Rollingwoods Ponies of the Week:
Each week we feature a Rollingwoods pony as our "Pony of the Week" on our social media platforms. Here you can find all of our ponies of the week from the past. If you would like to nominate a pony and/or send in information for a pony of the week please contact us on our Facebook or Instagram.
Rollingwoods Picturesque LOM
(*Sleight Of Hand LOM/AOE/OD x Gayfields Mona L LOM/AOE)
January 13, 2021
Rollingwoods Picturesque, affectionately known as Que, began life at Rollingwoods Farm in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She started her career in WPCSA shows, ridden by Meghan Mcsorley. She then went Christina Schlusemeyer, who introduced her to the hunter world. Que became very successful in the hunter shows and was awarded 1994 Small/ Medium Green Horse of the Year. After many years of showing, Que came home to Rollingwoods and produced a colt, Rollingwoods Q and A. When the time came, Que was brought out of retirement to teach Turner Davis the ropes. When Turner outgrew her, Que moved on to Anna Kate Long in Texas. They competed in many hunter shows, until it was time for Que’s highly successful show career to come to an end. Que is now living on Anna Kate’s farm in Texas, and is enjoying being a fat and happy pony!
Rollingwoods Sticky Fingers LOM
(*Sleight of Hand, LOM/AOE/OD X Rollingwoods Stuck on You LOM x *Pendock Masterpiece LOM)
January 21, 2021
Rollingwoods Sticky Fingers aka Sticky was a long time barn favorite who made her way into our pack of “keeper” ponies. Sticky began her career undersaddle in the Hunter World, where she was ridden by many children. Sticky taught her riders countless, valuable lessons that not only expanded their knowledge as riders, but also built their confidence in the saddle. She was known for having the cutest lead changes when trying to help riders learn changes. She would over exaggerate for three strides, then change. Sticky made sure her riders knew what a change was. Of course, Sticky only did this in practice, never at shows. When it came time to show, she was always on her “A” game with perfect changes. Once her time in the Hunter World was over, Sticky came back to Rollingwoods Farm for Kelli West to show in Welsh Shows. Per usual, Sticky was a wonderful teacher for Kelli and they made quite the team. During their time together, they won multiple titles in A/B Hunter, English Pleasure, and Western and to top their accomplishments off, Sticky earned her LOM. When her time with Kelli was said and done, Sticky got a well deserved retirement and lived the good life as a broodmare. She gave us two wonderful foals, a colt, Rollingwoods Hands Down, and a filly, Rollingwoods Show of Hands. After many fabulous years with us, the time came and we laid our sweet Sticky to rest in 2019. While she is missed dearly by all that knew her, we can say with certainty that her exceptional brain, looks, and temperament live on in her offspring.
Rollingwoods Top This LOM
(*Sleight Of Hand LOM/AOE/OD X Rollingwoods Unrivaled LOM)
January 28, 2021
Rollingwoods Top This, also known as “Topper”, was born and raised at our farm in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Once she was started under saddle, she began her career in the Welsh breed shows. Topper was shown in English Pleasure, Hunter, and Halter during her time at WPCSA shows. Over the two years in the Welsh world, Topper received her individual Legion of Merit. In 2011, Emma Lemke introduced Topper to rated shows. Emma and Topper competed at 2011 Pony Finals together, placing 14th in the under saddle, 13th over fences, and 11th Overall in the Medium Greens. They ended the year with MTHJA Green Hunter Pony Champion, 3rd USEF Zone 4 Medium Green Pony Hunter, and 7th USEF Nationally Medium Green Pony Hunters. Topper then went to Timbercreek Stables in Magnolia, Texas, and was shown by various students of Robyn Schmidt for several years. During her show career, Topper competed at many events such as Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, Kentucky Summer Classic, Germantown Charity Horse Show, and Pony Finals. At the age of 13, Topper came home to continue her excellent bloodlines. Since then, she has produced a 2018 filly, Rollingwoods This Kiss, and a 2020 colt, Rollingwoods Copy This. Both of her foals have her lovely movement, temperament, and confirmation. Topper is currently due for a 2021 foal by Gayfields Louisiana Man, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
Rollingwoods Who Doone It AOE/LOM
(Severn Sirocco LOM/AOE/OD x Rollingwoods Lorna Doone LOM/AOE/OD)
