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HOYS Cuddy Qualifiers 2011

The Welsh breeds have had a successful run of qualifiers and reserves for the HOYS Cuddy In-hand championships.

The first to qualify (at P UK West Midland on 7 April) was the section A stallion Heniarth Mr Milligan who commutes regularly between his breeders at Heniarth, Ferryside and his owners Inger and Johann Becker of the Ekbacken Stud, Sweden. Bought by his Swedish owners in 2000, Mr Milligan was reserve for this competition (then the Templeton) at the Royal Cornwall Show in 2005 and the following year won the junior stallion class at the Royal Welsh and the following day was champion ridden and had a clear jumping round in the M&M WHP class.

The three-year-old Welsh part-bred Rendene Royal Charm produced by Craig Elenor for owners Ro and Ren Rennocks was reserve at Newark on 14 May having qualified at the Royal in 2010. This was an unlucky year for Royal Charm, he was reserve again at the Bath and West on 3 June and finally at Pembroke County on 18 August by which time, Craig had bought him. It was Ken and Rosemary Rees’ three-year -old part-bred filly Small-Land Dream Again who won at Pembroke shown by Timothy Rees.

The Welsh cob stallion Llanarth Prince of Wales was reserve at Midland Counties on 5 June and again reserve at Bucks County on 1 Sept. However owners Len and Ann Bigley had some consolation at the Great Yorkshire on 14 July when their section B stallion Boreton White Prince  qualified to bring their total HOYS In-hand qualifiers to 39. There will have to be a special celebration when they achieve their 40th! White Prince had been shown only very little until purchased by Llanarth Stud and came out to sweep the board and be much admired at Lampeter.

By being reserve at the Royal Cornwall on 11 June, the three-year-old colt Ceulan Calon Lan owned by Bethan Hooper and Rhydian Donati becomes only the fifth section A youngster in 46 years to be qualifier or reserve, the others being Waxwing Herrod (RASE 1983), Brynodyn Scarlet (Royal Bath and West 1996), Vervale Gabanna (East Anglian Native 2002) and Frongoch Bachgen Bach (Newark 2007).

Welsh breeds swept the board at the Royal Norfolk on July 1 where Ceri Fell’s section C mare Parvadean Delight qualified with the two-year-old part-bred Rotherwood Just A Peep reserve. Delight had previously qualified at Ponies UK in 2008 and ended up 4thin the Finals to Pinewell Bucks Fizz, Cottrell Lara and Moluccas Cinnamon Secret.

The three-year -old part-bred filly Janet Cox’s Rhyllandell Siskin qualified at the Cheshire County on 22 June; produced by Jerome Harforth, this was his 4thqualifier, a tally which he has now increased to six.

As was appropriate, it was a “Welsh” that qualified at the Royal Welsh on 21 July, champion being Robin and Sally Athey’s ten-year-old section A stallion Stonedge Samuel shown by Jordan Watson (from 540 entries) and reserve was the three-year-old section B filly Cadlanvalley Georgia (from 220 entries) shown by Hayley Grota for her parents Hywel and Yvonne Davies.

Finally at the Scottish Horse Show on 31 August, Colin Tibbey showed the nine-year-old section B stallion Moelgarnedd Derwyn for the Lynes family stand reserve. Derwyn, who was reserve supreme at Glanusk earlier this year, qualified for the Cuddy at this Show in 2005 and ended up reserve champion pony in the final.  

Following on the success of the section A Rhydgwilym Cockatoo at the Clogher Valley (Ireland) Show last year, this year's qualifier was again "Welsh" i.e. Joe Cleland's four-year-old section D stallion Budore Sir Percy sired by the Stud's Rosehall Lord Norman, a previous HOYS qualifier.

Dr Wynne Davies 

21st Sep 2011