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John and Wendy Adams
Forest Farm, Crow Hill,
Ringwood, Hants BH24 3DE. Telephone: 01425 476020
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News 2017
 
  6th November  
  It has not been a brilliant month for the stud. We sadly lost one of our foundation mares Crabbswood Sherry in an unexplained field accident. She had been with us for twenty years and was the mother of many wonderful family ponies, including Brown Sugar, Martini, Chablis and Tequila to name but a few. Another of our broodmares Hollybrooke Gypsy has suffered an extreme allergic reaction resulting in terrible sores all round her muzzle making eating very difficult for her. We are working hard with the help of our vet to keep her fed and as comfortable as possible while hopefully her face heals. As if that wasn't enough we also had all John's power tools stolen in a break in!
Hollybrooke AmericanoHollybrooke Duke also had a mixed month. He looked an absolute picture at HOYS but sadly a mistake in his show cost him dearly and he was tenth. However, he made up for it in the best possible way a couple of weeks later by winning the Olympia New Forest Breed qualifier at the BSPS Heritage championships by a huge margin and beating the pony who won at HOYS..
The picture shows Hollybrooke Melitta's foal Hollybrooke Americano who left us last week for a new home in Belgium. He was too closely related to our mares for us to consider keeping him as a stallion and would have been gelded had he stayed with us. So we are thrilled that he has gone to a home where he will be kept entire and have the opportunity to prove himself as a stallion.
 
  1st October  
  Romsey was our last show of the season. We took Hollybrooke Tinker and Hollybrooke Grace. The classes this year had changed and the four years and over mares and geldings were combined. It resulted in a very large high quality class. We were delighted with Grace's third place behind two lovely and very successful mares and in front of two ponies Hollybrooke Debbiewho have qualified for HOYS this year. Tinker won the stallion class and went on to be reserve breed champion. Both the champion and reserve go forward to the overall M&M championship and under a different judge he won that too.
Our final outing with the in hand ponies was the mare grading. We took two mares Hollybrooke Melitta and Hollybrooke Debbie. It is always difficult to get the mares looking their best for the grading as they are already changing their coats. Both mares graded with Melitta having the highest score of all mares graded in 2017. The picture (thanks to Nathalie Heinst) is of Debbie at the grading, her son Hollybrooke Duke (sired by Hollybrooke Tinker) will be competing at HOYS next week. We are hopeful that Debbie is again in foal to Tinker.
 
  1st September  
  I hardly know where to start, to say that we had an amazing Breed Show would be a huge understatement!
On Saturday we took Hollybrooke Tinker who won the senior stud stallion class and the stallion championship as well as being third in the ridden stallion class. Two of his children also won classes Hollybrooke Halo was first in a WHP class and third in another. His son Brock Braithwaite won the junior large novice ridden.. Hollybrooke Grace also went to do some dressage (she won the novice ridden last year as a four year old and we didn't consider her ready yet to contest open ridden classes) She was third in Prelim 18 the NPS qualifier and won the Prelim 14 class with a score of over 73%. The judge wrote 'Super test well presented. What a delightful picture. Well done'
We thought that it couldn't get much better than that but we were wrong.
Hollybrooke Grace topped Saturday's performance by winning the junior large yeld mare on Monday. Hollybrooke Melitta won the small novice broodmare and Hollybrooke Sparkle was second in the small open brood mares. All three mares qualified for the mare championship. As we had insufficient handlers to cope with them all, we left Sparkle in the lorry and took the other two. Nineteen mares were eligible for the championship and Melitta was defending the crown she has held for the last two years. We were so thrilled when she made it a hat trick. It was even more thrilling when one of the three judges judging the mare championship came up at the end and said your other mare (Grace) is also very beautiful.
It was a very proud moment when both Tinker and Melitta (who are out of the same mare) contested the supreme championship. It was Melitta who came out on top. She was awarded the reserve supreme champion and also won the Breeder's cup. To gain success with any pony is special but to do it with one you have bred makes it even more amazing.
We must also say thank you to two people. Firstly to Halle Murawsui for all the help preparing the ponies, riding Tinker and showing in hand so beautifully. Secondly to our 'Official Team photographer' Nathalie Heinst who not only took some wonderful photographers but also was there to help out holding ponies on what for us were two extremely busy days!
 