February 5, 2021
Rollingwoods Who Doone It, “Doone”, was our very own “happy little accident”. Unlike most of our ponies, Doone did not begin her life with us at Rollingwoods Farm. In 1991, her mother, Rollingwoods Lorna Doone, was in training with Ron Schwartz to be our next driving pony, so imagine our surprise when he called to tell us that she had foaled a beautiful palomino filly. We decided that “Who Doone it” would be ani appropriate name for her, considering we had to send off a DNA test to find out who her father was. After discovering that the mystery sire was our beloved Severn Sirocco, we knew this filly was going to be exceptional. When the time came for Doone to begin a career of her own, she went back to her birthplace, and began driving training with Ron Schwartz. Afterwards, she came home to be Ruth’s driving pony. In harness, Doone was a pleasure to work with and was very successful, winning many national titles. However, Doone did not stop there. Following her time as a driving pony, Doone teamed up with Lauren Schuster to add eventing to her list of skills. After competing as an eventer, Doone moved on to her next job, introducing nine year old Nora Land to Welsh Ponies. This meant adding western, english, and jumping to her ever growing repertoire, and as always, Doone was up to the task. During her career, she taught countless children to ride and show, including our own Turner Davis. Doone was always kind and honest, but most importantly, she taught her riders and drivers to have fun. She was the epitome of versatile, taking whatever was thrown at her in stride. We are forever thankful for the many years that we had with Doone, as well as the many memories, lessons, and accomplishments that she gifted us with. She really was the happiest of accidents.
Rollingwoods Cookie Thief LOM/AOE/OD
(JG Cops and Robbers LOM/AOE X Rollingwoods Lorna Doone LOM/AOE/OD)
February 10, 2021
We knew Rollingwoods Cookie Thief was special from the day of his birth, and he certainly thought so too! From the beginning, Cookie Thief turned heads everywhere he went, so we decided to retain him as a stallion. In 2001, his first year in the breed ring, he placed 3rd nationally as a yearling, followed by National Championships in 2002 and 2005 and Reserve Championships in 2004 and 2006. In and out of the ring, Thief stole hearts with his beauty, as well as his distinct personality. He is trademarked for standing on his hind legs to see better (he never moved his feet, he simply looked around). He did this in his pasture, in his stall AND in the show ring...but never until the Judge’s Card was turned in. Eventually, Thief needed a job outside of the breed ring, so he was trained to drive by Sally Ross. While in training, Cookie Thief, in his usual fashion, kept Sally Ross entertained. At one point, he rolled in her burn pile, caught his tail on fire, AND burned his eye (no loss of sight) while trying to figure out what was happening with his tail! After proving himself to be flammable, Thief also proved himself to be quite the driving pony and took to his new job naturally. Paired with Ruth, he began a winning career in driving, in addition to his success in halter. In true Lorna offspring fashion, Thief did not stop with just one job, later adding Hunter, Western, English Pleasure, and Trail to his bag of tricks. During his lengthy show career, Cookie Thief garnered many ribbons, championships, and gained a whopping total of 15,632 total WPCSA points. Cookie Thief was Adult Pleasure Driving Over 12.2-14.2 National Champion of 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He was also 2014 Carriage Driving National Champion. Even though he has retired from traveling to Welsh Pony shows, Cookie Thief still participates in a few local shows with his most recent driving partner, our wonderful Dr. Claudia Mangum. At these shows, he can be seen in the rail classes, as well as the timed events, which are his personal favorites. Naturally, Cookie Thief has developed a local fan club. Being the character he is, he loves to put on a show for “his” crowd and continues to excel as performance animal, earning Champion at the Germantown Charity in 2019 and many other good ribbons at the Nashoba Carriage Classic. He currently has 23 offspring on the ground, carrying on his temperament, flashy movement, and chrome! Thief is now spending his time being a pasture pony at Rollingwoods, living with his beloved mares and foals. Even in his old age, Thief keeps us on our toes constantly!
