Ceres Shetland pony trots off with show’s top title

Cassandilly Farm, Ceres 'Shetland pony Rebel and the silverware he won after being crowned champion at the Royal Highland Show, with owner Louise Wilson'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
Cassandilly Farm, Ceres 'Shetland pony Rebel and the silverware he won after being crowned champion at the Royal Highland Show, with owner Louise Wilson'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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A CERES Shetland pony breeder is ‘over the moon’ after one of her ponies scooped the ultimate title at the Royal Highland Show.

Wells Royal Rebel - known as Rebel for short - fought off competition from more than 70 Shetland ponies to be named overall champion at the prestigious Ingliston show.

And his owner, Louise Wilson of Cassindilly Shetland Pony Stud, was bursting with pride at his achievement, which followed hard on the heels of his recent success at the Fife Show, where he also took the overall championship.

The 10 year-old stallion is one of around 25 Shetland ponies at the stud, where Louise specialises in breeding and showing black standard ponies ranging in height from 38” to 42”.

Her latest arrivals, Cassindilly Rhianna and Cassindilly Tulisa, were born just four weeks ago.

Louise, a member of the Central Scotland Shetland Pony Group, has been actively showing ponies all over the country for the past 10 years and Rebel is her most successful yet.

“We are passionate about preserving the traditional stamp of the Shetland pony,” said Louise.

“We are predominantly breeding to maintain our bloodlines for showing in hand, but they are also used also for riding and driving. Rebel has done us proud.”