year almost half way through. Time seems to pass faster each year and although
full of good intentions to update website more frequently, events overtake me.
This winter was a kind one here, much drier than normal so that on occasions the
horses were able to go out on the grass, even on our very wet land.
babies were expected in 2017, although arrivals starting later than other years.
After many sleepless nights camera watching, two babies arrived on 5th May within
under 3 hours of each other - and both fillies ! Although these two babies are
full sisters to last year's fillies out of Uno Tiffany and JEM Vegas
Lady, they couldn't be more different for colour.
Tiffany's 2016 filly
was an attractive, evenly marked very dark bay pinto (Donabi UK Eagles Show Stealer),
Vegas's too (Donabi UK Eagles Luck Be A Lady) was the same colour but with a mostly
dark bay body. This time Tiffany's is a solid silver bay with not a white hair
to be seen, whereas Vegas' filly is mainly white all over with a black head and
patch on her off side, and three black spots on her near side. 'Chalk and Cheese'
doesn't come into it ! What they have in common is that both are correct, strong,
healthy babies with the friendly, outgoing personalities my foals have.
'filly fairy' seems to have been on overtime in 2017, not just for me, but generally,
according to other breeders' posts. The amazing thing about mine is that in three
seasons the fillies' sire, Fallen Ash Farms Handsome Eagle has ONLY given me
fillies ! That makes him an even more special boy for me.
and final foal expected is out of Fallen Ash Eagles First Love (Rio) and
by Uno Tom Thumb, due around 20 - 24 June, but in keeping with Rio's other
pregnancies it looks like being more likely the end of May, as she foals approximately
four weeks early as a rule, and the signs are very much pointing that way.
Foals weaned, horses woolly and relaxed, at last time to reflect
on an amazing 2016 show season.
A record EIGHT Donabi
UK bred or owned horses qualified for the HOYS final, all had WON their
qualifiers throughout the season, so very proud of them all, and earned me Breeder
of the Year, for the second successive season.
Even more outstanding, and
very special for me, was that 6 of the 8 Donabi UK HOYS Finalists were sired by
my superb champion stallion UNO TOM THUMB. Uno is even more amazing in that he
continually sires top winning progeny from a limited number of mares, with no
foals on the ground this year, but hopefully 2 or 3 in 2017.
of his achievement is the most coveted award for me, as HOYS Miniature Sire
of the Year - such a very special little man !
Not to be outdone by
'Uno', the 'new boy' black pinto stallion Fallen Ash Farms Handsome Eagle,
got his UK stud and showing career off to a flying start.
his win in the 'Starseeker' Stallion class at the BMHS Spring Show, 'Eagle' spent
the entire summer out with his mares, coming in just a week before his next and
only other outing at the BMHS Breed Championship Show, to compete in the Starseeker
Final. Once again he WON the Stallion section and was then Champion
of the non BMHS registered Starseeker classes - with Uno Champion of the
BMHS Registered Section. At the evening performance Eagle was Overall Starseeker
Champion, (with Uno Reserve), and qualifying Eagle for entry onto the
full BMHS Showing Register, and able to compete in RIHS and HOYS Qualifiers in
All thanks to Lisa Taylor for preparing and showing him so skilfully.
Eagle's personal showing success, with his first crop of 2 filly foals in 2015
for me, he has already achieved the highest accolade as a sire, with both winning
at the highest level. His black pinto daughter 'Donabi UK Eagle's Filigree'
owned by Kirsty French, won the Youngstock HOYS Qualifier at Derbyshire Festival
and was 3rd in the HOYS Final in October. Ironically Filligree's dam, Donabi
UK Uno Lalique, did exactly the same - qualifying at Derbyshire Festival and
3rd in the Mare/Gelding Final.|Filigree
Edition |His other daughter, 'Donabi UK Eagle's
First Edition', a very striking silver bay filly, owned by Sara Al-keley,
out of Uno Tiffany, had several first places in other classes, together
with Reserve Champion and Champion.|
What an incredible start
for him - but even more pleasing for me, his 2016 foals were once again all fillies
! I'm nervous for 2017 - that 'colt fairy' must be waiting in the wings !
brief news - Donabi UK Uno Faberge has come back to join her dam and sisters,
and another entrant of mine in the BMHS Starseeker 2 year old Final, JSW Epic's
Gift of Love, WON the 2 year old and is accepted onto the full BMHS Showing
Register - so another potential entry for HOYS Qualifiers in 2017.
the winter is kind to us all and look forward to telling you all the Donabi UK
news in 2017.
