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Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale 2015

Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale 2015

Colne Tulip - Photograph by EquinePix Photography

Royal Welsh Showground
26th & 27th September 2015.

The glorious weather over the weekend coupled with Brightwells’ faultless organisation resulted in a very upbeat event with 83% of the 431 ponies offered (up from 71% in 2014 and 62% in 2013) selling for £264,405. The average was £742 which was up from £695 in 2014, £613 in 2013, the highest average since 2007 and almost double the £418 average of 2001.

Nine lots were sold for £3,000 or over and 76 for £1,000 or over. 81 ponies were sold for export led by 24 to France followed by 22 to Holland, 9 to Germany, 8 to Northern Ireland, 7 to Sweden, 6 to Spain, 3 to Denmark and 2 to Eire.

Top of the Sale at £7,500 was the well-known seven-year-old ridden Section A mare Colne Tulip sold by Mrs Hayley Grota of the Cadlanvalley Stud, St Dogmaels, Cardigan to Mrs Milner of Knutsford, Cheshire. Ridden by ten-year-old Libby Grota, they have twice won Royal Welsh championships, reserve champion this year, three years in succession Brynseion Welsh National champion and many other awards. They decided to sell her since they also have the novice full-brother, the six-year-old Colne Torpedo and have qualified both for the Horse Of The Year Show (HOYS). This family have been enormously successful for their breeder Mrs Ann Overton-Ablitt of the Colne Stud who shrewdly purchased their great grand dam Cwmsyfiog Trisca on the 1984 Fayre Oaks Sale. Tulip should prove a wise investment for her purchaser later as a brood mare.

Second-highest at £5,200 was also a seven-year-old Section A, this was Mr Sandy Anderson’s elegant stallion Thistledown Lovelorn; sired by the now-deceased multi-champion Blackhill Picalo. His dam, Thistledown Love in the Mist is a grand-daughter of Coed Coch Lorna, the top Section A filly on the 1978 Coed Coch Dispersal Sale when purchased by Colne. Lovelorn was purchased by Mr Tim Waddington of Brighouse, West Yorkshire who has purchased HOYS qualifiers at these Sales in previous years and could well repeat this achievement with Lovelorn.


Thistledown Lovelorn - Sold for £5,200
Photograph by Rob Jones


Two Section B males came next at £4,000, Mr Walker’s eleven-year-old Littlebyrom Harry Potter came from Huddersfield and Messrs Eddie and Mark Tamplin’s yearling Griashall Legend from Rudry, Caerphilly. Harry Potter has qualified under saddle for HOYS for the last four years and has also sired some prizewinning stock. He is sired by Eyarth Savero, son the of the three-times Royal Welsh champion Carwed Charmer and his dam Cottrell Annwyl is a daughter of Cottrell Amethyst, daughter of Rotherwood State Occasion who topped the Welsh Pony and Cob Society sire-ratings nine times a record beaten only by his grand-sire Downland Chevalier who won it ten times. Harry Potter was bought by Mrs Evans of Upper Draintewion, Llandinam.


Littlebyrom Harry Potter - Sold for £4,000
Photograph by Rob Jones


Griashall Legend is a very promising dun colt who won this year at the Royal Bath and West and Royal Three Counties Shows. Legend is sired by Griashall Stud’s Griashall Kiwi who was Royal Welsh champion in 1999 then reappeared eleven years later and was male champion again; Kiwi’s grand-sire is the same Rotherwood State Occasion as Harry Potter’s. Legend’s dam Wortley Lily of the Valley has seven brothers and sisters all of which have qualified for HOYS, four of them the same year (2001). Legend went to Mr Gosling of Saltburn, North Yorkshire.

Fifth-highest at £3,500 was Hope Stud from Llandeilo’s six-year-old Section A stallion Heniarth Beaudacious which they were selling since they now have retained eleven of his daughters.

Beaudacious is sired by Colne Turbo a full-brother to top-of the Sale Colne Tulip and his dam is the 2005 Royal Welsh youngstock and 2012 overall champion Heniarth Yum-Yum who died last year at the age of only twelve. Beaudacious was sold to Mrs Colosso of Malden, Essex. 

Richvale Stud’s five-year-old Section B stallion Sianwood Caradog sold for £3,200 to ridden pony expert Debbie Barr of Lewes. His grand-dam Abercrychan Antonia is a sister to Abercrychan Antonella who produced six HOYS qualifiers including Harmony Bubbling Champagne, the 1983 Pony Of The Year.

Mrs Cleall-Smith’s two-year-old Section B colt Waxwing Penny Guy produced by Liesl Burt of Clacton-on-Sea sold for £3,100 to Sir W. Vklaarbergen of Holland; he had been unbeaten this year, winning at Glanusk and the Great Yorkshire Shows. He is sired by Eyarth Beau Geste who featured highly in the 2014 WPCS sire-ratings and sired two winners at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.


Waxwing Penny Guy - Sold for £3,100
Photograph by Rob Jones


Islyn Stud, Trawsfynydd sold the eleven-year-old Section A mare Islyn Arian to Bryan Thompson of the Penech Stud, Oldham for £3,000; they sold her sire Lacy Buzbee for £9,200 on the 2009 Fayre Oaks Sale and have retained five of her full-sisters which have been very successful.

Top Welsh part-bred, also at £3,000 was the eight-year-old gelding Balfour Toreador from Tracey Jones of Llansanffraid, Powys. A consistent winner under saddle, he qualified for HOYS last year and was bought by Gunn Johansson who has a large riding school in Sweden.


Balfour Toreador - Sold for £3,000
Photograph by Rob Jones


Whilst I marked some lots as “expensive” there were also some which I thought were “bargains” e.g. lot 473 Laithehill Moonshadow at £800 almost persuaded made me to start breeding Section Bs again!

Peter Gray of the Thorneyside Stud kindly donated a four-year-old Section A mare Churchwood Ceridwen with the proceeds going to the Gwent Royal Welsh Feature County Appeal to improve the Equine Area on the Royal Welsh showground; she was sold to Miss Baggally of Stafford for £820.


Churchwood Ceridwen - Sold for £820
Photograph by Rob Jones


During the Saturday night High Flyer Sale, four heavyweights of the equine world Messrs Dai Harris WPCS President, Peter Jones, Menai Stud, Llandysul, David Roberts, Tawelfan Stud, Wrexham and Terry Court of Brightwells were weighed to launch the “£ for lb” sponsored weight loss challenge. They will be weighed again at the October Cob Sale and finally at the AGM on 1st April 2016 with the proceeds donated to the British Heart Foundation.


Centannial Lady Victoria - Sold for £700
Photograph by Dr Wynne Davies



Ceulan Cyffin - Sold for £350
Photograph by Dr Wynne Davies



Dulas Sian and Maesgwyn Highmark - Sold for £1,300 and £2,500 respectively
Photograph by Dr Wynne Davies



Frongoch Chelsea Rose - Sold for £950
Photograph by Dr Wynne Davies


Dr Wynne Davies
WPCS Publicity Officer

6th Nov 2015