Glamorgan WPCA Foal Show 2012
Exhibitors came from far and wide, from Gloucester, Somerset, Cardigan and Haverfordwest to the Foal Show of the Glamorgan Welsh Pony and Cob Association held at Pencoed College on 13thOctober. Many exhibitors had never attended this Show previously and some of the exhibits had been bought for top prices at recent Sales. With the three judges Ms Sian Coulthard (Section A), Mrs Carole Anderson (Sections C & D) and Mr Robert Jones (Section B and Part-Breds) coming together to decide on the supreme, it was a coincidence that all five Section champions were chestnuts each with four white legs, and the supreme award went to the Section D colt foal Ringside Lucifer with the Section A colt Wilcrick Equerry in reserve position.
Ringside Lucifer is owner-bred by Gareth and Christine Williams of Castleton, Cardiff and his only previous showring appearance was when he won from 51 colt and filly entries at the Royal Welsh Show; he is sired by the 2009 Royal Welsh champion Pennal Brynmor out of Pennal Mia’s Image. Reserve Section D champion was a smart dun filly Ridgehill Lady Louisa owned by Steve Patch and Kevin Howdle of Felton, North Somerset; she is sired by Cascob Golden Warrior out of Ridgehill Lady Louanne.
Champion Section A and reserve supreme was Wilcrick Equerry produced by Popsters Stud of Littledean, Gloucestershire for Roger Munnings of Chippenham; he is full-brother to the same owner’s yearling filly Wilcrick Easter Lilly that has won many major successes this year and also to the consistent two-year-old colt Wilcrick Envoy. Reserve Section A champion was the grey 2nd-placed colt Dukeshill Polar Express, sired by the many-times champion Dukeshill Darcy and he is owned by Ryan Wilson of the Meisgyn Stud, Pontyclun.
Winner of the largest class of the day, that for section A filly foals with 12 exhibits was the chestnut Milwas Seren Aur owned by Bethan Hooper and Rhydian Donati of Groesfaen; she is the first foal sired by their Ceulan Calon Lan winner of 16 championships and her dam is Ceulan Sali who was overall champion of the Royal Show in 1998. Placed 2nd in this class was the grey Llanfilo Amber’s Lucky Lady owned by Wayne and Sharon Lloyd of Llanfilo, Brecon.
The Section B champion was the chestnut filly Cadlanvalley Anna Liza owned by Hywel and Yvonne Davies of St Dogmaels, Cardigan and she is sired by their Boston Bonaparte who featured amongst the top sires in the WPCS sire-ratings last year. Reserve champion was Alex Williams’ filly Hilin Athena and she is sired by another of the top sires, Eyarth Tayma and 3rdwas John Willams’ Llanwarne Diamond Rose sired by Llanarth Da Vinci and she came all the way from Harewood End, Hetreford.
Fillies also captured the main awards in Section C with the championship going to Popsters Stud’s Popsters Dixie Chick sired by their Joyton May Be Black, last year’s top of the sire ratings and she is entered for the Brightwells Saturday Cob Sale. Reserve champion was Graham Moffatt’s Pwllmelin Scarlet Ribbons sired by the many-times champion Moorcroft The Master and produced by Justin Walters of the Ty’rllawn Stud.
Champion Welsh Part-Bred was the colt Penstrumbly Our Latif owned by Kathy Hall of Goodwick, Pembrokeshire; he was very well grown and developed considering that he was an orphan foal and is sired by the well-known Oldenburg sire Liberace. The coloured filly Drummer was reserve, she is sired by King William and is owned by Keith and Jane Jones of St Mary Church, Cowbridge.
Report by Dr Wynne Davies