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Glanusk Show 2016 - Report and Photographs

Royal Welsh Showground.
7th May 2016.

Despite a wet morning there was an excellent attendance at the 58th Glanusk Stallion Show and plenty of excitement during the judging of the Welsh cob stallion classes by which time the weather had improved to give a very pleasant afternoon.

Show President Mr John Llewellyn-James awarded both the supreme championship and the reserve to Section Ds, the supreme to Simon and Sally Bigley’s eight-year-old stallion Llanarth Fiery Jack and the reserve to the Jones family’s three-year-old filly Fronarth Michelle Keegan who also won the supreme youngstock championship.

 


Llanarth Fiery Jack
Photograph by Dr Wynne Davies

 

Llanarth Fiery Jack is sired by Menai Sparkling Magic whose two grand-sires are the Royal Welsh champions Nebo Black Magic and Nebo Daniel and his dam Llanarth Pam Evans is sired by another Royal Welsh champion Thorneyside Flyer. Llanarth Pam Evans is descended from the exceptional Rhosfarch Morwenna who, after producing Rhosfarch Frenin in 1961, went on to produce another 14 of the Llanarth “M” family including many champions. Fiery Jack who was Royal Welsh male champion in 2014 has qualified for the HOYS Cuddy championship three times, in 2013 at Newark, 2014 at the New Forest and in 2015 at the Royal Highland.

Fronarth Michelle Keegan is a typical “Geler” type, plenty of bone and substance and a good, solid colour with very little white markings. The ancestors of Fronarth Michelle Keegan also contain plenty of Royal Welsh champions, her sire Geler Sparc is sired by Gwenllan Sparc son of the 1998 and 2003 Royal Welsh champion Gwenllan Sali and his dam traces back to the 1977 champion Geler Neli and the 1964 champion Geler Daisy. Michelle Keegan’s dam Fronarth Zeta Jones is a daughter of Fronarth Victoria, full-sister to the 1999 male champion Fronarth Victor and their dam Fronarth Boneddiges was Royal Welsh overall champion that year.

 


Fronarth Michelle Keegan
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

 


Northwick Bon Jovi
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

 


Pennal Royal Anthem
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

Reserve youngstock champion to Michelle Keegan was the Section C champion Sarah Hamer’s three-year-old filly Cwmhir Billy-Jo shown by Jamie Edwards. This was the third successive 1st prize for Billy-Jo at Glanusk, last year she was reserve champion and also won at the Royal Welsh. Billy-Jo is sired by Donys Llawen out of Cwmhir My Dream who is sired by the Section A stallion Cascob Red Kite who is siring exceptional stock at the Cilmery Stud.

 


Cwmhir Billy-Jo
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

Reserve Section C champion was Geraint Davies’ two-year-old bay colt Rhyd-Ddu Fury who also won here last year along with a 1st at Cothi Bridge and championships at Glamorgan and Brecon. His dam Tyreos Furioso was consistently in the ribbons for his breeders Rob and Val Robinson, then came out for Rhyd-Ddu at the age of 20 in 2012 to be champion at Gower. His grand-dam Tyreos Furietta was Royal Welsh champion in 1998.

 


Rhyd-ddu Fury
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

 


Brohedydd Welsh Magic
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

 


Tyreos Aragorn
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

 


Maesllwch Madam Heartbreaker
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

Gwyneth Griffiths’ overall yearling champion was also Section D, the filly Dyffryngwy Welsh Charisma whose dam Dyffryngwy Cariad B is another daughter of Geler Sparc and is grand-daughter of Abercippyn Black Bess, the foundation mare bought at Abergavenny market and produced fourteen foals at Dyffryngwy before passing away in 2014.

 


Dyffryngwy Welsh Charisma
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

Reserve supreme yearling to Welsh Charisma was the bay Section B colt Janet and Steph Mansfield’s Janpete Touch of Class sired by the 2014 Royal Welsh youngstock champion the bay Janpete Tom Thumb whose full-brother the palomino Janpete Del Boy was Royal Welsh youngstock champion and Glanusk Section B champion in 2015.Their sire Tiavoric Legacy won at Glanusk in 2007. After winning at the Royal Welsh, Del Boy was exported to the USA where he is much admired.

After an interval of three years when he has been busy with Stud duties, Gareth Williams’ six-year-old bay stallion Moelgarnedd Stadros re-appeared with Colin Tibbey in the Section B ring and captured the championship. Stadros won at the National Championships as a yearling in 2011 and was champion there in 2012, also champion at Glanusk that year; he was Glanusk reserve champion in 2013 and ended his youngstock career with the Royal Welsh male championship. Stadros has developed into a very impressive stallion, one of which his breeder the late Mr David Williams (who passed away in November last year) would have been very proud. Mr Williams imported Stadros’ dam Westonpark Musk Rose from Australia in March 2002.

 


Moelgarnedd Stadros
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

Champion Section A, following on from his championship at Lampeter, was the nine-year-old grey stallion Criccieth Jaffa owned by Kevin and Christopher Davies of the Eppynt Stud, Llanfechan. Although bred in Criccieth, Jaffa is 100% “Revel” breeding with five strains of Revel Joain, sister to the 1962 Royal Welsh champion Revel Jewel.

 

 


Criccieth Jaffa
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

Reserve Section A champion was Sean Bridges’ grey two-year-old filly Ormond Tia Maria, purchased from the Ormond Stud privately as a foal. She is 100% “Tiffwyl” being sired by Tiffwyl Midas out of Tiffwyl Tia, grand daughter of Foxhunter Tiffwyl (foaled in 1971) after whom the Stud was named. Tia Maria was also reserve overall best filly; she has only been shown four times and has been champion three times and won a bronze medal.

 


Ormond Tia Maria
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

 


Llanfilo Replica
Photograph by Becks Lloyd Photography

 

The reduction in the numbers of stallions competing for hill premiums was very evident with only seventeen stallions applying to run on the twenty-three designated commons. The champion, as last year, was Mrs Alman’s Churchwood Trademark who will spend the summer on Hergest Ridge.

 


Churchwood Trademark
Photograph by Becks Lloyd Photography

 

The strongest ridden class was that for Section Ds and their winner Sophia Chambers’ six-year-old chestnut mare Haighmoor Prydferth put up a great gallop to go on to win the championship. She is 100% “Derwen” breeding, both her sire Derwen Quartz and her dam Derwen Delecante being descended from Derwen Queen, foaled in 1969.

 


Haighmoor Prydferch
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

 

 


Popsters Movie Star
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

 


Crossfield Bantamcock
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

 


Moelview Prince Charming
Photograph by Sarah Hayman

 

Dr Wynne Davies.
WPCS Publicity Officer

26th May 2016