I saw my first Fell Pony at a horse fair in 2005. I was enamored immediately. I picked up every
brochure I could find. I checked them out online. The more I learned,
the more I wanted them in my life. I had been raised with Arabians and
am still in love with them, but Fells combined many of the wonderful
characteristics of Arabians with another favorite of mine... drafts. I
loved the strength and heft and power... and hair of the draft horse.
I doubt any other breeder out there would see any correlation between
Fell Ponies and Arabians, but please hear me out. Arabians are
intelligent, long-lived, very personable, and incredibly versatile. Take
those characteristics and put them into a small hairy draft... you have
a Fell Pony.
After I met my first Fell Pony and decided I wanted to be involved with
them, I started looking. There were a few very young foals available in
this country, but no mature stock. So I began looking overseas.
I was in contact with several wonderful breeders who helped me find what
I sought. Through a network of knowledgeable enthusiasts, I met
Beverley Hodgson, of Inglegarth Stud in North Yorkshire, England.
She agreed to part with Harcala and a week before his second birthday, he arrived at my farm, fresh from quarantine.
Harcala has turned out to be the best equine partner I have ever had,
and I have had dozens throughout my life. I have an interest in many
riding disciplines and Harcala does, too.
He and I spent the last three years on an Eventing facility. I rode
Thoroughbreds,Warmbloods and others; and yet, my Fell Pony was just as
enjoyable- even more so. Harcala and I can enjoy an easy trailride down
a dirt road, or along a narrow rocky path. We can go swimming, jump
fences, play Natural Horsemanship games, competitive trailrides, equine
agility and any number of other activities.
I have two gorgeous Fell Pony mares and a young filly who have just as much interest in
their environment as Harcala does. Their potential as equine partners
leads me to believe that this is a Fell Pony standard. I have come to
believe that the Fell Pony is the best potential partner for most people
who have an interest in many disciplines.