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The 17th International Welsh Pony and Cob Show was held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells on 6th and 7thAugust. This was the first International WPCS Show to be held in Wales, the only previous one in the UK being at Peterborough in 1992. The first International Show was held at Baden Baden in Germany in 1978 and, since then, three Shows have been held in Germany, Belgium and Holland, two in France and one each in Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden. There were 1104 entries from eleven countries, the supremes all stayed in the UK but many other awards, including 1st prizes, went to overseas exhibits.

There was one UK judge and one overseas judge for each section and the climax of the Show, late on the Sunday evening, was all ten judges holding up marks cards for the supreme foal, supreme gelding, supreme youngstock and overall supreme.

Overall supreme was Mark and Liz Kilbey’s stunning fourteen-year-old section A stallion Lacy Buzbee whose extravagant movement received universal support from the large gathering of spectators who had stayed on after two long days. Buzbee, bought by Mark for £9,200 on the 2009 Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale, received the maximum 10 marks from five judges. For winning the section A championship with judges Julie Perrins (UK) and Anita Aerts (Belgium), Buzbee was awarded a special centenary painting of the stallion Greylight presented by Australian Tina Taylor, grand-daughter of Anthony Hordern who bought Greylight for £1,050 in 1911. One shudders to think what £1,050 in 1911 is worth in today’s figures, the annual agricultural wage (now about £20,000) in 1911 in the UK was £37 i.e. a 500-fold increase.

Buzbee is sired by the twenty-one-year-old Blackhill Picalo who made a special celebrity appearance at this Show since he was section A champion at the 1992 Peterborough Show. Another of Picalo’s progeny is Pinewell Bucks Fizz who was HOYS Cuddy supreme champion in 2008 and 2009. The other displays staged at Builth was a Musical Ride by the Rheidol Daffodil Group from Aberystwyth and a ridden display of all Welsh sections, organised by Dewi Evans of the Hilin Stud.

Reserve section A champion was the barren mare winner, Richard Miller and Meirion Davies’ Heniarth Yum Yum who was Royal Welsh youngstock champion in 2005 but, in the meantime, has bred Heniarth Dilyscious (qualified for HOYS Heritage), Scrumptious, Beaudacious and Gloriumptious. Yum Yum is sired by Heniarth Mr Milligan named after John Milligan of the Roseisle Stud who had his 87th birthday that week.

Section A youngstock champion was John Devenney’s three-year-old colt Haverford Imp who was cleverly spotted as a foal on Brightwells Hay-on-Wye Sale and bought by John for £35. Amongst his ten 1st prizes this year are Royal Bath and West, Three Counties, Newark, Northleach, Great Yorkshire and 2nd out of 18 entries at the Royal Welsh.

Reserve adult supreme was the seven-year-old superb bay cob mare H-S Iona’s Pride, bred by Heinz Spiekermann in Germany and owned by Peter and Ann Jones of the Menai Stud. Section D judges were Dai Harris (UK) and Etienne de Sutter (Belgium). Iona’s Pride is full of Peter’s Menai breeding since she is sired by Menai Sparkling Magic out of Gwarcoed Iarlles by Menai Sparkling Magic. Peter saw Iona’s Pride at three days old in Germany and immediately bought her. After weaning she came to Wales and two days later was champion foal at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.  

Reserve cob champion and overall International youngstock champion was the two-year-old filly Bryneglur Molly sired by last year’s Royal Welsh champion Geler Sparc. Molly is certainly the Brightwells Cob Sale “bargain of the century” since she was bought as a foal for £320 by Geraint Davies of the Rhyd-Ddu Stud and sold to her current owners Carl and Becky Robinson earlier this year. After winning 2nd prize out of 31 entries at the recent Royal Welsh Show and now International Youngstock Champion, astronomic figures have been turned down for her.

