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Josethdene has retired from Stud

Click here for a pedigree of Josethdene

Height: 14.1HH

Foaled 1999

All the youngstock at Morrich Highland Ponies is sired by Josethdene.

Josethdene lives out 24/7 in the Highlands of Scotland.

Josethdene's slide show

Josethdene's video

(Joe arrived at Morrich Highland Ponies in 2008, not 2009 as stated in the commentary).





Josethdene from the famous Ballinton Stud, bred by Scott McGregor. Scott emigrated with most of his ponies to Australia to be near his daughter. Salinadene, Joe's mother, was one of Scott's favourite mares but considered to be too old to travel so she was left in the UK. An obituary for Salinadene can be found at http://www.debbiespears.co.uk/links.htm (scroll down).  Joe's father, Marverickdene, is also in Australia.




Josethdene was Highland Pony Ridden Champion at The Sutherland County Show in July 2010 after which he retired to family duties.





Josethdene was shown at the Caledonia Riding Club Summer Show at Muir of Ord on the 11th July 2009, both ridden (by Ms Claire Kinvig) and in hand (by her 17 year old daughter Chereen). He was taken away from his herd of five mares the day before the show and returned to them immediately after the show but behaved impeccably during the show, demonstrating the superb temperament of this line of Highland ponies.



See list of show wins below.











Maverickdene, Sire of Josethdene




Salinadene, Dam of Josethdene









Joan Alexander of the Fourmerk Stud has a full sister of Josethdene called Elisedene. Full details here:


Josethdene's Progeny

I am hoping to include pictures of as many of Josethdene's progeny as possible below so if you know of any, especially if there are photographs I can publish here, I would be pleased to hear from you.


Many thanks to Lynne Howarth of the Isle of Skye for allowing me to post two pictures of her 8 year old yellow dun gelding.

Djangodene is by Josethdene, out of Ballington Islay Swift

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Photo (left) of Djangodene, taken by his owner, Lynne Howarth.

Photo (left) of Djangodene, taken by Sam Nicholson.


Darach of Balvonie

I am grateful to Hazel Jamieson for letting me use the following pictures of her gelding, Darach of Balvonie, who is sired by Josethdene, out of Zaradene. Darach is ridden by Liz Bell. Pedigree of Darach here.

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Kerrera Duke


Kerrera Duke:  I am grateful to Sheila McGregor for permission to use this picture.

Sheila tells me, "....One of my mares went to him (Josethdene) a few years ago now and had a colt foal (Kerrara Duke) who went on to win his class at the breed show and I sold him last year as a 3 year old colt. He was such a beautiful pony with such a great character. The mare, his dam, is by Fyfedene...."

As a matter of fact, I tried to buy Duke but was pipped at the post and bought Joe, his father, instead!







Walkerdene: Steel grey Highland gelding, foaled 2004, out of Maggiedene, owned by Joanne Bennett.

Joanne writes,

"Josethdene has certainly passed on his great temperament to Walkerdene.  Walker is one of the kindest natured ponies I have ever come across.  We have concentrated on in hand showing this year but next year we are doing a ridden season so Walker will be back in the show ring.  My 10 year old son has moved from riding his Welsh Mountain Pony to Walker this year and Walker takes care of him.  He is certainly no plod though, he steps up a gear for me and is very forward going.  He's a good little jumper too".




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Molly's Foal 2010

Left: Molly and her new colt foal, Morrich Darach, born in the New Year.



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Gracie's Foal 2010

 Left: Gracie and her foal, Morrich Fearna, also sired by Josethdene and born in January.






Home Again!


  After the show, Joe reasserts his position within the herd, quickly reminding his mares who the boss is! (Click on thumb nail pictures, left, to enlarge them).



Show Wins

I have found the following show wins for Josethdene on the Horse & Hound site updated with news of recent shows added as available: Josethdene will be semi-retired from showing from 2010 because of (his) family commitments!

The Sutherland County Show, Dornoch - July 2010
Champion Ridden Highland Pony
1st Ridden Highlands

The Northern Working Horse Society Show - 4th April 2010
1st Highland Stallion

The Black Isle Show - 6th August 2009
3rd Ridden Highlands

The Sutherland County Show, Dornoch - 18th July 2009
1st In Hand Stallion; 2nd Ridden Highland

The Highland and Native Pony Enthusiasts Club, The Black Isle Show Ground - May 2009
2nd In Hand Stallion

Northern Working Horse Society Annual Stallion Show, Elgin - April 2009
1st In Hand Highland Stallion

Doune & Dunblane Show July 2008
Reserve Champion In Hand Highland

Ponies (UK) Summer Championships August 2007
2nd In Hand Highland

NPS Summer Championships August 2006
1st In Hand Highland stallion

Northern Horse August 2006
1st & Champion In Hand stallion - M&M large

National Pony Society Scottish Summer Show 2005
1st In Hand stallion - over 3yo

NCPA Pony of the Year Show September 2005
Ist In Hand stallion - M&M large

NPS Summer Championship August 2005
3rd In Hand colt/stallion

NPS Scotland Show June 2005
1st and Champion In Hand Highland Stallion

North-West Championship Show May 2005
3rd In Hand Highland stallion - M&M

NPS Spring Festival April 2005
3rd In Hand - New Forest, Connemara, Fell, Highland, Dales - 4yo and older.

NPS Summer Championship August 2004
1st In Hand Highland Stallion
2nd In Hand M&M stallion - large

NPS Show, Strathallan June 2004
1st In Hand Highland Stallion

Royal Highland Show June 2002
2nd In Hand Highland Stallion
(1st, Champion, and Supreme Champion was Coulnacraig Highlander -- father of Upperlochton Fergus who is now sold)


If I was to write a specification for a Highland stallion, Josethdene would be it! He has the perfect temperament, conformation, and manners. He is not susceptible to Sweet Itch nor is he prone to Laminitis. Joe is a traditional type of Highland pony without any tendency towards obesity, a problem commonly found in native ponies.


Below left, Joe meets Craig. Below right: The boys (Fergus, Joe, and Finn) share the feed bowl. Since this picture was taken, the youngsters have firmly but patiently been put in their place! At feeding time, everyone has their own bowl and has the manners to stick to it!










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Craig Miller (18 months) takes to the saddle but doesn't look too sure about it. He need have no fears because Joe is as gentle as a kitten.


  Josethdene (left), in his working clothes,  has excellent confirmation without being excessively heavy. The pictures were taken after he had been running with mares all winter.


Nothing beats a good scratch!


Welcome to the Dance!
Josethdene was put in with my mares on 1st June 2009 -- and this is what happened next!





       "Would you care to dance?"                 








                                                                                                                                                         "Och! A Highland fling!"









        "Perhaps I can tempt you to a wee dram, dear?"









    "Don't you think you've had quite enough already?"










     "Perhaps you'd care to discuss it over dinner?"










Stallions Used - past and present

Cock o' the North:


Sire of Mary-Mac of Tormore and Kinkell Breagha, two of my foundation brood mares. This famous stallion is now dead but I used two of his sons (Lord Barney and Just William - see below) on two mares (Meeceside Gracie and Glentrowan Belina) in 2007.  Glentrowan Belina has been served by him again in 2008 because her previous foal turned out so well. To see Cock o' the North's pedigree, click here.

Lord Barney of Tormore (a son of Cock o' the North) served Glentrowan Belina in June 2007. She has gone back to him this year, 2008, because he produced such a nice colt (Morrich Finn) from the last service!

To see his pedigree, click here.


Just William of Tormore (a son of The Cock o' the North) served Meeceside Gracie in June 2007.

To see his pedigree, click here.





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