  16th August  
 

Hollybrooke Grace had her first dressage outing for almost a year and came home with two rosettes. Both classes were judged by BD judges and she achieved two amazing scores including one of 75% which is almost the highest score I have ever had!
Hollybrooke TinkerLast weekend we took Hollybrooke Grace and Hollybrooke Tinker (pictured left) to the Ellingham Show and had a fantastic day.
Tinker, who was having his first outing of the year was second in both the stallion and the large open ridden classes very ably ridden by Halle. He behaved perfectly in what was a buzzy atmosphere and a cramped space. The judge commented on what a super show he had done.
Grace won a very strong the four years and over mare class and followed this by winning the New Forest Championship. At the end of the day all the show champions both ridden and in hand came together for the supreme championship. To our absolute amazement and delight Grace was awarded that championship too. A memorable day!

 
   
  30th July  
 

Another fantastic month for the ponies bred at the stud.
Hollybrooke Maxwell had a brilliant day in the BE80 at Launceston. He finished on his dressage score of 30 and came 3rd out of 41. He is now going to try the step up to BE90 at Treborough.
Hollybrooke GraceHollybrooke Grace went to the Southern Showing Society Show where she won the Picton Novice ridden class and was Picton champion. A brilliant result for just her second ever appearance in a Picton. We took both mares and foals and Grace to a rather damp New Forest Show. We were very pleased with Grace's 6th place in the class for mares exceeding 138cm. There were seventeen top class mares in the class. Melitta and Sparkle were second and third in the small brood mare class. Another pony bred here Hollybrooke Jubilee made the long journey down from her home in Gloucestershire to compete in the large novice ridden. She was a real credit to her Hollybrooke Dukeowner Abbi Sharp, she behaved and went beautifully and was placed a very creditable seventh.
However, the icing on the cake this month was our first ever qualifier for the Royal international Horse Show Hollybrooke Duke. There were twenty seven in the BSPS Heritage M & M Connemara and New Forest open ridden. All the ponies in the ring had had to qualify to get there and only six were New Forests. He was placed eighth with the third highest confirmation mark . He is only six so an amazing debut.


 
  3rd July  
  The very exciting news this month is that Hollybrooke Duke qualified for HOYS at the Royal Norfolk Show. We are thrilled and proud as are his owners. We will definitely be making the trip to Birmingham in October to watch. Another pony to qualify for a final is Hollybrooke Jubilee who was 2nd in her eventers challenge qualifying for the Sunshine Tour.
Hollybrooke Melitta had another outing as a brood mare and was second winning the trophy for the best novice mare at the NFPEC Elite Show. Hollybrooke Grace was second in the Picton qualifier at the same show. A great achievement considering she has only been ridden a handful of times since Christmas. Hollybrooke Sparkle has also made her debut in the show ring as a brood mare and was second.
However, the proudest moment without a doubt, this month was to receive this photo.
It
shows our two oldest grandchildren age six and seven happily hacking out their two Hollybrooke ponies who are aged seven and four (the youngest child is riding the youngest pony!)
Our aim has always been to breed ponies with amazing temperaments and this photo speaks more than words ever could.
 
