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Maxwellton ponies showing at the South Island Premier Show Jan 2011
left-right: Stinger, Give Us A Wink, Minnie Me, Give Us A Grin, Penelope Pitstop, Georgie Girl

Hi there, from Maxwellton Pony Stud. Well another season has come and gone and I hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as we have.

To start with I (in my words) “recycled” Maxwellton Give Us A Cuddle (Drumnacott Rifleman x Maxwellton Glenleigh) for rider Katie Brock. This combination had a wonderful, but short season. Because of Katie’s age they could only compete in a few shows. (The sooner all shows change to under seventeen years for riders, the better, as the current criteria at some shows makes it difficult to get good riders). Cuddle and Katie picked up three champions, a supreme, reserve champions, two Riding Pony Society sashes and also a Pony Breeders sash. They also competed in a little round the ring jumping event and were awarded second – so very well done on their first jumping effort.

Maxwellton Give Us A Grin (Drumnacott Rifleman x Maxwellton Glenleigh) shown by Grace Manera had a brilliant first season winning several novice championships at shows, including the NZ Royal (Christchurch). They also won open championships and reserves and were also awarded supreme ridden pony at the Temuka and Geraldine A&P Show. Grace also competes on her pony Dibley (Drumnacott Rifleman x Poutokoroa Little Meg) a lovely little all-round pony who show jumps, events and shows. He was bred by Sandra Shore, who is also a New Zealand Riding Pony Society Councillor.

Maxwellton Minnie Me (Drumnacott Rifleman x Maxwellton Give Us Your Thoughts) is residing in the North Island with the Tait Family of Hastings. She also had a wonderful season winning championships, supremes and a Pony Breeders Society Sash. A big thrill for all concerned was the third placing in the First Ridden Pony of the Year title class at the NZ Horse Of The Year Show in March. A true little First Ridden Pony, and at only five years of age has a huge future ahead of her. She competed in the 13.2 h Pony Of The Year title class and was placed seventh overall. In this competition she as ridden by Alanna Clapperton. Alana rides the beautiful little Beechcroft Socialite (Maxwellton Woody Wood Pecker x Beechcroft First Edition) and Beechcroft Chablis (Kirrewa Uptown (imp Aust.) x Tiffany), both bred by Julieanne Baynes.

Maxwellton Give Us A Wink (Drumnacott Rifleman x Maxwellton Glenleigh) is still to get started with the Tait family, but will be out this coming season. I cannot wait as this pony is a breath of fresh air.

This past season I prepared Maxwellton Penelope Pitstop (Drumnacott Rifleman x Maxwellton Give Us Your Thoughts), Maxwellton Tuesday Treasure (Drumnacott Rifleman x Maxwellton Miss Muffet), and Maxwellton Dashing Dougal (Drumnacott Rifleman x Maxwellton Give Us Your Thoughts). These three in-hand ponies all won championships and supremes. Penelope Pitstop was Supreme In-hand at the Royal Event at the Ashburton A&P Show and also picked up two Riding Pony Society young stock Sashs and two Pony Breeder’s Society young stock Sashes.

The two rising two year old fillies are both now getting broken in by me. They will both be in the 14.2 h section in the show ring which is exciting and will be for sale. Maxwellton Dashing Dougal has been gelded, broken in and sold to the North Island. I look forward to following his progress with the young family he is heading to. On the breeding side I had three mares foal. Maxwellton Miss Muffett (Willowcroft Hill Cottage (imp Aust.) x Maxwellton Give Us Your Thoughts) produced another big chestnut filly by Drumnacott Rifleman (Tyn-Y-Cae Rival (imp UK) x Drumnacott Delightful Lady). I have named her Maxwellton Saturday Sensation. Maxwellton Give Us Your Thoughts (Cherox Egyptian Harmony (imp/Arab) x Maxwellton Glenleigh) also produced another filly by Rifleman. This lovely sweet filly is called Maxwellton Georgie Girl. Maxwellton Give Us A Hug (Drumnacott Rifleman x Maxwellton Glenleigh) foaled a cute little (and I mean little) chestnut colt with white socks. He is to be named Maxwellton Master Mike and is by Nala Master Nicholai (AI/UK) (Strinesdale Mastermind (UK) x Nichola of Nala). Mike is beautiful and will be a stunning 12.2 hh section pony.

Once again I am preparing two foals for the foal show to be held in the middle of May. Mike being too young to wean yet will have to wait his turn.

Drumnacott Rifleman (Tyn-Y-Cae Rival (imp UK) x Drumnacott Delightful Lady) is still going strong, producing many more champions and supremes this season. Glenmoor Sam I Am (Drumnacott Rifleman x Temptation) won at both the North and South Island national shows. For the second year in a row he claimed the NZ 14.2 hh Pony of the Year title along with the Paced and Mannered Pony of the Year title. Rifleman has sired some beautiful foals over the years with hopefully more to come.

Maxwellton Woody Wood Pecker (Drumnacott Rifleman x Maxwellton Give Us Your Thoughts), is returning home to stand alongside Rifleman. Woody’s progeny are rally starting to make their mark. This year there were many new champions in inhand sections being produced (too many to mention). But to the fore ridden events, as I have mentioned before, is Beechcroft Socialite. This pony was Champion 12.2 hh pony at the National Show (North Island) and runner-up NZ 12.2 hh Pony of the Year. But, the big thrill for the stud was Glenmoor Sam I Am and Beechcroft Socialite getting the quinella in the Paced and Mannered Pony of the Year title class. A wonderful achievement for our two stallions.

Woody is also the sire of the top park hack Glenmore Zodiac, 12.2 hh section pony Eyredale Enchanted Angel and the beautiful little Netherton Primrose who is a part-bred Welsh. Also Woody has a junior champion part-bred Arab daughter bred by Paula Humphries of Fairlie. He is crossing well with all breeds and stamping his progeny with his lovely laid-back nature, which to me is a must in children’s ponies. Woody is only rising nine so has a very bright future ahead of him. I will only be taking a very limited number of mares to both stallions.

Well I have been busy with the Registration Officer role for the New Zealand Riding Pony Society and cannot believe I have been doing it for two years now. I have no idea where the time has gone. Also, I accepted a lot more judging appointments this year, which I did enjoy, but found myself being very busy at times catching up at home. Well I hope I have not bored you all, and wish everyone a happy down-time in the Winter.

Judith Johnson/(J & R Cooper)