Bridge Farm Summer 2013 – Bringing in the Hay & Puppies

Summer 2013 ... where do the days go? Phew!! it's been hot, hard work and tiring but so far, Summer 2013 at Bridge Farm has been great fun. Aside from the great updates from new happy Connemara pony owners like Tina, Susie, Rebecca and Johanna ... Comet arrived Thursday, and has settled in very well and it’s like he’s been with us forever already, and everyone at the yard is making a fuss of him. I can honestly say that buying Comet has been a great experience Belinda has been fantastic phoning me all the time keeping me informed of Comets progress and letting me text her all the time with my many questions ... Rebecca Very pleased with the vetting, vet couldn’t fault him at all! No-one is more excited then Emily about bringing Sky home on Friday … she is so happy, she really did love him to ride. Think that bond is forming already  ... Joanna ... We've also had a great hay crop, which should see us through the winter. there's nothing as pleasing as seeing a barn full of…
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Bridge Farm Spring 2013 – Connemara Pony Training

At Bridge Farm Spring is almost over and we're now moving into some warm Summer months Everyone at Bridge Farm has been working hard throughout the Spring and enjoying our early morning, slightly chilly, starts. Working with characterful Connemara ponies is one of the most enjoyable rewards as is some nice hacking out, with the sun burning the mist of the fields as we cross to the bridleways. We are very excited about the work that we've put in to building and improving our cross country course, it helps us train our Connemara ponies and other horses on site. The cross country course now includes a varied selection of jumps, and Sam and Jodie have already been testing it out with Sky and Patsy. We have been working hard with our new stock, particularly the young Connemara's and we are continuing to bring on all the horses'. Each horse or pony has it's own training programme, which is geared to bringing out the best in their abilities. I hope you like the few pho…
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Connemara Ponies in the Snow

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 The winter cold can make for a harsh wet cold miserable day 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. Here, for no special reason, are a few photos of our Connemara ponies in the snow. 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…
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Bridge Farm on Video

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFKaAv-x984&hd=1 Please let us know what you think in the comments below. Belinda & Richard Ballydoolagh Fionn - Read Full details on the Ballydoolagh Fionn listing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06fsBqGr08U Ballydoolagh Comet - Read Full details on the Ballydoolagh Comet listing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2e6KoDn7dc A Quick preview of Turbo - Watch Out for Full details in a Classie Braun Silver Jack listing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOLm2tQBpGc
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Autumn Fun on Bridge Farm

So, it's well and truly time for Autumn Fun at Bridge Farm 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.

Some Photos of our Autumn Rides

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 a…
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Connemara Pony Legends

The Connemara Pony’s temperament, it's strong bones and general toughness make it a natural choice for hunting, show jumping and cross-country events. The breed has produced some of the most famous show jumpers in history: In 1935, Nugget a twenty year old standing 15hh, cleared a 7 foot 2 inch obstacle at the International Horse Show in London. Dundrum, another 15hh Connemara Pony, won five major events at the Dublin Horse Show. The first horse ever to have won so many. Stroller, a 14.2hh Connemara cross-bred, competed in the 1968 Olympics for the British team, and won the Individual Silver Medal Lendon Gray, the renowned dressage rider, consistently competed her Connemara/Thoroughbred crosses, Seldom Seen and Last Seen, with great success in top-level international dressage competitions. Two genuine Connemara Pony legends are European Champion Ballyowen Maybelle Molly and Sillogue Darkie a European Team Silver & Bronze Medallist: http://www.youtube.com/wa…
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New Connemara Pony Stock Now in Training

We've just returned from our latest buying trip to Ireland with some very nice Connemara ponies and other good quality stock. A two week touring and buying visit took us to some excellent Connemara Pony shows and to view some wonderful Connemara Ponies. Not all were for sale, but we did manage to find a good selection that eventually added up to fourteen purchases. They're all now in training and we hope to have them available for listing within the next three months. Our Connemara Pony and Other Breed training photos currently feature: Turbo a stunning full Connemara pony in training who is coming along very nicely Clover - 13.2hh 5 year old Gelding who is the sweetest thing and getting braver and more responsive erveryday We'll add more photos and details of our other horse and pony stock as we bring them on.
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