The history of the Ulverscroft Shetland Pony Stud – Pat Renwick and Emma Leivers
The Stud was founded in 1966 with Transy, Lockinge, Ebony, Ashorne and Newtown bloodlines. Initially we concentrated on in-hand showing travelling all over the U.K. We were fortunate to win championships at Royal Windsor, the Stallion shows at Malvern and Ascot, Three Counties, Royal Welsh, East Anglian Native, Ponies of Britain to name but a few.
The Stud turned to the performance side of the Shetland pony in the late 1970’s. In those days Shetlands in the main were ignored in Mountain and Moorland classes with a few exceptions. We were extremely lucky to breed and own some wonderful ponies who enabled us to gradually climb up the line and eventually gain championships – the N.F.U. Ridden M and M Champion at the N.P.S. (this was the first time a Shetland had achieved this). The M&M Working Hunter at PUK and the Supreme Ridden there too. Several homebred representatives at Olympia and HOYS, with successes at the Scottish Stallion show, NPS Scotland and the Highland. Many have taken part in the Shetland Pony Grand National and qualified for Olympia.
It has always been our aim to bred and produce ponies with good temperaments and straight, long and powerful movement. We have increased our bloodlines over the years with Shetland Island breeding from the H.R.E., Clibberswick, Waterloo, Sumburgh Studs giving us a variety of colours. From the Claylands Stud we had Campbell and Ambassador to enhance our H, C and E lines. Our ponies have found homes in Denmark, France, Finland and Australia to name a few.
We also had a small herd of miniature Shetlands until 2002 their lines can still be found especially in Finland.
In 2003 we moved from Leicestershire to Cumbria and reduced the herd, but we still bred foals every year. We break them to ride and drive and our principles remain the same to produce good all round ponies which children and adults can enjoy be it show riding, pony club or just for fun. Our ponies are around 40 to 42 inches, all colours including both blue and red roan.
In the 2015 Performance Awards Scheme Ulverscroft Harvest Moon topped the Sire list and he is still going strong siring foals every year.