Rollingwoods Wind Chimes
(Farnley Carillon x Asgards Easter Valedictory)
February 17, 2021
For this week’s Pony of the Week, we decided to go way back! Born in 1984, Rollingwoods Wind Chimes was one of the foals in our very FIRST foal crop. This meant that “Chime” experienced many of our firsts with us, and helped us learn many lessons that our future ponies would benefit from. While we loved having Chime on the farm with us, we knew she needed a person of her own to reach her full potential! We lost track of Chime until her forever person contacted us about breeding her. Jessica Rachor (now Jenkins) first became acquainted with Chime at her Pony Club C-3 rating, where Chime was one of her switch rides. Following Jessica’s ride on Chime, Caroline O’Keefe, Chime’s owner at the time, asked Jessica to help her submit a classified ad to sell Chime in the WTPC newsletter. To Caroline’s surprise, Jessica declined this request, but only because she wanted to buy Chime herself! Paired With Jessica, Chime was very successful as an eventer, taking ribbons all over Areas III, V, and VIII at the training level. Jessica says, “Chime was a cross country machine, and she would try her heart out for you. She would even cross her back feet and twist sideways to clear the big brush jumps.” Jessica’s most proud moment with her was winning second to help her team take silver at the USPC National Eventing Championships in Virginia in 2001. Chime showed the eventing world that a Welsh pony really could do anything.Chime retired from eventing but did not take to motherhood. However, this did not deter Jessica from loving her. She lived happily in retirement with Jessica at her barn, where she was well loved and cared for. This mare was extraordinary, but when it comes to truly summing her up, Jessica says it best, telling us “Chime was as wonderful a friend as anyone could wish for, and I am so grateful my children were able to know her, if only for a little while. In retirement, she was happy to be a leadline pony for even the tiniest rider. She lived to the grand age of 29, after we had owned her for 15 years. Truly a pony of a lifetime.” Thank you, Jessica for sharing with us!
Rollingwoods Be The Best
(Rollingwoods Easy as L LOM/AOE/AOH x Rollingwoods Unbelievable)
February 25, 2021
We always had high expectations for Rollingwoods Be the Best, now known as “Sox”! He has impeccable bloodlines, and we hoped he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and become a very fancy hunter pony! When Sox turned three, he was sent down to Sally Ross’s for her to train. He was a breeze to start with his willing attitude and quiet mind, and she knew that he was going to be special. Sox began his career in 2017 at WPCSA shows, competing in English Pleasure and Halter, and was shown by Mary Francis Mangum. When Sox was started over fences, his bravery and intelligence brought him along quickly. In 2018, he was shown in the Hunter classes, Halter, and English Pleasure, where he earned Reserve National Champion as a 4 year old. While we would’ve loved to keep him around, he needed to go on to bigger and better things. In 2019, he was sold to Crista Bandini for her daughter, Sky. Sky and Sox were very competitive their first year showing together. They earned Children’s Pony Champion in Zone 7 and in the Texas Pony Championship. In 2020, Sky and Sox qualified for Pony Finals and Capital Challenge, but with cancellations due to Covid-19, they were sadly unable to compete. Despite the set backs in 2020, Rollingwoods Be the Best still continued to live up to his name! Sox finished the year as Reserve Champion in the Medium Regulars and Greens in Zone 7. He was also Reserve Champion Medium Green in Texas with over 1,200 points. Rollingwoods Be the Best is currently for sale, check out his ad on Big Eq! This is a very special pony, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for him!
