It’s a small world. My other half’s mum and sister used to own a Fell pony called Sinbad (who I later had for them, but that’s another story) and at the same time, a close friend of theirs, Maxine, also had a Fell, called Prince. It was always lovely to see them both out at shows together, competing with a friendly rivalry and the handsome, matching pair would turn a lot of heads.
Sadly, Maxine passed away a few years ago and Prince, along with her other ponies were sold on. So it was so lovely to realise, when Lizzie booked me for a shoot, that she now owned that same Prince!
Lizzie is currently studying veterinary medicine and has just come back from three years in Grenada, where she studied at St.Georges University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is only back for two weeks before she jets off to begin her clinical training at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York for a year. So she is soaking up as much time as possible with her family, Prince and Roxy, her Labrador, before she has to leave them again.
She says they have discussed the option of taking Prince abroad with her, but eventually she hopes to settle and work in the UK, so, in the grand scheme of things, it’s just a short time away for an unmissable opportunity. Lizzie did tell me that she misses Prince and Roxy dreadfully when she is away and is very grateful to have people she trusts looking after Prince for her, whilst she is gone.
Lizzie’s mum, Maureen, also told me that they did look into the option of putting Prince on loan. But he seemed to have other ideas. Every time somebody came to try him, he would forget his manners and transform from his ordinary, chilled out self into a bit of a hooligan. He obviously didn’t want to find himself a loan home!
Twelve year-old, Castle Hill Prince III is the ultimate laid-back, cool dude. He is so nonplussed by absolutely everything that, although he was happy to put his ears forward for us, we had trouble getting him to lift his head high enough off the floor, so that he didn’t look like we were putting him through some kind of drawn out torture ritual. Although, I think he was just being a typical boy and refusing to pose for a girly photoshoot. He just clearly did not want to be a model and wasn’t excited by anything we had to offer. We were in stitches as he remained entirely unimpressed by my efforts and made Lizzie work hard for her images!
It was great to meet you Lizzie, and so nice to see Prince in such a wonderful, loving home, after everything. I wish you every success in your studies and your travels.
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