot 36, Mr D Hodge’s Blackertor Brooke (AZ1282).  A cream dun & white filly by Kerswell Mosaic she really stole the eye and sold for £840.  

Top price for the 13 colt foals on offer was £152.50 for Camlan Myrddin (AZ0566), and best price for the 4 geldings was £315 for 6 year old Beltroy Patriot (AS3060).  

Auctioneer Michael Kimber commented “I was delighted with the entry and although there were rather more withdrawn lots than I would have liked overall I am very pleased with the sale result.  As is always the case in a more challenging market, quality shone through and the best ponies met with strong bidding.  It was pleasing to see so many people at the sale and particularly those from abroad.  When you have the quality people will travel and despite the depressed economic picture Shetland pony owners and breeders have not lost their confidence.”