! Donabi UK 2016
show season got off to an unbelievable start, with ALL horses shown having WON
We began on 2nd April at the BMHS Spring Show with all
eligible horses qualifying for RIHS at the end of July, including Lalique
in the mare class, her yearling filly Donabi UK Eagles Filigree (Lily)
owned by Kirsty French, and yearling full sibling Donabi UK Uno's Love Story
(Poppy). Donabi UK Uno Colour Fairy (owned by Maxine & Claudia
Foulkes, also qualified and was Res. Ch.)
To make it a family affair, their
other full sibling, Donabi UK Uno Cartier was RIHS Champion and Overall Supreme
Champion of the show.
the season, once again success in the coveted HOYS Qualifiers with Poppy
winning the Youngstock class at Bath & West, and Cartier, her full sibling,
a close 2nd. The following week at Derbyshire Festival Lala (another full sibling
to Poppy and Cartier) gained her ticket to HOYS, as well as her daughter, Lily,
owned by Kirsty French, in the Youngstock class. SIMPLY AMAZING !
at Bath and West
In between times Tiffany came out
'just for fun' with her 9th consecutive foal at foot (and Tiff still only
12 years old) and won the BMHS mares Royal International qualifier at Bicton
arena. We never intended to take up the qualification but very proud of this outstanding,
super broodmare, that she can still come out and win.
Uno also had
a 'fun' outing, again at Bicton, Area 13b show, he once again showed what
a sensational super star he is, not only winning and taking two Championships
( with fabulous red white and blue garlands) but as a super stud, with already
4 of his progeny qualified for the HOYS Final in October.
Ash Farms Handsome Eagle made his first show ring appearance in the UK, at
BMHS Spring Show winning the StallionStarseeker Class and qualifying for the
final at the BMHS Championship Show. I am very grateful to Lisa Taylor for
so patiently and expertly showing him for me.
to be outdone in the progeny stakes, Eagle's first filly from last year, Kirsty
French's Donabi UK Eagles Filigree, won the Youngstock HOYS Qualifier
at Derbyshire Festival show, so a brilliant start for him in the UK continuing
from his Res World Championship in the US.
top of showing successes and excitement I have been blessed with 3 beautiful foals
this year, all by Eagle, continuing his record of producing 100% pinto fillies
for me since he arrived. I know that's tempting fate - probably 100% colts next
The fillies are all outstanding, but hard to compare, having
such age gaps between them. Tiffany was first, foaling on 4th April, the most
stunning and evenly marked very dark bay pinto filly. As with all Tiff offspring
the filly, from a day old, had the awareness and confidence of a three week old
foal. She is a strong, well made filly with a feisty spark about her.
who knew dear Vegas were praying foaling would go well for her this time after
losing her baby at birth last year. She was born to be a mum and it was heartbreaking
to see how distraught she was then, but thankfully all went well this time and
she too had a bay pinto filly. This baby was born on 13th May, five and a half
weeks after Tiffany's, is a refined, leggy filly with a beautiful head.
kept us waiting a further 3 weeks before she produced a tiny, ultra refined, black
pinto filly. What she lacks in size she makes up for in personality and confidence,
I think will take a very long time to mature - but will be worth waiting for !
shows coming up, and RIHS Final at Hickstead on 30th July so still busy times
ahead, - and it would be nice if we had some sunshine to enjoy.
HOYS Qualifier wins started with Ellie (Donabi UK Star Spangled
Elegance) at Staffs County, shown by Tom Miller who has an amazing
affinity with this filly and shows her always to her best advantage.
and Claudia Foulkes qualified Donabi UK Uno Colour Fairy at Three Counties
Show - and went on to WIN the Mares/Geldings Final at Horse of the Year Show,
so huge congratulations to them.
Donabi UK Uno Simply Magical was
next, winning at the Kent County Show, and taking the Championship - once
again sympathetically shown by Tom Miller.
My beautiful Donabi UK Uno
Lalique (with her first foal at foot) WON at the New Forest Show.
UK Uno Cartier, full brother to Lalique, WON and Res Champion at Stoneleigh.
Owned and shown by his proud owner Katy Smith.
- Fallen Ash Eagles First Love, dam of the above 2, WON at the BMHS Breed
Championship Show skilfully shown for me by Hattie Miller, with Jo Burgess
leading First Love's foal, Donabi UK Uno's Love Story.
