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Glamorgan WPCA Spring Show 2013

Pencoed College.  14th April 2013.

There were unprecedented entries at the Glamorgan WPCA Spring Show with some exhibitors having travelled for 4 or 5 hours. Yearling classes had to be split into separate colt and filly classes and two-year-old and three-year-old fillies had to be separated owing to sheer numbers. The Show started at 10am and the last class entered the ring at 8pm with exhibitors having long journeys to travel home.

Supreme in-hand exhibit with judges Miss Eleri Jones (Trawsfynydd, section A), Mrs Jocelyn Price (Hay-on-Wye section B and part-breds) and Dr Etienne Stevens from France (sections C and D) was the Welsh cob stallion Thorneyside The Saracen produced by Justin Walters of Tredegar for the Thorneyside Stud, Windsor. This stallion achieved a place in Welsh cob history last year when his son, the colt foal Thorneyside Royal Command broke all records at £16,000 at the Brightwells Autumn Sales. Reserve champion at Pencoed was another son of his, the three-year-old colt Thorneyside Casino which his owner Tom Stevens brought all the way from Guildford. The dam of Casino was Stormydown Dilys bred locally by John and Sooraya Cook of Kenfig Hill, Dilys also being grand-dam of the two-year-old Thorneyside Golden Boy which sold for £22,000 on the Brightwells Sale.

Reserve in-hand supreme was the section B stallion Trefriw Tomkin owned by Katie Parry of Cilcennin. Katie previously produced Tomkin for his breeder, Joss Owen of Llangeitho but has now bought him and Tomkin also captured the reserve Supreme ridden championship after performing impeccably ridden by Annah Chester. Reserve section B champion was the beautiful mare Llanarth Rose owned by Ceri Fell of the Brynseion Stud. Brynseion Stud previously had sections A with Brynseion stallions having made a name for themselves overseas, section C which won Supremes at the Horse Of The Year Show and section D which won best of breed at Olympia and Brynseion Stud has now has acquired a formidable string of section B’s.

Champion section A was the dark grey three-year-old filly Sarum Rosie May produced by Adam Fletcher for Stewart and Ann Franklin of Cullompton, Devon. Rosie May is sired by the Dutch-bred Voermanhof Nicolas and his dam’s Sarum “R” family has produced many championship winners at major Shows. Reserve section A champion was the yearling filly Glebedale Jubilee owned by Kitty Bodily of Llandewi Skirrid, Abergavenny. Kitty also won the yearling colt class with Pendock Paige Boy and the mare class with his dam Pendock Flower Girl.

Two others of Justin Walters’ charges, the chestnut stallion Nye Poppie’s Boy and the three-year-old filly Corstan Penelope were section C champion and reserve.  A consistent winner in South Wales, Poppie’s Boy was bred by the Kehoe family, also of Tredegar. Penelope, bred and owned by Nicole Musson of Mildenhall, Suffolk is with WPCS staff member Iola Lloyd-Hughes while Nicole has Iola’s well-known stallion Tyrllawn Mr Cool.

Champion Welsh part-bred was the six-year-old coloured gelding Hollyland Maraschino owned by Gemma Hale of Bridgend. Maraschino was bred at Wendy Campbell’s Hollyland Stud in Pembroke which has produced so many top-class coloured horse and ponies. Reserve part-bred champion was J C Davies’ colt Chinook Delight bred by Wilf Davies of Chinook, breeder and joint owner of the supreme ridden champion at Pencoed.

The Landon family of Pontantwn, Kidwelly brought their stunning Horse of the Year winner Brynodyn Sirius to be greatly admired by all and win the ridden mini championship. Reserve was Leah Dalley’s recently acquired part-bred first ridden Thurstonhouse Sundance who is a perfect mount for Madison Dalley only just graduated from lead-rein.

Danielle Everitt always likes to produce new novice ridden section D’s and won the novice ridden championship on her Monahawk Masterpiece by Trevallion Picasso. Picasso was cleverly spotted by Danielle at the 2012 Brightwells Cob Sale, he was only sold because his breeder Mrs Anne Hawkins was giving up breeding due to ill-health. Former Royal Welsh Lady Ambassador Lucinda Dargavel won the reserve on the section B stallin Hilin Capiello which she purchased on the Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale.

It has already been mentioned that Trefriw Tomkin won both in hand and ridden section B; Blackhill Tazmin from Hereford won the ridden section A’s, Katie Parry produced Gweunydd Ceidiog for Nicky Bond to win the section C’s and the ten-year-old section D mare Ddeusant Diamond Edge put up a super show to beat several champions to win her ridden class.

Judge of the supreme ridden championship was Mr Martyn Davies of Llantwit Major and his choice was  the part-bred gelding Chinook Excel jointly owned by his breeder Wilf Davies and producer Cath Hughes-Jones and superbly ridden by Alexia Chard with the reserve slot providing Trefriw Tomkin with another reserve supreme sash.

Dr Wynne Davies, M.B.E.
Publicity Officer

23rd Apr 2013