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