Stevenson Family 
Show Stables

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History of Bamborough Pony Stud
 

"Producing Royal Show quality ponies with movement and

 cool, placid temperaments since 1969"

(Designed by B.Stevenson)

Bamborough Pony Stud

(as seen in Horse Scene magazine)

 

By Brooke Stevenson.

Bamborough Stud is owned by Jill and Robert Grant and located in Cowra, NSW. The stud was founded in 1969, producing Welsh Mountain, Welsh, Part-Welsh, Australian, Riding Pony and Australian Saddle Ponies. The emphasis is being able to produce Royal Show quality ponies with movement and cool, placid temperaments.

Jill and Robert at 2005 APSB National Pony Show with Champion (left) Bamborough Moon Folly, and Reserve Champion (right) Bamborough Sara Dane. (Photo: Lorelle Mercer)

The stud began with the beautiful galloway mare, Bambalina, who was a Thoroughbred/Welsh cross. She won 23 first prizes at Sydney Royal (a record) in 6 years, and was Champion Saddle Galloway for 4 years. Bambalina left a great legacy in the stud through her three daughters, which were the foundation of the Riding Pony, Part-Welsh and Saddle Pony sections. Many descendents of this great mare are successfully shown in Bamborough’s show teams.

The Australian section began with the mare Lochinch Comobella, by the great saddle pony sire Croppa Dandy. She proved an invaluable broodmare with a legacy of descendents winning at Royal level today. Then came Barolin Charity (by Barolin Feluka, out of Barolin Carmen), who also produced some wonderful ponies.

Lochinch Comobella, Reserve Champion at Nationals 1973

In 1993, Jill and Robert’s interest in Welsh ponies intensified during a visit to the UK. While at the Royal Show, a colt foal was noticed on the winning mare Boston Bodecia, and Boston Bittermint (imp) (by Vardell Right Royal) was duly purchased. Bittermint has proven himself many times with his progeny, being the sire of extremely successful ridden Ponies and Galloways. Perhaps his best daughter (and most well-known) is Bamborough Mannequin, who has won all across the country up to Royal level, including Runner-up Large Pony at the Grand National in 2004 and 2006.

Bamborough Mannequin at 2007 Sydney Royal Show, Reserve Champion Large Open Pony Hack and Supreme Led ASP, ridden by Brooke Firth. (Photo: Lorelle Mercer)

It was time now to find another stallion to cross on the Bittermint daughters. The colt Eyarth Tigra (imp) was found at the Eyarth Stud in Wales, and he arrived in Australia in 2001. Tigra is by the Royal Welsh Champion, Carwed Charmer, out of the beautiful mare, Eyarth Arabella. Tigra has already proven himself as a sire of successful colts and fillies, producing the full brothers Paramount, Academy and Oscar and the Best Exhibit at the NSW All Welsh Show from his second drop of foals.

Jill and Robert have formed some successful partnerships over the years, notably the Firth Family (Orange, NSW) and the Stevenson Family (Young, NSW). Di and Brooke Firth showed some of the most successful ponies in the country;

  • B. Mannequin: twice Runner-Up Large Pony (Grand Nationals 04/06). Reserve Champion Large Open Pony Hack (Brisbane Royal 03). Champion Large Pony Hack (NSW EFA HOTY 06). Champion Child’s Pony & Reserve Champion Large Pony (Adelaide Royal 05). Reserve Champion Large Open Pony Hack (Sydney Royal 07). 3x Supreme Ridden Exhibit (APSB Nationals 04/05/06).
  • B. Lady Luck: Best Novice Pony Hack (Sydney Royal 03). Top 10 Large Pony Hack (Grand Nationals 06).
  • B. Sierra: Runner-Up Small Pony (Grand Nationals 02). Supreme Ridden (ASP Nationals 02).
  • Bamborough Razzle Dazzle: Winner Novice/Open Pony Hack (Sydney Royal). Twice Champion Ridden (ASP Nationals).

Brooke, Christinne and Alex Stevenson have successfully shown Bamborough Peep’n’Seek (Supreme Led ASP and Supreme Led Part Welsh at Sydney Royal 2006 and Supreme Led APSB/RP and Champion Ridden APSB/RP at APSB Nationals 2005), and are currently showing:

  • B. September Song (out of B. Sierra): Champion Small Show Hunter Pony & Champion Led ASP (Canberra Royal 2010). Supreme Ridden Exhibit (APSB Nationals 09). Champion Small Show Hunter Pony (Macquarie Bank Hack Champs 09). Champion Led Pony of the Year (SHC NSW HOTY 08).
  • B. Country Charm: Supreme Led APSB/RP, Champion Led/Ridden Part Welsh, Champion Led/Ridden ASP & Champion Led/Ridden APSB/RP (APSB Nationals 09). Reserve Champion Ridden Part Welsh (NSW & Vic All Welsh Shows 09/10).

