Spring arrivals at Cambo

Angela Bryne, a volunteer with the Cambo Green Team, pictured with one of the new foals and its mother at the Cambo Estate
Angela Bryne, a volunteer with the Cambo Green Team, pictured with one of the new foals and its mother at the Cambo Estate
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SPRING has finally sprung at the Cambo Estate, with the very welcome arrival of some new additions.

Three Skyrian foals were born on the estate last week, which isn’t only good news for Cambo, but for the species as a whole, of which there are thought to be only 200 left in the world.

The ponies have lived at Cambo since 2011 and the breeding programme on the estate is being led by vet Sheilagh Brown who is keen to increase the numbers of this small pony breed from the Greek island of Skyros, one of the only other places they can be found.

A team from the BBC programme ‘Landward’ were visiting the estate last week and had hoped to capture the arrival of A third foal but sadly, mum Dassia failed to oblige.

However, both other foals are now doing well, and Sir Peter Erskine, whose family has owned the estate since the 17th century, says they are all now “waiting patiently” for the arrival of the last foal.

“We have not got as far as naming them yet, but we will need to go online and look at some Greek names, because they are Greek ponies.”

Visitors to Cambo Estate will also have an extra two weeks to see the Tulip Festival, which has now been extended to May 22 because of bad weather earlier this month.