Laurelhighland Rose Petal, FP4035
After three long years of waiting, on June 20, 2004, I got the call from Mary Jean Gould-Earley, from Laurel Highland Farm in Pennsylvania, that Lownthwaite Orange Blossom had foaled a solid black filly. The news was so exciting and we started making plans for her arrival to California in 4 months. Her sire, Waverhead Robbie was proud as usual and looked on with regal admiration. Blossom, who is half sister to one of the Queen's fells in England, seemed to flow through Petals veins, and she has kept that royal "Princess" manner ever present. "Princess Petal", as she has come to be called, continues to grow and mature into her own legendary story.
On the right is Robbie and below is Blossom.
Petal's first year was busy attending local schooling shows and being the ambassador for the breed.
Shown by Laura Bender.
She celebrated her first Birthday with both 2 and 4 legged friends. A good time was had by all.
Petal's second year was filled with may adventures including attending the Western States Horse Expo and showing at her first National Show at Brookside, Elk Grove, CA under a UK Judge. She won Best of Breed and Reserve Supreme Champion, Mountain & Moorland pony.
Shown by Tomas Herrea
Petal went back as a 3 year old and won 2nd place and Reserve Supreme Champion again, under a second UK Judge.
Shown by Joanna Gilbert
In 2008, Petal as a 4 year old, she won Best of Breed and Supreme Champion under a third UK Judge.
Petal was started under saddle as a 4 year old and we look forward to her first show under saddle in 2009.
Shown by Christel Grignard
Petal was shown and ridden by René and will be lightly ridden next year as she is expected her first foal in May 2010.