Charlie & Roandale Rock driving at Reeth show 2017
Roandale Dales Ponies show their versatility.
above; The DPS Centenary Ride 2016 Top photo-Led by 3 Roandale ponies, Charlie and Roandale Rock lead the way circling Goldsborough over Cotherstone moor. Followed closely by Roandale Meg Merrilees (Rocky’s daughter also bay roan) who was ridden by Meg Robbins from U.S.A and Roandale May Queen (grey) ridden by Natalie Collinson
below; Charlie riding Roandale Rock aka Rocky on the DPS Centenary ride last year, a very memorable day.
above; Somebody was enjoying himself!
Below Roandale Rock in the driving class at the summer breed show
Both Roandale Rock & his daughter Meg Merrilees had a busy Centenary week. Above both Meg and Rocky at Nenthead mine gala day. Above that is Charlie with Rocky at Killhope mine part of the DPS Centenary celebrations, below Centenary Trotting race
The two photo’s above are Rocky taking part in the Centenary Dales pony Trotting race at Wolsingham show on 4th Sept.
Rocky trotting in fine style! well ridden by Rebecca Rawlinson
Jockey Rebecca Rawlinson (who had never even so much as sat on Rocky before that race) and Charlie, both very proud to come in 2nd.
Then Rocky’s next job!
Charlie and Rocky gave a working demonstration on Streatlam showground as part of the Centenary weeks events, demonstrating both chain harrowing and timber snigging. Charlie has been a forester for over 40 years and a professional horse-logger for over 25 years so has a lot of experience and knowledge to pass on. The feed back he received showed those watching had enjoyed the opportunity to see an experienced handler and pony at work.
Roandale Rock is definitely a pony for any job! a true all-rounder
Rocky’s 1st job in 2017 was for Durham Wildlife Trust on an eco project in Deepdale wood at Startforth moving poles along a half mile track into position for a new footbridge to be constructed.
below; The Small Woodland Owners Group see how timber can be extracted without damage to flora and fauna and the trees left standing. Little air or noise pollution and no ruts left in the ground when conditions are wet.
Roandale Ponies are great all rounders