Brightwells Spring Sale of Welsh Ponies and Cobs
The Brightwells Spring Sale of Welsh ponies and cobs was held on the Royal Welsh showground on 11th May 2013 when 122 of the 170 lots offered sold for £69,570 averaging £570 which has remained fairly consistent for the last four years but well down on the figures for the previous four years. 10 were sold to Germany and 2 to Austria. One mare sold to Germany (Heidi Hahn) at £1,300 was the nine-year-old dun Panthwfa Miren who derives her colour from her great great grand dam Ceulan Nyfain foaled in 1975; Heidi was under-bidder on her for twice this figure at the Autumn Sales. 21 made £1,000 or more with 51 making £500 or more.
Top of the Sale at £2,400 was the 11-year-old bay ridden Section C gelding Kirkhamgate Mr Cool bred by Mrs Dawn Gant of Wakefield, West Yorkshire and sired by Glynwyn Gideon who was male champion at the last Royal Welsh Show. Mr Cool, who has qualified three times for the Horse Of The Year Show was bought by Miss B Jones of Tynybryn Farm, Llanrwst.
Two coloured Welsh part-breds were next at £2,300 and £2,200, the five-year-old ridden tri-coloured gelding Loxleyhouse Magestic Warrior and the four-year-old dun and white mare Terackie Georgia. Magestic Warrior was the traditional type with plenty of bone and substance and was bought by Nicola Yates of St Austell, Cornwall. Georgia was of the lighter hunter type and had won in hand as a yearling; she was bought by A Crighton of Avon Valley Equestrian, Stonehouse. Another coloured ridden part-bred was the seven-year-old piebald mare Dylasau Tonwen who had won at show jumping and cross-country and she was bought for £1,800 by Mrs Jones of Llwynrhos, Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire.
Two other home-bred Welsh part-breds to sell at £1,700 were the four-year-old chestnut riding pony gelding Penstrumbly Our Biggles and the five-year-old cob-bred liver chestnut mare Ridgehill Magda. Biggles was sold to Mr Gardiner of Crowborough and Magda to A Ward of Buntingford, Herts.
Top of the Welsh cobs at £2,100 and £2,000 were the eye-catching bay yearling filly Abergavenny Chantily Lace and the eight-year-old bay stallion Fronarth Cenadwr who has produced top quality stock. Both home-bred, Chantilly Lace is a daughter of the silver medal winner Abergavenny Viscountess and was bought by J Lee of Upminster, Essex and Cenadwr, grandson of Fronarth Welsh Model who was Royal Welsh champion in 1991, 1994 and 1996 was bought by Helen Williams of the Seiont Stud, Caernarfon. It is interesting that Derwen Railway Express, who spent of his long life at Abergavenny Stud, was the grandsire of both.
Two home-bred chestnut Section D mares sold for £1,700; they were the six-year-old Boniface She’s A Lady by Abercippyn Victor’s Last and sold to Markus Bauer of Austria and the four-year-old Cascob Flying Duchess by the 2009 Royal Welsh champion Pennal Brynmor sold to Mr Sawyer of Wisbech.
Standing out amongst the Section A’s was the beautiful six-year-old steel grey mare Doddenhill Coral Chloe which sold for £1,800 to Miss Clibburn of Preston. Chloe had been one of the top winners of her day in youngstock classes winning twice at Lampeter, the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Supreme at Home Counties and many more. Since being purchased on the 2010 Fayre Oaks Sale, Chloe was first used as a brood mare, then broken to ride.
Dr Wynne Davies, M.B.E.