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APRIL 2016  
Exciting news!!!! Blanche Mikado has returned to Withymead Stud and will be available to a small number of outside mares.
Mikki is the sire of the top ridden pony Waxwing Panama and the top inhand and future ridden pony Withymead Pimms.
MARCH 2016  
A big welcome to Withymead Honey Bear, chestnut roan colt foal out of Forlan Honey Cookie and by Rowfantina Ottoman. Ottoman is by Roseisle Pandytudyr and his foals are proving to be top childrens ponies, Rowfantina George Washington was placed 2nd at HOYS last year as a Lead Rein pony. Very pleased with this boy. boy.    .  
BSPS Winter Championships
This year we took it easy with just one pony, the very special Islyn Balch. She didn't let us down and we were so close to getting 2 Royal International tickets with a 2nd and a 3rd in Pretty Polly First Ridden Qualifiers and then a fantastic 2nd and Reserve Champion in the RI Heritage First Ridden. What a good girl!! I think both Plum and Poppy thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Happy New Year and here's to a happy and successful 2016.
Good start with a win for Islyn Balch at Barton BSPS show, qualifying her for the winter championships.

Following a trip to Sandy Andersons Thistledown Stud we returned with the mega 3 yo colt Thistledown Panther. Panther is by the outstanding stockgetter Thistledown Valderama out of the successful showmare Thistledown Poppy  and is halfbrother toThistledown Porsche.  He was shown inhand by Colin Tibby with excellent results
                  1st Ynys Mon Spring Show
                  1st Nefyn, Youngstock Champion and Res. Overall Champion
                  1st Clwyd Silver Medal Show
                  1st Worsley Gala
                  1st Tudor Rose
                  3rd Lampeter
Panther is now backed and will make his ridden debut next year. He is a lovely boy with a fabulous temperament.
Another pony off to her new home. Withymead Pippa left for her new Pony Club home which is fairly local so hopefully I will be able to keep up to date with what she is up to. Lovely easy Pippa, I will miss her. She was just too good to stay here as a brood mare.  
Withymead Peroni an outstanding colt foal by Heniarth Dan Dare out of Mynyddtarren Georgia left for his new home joining Waxwing Vangelis with Marnie Riding in Scotland.
Peroni was 3rd in his class at his first foal show in December and I look forward to seeing him out at the shows in 2016.
Waxwing Panama has gone to a fabulous new home and I hope he continues his winning ways with Amelia, Francesca and Pauline.
Charlie has had an outstanding season with many wins and placings. He was in the top 10 of most consistent ponies in the HOYS First Ridden Qualifiers with 2 2nd places at Scottish Horse and Monmouthshire, a 3rd at Midland Counties, 4th at NPS Area 4 and 5th at Derbyshire Festival in massive classes.
Islyn Balch took a bit of a back seat to Charlie this year but still enjoyed her Summer trip to the Royal International this time as a First Ridden pony.
Plum also had a very successful outing inhand winning the barren mare class and Reserve Champion Section A at the Great Yorkshire Show!! A big thank you to Megan Gardiner stepping in at the last minute to show Plum superbly. I think both of them enjoyed themselves!!!
The lovely yearling filly Withymead Cristal had a brief but successful showing career with Liesl Burt with a superb 2nd at South of England (a mixed class of yearling colts and fillies with a good entry forward) and a 3rd at NPS Area 11. Cristal (Heniarth Dan Dare out of Islyn Cantores) then made the long journey to join Josef Richters  KVR Stud in Czechoslovakia my first exported pony!  
JUNE 2015
21st Bolton BSPS
Great to be at a show 10 minutes from home!
Waxwing Panama was in top form winning both Novice & Open M&M First Ridden Classes and then
going Mini Champion