The section B judges were Gillian Sells (UK) and Kevin Townsend (New Zealand) and their champion was Sandy Anderson’s three-year-old roan colt Thistledown Arctic Fox who has been a top prizewinner since his yearling days, his 2011 wins include championships at the Royal Bath and West and Northern and 1st prizes at Cheshire County and the Royal Highland. Since his sire, the 2005 Royal Welsh champion Paddock Sahara and his dam Cottrell Anya are still at Thistledown Stud, they are offering Arctic Fox for sale on the forthcoming Fayre Oaks Sale. Reserve champion was another well-known winner, Bernard and Maureen Butterworth’s four-year-old mare Paddock Alesha who was last year’s Royal Welsh youngstock and overall champion.

With section C judges Anthony McDonald (UK) and Hans Hermann Jaeger (Germany), Roger Davies and family of Hywi Stud had the lion’s share of successes with animals who have all been champions elsewhere this year. Champion this time was the eight-year-old barren mare Hywi Showgirl who has won at the Royal Welsh three times; the senior brood mare Hywi Norma Jean also won her class but his third mare Hywi Pollyanna, female champion at the Royal Welsh two weeks previously, was beaten by Dafydd and Sian Morris’ six-year-old Neuaddparc Welsh Anthem, daughter of the 1988 Royal Welsh champion Neuaddparc Welsh Maid, who went on to be reserve champion. The youngstock champion went to the two-year-old colt Donys General Jack sold to Russell Bennett of Gravesend another first to the yearling filly Donys Daybreak sold to Ilona Pykalainen, chairman of the WPCS of Finland and judge at the last International Show held in Holland in 2009. The reserve youngstock champion was Newgap The Hitman owned and bred by Mr J. Welsh.

The Welsh part-breds were judged by Brian Hyslop (UK) and Van de Goor (Netherlands) and their champion was the Jones family’s three-year-old colt Balfour Whisper by the 2003 Pony of the Year and 2005 HOYS In-hand supreme Strinesdale Matador and reserve champion was the junior brood mare Emrys Hughes and Penny Ross’ Glenrowan Maysong who was Royal Welsh champion in 2008.

With ten judges showing their marks, International champion foal was Owen Jones’ section C colt Nebo Regan with the section A filly Rhosbrenin Blodwen reserve. Champion gelding was Pam Smith’s Reedgate Jasper (D) with Christopher Stansfield’s Ashmeadow Ragtime (C) reserve.

The first day was devoted to the ridden and driven classes. The ridden judges were Helen Williams (UK) and Chris Gray (Australia); Helen breeds sections C and D and Chris breeds sections A and B. However both judges agreed throughout and the championship went to Catrin Reed’s Nebo Julie Ann (D) and the reserve to Lorraine Thomas’ Cheshmere Flashman (C). There was also complete agreement with the mini judges Gillian Sells (UK) and Dawn Collinson (France) awarding the championship to Liberty Grota’s lead-rein Finglebridge Funtime with Megan Williams’ first-ridden Rockbury Remedy reserve.

Lesley Hillard (UK), Jo Lutey (UK) and Anna van Vuurenova (Czech Republic) judged the workers where champion was Lisa Perrott’s stallion Tyntyla Gwyndaf (C) ridden by Victoria Woodland and reserve was another stallion, the Darbyshire family’s Brynrodyn Darius (A). All seven riding judges combined forces for the championship which went to Nebo Julie Ann with Finglebridge Funtime reserve.

A spectacular innovation was the “Traditional Welsh Ridden Class” where the animals are judged only at the walk and highest-stepping trot and judges were Gareth Evans (UK) and harness judges John Gray (UK) and Thielen van Praat (Netherlands). Katy Rodway riding her Brynithon Northern Wind (D) was a great reminder of the battles on Welsh showgrounds a century ago and reserve was Stuart Lloyd’s Trefaes Guardsman (A) a former Royal Welsh winner in hand and in harness. The harness championship was a very close points result, Esher Mohammed driving Croniarth Keltic Starlight (A) winning over the Nee family’s Neebro Rising Sun (C).

Report by Dr Wynne Davies 

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18th Aug 2011