Danaway Stud Open Day
There was a “full house” attendance at the Danaway Stud Open Day, at Sittingbourne, Kent on 8th September. Many spectators had travelled from overseas and there were full coach loads from Severn Valley, Ceredigion and Glamorgan/Gwent. Altogether there were 72 Welsh cobs shown which entailed enormous preparation, transport of the animals from various locations and erection of temporary stabling. The Attrell family were very fortunate to have a large band of athletic handlers, some of whom had been helping for many days.
The display began with six yearlings followed by seven two/three-year-olds which included some which had been successful prizewinners this year including the two-year-old colt Danaway Bugsy owned by the Lee family (Mattrell and Leebron Stud). Pick of the seven barren mares was Charles Attrell’s bay mare Danaway Rosa which had won enormous classes of 57 entries at the 2012 Royal Welsh Show and repeated it in a class of 59 entries this year. Rosa (owned by Mathfred Stud) is full-sister to the chestnut roan 2012 Royal Welsh champion Danaway Cracklin Rose and their dam Danaway Janelle was the first of the nineteen mares with foals to be paraded which also included the grand-dam Trefforest Ribbon (f.1991: Nebo Daniel x Synod Rumour). Ribbon’s colt foal Danaway Americano by Drogeda Stormy Tempest had been sold to Jenny Knight, U.S.A. Another filly foal Danaway Band of Gold (Danaway Flash Jack x Avonvalley Zeta Jones) had been sold to Chris and Karen Simocko of the U.S.A.
The eight stallions were made up of five Danaway stallions, the Lee family’s Drogeda The Outlaw (top of the 2011 Brightwells Cob Sales and winner at the 2012 Royal Welsh Show), Drogeda Stormy Tempest (winner at the 2008 Royal Welsh Show when owned by Mr Byron Preston) and Geler Mathias (youngstock champion and reserve male champion at the 2011 Royal Welsh Show). The Danaway stallions included this year’s winners of Glanusk novice and open stallions Danaway Charlie (owned by Peter and Jaqualine Denning) and Danaway Harry (also champion) the Royal Welsh winner in 2008 and 2009.
Star of the stallion section was the eighteen-year-old Danaway Tango, Royal Welsh winner in 1999 and Reserve male champion in 2000; he is a son of Trevallion Marie one of three daughters of Tapton Rachel (f.1976: Derwen Rachel x Tyhen Princess) which formed the foundation of the Danaway Stud the other two being Trevallion April and Trevallion Pollyanna.
Finally there was the very nostalgic moment when the Royal Welsh George Prince of Wales cup appeared accompanied by three of its winners Danaway Flashjack (2000), Danaway Cracklin Rose (2012) and Trevallion Black Harry (2013). The Prince of Wales cup has been competed for at the Royal Welsh for 105 years and has only left Wales eight times and Danaway is the only outside-Wales Stud to have won it three times. Previously it left Wales to Tyngwndwn Cream Boy (1963), Llanarth Brummel (1964), Derwen Viscountess (1985), Trevallion Giorgio ( 1997) and Trevallion Rachael’s Miracle (2008).
Two items sold for auction for the WPCS President’s Appeal (this year in aid of the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK) were Dr Wynne Davies’ now out-of-print book “The Welsh Cob” (£400 to Mrs Ceri Fell) and a free service to any Danaway stallion (£800 to Dr Etienne Stevens, France). Everyone present was very greatly indebted to the Attrell family and their multitude of helpers for a very pleasant and exciting day.
Dr Wynne Davies, M.B.E.
Trevallion Black Harry - Photograph by Tara Coppins
Danaway Tango - Photograph by Tara Coppins
Danaway Flash Jack - Photograph by Tara Coppins