Cothi Bridge Show 2013
Having started in 1898, the Cothi Bridge Show is among the oldest half-dozen Shows within the Principality and caters for 26 Horse and Pony sections offering 113 classes and loads of championship trophies. The generous classification, coupled with the fact that it is a Welsh Pony and Cob Society Sire Rating Show, a Silver Medal Show and qualifier for the National Brightwells In-Hand and Brynseion Ridden Championships, attracted 761 entries and the glorious weather brought out the exhibits and the spectators in force. The hard-working Committee are to be congratulated on an extremely successful and well-organised event.
From this plethora of competitions, judge Mrs Margaret Marson of Fairwood, Swansea who has had a lifetime of experience with in-hand and ridden show ponies and horses, selected as her supreme the Welsh Section C stallion Gwenllan Madoc with the Riding Horse champion Manhattan IV standing reserve supreme.
Jimmy Dykes’ eight-year-old bay Section C stallion Gwenllan Madoc has not been excessively shown, his owner concentrating on stud duties, but one of his rare appearances was at the 2011 Royal Welsh Show where he stood a very creditable 4th from 26 of the best in Britain. Being sired by a WPCS former top sire Parc Marvel, his own stock include Mr Dykes’ flashy two-year-old colt Crossfield Danny Boy, youngstock champion from 86 entries at Glanusk and Section C overall champion at the Wales and Border Counties Show.
The famous fourteen-year-old Manhatten IV ridden by Nia Marshalsay-Thomas must hold the record for his number of Horse Of The Year Show appearances having qualified, either as an Intermediate or Riding Horse, every year since coming from Ireland as a three-year-old. Previously ridden by Peter Thomas and Natasha Yates, it was Nia who rode him at HOYS last year and also at Shropshire County the previous week where he was also champion. The family had more success at Cothi Bridge when Eleri Wyn Marshalsay won the NPS/Ringside Mountain and Moorland small breeds ridden class on her Section B Moelview Prince Charming and the Section B ridden class qualifying for the Brynseion National Championships.
Gwenllan Madoc also won the overall Welsh championship judged by the four section judges Mr Sandy Anderson (A), Mr Jeff Parry (B), Mr Alun Lewis (C) and Mrs Wendy Davies (D) on a points system with the champion Section B Ingrid Delaitre’s Section B three-year-old colt Adagio De L’Aurore reserve.
Section B turned out to be an International affair with the champion owned and bred in France and the reserve champion being Peter De Rade’s yearling colt with a Dutch prefix Wellizjemz Biggles, both sired by the successful young sire Heniarth Woodwind. Adagio De L’Aurore, produced by the Sianwood Stud, Myddfai, Llandovery was earlier youngstock champion at Lampeter and has already produced foals in France.
Section A’s turned up in unprecedented numbers with 16 of the 23 yearling fillies entered actually appearing to provide the largest class of the day, won by Kathy and Joanna Sheil’s Dukeshill Chimichurri who was also reserve youngstock champion to Menai Stud’s yearling colt Menai Endeavour, well-shown by young Thomas Jones, who also won at Lampeter.
Section A overall champion was David Morgan and Aled Lewis’ eleven-year-old barren mare Montcalm Charisma bought last autumn as an outcross mare for their new stallion Harringworth Sodemal and champion also on her only previous showring appearance in Wales. Reserve champion was the Cobley family’s great-moving six-year-old bay stallion Tryfel Triumph, having many championships under his belt and sire of winning progeny.
Champion Section D was the three-year-old colt Avonvalley Tiger Bay produced by Justin Walters of Tredegar for his owner, Miss Beatrice Humphreys of Loughborough. Tiger Bay was recently champion Section D and reserve Overall Welsh at the West Midland Stallion Show. Reserve champion was the Reed family’s famous mare Nebo Julie Ann; having won just about every ridden competition in Britain, she is competing in hand this year and has now been put in foal.
Mrs Janice Parry judged the ridden Welsh classes where the championship went to India Latter riding her Dutch-bred Section A stallion Powys Sprite, former winner of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society Performance Points competition; India also winning the section C class on her Yarty Rhian. Reserve champion was the Section D Fronarth Gravell, again produced by Sianwood Stud, this time for long-time Welsh cob enthusiast Mrs Pat Burnie of Aberdeen.
Mrs Parry also judged the Welsh part-breds where numbers again were at record level with 15 youngsters entered but champion was the ten-year-old Penstumbly Pollyanna ridden by Abigail Meyrick. Penstrumby Stud themselves won the yearling class with Pentrumbly our Latif an orphan foal who was champion last year at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair. Reserve champion was Nicky Bond’s four-year-old Orielton Top Secret who went on to be champion of the Riding pony breeding section where Mount Pleasant Stud’s home-bred two-year-old Mount Pleasant Valley Rose was reserve.
Mrs Ann Nicholls’ champion of the NPS/Ringside Mountain and Moorland Ridden section was Sarah Whitfield’s Connemara Moorland Melody from Debbie and Dean Baker’s Welsh cob Thorneyside Survivor whose son, the dun two-year-old colt Thorneyside Golden Boy, sold for the world record price of £22,000 at last autumn’s Brightwells Cob Sales. Ridden mini champion was Cadlanvalley Stud’s lead rein Finglebridge Funtime sired by the evergreen Wilcrick Baron who has recently changed homes. Reserve champion was George Bissmire’s first-ridden Penllyn Marten, another evergreen pony who has been a great schoolmaster and was also mini Working hunter pony here. Open Working hunter pony champion was Charlie Hunt’s 143 cm Rhiwceiliog Princess from Kayleigh Slater’s 158 cm Brickhouse Bonanza. The Russell family’s good sire, the section B Bryngwennol Royal Tribune was M+M In-hand champion from another section B, Claire Brooke’s Doylan Gorgeous George.
Another large section with six classes qualifying for National Championships was that for Coloureds judged by Mr Ifor Lloyd where the champion was the seven-year-old Native/Cob/Traditional Cwmdistaw Worrier ridden by Marie Anthony Isaac.
Ridden hunters also appeared in substantial numbers but Malcolm Rosser had his consistent Paxford Venture to take the tricolour from Amy James’ Dovevale Regal Dove. The youngest of the In-hand hunters, Sarah Davies’ yearling Foxcourt Abriana was champion of her section.
Other champions to compete for the supreme were Mesdames Smith and Gordon Hasguard Flora (miniature Shetland), Carmilo Stud’s Ladbury Regent (Standard Shetland), Philippa Hughes’ Dolphin Superiority (Arab), Subar Stud’s Subar Bonanza (Palomino), Mr and Mrs Anderson’s Crabbiesden Platinum (Cremello), David Thomas’ Singing The Blues (Show pony) and Shelley Higham’s Be Bop Burnt Toast (Working Hunter).
Dr Wynne Davies