was born wild and free on Codsend Moor in Exmoor National Park into Hawkwell Herd 12
, owned by the Western family. He was sired by Hawkwell Great Gatsby
out of Collabear Countess
(bred by Mrs Sue Byrne).
Bear has proved to be an astonishing ambassador for the Exmoor pony breed.
His achievements include standing Overall Supreme In Hand Champion at the Exmoor Pony Society Annual Breed Show in 2006 (also Supreme of Show) and 2010. He has won over 30 other showing championships, including standing Champion Exmoor at Royal Bath & West (twice), Devon County and Royal Cornwall (three times). In 2011 he stood Overall Reserve Supreme Champion of the NPS Mountain & Moorland Silver Medal Final, winning the coveted NPS Gold Medal Rosette.
International Horse Agility World Champion
In 2011 and 2012 Hawkwell Versuvius and Dawn Westcott stood International Horse Agility World Champions, after competing in a year long league competition involving on-the-line, at liberty and wild agility challenges. Bear is also a wonderful riding pony and enjoys being ridden and competed in the Light Rider bitless bridle.
Hawkwell Versuvius is working stallion and a successful proven sire with his progeny winning in the show ring. He puts his remarkable stamp on his foals and has a string of beautiful colts and fillies to his name, various of whom have now gone on to successfully breed themselves.
In 2015 he ran with some carefully selected semi-feral mares from Farleywater Herd H67 and this has produced a small number of lovely moorbred foals in 2016.
Bear is a much treasured member of Holtball Herd 11.