Earning BHSJA points on various horses while working on Bobby Stone’s yard. Sue would undertake all aspects of horse care and being a groom. She developed her knowledge further and qualified as a BHSAI.
Never forgetting her father’s words “What is the horse trying to tell you?” Sue worked with so called “problem” ponies that others couldn’t, doing so patiently and peacefully.
For many years Sue also volunteered as a market inspector ensuring horses and ponies are treated well and not in danger, reporting any that were not. This is where the name Penny Ha’Penny came from, it was initially a slight on the ponies at the market; if they weren’t worth a ha’penny, then Sue Penny would want to check on them…the penny ha’penny horses.
Fast forward a few years after living in Wales where she rescued six ponies including ‘Smelly’ an orphaned Shetland foal who was bottled fed in the kitchen (the house had a garden and a paddock out the back), Sue moved to Malvern, buying Misty to be a family pet, then Pippin to keep her company.