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MEET OUR HORSES

Trekking Team

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April

Hello, I'm April, but you can call me A-peeee!

I’m a trekking pony for all you little people who come to see me.  Officially I belong to Erin but she's kindly agreed to share me as long as you bring me back afterwards.

I’m very energetic, so if you are booked in for a long ride today, there is every chance you will see me. Otherwise, I'll be in the field, eating, possibly sleeping, having a gallop, eating, and umm, eating.

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Cherri

I'm Cherri, sister to Farley! Like Widget, we are both Exmoors, with a bit of Clydesdale thrown in for good measure.

I got the hang of things really quickly and I'm a valuable member of the pony team together with April, Star and Monty.  I'm great with kids but I'll also happily take an adult for a good canter on the moor as well, after all it's nice to catch up with my relatives.

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Farley

I'm Cherri's sister, Farley! Like Widget, we are both Exmoors, with a bit of Clydesdale thrown in for good measure.

I'm very friendly but I sometimes get a bit scared so I'm still getting used to trekking.  You might see me out on a ride with one of the staff members, I'm hoping to start taking riders out soon though.  

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June

How you doing, my name is June and I'm the big friendly horse (BFH)!

I’m one of the bigger horses here and I'm very safe to ride.  My only dislike is cow pats, they're scary! 

Even though I'm called June, I'm not keen on the sunshine. During the summer, expect to see me with sun cream on my pink nose! If it’s sunny today, remember to put your sun cream on before going on your trek today and to drink plenty.

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Widget

Hi, my name is Widget, but you can call me Widge!

I came off the Moors in October 2016, I'm a little bit different to my brothers and sisters, so needed a caring home. Luckily, Charlie from Brendon Manor came along and rescued me and brought me here to Brendon Manor.  I don't do rides yet but I'll sometimes come up and say hi and to get a bit of attention.


I’m quite sociable and love my food but I'm also a little naughty and like to nibble... so keep your little hands and fingers away from my mouth if you do come over and say hello!

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Ram

Hey you, yes you, hello, look at me, I'm Ramady although my friends call me Ram.I love my food and I'll always let you know if I don't think I'm getting quite enough. Did you say you had apples in your car? Can I have one, or 2?

 

As you may have guessed, I'm a bit cheeky and can get up to mischief but don't worry, I'll still remember to keep you safe.  I’ve been told to tell you that you have to be quite firm with me, I'm not quite sure what that means, all I know is that I'm a little angel.

 

Enjoy your day here at Brendon Manor (and don’t forget those apples)!

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Faith

Hey everyone, it’s Faith here, hope you're all Ok!

I’ve been at Brendon Manor since I was a youngster and learnt loads here! Out of the group, I get on with everyone. So whether you're young, old or however much experience you have, everyone has the chance to ride Faith!

I’m always really happy and there is nothing like eating a bit of grass off the bank prior to going out on the trek, although Charlotte says it’s not ok, it really is, honest! 

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Lydia

Hello, my name is Lydia, welcome to Brendon Manor!

You can never miss me on photos, see I have 2 black legs and I’ve decided to rock the white sock look on the others - talking of socks, make sure you wear long trousers, especially men, your leg hair will appreciate it - if not, Chris has some very loud coloured football socks in the office for you to borrow!


I’m one of the few horses here that are used by you fine people and also may lead the odd trek with Charlie or one of the other volunteers as well. I’m so multi-talented you see!

(And don’t worry, I gave up jumping a while ago, I enjoy the slower pace of life now)!

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Monty

It’s M,M,M,M,Monty!

Fact, the best things come in small packages and I'm just that.

Fact 2, I used to be called Zeus, so if you’ve been here before, that’s what I may have been called. Personally, I think “The Artist Formally Known as Zeus” sounds so cool, but Chris said he’s not going to shout that across the field every morning at me!

See you out there on those Moors kids!

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Bouncer

When you need a big, reliable horse that anyone can ride, you call on me, Bouncer!
 

