Wells stud was founded in 1901 by John P Sleigh at St Johns Wells, Fyvie, with the first stud book entry in 1915. The stud continued to expand under Harry P Sleigh from 1947 with his origional mares, Wells Saidee, the dam of Wells Superb, Wells Elaine, the start of the E line, and Wells Vasha, the dam of numerous champions including the renowned Wells Vijay and Wells Final Command.
The stud continued to flourish under H P Sleigh during the 1950s and 1960s with around 2000 ponies being exported to America and numerous others sold to Australia, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and Denmark. Many ponies were sold throughout GB, providing the foundation stock for many studs.
Many of the exported ponies won or produced champoins in their new country. Wells Rising Star, exported to George Barret in Austrailia won several Shetland pony championships at Sydney show and various local shows and has been a strong influence on the breed in Australia.
Wells Final Command, 4 times Royal Highland Show champion and Royal English Champion was exported to France in 1990 for a then record price in the breed.
Harry C Sleigh took the stud forward in the 1980s and 1990s, again exporting ponies worldwide including Wells Highclass to Australia.
The studs first Royal Highland Show championship was won in 1950 by Wells Prefect and now stands at a total of 33 Royal Highland and 16 Royal English champions to date, Wells Highlight II won the RHS championship 5 times. No other of todays studs has won the Royal Highland Championship more than 4 times. The stud has also won numerous championships at local and national level.
The Wells stud, consists of over 45 ponies of all ages and are available for viewing and for sale by appointment. The animals are suitable for breeding, showing, riding and driving. The stud continues to produce stock of the highest level and will continue to lead the way in the Shetland pony breed.