JU ABOUT 6 MONTHS WITH TRIGGER HORSE WHISPERING JU WITH BESS & HELEN WITH TINY SOMETIME IN THE 70'S HELEN WAKING TINY EARLY MORNING

 Dennis and Gwen Williamson moved to the Tongue House farm Seathwaite in the heart of the Duddon Valley in 1959 with there two daughters (closely followed by three more girls). Both of them coming from farming backgrounds this is what they had set there hearts on continuing to do.

The farm was very primitive having no electricity, flag slate floors and being as damp as could be. Electricity was fitted in 1964 which made life easier in the buildings and in the house, They took over the land from the next farm in 1968 making the farm land upto 250acres. This was grazing fields and intakes the fell land was rough, rocky and much of it was covered in bracken. This fell land was unlimited, going from the farm to the top of Coniston Old Man which stands at 801 metres over to the top of grey friar which stands at 770 metres, shepherding around 1500 Herdwick sheep, as well as having a beef herd of around 100 head of cattle.

VIEW FROM SEATHWAITE TARN ROAD

Dennis has worked with horses all his life from breaking and jumping them to working the land with the old horse drawn machinery. Gwen also was brought up on a farm mainly milking cows by hand but she had a love for the farms work horses. We have always had horses and ponies but it was a birthday present that started Gwens love of the fell pony. From that first pony Flimby Hall Helen to many more, we find them having an easy to do with nature. They have worked on the farm chain harrowing, ploughing, carting out winter fodder and supplies. We found the newly broken ponies had good training in April when we would use them for shepherding the 800 Herdwick sheep in lambing time. They gained experience opening gates, working with the farms sheepdogs and learning to be patient being tied up whilst we dealt with the problems that arose with the sheep.

We started showing our ponies in 1976, Our favourite pony was Tarnbeck Mayqueen she went on to be a prolific winning fell pony being the first fell pony to qualify for the British inhand championships and breeding us many great ponies, including two best of breeds at Olympia. We have found that showing is the best way of advertising our ponies.

There is a page on all our Tarnbeck ponies in this website which contains all the ponies we have bred. Just click on their name and the details will appear. If you have, or have ever owned, a Tarnbeck pony and you have photos or information about them, e-mail us and we can add it to the ponies page.

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