Rollingwoods Easy Choice
(Rollingwoods Easy As L LOM/AOE/AOH X Practically Perfect)
March 4, 2021
“Lex” is a 2007 Half Welsh gelding by our beloved stallion, Rollingwoods Easy As L. Even from a young age, Lex was always stunning. He is a phenomenal mover, incredibly athletic, and super flashy. We were ecstatic to have another wonderful Elliott son on the ground. Lex began his show career as most of our ponies do, at Welsh shows. Lex did exceptionally well earning Reserve Champion his first time in English Pleasure, along with being very competitive in the halter ring. It was during this time that our trainer, Judy Fendley started working with Lex and fell in love with him. Judy had previously done an incredible job with Lex’s father in the dressage ring, so we knew that this partnership was meant to be. Paired with Judy, Lex entered Training Level Dressage, where he earned scores in the high 70s and low 80s, making him champion or reserve every time out. Lex did the same in First Level and Second Level, working his way up to scores in the high 70s and earning champion or reserve almost every time. Lex was in training for Third Level and was just weeks away from competing when an injury sidelined him. Now retired from dressage, Lex lives with Judy and is enjoying the good life in the pasture with an occasional ride. Anyone who has the opportunity to ride him benefits greatly from all the “buttons” that he has thanks to Judy’s training. While Lex accomplished a lot in his short time in the dressage ring, his greatest gift to us is what he gave to Judy. He gave our Judy a partner that would take her to the top, while also having fun with her. It is evident to anyone fortunate enough to see Judy and Lex work together how strong their bond is and how much they love each other. We are extremely fortunate to have them both in our lives.
(*Sleight of Hand LOM/AOE/OD x Rollingwoods Stuck on You LOM x *Pendock Masterpiece LOM)
March 9, 2021
In 2006, Rollingwoods Stickler was born at our farm in Olive Branch, Mississippi, out of our beloved broodmare, Rollingwoods Stuck on You. As a 3 year old, he went to Timbercreek Stables to become AnnaKate Long’s future medium pony hunter. Right from the start, he’s always been a happy pony- loving attention, loving to work, and loving to perform! Both Robyn Schmidt and Michelle Caspersen would ride and show him as a green pony in both Welsh and local hunter shows, where he gained important young pony miles and experience. Like many of his siblings, Stickler discovered that he LOVED being in the winner’s circle! Even in the beginning, he rode like a horse. He has a big rhythmical canter that paved the way to his amazing success. Stickler batted his long eyelashes at Emily Hart, and she took the reins for him to gain experience and success in the children’s pony hunters. Emily helped to give Stickler the confidence he needed to be ready for AnnaKate to move up to her medium pony.
AnnaKate and Stickler were a joy to watch! By the time they were ready to move into the Green Pony Hunters, AnnaKate and Stickler had become a team that would win numerous national awards. Stickler won USEF 2015 HOTY Overall Green Pony Hunter Champion, as well as HOTY Medium Green Pony Hunter Champion and HOTY Medium Pony Hunter Reserve Champion. He had also become a wonderful handy hunter and medal pony, as well as fantastic derby pony! As all children do, AnnaKate grew out of ponies, but continued love her Stickler. Although he is now leased out, he will always have a home at Hebron Farms. Stickler has taken several of his leasers to the top, all the while building their confidence and ability! Stickler has won the $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby in Wellington, Florida, with Riley McKesson and won a ribbon at USEF Pony Hunter Finals with Anais Dufresne. Rollingwoods Stickler has never met anyone he didn't like- he is truly a unicorn! He has just begun a partnership with a new rider, Isla Roen! We hope for great success out of this pair for the 2021 show season!
Rollingwoods Stuck On You LOM
(*Pendock Masterpiece LOM x Timbercreek Bramble)
March 19, 2021
Rollingwoods Stuck On You aka Stucky was one of our first homebred broodmares. Stucky was an incredible producer and her impact on our farm is immeasurable . Stucky was always a joy to handle and took very naturally to motherhood, producing wonderful foals and taking even better care of them. We can attribute large portions of our success as breeders to Stucky, as she produced some of our most successful ponies, including Rollingwoods Lemony Stick It, Rollingwoods Stick Around, Rollingwoods Stickler, Rollingwoods Stick Tight, and numerous others. Rollingwoods Lemony Stick It has been to Pony Finals multiple times, was 2015 Horse of The Year, and 3rd Grand Pony Hunter in 2015. Rollingwoods Stick Around has been Medium Pony Champion of the year with the Wisconsin Hunter Jumper Association, and is already qualified for both Pony Finals and Derby Finals in 2021. Rollingwoods Stickler has won the $5000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, placed at Pony Finals, and won multiple Horse of the Year awards. Rollingwoods Stick Tight has placed in the top 10 at Pony Finals, was Grand Champion Welsh at Pony Finals in 2009, and 3rd Nationally in Small Pony with USEF. Stucky’s babies were not only fancy Hunter ponies, but they were all perfect babysitters for children. Not matter where Stucky babies go or what they do, they are sure to take care of their children. Along with producing numerous performance animals, Stucky also produced ponies that after successful showing years went on to be wonderful producers themselves. Some of these being Rollingwoods Stick Em Up, Rollingwoods Sticky Fingers, and Rollingwoods Stick To It. All of these mares produced many award winning offspring and even some of our current broodmares, including our newest addition to the broodmare band, Rollingwoods On The Up and Up. All in all, Stucky proved that being a broodmare is just as important (or more) as being a show pony! Stucky’s impact on our farm is still felt and seen in our current ponies.
