Record Price Fetched for Top Cumbrian Fell Pony

By Olivia Muir, 07 July 2015 – 

On Saturday 4th July North West Auctions held the Major Reduction Sale of the Murthwaite Fell Pony Stud on behalf of the late Mr Thomas Bracken Capstick, at J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Cumbria. The sale attracted a huge amount of national and international interest with people attending from throughout the UK, Europe and America.

Thomas had a great passion for Fell ponies and was renowned for breeding some tremendous successful ponies in the show ring, many having being successful at Horse of the Year Show and Olympia on many occasions. He was a truly remarkable horseman. For his 12th birthday instead of a bike he chose to have a fell pony and this led to the start of the Murthwaite Stud. Thomas’s passion grew for the true Fell breed, since then he has dedicated his whole life breeding true to type ponies that would thrive in the their natural surroundings on the open fell. These ponies lived on the Howgill Fell 1200ft above sea level come rain or shine, being able to travel up to 18 miles across open hill before meeting a boundary fence. Sadly for the first time in 52 years there are no Murthwaite Ponies running freely on the Howgill Fell.

The Sale exceeded expectations with the day’s top price being for Lot No. 35 Murthwaite Mercy a 5 year old Grey Mare by Murthwaite Ice Man and out of Murthwaite Fern, a tremendous looking pony with true Fell Pony characteristics. She sold for 7,000gns to a buyer in Florida, USA, which is the highest price paid for a Fell Pony sold at Auction ever recorded. Also heading off to international waters was Lot No. 17, Murthwaite Bracken’s Lass, a personal favourite of Thomas’s. She is a Bay Mare by Murthwaite Bracken and out of Murthwaite Irina, she also had a Black Filly Foal at foot, Murthwaite Heather and together the pair sold for 6,400gns.

The Murthwaite Stud has attracted a number of high profile buyers over the years notably Her Majesty the Queen who is already the owner of several Murthwaite Ponies and was the successful purchaser of Lot No. 34, Murthwaite Taylor Maid a 6 year old Black Mare.

The sale, which is one of the largest the auction has seen since opening at its new site in 2013, was such a huge event that it also attracted BBC’s Country File with presenter Adam Henson filming for their Sunday evening programme to be aired on the 19th July. BBC’s Radio 4 Farming Today Programme were also in attendance recording for their radio show to be aired at a later date.


Murthwaite Stud Fell Pony

Posted by North West Auctions on Saturday, 4 July 2015

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