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Brightwells Hay on Wye at Hereford Sale 2015

Saturday 3rd October 2015. 

After sixty years at Hay-on-Wye, due to Health and Safety regulations the Sale was transferred to Hereford Market and the enhanced facilities in stabling, car parking and restaurant were greatly appreciated. As a result, also reflecting the general trend in demand this year, the average figure of £226 was 48% up on last year’s average of £153 and 78% up on the £128 average of 2012. 

243 lots were sold for a Sale Total of £54,845 which was 55% up on last year’s total for a similar number of animals sold. 18 were sold to Holland, 10 to Germany and one to Sweden. It was in fact the sole export to Sweden which topped the Sale; this was Mr Leslie Owen’s grey filly foal Trehwfa Paris by Penboeth Blackjack which sold for £1,700 to Ms C Magnuson of Dingle, Sweden. Mr Owen’s other filly foal Trehwfa Milan by Penboeth Full-Stop sold for £520 to Mr Papworth of Clacton. 28 lots sold for £500 or over. 

A Show of foals was held prior to the Sale judged by Messrs Cerdin Jones and Len Bigley where the champion was Mr Viv Pearce’s bay filly Windmill Eleanor by Ffermymorlais Tempo which sold to Mr Heinhuis of Holland for £600. Mr Pearce’s grey filly Windmill Gaenor sold to Miss Deacon of Arundel for £620. 


Windmill Eleanor
Photograph by Dr Wynne Davies


Eppynt Stud had a major reduction of 13 with a top price of £1,150 for a bay three-year-old filly Eppynt Vission of Ecstasy to Mr Leslie Owen of Bodorgan; the fifteen-year-old grey mare Eppynt Velvet Beauty which had won two WPCS silver medals sold to Mr Fryer of Aberdare for £720. 

The nine-year-old grey stallion Moorcock Windfall from Fronbach sold for £750 to Theo van der Berg of Holland and the yearling colt Moorcock Dreamer from Penboeth sold for £500 to Mr Briggs of Tredegar. 

Two six-year-old mares from Boothsdale attracted much interest, the grey Boothsdale Marsh Mallow sold for £820 to Mr Tavernor of Stafford and the bay Boothsdale Hermione for £700 to Lady Moore of Tiverton. June Cowan of the Kered Stud, Roxburghshire was under-bidder on Hermione and later bought the bay mare Penllyn Catie (sister to Penllyn Colette, dam of Stormydown Little Tiger, £2,700 on Fayre Oaks Sale) for £320. Another bay mare, the eight-year-old Synod Paradise Dancer sold for £500 to Mr Dobbs of Wychbold and the roan mare Bronycoed Silk also made £500 to Mr G V Williams, Bodorgan. 


Boothsdale Marsh Mallow
Photograph by Dr Wynne Davies


The grey filly foal Littewern Carrie was second-highest foal at £800 to Mrs Yardley and Mr Rowbottom of Oldhope, Shropshire; the palomino filly foal Glyncoch Rowena made £700 to Mrs Hexham of Radcliffe, Manchester and the grey filly foal Glasfach Ice Queen £500 to Mr Brown of Accrington with her dam the good-moving bay mare Seaview Welsh Doll selling to Mr Tavernor for £400. 

The promising up-to-height three-year-old grey gelding Reamshill Armani sold for £1,200 to Mr Williams of Ffarmers, Llanwrda to top the Section Bs. Gillian Sells’ black yearling colt Priestwood Ziggy Stardust sold for £600 to Mr Roberts of Newport and Dewi Evans’ ten-year-old cream mare Hilin Dwysan the same price to Mr Stephens of Somerset. Two five-year-old geldings, both from Mrs S A Jones sold for £500, they were the grey Moelgarnedd Macsen to Mr Williams, Ffarmers and the chestnut Kyneton Red Kite to Germany. 

Ysgol Rhydfelen English teacher Shan Locke topped the Section Cs with her home-bred six year-old ridden chestnut gelding Gwynno Chabal sold to experienced producer Mrs Macdonald of Southport to compete in Working Hunter competitions and Rachel Reading sold her home-bred bay two-year-old filly Yarty Razzamatazz for £850 to Julie and Sarah Joyner of Bournemouth for fifteen-year-old Brandon to show; the Joyners own the HOYS Supreme pony Sarum Rembrandt. A Yarty Rosina grand-daughter, the chestnut filly foal Twymyn Royal Charm sold for £700 to Mr Tucker of Pontypool. Another filly foal to sell for £700 was the black filly Popsters Divine Quest, her grand-sire Twmbarlwm Nimrod is a son of Persie Nanette and her grand-dam Popsters Just Divine is a daughter of Coediog Catrin, Nanette and Catrin being the last two Section C mares at Ceulan when we dispersed the Cs in 1993. Divine Quest sold to Mr Jordan of Pershore. 

Two colt foals topped the Section Ds at £600, Gwyneth Griffiths sold the bay Dyffryngwy Montana by Llanarth Fiery Jack to Elaine Ferguson who has bred some of the best Section A ridden ponies in Britain at her Mardenway Stud in Tyne and Wear and Mr Lloyd’s chestnut roan Gwernfythan Dexter sold to 

Gwilym Howatson of Dyserth who sold seven dun colt foals, all by Burghwallis Welsh Wizard for very good prices at the Autumn Cob Sales. 


Swinford Paper Lady
Photograph by Dr Wynne Davies


Report by Dr Wynne Davies
The Welsh Pony and Cob Society Publicity Officer

11th Nov 2015