A'Bhasteir Of Talisker (photo by Michelle Winans-Gomez)
McClellan Highland Ponies is located 7 miles east of Bridgeville on Highway 36, 35 miles inland from Fortuna on California's rugged North Coast. The farm is just below McClellan Rock, on the side of McClellan Mountain. Vegetation consists of firs, oaks and grass for grazing, with a little stream along one side. We purchased the bare land in 2005 and began making improvements immediately, starting with fixing up a little cabin for us. Fencing and a water system came next, then a barn. Both of us retired from our jobs in Northern Arizona and moved here permanently in 2008 along with all the critters.
We imported A'Bhaisteir of Talisker (Fergal) who was foaled in May of 2005 as our foundation stallion, he received his stud license in 2008. He carries the old department bloodlines on both his Sire's (Corriegarth Rhidorroch) and Dam's (Lyncrests Monique) side. Rhidorroch has sadly passed away, leaving Fergal as one of only two intact stallions descended from him. Luckily Fergal inherited his sire's gentle disposition.
We purchased Fionchoire of Talisker (Flo) who flew from England in December 2008. Her Sire is Grouse of Langley, her Dam is Princess of Dykes. She settled in very well considering she was a month in transit!
Since then Fergal and Flo produced three stunning filly foals for us, Hamara of McClellan, Samhradh of McClellan and Lussa of McClellan. In 2015 he sired a colt with Ceol Beag Fiaray who had been with us on-loan since 2012.