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
|1st||Gardie Iris||William Spence||400gns|
|2nd||Laurenlea Blossom||Mary Inkster||50gns|
|3rd||Gardie Ivy||Thelma Spence|
Miniature Colt Foal
|1st||Gue Quest||Carole Laignel||110gns|
|2nd||Northarrier Unicorn||Penny Gear||100gns|
|3rd||Benstonholm Urik||Annette Hunter||Not Sold|
Standard Filly Foal
|1st||Hollydell Hash Tag||S Rendall||380gns Not Sold|
|2nd||Loanin Sula||Jem Roberts||200gns|
|3rd||Hildasay Winnie||Mary Isbister||230gns|
Standard Colt Foal
|1st||Loanin Addy||Jem Roberts||15gns|
|2nd||Gardie Icarus||William Spence||Not Sold|
|3rd||Vanta Joseph||Alistair Robertson||Not 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 Hollydell Hash Tag
1, 2 or 3 year old Fillies
|1st||Merkisayre Penny Stamp||George Tait||920gns|
|2nd||Merkisayre Dawn||George Tait||110gns Not Sold|
|3rd||Hollydell Fenic||S Rendall||Not Sold|
1, 2 or 3 year old Colt/Gelding
|1st||Mervin of North Booth||A Priest||Not Sold|
|2nd||Gue Piccolo||Carole Laignel||90gns Not Sold|
|3rd||Messi of North Booth||A Priest||Not Sold|
Mares 4 Years old and Over
|1st||Trondra Prea||M E Robertson||Not Sold|
|2nd||Ockran Ailsa||R Ramsay||230gns|
|3rd||Laaward Frakka||A Slater||90gns Not Sold|
|1st||Merrylees Nugget||M Williamson||100gns|
|2nd||Burnside Jasper||K Eunson||100gns|
|3rd||Emblem of Brindister||Alan Clark||340gns|
Overall Show Champion Hollydell Hash Tag
Reserve Overall Show Champion Trondra Prea
Best Filly Foal From all the Shetland Shows Hollydell Hash Tag
Best Colt Foal From all the Shetland Shows Robin's Brae Thor
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