I'm here for the husbands, the tall people, the scared people (how can you be scared of me?), to give you a fantastic time here at Brendon Manor!  At my age its great to do something a little less taxing but in my head I'm still a kid and I love my job.

I’ll be the one you see in the stables first, as I'm huge, but it means I can look down at all the other horses, hope you have a head for heights if you ride me!

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Bryn

Helo, fy enw yw Bryn a chroeso i Brendon Manor.  That is, hello, my name is Bryn and welcome to Brendon Manor. (apparently).

 

I came off the Welsh Mountains and like my mate, Bouncer, have spent some time in Gloucestershire before coming here. I get on well with everyone, although Fabian is a little full of himself.

 

I'm super friendly and a bit soppy sometimes but I love a good canter when I'm in the mood.

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Star

I’m star by name and a star by nature!

I moved here from the big smoke with Charlie and Chris. The countryside is so beautiful and what better way to see it by having a guided tour off me.  I'm very multi-talented and a big favourite with the staff, I've seen it all and done it all.

I’m here to look after you and show you some great sights - so let's enjoy them together!

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Bryon

Hellllloooooo I'm Bryon, the clown of the class and if you haven't already guessed, that means I'm Chris's horse!

Things I like, well orange to start with and ooooh a Kebab on a Friday night, also love Crisps - Quavers are my favourite although I've been known to partake in a Pringle or Pickled Onion Monster Munch in the past.  Oooh those Malted Milk biscuits too!

You may note I have a nose net, that's to help my Hayfever, not sure why you humans don't have them but hey... or should I say hay?!

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Jenny

My name is Jennifer, though I hate that, so please call me Jenny or even Jen.  I'm supposed to be white but I usually prefer to be mud-coloured. 

I love being in front and going fast on rides, so if you're a bit of a speed freak and know what you're doing I'm just the one for you.

Plus I love photobombing and am in the process of setting up my Insta... @nevaclean

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Chief

My name is Chief and I'm the youngest horse at Brendon Manor. 

I'm now a full member of the trekking team and have been getting to know all the routes. When I'm not trekking, I've also been getting to know the others, especially the mares.

The picture is from my dating profile on "Plenty of Ponies" - I mean, do you like it?  I think it shows my best side...

My favourite game is Tag, did you used to play that? I like it because it involves me running around a field with a human trying to get near me to "tag" me with the head collar, but I'm very good at it.  Sometimes it takes them ages, but they all look to be having fun while playing it!

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Carla

Hi, I'm Carla.  I came here in 2022 to help share Bouncer's workload and I'm so popular with riders and staff that I think he's getting a bit jealous.  I'm pretty good at everything and I'd definitely be in charge if Charlie horse would let me.

My hobbies include farting and arguing with other horses in the stables.  I've also seen how much fun people have catching Chief in the field so I do it too - I'll let you catch me for a carrot though.

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Sadie

Hi, I'm Sadie.  If you like Apaloosas but April is too small, I'm the horse for you.  I've got plenty of energy and love a good canter so if you're a good rider we'll probably get on really well.

I came here with Gemma in 2022 and since my CV is so good I got straight to work, I've learned all the routes now so I've been telling Gemma everything she needs to know.

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Gemma

Hello, I'm Gemma.  I'm quite new here and still working out all the routes and how gates work but apparently I'm doing really well, I'm really good at learning new things.  

I came here with Sadie and she's still my best friend but I'm getting to know everyone else.  I'm very sociable and like to know what's going on when I'm in the stable.  When I'm not out on a trek I like to relax by rolling in mud and getting bits of tree tangled in my huge mane.  I think the staff enjoy cleaning me up, they keep doing it after all.

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Rosie

Coming soon!

Escort Horses

Escort Horses
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Charlie

While it may be true that the humans do most of the paperwork and sweeping up, Charlie Horse is very much in charge of things at Brendon Manor.  Our most senior horse, she is in charge of keeping the other horses and ponies in line, meeting & greeting new arrivals to the herd and testing stable doors to see if you have locked them properly.

