Far from their origins of carrying heavy loads over long distances or bringing game in from the hills, here are eight beautiful natives who caught the judge’s eye in the show ring.
1. Mowcastle Mickey
This eye-catching chestnut took the Dalkeith young riders’ M&M tricolour with Anna Stacey in the saddle at Nottingham County (14-15 May). The duo were also intermediate winners.
2. Murthwaite Ice Man
Producer Terry Clynes piloted this Fell stallion owned by Hayley Reynolds at The Showing Register (2 May). The beautiful grey took the worker title before standing supreme of show ahead of another Fell stallion owned by Hayley, novice winner Castle Hill Jack Daniels. Ice Man has 60 offspring on the ground and is now making his mark under saddle.
3. Lochlands Gypsy Baron
This Highland stallion stood RIHS heritage champion at White Rose County (8 May) with Tracey Milward.
4. Ysselvliedts Highwood
This home-produced Welsh section A won the Cuddy qualifier at Devon County Show (19-21 May) for Nicky and Tony McGuire. The eight-year-old by Knodishall Geraint beat 15 other animals to the title.
5. Glenmore Gwennic
Emma James partnered this stunning Connemara at South of England Spring Show (5-6 April) and the duo battled freezing rain and strong winds to lift the RIHS amateur M&M title.
6. Lady Skye Of Auchengarth
This beautiful home-bred belonging to Shona Adams took the Highland title at Ayr County (13-14 May). The mare is six and has been absent from the show ring since finishing fourth at Royal Highland when she was a yearling.
7. Penstrumbly Stone Roses
This 10-year-old stallion is HOYS bound after heading his mountain and moorland section D class at The Showing Register. Piloted by Lisa Barsoum, this was the Welsh pony’s seasonal debut and he will cover mares at the family’s Liaura Stud when he has finished showing.
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8. Moortown Crusader
This eight-year-old Dartmoor stallion finished reserve to Ysselvliedts Highwood in the Cuddy qualifier at Devon County, but he was also a winner in his own right when lifting the Dartmoor pony breeding championship for the Jordan family.