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Tom Thumb reigns supreme at Glanusk

Tom Thumb reigns supreme at Glanusk

Tom Thumb reigns supreme at Glanusk

The 59th annual Glanusk Welsh Stallion Show, held at the Royal Welsh Showground on Saturday 6th May, drew in spectators from as far as the continent. Despite spells of cold winds this did not impair on the show with a great number of entries forward. The largest class of the day saw 21 yearling Welsh cob fillies forward.

Out of 471 entries, Show President and Hon. Show Secretary Pat Lewis of the Penyffynon stud awarded supreme of show to Janet and Steph Mansfield’s six-year-old bay section B stallion Janpete Tom Thumb from Cheshire, shown impeccably by daughter Steph. Tom Thumb was well mannered at all times, giving an unbroken show of free, forward movement from the shoulder every time. The last section B animal to take supreme here was Llanarth Da Vinci in 2014.

Tom Thumb and his younger full brother, the palomino Janpete Del Boy (foaled 2012) which now resides at Gretchen Aitken’s stud in North America, have both swept the board at this showground. Both have been youngstock champion here at the Royal Welsh show, and now both section B champions at Glanusk stallion show. Tom Thumb was youngstock champion at the Royal Welsh in 2014 and Del Boy in 2015. Both are sired by Tiavoric Legacy and out of Cadlanvalley Venus. Tiavoric Legacy is now gelded, and was shown considerably with great success in-hand and under saddle by the daughters of Tyngwndwn stud a few years ago. Interestingly Tiavoric Legacy is by Skellorn Choirboy which is a grandson of Brynpicca Butterscotch and also the g-g-grandmother to the reserve section B champion.

Section B judge Sandy Goodwin awarded reserve to the second prize winner in the stallion class, Kerry Wainwright’s 10-year-old liver chestnut stallion Skellorn Bronze Soldier who won here in 2009 (as a two-year old) and in 2013, was reserve male champion at the Royal Welsh in 2011 and 2013 as well as 3rd at the HOYS cuddy final at Horse of the Year show in 2013. But his talents are not limited to the show ring, he also sired the youngstock champion, the two-year-old cream filly Skellorn Barbie’s Image, again owned by Kerry Wainwright from Cheshire.  

Donys Importance fulfilled his name, proving that he was the all-important section C under section C judge Stuart Morgan before ending up reserve supreme of show. He is owned by John and Jacky Kirk from Builth Wells but is being produced this season by Richard Pittman from Ebbw Vale. In 2010 he won the two-year-old class at the Royal Welsh show, and was 2nd at the Welsh Winter fair as a yearling. His season started at Towerlands were he secured supreme of show. Only a few weeks ago at Lampeter we saw his daughter Caederwen Aur Cymru win the yearling section C filly class, and 2nd here out of 13 entries forward.

In reserve was Ceri Fell’s very feminine bay two-year-old filly Brynseion Red Hot Roxy who entered the ring fresh who also collected the section C youngstock championship. She is by her own black stallion Brynmeillion Llewelyn, now in his 19th year, but has done Brynseion stud a lot of good in producing top show winners. Last year she was 1st yearling filly, best yearling, best female & reserve section C young stock champion at her first outing at Lampeter stallion show. Red Hot Roxy ended up overall youngstock champion, and supreme champion filly, whilst her stable companion, Laurtom The Phoenix owned by Ceri’s producer, Gemma Paxford, ended up overall champion yearling of the show.

Reserve supreme yearling was the section A colt Eglwysilan Sprite owned by the Mason family from Pontypridd, and qualified through the progeny of a Stallion which was awarded a premium in 2015.

The judge to have travelled furthest was Harold Zoet of the Ysselvliets stud in Holland. A politician by day, but a full time, lifelong devotee of the Welsh breeds.

Paul and Margaret Brightwell’s dashing four-year-old palomino stallion Cosford Wishes Vision from Suffolk, but produced to the usual high standard by Liesl Burt, took the section A championship. A few weeks ago he stood second in the stallion class at Lampeter Stallion show. He is sired by palomino stallion Thistledown Vierra which is all Waxwing breeding – Waxwing Victory x Waxwing Valencia, with the palomino colour descended from Cantref Glory and Cui Milord.

In reserve was Rhydian and Bethan Donati’s chestnut three-year-old colt Islyn Seleb, purchased as an out-cross for daughters of their Cuddy Qualifier, Ceulan Calon Lan. He was purchased from Dei and Sian Jones from near Trawsfynydd in North Wales, and is a grandson of their beautiful grey stallion Islyn Hafoc who’s life was sadly cut short in 2013 at just nine-years-old. Since arriving at Milwas stud Seleb has secured numerous wins but has now set the bar high for the remainder of the season. This I guess will be alongside stud duties owing to Ceulan Calon Lan concentrating on a season under saddle.

