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Brightwells Cob Sales Report 2011

Royal Welsh Showground.
21st, 22nd and 23rd October 2011

580 Welsh cobs, Welsh ponies cob-type and Welsh part-breds of the 785 offered were sold at the Brightwells Autumn Cob Sale for a Sale total of £404,335. The individual day averages were Friday £588, Saturday £652 and Sunday £821.  The overall £697 average was down from £740 last year.  What was noticeable is that, while the prices of the best animals kept up well, in some cases were even higher than in previous years, many of the “run of the mill animals” failed to reach the upset price.

16 animals sold for £3,000 or more; 39 for £2,000 or more and 128 for £1,000 or more. 83 were sold for export, 29 to France, 23 to Germany, 12 to Ireland, 9 to Holland, 3 each to Sweden and Finland, 2 to Denmark and 1 each to Norway and Austria.

Top of the Sale at £6,500 was Peter Hussey’s black six-year-old section C stallion D’Abernon Sugar Ray who has been a successful sire and a good winner in hand and was now broken to saddle; his sire, two brothers and one sister have all qualified for Horse Of The Year Show ridden classes and it is expected that he will do the same for his new owner, Miss Ingles of Berkeley, Gloucestershire. His breeding contains the famous stallions of the past, Nebo Bouncer, Parc Carlo and Lyn Cwmcoed. Miss Ingles is a member of the Saltmarsh Stud started by Mrs Julie Hoskins who passed away this year; the most successful Saltmarsh stallion being Saltmarsh Cock Robin (foaled in 1974) sired by Lyn Cwmcoed.

Another stallion was second-highest at £5,900, he was Messrs Peaty and Deabill’s four-year-old section D Drogeda The Outlaw, son of Trefaes Golden Pearl who is also dam of the twice Royal Welsh winner Drogeda Stormy Tempest. He was bought by the Lee family of Sittingbourne, in-laws of Matty Attrell of the Danaway Stud, so he goes to join his sire Danaway Tango, the 2000 Royal Welsh champion Danaway Flashjack and this year’s male champion Trevallion Black Harry.

Third-highest at £5,600 was the black three-year-old section D filly Penrhiwlas Magdalene from Mr E W Davies of Talog, Carmarthen and she was bought by Brian Chiverton and Hilary David of Yarmouth. Magdalene was a big, scopey, eye-catching filly from a Maesmynach-bred dam and sired by the 2002 Royal Welsh champion Gwynfaes Culhwch. Culhwch was also the sire of the top section D foal, the Davies family’s Ilar Alexis, a dark chestnut with four long white legs which she used to great  advantage; Alexis was bought for £3,200 by Anthony and Aileen Booth of Reading who have had considerable success with other Culhwch progeny. Trofarth Stud’s three-year-old bay Trofarth Lel, champion at the Denbigh and Flint Show, was second-highest filly at £3,100 selling to Miss Forbes of Aberdeen.

John and Bev Batt of the Abergavenny Stud, who were this year’s Royal Welsh Show overall champion with their mare Abergavenny Morning Queen, offered a similar mare, the beautiful ten-year-old Abergavenny Roxanne, full-sister to their multi-champions Abergavenny Sally and Abergavenny Welsh Lady. Roxanne sold for £5,500 to Mark Swistun of Llanmorlais, Gower.

A twelve-year-old ridden chestnut section D gelding Glantraeth Aur-y-Nos fetched the fifth-highest price of £5,200; well-known for his Classical Dressage displays, he returned to North Wales, bought by Iona Watkin Jones of Caernarfon. Next highest ridden were also chestnut section D geldings, the six-year-old Tybanadl Sonny (£3,400 to Mrs Pope of High Wycombe) and the four-year-old Iouar Jac Fflach (£3,200 to Christine Myles of Fife, Scotland). Jac Flash was consigned by Scottish cattle expert Mr Anderson of Dumfries who has the ability of spotting colt foals with potential at these Sales, his other four-year-old geldings being Conygar Lookout (£3,000 to J Gardiner of Crowborough) and Tirgors Mab Victor (£1,800 to Sanudo, France). The black gelding Dunaire Jack Sparrow sold for £3,200 to Susan Bucknell of Tiverton and the chestnut gelding Fflur Ednyfed, bred by Royal Welsh commentator Charles Arch, sold for £2,700 to Mr Easton of Denmead. 