Withymead Pippa plaited up for the first time won both her Open 122cm SHP class and the mixed height novice SHP! -such a good girl.
13th/14th  Derbyshire Festival   
A rather wet and long day resulted in a win for Islyn Balch in the Junior Ridden on the Saturday.
 Better day on the Sunday and Waxwing Panama went really well and was 5th in a very strong HOYS First Ridden Class.
7th  Midland Counties   
A fantastic result for Waxwing Panama, 3rd and only 1 mark behind the first 2 ponies in the HOYS First Ridden Qualifier. So close!!   
MAY 2015  
31st May P(UK) North West  
What a busy show! and what awful conditions- the ground was horrendous, very heavy going which unsettled Waxwing Panama resulting in a 2nd for him in the Open First Ridden.
The ground didn't bother Islyn Balch and she did a fantastic gallop to end up 4th in the RI Junior Ridden. 
24th May
 Bolton Riding Club
A lovely day and a 10 minute drive resulted in 3 wins and 2 2nds for 5 ponies.
Islyn Balch won the large Junior Ridden Class with Poppy picking up her qualifier for PUK Summer Champs and Equifest.
Waxwing Panama won the First Ridden Class qualifying for the Brineton FR Final and the Golden Ticket final at PUK Summer Champs.
Colandra Snapdragon won his SHP Class and got his Summer Qualiers too and
Mount Pleasant Real Magic had 2 2nds in Open Showing under 148cm and Young Handler.
Finally, Tullibardine Wind in the Willows who was backed in February went to her first show and was such a good girl being pulled 3rd in a big Novice M&M Class. Willow took  the busy showground all in her stride and wasn't the slightest bit phazed by anything she encountered. She really is the most laidback, kind mare  and is so safe.
16th BSPS 4B  
He's certainly consistent and this time we won!! Waxwing Panama 1st in the Pretty Polly Lead Rein RI Qualifier qualfying for the Royal International 2015 with Master Warren Fentiman onboard. Charlie also ended up 6th in the First Ridden RI Qualifier which was just about the last class of the day meaning that we were going to be late home anyway and it got worse as we broke down on the way home and had to be relayed home! Bedtime 1.30am- not good! The highs and lows of showing!  
Delighted to announce that Roseisle Pangelica has foaled. I have a really smart bay roan (I think!) filly
Withymead Angel Delight.
18/4/15 North of England Spring  
Pcked M&M classes but Waxwing Panamaagain went well to end up 6th In a massive RI Lead Rein Class. Congratulations to Sharn Linney who won the class with Mardenway Amazing Grace.
 Mount Pleasant Real Magic went superbly to finish 3rd in his RI Show Pony Class, he looked amazing too!
16/4/15 BSPS 4A  
Another RI Qualifier and another good result Waxwing Panama 3rd in the First Ridden on a very wet and windy day!  
BSPS Winter Championships  
Had a funfilled weekend at the Champs with 'The Girls' & Team Fentiman.
 Waxwing Panama
somewhat exuberant initially out of the ring but fab in the ring to come 4th in a large RI Qualifying Lead Rein class and 6th in the RI First Ridden.
7th March 2015 BSPS 9B  
Islyn Balch is such a star. 5th in her first RIHS Qualifier this year and then
1st in the Pretty Polly Heritage First Ridden in a big class to qualify for the Royal International Horse Show 2015. So pleased for Plum and Poppy.
February 2015  
15/2/15 Northern All Welsh  
1st show of the 2015 season for us and 1st ridden show for 18 months for Islyn Balch(Plum).
I couldn't have asked for a better start!! Plum won a large Open/Restricted First Ridden Class with Poppy qualifying for both of her FR Classes at BSPS Winter Championships and then went Reserve Champion Mini.
Waxwing Panama also went well to be placed 2nd in the Novice M&M First Ridden and 3rd in the Open A and B Ridden Class.
January 2015  
Happy New Year! 
3 colt foals went off to their new homes. Withymead Talisker made the journey South to join Kay at Lexicon Stud as a potential Ridden stallion. Withymead Yagermeister went locally as a companion and Waxwing Van Gellis returned to Scotland for an inhand career with the Ridings family hopefully returning to Withymead in the future to stand at stud.
November 2014  
Barton BSPS Show 16/11/14
Waxwing Panama
behaved impeccably winning both the Novice M&M Lead Rein with Poppy and Novice M&M First Ridden with Eva picking up his BSPS Winter Championship Qualifiers. Standing 2nd in line to him in the Lead Rein class was his halfsister Waxwing Angel Eyes.
Delighted to welcome their Mum,  Roseisle Pangelica as a broodmare. I really can't thank Tom and David at Waxwing enough for Angel who is in foal to Dan for 2015.
October 2014  
Fabulous trip to HOYS with Becky & Sarah made even more special by watching Sarah's old pony
 Waxwing Keavil competing in the M&M WHP with Megan Worton. Sadly he had a pole but both Jazz and Meg obviously both enjoyed their 1st trip to HOYS together.
In the M&M Lead Rein 2nd place went to Heniarth Penelope Pitstop who is half-sister to Heniarth Dan Dare Withymead Studs current stallion. Also pleased to see many of the placed Lead Rein and First Ridden ponies with Roseisle Pandy Tudyr in their breeding.
Summer 2014 
Not organised at all this year so just showing a few of this years highlights!
NPS Area 4 25th August  
Waxwing Panama (Charlie) was thrown in at the deep end  and took to it like a duck to water ending up 3rd in the HOYS First Ridden Qualifier. What a star!
Islyn Balch has had 3 outings as an Inhand Brood mare, and has won 2 of them and been 3rd in the other. She not only won her class here but ended up Reserve Champion and Bronze Medal Winner!  Withymead Plum Pudding was a really good boy. A big thank you to Hannah and Eva for showing them.
Derbyshire Festival  
Waxwing Panama started his ridden career with Eva and Poppy Brennand. He behaved brilliantly at this very busy show and was placed 3rd in a big Junior Ridden Class with Eva and then topped it to come 2nd in an even bigger First Ridden Class with Poppy. Charlie has a big future ahead as he is 4 years old and just recently backed. Watch this space!
Kent County Show  
Highlands Juno and her foal Withymead Jagermeister were picked up by Liesl Bury and whisked down to Kent County Show. Juno won the brood mare class and then went Reserve Champion picking up her Bronze Medal as the Champion had previously won a Bronze Medal in 2014. She was then asked to go into the Cuddy Qualifier - fab end to the day.  
White Rose NCPA Show  
Withymead Pippa had to wait all day for her class          
but made it a winning one with her jockey Megan Worton.
Thank you to Team Starkey for all their hard work.

