Diamond was born at the Akehurst Stud in Sussex in 1979, his posh name was Akehurst Double D. He was a purebred Dales pony, black with a diamond shape on his head. He came to Essex as a two year old when he was bought by Steve from Tilbury. He was broken in and ridden by two sisters, Maria and Teresa who loved him to bits. As they grew up they had less time to ride him, Steve worked with a man who knew us and to cut a long story short, Diamond came to live at Barrow Farm. To start with he was loaned by one of our helpers, Linda Nelson who dids lots with him. They learnt from each other, showing, jumping, cross-country, dressage and lots of long rides.
In time Linda moved on to a bigger horse and Diamond became a full time RDA pony. With probably the most comfortable trot in the world, he was soon a favourite. He was a strong pony, equally suitable for adults and children, not too wide and not too narrow. He loved games and could get quite excited. He also enjoyed trotting around a course of poles, sometimes popping into canter. Luckily he had a super comfy canter and gave many riders their first taste of canter.
With the yard girls Diamond excelled at showing, winning many rossettes in veteran and mountain and moorland classes. He really brushed up well, did Diamond. He was a good Wimpole pony giving riders the chance to safely do off lead dressage and winning best turned out one year.
Sadly Diamond became arthritic in later life and after nine months retirement it was time to say goodbye in 2005. Steve and Teresa came to visit him and shared their memories with us. He still had a special place in their hearts even after all those years. He really was a diamond of a pony, a favourite of many riders and helpers, he leaves them with many memories and is very much missed by us all.