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News 2019
  3rd October  

Hollybrooke GraceOur show season came to an end at Romsey Show. Sadly they had changed the classes from previously running a whole range of New Forest in hand classes to having just two. A three years and and under class and four years and over. It is hard for mares and geldings to compete against stallions but Grace was a star coming second in an exceptionally strong class. She was beaten by a very successful stallion who has been to HOYS twice and was ridden champion at the Breed Show just a couple of weeks earlier. There were many previous winners below her in the line up including the mare champion from the Breed Show. So a super end to the season.
Other Hollybrooke ponies who have been out and about include Hollybrooke Brown Hollybrooke Brown SugarSugar pictured here having a great time XC schooling with her young rider.
Trenley Tomorrow (Hollybrooke Tinker x TB mare) was reserve ridden champion at Aire Valley Show. A super achievement as he has only done a couple of ridden shows.
Hollybrooke Maxwell who has been eventing confidently jumping double clears at BE 90 at the Treborough, Pontispool and West Wilts events.
Hollybrooke Jubilee has had two wins in WHP classes winning the championship at the Beaufort Hunt Show. She also represented the Beaufort Pony Club at the Area eventing Regional championship where they were ninth.

  28th August  

For the first time in very many years we did not compete at the New Forest stallion or the performance shows and we took just two ponies to the Breed Show. Hollybrooke Grace had forgotten about what had upset her so much at the New Forest Show and behaved perfectly to be third in the senior large yeld mare class. The judge commented on the fact that it was a class full of really lovely ponies.
We also took Hollybrooke Debbie who is part of our semi feral herd of broodmares At the age of seventeen she had never been to a show and in fact had only left the farm once other than when she runs the Forest for the summer. It wasn't the most fluent of performances but was good enough to win the veteran brood mare class so we were delighted.
Another Hollybrooke pony did something completely different recently when Hollybrooke Jasmine (a full sister to the very successful performance pony Hollybrooke Jubilee) took part in a photo shoot and these are just two of the amazing results.

Hollybrooke Jasmine
  10th August  

This week Hollybrooke Melitta and her foal made the long journey to the NPS Summer championships at Malvern. We had already decided that she will not return to the Breed Show to defend her supreme championship and champion mare crowns so this was her final outing at least for this year. She didn't disappoint us. She won the New Forest mare or gelding four years and over. This was without a doubt one of the strongest classes she has ever won. She went on to be the New Forest Champion. She was than the reserve champion in both the limited breeds M&M Championship and the M&M mare Championship. She was also sixth in the M&M Silver medal large breeds final. A super result in a huge class of mixed breeds. The photo was taken in the evening performance during the final judging of the Cuddy.


Brock Bronwen sired by Melitta's three quarters brother Hollybrooke Tinker won the the final of the New Forest Picton Novice ridden at the same show, a class won by Tinker in 2012.
The photo is thanks to Julia Ryde Rogers.


  1st August  

Hollybrooke MelittaWe took three ponies to the New Forest Show Grace, Melitta and her foal. Sadly the atmosphere and the windy conditions were rather too much for Grace and she was quite rightly not placed.
Melitta however, had a fantastic day. She won the small brood mare class and then went on to be reserve overall New Forest champion.
Progeny of our stallion Hollybrooke Tinker also had a fantastic show.

Woodsheal Miss K

These included the yearling filly Woodsheal Miss K (photo left)who won the yearling filly class. Brock Bronwen who was well placed in the HOYS ridden, the large yeld mare and the large novice ridden. Bronwen's full brother Brock Braithwaite who was a very creditable 5th in the large open ridden. Well done to all owners and riders.

  22nd July  

This is our amazing foundation mare Coffee Crunch. She is twenty two years old and Coffee Crunchthe mother of twelve Hollybrooke foals including supreme champion Melitta and champion stallion Tinker. She returned to the show ring this weekend after a sixteen year absence. To give our eight year old grandson his first ever experience of showing. She looked a picture, behaved as though she had done it all yesterday and gave a small boy a huge amount of confidence and fun! Crunch had been running with Skywalker since he arrived with us in the spring but very sadly she conceived twins. Our vet tried very hard to disrupt one but sadly neither survived.

