More than the Fell’s brawn and
good looks, the pony’s mind is
what drew Kreuzer to the breed.
“The Fell Pony is a willing
partner, honest in his actions
and more intelligent than can
be imagined,” explains Kreuzer.
“It’s an athletic pony able to take
on nearly any job, from dressage
to trail riding. And its easygoing
nature makes it a natural choice
for carriage driving, as the Fell
isn’t easily spooked.
“Over the past decade, I have
done nearly every discipline
with my Fells and have never
been disappointed,” continues
Kreuzer. “We’ve done endurance
riding, dressage, pleasure driving,
sporthorse in-hand and more.”
Stennerskeugh Danny Boy enjoys
competitive trail activities.
the Fell Pony hails from northern england, where it once worked as
a riding, packing and plow pony for the Vikings. in the 11th and 12th
centuries, its main line of work included carting fleece, wool, food and
metal ores, as well as shepherding. During industrialization, Fell Ponies
worked in the mines, carrying metals and coal from the underground
tunnels. When the working day was done, Fell Ponies (also known as
“Galloways”) were ridden in trotting races.
today, the Fell Pony is still known for being able to cover ground
at the trot. it’s an all-around recreational and competitive mount that
has a penchant for jumping and maneuvering soundly over rough
terrain. in fact, the Fell Pony society in england hosts a competition
that tests ponies’ skills over a course of hills, mucky ground, water,
and natural obstacles such as logs.
Fell Ponies are no taller than 14 hands, and are most often black.
However, brown, bay and gray are also seen. some ponies may have
small white markings on the forehead or back pasterns, but most