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News 2018
  30th October  

Hollybrooke Duke competed at HOYS this week and we are so thrilled that he was placed fourth. He looked a picture and went beautifully. Congratulations must go to his owners Jo and Chris, his producer Julie Barton and rider Katie Bacon who have done such an amazing job with him. Proud would be an understatement!!
Another good end to the season was the championship at the Beaulieu Road pre sale show. It was awarded to Crabbswood Surprize a very smart filly by our stallion Hollybrooke Rambler bred by Jonathan Gerrelli who went on to be the top priced foal at the sale. The mare is hopefully back in foal to Rambler for 2019. Thanks to Audrey Scott-Hopkins for the photo on the right.
More news of Hollybrooke Maxwell and Janine Paterson who at Kings Sedgemoor BD scored over 66% in both novice tests winning Novice 39 and coming 4th in Novice 22. They followed that with a fantastic day at Pontispool BE finishing on their dressage score of 27.3 to come second in the BE80. 
Hollybrooke Jubilee has been flying round some hunter trial courses, Hollybrooke Annie tried her hoof at pony racing, Hollybrooke Ginger (pictured right) met a pig on the Forest for the first time and Hollybrooke Diplomat (pictured left) looked after his young rider and gave him a wonderful time on his first day out hunting. All four of these super ponies were sired by Burley Branston and have inherited his amazing temperament.
Our one and only foal this year, Hollybrooke Theodore, was gelded this week in preparation for weaning, before leaving us for his new home.
After a request from several Hollybrooke pony owners, who wanted to be able to post photos of their ponies. I have started a Hollybrooke New Forest Pony page on Facebook. It has been lovely to catch up with ponies we had not heard about recently.

  3rd September  

Hollybrooke MaxwellLots of Hollybrooke ponies have been out and about in the last few weeks.
Hollybrooke Maxwell competed in the BE90 at Treborough. He managed to complete despite the atrocious weather conditions. The photo shows what a an amazing jump he has!
 Hollybrooke Astra went to his first show of the year with his young rider, winning a handful of rosettes including a first and a championship.
At The Breed Show the stud were represented by no less than eight ponies. Three ponies Jubilee, Lily and Halo competed in the WHP class and all were well placed. Jubilee turned her hoof to a variety of classes and won rosettes in everything. Huckleberry was placed in the combined training. Two ponies Grace and Martini did some dressage and won two seconds and a third in their three tests. Grace and Tinker were also placed in hand.
Both our stallions had successful progeny apart from those bred by us. Tinker was the sire of the 2nd filly foal and the winner of the novice broodmare classes. While Crabbswood Serena by Rambler won the child handler class and was reserve in both the Beaulieu Road and the young commoner's championships. Combe Brambling also by Rambler was second in one of the prelim dressage classes. Our late foundation stallion Burley Branston won lots of elite points for the successes of his daughters Jubilee, Lily, Martini, Melitta and Maddoxford Cream Cracker.
The star was again Hollybrooke Melitta who started by being placed first in the senior small yeld mare class. She followed that by winning the mare championship for the forth successive year. Then under a completely different judge she won both the breeders championship and the supreme show championship. As an adult she has now competed at the Breed Show five times and she has never been beaten in her class. Quite a record!!

  15th August  

This months news is rather late as it has been a hectic few weeks with Grandchildren staying!
Hollybrooke JubileeHollybrooke Jubilee has continued her fantastic results with her young jockey. She was reserve champion WHP at the Badminton Show The photo show her at the Foxcote Horse Trials where she was fifth qualifying for the Regional Championships! Her full sister Hollybrooke Jasmine has just moved to a new home ready to start her ridden career so we look forward to hearing her progress. Hollybrooke Duke returned from his holiday at Equifest winning his M&M final.
We took three ponies to the New Forest Show and all came home with rosettes. Our best result was Hollybrooke Grace who was second in the large yeld mare class. She was also second at the Ellingham Show. In Grace's class the first three were all sired by Hollybrooke Rambler including the eventual champion.
Without a doubt the highlight of the month was the care taken and the pleasure given by Hollybrooke Melitta and Hollybrooke Grace to our eight year old granddaughter. She rode Grace almost every day she was staying with us including having her first hack out on the Forest. She took Melitta to the Ellingham Show for the child handler class where she won her first ever rosette.

What amazing temperaments the Hollybrooke ponies have.