There isn't much she hasn't seen or done and if she could operate a camera phone she could probably take rides out by herself!

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Fabian

Known as Fabulous to his friends, Fabian's main goals in life are eventing, jumping and being first in line for the feed buckets.  He's earned a few prizes in his life and knows he's good, so expects and enjoys the finer things in life. 

He prefers rides where he can show off so you'll usually find him leading the way on longer treks.

Favourite colour: Pink.

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Frazz

“Fresh off the track... it’s Mr Frazz”!  Ok Frazz, it’s been a few years now, time for a career change!

Now, tell us about yourself...“I’m Frazz, I'm new, I love jumping, Ruby Walsh is on my Facebook, did I tell you I used to race”?

The good news is, he’s calmed down, is enjoying semi-retirement and he’s a great addition to Brendon Manor...just don’t mention his past career!

And Those Who Have Moved On...

And Those Who...

Kestrel

Good Day to you all!

Kestral here, like some others I’ve been here a while and I still keep coming back season after season for more. Brendon Manor is great isn’t it...some great rides and views and Charlie and Chris are not so bad as bosses either!

If you're a rider, you will certainly get the best out of me! Don’t let the fact I'm over 20 fool you... I have as much, if not more energy as some of those whipper snappers coming to steal my crown.

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Sian

Boo, my name is Sian!

I arrived at Brendon Manor in early 2017, I fancied a change from my old job at a riding school, so applied here. I got interviewed and next day got chauffeured in a luxury trailer to here, my new home. It’s brilliant living and working on the same site, the commute to work is so much easier!

Somewhere on my family tree is an Arab, which im reliably informed is quite a desired type of horse. So if you're a rider and want a bit of a challenge (I'm lovely really), request Sian when you visit Brendon Manor.

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Sam

Hello, Samuel here, welcoming you to another trek at Brendon Manor.

Now, in my time, I've seen a lot of horses come and go, some can make it, some can’t. What they have in common is they have all gained some of my knowledge in how to be a great trekking horse.

Now ladies, is your man wanting to join you on today’s experience? If so, it’s likely that I'll be accompanying him and yourself. If you could pay me in carrots for looking afer him, it would be appreciated.

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Fudge

Hello. My name is Fudge.

I come in from the field in the morning, I take you guys on treks and I go out again at night... trekking, it’s as simple as that!

I’m here to teach these young horses and ponies a thing or two, I’ve done this job for years, so much so, i’m expecting my long service award at any point now!

My job is to look after you, so if your on Fudge, you're in safe hands (or a back at least)!

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Solly

Top of the morning to you (or afternoon) - it’s Mr Solomon at your service!

Some ponies when they get to my age like a lot of grass and a comfy stable at night. Not the Solmister oh no, I'm young at heart and like a great Grandad, fantastic with the young ones.

Lately, I've been introduced by June to this thing called the internet, it’s great and brendon manor have some photos of us lot on something called their website. If you press a w then a w, then another one and a dot, put brendonmanor and then another dot and com at the end, you’ll see some great shots of me!

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Tinker

Guys, I'm Tinker, although you can call me “Tink”.

Believe me, Tinker, really bad name, I'm good as gold all the time - they should have called me Ace or Angel. I know when I can get away with stuff though, but you being a good rider won’t let me have a break when I want (which sometimes can be at every gateway)!

Being mainly white and black and looking like a little like a cow, I seem to attract the dust when I go for a roll in the field (which of course I'd never do) - the great thing about the team at Brendon Manor is they groom me every time before I go out - so I'm constantly looking at my best for you guys!

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Baby

Hello it's Baby!

I think I'm called Baby because I'm small, but I'm actually quite big, bigger than Widget, Cherry, Farley, Tinker... and probably more. I think therefore I should be called Big Baby and I'm getting bigger all the time.

Charlie

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Fabian

Fabian blurb

Rosie

Coming soon, watch this space!

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