Heald Town Ponies is a small home based stud, run by Carolyn Ashcroft. We strive to breed high quality ponies suitable for the show ring and with temperaments to be all round family ponies.
We are located within Cheshire's picturesque Peak National Park which provides a natural landscape ideal for the breed with it's steep hills and natural, rough grazing.
Only a small number of Highlands are born here each year allowing every new arrival to be handled from birth. Our mares, stallions and youngstock are very much part of our family. As such we request references from any potential new owners.
Carolyn's love for the Highland breed began whilst working at a riding school, teaching disabled adults and children to ride. The Highland was a breed favoured by the school, being strong carriers, kind natured and highly intelligent. It was the experience of meeting many of these characterful ponies that inspired Carolyn to work almost soley with the breed.
Our breeding stock has been carefully chosen to be true to breed type, have favoured bloodlines, natural fluid movement, pretty heads and good bone. As such demand for our foals is high and we often have a waiting list for our newest arrivals.
In addition to breeding Highlands, Heald Town Ponies have been involved with many rescue cases. If you see a pony on our yard that isn't a Highland the chances are it's one of our rescues. One of our former breeding mares, Wendy of Logierait (Pepper), was one of our rescues saved from the meat trade. With a little time and alot of love she became unrecognisable from the pony that arrived with us. She went on to have a superb foal of her own, Heald Town Little Miss Molly, who is destined for the dressage arena. Sadly Pepper passed away in 2014 but we know she had a wonderful few years with us.
We are always welcoming of vistors. If you are considering purchasing a pony or want to meet the Heald Town herd please contact us.