Breeders of Fell Ponies

Ponies at Huntfield (Scotland)

Famous names of the past

Prefixes are a fairly new development to help advertise studs. Early entries in the Stud Book, eg Volume 5 from 1898, record stallions with individual names like Blooming Heather, Brough Hill, and Eden Grove. Notably, these were all different in colour: black, bay and brown respectively.

Breed Prefixes of the Past

This list is taken from the FPS Stud Book compilation and gives approximate dates when some of the prefixes that occur again were first recorded. You can compare these prefixes to those of 1968 on the FPS site

  1. Baggra-Yeat (pronounced Yat): 1916 Harry Watson, Uldale, Carlisle
  2. Mountain: there were lots of these pre 1915 but they seem to be unrelated to any one stud
  3. Gowbarrow: 1917 Messrs Swinburn, Gowbarrow, Ullswater
  4. Roughhill: 1918 George Mawson, Bampton
  5. Moor: 1921 John Bellas, Keswick
  6. Linnel: 1924 Roy B Charlton, Hexham
  7. Longlands: 1924 Joseph Fawcett, Uldale, Carlisle
  8. Raisbeck: 1924 Edward Birtle, Raisbeck, Orton
  9. Woodend: 1924 W J Wharton & son, Eamont Bridge, Penrith
  10. Bousfield: 1925 William Hully, Orton
  11. Guards: 1925 Richard Little, Ireby, Carlisle
  12. Hardendale: 1925 John Brunskill, Hardendale, Shap
  13. Gibside: J P Gibson, Burnopfield, Co Durham
  14. Wallthwaite: 1925 Bennett & Lambert, Troutbeck, Penrith
  15. Lownthwaite: 1931 Henry Wales, Milburn, Penrith
  16. Stonecroft: 1932 Edward de Vere Irving, Shap
  17. Birkett Bank: 1941 J & T Relph, Threlkeld
  18. Heltondale: 1945 Thomas Noble, Keld Head, Heltondale
  19. Tebay: David Trotter, Tebay, Cumbria
  20. Dalemain : 1945 Mrs Hasell-McCosh, Dalemain, Ullswater

Ponies at Dalemain

Many of these people, and their family before them, had of course been breeding Fells much earlier than their prefixes would imply. Thrifty to the end, breeders were reluctant to pay good money just to have their farm's and their ponies' names written into a book, when everyone around them already knew their stock and its quality!

Present breeders


Based on Volume XVIII of the FPS Stud Book. This is only a very short list of British breeders that cannot attempt to include every breeder in the Stud Book:

  1. Brackenbank : David Wilkinson, Appleby, Cumbria
  2. Castlerigg : J W Harrison, Keswick, Cumbria
  3. Darrenvale: Russell Sutcliffe, Darwen, Lancashire
  4. Dene: Mrs A A D Newall, Gt Whittington, Northumberland
  5. Greenholme: Bill, Ernie, Ted and Barbara Potter, Shap/Orton, Cumbria
  6. Guards: Mrs C M Dixon, Caldbeck, Cumbria
  7. Guards: Mrs C M Dixon, Caldbeck, Cumbria
  8. Hardendale: Barry Mallinson, Shap, Cumbria
  9. Heltondale : Greta and the late Sarge Noble, Bampton, Cumbria
  10. Hillhead: L Stewart, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear
  11. Inglegarth: Beverley Hodgson, Ingleton, Via Carnforth, Lancashire
  12. Kerbeck: Christine Robinson, Lamplugh, Workington, Cumbria
  13. Linnel: Robert Charlton, Hexham, Northumberland
  14. Lownthwaite : Frank Wales, Milburn, Cumbria
  15. Lunesdale: Bert Morland, Tebay, Cumbria
  16. Murthwaite: Thomas Capstick, Sedbergh, Cumbria
  17. Rackwood: G R Coatsworth, Bishop Auckland, County Durham
  18. Sleddale : Henry Harrison, Shap, Cumbria
  19. Tarnbeck: Gwen Williamson, Ulverston, Cumbria
  20. Townend: Mrs G Wilson, Wigton, Cumbria
  21. Waverhead : Barbara Bell, Wigton, Cumbria
  22. Wellbrow: A & A Thorpe, Shawforth, Rochdale, Lancashire