On top of the excitement
of the HOYS Final itself on the 7th October at the NEC, Birmingham, my daughter
Donna and I had the honour of attending the HOYS Breeder Awards Presentation on
Thursday evening, generously sponsored by the Kellythorpe Stud, where I was presented
with a Certificate and engraved tumbler in presentation box for HOYS MINIATURE
HORSE BREEDER OF THE YEAR. An award of which I am very proud, with thanks
to all my horses and handler that made it possible, but particularly of course
to UNO TOM THUMB
That was the show ring, but here at home wonderful
things were happening too, with 4 fabulous foals born, three of them fillies !
(2016 will definitely be a 'colt' year !!)
Tiffany and MM foaled within
16 hours of each other. MM had a tiny, minimal black pinto colt, Donabi UK
Uno DiMaggio so much like 'Uno', Tiffany quickly followed with a silver bay
pinto filly, Donabi UK Eagles First Edition, this time by Fallen Ash Farms
Handsome Eagle, a correct, strong, horsey silver bay pinto filly with beautiful
limbs, and the easy, laid back temperament of all Tiff's babies.
had her first foal on the due date of 18th May, an ultra refined, leggy, black
pinto filly with a beautiful head, by 'Eagle', named Donabi UK Eagles Filigree.
Love foaled on 13th June, almost four and a half weeks early, a compact bay pinto
filly with huge eyes in an exquisite head, Donabi UK Uno's Love Story,
which I have kept to run on and show in the future.
Time rushes by and seemingly
in no time babies were being weaned and off to start their new life. DiMaggio
was first to head off to his new home as a 2016 showing prospect. From starting
life as a timid, shy little fellow, it sounds like he has gained huge confidence
and 'rules the roost' with his adoring owners Bev Moore and her fiance Sergio.
Not only does he have his own little paddock and custom built stable, but with
a flag flying from it as well ! He is taking maximum advantage of the love and
attention being showered on him.
Filigree was next to leave, during
the last week of October, she had accompanied her dam Lalique to HOYS of course,
where she behaved beautifully enjoying every moment. As well as beauty and elegance,
there could not be a more relaxed, easygoing filly anywhere. Her new owners Kirsty
French and young daughter Kyara visited every few weeks throughout the summer
photographing her progress, and since having her home she has been dressed up
with a witches hat for Halloween and has a smart 'elf' costume to match Kyara's
as 'Santa's Little Helpers' for the festive period. Besides all that she has been
photographed in the lounge watching 'Strictly' on TV. A much loved and appreciated
little girl, exactly the sort of home I love my babies to go to.
Edition (Alice) will be joining her new owner in January so I still have the
joy of having her around. Alice is the sweetest, easygoing little person, she
doesn't mind who she goes out with, or stays in with, whether on her own or sharing,
such a typical Tiff baby, no wonder the other Tiffany babies are so good at their
'Therapy' job. I will miss Alice when she goes, but happy she will be appreciated
by her new owner.
Uno's Love Story (Poppy) is simply stunning, I
love her. From the moment she arrived I knew she was one I had to keep. The pairing
of Uno and First Love is a 'match made in heaven' producing my beautiful HOYS
Finalist Lalique, and her last year's colt, Cartier, owned by Katy Smith, a Champion
at his first show the BMHS Spring Show, and HOYS Finalist. Poppy has an outsize
personality in someone so small and enjoys being the centre of attention. I am
looking forward to her show ring prospects.
seems to happen each year, events overtake me and keeping the website current
is difficult, however, the following is a resume of what's been going on so far
Winter wasn't too bad and soon it was time to be looking forward
to foals arriving. I was expecting Tiffany first around mid April, but she turned
out to be a few days late and was overtaken by MM having her first foal, arriving
10 days early. This baby was a tiny black pinto colt by 'Uno', so much like his
sire, and with the lovely head 'Uno' puts on his babies.
16 hours later,
not to be out done, Tiffany foaled a tall, leggy silver bay pinto filly. At still
only 11 years old this was Tiffany's 8th consecutive foal - what an phenomanal
broodmare she is. This filly was the first by my Fallen Ash Eagle Scout stallion,
and so very different from her previous offspring. Not only is Tiffany an outstanding
producing mare, in May, with foal at foot, she made her 2015 show ring debut and
won a RIHS qualifier.
