A Little Research Goes A Long Way
With our expected 2024 foals, we are sure to create the pony that is just right for you! We refreshed our mare herd after our 2021 season, and have brought in a 'Class of 2022' five ponies strong offering fresh selections and newly imported lines for our future foaling seasons.
Our program produces extraordinary Fell Ponies, offering proven value. An experienced breeder will show you what their program produces through mature examples (and in Fell Ponies, this doesn't occur until age 8 at the earliest). If you haven't already, ask to see our ponies born long ago that have reached adulthood and have proven their working capabilities. We'd be delighted to show you!
TRANSPORT: Our ponies have been successfully shipped to their forever homes across the country, and into Canada. If needed, we are able to arrange this for you with a reputable professional transporter. When possible, we even personally deliver our ponies straight to your door!
IN-UTERO: Often times, our foals are reserved prior to birth . Please contact us if you are interested in our upcoming foals. A reasonable deposit is all that is necessary to reserve your choice of foals. We offer gender specific contracts, color specific contracts, mare-stallion specific contracts, and more- all with refundable deposits. This is also the most economical way to plan your purchase, as a discount is given for pre-season contracts.
COMPREHENSIVE VALUE: Our weanling foals are handled on a regular basis to ensure a smooth transition to their new homes, including haltering, leading, grooming, trailer loading and proper hoof handling. Additionally, our foals are vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped and registered with the Fell Pony Society, all of which is included in our purchase pricing. We are also one of the select breeders in the country that cover the cost of transferring your pony into your name, and the complication of sending paperwork to England, along with the necessary international currency. We believe this is just another example of comprehensive value, professionalism, and stewardship.
How do you choose one weanling from the next? If you are new to Fell Ponies, you may not yet realize all the things to consider when choosing a suitable pony for your future. You are encouraged to make an informed, knowledgeable decision, beyond my or any other farm's website. In particular, the Fell Pony Society of North America (FPSNA), a legitimate membership driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has compiled data straight from the Fell Pony Society studbooks, offering education rather than propaganda, and a myriad of other helpful services, all at no cost. Their North American breeder data is particularly insightful, with over twenty years of comprehensive breeding and foaling data, here:
The growing popularity of forums and groups on social media has created an outlet for the misinformed to lead the many. Dream Hayven's owner, Melissa, is one of only 2 Fell Pony Society (FPS) Panel judges in North America. She pursued this designation in large part for the education it offers to sincere breeders. The effort to familiarize yourself with proper breed type and analysis of the breed standard must go beyond the ponies in your own herd. Studying pictures is simply not enough. Fell Pony breeders devoted to the cause will travel regularly to England to learn the subtle differences between desired movement, conformation, type and hardiness.
Before our first foal ever hit the ground, we journeyed 'there and back again' to Cumbria, England, the home of Fell Ponies, to expand our working knowledge of the breed and learn from those that have been breeding these fine ponies for generations. Our UK mentors through the years have been an invaluable source of knowledge and perspective. Before long, we were contacted by pony enthusiasts eager to join us on these educational trips to England, so in 2019 we offered our first ever guided tour, Ponies N' Pints Cumbrian Tours, going strong ever since!