Roandale Sonofag*n

aka Sonny born 5/5/2020 (internet doesn’t like his full name! *U)

Our hand reared foal doing well now, watch his progress on here and our fb page



Looking back…….

Roandales’ Owners day Sunday 8th July 2018

What a fun day we all had!

Good company, yummie food and plenty of Dales pony crack




Bobby open day 16 K.O.


The two photo’s above show Charlie with our homebred senior blue roan stallion Roandale Bobby (born 2001) The one of him running out was taken by Kevin Owens at our stud open day for the DPS centenary in 2016


2019 Roandale Socky Tom 2nd (Blue roan) has gained his DPS stallion license, he is now one of only 3 blue roan stallions in the UK two of which hold the Roandale prefix.

 U.K. now has a rare Bay Roan licensed Dales stallion, presently the only one licensed in the UK

Roandale Forest Ranger

Roandale Dales Ponies show their versatility.

The finale of the Dales Pony Society 'President's Ride', to celebrate the Centenray of the Society (Patron HRH Prince Charles). The 12-mile ride - from Hill Gill Farm, Baldersdale, up Goldsborough and across Cotherstone Moor to Barnard Castle - was led by Charlie Parker, a Dale Pony breeder from Hill Gill Farm. It involved almost 80 riders from across the region, and further afield - including one who travelled from the USA!

pres ride all 3 xc

 pres ride hill gill group

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.

 cp on presidents ride 16

above; Somebody was enjoying himself!

Below Roandale Rock in the driving class at the summer breed show

Rocky driven summer show 16

Rocky CP Killhope centenaryP1080321

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

Rocky & Rebecca trot raceRocky Charlie Rebecca trot 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.


Rocky at deepdale march 17 x 6below; 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