Lampeter Show 2013
Lampeter Welsh Breeds Show
Llanllyr Mansion, Lampeter
20th April 2013
The weather was very kind for the 52nd Lampeter Welsh Breeds Show and the 45 classes attracted 601 entries. Sadly the appointed President Mr Gary Jones passed away suddenly just after Christmas and his widow Sian took over the Presidency and judged the supreme championships. Local auctioneer Gary had been a valuable committee member for over 30 years and kept the Excelsior Stud of Section As started by his father Dafydd ap Gwilym Jones in 1956.
Welsh cobs take the centre stage at Lampeter, the Show was started as an event to award premiums to Welsh Cob stallions to travel the various counties of the Principality and this year the Welsh cob stallion Fronarth Prince of Wales was supreme and the Welsh cob youngstock champion Gwynfaes Seren Wledig was reserve supreme.
Section D judge was Mr Peter Gray of the Thorneyside Stud who holds the record for a Welsh cob sold at auction when his two-year-old Thorneyside Golden Boy sold for £22,000 at the 2012 Brightwells October Sales. Mr Gray has supported the same type of cob successfully for many years, when he judged at the Royal Welsh Show in 2002 his male champion was Gwynfaes Culhwch sire of Seren Wledig and his female champion was Fronarth Model Lady, dam of Prince of Wales!
Model Lady was three times female champion at the RW, in 2002, 2005 and finally overall champion in 2007 while her dam Fronarth Welsh Model was also champion three times in 1991, 1994 and finally overall in 1996. Prince of Wales, who is sired by the 2010 RW male champion Geler Sparc, has been shown very little but was 2nd in the Novice stallion class at Glanusk last year. We suspect that, with his attractive quality and spectacular action, we shall hear a lot more of him in future.
The two-year-old Gwynfaes Seren Wledig is bred and owned by Meirion, Dianne and Caleb Evans of Gwynfaes. He was sold to America as a foal, then appeared on a childrens’ S4C television programme with Caleb and Caleb claimed him as his own and refused to let him go! The Stud also won the North Wales stallion class with Gwynfaes Noah, another son of Culhwch. Last year Gwynfaes won the overall supreme with the three-year-old filly Bryncadno Heledd another daughter of Culhwch and every one very ably shown by 2011 RW Dr Emrys Evans award winning farrier Dorian Lloyd.
The overall supreme yearling award also went to a Section D, this was Mr John Merrick’s filly Brynithon Ffleur who won a class of 42 entries where another Brynithon filly, Brynithon Super Model was 3rd and 2nd was Brynithon Patty which had been sold to Ross Thomas of Clydach, Abergavenny.
The supreme filly award went to the three-year-old filly Popsters Mega Star who was also champion of Section C judged by Mr David Conti where the finalists all stood out as real “pony” types. Mega Star, who was sold to Thistledown Stud as a yearling, is sired by WPCS sire ratings winner Joyton Maybe Black out of Parvaden Red Dalia who is only ten-years old but has produced a whole bevy of beauties including Popsters Fivestar yearling winner here, Movie Star and Euro Star. Red Dalia is a daughter of Parvadean Dalia, herself a daughter of the foundation mare of Parvadean/Popsters Dewin Della (foaled in 1978) and it was good to see Jack Davis (who started Parvadean) in position long before proceedings started.
It was another Popsters stallion, Nicki Musson’s Popsters Tommy Cockles who was reserve champion of Section C and two minutes after winning this award, he had his saddle and bridle on and won a very strong ridden class in another ring! Tommy Cockles was awarded a very creditable 40 + 38 for conformation and 34 + 32 for performance at last year’s Olympia ridden championships.
Section A judge Mr Stewart Franklin awarded the championship and reserve to the stallion winners Islyn Hafoc and Sunwillow Jubilee. Hafoc, sired by Lacy Brigadier out of Lacy Heather Bee, is now nine years old and was twice 2nd in enormous youngstock classes at the RW. He is produced for Islyn by Idyllic Stud who bought his close relative Lacy Buzbee from Islyn for £9,200 at the 2009 Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale. Salima Keswani’s eleven-year-old Sunwillow Jubilee, son of Heniarth Quip, has been a consistent winner in hand including the Royal Welsh, then he held his own in ridden classes and finally has made a name for him as a worker and also at dressage.
Section A youngstock champion was Derek Dykes’ great-moving two-year-old colt Crossfield Bantam Cock, youngtock winner at last year’s National Championships he was relegated last minute to 2nd position at the RW. Reserve youngstock champion was another good-moving colt, Menai Stud’s yearling Menai Endeavour while 3rdin line from Sweden was Baroness Rudbeck’s three-year-old Saltas Mountain Mint, another impressive mover. Best filly was Kitty Bodily’s yearling Glebedale Jubilee who was reserve champion at Glamorgan the previous week-end.
The Section B appointed judge, Mr Vivian Thomas of the Fydlyn Stud, a staunch supporter of this Show, sadly passed away a month before the Show and Ms Megan Lewis of Cwrtycadno took over.
Champion was Mandy Jones’ chestnut five-year-old stallion Melau Montana, full-brother to Melau Morocco which sold for £5,500 to top the Section Bs at the 2008 Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale. Montana had an unbeaten record in youngstock classes at the RW, 1st in 2009 and 2010 and 1st, male champion and reserve overall in 2011. In addition he was champion B at the 2009 Royal Welsh Winter Fair where he ended up Overall Supreme of the Show. Reserve champion was Ingrid Delaitre’s French-bred three-year-old colt Adagio De L’Aurore sired by Heniarth Woodwind. Adagio spent 2011 in Wales where he had a long list of wins, then he spent 2012 in France and has already sired some very smart foals.
There were 12 Ridden classes, 8 judged by Mrs Anne Bigley followed by 4 NPS classes judged by Gill Wright. Supreme ridden was the five-year-old Section D Sydenham Oxslip bred by Miss Anne Wheatcroft who sold her to John James of Sianwood who had such success when riding her dam Sydenham Forget Me Not including the HOYS in 2002. Oxslip appeared in a few novice classes last year ridden by Philippa James but this year is sweeping the board in open classes. The Dutch-bred Section A Powys Sprite was reserve champion ridden by India Latter who previously rode his sire Heniarth Quinell. Powys Sprite, who was placed 2nd at HOYS last year is from the same family as the in-hand champion Powys Shon and Powys Jack Flash who topped the WPCS Performance competition in 2010.
The harness class with 12 entries judged by Miss Rosie Russell-Allen provided a magnificent spectacle, undoubtedly the best harness class ever seen at Lampeter and the winner, the Section D Brightside Sahara Dune from Sittingbourne, Kent is another good advertisement for Thorneyside being sired by the wonderful old veteran champion Thorneyside Flyer and out of Thorneyside Charlotte.
Dr Wynne Davies