I became acquainted with the Sleddale Fern line of Fell Ponies through a friend who owned one. I was intrigued, then, when another Fern was mentioned in the Chairman’s Report in the Autumn 2018 Fell Pony Society newsletter. It appears we have a lot to thank this pony for. Her late owner Anne Carslaw bequeathed £100,000 to the Fell Pony Society. This pony must have had a special relationship with her owner to inspire that sort of legacy.
I appreciate Chairman Peter Boustead helping me figure out which of the Ferns was owned by Mrs. Carslaw. Before long I understood how Fern might have had such influence on her owner. One of Fern’s half-sisters was my first Fell Pony Sleddale Rose Beauty, and Beauty certainly inspired me. That strength of character must be in their genes!
The Sleddale ponies are no longer being bred, but their influence obviously continues. Thank you Beauty and Fern and all the rest for your gifts to the humans in your lives.
© Jenifer Morrissey, 2018
There are lots of stories about Beauty and her strength of character in my books A Humbling Experience and What an Honor, available internationally by clicking here or on the book covers. That’s Beauty on the cover of What an Honor!