3rd May 2014
There were 535 entries in the 37 classes at the 56th Glanusk Stallion Show; just over one half (272) actually appeared but they had travelled from far and wide e.g. 4th, 5th and 6th in the class for Section C three-year-old fillies came from Bolton, Lancashire, North Billericay, Essex and Basildon, Essex.
President of the Show was Mr Geraint Thomas of the Telynau Stud who also judged the supremes and he favoured the ponies, two grey stallions, the supreme award going to the eight-year-old almost white Section B stallion Llanarth Da Vinci and the reserve to the dappled grey ten-year-old Section A Brynrodyn Bonheddwr.
Llanarth Da Vinci has been a winner since his foal days at the National Foal Show in 2006, also his daughter Llanarth Alis was champion and reserve supreme at last year’s Show. His pedigree is full of Royal Welsh champions, his sire Cwrtycadno Cymro is also sire of last year’s Royal Welsh champion Cwrtycadno Perlen and is a son of the 1994 Royal Welsh champion Talhaiarn Eirlys Y Pasg. Da Vinci’s dam Llanarth Camilla is sired by Douthwaite Signwriter who is also sire of the 2012 Royal Welsh champion Llanarth Delilah and Camilla’s grand-sires are the half-brothers Twyford Signal and the three-times Royal Welsh champion Mollegaards Spartacus who, between them accounted for eight HOYS Cuddy qualifiers and three Olympia ridden qualifiers.
Da Vinci was sire of Llanarth Alis who was 2nd in the yearling filly class to the dark chestnut Heniarth Sililoquy who is sired by Heniarth Wood Wind, son of Eyarth Windflower who has won six 1st prizes at the Royal Welsh and was champion in 2002, 2003 and 2006. Sililoquy was also youngstock champion where the reserve was the bay two-year-old colt Byley Aragon sired by the 2012 Royal Welsh male champion Hilin Tattoo.
Reserve supreme and Section A champion was Brynrodyn Bonheddwr who was shown by Simon Charlesworth for Dafydd and Sian Morris and was also champion at Lampeter two weeks previously. Bonheddwr has three strains of the top sire Penual Mark, there are two in his sire Cwmhendy Buster and his dam Bethel Catrin is a Mark grand-daughter. The reserve Section A champion also came from the stallion class, this was Terry Wall and John Osborne’s nine-year-old Blackhill Humming Top and the same owners also had the 3rd in this class, the thirteen-year-old Blanche Gemini who has had many successes in Holland with Harold Zoet.
Section A youngstock champion was the two-year-old colt Pendock Pageboy produced by Popsters Stud for Jill Williams and Kitty Bodily of Glebedale Stud. Pageboy is another with many wins since his foal days and he was overall youngstock supreme. Another colt was reserve youngtock champion, this was Ann Overton-Ablitt’s steel grey yearling Colne Tigerbay produced by Sam Morsley, Glanhayl Stud. Reserve supreme youngstock to Pageboy was another success story for Llanarth Stud, this was the two-year-old bay Section D colt Llanarth Garibaldi by Trevallion Hooch.
As at Lampeter, Section C featured the strongest class which was for yearling fillies with sixteen present out of the 38 entered. Winner of this class was Sarah Hamer’s well-developed Cwmhir Billy-Jo by Donys Llawen, a very well-developed bright chestnut with four long white legs. Second to Billy-Jo was the bay Cilmery Lollipop, grand-daughter of Donys Llawen, bought by Henrie Leeuwenhaag at the Brightwells cob sale last year after she had won at the Three Counties, Gwent WPCA and the Welsh National Championships.
Section C was a huge triumph for the progeny of Robert and Maz Howard’s nine-year-old Moorcroft The Master who, in the past, has had many successes himself at Glanusk Show. The Master was sire of the champion, Dafydd and Sian Morris’ four-year-old black stallion Moorcroft Master Tom, the reserve champion (also youngstock champion) the two-year-old filly Tycwm Abbey Grace and the reserve youngstock champion, her full-brother, the three-year-old Tycwm Master Joe. Having won the 2013 WPCS sire ratings by a large margin, The Master (who is 88% Synod-bred) is well on the way to repeat this position. Having achieved everything in hand, The Master is now competing successfully under saddle. The grand-dam of Abbey Grace and Master Joe is the beautiful Tycwm Abigail, breed champion and HOYS Cuddy qualifier at the 2005 Royal Welsh Show.
It was also a stallion which won the Section D championship, this was Peter Gray’s Thorneyside The Saracen produced by Justin Walters. The Saracen is well-known in Wales for his superb temperament but also made history at the 2012 Brightwells Cob Sale when his son, the chestnut colt foal Thorneyside Royal Command sold for a staggering £16,000, a world-record price for a cob foal. Already mentioned is the cob youngstock champion, the two-year-old colt Llanarth Garibaldi. A big rangy colt, he is reminiscent of the Garibaldi cobs which were around at the beginning of the last century.
Reserve Section D youngstock champion and best filly was Edwards and Tyler’s elegant bay two-year-old filly London Olympic Rose. Produced by Paul Harper, Olympic Rose was 2nd out of 80 entries at last year’s Royal Welsh Show. Olympic Rose was then awarded the supreme filly award which she richly deserved.
The percentage of entries putting in an appearance was higher for the ridden classes than for the In-hand; this suggests that the future of the Welsh breeds lies within performance. The black eleven-year-old Section D mare Nebo Julie Ann, a former Royal Welsh ridden champion, Olympia qualifier in 2012 and Welsh cob ridden pony of the Year and Reserve overall champion at HOYS in 2012 was ridden champion at Glanusk. This is now another championship to add to her long list. Reserve champion was the winning Section A Pantycoed Silver Charm, another exhibit with a formidable record including 2nd at HOYS last year.
Gryngallt Pretty Picture won the ridden Section Bs and Hafodyrynys Braveheart the Cs. Gryngallt Pretty Picture won at the Royal Welsh Show as a two-year-old and was 2nd as a three-year-old. Hafodyrynys Braveheart is sired by the 2011 Royal Welsh champion Bryncarreg Lightning Jack.
Report by Dr Wynne Davies.
WPCS Publicity Officer
Section A Champion – Brynodyn Bonheddwr
Brynrodyn Bonheddwr - Photograph by Dr Wynne Davies
Section B Champion – Llanarth Da Vinci
Llanarth Da Vinci - Photograph by Mili Lampard
Section C Champion – Moorcroft Master Tom
Moorcroft Master Tom - Photograph by Dr Wynne Davies
Section D Champion – Thorneyside The Saracen
Thorneyside The Saracen - Photograph by Julie Smith
Ridden Champion – Nebo Julie Ann