Stud News 2010!!
We are currently having some of the coldest weather known in the UK during November/December with hard frosts (as above) and lots of minus temperatures, but no snow unlike most of the rest of the UK. Even though we have abnormally cold temperatures its not as cold as the Royal Welsh Winter Fair getting down to minus 21 degrees last week! Thank god for our warm B&B but as always a lovely show and a lovely couple of days away before settling down for the long winter.
Sorry for the lack of updates the last couple of months but with the wet weather and no shows theres been nothing to report.
The foals of 2010 are weaned and doing well and we are looking forward to the 2011 show season with hopefully some new faces with a new show team.
None of the mares have been scanned but at least 2 look like they could be in foal but time will tell when spring comes around and either seasons or foals appear ;-)
I eventually gave in aswell and stepped into the show ring in a judging capacity and have to say although it was something which had never appealed to me I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was very pleased to have some truly lovely ponies come under me.
My Section A and Section B Champions and Reserves are below
as are the Supremes co judged with Mrs L . Thomas of the Cheshmere Stud
Section A foal Champion
Springoak Hot Diamonds
Section A foal Reserve Champion
Section B foal Champion
Section B Reserve foal Champion
Thistledown Black Knight
Supreme Foal Champion
Reserve Supreme Foal Champion
Springoak Hot Diamonds
Supreme Yearling Champion
Reserve Supreme Yearling Champion
Penech Welsh Maid
Fate has a funny way of dealing her hand at times but after the distress of losing Lacy Ruth and her filly foal an email to Brightwells to ask if they could help locate Broughton Ruby (Betws Dafydd x Lacy Ruth) who went through Fayre Oaks last year and has been consistently under my nose via various friends since a yearling and with huge thanks to Catrin Bigley the Lewis Family from Llandrindod Wells contacted us and after some negotiation Broughton Ruby and her lovely filly foal by RWAS winner Harringworth Millionaire have joined us here at Runshaw!
Huge huge thanks to the Lewis family and Catrin for making this possible!
20th September 2010
Its with a huge heavy heart and lots of tears to say that we very sadly found the beautiful filly foal Runshaw Rowena dead in the field yesterday morning.
She was such a poppet with such an amazing people friendly character and makings of a superb mare but most importantly a lovely 'person' who my Mum adored. She is absolutely distraught as Rowena was her baby, her pride and joy and the last foal from Lacy Ruth as her age ( 21yrs old ) and past homes has taken their toll on her and we'd made the decision at the beginning of the year to have her pts at weaning and which sadly has happened today so she is with her beloved filly. We are all heart broke and in such shock but i feel so sorry for my Mum who is inconsolable and just goes to show what a special filly she was for the effect she has had on everyone who met her in her short 5 months.
Life is so so unfair at times.
RIP Rowena and Ruth, hope you are happy up there together in heaven.
We also made the huge decision aswell to have Penwisg Sior put to sleep as he too has shown his age ( 20yrs old)over the last 12 months on and off and were concerned about his quality of life for the forthcoming winter as he struggled at times last year so with a very heavy heart we have have said our good byes to him too.
RIP George xx
There are many highs and lows with pony owning and its days like these last 2 which are the testing ones but sadly as custodians of these beautiful beautiful animals they are decisions we have to make to ensure the ponies quality of life which is the most important factor.
I'll lend you for a little while my grandest foal, HE said.
for you to love while she's alive and mourn when she is dead.
It may be one or twenty years, or days or months, you see,
but will you, till I take her back, take care of her for me?
She'll bring her charms to gladden you, and should her stay be brief,
you'll have treasured memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught on earth I want this foal to learn.
I've looked the wide world over In my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, with trust, I've chosen you.
Now will you give her total love? not think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come here to take her back again?
I know you'll give her tenderness and love will bloom each day,
and for the happiness you've known, forever grateful stay
But should I come and call for her much sooner than you'd planned,
you'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and someday, understand.
18th September 2010
He's slowly getting there and well worth the wait in our opinion.
Runshaw Seren Y Gogledd at 7yrs old
Considering his pure Coed Coch breeding very much a 'baby' but we have high hopes for this young stallion and are happily watching him slowly transform into a swan!
29th August 2010
Welsh National Championships, Malvern
Although Runshaw Rhyfeddod had qualified for the Brynseion Ridden Championships he adores the jumps so he wasn't entered into the final but actually went for the Open 122cm WHP Class and came a very creditable 3rd and then went into the NFU Mutual Open WHP Championship and came 2nd, well done Katie and Oliver!!
