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Bridge Farm Summer 2013 – Bringing in the Hay & Puppies

Yard News Jul 30, 2013

Bridge Farms Emma - a beautiful Golden Retriever pup

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 new hay.

Summer 2013 and a good crop of hay for Bridge Farm
Bridge Farm brining in the hay in Summer 2013
Hay making at Bridge Farm, Essex in Summer 2013

And not forgetting the best fun of all … Puppies

They’re growing fast and getting into everything, but they are some of the best looking young dogs we’ve ever had. The Golden Retrievers are beautiful but the fox red retriever colouring is really stunning and you can see why they are one of the most popular dogs to own today.

Bridge Farm puppies - growing fast and looking good

Emma and Meme (below) are really quite special and we’re planning to put them in pup. If you fancy owning a gorgeous Fox Red or a fantastic Golden let Belinda know of your interest and she’ll get in touch to let you know when they’ll be available.

Bridge Farms Emma - a beautiful Golden Retriever pup
Bridge Farms Meme - a stunning Fox Red Retriever pup

Well July is just about over and August just around the corner

No Summer holidays planned for Bridge Farm, but lot’s of enjoyable work with our new Connemara ponies and bringing on the horse’s and ponies that are still waiting for their new families.

We feel very lucky sometimes, as there really is nothing better than doing what you love and enjoy.

I’ll leave you on this beautiful Summers day at Bridge Farm, with what makes us feel it’s a job worth doing …

Well I was choked when the judge placed us first and over the moon with my handsome boy, whom I love so much and shed a little tear or three.
Our first show and our first red rosette. The judge loved him and agreed with me that he is a handsome boy, although Fionn already knows that!
Fionn is wonderful, love him to bits, best thing I’ve ever done was to buy him … Tina

Bridge Farm Spring 2013 – Connemara Pony Training

Yard News May 28, 2013

Bridge Farm Sam Cross Country

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.

Bridge Farm Schooling Patsy

Belinda & Jodie assessing 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 photos, let us know what you think and please visit often and follow the progress of your favourites.

Cross Country Training at Bridge Farm …

Everyone loves the cross country course, both riders and ponies, and we are very pleased that we’ve been able to make it suitable for our specific training requirements.

The jumps and obstacles range from small poles to novice 2’9″ jumps. A lot of hard work has been put in by everyone at Bridge Farm, with Richard, Adam and myself working hard to create obstacles that are both challenging and educational for the Connemara’s and their riders.

Sam has been testing out all the jumps on Sky and Jodie has been introducing the newer young horses to all the different obstacles.

Bridge Farm Sam Cross Country

Sam cross country schooling

It’s not completely finished yet but we hope to have it complete by the end of the June. Take a look at the work so far and let us know what you think.

Connemara Ponies in the Snow

Yard News Feb 1, 2013

Bridge Farm 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 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

Bridge Farm on Video

Yard News Oct 6, 2012

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

Autumn Fun on Bridge Farm

Yard News Sep 27, 2012

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.

Bridge Farms Enormous Halloween Pumpkin

Some Photos of our Autumn Rides

Bridge Farm - an Autumn ride out for Belinda and Jody

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.

Bridge Farm Connemaras make you happy

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.

 New Cross Country Jumps at Bridge Farm

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.

Bridge Farm Cross Country Obstacles

Bridge Farm Cross Country Obstacles

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.

Connemara Pony Legends

Yard News Aug 25, 2012

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:

Other famous Connemara Ponies include:

Marcus Aurelius, who won Gold Medals for eventing in the 1975 and 1976 Pan American games. Custusha’s Cashel Rock, who earned awards in hunter, showjumping, dressage and eventing classes, and the charismatic stallion Erin Go Bragh, who thrilled audiences in eventing competitions.

Connemara Ponies are equally successful in almost all other popular equestrian disciplines including dressage, combined driving and endurance.

They make exceptional Pony Club mounts, are a wonderful addition to therapeutic riding programs and, of course, make perfect trail riders and happy hackers.

However, while the pure-bred Connemara pony is always growing in popularity, the demand for a slightly larger version has resulted in the Connemara being crossed with other breeds, most commonly the Thoroughbred, to produce a larger more athletic horse.

Both pure-bred and cross-bred Connemaras are eligible for registration with the American Connemara Pony Society (ACPS).

New Connemara Pony Stock Now in Training

Yard News Aug 23, 2012

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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