Let's have a short introduction
May we introduce ourselves? We are
Gilbert and Maria Claes – Van Immerseel. Welcome on the website
of our Shetland Pony stud "Van de Meerheuvel". Let us first tell
you how it all started ...
day, my wife and myself felt like having a pet and ... we bought
our first Shetland Pony. We realised that being alone was
lonesome and rather sad for that first pony. So we got soon a
second one. That was the beginning of our hobby which, in the
meantime, became a passion. Nowadays, we already built 30 years
of experience in the world of Shetland Pony breeders.
All our ponies have pedigree and
are registered in the Belgian Shetland Pony Stud-book. The first
letter of the name of a Shetland Pony is always dependent on the
year of birth. Each year, there is another letter of the
Ponies also have a "surname". The
latter is dependent on the stud farm where it is born. As a
stable name we have chosen the name “Van De Meerheuvel” for our
Shetland stud, all ponies which are born at our stud receive
Ponies keep those names during
their whole life.
Shetland Ponies can become 30 to
35 years old. A Shetland pony does not require very much. The
stallions as well as the mare are very gentle towards children
and are very affectionate. From time to time, there are little
foals at our stud. They are so lovely. Sometimes, they are for
sale. Come along and have a look. Visitors are most welcome.
In the first years, we
participated to lots of contests. We always obtained very good
results. We won several Belgian championships and one of our
mares got the very first title of “Star mare of Belgium”. For
many years we participated in competition. It gave us a lot of
pleasure. Later on, I became a member of the jury after having
followed some courses. I realised that participating to contests
and being a jury member are not very compatible. Therefore, I
have withdrawn as participant in order to continue as a jury
Since that moment, we focus on the
breeding of Shetland Ponies. We possess three approved
stallions, amongst them the smallest pony of Belgium. He is 64
cm tall from the shoulders. We try to breed as small as possible
(small head), but maintaining a high quality. The colour of the
ponies does not matter to us.
We would like to wish you a lot of pleasure when visiting our
Please feel free to make an
appointment. Just give us a phone call or send us an email. As
said, visitors are most welcome.
Gilbert & Maria Claes - Van Immerseel
+32 (0)3 636 07 87
+32 (0)476 34 32 22