The 56th Annual Lerwick Shetland Pony Show and Sale were held on Friday 2nd October at the Shetland Rural Centre. The Pony Breeders of Shetland Association (PBSA) in conjunction with Shetland Livestock Marketing Group (SLMG) and Aberdeen and Northern Marts (ANM) once again hosted a the sale of registered pedigree ponies. There were 68 ponies entered for the sale, a reduction in numbers on last year but all very good quality ponies. The ponies began arriving at the Mart on the Thursday afternoon prior to the sale and exhibitors and potential buyers were invited to socialise together and enjoyed a fantastic spread of soup, sandwiches and home bakes laid on by the PBSA.

The Friday morning commenced at 9am with the show of ponies to be sold and there were good entries in all classes. The Judge for this year’s show was Miss Irene Spence who travelled from Aberdeenshire to officiate. She remarked on the good quality of stock which came in front of her and praised the efforts the Pony Breeders of Shetland. Best Colt Foal at the Show was the standard bay Loanin Addy from Mrs J Roberts, Unst and Best Filly Foal, Champion Foal and Overall Champion at the Show was the standard piebald filly foal Hollydell Hash Tag from S & J Rendall, Nesting. Reserve Overall Show Champion was the 35.5” Dark Bay Mare Trondra Prea from the Trondra Stud in Gott. For the full show results see below.

After the success of the I-bidder Online Auction system last year those involved were hopeful of another good response from buyers unable to attend the sale. Photographs and details of the lots for sale were available to be viewed online for several weeks prior to the sale to generate interest and give buyers a chance to make enquiries and choose their purchase. On the day a live audio and video feed of the show and sale was streamed online enabling the whole world to watch. 50% of the ponies sold were sold through i-bidder with one sold to Texas, 2 to Sweden, 1 to Northern Ireland and 1 to Norway as well as many sold to mainland UK.

After a slow start the sale picked up with average prices up on last year. Averages were Stallions 183gns, Geldings 100gns, Entire Males 25gns, Colt Foals 87gns, Filly Foals 152gns, Mares 339gns and Fillies 635gns. The leading prices were

Filly Foals: Gardie Iris 400gns Bergli Stud, Walls. Hildasay Winnie 230gns D Huxter, Devon.

Colt Foals: Loanin Jools 190gns C Hodgson, Wigton. Robin's Brae Twilight 190gns E Waters, Norway

Fillies: Merkisayre Penny Stamp 920gns D Woodley, Hants. Narinian Carmen 350gns A J Williamson, Whalsay

Mares: Vallendale Grace 660gns D H Thomas, Pencader. Vallendale Donna 640gns J Paterson, Stirling

Entire Males: Emblem of Brindister 340gns, E Alatalo, Sweden. Vallendale Garry 110gns D Hodge, Devon.

Show Results 2015

Miniature Filly Foal

1stGardie IrisWilliam Spence400gns
2ndLaurenlea BlossomMary Inkster50gns
3rdGardie IvyThelma Spence


Miniature Colt Foal

1stGue QuestCarole Laignel110gns
2ndNortharrier UnicornPenny Gear100gns
3rdBenstonholm UrikAnnette HunterNot Sold

Standard Filly Foal

1stHollydell Hash TagS Rendall380gns Not Sold
2ndLoanin SulaJem Roberts200gns
3rdHildasay WinnieMary Isbister230gns

Standard Colt Foal

1stLoanin AddyJem Roberts15gns
2ndGardie IcarusWilliam SpenceNot Sold
3rdVanta JosephAlistair RobertsonNot Sold

Best Colt Foal Forward For Sale Loanin Addy

Best Filly Foal Forward For Sale Hollydell Hash Tag

Best Bay from Unst Loanin Addy

Champion Foal

Champion Foal Hollydell Hash Tag

1, 2 or 3 year old Fillies

1stMerkisayre Penny StampGeorge Tait920gns
2ndMerkisayre DawnGeorge Tait110gns Not Sold
3rdHollydell FenicS RendallNot Sold

1, 2 or 3 year old Colt/Gelding

1stMervin of North BoothA PriestNot Sold
2ndGue PiccoloCarole Laignel90gns Not Sold
3rdMessi of North BoothA PriestNot Sold

Mares 4 Years old and Over

1stTrondra PreaM E RobertsonNot Sold
2ndOckran AilsaR Ramsay230gns
3rdLaaward FrakkaA Slater90gns Not Sold


1stMerrylees NuggetM Williamson100gns
2ndBurnside JasperK Eunson100gns
3rdEmblem of BrindisterAlan Clark340gns

Overall Show Champion Hollydell Hash Tag

Reserve Overall Show Champion Trondra Prea

Reserve Champion

Best Filly Foal From all the Shetland Shows Hollydell Hash Tag

Best Colt Foal From all the Shetland Shows Robin's Brae Thor

Highest Prices

920gns Merkisayre Penny Stamp, Black Filly, 3 years old.
660gns Vallendale Grace, Black with white markings Mare, 13 years old.
640gns Vallendale Donna, Black & White Mare, 10 years old.
630gns Vallendale Betty, Dark Dun with Eel Stripe Mare, 6 years old.
450gns Vallendale Gabbie, Bay Skewbald Mare, 5 years old.
400gns Gardie Iris, Piebald Filly Foal.
400gns Lollipop of Brindister, Chestnut Skewbald Mare, 7 years old