Report & Price List for the 48th Annual Show & Sale of Shetland Ponies - October 24th, 2016

Thimbleby & Shorland held their 48th Autumn Show & Sale of Shetland Ponies under the auspices of the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society, on Wednesday 19th October. 97 ponies were entered, 30 less than in 2015, made up of 15 colt foals; 33 filly foals; 10 stallions & entire males; 2 geldings; and 37 mares & fillies.
The sale ring was full throughout the sale, with buyers from right across the country, as well as from Austria, Holland, Norway and Belgium, demonstrating the quality of ponies on offer and the increased confidence. Of the 97 ponies that were catalogued, 90 were offered, and 79 sold. The clearance rate was an excellent 88%, well up on last year’s figure of 71%.
13 of the 15 colt foals offered were sold, the top price being 475 guineas for the Show Champion Foal and overall Reserve Show Champion, Mrs D J Smith’s very smart standard Garthspool Lucca, by Threapwood Vulcan, the same sire as that of the 2015 Show and Sale Champion. The average colt foal price was substantially higher than last year at 175 guineas.
This year the top price for a filly foal was Anwen Jones’s very pretty palomino miniature Talog Golden Girl, who certainly surprised her owner when selling for 1600 guineas, making her comfortably the highest priced filly foal. There was a very pleasing strength in depth however, with 6 other fillies making over 700 guineas The average for the 31 fillies offered, of which 30 sold, was 513 guineas, again a marked improvement on last year.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the sale however was in the stallions section, where 2 bidders were determined to buy Mrs C L Walker-Davis’s black standard stallion Warrackston Bob. The bidding finally stopped at 3,200 guineas. A truly versatile pony he has hunted, done dressage, shown under saddle, and of course covered mares very successfully.
32 mares and fillies were offered this year, down in numbers on 2015, but as a result the bidding was even stronger, with an 88% clearance and 4 ponies making 1000 guineas or over. Clifford and Jackie Percy’s Show Champion, Snelsmore Rouge, a very well-bred 2 year old junior filly, made a very pleasing 1,100 guineas, but the top price of 1,940 guineas went to Mr G C Cross for his 4 year old filly Lochfleet Skelbo Serenity.
In the harness, models and stud books sections of the sale a Shetland pony sized side saddle sold for £600, and 3 lots of very old Stud Books, dating back to 1892, made £430.
Auctioneer and Thimbleby & Shorland director Chris Boreham said; “This sale saw a marked increase in the demand for good ponies. Many breeders have been saying that
there has been a significant upturn in interest in their ponies and it certainly showed in the excellent clearance level and strong averages achieved. It was so good for all concerned to witness a solid trade and see good ponies making good money. There was strong interest from abroad which the weaker pound will have helped, but the most pleasing thing about the sale was the continuing increase in the quality and presentation of all ponies. There seems every confidence that if vendors keep this up they can expect to be properly rewarded for their efforts.”

Garthspool Lucca - Overall Champion Foal

Garthspool Lucca – Overall Champion Foal


Snelsmore Rouge - Overall Show Champion

Snelsmore Rouge – Overall Show Champion


Sale Report - pdf
Show Awards - pdf
Price List - pdf

Sale Report for the Plant Sale on the 6th October - October 20th, 2016

The start of a very busy Autumn with Speedy, Garic, Morgans Plant Hire along with the Reading auction.  A very good entry in the yard after a slow start and probably the best trade seen for some while.  Exporters very keen to utilise the strong exchange rate in their favour and plenty of confidence from UK buyers too. Virtually a total clearance.  Another large consignment from Speedy for the third time in 5 weeks met its usual demand and in the main sold extremely well.  Tidy ready for work machines once again selling at a premium to end users.  Much more activity online with 32% selling to the net, although there were a large contingent of export buyers onsite.  A clearance of 94% with 42% for export.

