All photos copyright@Lynn Robertson/Charliemay Stud
A small stud of standard height Shetland ponies. Situated in the Shetland Isles.
Charliemay stud aims to breed quality working ponies with great temperaments, staying true to type. All foals will be registered with the Shetland Pony Stud-Book Society.
All breeding stock in the stud, and foals from a tested carrier or untested parent, will be DNA tested for Skeletal Atavism, results posted on their pages. This will ensure that all foals bred here at Charliemay stud will be unaffected by Skeletal Atavism.
Charliemay stud was founded in 2012 with the addition of 2 fillies and a stallion to the already established herd of 2 fillies and 2 geldings. Two more fillies were bought in 2013.
Colours will include black, bay and chestnut, in dun, solid and broken coloured.
Heights from 37"- 41" with a mini gelding at 33.5".
The ponies are kept with sheep and poultry, and are comfortable with the dog running about.
It was a childhood dream of my best friend Charlie and I to have our own pony stud when we grew up.
We lived within a mile of the well known Berry stud and admired the ponies, seeing them almost every day. We had our favourites in the stud and would look forward to the days when the herd was around the hill at the back of our houses to go up and spend hours with them.
We'd picked out the colours we wanted to keep, all big standards of course so we could ride them and do small scale pony trekking. There was even a list of names we would use for our foals.
Sadly, Charlie passed away at a very young age. Our dream could no longer become reality.
I still wanted to give it a try though. After all, it was a big part of our childhood, and Charlie was never one to give up too easily.
There was only one way to keep Charlie a big part of the stud, and I am delighted it was able to happen.
I applied to the SPSBS and the Central Prefix Register in 2012 with Charliemay as my first choice to become the stud prefix, and on the 12th December that year I got confirmation that I'd won the rights to have Charliemay as my stud name.