This is Tom. He has been at Gorswen since he was about 5 years old. In his time, he was a sharp little jumping pony and we had to be careful who rode him. Nowadays, Tom is perfect for the small children as he is happy to do what they ask of him as long as it’s not too fast!
A section A, Sali is great friends with Alfie. She is used for smaller children for walk and trot lessons and small jumps. When she is in the field, Sali shows great talent for jumping as she pops stone walls easily without a rider. However, when being jumped by children she sets herself a maximum of roughly 50cms!
Alfie came to us about 10 years ago. Sheiron, one of our clients bought him and then sadly out grew him so we didn’t hesitate at making an offer for him. Alfie is probably more human than pony to be honest. He is very popular as he can jump nicely and with our more experienced children he is very responsive to the aids. On our Facebook page Alfie normally manages to get into most photos!
Sox was bought from a friend of mine. She likes to go fast and loves being in the front of the ride. She goes well on the lead rein and for the older children who like to go a bit faster.
Whinnie is a stunning Welsh section B pony, he makes any photo of himself beautiful. He is exceptionally friendly and loves people and all the other horses. Whinnie tends to be ridden by children who are confident as he can be cheeky and wants to go where he wants to go. He is forward going and likes cantering. He came from a riding school in Caernarfon.
This is Picasso, a well bred Welsh section C. Picasso or Pico, is another popular pony as he is forward going and loves to jump. He came to us as a livery and we bought him at roughly 3 years old so we have broken and produced him. He was purchased for Katie Jones and she carefully introduced him to competition life, including WHP at Anglesey show.
This is Dylan. Dylan is a section D Welsh cob. He came to Gorswen at about 4 years old and is now over 20. He is a very popular pony as he is forward going but not strong. Dylan is a very genuine horse and has given many people confidence in their riding. These days he is used for novices and more experienced riders.
Rocky is a kind pony and loves people including the vet! He likes to go fast and is a bit strong so is suitable for older children who want to go fast!
Beau-beauty has kindly been loaned to us by Hazel from Porthmadog. She is a gypsy cob type and is going to be a good all rounder in the school.
Zeta is a lovely mare who takes people who can ride quite well as she likes to go forwards. She is happy to jump bigger fences with the right rider. We bought her from a livery who had been unwell and wasn’t able to ride anymore.
This is Misty, Snowdrop’s younger sister. They share similar personalities but Misty is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced riders. When she came to Holyhead from Caernarfon, she went to live with Evie who was one of our young riders. Evie did lots of hacking with Misty, including drag hunting, x-country jumping and show jumping. When Evie out grew Misty I couldn’t wait to have her at Gorswen as she is such a lovely horse.
When I first went to see Snowdrop I was looking for a grey/white horse but no, Snowdrop is a chestnut mare. She was called Snowdrop as she was born one February morning in a snow storm. She was bred outside Caernarfon by a friend of mine – Helen. Helen had a riding school and due to ill health had to close down so asked me to take a few horses. Snowdrop came to us a very green mare and has been worked by our more experienced riders. She still is ridden by the experienced riders and loves to jump.
Holly was imported from Ireland by a local show jumper in 2003 as a a 3 year old. She was sold to one of Gorswen’s students Jazz, who taught Holly to jump amongst other things. After Jazz left school she had to sell Holly so knowing Holly so well we bought her. Holly is ideal for beginners as she has such a quiet temperament but can jump a course of small fences with a more confident rider.
Drumbeat is a warmblood by the stallion Carnaval Drum. A friend of mine bought Drumbeat because “she liked him” but didn’t really have a use for him. Drumbeat has been very well schooled and has competed at British eventing and we feel very lucky to have him at Gorswen. When he was sold he was described as “quirky ” and yes he is a little. He does like to express his opinions from time to time and stop at a brightly coloured showjump! Drumbeat is ridden by our more experienced riders and is currently doing light competing with Lauren.