Welsh Lead the Way
The 174th Royal Highland Show held recently at Ingliston on the outskirts of Edinburgh provided a superb stage for the Welsh breeds to once again shine.
Ernest Gant and Lisa Breeze’s eight year old Welsh Cob mare, Northwick Elektra headed one of the best Welsh cob sections seen on this showground before moving on to take the overall title from all the native sections. And it was only the Sports Horse mare that stopped her going through the card, when Elektra ended reserve for the Cuddy qualifier.
The HOYS ridden classes were brimming with quality but again it was the Welsh that led; Lisa Wigglesworth’s chestnut cob stallion Renvarg The Mystic has been on cracking form this year and his Highland Show win was his third victory in a HOYS qualifier this season. He was the judges’ choice for the overall ridden championship with the Welsh making it a clean sweep when the Section B Waxwing Rose Hip was called forward in reserve.
Mike King from Porthcawl in South Wales had a trip north to remember. He first stopped off at Lincoln when he took the Ridden C HOYS ticket with Coedfedw Sandstorm before moving on to Edinburgh to contest the Private Drive classes where the champion has the ticket to contest the HOYS Harness Championship. Driven to a 1890’s Round Back Gig, the turnout looked ‘top drawer’ in the evening sun duly gaining Miss Alex Lanni’s nod for the championship and by doing so writing ‘Sandstorm’s’ name into the history book by being the first animal to qualify for both the ridden and driven at HOYS.
The Welsh ponies and cobs at ‘The Highland’ certainly showed they are the breed for all occasions.