bannockburn - HORSE & PONY PROFILES
BANNOCKBURN RIDING ACADEMY - "No one can teach riding so well as a horse"
Our Riding School horses and ponies:
Jock is our 12hh, 10yr old chestnut, Welsh pony gelding. He is very cheeky, extremely well behaved and is our "star" pony. He does riding lessons, treks, pony rides and takes a few of the children around the show ring.
Yogi is our 6yr old,  11.2hh Black roan pony gelding. He completed his first competitive season in May 2015 where he was a champion and reserve champion riding mount. He is a super sweet, honest boy. Yogi is used in the riding lessons, small trek, pony parties and shows.

Ken is our 9yr old, 15.3hh TB gelding. He is a rich chestnut with a real gentle nature and is an absolute gentlemen to ride. He is used for all of our riding services.

Ainsley is a 5yr old, 13.3hh, Appaloosa mare. She is black with a small white flecked blanket.  She unfortunately did not have a very nice start to life so she can be a bit wary of new people catching her but once caught is an absolutely sweet girl. She is a lovely forward ride and LOVES jumping and hacking. 

Stirling is a beautiful 14.3hh, 9yr old Stationbred gelding. He is Dapple Grey Gelding with lovely steel points on legs. He is being schooled and used occasionally by intermediate-advanced riders. He LOVES his treats, cuddles and is going to be our little show hunter pony.

Dez is a 12yr old, 16hh Bay TB Gelding. He has evented to Pre-training and Training levels but is now enjoying a nice quiet life in the riding school teaching riders of all ages and abilities to ride

Our retired horses & broodmares:
"Empire Queen",  known as Bonnie is a 26year old dark bay thoroughbred from the "Nijinsky" racing bloodline. She raced until she was 5 years old then became a broodmare for the next 5 years until we bought her in 2001. Beatrice took her to pony club and did the occassional ODE. She is the BOSS mother of all our horses. When they're in trouble they go see her!
Smokey a 16 year old Flea bitten grey thoroughbred from the "Sir Tristram"  racing bloodline. She never raced and unfortunately could not be ridden due to an injury when she was being broken-in. We rescued Smokey from a sad future she had in place.
Davro is a 18 year old Bay Thoroughbred gelding. He is an ex race horse and my retired Show Jumper/Eventer. Davro is a big GOOF! He likes to play tag, hoofball,  roll in massive puddles, loves cuddles & is now our baby sitter of the young and turned out ggs. He does come in for an occasional trek too.  
Finnigan is our 17 year old retired eventer.  Finn was competed successfully at Pre Training level, he was known as our x-country machine.  Finn is now enjoying life as a pleasure riding hack and best friend to Davro.

Our Stallions:
Thomas is our 5yr old Kaimanawa Stallion. Thomas came out of the Kaimanawa ranges in May 2012, wild & scared. He is a super chilled out dude, Very cheeky, cuddly and handsome. He's a very gentle boy that he lets tiny children catch, lead, brush and sit on him. Thomas is now due to be broken in and will be used in the riding school by older advanced small riders to school him and compete him. 
Friday is our 4yr old Clydesdale x Stationbred Stallion.  He is a stunning paint and he knows he is stunning. Friday will be broken in later this year to saddle.  He will be our Sporthorse breeding stallion and he will start his competition career when he is 5 years old. Friday is also a very kind gentle stallion that all the children can handle him. Friday is Thomas's best friend.
Other loveable creatures:
Poppy the cheeky collie x dog.
Khan the noisy German Shepherd dog.
Bertie the naughty beagle dog.
Chayse the spaz Border Collie x Hunterway puppy.

Max the giant dopey Mastiff / Great Dane / Collie Puppy.

Ginger & Spice the adventurous Kune Kune Pigs.

Gismo the hilarious Britsh Alpine Goat.

4 cats and  lots of chickens!
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