Principle transactions as follows:

JCB 535/140 (08) £19,000, JCB 535/125 (07) £12,250, 252/67 £5,500, TLT 35D (13) £14,500, £11,000 (05), £6,800 (06), £5,500 (04), TLT30G £7,000 (10), Cat TH62 £6,100, Niftylift 120 £7,700 (12), Skyjack SJ3219 £3,800 (11) (twice), Power Scissor £1,050 (4 times)  
Komatsu WA380 loading shovel (05) £20,500, Hyundai R55 (11) £12,250, Kubota KX101 £10,800 (08), KX91 £9,100 (08), U45 £9,100 (05), £8,200 (04), KX015 £7,700 (11) (twice), KX36 £5,700 (07), KX41 £6,400 (07), K008 £4,400 (08), £4,100 (05), JCB 802,5 £12,000 (11), 801.4 37,100, £700 (13) £5,900 (11) (twice), Volvo EC15 £7,400, £7,00 (12) (twice), Komatsu PC10 £3,400, Bobcat S20 £3,500, Hanix H36 £7,000, N150 £3,300
Atlas Copco 3 tonne braker £800, JCB 1.5 tonne breaker  £900 (3 times), £850, 2ft 20 tonne bucket £550, 2 tipping skips £200, Block grab £150
Neuson 9001 £5,800 (07), Barford 3 tonne swivel £3,900 (07,08), (4 times), Benfod PS3000 £2,300, Kanga skidsteer £220, Messeri tracked barrow £2,100, Terex HD1000 £6,700, £6,600 (twice), £6,500, £6,400 (all 2011)
Ammann AV33 £6,000, Bomag BW120AD3 £4,600, £4,100, Benford TV800 £3,700, Bomag BW80 £2,500, Bomag BW90 £2,000, pedestrian rollers to £500
Atlas Copco XRVS426 £26,000, XAS145 £2,600, XAS137 £6,200, XAS67 £2,200, £2,100, XAS47 £900, XAS46 £500, XAS40 £800, XAS37 £1,100 (3 times), Compair C76 £2,300, C42 £1,300, C38 £1,400, C25 £900 (twice) C20 £300 (twice), Doosan 741 £2,900, 731 £2,200 (twice), Ingersoll Rand 12235 £8,500, 771 £7,200, £3,200, 741 £1,700, £1,600, £1,500, 726 £1,700, P101 £650 (twice), Sullair 65K £1,300 (twice), £1,250
Hushgen 77kva £3,800, £3,300, FG Wilson 500kva £10,500 (no power) 100kva £3,800, 60kva £3,500 (twice), £3,300, £3,200, 20kva £2,100, £2,000, Genset MG150SS-P £4,700, MG115SS-P £4,100, MG50SS-P £3,200, MG501PSM £2,900, £2,500, MG35SS-P £2,400, £2,000 MPM20/600 £2,700, Cummins 180kva open set £2,000, Hyundai £1,800, Lister 2 cylinder generator £1,100, Stephill SSD 10,000 £900, Pramac P11000 £900,, Pramac 6kva £600, £580, £460 (twice) £450, SDMO 6kva £450, Genset MG6SS-Y £440 (twice), petrol generator to £90
Winget, Benford, and Belle to £420, mini mixers to £80  
Cat Pp210 £400, JCB Beaver £700, £680, £520, £500, £450, £340 (twice) £300, £250, £140, Panther £230
Belle RPC30/40 £850, Wacker DPU2540 £850, £600 (twice), Wacker DPU 6055 £775, petrol plates to £400, rammers to £340
hi frequency poker £140 (3 times) £115 (4 times) £100, Honda pdu £50, power float to £300
6in water pump £700, £550 (twice) £500, petrol pumps to £80, diesel pumps to £240
Quanta FS1200 £1,000, Clipper XS451 £560, £460, Clipper saw £350, £350
Bumpa Hoise £600, alloy scaffold towers £580 (twice), Boss alloy tower £550, 20 road forms £550, quantity of beam clamps £300, qty of trestles £280, Qty piling sheets £280, Qty Boss alloy scaffold £250, 2 site transformers £200, Razor deck £200, ALP lift £180, Genie Superlift £170, Set of King hop up ramps £160 (twice), Gantry hoise £140, Qty Heras fence £140, Qty crowd carrier £100
Luminator light £230, Stihl TS400 and 410 disc  cutters £180, £160 £150 etc., Thor air breakers to £160, floor sanders £190, £180 etc., petrol floor scabbler £160, Wacker petrol breaker £150, £130, Bosch heavy breakers to £150, Rotabest drill rig £150, Stihl  petrol diamond drill £150, floor planer £140, Kango 950 breaker £120, Makita scabbler £130, Makita rotary breakers to £120, Hilti rotary breakers to !110, Dewalt cordless nailer £110, mag drills to £110, Atlas Broomwade air rock drill £110, Dewalt thicknesser £100, many hand tools ranging from £20-£90
Mowers: Honda SP mower £190, Mountfield 17in mower £90, Makita SP mower £100,  Chain saws:  Stihl £200, Stihl MS170 £140 (twice), Husqvarna 268 £75,  Hedge cutters: Stihl HS45 £170 (twice), Stihl HL95 £90,  Strimmers & Brushcutters:  Stihl brushcutter £150 (3 times), Stihl FS55 £200 (3 times)  Other Equipment:  C500 stump grinder £500, C8 rotovator £300 (twice), Birchwood turf cutter £180, £160 (twice)
Hilta power washer £380, £360, Karcher steam cleaner £350, Lombardini pressure washer £300, Karcher steam cleaner £260, Kemppi welder £220, Oil cooled arc welder £70  
4 tonne Grundowinch £4,600, 3 tonne Grundowinch £4,200, Brendon pressure washer bowser £2,600, VB9 £2,700, £2,500, £2,100, VT1 tower light £2,900, £2,800, £2,600 (4 times), £2,400, Ifor Williams 3.5 tonne tipping trailer £2,000, 4 Shifta conveyors £1,500 (4 times), diesel winch £1,200, oil transfer bowser £1,000, Ifor Williams 2.7 tonne trailer £1,200, £1,000, Ifor Williams 3.5 tonne plant trailer £900, Western 2000L Transcube bowser £700, Arcgen power tower £650 (twice), Linklight £500 (3 times)

