Greymeadows Viva is an 8 year old 13.1 h green medium pony mare with an AMAZING stride and jump. She is a Holsteiner/Welsh cross (By Catawba out of High Hopes Malibu). She was started late (at age 7) by her breeder last fall (2018), and Viva has been in a professional training program ridden primarily by a 14 year old junior rider since early summer 2019.
Viva has excellent ground manners and is gentle on the ground. She will quietly graze without pulling on you or being ugly. She loves to be petted and brushed. However, Viva is not a fan of people tickling her ears or of having her mane pulled. She stands well for the dentist, the clipper (except for her ears), the farrier and the vet. Viva has her lead changes too. No hormones and not “marish” at all. She is the same wonderful pony every day.
Viva has her own motor and a HUGE step-larger than any pony we’ve ever had at our farm. At this point, she is too forward for a beginner, but would love a job with a good riding kid in a training program. We’ve been incredibly proud of her progress, and she is a fun forward ride (which my daughter loves!) and no stick or spur is required!
With her massive stride and her motor, she is perfectly designed for the jumper ring and she would also love to be an eventing pony.
Viva doesn’t bat an eye at jumps and she seems to LOVE jumping and going fast. We took her to her first horse show at the end of September (2019), and she got off the trailer, headed to the warm up ring, and marched around that complicated jumper course like she was an old pro. In her very first class at the 2’ 3” height out of 12 competitors, Viva went clean with no time faults and then proceeded to the jump off and won first place overall! First show and first blue ribbon! Several weeks later, she showed again and won another first place ribbon in her 2’ 3 jumper class, and had the second fastest time (out of 20 horse and pony competitors) at an Eventing Derbycross event. This weekend, Viva was the weekend division champion at the 2’ 6” height (Hopeful Jumpers) during the Camden Hunter Jumper Series Winter Classic (Nov. 9-10th 2019) and she also won her first blue ribbon in the Progressive Jumpers.
So far, other than working on collection and a normal green pony training plan, we have been very impressed with her intelligence, kindness, and work ethic. She is an incredibly sweet mare and even the smallest of children can handle her on the ground.
Physically, she does have a few swollen lymph nodes (salivary glands) on the sides of her neck (right where her head and neck meet). We have been told by a veterinarian that these bumps are not medically a problem for her (she was born with them), but aesthetically it means that she might not ever win a pony model class (although vivacious Viva does not want to be a pokey hunter pony). These bumps are not noticeable when she is being ridden, just up close if you are looking for them and I mention it in the spirit of full transparency.
Viva is currently located in Camden, South Carolina and is eligible to be registered half Welsh with the Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America, Inc. at purchase. Her price will increase with training and showing.