Dai Williams (Dyffryntywi stud) awarded Welsh cob champion to Kevin Hopkins’ two-year-old bay filly Lidgett Charmaine from Lancashire, but produced to perfection by farrier Dorian Lloyd and his wife Michelle from Llanfechain in Powys. Only a few weeks ago we witnessed Charmaine’s brother (both sired by the ten times consecutive WPCS sire ratings winner Gwynfaes Culhwch) Gwynfaes Seren Wledig stand supreme at Lampeter stallion show, again produced by Dorian and Michelle. This adds to the excitement of the Gwynfaes Culhwch celebratory day at the United Counties showground in Carmarthen on the 29th of July where over 50 of his progeny will be present.

The 16-year-old son of Trevallion Harry, Powysvalley Mr Harry, shown by Jordan Sainsbury and Charlotte Hill from Southampton, returned to familiar ground where he has previously had considerable success. He was 1st here and Lampeter stallion show in 2003 as a yearling, won the senior stallion class at the 2011 Royal Welsh show, and 1st here in Glanusk in 2012. Jordan and Charlotte also had success with their section C filly Lonwind Princess Camilla which headed a strong class of 13 yearling fillies.

A unique attraction at this show are the Welsh Mountain Pony premium classes. This year’s classes were judged by past WPCS President Mrs Betty French and Mr Tom Roberts. Champion was awarded to Mrs S Lloyd’s Llanfilo Master Prophet (Dyfed Prophet x Dyfed Melody) who emerged from the Llangoed area, with K P Morris’ Tiffwyl Cambridge Blue in reserve.

Supreme gelding, judged by the Show President, was bay yearling Lacy Mac, bred by Colin and Sarah Tibbey from Bala but now owned by Miss M Gardner from Lancashire.

The ridden classes were judged by Miss Lisa Barsoum (sections A and B) and Mrs Nikki Oldershaw (sections C and D). Champion was awarded to the nine-year-old son of Trevallion Picasso, Monahawk Masterpiece owned and ridden by Danielle Everitt from Llangadog, Carmathenshire. He stood reserve overall Welsh cob under saddle at the 2014 Royal Welsh show.

In reserve was Stuart Franklin’s Sarum Charlie, a son of Heniarth Quinnell, ridden and produced by Heidi Bennett of the Popsters stud, Glouctershire. This was the third first placing for Popsters stud that day. Sarum stud are no strangers to success under saddle – Sarum Rembrandt was crowned supreme pony of the year at Horse of the year show in 2015. Both Charlie and Rembrandt are sired by Heniarth Quinnell.



Supreme of show: J & S Mansfield’s Janpete Tom Thumb (B); reserve: J & J Kirk’s Donys Importance (C).

Supreme Youngstock: C Fell’s Brynseion Red Hot Roxy (C); reserve: R & B Donati’s Islyn Seleb (A).

Supreme Champion yearling: G Paxford’s Laurtom The Phoenix (C); reserve: Mason family’s Eglwysilan Sprite (A).

Supreme Champion filly: C Fell’s Brynseion Red Hot Roxy (C); reserve: Mrs A Overton-Ablitt’s Colne Pandora (A).

Premium Welsh Mountain Pony stallion: Mrs S Lloyd’s Llanfilo Master Prophet; reserve: K. P. Morris’ Tiffwyl Cambridge Blue.

Section A Champion: Mr & Mrs P Brightwell’s Cosford Wishes Vision; reserve & y’stk champion: R & B Donati’s Islyn Seleb; res y’stk: Mrs A Overton-Ablitt’s Colne Pandora.

Section B Champion: J & S Mansfield’s Jnpete Tom Thumb; reserve: K Wainwright’s Skellorn Bronze Soldier; y’stk: K Wainwright’s Skellorn Barbie’s Image; res y’stk: Bigley family’s Llanarth White Tiger.

Section C Champion: J&J Kirk’s Donys Importance; reserve & y’stk champion: C Fell’s Brynseion Red Hot Roxy; reserve y’stk: G Paxford’s Laurtom The Phoenix.

Section D & y’stk champion: K Hopkins’ Lidgett Charmaine; reserve y’stk: R Francis’ Maesymor Lady Madonna. Welsh cob stallion classes – junior: M Morris’ Thorneyside the Highflyer; senior & reserve champion: J Sainsbury & C Hill’s Powysvalley Mr Harry.


Sec A & Reserve: S Franklin’s (rider: H Bennet) Sarum Charlie.

Sec B: A Holt’s Musbury Consortium.

Sec C: J Giles’ (rider: C Taylor) Leyeswick Casino Jack.

Sec D & Champion: D Everitt’s Monahawk Masterpiece.

Report by Owen Rees Grififths

Photographs by Sarah Hayman & Owen Rees Grififths



18th May 2017