Our Native Pony South West advent calendar is an Olympia Countdown. Every day in December we will be featuring one pony that has qualified for Olympia for the BSPS M&M Supreme on Sunday 22nd. Happy December!
Greenholme Warbler – 9
year old Fell stallion
Sire: Linnel Reynard
Dam: Tebay Duchess
- 3rd HOYS Q @ 3 Counties
- 3rd HOYS Q @ P(UK)
- 2nd HOYS Q @ Fell Breed Show
- 3rd HOYS Q @ Monmouthshire
- Reserve Champion Olympia Q @ BSPS Heritage Championships
Wallie is owned by Claire Priestly-Wigley and ridden by Terry Clynes. This is Claire’s story….
Wallie was bought in 2011 from Mr George Guy and Mr Paul Metcalf and was the last pony bought by my late father Mr John Priestley so he really is a special boy for us.
Wallie is well known for his abundance of mane and feather as well as his super laid back temperament which has been passed on to many of his off spring but he is also known for winning the last ever Royal show in 2009 taking the M&M Ridden championship expertly ridden by Julie Robinson qualifying for HOYS as a 5 year old whilst still in his Novice season.
This is where we first saw him and I can clearly remember saying at the time he was the stamp of a pony I would love to have, so when I heard he was about to come up for sale I jumped at the chance to own him.
I can remember what should have taken a 2 hour trip to see him taking 6 hours due to a accident on the M6 but he was more than worth the trip! I wasn’t disappointed and he was home with me the following Saturday.
Lightly shown this season, Terry Clynes took the ride mid season and the partnership has not looked back going from strengh to strengh consistently being placed in his HOYS qualifiers – just missing out on several occasions – we really are looking forward to next season.
We keep Wallie at home which is a working Farm which suits him to the ground. He really is the typical cheeky fell pony keeping us on our toes!
Most people will be surprised to know he is shown straight from the field no mod cons for us – all his schooling is done out hacking on the moors or grass verges.
As for that mane we don’t touch it between shows! I can be seen with the contents of the field hedge stuck in it whilst out hacking and bring back most of the woods in his tail!
Qualifying for Olympia really has made the season for us as it couldn’t have happened to a nicer boy as everybody who knows him knows how special he is.
NPSW would like to wish Claire, Terry & Wallie the best of luck at Olympia.