Today I had a great day when I drove down to Wellington to catch up with Kim and see how Reilly is getting on in his summer home. He's clearly very happy and settled and Kim is doing a lovely job and working with him quietly and consistently. I hope to visit them reasonably regularly over the following weeks/months and follow their progress.
I also took the opportunity, whilst 'over the hill', to catch up with Rafferty, Malteser, Hooty, Ata and Aine so had quite a day of reunions. Lovely to see everyone healthy and happy in their current homes too.
Well it is just under a week until his 'big day' - the day Maxi gets to strut his stuff at the Wairarapa Welsh Pony and Cob show! Should be lots of fun and I am sure he will love the opportunity to mix and mingle with other ponies and show off a bit. Unfortunately I have been a bit negligent with his weight over the last few weeks (since he started wearing a cover) and was horrified to see, when I took his cover off a few days ago, that he has gained a heap of weight - Oops! God knows what he has found to eat but clearly whatever it was, he had too much of it. Yes, Maxi ate ALL the pies and is now on a strict diet and exercise regime!!
I strapped my camera on this morning and took a few photos of him on the lunge and popped up a wee jump just for fun. Lunging and taking photos presents quite a challenge so these pics are not my best work!
Maxi is not my first experience with Welsh Mountain ponies as I had my first riding experiences on a Section B when I was 11 years old but that was a long time ago! Maxi has been with us now for four years - how the time flies by and I just cannot rave about his adorable temperament enough. We will always be grateful to his owner, Robyn, for letting him come and live with us. We have just loved watching him learn and grow. Amy rides him from time to time and he is always a very patient and gentle boy and takes great care of 'his' little girl.
I live on a 25 acre property in the Wairarapa (NZ) with my husband Nick and daughter Amy. Here we surround ourselves with horses of all shapes, ages and sizes. My passion is to breed and raise sport horses for the everyday rider and the stud's catch-phrase is 'Breeding extraordinary horses for ordinary riders'. We have been running the stud for the last decade and just love it! We currently stand two stallions. TF Hamish, a Wairarapa Stationbred and Crossiebeg Brennan, a purebred Connemara. We used to stand the purebred Clydesdale stallion, Kintyre Lodge Robbie who has gone to a new home in the SI and the, now gelded, Mighty Heights son, 'TF Life O'Reilly', who is currently in work with a young rider in Wellington. Our mares are of Clydesdale, TB and Irish Sport Horse breeding and we pride ourselves on producing attractive horses & ponies with superb temperaments and sound constitutions.