In a previous life Mum, Dad and I had very little to do with welshies. We all started riding when I was 6 the idea being to provide a hobby we could all enjoy as a family. We purchased our first pony in 1988 and gradually worked our way up through pony club and riding club finally deciding to concentrate on ridden showing. Our first Section A arrived 'by accident' following a trip to Beeston for a bag of shavings!
Our fist purchase - Charlie (Tiverton Paul) was the first of a series of four section A colt foals all bred by Stuart Crossley of the Tiverton stud. The boys (Paul, Pudsey, Peppermint and Pistachio) gave us "the mountain pony bug" but led to us wanting to breed our own.
Tiverton Pudsey (Putwell Panache x Tiverton Eirian)
Tiverton Peppermint (Lacy Trill Bee x Tiverton Cinderella)
Boothsdale stud was formed in September 2002 with the purchase of our first mare - Pantymel Buddig (Poppy) - from the Clwyd sale. In 2003 Poppy foaled a colt foal Boothsdale Brudiwr (Sid). He was shown successfully (including foal champion Nantwich and 6th at the Royal Welsh) prior to being sold at Fayre Oaks.
Boothsdale Brudiwr (Nantdwyll Barcud ap Bargen x Pantymel Buddig)
Since then we have slowly been adding to the stud (and selling the odd one to keep numbers at vaguely sensible level!).
We aim to breed a section A that fits the breed description in all respects. We are tending to concentrate on Revel bloodlines aiming for a pony with bone and substance but still elegant and able to move. They say that no-one has ever bred the perfect pony but we are certainly enjoying trying!
A bit about me....
I completed a stud management diploma at The National Stud in 2000 and then went on to study Equine Science at the University of Bristol where research undertaken as part of my dissertation contributed to a paper published in the Equine and Comparative Exercise Physiology Journal (2006).
I won the senior age group of the WPCS Young Judges competition in 2004 and am now a panel judge for the WPCS.