Nixon has run the stud since it's
inception, having now built it to 4 Shetland stallions, 40 brood mares
and currently 10 riding ponies which compete in performance award
schemes - Shetland Pony Grand National, CHAPS, Mountain & Moorland,
Working Hunter, First Ridden, etc.
has worked with horses since before leaving school, helping run the
family livery and dealing yard. She has ridden competitively since the
age of nine, initially BSJA showjumping upto JA level - Hickstead,
Christy Beaufort, Foxhunter and Open competitions. This was followed by
senior showjumping, schooling youngsters and bringing on novices upto
International Grade A and Young Riders. Karen also showjumped the
family Welsh Cob Section D stallion to Open classes whilst also showing
him in-hand and under saddle - he also bred very many good youngsters
during this time - he is now 23 years young.
Over the past few
years Karen has had many successes with the stud including - past 4
years Shetland Pony Grand National finals at Olympia; NPS WHP
finals at Great Malvern; two piebald ponies in CHAPS finals at Wembley
including best Shetland / Small Native 1998. Whilst all this is going
on Karen finds time to successfully show her Welsh Cob gelding under
saddle, having won 4 NPS silver medals and area NPS Welsh Large Breeds
also teaches children aged between 4 and 15 years of age, six days a
week. Once the pupils are sufficiently experienced they are given the
opportunity to compete on one of the ponies - Shetlands, New Forest or
Welsh Section C or D.
Karen is now on the
Senior Panel of the
Shetland Pony Stud Book Society Judges Panel where she judges from
foals to senior ponies both ridden and in-hand. She is also a
fully-fledged judge with CHAPS(UK).