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At Shadel we believe that minis can prove their worth, not only in the show ring, but also by doing a job of work.
Our senior stallion, El Pampero, is broken to drive (photo above right), and there are plans in the pipeline to drive more

This is the reason why we encourage driven ponies at our prove that the little ones are not just 'toys'.
We have lots of information on this page, including contributions from some of our friends who so love driving ....
so please scroll down and enjoy


One of our closest friends, and a regular supporter of our shows, Malcolm Hitchings, (pictured above and to the right) not only drives all of his miniature stallions, singly and in a pair, but also builds miniature vehicles for them. Using original plans he scales the vehicles down to suit the size of the pony. He is willing to provide this service for other miniature owners, and can be contacted through us. Take a look at his fantastic work pictured to the right


Driving is not just an older person's pastime. More and more children are finding out about the possibilities, and continuing to have fun with ponies now outgrown for riding.

Elizabeth Brown (pictured right) from Salisbury has only been driving her pony Super Sooty since April 2006. She recently attended the Summer Driving Camp held at Swingletree, Norfolk, run by John Parker, where she gained lots more experience and confidence.

Sooty who is a mini shetland standing at 9hh was a rescue
pony very kindly given to us. We believe him to be of about 14years old. He has a great character and can be a little bit cheeky on times, but always gives 100% fun
There are now some lovely turnouts appearing for the miniature horse. To the right is 7S Nashvilles Tsunami, BMHS Supreme Miniature Driving Horse 2006. This pair have won Open Pleasure driving as well as against other minis.  Below is another lovely turnout




Liz Howe and Molly's Story

My pony is Princess's Goodgollymissmolly, she is registered with 
S.P.S.B.S and I.M.H.P.S. she stands 37 inches high. Sire: Tyros 
Nelson. Dam: Clapham Princess. John and I bred her, she was born 
15/5/1999. Molly had great success shown in-hand, she has won 
championships at county level, her biggest success was winning at 
Royal Windsor in the Queen's Jubilee year.

At seven years old, we felt it was time to retire her from in-hand
showing and chose driving as her new discipline, neither of us
had any experience of driving so it is testament to the Shetland
temperament that she took to it like a duck to water!

We are now trained by the current National Indoor Driving Champion, and have lessons every few weeks. Molly loves driving cones and obstacles (and manages to get through the dressage bit too!).
 At our first driving show Molly was 4th in the show class and won
the cones class. Molly has had placings in driven open mountain and moorland classes and won the open driven Shetland class at the
Oaks Driving Show.

We both love driving and have much to look forward to


Liz Howe and Molly's Story
Moby is a gelding. I have had him since he was four.
As you know I do lots of showing (he is regularly in the rosettes
in all his classes and does really well in condition classes as
he is one big chunk of muscle) and lots of driving with him
showing and pleasure drives (normally he is well behaved!) 
He also is a brilliant lead rein pony.

No famous parents a leopard spotted stallion called harvey and a skewbald mum called bubbles (he was apparently accidental as the stallion climbed fences to get to the mare!)

His favourite tipple is diet coke which he will try to take off you if
you are drinking it although his last owner used to give him a hot
chocolate and brandy on cold winter nights not a habit that
I have kept up.I want all the brandy for me!



Shadel offer driving training, also ground work /
long reining lessons for both horse and owner if required.
Please contact us for further details