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Sire: Douthwaite Sign Writer

Dam: Rotherwood Half A Penny

Damsire: Desarbre Street Fighter

Height: 128 cm
Born: 2006
Graded: SPSS; Licensed WPCS
Breeder: Liz Mansfield, Rotherwood Stud
Stud Fee: £350 NFFR
Semen: Please contact stud
Owner: Trudy Goulding, End House Stud

Nr Clitheroe, Lancashire




Rotherwood Signature and 9 year old Maisey Sloan

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2019 Futurity Sports Pony Sire of the Year and the Leading Pony Sire of Sports Ponies in 2023, this striking son of multi supreme champion Douthwaite Signwriter has quality, athleticism and very correct conformation, everything you would expect in an outstanding performance pony stallion. His pedigree includes some of the best Welsh bloodlines renown for producing not only supreme champion show stock but also top class competition/ performance ponies.


Signature is a very sweet pony with a great character, extravagant paces and a superb temperament.  He is very much a people pony and is regularly handled at home by children. This must surely be a testament to his genuine nature and incredible potential to sire fantastic children’s ponies.


For more information please see below, or contact Trudy Goulding – 01200 445426 or




Douthwaite Signwriter Twyford Signal Pendock Peregrine Kirby Cane Plunder
Pendock Prudence


Twyford Sparkle Rhydyfelin Selwyn
Waydown Starling


Lydstep Prairie Flower Downland Gondolier Downland Chevalier
Camalw Evergreen


Pleiad Coed Coch Planed


Rotherwood Half A Penny

Desarbre Streetfighter Wingrove Titlight Downland Chevalier
Wellfield Red Vixen


Delio Annis Cawdor Reece
Sunrising Antelope


Rotherwood Miss Money Penny

Ardgrange Dihafel Downland Romance
Chirk Deborah


Rotherwood Penny Royale Keston Royal Occasion
Rotherwood Honeysuckle


Signature's sire, Douthwaite Signwriter, is a multiple supreme champion, who qualified for the Horse of the Year Show four times before retiring from the show ring. Signwriter's progeny won the progeny points for the Welsh Ponies Section B at the 2003 Royal Welsh Show.


Signwriter's sire, Twyford Signal, stood at the Llanarth Stud for 20 years and during his showing career in-hand he qualified for the Horse of the Year Show four times and under saddle he qualified twice for the Supreme Ridden Event at Olympia, London. His offspring have carried on his success. A daughter has been Champion Female at The Royal Welsh Show and a son was Champion at the World Centenary Show. Signal’s progeny won the Progeny award for the Welsh Ponies Section B at the World Centenary Show.




Rotherwood Half a Penny is also the dam of Rotherwood Royal Parade NCPA 2006 Yearling Hunter Pony Champion, NCPA Notts/Lincs 1st & Reserve Champion Yearling Hunter Pony.  Half a Penny's dam, Rotherwood Miss Money Penny, is full sister to Rotherwood Casino Royale who is arguably the most successful and best bred stallion currently standing in Australasia. As a stallion his progeny have achieved success in New South Wales and Victoria at all the Royal as well as the Breed Shows of the Riding Pony Stud Book Society and Welsh Pony and Cob Society. Miss Moneypenny is also half sister to Rotherwood Spycatcher.


Miss Moneypenny's dam, Rotherwood Penny Royale, was from a long line of champions and full sister to Rotherwood State Occasion. Her sire Keston Royal Occasion needs no introduction as one of the most influential sires within the recent history of the Welsh breed and perhaps the most pre-eminent sire of Welsh and Riding Ponies in Australia and the United Kingdom.




Desarbre Streetfighter has won consistently since being a youngster, both in-hand breed classes and ridden in working hunter mountain and moorland classes.  He is a great jumper and very athletic his results include: Winner of performance award Ponies UK 1995; qualified for Olympia and won Best of Breed 1995; winner of Glynn Greenwood Championship of all Mountain and Moorland breeds at Ponies UK 1994; Champion Great Yorkshire Show, Scottish M&M ‘Pony of The Year’, Reserve Champion Open working hunter and novice champion M&M WHP NPS Scottish Horse Show. 


Streetfighter's dam, Delio Annis, was up to height with good bone and substance and was a winner of many awards. Her pedigree goes back to the true Welsh Mountain Pony through Coed Coch Madog.  Streetfighter's sire, Wingrove Titlight, was by the famous Downland Chevalier who possessed great type and breed character.

Loose jumping at the SPSS Grading

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With 8 year old Maisey Sloan, 2011

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At the 2010 SPSS Grading

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2011 Champion Young Jumping Pony with rider Maisey Sloan

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2012 Champion Young Jumping Pony with rider Lara Whiteway


HPI 2012 with Maisie Sloan

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Rotherwood Signature was lightly shown at county level as a youngster with good results, taking everything in his stride and never being fazed by big shows and stabling away from home. In Autumn 2008, he attended The Sports Pony Society annual Broodmare & Youngstock Show achieving an SPSS first Premium scoring 10/10 for his head and neck, 9.5/10 for shoulder/body/overline & 9/10 for limbs/feet – the judges comments included "fantastic and lots to like".