Bamborough September Song at 2010 Canberra Royal Show, Champion Small Show Hunter Pony and Champion Led ASP, ridden by Brooke Stevenson. (Photo: Narelle Wockner)

Bamborough Pony Stud have also sold ponies who have gone on to some very successful careers with their new owners, including;

  • B. Paramount: Supreme Welsh Section B Exhibit & Supreme Welsh In Hand Exhibit of Show (NSW All Welsh Show 08). Supreme Welsh Section B, Supreme Palomino & Best ASP Stallion (Sydney Royal 09). Supreme Welsh Section B Exhibit, Champion Ridden Welsh Stallion & Supreme Ridden Welsh Exhibit (Vic All Welsh Show 2010). Shown by Helen Dohan and the Jones-Ryan family.
  • B. Bosun: Champion Ridden ASP (Sydney Royal 06). Shown by the McGone Family.
  • B. Etchings: Champion Hunter Pony (Nth Qld Hack Champs 09). Shown by Young and Harris Families, Qld.
  • B. Pristine: Reserve Champion Hunter Pony (Nth Qld Hack Champs 09). Shown by Clothier and Edwards Families, Qld.
  • B. Montague: Supreme In-Hand Welsh (Barastoc 08). Reserve Champion Large Show Hunter Pony (Canberra Royal 09). Shown by the Hocking Family, Murrumbateman, NSW.
  • B. Golly Gosh: Supreme Led Part Welsh Youngstock (Vic All Welsh Show 2010). Supreme Led Youngstock (Bathurst Youngstock Show 09). Supreme Led Gelding Exhibit (APSB Nationals 08). Shown by the Stevenson Family, Young, NSW.

Other notable performances include (apologies for leaving any out!):

  • B. Special Girl: National Champion Small Show Hunter Pony (EFA Nationals 09). Runner-Up Small Show Hunter Pony (NSW EFA HOTY 09). Shown by the O’Neill Family, Bega, NSW.
  • B. Candace: Champion Small Pony Hack & Best Novice Pony Hack (Sydney Royal 01). Champion Led Australian Pony Mare (Sydney Royal 05).
  • B. Royal Request: Supreme Welsh Exhibit (Canberra Royal 00). Champion Ridden Welsh Stallion (Vic All Welsh 01).
  • B. Ripples: Champion Ridden Australian Pony, Champion Ridden Part Welsh & Reserve Champion Ridden ASP (Sydney Royal 05). Champion Ridden Australian Pony (Canberra Royal 05). Supreme Ridden Part Welsh (NSW All Welsh Show 04).
  • B. Radiance: Supreme Part Welsh Exhibit (Melbourne Summer Royal 01). Supreme Part Welsh Exhibit (Vic All Welsh 01). Led Part Welsh Pony of the Year (Barastoc 01). Supreme Australian Pony Exhibit (Canberra Royal 01).
  • B. Moondancer: Supreme Ridden Part Welsh (NSW All Welsh 02).
  • B. Pedantic: Champion Ridden ASP (Canberra Royal 05).
  • B. Bo-Jangles: Champion Led APSB/RP Gelding (APSB Nationals 06). Supreme Led Youngstock (ASP Country Championships 06). Shown by the Stevenson Family, Young, NSW.

Bamborough Candace at 2001 Sydney Royal Show, Champion Small Open Pony Hack and Best Novice Pony Hack, ridden by Brooke Stevenson. (Photo: Julie Wilson)

At the 2010 Grand Nationals, Bamborough Pony Stud will be proudly represented by a contingent of four ponies; B. September Song (Small Show Hunter Pony), B. Etchings, B. Pristine and B. Montague (Large Show Hunter Pony). Currently, B. Candace, B. September Song and B. Special Girl are the only Bamborough ponies to have won an Open Champion at Royal/National level; what makes them even more special is the fact that they are all pure Australian ponies.

Bamborough Special Girl at 2009 EFA Nationals Werribee, Champion Small Show Hunter Pony, ridden by Katie O'Neill. (Photo: Derek O'Leary)

Bamborough Pony Stud will hold its Bi-Annual Pony Sale in November this year. The sale has been on-going for many years now, and combines with Imperial and Amaranda Pony Studs to bring a selection of quality Welsh, Welsh B, Part Welsh, Australian, Part APSB, APSB/RP, Riding Ponies and Saddle Ponies to the public for sale. Stallions include Boston Bittermint (IMP), Eyarth Tigra (IMP), Bamborough Royal Request and Imperial Juggler.

Bamborough Ripples at 2005 Sydney Royal Show, Champion Ridden Australian Pony, Champion Ridden Part Welsh and Reserve Champion Ridden ASP, ridden by Brooke Stevenson. Judge Brian Hardy. (Photo: Lorelle Mercer)

Jill and Robert would like to thank anyone who has had any involvement with Bamborough ponies over the years, including riders, handlers, workers, beside-the-ring-holders, and those that have admired from afar!

