The rescue pony turned HOYS winner, who doesn’t have any idea he’s only 12hh
Rescue pony turned HOYS winner Cadlanvalley Superted
LIFE could have turned out very differently for Cadlanvalley Superted, but after being rescued from a field in Shrewsbury his luck was turned around. Despite his poor condition, Hayley
Grota, of the Cadlanvalley Stud, saw potential in the diminutive chestnut gelding.
“He was one of 30 in a neglect case,” says Hayley. “It was his bone that first drew my attention to him, and his lovely, kind eye.
“He was so weak we literally had to carry him up the ramp. I gave him a year out on grass so he could live a natural life. I don’t think he lifted his head for five days — he was definitely making up for lost time. When he came in I couldn’t believe how much he’d changed and matured.”
As a four-year-old, he was introduced to showing with Hayley’s daughter Libby and they went on to win the mini show hunter pony title at the BSPS winter championships.
After being bought by Lisa Kerr towards the end of his first year in the show ring, he went on to win the lead-rein pony of hunter type final at HOYS with Lisa’s daughter Cate.
“I first spotted Ted at the BSPS summer championships and fell in love with him then,” recalls Lisa. “I couldn’t believe it when he came on the market. We drove to Wales as soon as we could and bought him, which turned out to be a very good decision.
“We love him because not only is he a super-safe lead-rein pony, but he has also taken both of my girls off the lead and he
‘It was his bone and kind eye that drew my attention, but he was so weak we had to carry him
up the ramp’
really looks after them.”
Lisa’s youngest daughter Agnes won the lead-rein hunter pony final at Horse of the Year Show on Ted last year.
Sara Parrott and Craig Elenor have produced Superted since the Kerr family has owned him.
“Ted is very aptly named,” says Sara. “He is full of personality and is such a cheeky chap —
I don’t think he would have any idea he’s only 12hh.
“He’s always Mr Reliable; he’s totally unflappable and always gives us 100% in the ring,” she adds. “He’s never sick or sorry and starts every day with his ears pricked looking for what’s going on.”