Ridgewood Miniature Horses is a family owned and operated stud farm, run by Margaret and Wayne and their daughter Melinda.   We have been owners and breeders of Miniature Horses since about 2001, although horses have been part of our lives for much longer.   We have all been involved with riding, Pony Club and "big" horses for quite some time.


There were a number of factors which contributed to our decision to breed Miniature Horses.   It was Margaret who made the suggestion to breed Miniature Horses.   Melinda had always had a dream of breeding horses, although she had never thought of Miniature Horses, so she was supportive of the idea.   We decided to look for our first mare to breed from and after some research into the breed we came across an Appaloosa mare, Bluff View Taika (Lilly) with a foal at foot, Westforks Ebony Illusion (Buffy).   During the search we also came across Bluegables Abbys Diamond Lil (Di).   Our addiction to these fabulous little horses began and we quickly discovered that our plans to have one mare with one foal each season quickly gave way to reality!


Margaret has recently been elected as the Secretary of the New Zealand Miniature Horse Association.   She has served on the North Shore City Council for a number of years and has been elected to the Upper Harbour Local Board of the Auckland Council.   Margaret is a qualified phsyiotherapist and has also completed courses in Horse Massage Therapy.   Margaret shows, trains and prepares the horses, doing a lot of the background work.   She has previously ridden and owned standard horses.


Wayne also does a great deal of the background work with the horses.   He offers a great amount of support and assistance with the horses and their preparation for show day.   Wayne previously owned and rode "big" horses.   He had extensive involvement with the Paremoremo Pony Club (when it was running), supporting Melinda with her riding and as the President of the club for a number of years.


Melinda shows the horses with Margaret and helps with the training and background work when she can. Melinda has had extensive riding experience and has returned to riding after a number of years off. She currently owns five "big" horses, a 15.2hh Appaloosa (Kools Quest - 'Quest'); a 15.1hh Appaloosa (SI Out Past Midnight - 'Tigger'); an Appaloosa Mare (Grace) a QH/Arab/Paint Cross (Chico) and a Thorougbred (Nero).