sire of Newfarm Storm (below) put to
a Montfort Vehicle by Mary Nygaard. Photo courtesty of New Farm in
Englewood, FL. Lightning was Youngstock Champion at the Royal
Show (UK) before being imported as a yearling by New Farm.
Our foundation breeding stock were all imported from England and are registered with the Fell Pony Society in the U.K. They were bred by the top breeders in the U.K. and imported by Laurel Highland Farm as well as New Farm in Florida, one of the first to import this breed to North America just over a decade ago. Many "Lownthwaite" ponies also make their home at the Royal Stables, including HM the Queen's riding pony, Lownthwaite Duchess! Duchess is half-sister to two of our imported mares, Lownthwaite Evelyn and Lownthwaite Orange Blossom. Lownthwaite Skylark II, 1/2 sister to our very own Guards Blossom, is also owned by HM The Queen and this pony won the 2002 Fell Pony Championship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Guards Blossom is herself a champion mare, having won the 2 y.o. class at the FPS Breed Show in addition to other championships.
Our other mares include Inglegarth Radiant who won the 3 y.o. class at the 2002 FPS Breed Show in addition to the Lady Yule Cup for "Best Riding Type Pony". Lune Valley Dolly also won at several shows in the UK, including the Fell pony Championship at Witherslack. She was Fell Pony Champion at Dressage at Devon 2004. Both she and her 3/4 sister Sleddale Wild Rose V are by the 1999 FPS Supreme Champion Stallion Drybarrows Jeff. Wild Rose's filly, Lunesdale Rock Rose, is 1/2 sister to Lunesdale Lady Rebecca, Reserve Champion Mare at the 2002 FPS Breed Show. Ludworth Lady Grey has outstanding foals to her credit, and won the FPSNA Mare Progeny Performance Premium in 2011.
Two of our mares are by 1997 Stallion Show Supreme Champion Heltondale Bellman V (by Tebay Campbell Ton Victor): Sleddale Lib V and Castle Hill Dainty. Both mares are very true-to-type Fells with excellent movement and both are trained under saddle. Lownthwaite Monarch is by Linnel Rapier II, a very successful stallion in terms of performance records (including Olympia), and who also has somewhat of a unique pedigree (a good thing in a small gene pool!) being by Linnel Romany Boy, whom like his son achieved great success in the show ring. Brackenbank Poppy has competed and won many times, including many Fell pony championships in England as well as the Supreme Mountain & Moorland Championship at Dressage at Devon 2005. She is also trained under saddle. Poppy has beautiful action and is very true-to-type. We have retained Laurelhighland Lyric - a 2004 mare that we could not bear to part with! Lyric has been started under saddle and has also bred several outstanding foals we have retained. Hades Hill Freya is a lovely, quiet-natured, traditional Fell mare with old blood in her pedigree. Laurelhighland Athena, a 2005 filly, is another "keeper" that is here to stay, and has bred several outstanding foals we have also retained! In 2007, Raisburn Lettie II also joined us on loan. Lettie is a 1993 mare owned by Judith Bean-Calhoun, and she stayed with us for awhile at Laurel Highland Farm. She had her first foal in 2008, Laurelhighland Hadley (by Waverhead Model IV)! We had a homecoming for our 2004 filly Laurelhighland Sapphire, when we were thrilled to have her back in 2008! It was also a double bonus for us since she came in foal to the Champion stallion, Laurelhighland Rambler! Sapphire has had 2 lovely foals and is trained under saddle - she is a wonderful child's pony! She is schooling over 3' fences and is ridden by our daughter, who won several championships with her in 2011, including FPSNA's Ridden Championship, In-hand Championship, Supreme Championship, and "Born in North America" High-Point Performance Premium.
Not to be outdone by our mares, our stallions also boast exceptional pedigrees and success in competition. Waverhead stud has also produced top quality Fells and champion stallions for almost half a century, including Waverhead Black Magic (Robbie's uncle!) who was Supreme Champion Ridden Pony in the U.K. in 1998. Our very own Waverhead Robbie placed 3rd overall at the prestigious Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition, the largest event of its kind in the world. Robbie's sire "Waverhead Prince II" was crowned "Supreme Champion" at the 2000 FPS Stallion & Colt Show. Robbie is now retired but in 2011 he won the FPSNA Stallion Progeny Performance Premium. Waverhead Model IV placed 3rd at the 2000 FPS Stallion & Colt Show just prior to import. Model's sire "Lownthwaite Gary" was Supreme Champion at the 1998 Stallion & Colt Show and has also won the "Best Progeny" class at the FPS Breed Show for the last 5 years in succession, and his dam "Waverhead Pearl" was also a prolific winner in the show ring in her younger days. Like Robbie, Model has also successfully competed in international and regional driving competition, including winning the coveted Concours d'Elegance more than once! Brackenbank Romany's Prince is our most recently licensed stud. Prince was the Champion Colt at the FPS Breed Show before export. He is the son of multi-Supreme Champion, Murthwaite Look At Me, out of Champion mare, Brackenbank Romany. Prince has been started under saddle in dressage, as well as in harness. Our newest addition is our homebred colt, Laurelhighland Union Jack, who is a stunning example of the breed.
To see some examples of our ponies' offspring, visit the "Our Progeny" page, or
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