Not got a picture from the photographer yet but here are a couple of him from earlier in the season
New for 2011!!!
23rd June 2010
We had a lovely day out watching at Cheshire County Show.
Early start but some beautiful weather and some lovely ponies to see both in hand and under saddle.
The HOYS ridden ring saw 2 of 'our' Boys competing!
Runshaw Rhyfeddod was a star and looked superb and although found the big ring and bustling show ground very exciting Katie did a superb job and its much needed 'mileage' for him and we were over the moon!
Runshaw Hafog was also competing in the same class and looked and went fabulous for his equally talented rider Laura Mundy! This stallion is maturing into an extremely beautiful pony and seems to adore the job he is now doing (which makes me feel better about selling him as i have had many regrets!) but to see him thriving and thoroughly enjoying his work makes me a very proud breeder and also very proud of the great job both riders are doing.
17th June 2010
2nd June 2010
The customary chestnut colt with 4 whites and a blaze, full brother to Runshaw Heulwen has arrived and he intends to stay!!
Standwell Heidie our pride and joy finally foaled in the early hours of 2nd June after dash to the Vets due to a mis presented foal and a real risk of losing both, thank god we watch all mares foal on CCTV! Thankfully as they are watched 24/7 we quickly realised something wasn't quite right so a quick visit from the Vet saw us racing off at 2am to the surgery to knock Heidie out to untangle the foal and save who ever was possible in the circumstances!
My heart felt thanks once again go to one of the best Equine Veterinary practices in the North of England (or indeed the country!) Rufford Veterinary Group. Once again the great Seamus Miller worked him magic and miraculously saved both the mare and the foal! Sat waiting for the phone call after they came out of surgery was probably some of the longest hours of my life! But thankful to say both are doing well, foal had a little blip a few days later but seems to be thriving now and turning into a rather cheeky lad and quite a lump of a lad too !
17th May 2010
Runshaw Ffantasi has given us a most beautiful chestnut filly by Churtoncroft Aries!!
To say we can see lots of her older sister Runshaw Heulwen in her is a very exciting prospect!
15th May 2010
Standwell Black Fashion has presented us with a very special bay colt by Churtoncroft Aries!! We are extremely pleased with him, we think this one is going to be a little bit special !
(Picture taken at a day old)
3rd May 2010
'Harry' is now slowly being brought back into work so as to further his ridden career. He is such an impressive pony and sadly these pictures don't quite catch his charisma but we feel sure he'll make quite an impact in the show ring either under saddle or in hand or both and a fabulous show/stud home is sought for him so as to further his career. This special pony deserves a special competetive home. He is superb to bath, clip, farrier, load, trael, stables away from home happily. He really is a genuine 'Superstar' and is looking for an equally superstar new home.
25th March 2010
Finally after 3 weeks of waiting out first foal of 2010 has arrived and she was well worth the wait.
By Churtoncroft Aries and out of Lacy Ruth (full sister to Runshaw Rhiannon)
Now named Runshaw Rowena
18th March 2010
Has been out and about having a play over some jumps and proving to have a real talent for the workers!
Well done Katie and Oliver
22nd March 2010
Well the Daffodils and Snowdrops are well and truly up and the grass is starting to grow. We've had some beautiful weather and the ponies are positively blossoming.
The first foals of 2010 aren't too far away and the first in line 'Lacy Ruth' due on the 4th of April is starting to bag up nicely! Its looking like we may have 5 or maybe 6 foals this year so very exciting! These are all Churtoncroft Aries foals, some of which may be for sale.
This year is also likely to see a slight change of 'career' for some ponies for the 2010 show season.
Most of the youngstock are quite typical of their breeding and are being left to mature at their own pace naturally as we don't believe in pushing them so we have decided to have a slight change and along with a lucky 'find' of a superb jockey will hopefully see us out and about at some ridden shows this year,
(although i bet we still end up with something out in hand !!)
A And starting to learn the ropes
11th January 2009!!
It seems to have soon come around again but once again we would like to wish all our family, friends and visitors a fabulous 2010!
Heres hoping we get wonderful foals that we hope and wish for and much success both in and out of the show ring for the duration of 2010!
We've come into 2010 with some of the most beautiful picture postcard weather we could wish for and although its causing disruption throughout the country it does make for many very beautiful pictures which can be seen below
Please be patient there are lots of images but we hope worth the wait
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Stallions and colts in the Snow
Mares and fillies in the Snow
Local Scenery below