Stud established in 1986.
Holmedown Stud have bred county level winners and champions for many years, together with RIHS, HOYS & Olympia qualifiers.
Holmedown ponies always have been bred with good temperaments, bone and movement and are ideal all round ponies that can be shown at top County / HOYS level or be just a family friend.
They are all are bred back to Knocknagael and Drambuie bloodlines.
A Little Bit of History
I have had highlands since the 1970s, my first one being Cameron of Camelot (Cameron x Thornhill Teananich) a gelding who was used for hacking, jumping, hunting, cross-country and the occasional shows.
In 1985 I bought my first mare Cassonary of Woodhaven (Glentrool x Snowgoose of Woodhaven) and decided to start breeding - and this was the start ! She bred me many wonderful foals two of which I still have - H.Cobweb and H.Cascade. Any Holmedown ponies with their names beginning with "C" are decended from Cassy. She was shown very successfully at County level.
Fiona of Litigan (Cock o'the North x Connachen Treana) came next. I bought her as a 3 year old and then backed her at 4. She was a major prizewinner up and down the country in-hand and under saddle taking many championships. We eventually bred from her and she was unbeaten for many years at NPS Malvern Champs and was also 3rd at the Royal Highland in a huge broodmare class which was no mean feat back in the days when very few "south of the border" people showed there.
She was eventually sold to Glenedin Stud on Skye, but I do have one of her daughters here Glenedin Dawn.
Several mares have joined me since then, and of couse I have bred from my own stock.
We always have one (sometimes two!) stallions here - details on the Stallion page under the ponies section.
The first stallion was Heather Jock of Tower, shortly followed by MacGregor of Achnacarry, sire of a couple of my older broodmares. Then followed Johnsondene (named after my old dog) and several of his stock are still with me. Burnside Ben Nevis stood here in 2005 and then Glenmuir Buzzard joined me in 2006 and has left some superb stock, and he has just gone on loan to as I have run on one of his sons, Holmedown Logan - a yellow dun (see under Stallion in ponies section)
Logan's first foals are due in 2013, together with the last ones here by Buzzard.
I have also bred many successful dartmoor ponies under the Firsedge prefix.
Visitors welcome at any time, but please phone or email first as I work during the day.