  10th June  
  Melitta's show season got off to a slow start. She was entered for Windsor but as she Hollybrooke Melitta and foalfoaled three weeks late, we decided the foal was still too young to go. Then on the way to Bath and West we had a puncture. The rescue service was wonderful coming out to us promptly despite the early hour and fitting a new tyre really quickly but sadly we arrived too late for her class. However, she more than made up for it at the Southern Showing Society Summer Show where she won both the forest mare and the large M&M 4 years and over classes. She also won the reserve forest championship , the overall M&M championship and NPS silver medal. To make it even more special her also won foal.
Lots of other Hollybrooke ponies have been competing successfully  Hollybrooke Duke won the Suffolk County Show New Forest/Connie class and the championship for the 5th year running. Hollybrooke Halo was placed in her first ever one day event. Hollybrooke Jubilee was third at the RA Pony Club Horse trials . Hollybrooke Maxwell was third in the BE 90 at Pontispool. All three ponies jumped double clear rounds. A fantastic achievement!
  6th May  
  We have had another two new arrivals at Hollybrooke this week . Hollybrooke Gypsy, having been pregnant for four days short of a year gave birth to a lovely big colt foal by Wayland Cranberry. (Photo on the 2019 foal page).
We have been looking for an out cross for our mares for some time and the other new arrival is the stallion Skywalker. He has run on the forest for 11 seasons and at the age of eighteen is no longer eligible to turn out. He has always been well placed at the stallion show winning many first class premiums and the Cranesmore Cup for the best foals sires on the Forest in 2017. (Photo thanks to Judy Muggleton)
  23rd April  
  We have had two new arrivals at the stud this week. Hollybrooke Melitta had a filly foal by Fijal Jupiter and Hollybrooke Debbie had a colt foal by Hollybrooke Tinker. Debbie's  
  foal is a full brother to the very successful stallion Hollybrooke Duke. The photo shows them both out if the field enjoying the spring sunshine. We still await the arrival of our third foal by Wayland Cranberry out of Hollybrooke Gypsy.
Hollybrooke TreasureHollybrooke Treasure (photo left) made her first experience in the show ring a winning one, when gaining the red rosette at the NFPEC Practice show. She only went for the experience as she has not left the farm since she was a foal and has lived out all winter without any rug or extra feed so we were thrilled.
Hollybrooke Jubilee and Lucy have been enjoying some XC schooling. Hollybrooke Annie came home with rosettes from the NPS dressage championships Hollybrooke Astra has also had some dressage success. Two first cross horses (by Hollybrooke Tinker out of TB mares) Newlands Farm Mr Taylor and Trenley Tomorrow have been showing what a super cross it is. There are lots of photos of all these on the Hollybrooke Face book page.

  3rd April  

It was a fantastic start to the year for the stud at the NFPB AGM. We were presented with two silver salvers awarded to two of our broodmares, Hollybrooke Debbie and Coffee Crunch. Both have gained silver grading status in the elite scheme for the achievements of their progeny. We were then presented with a beautiful vase given by the Swedish New Forest Breed Society for the best pony from the breeding sections of last years Breed Show. It was awarded to Hollybrooke Melitta. (Thank you to Suzanne Kemp for the photo)
There were also good results for all three of our stallions Hollybrooke Tinker, Hollybrooke Rambler and Burley Branston, who all feature in the top twenty sires of 2108. Burley Branston ia also in the top twenty all time sires. So a massive achievement for all the ponies of which we are hugely proud.
Some Hollybrooke ponies have already been out and about. Full brother and sister Annie and Astra have both won rosettes in dressage. Jubilee came second at Hartpury in the 80cm Pony Club show jumping. Maxwell had a brilliant day at Kings Sedgemoor combined training. He won the 80cm class finishing on his dressage score (best dressage) and then did a super test in the 90cm class scoring 31, but an unlucky pole put him just out the placings.
We don't have any foals yet. Melitta is a few days over due and Debbie is due at the weekend but neither look very close to foaling at the moment. Exciting times!

  4th March  
  This weekend the Breed Society ran its biennial judge's seminar. An event that all Hollybrooke Melittajudges on the Breed Society judges panel must attend regularly. We were asked to take Hollybrooke Melitta. She is over ten months in foal, has been out all winter (without a rug!) and has not received any supplementary feed of any kind but looked a picture. We received lots of lovely comments about her. Including from Jennie Loriston-Clarke who lead a session looking at way of going and breed type.
Her picture appears on the front cover of the 2019 New Forest Pony Breeders Year book.
  1st February  

2018 came to a very sad end when we had to say goodbye to our multiple champion stallion Hollybrooke Rambler. He had been suffering from breathing issues and sadly his medication was no longer keeping him comfortable. He took us to places we hadn't even dreamed of. The supreme championship at the Breed Show twice, the supreme M&M championship at the NPS Summer Championships and HOYS as well as many others. He was the sire of many lovely ponies including our champion mare Hollybrooke Grace, Hollybrooke Caramel and Hollybrooke Fudge who are ridden by our grandchildren and Crabbswood Surprize the champion foal at Beaulieu Road 2018. He was a kind and gentle pony who leaves a huge gap at Hollybrooke which will never be filled.

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