Welcome to the Roandale Dales Pony Stud at Hill Gill Farm

This country has a wealth of marvellous native ponies, industry was borne on the backs of these hardy breeds they are part of our heritage and should be treasured and protected.

Here at the Roandale Dales Pony Stud we strive to breed ponies true to type with excellent temperaments, good bone and conformation.

Born in Ingleton, North Yorkshire, Charlie Parker has been a forester since 1971.

He regularly uses his Dales ponies and cobs for ‘snigging’ (Timber extraction using horses / ponies).

Charlie believes that Dales ponies are one of our most versatile native breeds and as the Parkers use them for riding, driving and working in ‘chains’, they consider them true all-rounders.


Charlie snigging with Gilly


Now living in Teesdale the heart of Dales pony country Charlie enjoys breeding Dales ponies often breeding the rare blue and bay roan colouring, he also enjoys showing but his most enjoyment is gained when breaking in these delightful ponies.

In his forestry work Charlie puts in many hours working with his Dales ponies and cobs and enjoys a special bond with them. It is an age old skill rarely seen these days, yet an important part of the Dales pony heritage, one Charlie strives to keep alive.

Charlie believes strongly in sharing the knowledge and experience that he has gained over the years breeding and working these ponies. With this in mind Charlie is happy to be contacted for advice and guidance on any Dales Pony matters.


Charlie snigging with Gilly in ancient woodland at Cockwood in Lancashire (photo courtesy of Martin Seddon)


Gina (nee Macfarlane) has also had a long association with Dales ponies, Gina’s father Billy Macfarlane was well known in the Harness racing world but also kept some good cobs and Dales gallowa’s (as he always called them) As a child Gina rode the fells around her home town of Kirkby Lonsdale on these sturdy gallowa’s and hunted with the local Vale of Lune Harriers for many years where the Dales pony proved an excellent mount particularly over some of their more difficult terrain.

Gina has always been interested in the history of the Dales pony and the drove roads around the area where the Dales ponies proved their worth.


Hill Gill Farm


Hill Gill Farm is a traditional Teesdale hill farm, set in 125 acres in the heart of Dales Pony country. The farm is close to the reservoirs of Hury, Blackton and Balderhead.

It is set in the North Pennines, a recognised area of outstanding natural beauty & farmed in a traditional manner, using native breeds.

Blackton Reservoir


We often have young stock for sale and the occasional broodmare. Alongside breeding purebred Dales we also breed part breds by using our Dales stallions on our quality vanner mares, this cross results in a very useful quality cob around 15 hh – 15.2hh. Charlie is happy to offer advice in the traditional skills of working ponies in chains and is happy to share his vast knowledge to those seeking to work ponies on the land and particularly in forestry where Charlie’s expertise lies.

Charlie with Roandale Grace Darling at the Great Yorkshire Show 2014 chats to on lookers about the merits of a Dales pony

  We are happy to show visitors our ponies but as we have a busy schedule please telephone and make prior arrangements.

Charlie with vanner mare Dolly at the countryside days Harrogate showground showing groups some real horse power

At the Dales Pony Society AGM in November 2018 Charlie was again voted onto the DPS council his 3rd term on council, he would like to thank all members who voted for him and gave him their support. Charlie will continue to do his best in the interest of Dales ponies. Charlie is always here to talk to members about their idea’s or concerns, he is one of your representatives to the DPS council and is here to help when needed.