There was than a time lapse before the next foal arrived,
until 18th May when Lalique had her first foal, again by my Fallen Ash stallion,
and another filly ! An ultra refined and leggy, black pinto. Initially Lala seemed
mystified as to where this new arrival had come from but, although not the most
possessive mother, she is doing a great job rearing her baby, taking everything
in her stride.
Sadly a week later I lost another beautiful black pinto filly
by a red bag delivery that I didn't discover quickly enough and my resussitation
attempts failed. It is always distressing, especially for the mare who has had
babies before, and you blame yourself for not getting there quite soon enough.
that, with Eagles First Love (Rio) still to foal around 11 July, I was very anxious.
However, Rio decided not to wait until then and delivered her baby at 307 days
!! Thankfully all went well and she produced the most breathtakingly beautiful
bay pinto filly. This exquisite baby is full sister to Lala (Champion Donabi UK
Uno Lalique) and to Rio's last year's colt owned by Katy Smith, Champion Donabi
UK Uno Cartier, all by Uno Tom Thumb. I am so thrilled with this gorgeous little
filly, I have to keep her.
Dear Ellie (Donabi UK Star Spangled Elegance)
has again qualified to compete in the HOYS final at the NEC, Birmingham in October.
She gained her qualification at Staffs County Show. Huge congratulations to Tom
Miller for showing her so beautifully and for the unique, mutually responsive
bond he has formed with her, they are a special partnership !
Tom has also
been showing my 2 year old bay pinto filly, Donabi UK Uno Simply Magical with
great success, including champion and reserve championships, and regularly highly
placed in HOYS qualifiers. She is a stunning filly who has matured so much this
year, both mentally and physically, I am very proud of her. Her full brother,
Donabi UK Uno Romantic Affair is not only a multi champion winning stallion but
has also proved himself, like his sire Uno Tom Thumb, to be a Champion producing
Tom will continue showing Magical for me in Youngstock classes, with
several major shows still to come, and with Lalique and First Love due to make
their 2015 show ring debut during July, with foals at foot of course, he is going
to show one of the mares and my daughter Donna, the other. Plus of course a couple
of 'foal handlers' helping out!
All the foals are a joy to be around, they
are confident, friendly and enjoy human attention - but of course huge time wasters,
either spending time watching them having fun together or demanding attention
whenever they see you.
Like human babies they grow up too quickly, and before
long it will be autumn and having to think about weaning.
We were fortunate to have a really enjoyable, hugely successful
show season culminating in a wonderful HOYS. It is going to be a hard one to follow,
but we will be out there trying.
All the horses are roughed off now and
looking quite woolly having already grown considerable winter coats, despite the
unusually warm September and October - and now the mud has arrived. I find this
a relaxing time for all of us, horses and humans. For them, long days out in the
paddock, mostly without rugs on, enjoying the 'herd' environment. For me, not
having to worry about their 'waistline'', making sure they are looking their best
all summer for the show ring, and the joy of no clipping or bathing - that must
be a plus for them too !
The mares have all been scanned in foal so looks
like being a busy spring in 2015, starting with probably Tiffany due first in
March and ending with Rio (First Love) possibly late June. I am excited about
them all but especially my beautiful Lala (Lalique) as she is of course home bred
and will be my first Uno Tom Thumb daughter to foal - expectations are sky high
for that baby !
Ellie (Star Spangled Elegance) wasn't covered this year
as she and Tom were enjoying such amazing success in the show ring, throughout
the year, but Tom has been persuaded to let me prise her away from him for a short
while next year to cover her with 'Uno' ! Hopefully another 'WOW' baby to look
forward to in 2016 !
'Uno' himself is having the time of his life with Donna
Bamonte and enjoying the company of his big friend Valentine Jak, Donna's extremely
handsome HOYS ROR 6th placed finalist. Incredibly they even share a stable, which
is amazing and speaks volumes for the temperament of them both as, even though
only 29", Uno is very much a stallion when he needs to be - and Donna says
he bosses poor Jak ! Donna's biggest problem has been finding ways to stop 'Uno'
pinching Jak's feed and haynet, however out of reach she thinks it is 'Uno' shows
he is 'resourceful' !!
I hope you have enjoyed my horses and that you will check back in
2015 to find out about new arrivals.
