Looking for a new Shetland pony on the Shetland Isles – Part 2

Last week, we found some Shetland pony stallions that were too big for us and some foals that were too small. So this week we visit Shetland ponies on Bressay, another island, to try and find the perfect Shetland pony for us.

Shetland ponies on Bressay

Bressay is a short ferry ride from the Shetland Mainland. It is famous because there is a special Pictish Stone there called the Bressay Stone. It is carved with a Shetland pony being ridden by a Viking. So Shetland ponies are thought to have travelled to Shetland on Viking longships.

Grassy pastures are ideal for breeding Shetland ponies

The Marquis of Londonderry used the rich grasses on Bressay to breed many Shetland ponies to be used in coal mines around the world. They travelled by boat too, but they are not here now, so we need to look elsewhere.

Burra and the Shetland Pony Experience

The Merkisayre Stud on the Island of Burra has many wonderful ponies and the most adorable mares and foals. So do they have the perfect Shetland pony for us?

Watch the video to find out more:

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How to book a pony ride at Shetland Pony Club

We’d love you to join us for pony fun this autumn.  We are open at weekends and in the holidays until Sunday 28 November.

You can book online here now, or give us a call on 07734 950 309.

Which pony ride should I choose?

Starter Rides  are 45 minutes long and are specially designed as first riding experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £40 per child. Some availability.

Own a Pony Experiences – are 2 hours long and are delightful early riding and learning experiences for children from age 4 years old. They cost £60 per child. Limited availability.

Halloween Pumpkin Rides – themed pony treasure hunts for pony-mad witches and wizards. Enjoy 1½ hours of pony riding fun at the Ranch, during October Half Term. Age 4 +. £60 per child. Fully booked.

Shetland Pony Parties – amazing pony parties for children aged 4 -10 years old. Use of a private facility, with 6 ponies creating magical memories for your child’s birthday. One and a half hours – £600 for 10 children. Extra riding children (up to 18), £25 each.  Full for 2021 – now booking for 2022.

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For your safety we have COVID-secure procedures in place:

  • Please minimise the number of people attending with your child
  • You are welcome to watch from our socially distanced benches and Safari Tent
  • Find out more about our COVID-secure procedures here

Do take a moment to watch this week’s video: Looking for a new Shetland pony on the Shetland Isles – part 2


From Rosemary, the Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies

Contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

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