SKIP & STEWIE
Welcome Romany Skip!
MCD4D’s new member arrived safely on Manx shores on Tuesday 29th November; traveling from Darwen, Blackburn, Skip was brought to the Island by Ms Angela Murray, who very generously donated her time/ horsebox and half the travel costs so we could get him here and into work for the Charity as soon as possible. Skip is a black and white, 6year old Gelding, who has been providing carriage rides and riding at a petting farm called ‘Wellybobs’! He was assessed by our Regional RDA Carriage driving Assessor, Ms Margaret Brockie, as suitable for purpose, and following a successful vetting, purchased by the Charity. Skip will be resident at Ballavartyn Stables, whereby initially, the Coaches will drive and handle him, assisted by the volunteers; then he will be assessed in the vehicles (purpose built carriages) prior to our general members driving him. We all welcome Skip to the MCD4D family.
Stewie, our newest member arrived safely on Island in June, having come from the Birmingham area. He will join MCD4D in August, having spent four weeks in quarantine at Ballavartyn. Stewie will be assessed by Ms Margaret Brockie on her next visit to see if he is suitable for RDA work.
Stewie being of 14hh will be pulling the Hartland carriage which is a four wheeler and can carry four people, but more often would be only two persons, the coach and the Driver, and occasionally might have a carer should the Driver wish to have one with them!
We also have the loan of two horses and one pony.
Teddy, at 14.1hh, is owned by Mrs Suzanne Colquitt, and is a Ride and Drive Gelding. Teddy has been driving with MCD4D for the past 12 months, and is very much a gentle giant; Teddy was one of our MCD4D equine ambassadors at the 2016 Southern District Agricultural Show.
Teddy primarily drives the Hartland Carriage.
Joey, is a cheeky chappie, standing at 12,2hh; again, owned by Mrs Suzanne Colquitt, he too is a ride and drive pony; 2016 was his year for aches and sprains! however, after a period of recuperation, Joey is looking forward to joining us again for 2017.
Joey drives the Bennington Bebe.
Duke stands at 14.3hh, and has many strings to his bow! Not only is he a ride and drive Gelding, but also regularly used for Ploughing and can be seen, in attendance at the Ploughing Church services. Duke is owned by Nicola and David Rawnsley.
Duke drives the Bennington Superstar carriage.
PONY IN RETIREMENT:-)
In October 2014, with the generous support and encouragement of Ken Blaymire, the use of the facilities at Ballavartyn, Bertie and a group of volunteers gathered and we began to “Make the wheels go round”.
Since that cold October evening in 2014, Bertie Bassett has been our active Ambassador for the charity, there is not one person within the equine community who does not know him! Many from their childhood days of riding or driving; many of our clients immediately warmed to him, as he had that special way of knowing their specialness, and he would nuzzle his nose into their hands, looking for that mint or apple!
Bertie Bassett has served the charity with an impeccable record, and has helped us to where we, the charity, is today, and it was with great respect and a tinge of sadness, that in October of 2016, at 27 years of age, Bertie retired to the Home of Rest for Horses, on Richmond Hill.
If ever there was that one pony in a million, for many, Bertie was that one.