Delighted to hear that Blanche Merlot won his Lead rein Class with Isabel Miller and Becky Balmer at their local Agricultural Show ending  the day as Supreme Champion Ridden . A day to remember!

May 2014
24th May BSPS 2b Lancashire Championship Show
Very early start and was met with a new baby! Mynyddtarren Georgia had just foaled an enormous
foal , couldn't catch either of them so haven't a clue whether its afilly or a colt. All must be well though 'cos both could certainly move!

It was a very very wet day with a lot of ponies misbehaving and not coping with the conditions.
Forlan Honey Cookie behaved impeccably and had an amazing day with Poppy and Caz.
                  1st Tiny Tots LR SHP
                   2nd Tiny Tots FR SHP
                   Champion Tiny Tots
                   1st RIHS LR SHP - our RIHS qualifying ticket.
                    Members Supreme Champion

Even got a mention in Horse and Hound!
April 2014
26th April BSPS 1A
Forlan Honey Cookie
was 3rd in RIHS LR SHP

6th April BSPS Area 2b Spring
Forlan Honey Cookie
2nd LR SHP in a big class. The wiiner qualified for RIHS the following week so in very good company!

March 2014

23rd March Hereford Marches
Forlan Honey Cookie
went really well and was 4th in the RIHS Leadrein SHP and 5th in the 12hh SHP.
Poppy Brennand was on board in both classes and a big thank you to Caz who led her.

A couple of photos of the MacKenzie design multilambfeeder.

22nd March NCPA Winter Championships
Fabulous day for Becky Balmer and Isabel Miller with the lovely Blanche Merlot.
1st Lead Rein Equitation
1st Lead Rein Working Hunter Pony
and after a perfect show in the Evening Performance Supreme Champions. Super stars Mo and Isabel.

On the same day
Tullibardine Wind in the Willows
first foal was born. A stunning black(I think!) colt and she's such a good Mum.

17th May
Islyn Cantores has foaled. A very classy, strong filly foal, bay at the moment but she will go grey.