He was backed and ridden away in Autumn 2009 proving to be a calm and sensible ride, 100% in the heaviest of traffic and regularly hacking out in the company of mares and other stallions. In Autumn 09 he also competed at Ingliston House Equestrian Centre's International Pony Of The Year Show in the Scottish Sports Horse 3 year old pony Loose Jumping Championships. He was judged and assessed by two International Showjumping judges who scored him 8/10 for scope, technique and suitability. With the highest score in his section (13 hands & under), he then went on to take Reserve Champion in the final as well as winning the best turned out prize – a huge bottle of champagne!! The judges commented on his great temperament and aptitude for showjumping. Later reports by the Scottish Sports Horse described him as "a beautiful grey colt "


In March 2010, Signature began his ridden career with 13 year old Jack Starkie. First time out he qualified for Ponies UK Winter Championships in the Confined Novice and Open Horselode mixed height M&M WHP classes. He has consistently jumped double clears showjumping and in Open WHP classes and has also competed at dressage, narrowly missing out on qualifying for The NPS Dressage Championships at Addington Manor.  Judges described him as a "talented pony with super rhythmic paces - the perfect child's pony". 


In October 2010 he was presented at the SPSS Stallion Grading, not only passing with flying colours but achieving Reserve Champion placing. He also fulfilled the British Showjumping grading requirements for Competing Pony Stallions. This talented pony shows such a classic technique over a fence when loose jumping and under saddle - so good that in time he will be produced a show jumping pony stallion as well.


In 2011, 8 year old Maisey Sloan took over as Signature's rider.  In September 2011, they competed at the SPSS Potential Jumping Pony Championship  where they were Top 5 Year Old Pony and Overall Champions.  The Jumping judge, Gillian Milner commented on Rotherwood Signature's potential that he "has everything to excel in any sphere".  Maisey was presented with a SPSS Teddy as she was the youngest rider in the competition.  Click here for more pictures.  In Oct 2011, Maisey and Signature went to the Scottish Pony of the Year Show where they had double clears


In 2012, as Maisey was too young to ride a stallion in Mountain and Moorland showing classes, Anne Hartley took over the ride for the summer so that Signature could do Working Hunter Pony (WHP) classes. At Trawden Agricultural Show, Anne and Signature not only won the Open M&M Small Breeds WHP class but were also 3rd in the Puissance - which is a significant achievement for a 128cm pony when the puissance wall was 1m in the first round and he cleared not only cleared it then, but also at 1.10m and 1.20m before just knocking a brick out at 1.25m, so he nearly cleared his own height! Having qualified in June for the prestigious P(UK) Burghley Event Pony Final, which is held during the Burghley Horse Trials at the beginning of September, Anne and Signature did a good clear round over the combined show jumping and cross country course to finish 11th, a great result as most of the class were the larger M&M breeds and so Signature was one of the smallest ponies in the class and the fence heights were the same for all entrants. Signature then successfully defended his title at the 2012 SPSS Open Young Jumping Pony Championships in October, unfortunately, Maisey was ill just before the show, so was unable to ride but Junior Showjumper Lara Whiteway substituted at the last minute and Signature was Top 6 Year Old and Overall Champion.


In 2013, Maisey continued to compete Signature in British Showjumping classes and they had many wins and placings including qualifying double clears for the Pony Discovery Second Round, Springboard 128cms Final, Pony British Novice Second Round and the Stepping Stones 128cm Final.


Rotherwood Signature & Anne Hartley

P(UK) Burghley Event Pony Final 2012

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Rotherwood Signature & Maisey Sloan

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Offspring/Breeding Advice

End House Stud considers this lovely pony to be a superb sire for working hunter ponies, show hunter ponies and have the ability to produce amazing showjumping/event ponies.


His first crop of foals were born Spring 2010 from mares ranging from Welsh Section A Lead Rein ponies to small Thoroughbred mares and End House Stud were delighted with his first crop.  When crossed with TB mares the foals have more size but retain the fabulous pony influence and have the makings of super high-class performance ponies. One of his foals, Goodenbergh Sovereign, whose dam is of unknown breeding but Section A type,  gained a Higher First Premium at the BEF Futurity Evaluations in Sports Pony Foal Section and scoring Reserve Champion in the overall Showjumping Foal section.  Then as a 2 year old, Sovereign gained another Higher First Premium and was not only the highest scoring 2 year old show jumper on the day but finished the year as 4th highest placed 2 year old across venues and all entrants (horses & ponies).


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In 2014, his yearling Pretty Significant, an SPSS passported filly out of the TB Minnie Mouse (by Son Pardo (GB)) gained a Higher First Premium (Eventing)


In 2015, Catherine Billington's Thursden Vallye Leonardo (x Aimbry Chester), was the top scoring Sports Pony across all evaluations and the only one to gain an ELITE Premium.  Leonardo was also the equal top scoring Showjumping foal across all Showjumping foals (ie horses and ponies).


In 2019, his yearling Imperial High Night Fighter (out of Queen of Night by Piccolo) gained a Futurity Gold Premium with the very good score of 8.9, impressing the judges with his walk and scopey canter.  At the end of Rotherwood Signature was awarded the Competition Stallions Award as the 2019 Futurity Sports Pony Sire of the Year


Signature is very kind and polite with his mares, the perfect gentleman.


Thursden Vallye Reni

Bay filly.  Dam: Thursden Vallye Monet (by Aimbry Chester out of Berryrose Dawn Chorus).  Born: June 2016.  Breeder Catherine Billington.  Pictured 8 days old

Thursden Vallye Leonardo

Bay Colt.  Dam: Thursden Vallye Monet (by Aimbry Chester out of Berryrose Dawn Chorus).  Born: July 2015.  Breeder Catherine Billington.  Pictured 2 weeks old

Goodenbergh Sovereign

WPCS PB; Grey Gelding, 10-Jun-2010. Dam: Goodenbergh Rosie (Pet ID/SPSS); Damsire: unknown . Owner: Deborah Denison Breeder: Deborah Denison

Futurity 2012 Higher First Premium (Jumping) - score 8.79

Futurity 2010 Higher First Premium (Jumping) - score 8.61


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