We are delighted to welcome Sophie and Emma James to the team here at Hardy Etc, its an exciting time for them as they are busy preparing for HOYS
Read below to find out more about them....
We are an amateur show team made up of myself (Sophie) and my sister Emma based just outside of Warwick specialising in showing Connemara Ponies. We have qualified for all major finals including RIHS, HOYS and OLMYPIA.
We were lucky enough to grow up on farm in Cornwall which allowed us to have ponies from a young age, since then we have had a variety of different breeds and type out of them all the Connemara pony become are firm favourite, countless trips to Ireland we are now officially ‘Connie Mad’.
We currently owned five ponies, Glenmore Gwennic is the pony we are probably most known for purchased as a 5yo again unseen from Ireland as a Christmas present for myself after mum ‘had a good feeling’ well I wish she could have a ‘good feeling’ about the lottery one night as we could be coming into some money. To be honest owning Glen is like winning the Lottery you never know how a pony will turn out like, what it is capable of or more importantly does is have the head to want to do it. Thankfully Glen is all of those things, he loves his job (sometimes a bit to much) he has amazing ground covering movement topped with an athletic jump making him a true to type Connemara, being able to compete in top level WHP classes and Flat, which we are very proud of.
Shanbo Rory is an 11yo grey Stallion by Rory Rasputin who we bought after begging his previous owner Kelly Jones to sell him, I remember the first time I saw him at NPS champs winning the Picton final but never thought I would owe such a pony, he has now qualified for HOYS for the 4th consecutive year, previously being places 3rd,5th & 6th he won the RIHS Amateur final in 2017 and was Champion Connemara at Dublin Horse Show in 2016 he also qualified for Olympia last year
Glencarrig Rocco is a firm favourite of Emmas bought from Ireland as a Stallion that had been shown successfully inhand and used as a teaser, when he arrived he was the most beautiful dapple grey pony with big stunning eyes but was unsettled being entire so we made the decision to have him gelded and never looked back. Always put on the back burner Rocco set out to prove a point this year and has won two consecutive HOYS qualifiers, qualified for RIHS for the fourth consecutive year in 3 classes and matched his stable mate by winning the Amateur final at RIHS in 2018.
Our new boy Darbey Moon Shadow, a young stallion we have admired since seeing him as a yearling at Clifden show in Ireland, his previous owners were never keen to part with him but always said we would have first refusal if the time came, as fate would have it I was over in Ireland 2 weeks after the call came in to try and purchase a novice for next year and visited him whilst there, soon as I saw him again I knew he was the right pony, I could tell he was an intelligent animal who wanted a job to do. We are currently breaking him in and looking forward watching him develop.
Finally the odd one out- Taraco Cracker Jack a Welsh D stallion purchased direct from his breeder after Emma spotted a photo of him on Facebook, he’s very different to the Connemaras but is a very special pony so looking forward to seeing what the future holds for him and Emma.