Cob Sale Records Shattered
509 of the 665 (76%) Welsh cobs, ponies of cob-type and Welsh Part-breds offered on the Brightwells Autumn Cob Sale at the Royal Welsh Showground on October 19, 20 and 21 sold for a Sale total of £459,160 averaging £908 which is the highest average for the last five years boosted by the inclusion of 43 Welsh cobs from the famous Thorneyside Stud which realised a staggering £151,000 i.e. an average of £3,511. Without the inclusion of the Thorneyside consignment the average figure was £668 which is only slightly down on last year.
61 animals were sold for export led by 21 to Germany, 15 to Sweden, 7 each to Holland, Denmark and France and one each to Italy, Finland, Austria and Norway.
The atmosphere during the selling of the Thorneyside consignment was electric with much whistling and whooping enhanced by the renderings of the London Pearly Kings and Queens brought down specially for the occasion. The whole event was another successful brainchild of Brightwells Joint Managing Director Terry Court to add to his many previous lifetime successes.
Top of the Sale at £22,000 was the dun two-year-old colt Thorneyside Golden Boy sired by the dun Thorneyside Survivor who has won so many ridden classes for Debbie Baker of Pontyates. His g-dam Stormydown Dilys, bred by John and Sooraya Cooke, was brought back into the Stud in 2003 from Mrs S. Russell, Brimstone Stud, since she had two Thorneyside parents. Golden Boy was bought by harness expert W. B. Wenham of West Sussex. The previous Brightwells Section D Autumn Sale records were set up by the females Tardebigge Estelle at £17,000 in 2005 and Pennal Calon Mai at £14,500 in 2006; the previous stallion record of £11,000 for Synod Robert Black having held for 12 years.
A few minutes previously the record was already broken when the four-year-old chestnut stallion Thorneyside Welsh Magic sold for £20,000 to Eirian Emanuel of Ponthenri, Llanelli who is a big “Thorneyside” fan having been very successful with his well-known Thorneyside The Real McCoy. Welsh Magic won his class of 22 entries at the 2010 Royal Welsh Show and was also champion at Glanusk that year.
The next record to go was that for foals when the chestnut colt Thorneyside Royal Command was absolutely stunning and sold for £16,000 to Mark Swistun of Llanmorlais, Gower. Royal Command is sired by Thorneyside The Saracen winner of many championships this year, produced by Justin Walters of Tredegar. The previous foal records were again for fillies, Abergavenny Princess Yasmin at £12,000 in 2008 and Cascob Powys Princess at £11,000 in 2006 with Haighmoor Dewi Sant being top colt at £5,400 in 2008. Mark Swistun also bought the bay filly foal Thorneyside Diamond Jubilee for £5,000; she is sired by the 1992 Royal Welsh champion Thorneyside Flyer who is now 27 years old. John, Bev and Jonathan Batt of Abergavenny bought Royal Command’s mother the six-year-old Thorneyside Debutante for £6,000; if she had been offered after her outstanding son, no doubt she would have cost a lot more!
Another chestnut four-year-old stallion Thorneyside Crusader sold for £8,000 to John Townsend of Chesfield, Kent; top showman Gareth Andrew of Berriew, Welshpool paid £7,000 for the Thorneyside Flyer fourteen-year-old daughter Thorneyside First Lady and Mrs Groom of Maidenhead (later purchaser of the top Section C) paid the same figure for the black yearling colt Thorneyside The Highwayman. Two other very promising chestnut colts were the three-year-old Thorneyside It’s Magic sold to Mrs Roberts of Wrexham for £6,000 and the yearling Thorneyside True Magic sold to Lee and Jack Bowerman of Ebbw Vale for £5,500.
Outside the Thorneyside consignment the next Section D toppers at £5,000 were chestnuts, Barry White’s ten-year-old stallion Felinmor Distinction from the New Forest and Cerdin and Doreen Jones’ filly foal Synod Rosie’s Scarlet Ribbons from Talgarreg, Llandusul. Distinction was top-priced colt foal when bought from his breeders Keith and Llinos Spenser of Aberystwyth on these Sales and won at the Royal Welsh in 2008 and also many championships under saddle; he was bought by Mr Cumberland of Samuels Close Farm, Ispworth.
Cerdin and Doreen Jones are no strangers when it comes to Sale-topping foals, their palomino cob filly Synod Red and Gold sold for £5,200 in 2010 and of 15 top Section C foals from 1992 to 2007, Synod fillies accounted for 11 of them! This time they had two elegant cob fillies Synod Rosie’s Scarlet Ribbons and the palomino Synod Rose Dixie Chick; Dr Etienne and Catherine Stevens of the Guinel Stud, France bought them both for £5,000 and £4,000.
As already stated, Mrs Groom was also the purchaser of the top Section C at £6,500, this was Steve Davies’ charming aptly-named palomino filly foal Taincwm X Factor sired by Calvin Williams’ Caerneuadd Hywel who was also sire of another palomino filly foal Henfenyw Lucky Girl, also purchased by Mrs Groom. Next to Synod Relegance which sold for £11,000 in 2001, X Factor is the second-highest priced Section C foal in 48 years of these Sales.
Notwithstanding her 16 years, the beautiful bay mare Parvadean Rosina sold for £5,000 to O M Davies and Son of the Tynwydd Stud, Beaumaris; her dam Synod Rhiannon is sister to this year’s Royal Welsh champion and South of England HOYS Cuddy qualifier Synod Ringlet’s Last. Rhian James of Pontyates, who has had considerable successes this year showing her Section A’s, paid £2,200 for the four-year-old ridden mare Fencers Sweet Caroline. Two very promising yearling colts which could end up being influential overseas sires were the black roan son of Parvadean Recharge named Bairdmoor Pegasus which sold to Ilona Pykalainen of Finland for £1,800 and Veronica Layton’s Caebryn Harri QC, full-brother to the Royal Welsh youngstock champion Caebryn Endeavour, sold to the Chopin Stud, Denmark for £1,700. The eye-catching chestnut filly foal Popsters Dixie Chick was Section C champion at the Glamorgan WPCA Foal Show the previous week and was bought for £1,400 by Tomos Howatson of Llansannan owner of this year’s Royal Welsh Section A youngstock champion; he also bought the three-year-old Section D filly Dunaire Dancing Angel for £4,200 and now has champions in three Welsh sections.
Welsh part-breds were sold on the Friday with a top price of £3,000 for the ridden five-year-old piebald mare Blaenmorlais My Lady sold to Mrs Ellerton of Whitchurch, Shropshire. A black filly foal Llanidan Pearly Queen by the Welsh cob stallion Gwenllan Bossy out of a Hackney mare sold for £2,300 to Mrs Lowe of Bracknell.
Dr Wynne Davies