2010 Sale Reflection

For most part, 2010 was filled with intensive preparation for the Bamborough-Imperial-Amaranda Pony Sale that was held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of November. In

previous years, the sale has been Jill’s baby, but her daughter Kylie has stepped in and assisted Robert in the sale process. It has been a tough road for Robert and family, both with the loss of our dear Jill (one of the most inspirational, influential and indeed beautiful horsewomen in Australia) and also one of the most successful Welsh Pony stallions in the country Eyarth Tigra (IMP) (winner of numerous Sires’ ratings and producing extremely successful progeny).

 

The beginning of the sale week proved to be very wet and muddy, almost impossible to prep sale ponies! But as the days progressed, the sun peeked out a little more each day, and by sale weekend, the weather couldn’t be more perfect. (Organised by Jill I’m sure!) This year’s Reduction Sale turned out to be the most successful; BPS sold all ponies bar one (B. Jordana who was passed in) and Imperial Pony Stud enjoyed the top price of the sale. Amaranda Pony Stud also had a successful day on Saturday. Both days had a great atmosphere which was helped by the fabulous auctioneering of John Clothier (Beaudesert, QLD).

 

Saturday began with Youngstock, which proved to be very popular, with buyers from every state in Australia and even New Zealand and the United Kingdom ready to purchase. BPS’s three top selling Youngstock were; B. Lady Joanne a chestnut roan Welsh filly (Eyarth Tigra (IMP) X B. Lady Jacalyn) purchased by Hayley Malseed from Tyrendarra (VIC), B. Cymbeline a grey Welsh filly (Boston Bittermint (IMP) X B. Capulet) purchased by Lee Woods-Traynor from Moree (NSW) and B. Country Belle (Boston Bittermint (IMP) X Willowcroft Country Colours, who is full sister to the very successful B. Country Charm) purchased by the Morrow Family from Peranga (QLD). Congratulations; we wish you every success with these gorgeous Youngstock.

 

Sunday proceeded with Broodmares, with the majority of the crowd from Saturday staying on to view some top ponies. BPS’s top selling Broodmare was B. Razzara, a gorgeous chestnut Welsh B mare (Eyarth Tigra (IMP) X Downland Razzamatazz (IMP)) with a typey chestnut colt at foot by Boston Bittermint (IMP); again another fantastic purchase by Hayley Malseed. Hayley also purchased another top seller from BPS in I. Lady Gracious, a chestnut Riding Pony mare (Downland Warrior (IMP) X I. Lady Grace) with a lovely chestnut filly at foot by B. Royal Request. Jacqui Langfield from Cowra (NSW) acquired a fantastic chestnut Riding Pony mare in Kirreway Bon Bon (Syon Splendor (IMP) X Downland Delft (IMP)). The mare was almost overshadowed by her exquisite chestnut filly foal (by B. Royal Request); defiantly something to watch in the future. Despite being seventeen years of age, chestnut APSB mare B. Reflections (Chamberlayne Don Juan (IMP) X Belbowrie Silver Image), a grand daughter of the great Lowlynn Silver Chief, was another popular top seller for BPS. This lovely mare’s typey chestnut colt at foot was the only BPS foal in the sale by I. Juggler, and was purchased by LE and P Webb from Tooraweenah (NSW). Congratulations to all Broodmare buyers.

 

BPS would like to thank all staff members, helpers, buyers, family and friends, saddlerys who displayed posters, Emma’s Show Horses and Show Ring Classifieds websites for displaying the catalogue, and the WP&CS, APSB, RPSB, ASPA and Horse Scene for displaying Promotional material. Last but not least, thank you to Mark Brown who ran around the sale ring for two days in shavings in the heat; amazing job!

 

-Brooke Stevenson

 

The boys!

 

MINTO!

(Boston Bittermint IMP)

 

Tiggy!

(Eyarth Tigra IMP DEC... RIP)

Its is with sadness that BPS announce the passing of our great stallion, Eyarth Tigra (IMP), in June this year. Tiggy (Carwed Charmer X Eyarth Arabella) arrived in Australia in 2001, and got to work at BPS straight away! Anyone will agree that he has produced some of the most typey and successful Welsh Ponies in the country. Perhaps his best and most well known son is B. Paramount, who has won countless awards across the country. B. Academy, B. Oscar and B. Othello are also very well performed and valuable Tigra sons. His presence will definately be missed, but we look forward to his last drop of foals in 2010. RIP Tiggy.

 

 

Roy!

(Bamborough Royal Request)

(Photos: Julie Wilson, Gary Jamieson)

The old Bamborough truck; Jill's toy!

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