  5th June  
  A very busy but successful month for the stud.
Hollybrooke Melitta Hollybrooke Melitta had her first showing outing as a broodmare at Bath & West where she was placed third. She looked an absolute picture as the photo shows. It was a very very strong class where every mare entered was a championship winner. Hollybrooke AmericanoThe class winner who is by Hollybrooke Tinker went on to win the NF championship and was in the top six in the Cuddy so a super result.
Melitta's foal who we are thrilled with. is in the process of changing from 'orange' to liver chestnut. Just at the moment as the photo shows it is not a good look! However, he took traveling in the lorry, staying in a strange stable and the all the new experiences of being at a show completely in his stride.
The stallions are still covering, some mares have proved somewhat tricky but with the support of our vets the majority have left us in foal. Three top class mares Brock Baccarat, Willoway Madeline and Ellanore Solar Eclipse are all scanned in foal to Hollybrooke Tinker.
Hollybrooke Duke's successful season continues. He was Connie/NF in hand champion, reserve M&M champion and silver medal winner at Suffolk. He also won the ridden Connie/NF RI qualifier & was Champion at South Suffolk. He had a really super write up and photo in H&H. It will be the first time a Hollybrooke pony has been to the Royal International Horse Show.
Hollybrooke MaxwellA forest bred Hollybrooke pony Hollybrooke Golden Boy won his first PC ODE with his 10 year old jockey. They finished on their dressage score and his owner said afterwards 'What a pony, the best in the world!' Another pony successfully eventing is Hollybrooke Maxwell (pictured left). He has competed in two BE 80 classes with huge entries in the last few weeks on both occasions jumping double clears and finishing in the top ten.

 
  5th May  
 

Three weeks late our second and final foal for 2017 arrived. Hollybrooke Melitta had a smart colt foal by Greencottage Ambassador. We were a little surprised that he was 'orange' as both his parents are dark but I suppose as he has a chestnut grandmother and a chestnut grandfather it was not really so surprising. We are hopeful that when he changes his baby coat he will be liver like his uncle Hollybrooke Tinker.
Hollybrooke Duke continued his winning ways by being reserve supreme champion at BSPS Area 16. His mother Hollybrooke Debbie has been covered by Tinker so we are hopeful of Duke's full brother or sister arriving next spring. The stallions are busy covering both our own and visiting mares. We had to do a semen collection from Tinker so that we could AI his first mare of the season. Considering that he hadn't covered a mare since 2015 he behaved brilliantly. The mare has now been scanned safely in foal so it was an excellent result.

 
  1st April  
 

Hollybrooke TreasureOn the 25th March the first foal to be bred at the Hollybrooke Stud since 2013 arrived just two days late. It is a striking dark brown filly by Greencottage Ambassador out of Hollybrooke Sparkle (three quarters sister to Hollybrooke Rambler). As the photo shows she is a bright strong foal who we look forward to showing later in the summer. We are still waiting for our second foal out of Hollybrooke Melitta who is now almost three weeks over due.
The Elite points list for 2016 was published recently with four Hollybrooke ponies featuring on it. However, we were thrilled and surprised that Hollybrooke Grace was placed 9th on the list. What an achievement for a four year old! She had been to just three qualifying shows and done her dressage grading. All the ponies above her on the list and many below had been extensively campaigned at many elite shows and competitions. Another pleasing fact from the elite lists is that Hollybrooke Tinker features prominently on both the top sires of 2016 and on the cumulative current UK stallions lists. Burley Branston is very close to achieving his silver grade for points won by his progeny. Maybe next year!
Hollybrooke DukeWe have two lovely new comments (see comments page) this month from people who have Hollybrooke ponies. Both enthuse about the ponies' wonderful temperaments. A pony that has had a brilliant start to the season as the photo shows, is the stallion Hollybrooke Duke (by Hollybrooke Tinker) at the Ponies (UK) Winter Championships he was first and reserve champion in the Dalkeith Young riders classes and first and reserve champion in the Kingsford Ridden M&M classes.

 
  1st February  
  The year has got off to a good start with two of the ponies we bred being awarded their level one dressage grading with the Breed Society. The first is Hollybrooke Cappuccino who featured frequently in our news page last year competing with her ten year old jockey. The second is our filly Hollybrooke Grace, we are so thrilled, it was a super achievement as she was only four years old.
The photo shows Hollybrooke Rambler finishing the three mile race in the Boxing Day Point to Point. He ran really well for a first attempt leading for most of the way. He just couldn't stay with the leader in the last quarter of a mile but finished a very creditable fifth.
We have just backed a rising four year old filly Hollybrooke Fudge by Hollybrooke Rambler. She has been bold and sensible and will soon be joining her full sister Hollybrooke Caramel with our grandchildren in France.
 
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