Rollingwoods Top Brass
(Gayfields the Heir Apparent LOM X Rollingwoods Unrivaled LOM x *Pendock Masterpiece LOM)
April 2, 2021
Rollingwoods Top Brass comes from a long line of champions! As soon as we saw this colt’s fantastic movement and flashy chrome, we knew he would follow suit! As a 3 year old, he was sent to Sally Ross in Ruleville, Mississippi, to be started. In Sally Ross’s program, he developed a solid foundation to start his career as a performance pony. Over the summer in 2020, Addison McMillan and her mother and trainer, Brittany Purnell, paid a visit to Rollingwoods and met “Hugo”. It was love at first sight for both mother and daughter, and they knew they needed him in their barn. Shipping arrangements were made immediately for Hugo to be transported to their barn in Maryland. A shipper was found and Hugo was to be picked up a few weeks later, which left time for him to go on one final adventure with Rollingwoods, attending his first show. Hugo made his show debut with Ann Riley Cotton and competed in both English Pleasure and Low Hunter in June of 2020. He had a few baby moments here and there, but overall, Hugo handled the chaos of the show very well, taking all that was thrown at him in stride. Shortly after the show, he was loaded up and sent to Windy Way Farm to join his new partner, Addison. The two are currently competing successfully in the Medium Greens, and have even qualified for Pony Finals 2021! Be sure to keep an eye out for this fancy guy strutting his stuff in the Walnut ring! Rollingwoods Top Brass will be available for sale following Pony Finals.
Rollingwoods Moving On Up
(Rollingwoods Easy As L LOM/AOE/AOH x Rollingwoods Stick ‘Em Up LOM/AOE)
April 8, 2021
In 2009, our friend, Wanda Chancellor, was shopping for a new, larger pony. While she loved her small pony, Flying Diamond Twist and Trot (aka Twister), beyond compare, age made it time for a younger pony. Wanda searched high and low, trying numerous ponies. Finally, Wanda found a pony she thought would be her perfect match. After having to stop *said pony* by running it into a tree, she came to the decision that this wasn’t the one for her. Wanda continued her search in multiple places until one day, after hitting yet another dead end in her pony search, she returned home. In her pasture, she found a beautiful, people oriented, large, grey Welsh Pony in her pasture! Yes, in HER pasture! She called Joanna, who had been house sitting for her, to ask why there was a pony in her pasture. Joanna’s response was “You need a bigger pony and this pony needs someone who wants an ‘in your face’ pony!” AND the rest is history!
The mystery grey pony was Rollingwoods Moving on Up, who was originally known as “Muppet”, as he was destined to be a little kid’s hunter pony. However, upon purchasing him, Wanda said she could not allow her personal pony to have such a name. She believed that “Uppity” was a much more fitting name, for both the pony AND herself.
After finding his forever home with Wanda, Uppity went to Tom O’Carroll to begin his driving training. While in training, Uppity felt that he should express just how he really felt about his new job. At the beginning of their partnership, whenever Uppity would step out of line, Wanda would say “Joanna, YOUR pony did *so and so* today”. As time went on, the pair garnered miles and training, and Wanda’s comments changed from “YOUR pony did *this*” to “MY pony did *this* and he was so good!” It did not take long for the pair to work their kinks out, and once they did, they developed an undeniable bond!
Now, Wanda and Uppity have spent countless hours together, and know each other inside and out. They are lucky enough to winter at Black Prong Equestrian Village in Bronson, Florida together. While staying at Black Prong, they are able to go on continuous drives, participate in several shows, have lessons with top trainers, and brave romps through the Goethe Forrest together, making the stay enjoyable for both parties!
