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Brightwells Spring Sale 2012

Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.
12th May 2012.

Of the 177 Welsh ponies, cobs and part-breds which were offered, 127 were sold for £78,875 representing an average figure of £631 which is only slightly down on last year’s average of £663. 9 were sold to France, 6 to Germany and one each to Holland and Finland. The better animals sold as well as ever but 50 of the “not so good” were not sold and others sold at disappointing prices.

Mrs Nesta Owen of the Desach Stud, Pontllyfni, Caernarfon works hard to produce her cobs in tip-top condition and they have often fetched high prices at these Sales. Her three-year-old dark dun cob filly Heolas Mari Lwyd was very smart and topped the Sale at £3,300 and her other palomino-roan three-year-old filly Arllwyn Mair, both sired by the dun Thorneyside Nugget, sold for £1,800. It is a coincidence that these two fillies when bought by Mrs Owen were the next lots to one another when bought as foals for £700 and £400 on the 2009 Brightwells Autumn Sale, they have lived together for three years, were next lots on this Sale and will stay together, both bought by the Keenleyside Stud, Tyne and Wear. The Desach Stud concentrates on duns and palominos and Keenleyside Stud bought the stunning top palomino stallion Kallistalodge The Iceman for £7,000 on the 2009 Sale and now have two new wives for him.

Another lovely cob mare with a Thorneyside sire was Mrs J Cuming’s thirteen-year-old Osbourn Rosie, having produced some very good foals and been broken to ride and drive, she was offered here under saddle and displayed a perfectly calm temperament; she was bought by Mr T Davies of Stockwood, Bristol for £3,100.

Mrs Julie Evans of the Haighmoor Stud, Llanfyllin is another who always offers good animals looking well and this year’s offering was no exception – a stunning dark bay yearling filly Powysvalley Pearl, sired by her own Royal Welsh champion Fronarth Victor and she sold for £2,000 to Mr Cameron of Bishop Auckland.

Mrs Kathy Hall of the Penstrumbly Stud, Fishguard sold a four-year-old black mare Penstrumbly Billie Piper who was Penstrumbly-bred on both sides for £2,300 to Mr K Jarvis of Kidderminster. She was ridden in the Sale ring and behaved impeccably.

Mr Dewi Roberts of the Trofarth Stud, Llangernyw, Abergele sold his County Show winning seven-year-old mare Trofarth Cari, by a Powysvalley sire out of his champion mare Trofarth Boneddiges for £1,800 to Mr Gittins of Tycroes, Ammanford.

Duns and palominos were in great demand throughout the Sale and it was Menai/Friarly Stud’s  eye-catching palomino yearling colt Menai Moon Man who topped the section C’s at £3,200 selling to Mr A Turner of Manfield Road, Birmingham. Moon Man is sired by the Stud’s Menai Calon Lan who is a Horse Of The Year Show ridden Qualifier. The Stud also topped the section A’s with the chestnut roan yearling filly Friarly Dreams of Fashion bought by Henrie Leeuwenhaag of Rossum, Holland for £1,200; she is full-sister to their Friarly Height of Fashion, a supreme champion at many major Shows.

Mr Paul Harper of the Pantydwr Stud, Pontardulais is selling his section C’s to concentrate on his cobs and sold his six-year-old black stallion Pantydwr Pencampwr for £2,100 to Toni Williams of Bournemouth. Sired by the Dutch-bred Yssevliedts No Limit, he had a very successful youngstock Show career and was ridden in the Sale ring by WPCS employee Katie Parry.

Mr Sam Beech of Llanharan sold his fourteen-year-old section C gelding Crickadarn Prince for £1,900 to Mr Z Bowkett of Coleford, Gloucestershire. He has been a well-known family pony and was presented in the Sale ring ridden by two young members of the Perry family.

Mr Dark of Swansea received the top Welsh part-bred price of £2,800 for his four-year-old home-bred ridden skewbald gelding Login Drum Major; he was sold to Ann Staniland of Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire.

Dr Wynne Davies



16th May 2012