- Member Since: Sep 29, 2012
Richard Dubber is joint owner and operator of Bridge Farm in Ongar, Essex, England. Where they specialise in Connemara Pony Sales and competitively priced livery stables.
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Again the early-morning sun was generous with its warmth. All the sounds dear to a horseman were around me – the snort of the horses as they cleared their throats, the gentle swish of their tails, the tinkle of irons as we flung the saddles over their backs – little sounds of no importance, but they stay in the unconscious library of memory … Wynford Vaughan-Thomas
And when, seven days a week, you have no choice but to get out of bed and tend to the horse’s, it can seem as if winter is never ending.
But there are times, little moments, when those Connemara Ponies make you smile and you can’t help thinking it’s all worth it.
Of course, you never have your camera handy when they’re frolicking around, but we found this small selection of photos quite sweet and we hope you do too.
The quotes? Well they’re quite sweet too, and just seem to fit the mood.
Have a wonderful winter day with your horse or pony…
Belinda & Richard
And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of such beauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders. No one will tire of looking at him as long as he will display himself in all his splendor … Xenophon
2012 was eventful with lot’s of things happening on the yard and a whole host of new friends arriving.
We’ve been really happy to see some lovely Connemara Ponies coming to stay, although some haven’t spent that much time with us before they’ve gone on to enjoy their new homes and new owners.
There’s some very exciting prospects in our current herd and some great times to look forward to in 2013 with all the real characters among them.
And the fox red puppies are adorable, mischievous playful, into everything and keeping Donna very busy.
Belinda and Jody are enjoying all the new equine personalities and the new challenges, as are Paul and Taylor (our very special and youngest farm hand).
Richard and Adam are busy, busy, busy around the farm, Samantha is back in the saddle and Emma is busy growing our next farmhand or show jumper.
There’s new roadways in, a new arena surface laid and a hundred different jobs to do.
Bridge Farm is growing and expanding all around us. Our ponies are growing and together with our livery clients they’re keeping us all on our toes.
It’s 2013 and 2012 is falling far behind us; we’re positive; we’re optimistic, we’re looking for new challenges; we want to meet new people and make new things happen.
We’re all working hard, it’s in our nature to do so, and we’re all just as determined to play hard too.
Here’s wishing that all our friends, our clients and our staff are just as positive and just as determined to work hard and play hard too.
Bridge Farm has some new arrivals. A bunch of energetic, bouncy, fluffballs that are adding great big Christmas smiles to everyone’s days.
These are our first ever Fox Red retrievers and they’re reputed to be highly intelligent. We’re hoping they’ll make great working dogs with excellent retrieving skills.
So far they seem to love us humans, and their fun personalities are proving they are rare and special.
Everyone loves puppies, so we thought you’d all enjoy a few photos of the new puppies running around.
Belinda & Richard
Fox Red Labrador Retrievers have the darkest yellow Labrador retriever colouring. It is a really dark reddish colour and makes our Fox Red puppies a unique type of Labrador retriever.
What’s happening at Bridge Farm?
Well, we’ve just put together a short promo video and uploaded it to Youtube. We’re quite pleased with the results.
And; if you stay tuned here we’ll be adding more videos of Bridge Farm and the horse’s ponies and Connemara’s for sale, soon.
Please let us know what you think in the comments below.
Belinda & Richard
Ballydoolagh Fionn – Read Full details on the Ballydoolagh Fionn listing
Ballydoolagh Comet – Read Full details on the Ballydoolagh Comet listing
A Quick preview of Turbo – Watch Out for Full details in a Classie Braun Silver Jack listing
The hay’s in the barn, the horse’s and ponies have rugs on and we’re enjoying some really lovely morning rides out.
There’s nothing quite like an Autumn morning ride out, it’s cold, crisp and clear but lovely and warm when the sun strokes your back.
And; and although we sympathise with all the rain soaked horse owners and riders in the North of England, we do love Autumn fun at Bridge Farm.
We’re also setting up the new cross country jumps at Bridge Farm and happily preparing to munch the great Halloween Pumpkin, that is truly enormous this year.
Photo Above: Shows Belinda & Jody enjoying an autumn morning ride out on Connie and Ginger. Both riders and ponies looking relaxed and comfortable but keen to stride out.
Photo Above: Shows Belinda and Sam having a really enjoyable ride on Chelsea and Connie. At Bridge Farm the Connemara’s just make you smile.
Just a couple of quick photos to show you the new cross country obstacles.
They look new because they are new and we’re just positioning them to make sure we and the ponies enjoy the most fun while training the Connemara ponies and other horse’s at Bridge Farm.
They’ve still to be dressed up a little and may move around a bit until we’re happy with them, but for now we’re just looking forward to popping the ponies over them.
We’re looking forward to the new cross country jumps making a real contribution to the quality of our Connemara pony training and prep work.
Please let us know what you think on our Bridge Farm Facebook page.
As with any working farm and livery yard we’ve always got something that needs to be improved. Add in our horse and pony sales and Bridge Farm can be a real hive of activity at certain times of the year.
We’re always starting new projects and improving the structure of the yard for our clients.
Currently we’re building a new roadway to improve access and keep our feet dry in the winter.
We also have new cross country obstacles on order for the new cross country course we’ll be constructing. Something that will make a big difference to our horse and pony training schedule.
There’s also a million other little jobs that are being done around the farm and a couple of thousand that are constantly being attended to. Horse’s and ponies tend to be a little hard on structures and there’s always farm machinery, stable doors and training facilities that need a little touch up.
With all the horror stories you hear about assaults on horses’ and ponies and horse theft around the country, we take security quite seriously at Bridge Farm.
You’ll see Roxie in the photos and she’s our resident guard dog, and as you can see she takes her duties quite seriously. She’s a big softy once you’ve been introduced, but if any strangers appear on the yard at strange times, she’s not that cuddly.
There are other security measures but Roxie is probably our most visual deterrent.