Uppity and Wanda have competed in many Combined Driving Events and Pleasure Driving Shows. They have moved up through the divisions, and Uppity is now helping Wanda compete at Intermediate Level in Combined Tests of Dressage and Cones. Uppity has competed in CDE or CT at Black Prong, Hermitage, Kentucky Gala, Nature Coast, Florida Spring Fling, Grand Oaks CT, and the Nashoba Derby. He has also competed in a multitude of pleasure shows including the CAA Carriage Classic, Kentucky Gala, Grand Oaks Classic and the Nashoba Carriage Classic, just to name a few.
Even though Uppity missed out on having a little kid to love him, he could not have found a more loving adult to spend his life with. Despite Wanda’s pony search being rather difficult, it was all worth it in then end because she found the pony that was perfect for her. We’re so fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch these two grow as a pair, and we could not imagine a better home for “OUR” pony!
Rollingwoods Hey Jack!
(Gayfields Say What!?! x Cierra)
April 15, 2021
When Turner Davis was on the brink of quitting ponies, he met a black gelding belonging to Clay and Daveeda Clayton who completely changed his mind. On the way home from buying the pony, Sally Ross and Turner thought of names for his new black pony in their trailer. Turner was on a “Duck Dynasty” kick, and ended most of his sentences with “jack”. His aunt Ruth had said previously that she might kill him if he said it one more time around her, so in true Turner fashion, he named his pony “Rollingwoods Hey Jack”. This way she couldn’t say “jack” to him about the phrase. Turner did every bit of work on Jack, from the training to just spending time with him to develop trust. They developed an unbelievable bond. To this day, Turner can yell “Hey Jack!” at the gate and Jack will come trotting up. During their time showing together, Jack earned the 2015 Low Hunter National Champion. Turner eventually grew up and went to college, so Jack was tasked with developing young riders. In 2016, Jack had his first short stirrup kid, Alex Clark. No matter how nervous or confused Alex was, Jack always took her safely around the course. The following year, Jack was shown by Anna Hutchinson, and the pair were champions in Low Hunter at every show they competed in together. Jack taught Anna to be comfortable and confident in the show ring despite any mistakes she might make. In 2018 and 2019, Ann Riley Cotton took the reins and showed Jack in the short stirrup and the Low Hunters. Jack taught Ann Riley how to ride and, as always, was kind and compassionate while Ann Riley learned the ropes of pony showing. In 2020, Jack took Mason Davis, Turner’s younger brother, around the 2’6 Hunter. Jack taught Mason many lessons throughout the show year, as he and Jack learned to navigate the bigger fences. Jack ended the year in 2020 as Half-Welsh English Pleasure National Champion, Half-Welsh Hunter National Champion, Half-Welsh Western Pleasure National Champion, and Half-Welsh Gelding Reserve Regional Champion. Sally Ross continues to use Jack in her lesson program, as he always shows up for work every day, rain or shine. As Sally Ross’ favorite black horse, Jack is always kind, steadfast, and patient to his riders. Standing by the end gate you will constantly hear Sally Ross say, “I love my black horse!”, as he takes care of yet another rider. Anyone fortunate enough to ride him will dub him a saint and declare he is absolutely worth his weight in gold. Jack will always have a home at Rollingwoods and in our hearts.