16th May
At long last Plum (Islyn Balch) has foaled. She was 8 weeks over due and has produced a tiny bay colt who looks exactly like Dan but with Plum's head. Both mother and baby are fine in their nice warm stable.
January 2014

Starting to get organised for this showing season with lots of Novices to show this year. Plus exciting news of new ponies.
Forlan Honey Cookie will continue her ridden career and has also now started jumping so may do some WHP classes with her.
Waxwing Panama is now backed and will start his ridden career very soon. Watch this space as he is a potential superstar Lead Rein and First Ridden with Miss Poppy Brennand in the saddle.
Withymead Pippa is now being backed and will be out at shows later in the season. She has grown again over the winter and will be an up to height Section A who will hopefully contest First Ridden, M&M Ridden and Junior Ridden classes.

New ponies at Withymead!  Islyn Gwenith by the outstanding stockgetter Blanche Gwyllym has arrived from the Islyn Stud as a future ridden pony and brood mare. Her  show-winning dam Islyn Hyder is by Waxwing Hurricane. Full details and photos can be found on the Youngstock Page.
Also from Islyn I have been incredibly fortunate to be given the chance to loan the stunning Islyn Mecca out of the lovely old mare Bryndansi Melog and by the now sadly deceased Islyn Hafoc. This is an unrepeatable mating and Mecca will be produced as a ridden pony before starting her breeding career. Full details on the Mares Page.

Finally I am really excited that another young stallion with fabulous breeding and temperament will stand at Withymead Stud.  Full details and photos of can be found on the Stallion Page.
2014   HAPPY NEW YEAR   2014  

Horse of the Year Show 2013

Islyn Balch
and Poppy Brennand didn't lose their cool despite it being the first time at HOYS for both of them! Poppy was the youngest jockey in the M&M First Ridden and was kept in the ring with the prizewinners ending up 10th overall. A fabulous achievement for a young jockey who started at the beginning of the season with Plum as her M&M Lead Rein Pony! I am so proud of both of them as they really looked after each other.

Exciting news!! Just had my new mare the stunning Highland Juno by Roseisle Pandy Tudyr and she is confirmed in foal to Heniarth Dan Dare.  That's 5 foals now due at Withymead Stud in 2014. I think I am going to be busy! I can't keep them all so some of next years foals will be available to good homes and should make the most fantastic childrens ridden ponies as all of them will be descendants of Roseisle Pandy Tudyr, who has again won the  award at HOYS for the Welsh Section A stallion who has sired the most successful number of ridden progeny this season - for the second year running.  
September 2013

Don't think it is going to take long to back Pippa judging by this picture taken when she was at Stephens!

Islyn Balch
(Plum) has gone to "bootcamp" at Andrew Leavers in an effort to tone her rapidly expanding foal tummy as time marches on and her trip to HOYS becomes imminent! She is in foal to Heniarth Dan Dare and I am so looking forward to this baby.
Withymead Pernod has gone to his new home and I believe he has already won and been Champion at a local show. Good luck to Danielle with this stunning young colt. His mother Mynyddtarren Georgia is in foal to Heniarth Dan Dare  for 2014.
The other 2 mares in confirmed in foal to Dan for 2014 are Islyn Cantores and Tullibardine Wind in the Willows. 4 foals next year should certainly keep me busy.
8th September Pony of the Year NCPA
  Forlan Honey Cookie with her new young jockey
  Eva Brennand  had a super day.   
        1st Novice M&M First Ridden
         1st Novice Ridden A & B
         3rd Junior Ridden
   The heavens opened right at the end of the afternoon
   and we all ended up soaked through but that failed
   to dampen our spirits as the girls own ponies
   Sandboro Love Child and Colandra Snapdragon also
   came home with 2 1sts each! 
More news of Withymead ponies. Withymead Amontillado who was sold as a foal is now a verey successful First Ridden and Working Hunter Pony.  
Just received these fabulous pictures of Withymead Honeycomb Delight  from Joy at Glenisla Stud
Honey won her class at Scottish & Northern WPCA and was Youngstock Champion - a super end to her successful 3 year old show season..

