Dyfed Welsh Pony and Cob Association Report 2014/2015
The current President, David Roach of the Grugaur Stud, known to many of you as the chief steward of the Section A’s at the Royal Welsh Show, has welcomed many new members to the association who appear to be enjoying our new venue at Lolfa Cynin, near St. Clears in Carmarthenshire.
A variety of speakers have entertained us through the winter months. Bill Simmons, former chairman of the Road Transport Association informed of us of which legislation we should be aware. Dai Harris of the Pennal Stud who gave us all an insight into his own personal journey as a breeder of the best Welsh Cobs he could gather together to fulfil his goals. Justin “Popsters” Davies who filled the room with eager “punters” looking for tips on show production and then a delightful, informal chat with Betty French reminiscing on forty-seven years of breeding the Forlan ponies. Each evening rounded off by some nice homemade soup and a roll. Nobody has yet taken up on a free dip in the pool that the meeting room overlooks! Maybe 2016 will bring that excitement! Although it appears rude to mention it, the home team in the Inter Area Annual Quiz competition was again most successful.
Sadly news came through of the passing of Bill Olding of the Finglebridge Stud. Bill and partner Dorothy were dedicated supporters of the association when they lived in Wales and we all express our deepest sympathy to his family and indeed Dorothy.
Success has come in all guises to our members this year. None more proud was John Davies of the Rhoson Stud, who was made an Honorary Life Member of the Society at the AGM in the spring. The Owen’s family from Crumpwell had a Royal Welsh to remember when Catherine showed their homebred filly Crumpwell Blue Ruby to take the Mountain Pony Youngstock Championship. Heniarth stallions came out top of the Section B sire ratings with Heniarth Wood-Wind and also Reserve Mountain pony sire with Heniarth Quip, then West Wales was well represented at the International Show in Denmark when Senny Kendal, bred by founder member Roland Michell took the Overall Driving Championship in the hands of George Mitchell. Many more regional representatives did well in 2015 – hopefully we can attract them to join our small, yet enthusiastic Association so we can share in their success.
Meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of every month, highlighted on our Facebook page which now has some 500 plus followers. Further details from our secretary. Adrian Bowen, Glyncoch Stud on 07736 056712
Photo caption: David Roach, centre, with award winners at the 2015 Points presentation, from left to right, Barbara Green (Ruperra), Sarah Russell (Bryngwennol), Stan Strelley (Grugaur) Rachael Reading (Yarty) and Adrian Bowen (Glyncoch)