Rollingwoods Eye Spy AOH
(Rollingwoods Cookie Thief LOM/AOE/OD x Rollingwoods Easy on the Eyes)
April 29, 2021
From being featured in our 2009 Christmas card to Pony Finals 2019, Rollingwoods Eye Spy has always been something special. We sold this striking buckskin colt to Theresa Geautz as a dressage pony for her children, who dubbed him “Hiccup” due to the hiccup-like sounds he made while being hauled in the trailer. Unfortunately, Theresa’s children outgrew their “pony phase”, and it came time for Hiccup to find his next home. In December 2015, pony-crazy 10-year-old, Grace Morgan, made a trip Rollingwoods Farm in hopes of finding her dream pony. Upon arrival she immediately fell in love with this remarkable buckskin pony. As an inexperienced rider and handler, Grace learned countless lessons from Hiccup. Together, they competed in WPCSA shows, USEF shows, North Texas Hunter Jumper Association Shows, and Oklahoma Stock Horse Association shows. He took her from cross rails to jumping 3’ foot, helped her learn to navigate crowded arenas, and taught her how to show a pony in-hand. Hiccup taught Grace to love showing and made her stronger and braver, as both a rider and a person. Grace and Hiccup became the pair to beat at Welsh Pony Shows, winning many national titles in Half-Welsh Halter, English pleasure, and Hunter Classes. To top off their accomplishments in the Welsh Pony World, Hiccup earned his AOH in 2018. Grace knew she would soon outgrow Hiccup, but she wanted to embark on one last journey with him, going to Pony Finals. So, in December of 2018, they went to an “A” rated show, a first for both parties. The pair qualified their first time out, and just like that were Pony Finals bound! After practicing for months, the time finally came and Grace and Hiccup made the journey from Oklahoma to Kentucky. Pony Finals was a learning experience for both green rider and green pony, but even with bumps and mistakes, they held their own in an extremely competitive group. With Grace quickly becoming too big for Hiccup, it came time for him to find his next home. Hiccup was sold to Sparkleberry Ponies in October of 2019, but to this day, Grace continues to refer to him as her “once in a lifetime pony”. Following his time with Sparkleberry, Hiccup made his way to Texas and became a lesson pony at Bee Cave Riding Center. Since becoming part of the Bee Cave program, Hiccup has taught countless children many of the same lessons that he taught Grace. Wherever he goes Hiccup continues to show everyone he encounters what Welsh ponies are are made of: beauty, brains, and talent!
Rollingwoods Unrivaled LOM
(*Pendock Masterpiece LOM X *Varndell Desiree)
May 6th, 2021
Around 20 years ago, we were looking for another broodmare by Pendock Masterpiece to add to our herd. When we found that *Varndel Desiree (in foal to Pendock Masterpiece) was up for sale, we took a chance that the resulting foal would be a filly. For once, our luck held. The foal was a beautiful bay filly that we named Rollingwoods Unrivaled, a.k.a. “Ravioli”. When she reached the age of 3 we showed her lightly under saddle. That year, we bred her to Sleight of Hand, as we wanted more Sleight x Masterpiece mares (our magic cross). The resulting foal was the filly Rollingwoods Top This, who earned a Legion of Merit and excelled in the medium pony hunters. After showing all over the country, Rollingwoods Top This came back to the farm to join our broodmare herd and continue her fantastic bloodlines. We continued to breed “Ravioli” to Sleight, producing Rollingwoods Over the Top, Rollingwoods Top Drawer, Rollingwoods Top Notch, and Rollingwoods Tip Top. Rollingwoods Over the Top has been very competitive in the Mediums over the years, taking many children to top shows such as Pony Finals, where she has ribboned several times. Rollingwoods Top Drawer stood as a stallion at Maye Show Ponies, until being sold, gelded, and successfully shown as a small pony hunter in California. Rollingwoods Top Notch was retained as a broodmare, and has produced a number of lovely foals for us. Rollingwoods Tip Top competed successfully on the line all over the East Coast, showed as a pony hunter, and is now taking fabulous care of her 9 year old rider. When it was no longer an option to breed Ravioli to Sleight, we began exploring new stallion options. In 2013, we bred Ravioli to Belafonte D’ Avalon, a German Riding Pony. They produced a lovely half-welsh filly that we named Rollingwoods Who’s On Top, that was sold as a 2 year old. In 2015, we bred Ravioli to Gayfields the Heir Apparent. The product was a very fancy and flashy chestnut colt that we dubbed Rollingwoods Top Brass, aka Hugo. Hugo is currently in Maryland at Windy Way Farm, showing in the Medium Greens and is Pony Finals 2021 bound! In 2017, Ravioli was bred to Smoke Tree Poetry in Motion. She had a buckskin filly named Rollingwoods Top it Off, sold as a broodmare to California. In 2018, we crossed Ravioli with Gayfields Louisiana Man, and she foaled another buckskin filly that we plan to keep as a performance pony and eventually a broodmare. In 2019, we bred Ravioli to our current herd stallion, Lands End Foxtail, which produced an extremely nice filly, Rollingwoods Top Priority. We are retaining her as a future broodmare as well. Ravioli consistently throws everything we look for in a pony: beauty, brains, and athleticism, and we are so lucky to have her. She is currently due for a 2021 foal by Lands End Foxtail, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