I hate out of date websites, and now find myself one of the
worst offenders. Once again my sincere apologies to the lovely people who have
still bothered to contact me about my horses, I am very grateful.
admit last winter was an increasing struggle coping alone with house, horses and
work, together with an operation in April on my knee, injured at Brecon Show in
August 2013 - and right now have the aftermath of a dislocated shoulder from 2
of my fillies colliding into me at speed when leading them back to stabling following
their class at RIHS Championship Show, Hickstead on 1st August.
been huge 'upsides' too with my dear little 'Uno' (Tom Thumb) winning his class
at Kent County Show in July and qualifying for HOYS. That is such a thrill to
be going to HOYS once again, following our 10 consecutive years of qualifying,
only missing 2013, although represented by 2 Donabi UK bred 'Uno' sired horses
being 4th and 5th.
Good too came out of RIHS, Hickstead when my beautiful
bay pinto yearling filly, Donabi UK Uno Simply Magical, WON the Yearling Championship
Final - although I was in the ambulance on my way to hospital by then !! However,
it was a huge thrill as she has taken all season to mature, but is a beautiful,
refined, well marked filly. Her homozygous bay pinto full brother, Donabi UK Uno
Colour Magician went to his new home in Sweden early in the year as herd sire,
so I hope to hear about beautiful babies from him in the future, as his full brother,
Donabi UK Uno Romantic Affair, has proved.
Foals arrived in April with Rio
(Fallen Ash Eagles First Love) who had a stunning, ultra refined chestnut pinto
colt, who will be going off to his new home at weaning.
Tiffany sprung yet
another surprise with her 'Uno' foal, not only another filly, only her second
from 7 foals, but ........... a silver pinto with one blue eye. I have never bred
that colour before ! She is a filly with the most extrovert personality who craves
human contact, and makes a beeline for anyone who enters her paddock. I am planning
to run her on for my granddaughter Emilene to show and have fun with in 2015.
dearest Chinchee, following yet another horrific foaling in early April, has been
retired to a perfect 'forever home' where she is adored, so too her pretty micro
mini daughter, Donabi UK Uno Snowbird, to close friends of Chinchee's new owner.
I am so happy that Chinchee and Snowbird have found such wonderful humans to live
As it has been impossible for me to show my horses this year, I am
so grateful to, of course my daughter Donna, but immensely to Tom Miller who has
excelled in the show ring for me. He began with the first BMHS Show of 2014 at
Stretcholt, by winning a big class with my silver bay 4 year old filly, Donabi
UK Star Spangled Elegance, and qualifying her for the RIHS Final.
Tom and Ellie' went on to even better things at the last BMHS show of the season,
the BMHS Breed Championships. They started with their first class of the day the
HOYS qualifier - which they WON, and went on to be Champion of all the HOYS classes.
They then went on to WIN their second class in the afternoon for mares, and a
Qualifier for 2015 RIHS, and also took that overall Championship. In the evening
they were eligible for the 'Grand Champion' class for all of the day's champions
- which they WON and were GRAND CHAMPION, and then the final event of the evening
the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS Class, eligible to the BMHS Champions at shows throughout
the season.....and they were crowned SUPREME GRAND CHAMPION of 2014. W O W
Tom also showed 'Uno' to win at Kent County in July, qualifying
him for HOYS in October, and likewise with my yearling filly, Donabi UK Uno Simply
Magical, winning the RIHS Yearling Championship Final at Hickstead, for which
he had qualified her in early June. Tom is a charming, dedicated, extremely capable
young man, at a standard way above his 15 years of age ! I am so grateful to him.
Bamonte too has been very kind giving up some of her valuable time showing horses
and driving the lorry for me, having already qualified her fabulous ex-racehorse
Valentine Jak for the HOYS final. Donna had remarkable courage to face this show
season at all after the horrific accident on the M5 when returning from 2013 HOYS,
when her precious ROR Finalist, Stevie Boy, was killed. It was a massive achievement
to drive a horse box again after such a tragedy, and I am proud that my dear little
'Uno' has played a special part in boosting her confidence. Apart from covering
his girls when required, Donna has been having fun with Uno, showing him a very
different life. He lives amongst big horses, all 29" tall of him, feeling
very important, and letting them know it. He has learnt to jump, which he loves
and goes for walks with Donna and Charlie, her labrador. They make a lovely picture
- what a lucky boy !
Horse numbers are hopefully at a more manageable level
for next winter, and I have a lovely lady, Jane, who helps with the mucking out
Before all that an exciting HOYS final to look forward to in