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Dingwall breeder takes top honours at Shetland sale

BREEDERS from Cumbria, Shetland, Dingwall and Aberdeenshire took the top awards at the Aberdeen and Northern Marts 48th annual show and sale of registered pedigree Shetland ponies at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.

This year's event, held in conjunction with the Shetland Pony Stud-Book Society, attracted more than 160 entries and took the form of a show judged by Miss Barbara Wilson, Hardenley Farm, Huddersfield, Yorkshire in the standard section and Mrs Sue Pye, Parlick View Cottage, Startifants Lane, Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, in the miniature section, followed by the sale.

In the standard section, the overall champion and winner of the St John's Wells Cup was Stow Vermont, a yearling colt from James Swan, Teanahaun Croft, Old Leanrig Road, Conon Bridge, Dingwall. It sold for 500gns to Welsh buyers Dorothy and Robert Griffiths, Cefn, Cilibion, Llanrhidian, Swansea.

The reserve standard champion was a three-year-old bay filly, Laaward Moss Rose from Miss Sonja Flaws, Grutness House, Sumburgh, Virkie, Shetland. It sold for 850gns to David Hodge, Lower Halstock Farm, Okehampton, Devon

The standard foal champion and winner of the Perpetual Challenge Trophy was the black filly foal, Finnister Sandy, from Irene and Paul Rutherford, North House, Gletness, South Nesting, Shetland. It sold for 100gns to A McDonald, Nether Common, Rait, Perth.

The reserve standard foal champion was a black filly, Yarpha Vanessa, from James Slater, Groundwater, Orphir, Orkney and sold for 60gns to J.G. Carson, 62 Springfield Road, Salsburgh, Shotts.

The overall miniature champion was a five-year-old bay mare, Hartside Chance, from L. Jackson, Tarnside, Gamblesby, Penrith, Cumbria. It was unsold.

Overall miniature reserve champion and champion miniature foal was a piebald filly foal, Tillyorn Willow from James Burr, Cosyneuk, Echt, Aberdeenshire. This foal also won the Glenbogie Perpetual Trophy for the best broken coloured Shetland foal. It sold for the sale's top price of 1000gns to James Stewart, Kintore.

Mr Burr also had the reserve miniature foal champion with a bay filly foal, Tillyorn Wriggle. It sold for 250gns to Eric and Sheena Knight, Edgemoor, St Catherines Cross, Fearn.

Other leading prices were 500gns for a chestnut filly foal from Mrs Carole Forteath, Brygarth, Lower Shurton Brae, Gulberwick, Shetland, and sold to Narinian Miniature Shetland Pony Stud, Nairn.

James Swan received two bids of 400gns, first for a 10-year-old chestnut mare from Christine Forbes, Lower Lynmore, Drummuir, Keith, and then from the Narinian Stud for a seven-year-old chestnut mare.