Stud Waulkmill

Et verdenskendt stutteri, som har eksisteret i over 50 år. Et stutteri, der har avlet særdeles gode eksteriør ponyer, men bestemt også gode ride - og køreponyer! Et stutteri, der er blevet verdenskendt på deres helt enestående ponyer.

Vi har fået Roweena til at skrive et kort resume om, hvordan starten på deres historie startede.

Written by: Roweena Provan:

The Stud was started in 1960 with five fillies from my mother´s Normandykes Stud. She had bought a mare (found on a golf course) in 1946 and from then on had built up a stud of 20 or more ponies founded on established studs such as Netherley, Harviestoun and Transy.

My primary interest at that time was riding and hunting, so the Shetlands were just there for our children to play with on the farm. However, I was producing some ponies, mostly my mother´s, for the local shows when time permitted and a breakthrough came when I bought a colt of hers, namely Normankyes Aith. He was black, born in 1966, with great quality and action and along with some of his daugthers was very successful in the 1970´s.

After a move to a highly arable farm, the ponies had to kept a few miles away, so leasing a stallion on a yearly basis was an easier option and so I had use of Rosethorn of Transy from a good friend, Dougal Dick. Dougal and I had discussed the need for the ponies with good forward movement, tracking up well so that they could be more readily used for riding and driving and the good temperament that is required for that purpose. Rosethorn had already produced successful ridden Shetlands for Dougals daughters to compete with a major shows. Waulkmill Fern, Ona and Tannera were three of his offspring to leave their mark on the growing stud.

By this time, I was doing some judging and was asked to do the Shetland yearly assessments in Denmark where over the four years I was there, saw a big improvement, particularly in movement, the pony owners being very enthusiastic and keen to produce a traditional pony that could also be ridden or driven.

Juding at the Breed Show in Ascot in 1985, I saw and was impressed by a grey three year old colt, Leo of Wilverly, bred by the late Miss Atkinson-Clark, his sire being Waulkmill Macduff(Normandykes Aith), who was already dead, and on hearing that Leo was entered for the SPS-BS sale at Reading, decied to buy him.

At that time, there were few colored other than blacks being shown and when I asked my mother to give her opinion on him, I said just imagine he is blask - he got the approval! I could now carry on using my old blodlines and was keen to prove that a pony of any color could win in the showering, providing it had the necessary quality and movement. Leo did exactly that, winning many championships sometimes when he was the only one other than black in the ring.

He was to become the sire of two of my most influential stallions, namely Waulkmill Maclaren (Tannera of Waulkmill) and Waulkmill Jackdaw (Jolly of Marshwood).

I had known Maurice and Betty Cox of the famous Marshwood Stud sine mi childhood and in 1983 when their stud was being reduced after Maurice had died, I was given a lovely bay mare, Jolly of Marshwood, by Betty who knew I would show her and indeed, she was Breed Show Reserve Supreme in 1990 and gained manu other championships. She produced fourteen live foals, eight with me of whom Waulkmill Jackdaw by Leo and Waulkmill Jolly Good by Maclaren were the most notable. Jackdaw who was grey, won many junior - and senior championships, finally being exported to Norway where he became Reserve Supreme Champion at the International Breed Show there in 2002.

Jolly Good also won in the showering, including two Breed Shows in 1995 and champion mare in 2000. She has had 12 foals to date, incluing Good Gracious and Jubilea, now out under saddle.

Waulkmill Maclaren was my star. With enormous presence, he loved to cover the ground and show himself off. He sired many beautiful ponies and crowned his career by becoming the Supreme Champion at the Breed Show in 1995.

Many of the offspring of these two stallions have gone to Denmark, France and Finland, where they too have stood at the top of the line.

Needing an outcross stallion for my mares, I was offered Earnbrig Reynard, who was bred by Margaret Leith in Scotland, but had been driving with Gerry Hart whose stud was mostly miniatures. So in 1999, Red arrived at the Waulkmill Stud. He is a chestnut stallion, up to the height with huge presence and action who immediately said "Look at me". His bloodlines, Transy/Marshwood fitted well with mares, particulary two by Maclaren, namely Waulkmill Jolly Good (Jolly of Marshwood) and Waulkmill Swallow, a granddaughter of Jolly.

Red - or the Flying Carrot - as he came to be known, loved the showering and when he qualified for the Kilmannan Silver Medal Championship in 2002, we took him to the NSP Show at Malvern where he was the Shetland Champion, Reserve Champion in the Kilmannan, Champion Native Breeds Stallion and Champion of all natives other than Welsh. Where else to go? He went driving in the very capable hands of Richard Lanni, who produced him to win here in Scotland and placed 3rd and 4th in the Native Driven Finals at Burghley.

Red´s daughter, Waulkmill Good Gracious, won the Owners and Breeders Points Championship for the Best Two Year Old Filly and many of his offspring are now winning both in this country and abroad.

As time moves on, the Stud now has only four  mares, two by Maclaren and two by Red, but my real enjoyment comes from seeing their offspring performing in ridden classes.

These ridden ponies include Waulkmill Robin, a three times finalist at Olympia and in 2008 was Best of Breed at this prestigious championships; and Waulkmill Good Gracious, a HOYS qualifier (one that I have kept). Waulkmill Jubilea, Waulkmill Redstart, Waulkmill Swift and Waulkmill Red Knight, all sired by Red, all have wins under their girths from classes ranging from lead rein to open ridden.

Also the stallion Waulkmill Jupiter, supreme in Denmark!!