Established in 2001 out of the ashes of foot and mouth in the village of Newcastleton, the ancient name for the village
being "Copshawholm", this was adopted as the prefix.
Mares newly arrived from Wales with lots of space and grass
How it started--1999
In 1999 whilst on a touring holiday down the west coast of Ireland we decided to take in a local show.Little did we know
that this was the famous Clifden Show. Having spent all of my life around ponies and point to pointers I couldnt believe
the quality of these native ponies.To have a local show with the mare and foal class split into colts and fillies with around
forty in each section was amazing.
We made our minds up that we would have to have a brood mare when we got home. Little did we know how events would develop.
Foot and mouth--2001
The year of foot and mouth found us with time. money and lots of grass on our hands.
An advert in the Scottish Farmer with four mares and foals for sale saw me heading down to Wales with a wagon. There
I found four Irish bred mares with TB cross foals at foot.The mares were on Irish foal passports, which meant a lot of arranging
to get them transferred onto English adult passports, the only regret was that I couldnt get the foals registered so they
went onto Horse Society passports.
A selection of new mares and foals.
These became the nucleus of mares, to which were added mares from Mrs Howard Carter, Rhona Elliott, and Julie Somervail
onto a farm with not one animal to be seen, this gave new life to the place and we were away!
Next we needed to find a stallion, so for the first two seasons the mares were sent to the noted stallion Garryhinch
Prince standing at Julie Somervails stud near Jedburgh.
Things soon began to move quickly , in the spring of 2002 The Flatt at Newcastleton was sold and Mervinslaw Estate
was purchased, "lock stock and barrel", thus we were restocked and relocated in one move.
We reopened the Jedforest Deer and Farm Park, giving the ponies a new home very much in the public eye.