Fayre Oaks Sale 2014
27-28th September 2014
With the numbers of Welsh pony and cob foals bred annually having reduced to one half over the last five years due to the economic climate, breeders are now more selective and the animals offered this year were of a noticeably better quality than in the last years.
This was reflected in the prices attained, 303 of the Welsh mountain ponies, Welsh ponies Section B and Welsh part-breds sold for a total of £210,590 averaging £695 which is more than double the £326 average in 2009.
12 animals were sold on the Saturday night High Flyer Sale for £41,000 averaging £3,416. Top of the Sale at £8,800 was Sandy Anderson’s three-year-old chestnut Section B colt Thistledown Arctic Monkey whose brothers have sold here in the past for £4,000 (yearling) and £9,000 (three-year-old). Arctic Monkey had a fantastic show record including championships at Windsor and the West Midlands. He was bought by Jane Bennison of Thirsk.
Second highest at £8,100 was Serena Crump’s six-year-old grey Section A stallion Uphill James Fox who was a 1st prizewinner at the Royal Welsh Show as a yearling and three-year-old in classes of 40 - 50 entries and in the top three twice as a stallion. He was bought by a cash purchaser and goes to Lincolnshire.
The four-year-old lead-rein bay gelding Manorlea Marcus from the Abel family who had been a good winner in youngstock classes before his first season under saddle sold to Mrs Hayes of the Otterbush Farm, Ely for £5,000.
45 of the animals outside of the High Flyer Sale sold for £1,000 or more. It was another top price of £3,000 for Sandy Anderson’s Thistledown Stud in Loughborough, Leicestershire. This was for the most elegant six-year-old grey Section A mare Thistledown Mockingbird bought by Chloe and her mother Carol Smith of Cleghorn, Lanark who won the championship of the Working Hunter ponies at the Royal Welsh Show last year riding her Section C Cadfach Rhydian.
Second-highest at £2,500 was the seven-year-old chestnut Section A gelding Brohelegan Las Vegas who has won lead-rein and first-ridden classes for the Herdson family. Las Vegas was bought by Sara Williams of Parciau Farm,
Caernarfon, well-known for her successes with her ridden cobs and this year’s riding judge at the Royal Welsh Show and she has very promising young riders coming along so we expect to hear a lot more of Las Vegas in the future.
Top Section B at £2,300 was the striking palomino yearling colt Hilin Sandpiper consigned by Dewi Evans of Pentrefoelas and his son Arwyn who won the £2,000 Dr Emrys Evans Award at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. A most extravagant mover, he was bought by Mr Savage of Chipping Sodbury, Bristol.
Three lots from the end of the Sale, local breeder Miss Hassell sold the eye-catching chestnut Section A yearling colt Monksfield Jupiter to Mandy Burchell-Small of East Grinstead for £2,200; only lightly shown he was much admired at Glanusk Show this year.
Having sold the bay colt foal Gadlys Picalo at £3,100 at this Sale last year, Geraint Williams of the Gadlys Stud, Bodorgan, Angesey offered a similar half-sister Gadlys Anthem and she made £2,100 to Angela Broomhall of the Elcon Stud, Whitchurch, Shropshire who has built up a formidable show string which is difficult to beat.
Interest was maintained from the last lots of the Sale to the very first lots, Lot number 2, the palomino Section B yearling colt Musbury Prince Consort who could well make a top stallion of the future, sold for £2,000 to Mr Reid of Aberdeen who also bought the two-year-old filly Leucarum Rachel for £1,850 from Nick Howells of Loughor, Swansea who sold 13 owing to his ill-health.
The long-established Springbourne/Blanche Studs from Newbury had a major reduction of eight beautifully presented Section As of the best pedigrees. Their palomino yearling filly Springbourne Eureka from a long line of champions sold for £2,000 to Ms Clark of Richmond.
Helen Boulton and her mother of the Blaengwawr Stud, Crymych sold the five-year-old chestnut Section B gelding Blaengwawr Colorado for £2,000 to Mrs Allin of Bromsgrove. A beautifully mannered riding prospect, he is of the best breeding of their cousins, the Davieses of Cadlanvalley.
Exports kept up well at 44: 14 to Germany, 12 to Holland, 6 to France, 6 to Sweden, 2 to Spain, 2 to Denmark, 1 to Belgium and 1 to Canada. There have been no exports to Canada from these Sales for many years so it was encouraging to find a top Canadian breeder present who was prepared to pay over £6,000 flight costs for a bay Section A colt foal Ceulan Louis from Dr Wynne Davies who has sold on 59 of the 61 Fayre Oaks Sales since 1954 and bought on the other two.
Top Welsh part-bred at £3,600 was the bay three-year-old gelding Avec Moi, son of the HOYS show hack Regardez Moi and sired by the Australian-bred Willowcroft Regal Bronze; he was bought by Mrs S Timperley of Hyde, Cheshire.
Report by Dr Wynne Davies
WPCS Publicity Officer