Sale report - pdf

FOR SALE from SPEEDY – 2 Keystone Gardner Denver Air Boosters & a Nitrogen Purification Unit - August 31st, 2016

All enquiries to Richard Dance –


Circa 2,000 hrs each, CE Rated, Both in good running order

Keystone Gardner Denver Air Booster Keystone Gardner Denver Air Booster

Offers are invited for these two air boosters which are situated in the Middle East
Click here for full specifications



 NITROGEN PURIFICATION UNIT (2009/10) (for spares/repair)
This unit is based in Sheffield, UK

Nitrogen Purification Unit


Loddon Internal Stables & Claas Matador Combine - August 25th, 2016

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 measuring 14ft x 12ft, approximately 15 years old
sliding door and rotating feed trough to each stable


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believed year 1966
Serial No. 553582
Ford 4 cylinder engine
front tyres 14.9/13-26 A5 – rear tyres 10.0/80-12P
main drum bearings recently replaced
working order

Please contact Kevin Burree –

Sale Report for the North of England Carriage Sale - July 18th, 2016

Thimbleby & Shorland, the specialist horse-drawn vehicles auctioneers based in Reading, Berkshire, conducted there first multi-vendor sale in the north of England for almost a quarter of a century  when they held their North of England Carriage Sale at Breckenbrough Equestrian Centre, near Catterick, on the 6th July this year.  With just short of 40 vehicles either catalogued or late entries, nearly 400 lots of sundries, 60 lots of harness, and other sections for vehicle parts, saddlery & tack,  horse brasses, pictures, models and books there were about 950 lots on offer, which was a very pleasing response to this new initiative.