  6th July  
  Hollybrooke RubyWe have had a quiet few weeks with the ponies as most of our spare time has been involved with making hay and haylage. Hollybrooke Ruby did make her 2018 show ring debut with a very respectable third in a large 4 year and over New Forest class at the NFRC Show. Hollybrooke Duke also had a successful day at the Royal Norfolk. He was Connie/NF in hand champion, reserve non welsh in hand champion and fifth in the supreme of the show.
The one disappointing thing this week is that we tried to breed from our wonderful foundation mare Coffee Crunch one last time. Despite having an excellent report from the vets when she had a pre breeding check, we did not manage to get her in foal.
  22nd June  
  What an amazing week the Hollybrooke Stud has had! Firstly we took Hollybrooke Melitta and Hollybrooke Grace to the Elite NFPEC Show. They were first and third in the yeld mare class. It was a very strong class which contained numerous multiple championship winning mares including a HOYS qualified mare. Melitta went on to take four championships including the supreme New Forest pony and the show supreme.
As if that was not enough three days later Hollybrooke Duke qualified for HOYS when competing in his first qualifier of 2018. Interestingly the same pony that was reserve champion to Melitta on Sunday was second in the HOYS qualifier to Duke on Wednesday.
  6th June  

Hollybrooke JubileeThis is such a lovely photo of Hollybrooke Jubilee. She is a six year old mare by our late stallion Burley Branston. Her rider (age eleven) 'borrowed' the pony from her Mum to be 6th at the Cotswold ODE. She had never jumped a course on the pony a week before the competition. What a fantastic result!
 Hollybrooke Duke is already enjoying success this season. He was New Forest/connie in hand champion at the Suffolk Show for the 4th consecutive year and also won the NF/Connie ridden. Both Jubilee and Duke's mothers are scanned in foal for next year.
Our second show of the year was to the elite Royal Bath and West Show. Hollybrooke Melitta was second in a large strong mare class. Hollybrooke Tinker won the stallion class and was then reserve champion to his daughter Brock Bronwen.

  14th May  

Our first showing outing of the year was to Royal Windsor. We took Hollybrooke Tinker and Hollybrooke Grace who both competed in the four years and over class. It is always difficult to get the ponies looking their best for Windsor as they are still shedding their winter coats. This was especially true for Tinker who had not be rugged at all during the winter. Grace was second and Tinker third in a large class which included a former Breed Show Supreme champion who was placed below both of our ponies. Grace went on to be awarded the reserve champion. So a super start to the season.
Hollybrooke GraceHollybrooke Tinker







Our only foal of the year was born almost three weeks late. A huge chestnut colt foal by Tinker out of Hollybrooke Crystal. It is Crystal's first foal which makes his size even more surprising. He is without doubt the most confident, independent and easiest to handle foal we have ever bred. He will certainly be somebody's best friend. Three of our mares have been away visiting other stallions and will be scanned in the next couple of weeks.

  14th April  

It has been a long and very wet winter and everyone at Hollybrooke including the ponies will be very pleased to see the end of it. We had planned to give our yearling some show experience at a practice show over Easter but sadly it was cancelled due to the weather.
We still await the arrival of our one and only foal this year but the photo is of a foal born in March that was conceived here last year. She Tinker's daughter out of the very successful mare Willoway Madeline. Her conception was not straight forward and wouldn't have happened without the help and expertise of our vets at Endells. We are all thrilled with her safe arrival and look forward to following her progress.
At the NFPB AGM we were presented with a plaque in recognition of Burley Branston achieving a silver grading as a sire and an engraved tumbler in recognition of Melitta winning the mare championship at the Breed Show for three years in succession.

  24th March  
  The elite lists for 2017 were published by the Breed Society this month. More Hollybrooke ponies (six in all) feature in the top one hundred ponies that scored elite points in 2017 more than any other stud. On the list of stallions whose progeny scored the most points in 2017, Tinker, Rambler and Branston all feature. Tinker and Rambler are both on the cumulative list of current sires. While Branston now features on the calmative list of all leading sires since the lists were started in 2002. What clever boys!  
  14th February  

Hollybrooke DukeBurley Branston What a spectacular month it has been!
Firstly The brilliant news is that our late and much loved foundation stallion Burley Branston (pictured left) has been awarded a silver grading with the Breed Society because his progeny have gained over a thousand elite points.
Secondly on the 18th January issue Hollybrooke Duke featured on the front cover of Horse and Hound. What an honour!!!

  14th January  
  What a fantastic end to 2017 when Hollybrooke Duke won the best of breed at Olympia. An amazing achievement for his owners, rider and producer and we were certainly very proud.
We have lots to look forward to in 2018 Hollybrooke Sparkle's full sister Hollybrooke Crystal is expecting her first foal by Hollybrooke Tinker. We also hope that Sparkles yearling daughter Hollybrooke Treasure will make her appearance in the show ring. Although we didn't cover our super mare Hollybrooke Melitta in 2017 we plan to breed from her and several of our other broodmares in 2018.
As well as our own broodmares our stallions covered some very exciting visiting mares in 2017 and we look forward to these new arrivals from March onwards.

The photos of Hollybrooke Duke at Olympia by kind permission of Kerry Bates.

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