Gwent WPCA Summer Show - Report and Photographs
Gwent WPCA Summer Show
22nd June 2014.
The weather was very kind to the Gwent WPCA and a glorious day brought forth exhibits in good numbers.
The exhibitors who had travelled furthest were Peter Gray and his son Jack of the Thorneyside Stud, Iver, Buckinghamshire but they had their animals produced locally by Justin Walters at Tredegar. Their journey proved very worthwhile since they won the Section C championship and supreme with their yearling colt Gornoeth Mastermind and the Section D championship with their home-bred Thorneyside Reflection.
Gornoeth Mastermind was certainly the bargain of last year’s Brightwells Cob Sale; he was lot 446, sold for only £300 and came out at Lampeter to great admiration winning his class and best colt overall. He is sired by Gornoeth Mr Humphreys who won consistently last year and his dam Ewyn Fashion is by Popsters Jack Ruby son of Coediog Catrin, sister to 1983 Royal Welsh champion Coediog Dwynwen. I had Catrin at Ceulan for many years and she produced stock which went all over the world; when we decided to disperse Section C she was at Popsters so it was easier to leave her there and she produced one champion after another for them.
The five-year-old Thorneyside Reflection is the image of his famous sire Synod Reflection by the 1990 Royal Welsh champion Thorneyside The Boss. His dam Thorneyside First Lady is by the 1992 Royal Welsh champion Thorneyside Flyer, both the chestnut The Boss and the black Flyer are full-brothers sired by Brynymor Welsh Magic. Indeed his g-dam Thorneyside Welsh Model is also sired by Brynymor Welsh Magic so no wonder the resemblance to Welsh Magic is striking.
Champion Section A was the grey three-year-old colt Caslemead Frodo who was sold at the Show and has very valuable blood-lines. His sire Blanche Gwillym has sired top stock for Sarum Stud also when he has been leased out; Gwillym’s sire is by Pendock Legend and his dam is by Legend’s brother Penual Mark. His dam is by the Dutch-bred Highflown Japhet out of a daughter of Beymark Stephen by Twyford Sprig.
Champion Section B and reserve supreme was Heniarth Stud’s six-year-old chestnut brood mare Rhoson Siesta sired by the Dutch-bred Steehorst Kyro whose sire and dam are both by Eyarth Harlequin. Siesta’s dam Rhoson Silwli is also by Eyarth Harlequin so it is surprising that Siesta is such a rich dark chestnut with so very little white. Her foal Heniarth Scenario by Heniarth Wood-Wind ended up youngstock champion and reserve overall Section B champion.
Welsh part-breds were thin on the ground but Anne Pritchard Simmons was champion with her home-bred Cupidhill Countryman who has won in strong company in hand and under saddle.
The ridden champion was local exhibitor Kath Wilson with her palomino Section D gelding Soden Gwynfor. Gwynfor was another bargain of the Brightwells Cob Sale where he was sold as a stallion and after gelding came out as a novice and beat all the seasoned champions at the Royal Welsh.
Dr Wynne Davies
WPCS Publicity Officer
Photographs by Equinepix