Rollingwoods Stick To It LOM
(*Sleight Of Hand LOM/AOE/OD x Rollingwoods Stuck On You LOM x *Pendock Masterpiece LOM)
Rollingwoods Stick To It “Stitt” was born a bright red roan and always had the personality to match her spunky color. As a three year old, she was ridden by Ruth, who began the mare’s very successful show career. One day, after watching her in Stitt show ring, Michelle Casperson, then a junior rider, made the statement, "I want to ride that pink pony." This established a partnership that was hard to beat. The pair began their show career in WPCSA shows, winning in both halter and hunter. After having such success in the Welsh world, the pair moved into the hunter world, where they continued winning, ending up with several championships in the Medium Green Pony hunter division, even competing at Pony Finals. As time went on, Michelle grew up and Stitt was ridden by several other children, including Nora Land, who now rides our young ponies! All who had to opportunity to ride Stitt enjoyed her kind demeanor and wonderful training. After several years in the hunter world, Michelle rejoined our team at Rollingwoods, and who should come back to the farm, but Stitt. We decided to let Michelle and Stitt recapture their winning partnership, and win they did. The pair finished as Champion in Adult Hunter in 2006 with Michelle winning the Adult Hunt Seat Equitation. We hauled Stitt to one last show in 2007 to get the necessary halter points to finish this award before retiring her to the broodmare band. As a broodmare, Stitt has been wonderful, producing two exceptional foals, Rollingwoods It’s Apparent and Rollingwoods It Is What It Is. We have no doubt that Stitt’s foals will follow in her footsteps as wonderful hunter ponies, and we can not wait to see what the future has in store for them. Now retired to the pasture life, Stitt is spending her time with Emily Johnson, who adores her loving nature. Stitt has been a joy to have around our farm and we will forever be thankful for our “pink pony.”
Rollingwoods All Mine LOM/AOE
(*Sleight Of Hand LOM/AOE/OD x Alra Rose Blossom LOM/AOE)
May 19, 2021
The year Rollingwoods All Mine was born, we tragically lost 2 foals to Rhodococcus. When “Mine” got sick at 5 days old, Joanna acted quickly, putting her in Dr. Ruth’s vet clinic, where Mine, her mother, and Joanna stayed around the clock for 10 days. Fortunately, Mine defeated the odds and overcame this illness. Because of her mother’s theme, Mine was required to have “all” in her name, but at the time we were struggling to come up with a name that suited her. Because we didn’t own her dam (she was left at the farm for 8 years by her owner) we wound up in a court battle over ownership of both mare and foal. Despite losing the mare in court, we retained custody of the foal. In light of the custody battle, we decided Rollingwoods All Mine would be an appropriate name for the filly. Because of her illness as a foal, we chose not to sell her in case she would have underlying lung issues, though she never had any. We attempted to make her a hunter pony, which she was not suited because she was so hot. Normally that doesn’t make a very good driving pony either, but in her case, she was much happier in that line of work. Sally Ross broke her to drive, and she took to the carriage nicely. After Sally Ross put a solid foundation on her, she became Ruth’s pony, following the retirement of her long time driving pony, Rollingwoods Cookie Thief. Ruth and Mine were quite competitive in the driving ring. Mine was a 3 time Pleasure Driving National Champion, along with a Carriage Driving National Champion in 2016. Not only was Mine a fabulous driving pony, but she was also a phenomenal halter pony. She was National Champion Section B Mare 3 years in a row, and hardly ever left the halter ring without a blue ribbon. On account of her lucrative winnings in the show ring, Mine was awarded two lifetime achievements by the WPCSA, her LOM and AOE. In 2019, Mine was retired to the broodmare bunch. This year, we are eagerly awaiting her first foal by Lands End Foxtail, due in August.