Brightwells Hay on Wye Autumn Sale
4th October 2014
With 279 Welsh ponies and cobs catalogued compared with 563 over 2 days in 2010, the Auctioneers decided to hold the Sale on Saturday only. 230 lots were sold for a Sale total of £35,268 representing an average of £153 which is almost the same as last year and up on the £124 average in 2010, £136 in 2011 and £128 in 2012. 15 lots sold for £500 or more. The % sold was 83% of the total number catalogued (93% of the total number present) compared with 63% last year which shows that vendors are more realistic in their estimates. 23 were sold for export, 16 to Holland and 7 to Germany.
Before the Sale, showing classes were held for foals judged by Miss Carly Church of the Churchwood Stud. The Section A foals turned out to be a family affair, the winner, and champion overall was Mr Gareth Price’s smart filly Littlewern Lexie sired by Littlewern Lad. Lexie was sold for £850 to Mr Giles of Stourport-on-Severn. The other Littlewern filly foal Littlewern Roxy sold for £560 to Miss Prior of Faringdon, Oxfordshire.
3rd prize foal was Gareth Price’s sister, Mrs Jean Watkins with Talsarn Roxanne (£40 to Mrs Hopkin-Morgan of the Torcoed Stud) and 2nd was Jean’s son Mr Wayne Lloyd with Llanfilo Silver Miss (not sold).
Reserve champion was the Section B colt foal Rotherwood Taboo by Lemonshill Top Note owned by Mrs Mansfield-Parnell and he was sold for £580 to Mrs Groesschens of Meerbusch, Germany.
Top of the Sale at £1,300 was the four-year-old black Section A mare Dirion Eleri from the family of the late Bleddyn Pugh who was a great fancier of the Welsh hill pony and supporter of this Autumn Sale for fifty years; originally it consisted mainly of hill foals, with some vendors selling 50 – 100 foals straight off the hill. Eleri was bought by Mr and Mrs Church of the Toytown Stud, Hayes, Middlesex.
There was good demand for attractive bays, Adrian and Esther Jenkins of the Talgarth Stud sold their 13-year-old bay mare Talgarth Party Goer, grand-daughter of the double Royal Welsh Show champion Brierwood Rocket, for £900 to Leslie Owen of the Trehwfa Stud in Angelsey who sold a nice bay filly foal Trehwfa Tina for £2,000 on the 2012 Fayre Oaks Sale. The Talgarth ponies run out on the Llynyfan hills, Ammanford.
Two palomino filly foals which attracted much attention were Hope Melissa and Hope Mandy from the Harries family’s old-established Hope Stud in Llandeilo; they were both sired by Rookery Stardust which Hope Stud bought for £3,000 on the 2009 Fayre Oaks Sale. Stardust is great grandson of the palomino Revel South Wind, herself a daughter of the palomino 1957 Royal Welsh champion Revel Spring Song. Melissa sold for £650 to palomino specialist Eirian Wyn Williams of Anglesey and Mandy sold for £600 to S R Bowman of Stithians, Truro. Hope Stud also sold their successful ten-year-old black Section C sire Ashgrove Blackjack for £500 to Mrs Evans of Talywaun, Pontypool.
Top Section C, a real bargain at £780, was Mr Carl Kerrigan’s black seven-year-old home-bred mare Waundafydd Little Gem by Synod The Messiah; a consistent winner and champion in hand, she has gone to the right home to be produced under saddle with Gillian Price of St Brides Wentloog, Newport.
The black Section A stallion Criccieth Fibi, having done his time as a premium stallion on Llanrhidian Marsh was sold for £580 to Mr Jansen of Uelsen, Germany. Mr Rod Lewis sold the four-year-old grey mare Cwmmeudwy Nefol for £550 to Mrs Flower of Blaina; she is sired by Heniarth Yarra Glen who has stood in Sweden and Holland and sired HOYS under- saddle qualifiers.
Francis and Sallie Goggin had three colt foals by Eppynt Silver Splash, two greys and one bay; while the grey foals did not recoup their passport fees, the bay Penboeth Essay sold for £500 to Sue Yardley of the Oldhope Stud and Tony Rowbottom of the Crestwood Stud, Westbury, Shropshire.
Top Section D at £650 was the smart three-year-old chestnut filly Osbourn Fairydust by Llanarth Prince of Wales consigned by the family of the late Mr Swistun of the Osbourne Stud, Llanmorlais, Swansea. She was bought by Oliver Haran Jones of the Butleigh Stud who sold his Section A mare Rhesfair Faith to Mr and Mr Paul Brightwell of the Cosford Stud.
Mrs Abberley, who has been breeding Welsh cobs at Builth Wells for fifty years, sold a two-year-old chestnut filly Penlangrug Delight by Thorneyside The Guvnor for £580 to Mrs Cressingham of Stanford Le Hope, Essex and Mr Francis of Llanmorlais sold a black colt foal Maesymor Black Flyer sired by the 2012 Royal Welsh champion Gwenllan Brynmor for £550 to Emma New of Billericay, Essex.
The 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist Carl Hester M.B.E. attended the Sale and he can be seen in the right of the last photo (Cwmmeudwy Nefol) with auctioneer Richard Botterill.
Dr Wynne Davies.
WPCS Publicity Officer