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Hay on Wye Sale 2011

1stand 2ndOctober 2011.

There was a welcome indication of fewer and better ponies being bred with the reduction from 480 last year to 318 ponies and cobs at Hay-on-Wye. Consequently last year’s average of £123 was increased to £136 with 16 sold for export, 10 to Germany, 5 to Holland and 1 to Spain. The Sale total was £38,545.

With the glorious weather over the week-end, the animals on the grass ring were able to show off to best advantage and the prices paid for the top lots were very encouraging. Each day started with a Show of foals sponsored by Mr Richard Eastwood and judged by Mr and Mrs Paul Brightwell who supported their judgement by buying the highest placed Sunday section A colt foal Menai Question Master.

The top price paid for section A on Saturday was £780 for Cerdin and Doreen Jones’ ten-year-old section A mare Synod Miss Gwen sired by Dyfed Popcorn out of the many-times youngstock winner Synod Miss Alice; she was bought by Jo Claes and Jane Bugler of the Davids Stud, Pontyclun. Cathy Pearse of Plymouth who sold the three-year-old colt Uphill James Fox for £5,000 on the Fayre Oaks High Flyer Sale, paid £650 for Ian Oliver’s Menedh Avril, an eleven-year-old grey mare sired by Penual Mark.

The top price for a section A foal was £700 paid by Mrs Burgess of Glossop, Derbyshire for the Davies brothers’ dun filly Eppynt Candy Girl, one of the last foals sired by the twice-Royal Welsh champion Eppynt Skyline. Her dam is the beautiful palomino mare Triad Cinderella by Synod Hello, a shrewd purchase by Elwyn Davies which I reported at the time as a “bargain” on the 2009 Fayre Oaks Sale and the one foal has now paid for the mare.

Mr Rees from Tredegar produced the chestnut filly foal Cwmpenmark Destiny, full of Gwent valley breeding, in good form to win the foal championship and she sold for £340 to Mrs Keeling of Stowmarket.

Mr Brian Davies and family from Bangor offered four attractive black foals, three section A’s on the Saturday and a section C on the Sunday. The filly Briolen Aria sold for £380 to Mrs Prater, Buckinghamshire; the filly Briolen Ani sold for £300 to Spain and the colt Moelwyn Quincy sold for £200 to Miss Logan of Lampeter. Mr Jansen of Germany paid the top Sunday price of £1,000 for the section C filly, Mongarnedd Bella sired by Haighmoor Mr Harry who is a son of the 2011 Royal Welsh winning stallion Powysvalley Mr Harry and the 2010 RW champion Haighmoor Glain.

Mr Eddie Tamplin sold a very promising up-to-height three-year-old palomino colt Griashall Greig by his double Royal Welsh champion Griashall Kiwi to top the section B’s at £1,500 to Mrs Hayton of Barrow-in-Furness. The executors of the late much-missed Mr Chris Gibbons sold the attractive chestnut colt foal  Rhydspence Quiver for £300 to Rhea Hurst of Bolton. Mrs Fiona Livermore of Llanybyther paid the same figure for Simon Bigley’s filly foal Llanarth Petite by Douthwaite Signwriter.

Miss Ann Edwards sold her three-year-old chestnut roan gelding Coychurch Grand Slam, a consistent winner at South Wales Shows to top the part-breds at £500. He was sired by the part-bred Amesbury Manhatten a son of the successful sire Hollybush Bolero.

Top section A on the Sunday at £980 was Julian Williams’ eye-catching palomino four-year-old stallion Crumpwell Shamson; he was bought by the Llanrhidian Society and will enjoy the next few years running out with his mares on the Llanrhidian marshes. Jill and Lottie Abrahall bought the fourteen-year-old grey mare Boniface Pin Up for £520 as an outcross in their old-established Flydon Stud.

Alan and Jan Pearce sold a dun colt foal Glyncoch Little Joe sired by their Royal Welsh winning Friars Rupertino and promising to be a stallion of the future to Mrs Forrester of Hampshire for £500 and Mrs Diana Thomas sold a palomino filly Dyfed Sandstone by Penboeth Goldfinger to Richard Eastwood for £400.  

The top section D was Mr and Mrs Stewart Morgan’s chestnut colt foal Blaencila Lampard by the well-known Llanarth Prince of Wales; he was sold for £600 to Gill Farrow of the Waitwith Stud which had bred three section A qualifiers at the recent Horse Of The Year Show.

Show results:


Section A foals:

1 & champion, T Rees’ Cwmpenmarc Destiny (£340)

2, R Bowen’s Rhydgwillim Gold Finger (£200)

3. G Watkins’ Talsarn Marcus (£300)

Section B foals:

  1. Mrs G Like’s Westbrook Little Miss (£150)
  2. Exec of the late C Gibbons’ Rhydspence Quiver (£300)



  1. Mr & Mrs M Davies’ Pelcomb Vanessa (n/s)
  2. Menai Stud’s Menai Question Master (£210)
  3. Mrs. C Bodily’s Glebedale Unicorn (£20).   


Dr Wynne Davies

20th Oct 2011