BSPS Summer Championships August 2013

A really busy but enjoyable week with our team of girls! 3 ponies and 15 classes- madness!! but we did have our own Camp Chef, the wonderful Debbie who kept us all fed and watered(and wined!) catering for 12 plus of us at every meal. Islyn Balch had some good results in massive classes despite her "baby bump" .  2nd in the Heritage First Ridden, 8th Heritage Young Riders (up to age 14yo) , 6th Heritage Freestyle First Ridden, 7th Black Country Saddles First Ridden and 7th Red Premier Division First Ridden all with her tiny rider 7 year old Poppy Brennand who celebrated her birthday on the Friday of the Show.  


19th May South Lakes WPCA

Withymead Pippa; 2nd in 3 year old Fillies
Withymead Pernod 1st Yearling Colt

A fabulous week at the RI with really hot weather during the day and thunder storms at night!
 Islyn Balch and Poppy were 8th in the Pretty Polly First Ridden, they both loved every minute of their time in the ring.


A day to remember for the Brennand Team!!! 7 year olds Poppy and Plum (Islyn Balch) won a massive Open First Ridden Class and qualified for HOYS. What an incredible achievement for Poppy having only ridden in a handful of shows off the leadrein.
 A very talented young jockey  and a very special pony -Open Ridden at RIHS 2012 to
 First Ridden HOYS 2013 with a tiny jockey. 
Poppy and Plum then went Reserve Champion Mini to finish off a fabulous day
Islyn Balch is in foal to
Heniarth  Dan Dare for 2014

14th June Bolton BSPS

Islyn Balch 1st Open Heritage First Ridden
Reserve Mini Champion
Forlan Honey Cookie 1st Open Small Breeds
  1st Junior Ridden with Georgia McCloud riding Cookie for the first time.



Islyn Balch did not get pulled into the placings after the "go round" in a 40 strong HOYS Open First Ridden but ended up 9th overall as Poppy pulled out all the stops with an amazing show.
Just chilling before her class!

In hand following an overnight stay Withymead Pernod        1st Yearling Colt.


Withymead Pernod      1st Yearling colt


Islyn Balch 7th HOYS Open First Ridden


 A very dull day with intermittent rain but the sunshine came out for us in more ways than one!!
Islyn Balch and Poppy won the Pretty Polly RIHS Lead Rein and then went on to win the Pretty Polly RIHS First Ridden too!  What a day!!  Fizzy wine all the way home. Poor Simon!


Withymead Pippa 2nd in the 3 yo Fillies
 Withymead Pernod 3rd Yearling Colt

4th May BSPS 1B

Really busy show with lots of RI tickets on offer. A lovely show from Islyn Balch, Poppy and Caz was rewarded with a 6th place in the RIHS Heritage Lead Rein. Another good show in the Pretty Polly RIHS Heritage Lead Rein resulted in a 2nd place and big sister Eva was then placed 3rd in the PPolly RIHS First Ridden, again with the super talented Islyn Balch.

27th April NPS Area 5

7 year old Poppy Brennand had a fabulous start to her Open First Ridden career with Islyn Balch, a fabulous 7th Place in a HOYS Qualifier against much older jockeys and beating her older sister. Poppy rode superbly and "Plum" really looked after her. What a combination - lots to look forward to!

21st April Lancashire NCPA

Forlan Honey Cookie

4th/18 and highest small breed
in a Mixed Heritage Novice
;Ridden Class.

20th April North of England Spring Show

Islyn Balch
4th Open Heritage LR with
Poppy and Mum.
1st Open Heritage First Ridden
Reserve Champion
Qualified for the Lilley Supreme

13th April NCPA Derbyshire Spring Show

Really windy driving on the M62 and very windy at the showground, luckily we were indoors!   Islyn Balch was footperfest again and just missed out on her Royal International ticket with a 2nd in the Pretty Polly RIHS Lead Rein Qualifier.
1st April North Western Association WPCA

First show of the season for Pippa and Pernod, full brother and sister
Both ponies went really well.
Withymead Pippa 1st 3 year old filly
Withymead Pernod 2nd Yearling colts
Thank you to Stephen, Beth and Cath for all their help and encouragement.
17th March BSPS 2B Myerscough

A really busy show with big numbers in the M&M classes but Islyn Balch went really well.
3rd Novice Heritage Lead Rein with Poppy
2nd Novice Heritage First Ridden with Eva
Reserve Champion Mini


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