26th May 1989 – 22nd April 2010
If Michelle was ever to have done the unthinkable and sold Sophie the advert would have read.
Bomb Proof Pony
Kind, and always willing to please
Good to do in every way.
A true friend to every Child.
Loves carrots, polos and Cadbury cream eggs.
On Thursday morning we found Sophie in the field showing signs of colic, the vet was called and every effort was made to try and find a way to make her better. Unfortunately Sophie had melanomas inside her, causing a blockage. There was no other option and we had to make the hardest decision, so at lunchtime we did the kindest thing and that was for Sophie to be put to sleep.
Michelle has had the pleasure of having Sophie since she was 6 months old, and although she bought her, Sophie belonged to every Child who ever rode her. She was a very bold pony from the start and was broken to ride without any problems, and was ridden by young family members. Soon after being broken, she was broken to harness where she pulled a small trap all over the moors.
When Michelle met Chris and moved into Sparhanger, Sophie and her friends came to. We started the Riding School and this was when Sophie came into her own. She has taught so many of our young riders to ride, she has taken them hunting, loved jumping, got bored with Showing but best of all she carried them safely across Exmoor.
Sophie was in work until the end. Only last weekend she took Charlotte, who when asked if she had enjoyed her canter, informed Michelle that it was, in fact, a Gallop. She was scrubbed and polished up on Tuesday night by the Pony Club.
Michelle says although she will truly miss a very dear friend, she’s also very grateful for having had the pleasure of knowing her.