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Glanusk Welsh Breeds Show 2013

Royal Welsh Showground
4th May 2013

Mr Edwin Prosser, President of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society was this year’s President of the Glanusk Show whose other honour is always to judge the supreme awards and his selection for overall, accompanied by much applause, was Mattie Attrell’s flamboyant Section D stallion Danaway Harry and reserve the Section B stallion Skellorn Bronze Soldier.

The home-bred eight-year-old Danaway Harry is sired by Trevallion Harry, one of the unluckiest stallions ever at the Royal Welsh Show having been bestman six times but never the bridegroom! Harry was well-shown by Mattie junior who was getting married the following day. Danaway Harry, a dark bay with small star and three tiny white coronets careered around the ring with head and tail well up and displaying exceptional action no matter how many times he was called upon. Trevallion Harry has left his mark on the Welsh cob breed, at the 2011 Royal Welsh Show both junior stallion Trevallion Black Harry and senior stallion Powysvalley Mr Harry were sired by him.  Trevallion Harry is also responsible for the novice stallion winner Danaway Charlie, his dam Danaway Chantelle being a daughter of his.

The youngstock Section D champion with judge Mr Phil Pugh was another dark bay with almost no white, the two-year-old filly Geler Ela owned by the Charman family from Hedgerley Green in Buckinghamshire and she was also Mr Prosser’s choice for the supreme filly of the Show. The Lampeter youngstock champion, Gwynfaes Stud’s two-year-old colt Gwynfaes Seren Wledig, produced to perfection by farrier Dorian Lloyd, was reserve youngstock champion to Geler Ela. Section D’s fared well in the supremes, in addition to the supreme filly, the supreme yearling award went to Gemma Paxford’s filly Menai Sparkling Eos a daughter of Menai Super Star.

Octogenarian Mr Eddie Tamplin of the Griashall Stud judged Section B’s and, while numerically they may not have been the strongest, they were of an exceptionally high standard and their presentation was exemplary. Champion and reserve overall supreme was the dark chestnut six-year-old stallion Skellorn Bronze Soldier who was reserve male champion at the Royal Welsh as a three-year-old and was later 2nd under saddle here displaying exceptional behaviour for a stallion which is used extensively at Stud. It was well worth David Williams of Moelgarnedd importing Weston Park Musk Rose from Australia, her son the three-year-old Moelgarnedd Stadros is a very exciting Section B stallion prospect. Stadros was reserve Section B champion and supreme overall youngstock champion with Mr Prosser. Reserve supreme filly to Geler Ela was the Williams family’s dark palomino Section B two-year-old filly Thistledown Golden Zumba whose four white legs showed off her impressive movement to great effect.

Francis and Sally Goggin’s nine-year-old grey stallion Penboeth Tantrum was Miss Ann Bale-Williams’ choice for Section A champion; he is a member of the Llwynan Tip Top x Winchfawr Emma family  which has produced the many winners, the females Eleri, Ella and Evita and the males Tantrum, Tap Dance and Tip Off. His two-year-old son Penboeth Game On also won his class for Nottinghamshire breeder Tracie Topliss. Susan Hayward’s three-year-old filly Tiffwyl Charm sired by Tiffwyl Mascot was reserve champion. The largest Section A class was the fourteen-strong yearling fillies where Blaenau Stud were 1st and 3rd with Blaenau Ffanci and Blaenau Valencia, both sired by Blaenau Vipin who was the champion premium stallion to run out on the Black Mountains.

Twenty Section A stallions appeared before the premium judges Messrs Billy Collins and Chris Cobley of which 15 were awarded premiums and 10 of these additional super premiums. Reserve champion was Wayne and Sharon Lloyd’s Llanfilo Amber’s Spirit (Llangoed) followed by Maesgwyn Humbug (Blaenavon) and Rhydgwillim Nightstar (Hergest Ridge).

Champion Section C judged by Mr Peter Gray was the thirteen-year-old stallion Twyford Cola owned by Alun Lewis of the old-established Tyssul Stud; he is a true novice and no-one at Llanelwedd had ever seen him before. He was bought as a foal at Twyford by Jo and Tony Lutey for their Trevarth Stud in Cornwall and only came to Wales last August. His breeder the late Mrs Alison Mountain would have been so proud of his success and Alun feels greatly privileged to own one of the best sons of Persie Renown who is now 29 years old. Reserve champion was Rachel reading’s open stallion winner Fronarth Defoe who has won many championships and is siring good stock at Yarty Stud. Derek Dykes’ two-year-old colt Crossfield Danny Boy was youngstock champion, he is a consistently good mover, a bright chestnut with four long white legs and white flecks under his tummy. John Kirk’s chestnut yearling filly Donys Double Trouble was reserve youngstock champion and ended up overall reserve supreme yearling.

Miss Rosemary Philipson-Stow judged ridden Sections A and B and Mrs Pippa Balch the ridden Sections C and D. Overall champion was the Section A stallion Heniarth Yeats for school-teacher Eleri and her mother Mary Marshalsay of Llanrhystyd. His sire Heniarth Mr Milligan won at the Royal Welsh three times, qualified for HOYS Cuddy in 2011 and was supreme champion at Lampeter for his Swedish owner Mrs Inger Becker in 2005. His dam Sunwillow Yasmin was Royal Welsh reserve female champion in 2000 and dam of the current champion Heniarth Yum Yum. Yeats was sold to the Vennebos Stud in Holland as a yearling but bought back by Heniarth in 2011. Reserve ridden champion was the Section C Rhencullen Chantilly Lace owned by Vron Davies of Llandrindod Wells, the other winners being Bronheulog Silas (B) for Rowena Andrew of Welshpool and Danielle Everitt’s Monahawk Masterpiece (D) who was recently novice ridden champion at the Glamorgan WPCA Show at Pencoed College.

Dr Wynne Davies, M.B.E.  



17th May 2013