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Applewood Highland Heather NPS Reg #553
From Princess Hawk, Prince Tamarack and Champion K lines, Heather stands 13.1 hands and is our Alpha mare. She rides English or Western, jumps, drives and pulls a sleigh. She is super on the trails and like most Newfoundland Ponies, nothing bothers her. A kind but serious mare, Heather loves to be funny for children, doing tricks she learned all on her own. Heather is the dam of Winsome Dream, Brynshire's Mandolynn, and Wild Tansy.
Brynshire's Mandolyn NPS Reg #657
Heather and Murphy Brown's 2006 foal Mandy is almost identical to her Mom. We tell them apart by which way their manes fall, Heather's to the left, Mandy's to the right. 13.2H, Mandy is quite the athlete and jumping is her forte. She is brave yet sweet and prefers to avoid conflict in the herd.
A bit more drafty than her mom, Mandy is strong, steady and quick footed. She has a wonderful work ethic and is always game for anything.
Mandy is Princess Hawk, Prince Tamarack, Champion K, and Rusty of the Black River lines.
Ammy's Honour NPS #643
Named after his breeder's great uncle, who died in the coal mines, buckskin Ammy stands 12.2 H. He is also the poster pony for Villi Poni Farm. In the winter of 2010 Ammy suffered a severe leg fracture. A sweet, gentle stallion, he came to us shortly thereafter. We had serious doubts he would survive but we gave him a chance.
Even though the fracture left him disfigured and with a permanently disabled and fairly useless rear leg, he has learned how to get around almost as well as any other pony. He is a joy to watch as he playfully trots, and canters in his unique 3-legged way, obviously pain free. Ammy epitomizes all the wonderful traits of the Newfoundland Pony and has stolen our hearts. Much like the rest of the breed, he is an inspiration, a survivor against all odds. He adapted and evolved in his own lifetime, to make the best of his situation.
Ammy is Rusty of the Black River and Dusty Greene lines.
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Winsome Dream NPS #706
VPF Winsome Dream,foal of our beautiful Applewood Highland Heather and the strikingly handsome Macosa's Dream, was born here in 2012.
A beauty like her mom she's a radical color changer like her dad. Born with primitive webbing on her forehead, dorsal stripe, tigering on her withers and legs, her coat is an ever-changing mix of blue roan, and black.
A big mare, she stands 14H. Winsome has been calm, outgoing, and very people friendly since the day she was born. She is our herd clown, however never a problem. Newfoundland Ponies are not fully mature until they are 6. Winsome has been allowed to grow before we begin to saddle train her. She will be bred but not until she is mature. We also allowed her mother Heather to decide when to wean her, which was around 1 year old.
Winsome is Prince Tamarack, Champion K, and Rusty lines.
Misty Star of Gambo NPS Reg #364D
Villi Poni Farm welcomed Misty to the herd in 2012. Not one who looks for attention, Misty stays a bit in the background yet is a willing participant in herd happiness. There is nothing more endearing than having Misty quietly amble over to nuzzle your neck, completly out of the blue. Misty also has the unusual gait some of these ponies exhibit. Her movement is very smooth and very quick, similar to a tolt. Misty prefers being a work pony vs a saddle pony, happiest in her work harness, dragging logs where her shyness disappears and her attitude becomes "Hey, look at ME!" A recent study reported that roughly 12% of Newfoundland Ponies carry the gait keeper gene. All in all, Misty exemplifies the preciousness of landraces, with the gait of predecessors coming through. This gait is neither encouraged nor discouraged in this breed, as standard breed practices would do. Variation exemplifies a landrace breed's genetic diversity and importance to the species. That variation, and the fact that unaltered landrace breeds are so rare, contributes to people having no or limited knowledge about them. The landrace breed concept can be difficult to understand and can become the root of controversy, misunderstanding, and mismanagement, which further threatens the breed. Such is the case with the Newfoundland Pony. Some consider it not a breed at all. Some feel it is a "mutt', it has no value, no worth unless it receives "breed recognition" under a Canadian Federal breed "improvement" program. That program includes only 28 horse breeds of the thousands on this planet and is nowhere that a rare breed should be. The program's goal is to breed to the market need. It's purpose is not genetic conservation, it is genetic manipulation and is therefore a landrace breed extinction program. Therein lays yet another threat to the Newfoundland Pony.
Highland Snow Storm
Storm comes to us courtesy of Equine Rescue Inc, Bloomburg, NY. Our Misty Star of Gambo's old friend, the rescue wanted Storm to have a "heritage home that is best suited for the Pony." Shy Misty has a friend now and this warms our hearts. Our smallest pony, Storm is the herd boss. She is no trouble but we notice no one gives her any either!
Standing at 11.2H Storm is the epitomy of "cute pony", but also a good pony.
From Princess Hawk and Rusty of the Black River lines, Storm had only one foal years ago, who unfortunately died. Storm will be bred to Ace. She will give birth to a foal that will fill her tiny hoof prints on this earth one day and have another to add to the breed's numbers.
Meadowbrook Festive Holly
Holly and her daughter Lily came to us when their owner could no longer manage after an accident. Their owner chose the sanctuary to help the breed but also knowing they'd get lots of attention as well. Holly and Lily are rare line ponies, a talented driving team and just a joy to be around.
Like books ends, both Holly and Lily move about the property, their steps in unison as if they were hitched and driving double. Holly is also the mother of Heather, and grandmother to Winsome and Mandy. Her sister is Storm.
Holly is Champion K and Princess Hawk lines.
Outback Lily of the Valley
Sweet Lily is outgoing, calm, quiet, trusting and curious. She has a strong sturdy build and nice driving trot, like her Mom. One can't help but love Lily, the beautiful heart she wears on her forehead is the equivalent of one wearing their heart on their sleeve. Lily adores gelding Erik, and vice versa. She was successfully bred to our Ammy and if all goes well, will have a foal the summer of 2017. That foal will be part of our "Pony Preserver Program" which cultivates conservation homes for Newfoundland Ponies and protects them forever.
Highland Smokey Tisdale
Fiddler's Green Mr. Scronchions
8 year old gelding, Mr. Scronchions is named for an ingredient in a traditional Newfoundland dish. Copper in color, he is flashy and he knows it. Standing 12.3 Scrunchions is learning his place at the sanctuary and in the world. An in your pocket pony, if there is a way to be mischievous, he can find it, however he can be a love bug as well.
Scrunch is currently in a foster home.
Read more about Scrunchions, from HIS point of view by clicking HERE.