was one woman's dream- to have very beautiful and very gentle small equines
for children. Audrey wanted ponies that were just as beautiful and useful as
any large breed of horse. That dream was realized - and so much more,
producing some of the finest small show ponies ever.
in my pony career, I subscribed to many pony magazines, and that is where I
first saw "ARENOSA" ponies. Then in the mid 60's I was exhibiting Welsh
Ponies in San Antonio, Texas and met Audrey Barrett and her wonderful Show
Shetlands. In the late 60's I visited Arenosa Pony Farm, Victoria Texas, and
over 30 years later, I still feel the greatest respect and admiration for my
mentor and dear friend - Audrey Barrett (deceased 1997).
In 1969 I
attended the final dispersal sale at world famous Stovall Shetland Farm in
Era, Texas. Toward the end of the sale, up to the ring came an old, broken
down Shetland stallion. Although there was no gleam on his black and white
coat and he was way too thin, there was something still magnificent about
him. I will never forget his effect on me. This was KEWPIE DOLL'S ORACLE,
World Champion show pony, who later ended up at Arenosa, and who is the
grand sire and great grand sire of our BRISTOL MINIATURE SHETLANDS.
Doll's Oracle was only at Arenosa a few short years, but sired some
outstanding show ponies and breeding stock.
Also coming out of the Stovall herd was KEWPIE DOLL'S DIABLO
(son of Oracle, but not bred by Arenosa), the pillar of our entire breeding
operation. Diablo was a phenomenal driving pony, beating all comers, even
much larger ponies.
ponies have been top winners in: the American Shetland Pony Club, American
Miniature Horse Association and the American Paint Horse Association- Pony
ponies were exported to many parts of the world, including Canada, Germany,
Israel, Mexico, Guatemala and other Latin American countries. Also proudly
owning Arenosa ponies were the mayor of Monterrey, Mexico and the President
It has been
my great pleasure to have known the Barrett family for many years, and I
have enjoyed their generosity and kind hospitality. It was my privilege to
officiate many times for Shetland shows in the area, filled with beautiful
Arenosa ponies. I will never forget all the midnight pony talks with Audrey, the hours spent digging in her horse library, or
the wonderful afternoons spent in the pastures with the ponies. Audrey
wanted me to carry on for her and take her 55 year old breeding program into
the next generations. It is my delight to do so, and to provide lovers of
small equines with some of the very BEST in the world.
Audrey Barrett at Bristol Pony Farm, 1997