Enthusiasts flock to highland pony study and stock judging


Moss-side Stud hosted a well-attended and very informative Highland Pony Study and Stock Judging day on Sunday 28 June, organised by the National Pony Society Scotland.

People travelled from throughout Scotland to see the wonderful ponies on display at Moss-side. The stud was established in 1980 by Willie and Jean Ralston of Moss-side and they have watched with pleasure their ponies flourish into very useful animals for many disciplines as was displayed on the day.

Willie and Jean also enjoy following the progress of some of their stock which have been exported to New Zealand, France Germany and Switzerland.

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A dressage display was given by a pony that also drives, and a display by a deer stalking pony that also jumps were among the demonstrations to show the versatility of the breed, all of which had Moss-side blood lines.

On parade was their foundation stallion, Moss-side Domhnach, the well-known impressive black stallion, Moss-side Iain Mor who has had many wins in hand and under saddle which include best of breed at Olympia under saddle and Supreme Highland at the Royal Highland to name a few and finally the junior stallion, Moss-side Uilleam Mor who is by Iain Mor.

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A stock judging competition took place which was very kindly judged by Mary McCall Smith of Connachan. After each class, Mary gave her results and a commentary on her choice which was very educational about the Highland pony breed.  Winning the adults section – joint 1st Morven and Heather Lawson, joint 2nd Ian Smith and Marjorie Grant, joint 3rd Rebecca Chalmers and Ally Smith. Winning the U16 section, 1st Michael Ralston, three way tie for 2nd Rose Ralston, Beth Ronald and Beth Thornton.

There was then a talk and display of the stallions, brood mares and youngstock about their breeding and history all of which goes back to the three foundation lines.

All proceeds from this day go to the Grass Sickness Fund, and a huge thank you is indebted to the Ralston family for hosting such an excellent day with all their very kind hospitality.

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