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Stunning Saint

BJW International Horses in Bridgwater

6 years old
All-Rounder and Hunting
🦄 Beech is a registered Connemara gelding. He’s buckskin (dun) and DNA tested not to carry gray, so he will always stay his beautiful colour and won’t fade . He is oversize, measuring at just under 15.1hh, and he’s 6 years old. Bred in Ireland, by stallion ‘Monaghstown Boy’, Beech was show in-hand with great success as a youngster (I believe he was undefeated as a foal at all the big Irish shows). I then bought him as an unbroken 3yo and brought him to the UK to start his ridden career once he was 4. We took him slowly and he had a brilliant introduction to life as a ridden horse here on Exmoor learning to cover difficult ground, bogs, ditches, rivers, banks, open ground etc. He is sure footed and will go wherever you point him, over any ground. He has hunted, hacked extensively, done fun rides, gathered wild Exmoor ponies, checked sheep, and lead Shetlands. We started jump schooling over natural obstacles, and Beech soon showed a real talent for jumping. He is scopey, bold & brave but also very sensible in to a fence. He never stops or runs out, but equally he will go in carefully and think about what he is doing and where his feet are before taking off, so can go off any stride and will get you out of any sort of pickle with his clever brain and quick feet. He never throws you out of the saddle, he’s smooth and safe, and is also brilliant at going down drops, banks, or in to water… all of the things that you most want a horse to do sensibly so you don’t fall off in a wet bit, he will look after you! As his jumping has progressed we have also been show jumping, where he is just as careful as XC. We don’t do much in the school in the way of circles, but whatever I ask of him he does obediently and enthusiastically. He is responsive and willing. Competing didn’t really happen when we wanted to start, due to lock down, but we did get to do plenty of schooling, lessons, camp and mock/training shows. We also completed quite a few jump rides (including Badminton 2020 & 2021), Riding Club camp at Stockland Lovel, & we even did a team chase! XC schooling has progressed very well, with Beech comfortably training over 100cm combinations including steps, water, ditches & trakehners etc. He’s easy to keep between hand and leg, so can be kept straight to corners, skinnys or arrow heads, and he’s not at all dirty or looking to run out. So long as you keep your leg on he will keep going, but the second you stop riding, he will stop for you. Beech did his first ODE in 2022 and came a very respectable 8th in a big class at 80cm. He would have been placed higher but had an unfortunate pole down in the SJ after slipping in to it a fence as he had no studs on, but went clear XC and had a very good score dressage. He then came 6th in a combined SJ/XC with a slightly slow double clear, and also has a qualification for a Connemara Pony Society ODE in September which will be transferred over to his new owner. Although it has not been my interest, Beech would also make a very good Working Hunter Native, he has fabulous conformation, and abundance of mane and tail and is totally clean limbed and gorgeous in every way. He jumps a lovely course of fences, and although I have not schooled him much for showing he has a very natural carriage and travels on the bridle with very little need to ask. Beech is not the sort of horse you need to keep in regular work; he’s exactly the same if you ride him every day for a week, or if you turn him away for 3 months. You can drag him in from the field, throw his tack on and jump straight on, and he will be absolutely fine. He doesn’t need lunging before you get on, or reminding that he’s broken, he’s exactly the same. Beech is easy to do anything with really, he is good to shoe, batch, clip, loads himself in a trailer or lorry, he is well used to farm machinery, tractors, trailers, (we feed big bale hay in the winter with a skid steer-so he thinks heavy machinery = food), he can live in or out, can eat hay or haylage, not a fussy feeder, (doesn’t get over weight easily, but will do anything for a treat) no dust problems, has no vices, allergies or ailments. He is clear for hoof wall disease; he has never had sweet itch or laminitis, he’s a sweetheart to deal with, kind, gentle and genuine. All in all, Beech is a horse in a million, and I would love to keep in touch with his new owners, and should he ever be for sale again in the future I would really appreciate the chance to buy him back again. We’ve taken him out where he behaved impeccably and jumped straight around Chard. Also been ridden by one of my girls- 12 years old, capable but a nervous wreck and again foot perfect. Beech’s tack is also available to go with him, he has a Black Country Tra-li jumping saddle which was made to measure for him this year, and also a bespoke Native Pony bridle (with matching martingale and reins) which was made as a one-off for him by Kate Negus saddlery. 5 figures- plenty of videos by Whats app.

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