Palominos and cremellos were in great demand, sixth-highest price of £5,000 was paid by Paul Anderson of Crickhowell for the six-year-old cremello section D stallion Crabbiesden Platinum. He is  sired by the palomino Janton Dictator of similar bloodlines to last year’s Sale topper at £7,800 Janton Philanderer and also to the five-year-old palomino Janton Viscount which sold for £3,400 to G Bower of Soberton, Hampshire. Third-highest filly at £2,800, Biddy Williams’ cremello Duhonw Guinevere, sired by Janton Lightning went to France, bought by Emile Camail. A  palomino stallion of different bloodlines was the five-year-old A.C. Golden Boy by Brynithon Royal Knight and he was bought by Steve Everitt of Llangadog for £3,800. Cefngarn Stud’s four-year-old bay stallion Cefnbangor Rob Roy,  winner of many championships, sold for £3,500 to J Corbett from the West Midlands.

Two outstanding section D colt foals were Mrs Mary Edwards’ black Cascob Llyr Du by Gwynfaes Culhwch, sire of three of section Sale toppers here and grand-sire of another, and Meurig Thomas’ chestnut Cruglwyd Tango by Gwenllan Brynmor, sire of the 2009 Royal Welsh champion Pennal Brynmor. Llyr Du, who was produced by AI on the lovely mare Cascob Elonwy, stayed within the Edwards family purchased at £2,800 by Mr Hamer of Llanidloes and Tango sold for £2,000 to J Wilkinson of Hadham, Hertfordshire who also bought the palomino filly foal Hillgarth Mai Fair Lady for £2,300. Fourth-highest filly foal at £2,600 was the dun Corscaron Delyth which hails from a very successful long line of duns and she was bought by Mr Tillman of Cynheidre, Llanelli.

Second-highest section C and seventh-highest of the whole Sale at £4,800 was Sharon Coburn’s bay filly foal Cadfach Sali; quite an achievement for a breeder who keeps only two or three mares but this foal had been spotted by quite a few prospective purchasers. Sali was bought by Dutchman Henrie Leeuwenhaag who bought the section C filly foal Llanidan Truffle last year for £3,400 and the following month she was supreme at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair. From the same area in Gwent,  Wayne Groucott and Tracey Morris sold their bay roan yearling colt Hafodyrynys The Gladiator sired by their Royal Welsh champion Bryncarreg Lightning Jack for £2,600 to Julie Stobbs and Neil McNally of Carlisle.

Second, third and fourth-highest section C foals were from the Synod consignment, the black Synod Rhapsody in Black (£2,000 to Sandra Watkins of Buckley, Flints), the bay Synod Rose Alex (£1,300 to Richard and Gethin Morgan of the Ormond Stud) and the bay Synod Golden Delicious (£1,000 to Hannah Urrila, Finland). The Synod consignment  was quite exceptional and consisted of another four section D filly foals, the palomino Synod Rosy Peek-a-Boo (£2,800 to Steve and Carol Crutchley, Walsall), the palomino Synod Ring-of-Gold (£2,200 to Markus Bauer, Austria), the palomino Synod Rosaline (£1,000 to S Howarth, Darwen)and the chestnut Synod Red Taffeta (£800 to R Parry, Pwllheli). In total they fetched £11,100 which with the VAT amounted to £13,320 averaging £1,902.

Top part-bred at £2,900 was the blue roan three-year-old colt Berthorpe Edmond sired by The Checkerdy Horse out of the cob mare Gwynfaes Rachel by Gwynfaes Culhwch and he was sold to J Liston of Alfreton, Derby and next, at £2,650 was the coloured three-year-old filly Davids Lemoncello Lady, consigned by her breeders Jane Bugler and Jo Claes and bought by James Chatfield of Chichester.

Dr Wynne Davies

3rd Nov 2011