Four vehicles made in excess of £1,000, namely a modern Wagonette (909) from the ECC, Poland & Switzerland which sold for £1,350; a Victorian Lawn Chaise (911) by H & A Holmes of Derby from 1860 – 1880 for £1,300; a Four-Wheel Dog Cart (917) by William Kinross & Sons of Stirling which made £1,300; and the Two-Wheel Gamekeeper’s Cart (920) which graced the front cover of the catalogue and which fetched £1,120.  Of the Trade vehicles; a Butcher’s Cart (907) sold for £350, and a Milk Float (905) £280.  Various Exercise Carts ranged from £150 to £1,000.  We had a few entries of trailers including an Ifor Williams 505 2 horse with front un-loading that sold for £1,300.

There was a good entry for Sets of Harness, the best-selling being a black/patent and brass set to fit a 14.3 to 15.2 hh (27) made by J. Houghton & Son, Darwen making £2,000; a single brown leather cob size (54) sold for £980; a show quality black/patent harness (880) to suit a cob-type size14 hh with 21.5ins collar made £880 and a pony pairs set (42) fetched £130.

Saddlery & Tack met a slow trade, however a blue circus saddle (1042) raised interest and fetched £120 and a brown leather 17.5ins saddle (236) by Frank Baines made £80.  In the Vehicle Parts, a pair of new iron shod wheels (123) made £70; a pair of Gig wheels made by J. Leatham of Castle Blakeney (134) sold for £55 and two pairs of shafts (132) made the same.  A lot (92) containing a quantity of brass fittings, rein clips, etc. made £80. 

Almost 400 lots were entered in the Sundries & Accoutrements section the best of which was a holly whip (410) by J.C. Bridges which sold for £200.  Another holly whip, with a silver collar engraved ‘Harrods of London’ (588) made £110, and a wangee cane whip with a carved hound’s head (506) made £100.  A pair of show condition black/brass oval lamps by Alfred Hales (354) made £200; and another pair (381) made £100.  A pair of black 21ins collars by McRostie of Glasgow (601) fetched £140; a black patent collar (1013) with brass hames also made £140; a black 22ins collar (483) sold for £120; and a working collar ( 524) for £100.  A glass hunt flask in a leather saddle holster (493) fetched £120.  Leather hat boxes were popular with a bucket-shaped box (494) making £130; a rectangular box with a slot-in compartment (495) £145 and another (540) with hat £75.  A splitting machine (626) by John Dixon made £180; a quantity of leather parts and hide remnants (629) made £160 and a box of saddlery tools, threads, etc. (624) £130.

A pair of early 20th Century coaching prints (832) by Cecil Aldin fetched £75, and a pair of hunting prints (833) made £50.  A large table lamp (844) in the form of a whippet sold for £80.  A rare copy of “Gypsy Horses and the Traveller’s Way” by John S. Hockensmith (857) made £70.

Auctioneer and Thimbleby & Shorland director Chris Boreham said “I am delighted with the response we have had to this new sale in our calendar.  We had some great support from friends both new and old.  We also had terrific support from Brechenborough Equestrian Centre, a venue that I thought worked really well, so I hope that they will have us back again this time next year!”

Entries for the next carriage sale in Reading on 7th September 2016  are now being accepted.  Please contact Lynn Martin at the office on 0118 950 8611, or download an Sale Report - pdf

North of England Carriage Sale in InHarness! - June 24th, 2016

North of England Carriage Sale
June 23, 2016


The catalogue for the North of England Carriage Sale hosted by Thimbleby and Shorland is now available to download. The sale will be held on Wednesday 6th July 2016 at Richmond Equestrian Arena, Breckenbrough Farm, Brough Park, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7PL.

There are 46 lots of harness, as well as carriage lamps, vehicle parts and whips. Carriages for sale include an unusual two wheeler gamekeepers cart and a Victorian Bath chair built by W Monk and Co of Bath.

The catalogue can be downloaded from or £5 by post from the auction office.


 Lot 920: Two wheeler gamekeepers cart.