On a sweltering hot, glaringly bright day last week, I had the pleasure of toddling over to Hampshire to meet Harriet, her beautiful little boy, Alfie, and their four legged family, as Harriet’s sister had purchased a photoshoot gift voucher for her for Christmas.
Our first willing model was Alfie’s pony, little Dolly. Or ‘Longbourne Dolly Daydream’ as she is more formally known. What a gorgeous little girl. She was more than happy to be loved and sat on by her teeny, tiny jockey and stood, sweet as a nut, in the baking sun.
Then we moved onto Harriet’s horses. Super handsome coloured cob Mason showed us exactly how it was done and was one of the easiest horses I’ve ever worked with. Mason, who is known as ‘Colourprint’ in the ring, is a five year-old novice maxi cob and has only been to a handful of shows so far. But it looks as though he might just take it all in his stride!
Next up Harriet’s pride and joy, Vekaam (pronounced like Beckham with a V). Anglo Arab, Vekaam has only just recently been gelded and is just such an impressive horse. The camera loved him! Harriet tells me that he is Daddy to over 50 foals and has been a super stallion. He is now being backed and turning his hoof to a life of ridden duties. And apparently he’s been a very good boy and is really loving the change, too.
Our last victim on the main yard was superstar ‘Whalton Grace & Favour’, or Grace, as her friends call her. Grace won the HOYS Search for a Star, as a four year old and has continued on to qualify and be placed at HOYS on numerous occasions since. She has also been a great broodmare for Harriet and is now off to a loan home just up the road from me, to return to the show ring. I shall look forward to seeing her strutting her stuff.
After we’d played around with all of the ponies at the yard, we took a short trip over to the field where Harriet keeps two of her best broodmares. Wasima (black) and Drama Queen (bay) were chilling out in the shade and weren’t entirely sure about the interruption. But we did manage to coax each of them to pose by Harriet offering them cuddles. What big softies.
Thank you for having me, Harriet. And for braving the midday, summer’s heat. You have an absolutely stunning gang of horses and they all did you proud.
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