We are a small stud based in OngaOnga, Central Hawkes Bay at the foot of the mighty Ruahine Ranges. Our aim is to breed true to type ponies from the top bloodlines available here in New Zealand. The stud was formed in 2006 with the purchase of two yearling fillies, Mahogany Barrys Bella and Woodrow Kittyhawk. These two fillies had the top Welsh bloodlines that we were looking for and purchasing youngstock was an affordable way of getting started. While these two were being shown in-hand and given time to mature, we purchased a proven Section A mare, PiedPiper Merrylegs. Piper was put in foal to multi supreme champion Koroway von Dutch and produced our first foal, the lovely filly Pencoed Cariad. Another mare was purchased later that year, a full sister to Bella, the stunning palomino mare Ngakoroa Sweet as Honey.
The following year an opportunity came to purchase one of New Zealands top Section B stallions, Bendigo Polestar at the grand age of 23. Theres no substitute for experience! He is such a gentleman with the mares and he is so easy to handle. With the purchase of Polestar we decided we would look for a Section B mare and we were lucky to purchase Ty Gwyn Rhiannon .
2010 has been a busy year with stud duties and showing. We had four foals this sesaon a Section A colt and three Section B fillies. We try to attend and support as many Welsh, Breed and A&P shows as we can. It's great to catch up with other breeders and competitors and its something we can do as a family, as well as myself my three boys are also showing our ponies.
My brother and I were born and raised in Old Colwyn, North Wales. My Dad farmed the family farm Pentre Uchaf,with his brother and my grandad (taid) and my mother was a schoolteacher. From a very young age I loved anything to do with animals, from the pet dog to the cows and sheep on the farm and of course the ponies. My mother taught at Ysgol Y Plas LLanelian, near Dolwen, a small country school with around 50 pupils that was very well supported by the local community. One large estate dominated this area and that was Coed Coch,there were many families at the school who either farmed the estate or were directly employed by Coed Coch as stockman, grooms, gamekeepers and other work. Our own family farm was once part of the estate until it was offered for sale to the family. The family at Coed Coch, were great supporters of the school, many a time we had a summer fair at Coed Coch to raise money for the school. I remember being on the front lawn looking out across the fields at the grey ponies and decided to take a closer look so I went to stand at the top of the Ha-ha. A Ha-ha is like having a retaining wall around the edge of the garden with a trench on the other side, this allows an uninterupted view across the landscape and prevents any stock getting access to the garden. There I was admiring the ponies and trying to get them to come a bit closer when one of my class mates ( a boy!!) decided it would be funny to push me off. Consequently I landed in a patch of freshly cut nettles, got stung all over and screamed so loud that all the ponies moved swiftly away. To make it worse I couldn't get back into the garden. The pony stud at Coed Coch had just disbanded at this time and the ponies I would have seen would be the ones that were not sold at the big auction. From the dispersal of one stud came the foundation of two new studs, owned by former grooms of Coed Coch, John & Mair Jones Nantdywyll Stud and Wyn & Nerys Jones Nerwyn Stud, two top Welsh Pony Studs in their own right both based in Dolwen.
After completing high school i went to Llysfasi College ( agricultural college) in Ruthin and gained a National Diploma In Agriculture. I wasn't ready to settle into full time work so me and a friend decided this would be a great time to do some traveling. Like many young Welsh people we chose Australia and New Zealand as our destination. In preparation for the trip I contacted an old school friend of mine who had been shearing in New Zealand to see about getting work in the shearing sheds. This was the same friend who pushed me off the Ha-ha.!! We ended up at OngaOnga in Central Hawkes Bay working for a local shearing contractor where I met my husband to be ( boss's son). Six years later we were married with three boys, running the shearing business and thats when we bought our ten acre lifestyle block and started collecting ponies.
We bought a young pony with the intention of getting the boys to ride but they weren't that interested at the time so I started shwoing the pony instead and thats when I became hooked. With the purchase of Woodrow Fletcher my interest and passion for the breed had been renewed and thats when we looked at starting our own stud. I love having that connection with home through the ponies. The last time we went back home we went visiting the two studs in Dolwen, Wyn and Nerys showed us their lovely stallions including Nerwyn Cadno and we went out to the fields to look at their well known mares. A few days later we went to Nantdywyll to see John and Mair and walked over their farm looking at the ponies, with our boys. We loved listening to Johns stories about the time he was a groom at Coed Coch and all the ponies he cared for, and all about his own stock who have been very sucsessful.