Lampeter Stallion Show 2014
Lampeter Stallion Show
19th April, 2014
The 53rd Lampeter Stallion Show was blessed with excellent weather and 494 entries in 47 classes. Supreme champion from amongst all of these was the South Wales cob stallion winner, the eight-year-old bay Kylebeck Crespo owned by Gower farrier and former Neath rugby player Richard Francis and his family of the Maesymor Stud. Judge of the supremes was Mr Ian Evans of Llanfair Clydogau, the Show President who has been involved with this Show since its inception.
Kylebeck Crespo is one of ten full-brothers and sisters (Crugybar Mabon Mai x Cascob Delyth) bred by John and Jill Knowlson of the Kylebeck Stud, Newton-on-Ouse York; two of the full-sisters which have been retained being the supreme champions Kylebeck Coral Reef (f.2004) and Kylebeck Chrystyn (f.2008). Mabon Mai was top of the WPCS sire ratings in 2005 and 2006, then for the next seven years he has been 2nd to his son the 2002 RW Prince of Wales cup winner Gwynfaes Culhwch.
Standing 2nd to Crespo in his Section D class with judge Mr Daniel Morgan was Jack Bowerman with Danaway Scrumpy Jack; this is not the first time these two have stood 1st and 2nd, they occupied these positions at the 2008 RW Show but in reverse order with judge Mrs Doreen Jones. Crespo was also 2nd to the supreme champion Danaway Harry at Glanusk last year and had some impressive progeny amongst the youngstock prizewinners here.
Standing reserve supreme to Crespo and also youngstock and reserve Section D champion was Julie Evans-Davies’ three-year-old bay filly Brynfa Julie Ann well shown by Andrew Thomas. Julie Ann started off competing successfully at the Royal Welsh Winter Fairs where she was 2nd filly foal from 47 entries in 2011 and 1st and reserve champion in 2012. Julie Ann is connected to two other Julies, her owner/breeder Julie Evans-Davies and Julie Evans, owner of her sire the sadly-missed 1999 RW male champion Fronarth Victor.
Both the supreme yearling Geler Spartacys and Geler Ela, 2nd to Brynfa Julie Ann and last year’s supreme filly at Glanusk are closely related; Spartacys is out of Geler Heti (f.1998) and Ela’s dam Geler Hanna (f.1995) is Heti’s full-sister.
Champion Section A judged by Mr Tony Tilley was Dafydd and Sian Morris’ ten-year-old grey stallion Brynrodyn Bonheddwr sired by Cwmhendy Buster who has topped the WPCS sire ratings five times since 2004 and for the other five years he has been 2nd to Blackhill Picalo.
The judging was consistent, nine of the prizewinners were sired by Tiffwyl stallions and seven by Penboeth stallions with another Penboeth stallion Penboeth Bravo being reserve champion. Frongoch/Fronbach Studs also featured prominently, the winning yearling filly (also best female) was Frongoch Banon Aur and 1st and 2nd of the two-year-old colts Ffermymorlais Tempo and Fronbach Clogau Prince were sired by Fronbach Destination and the 2007 RW champion Frongoch Cardi. Ffermymorlais Tempo was youngstock champion and ended up supreme colt. Ffermymorlais were also reserve youngstock champion with the yearling colt Ffermymorlais Banter, Section A champion at last year’s RW Winter Fair.
Section Bs judged by WPCS immediate past-President Mr Edwin Prosser were a bit thin on the ground but the standard was excellent with youngstock beating the adults for the championship. Champion was the two-year-old filly Thistledown Arctic Rose, a long-fronted liver chestnut with four white legs she covered the ground well. She possesses the best Cottrell blood of the late Mrs Pat Johns Powell, her sire Thistledown Calon Lan is a grandson of Cottrell Royal Consort and her dam is Cottrell Anya, dam also of Thistledown Arctic Fox, champion at the 2011 International Welsh Show and which sold on the Fayre Oaks Sale for £9,000.
Reserve champion was another eye-catching filly, the yearling Moelgarnedd Mimosa, the sixth generation from the original Weston Princess Mandy foaled in 1958 by Coed Coch Madog, her sire is the 2003 RW champion Lemonshill Top Note of the same female line as Cottrell Anya. Moelgarnedd Stud only bred three foals last year and kept two including Mimosa; the other Moelgarnedd Delilah was champion at the Dutch Stallion Show held the week after Lampeter.
Section C judged by Mr Ifor Lloyd featured the largest class of the day with 17 yearling fillies led by the very smart Eglwysfach Ruby by Fronarth Robben. The 2007, 2008 and 2009 RW champion Robben also sired the winning two-year-old filly Fronarth Stud’s own Fronarth Jessica Ennis who was reserve Supreme Youngstock champion to Brynfa Julie Ann. Best Section C colt was the yearling Gornoeth Mastermind produced by Justin Walters. The very promising Mastermind was bought by Peter Gray of Thorneyside for his young son Jack “for a song” at the Brightwells Cob Sale, his potential well spotted.
Alun Hughes’ eight-year-old stallion Pentrefelin Little Joe, Section c champion has not been seen in the showring since he won the RW Youngstock gold medal from 201 entries at the 2011 RW Show but he came out in Lampeter in top form. Little Joe’s breeding contains all the best cob blood, Hendy Brenin, Rhystyd Prince, Nebo Daniel and Nebo Black Magic combined with the Section A Gredington Oswallt (sire of Menai Fury) on his sire’s side and Garreg Quichsilver by Coed Coch Planed on the dam’s side.
There were some very strong Open ridden classes judged by Mrs Gwen Heppenstall and the NPS M&M Ridden championships qualifiers judged by Mr Stephen Howard.
Champion of the former was Stewart Franklin’s Section A stallion Heniarth Quinnell ridden by WPCS receptionist Katie Parry. Quinnell won many ridden prizes last year but HOYS qualification eluded him, being placed 2nd three times. This is his last year under saddle, he now goes back to Stud duties. Placed 2nd in the Section A class was Eleri Marshalsay’s Heniarth Yeats who qualified for HOYS at Monmouth last year and ended up a very creditable 3rd in the final. Eleri had more success with her winning chestnut Section B stallion Moelgarnedd Arthur another of the progeny of Lemonshill Top Note. There were three with the Popsters prefix in ridden Section C’s with the winner Mrs Jocelyn Price’s Popsters Movie Star winning and being reserve to Heniarth Quinnell for the WPCS Performance medal. Bwlchbychan Fantasia by Menai Sparkling Imperial won the large Section D class.
For the championship of this section the novice winners are allowed to compete and reserve to Quinnell this time was the Russell family’s novice home-bred Bryngwennol Royal Tribune a former champion in hand. Royal Tribune is sired by the Russell family’s Moelview Chester who qualified for HOYS last year at the RW and is noted for his kind temperament.
Popsters Movie Star also won the NPS Sections C and D class from the Section D Sydenham Oxslip who was overall ridden supreme here last year. The Landon family started on their road to glory by winning the ridden A or B class with Brynodyn Sirius who qualified for HOYS last year at Royal Norfolk having won HOYS in 2012. The Landon family then won the NPS lead-rein class with Pantycoed Little Owl sired by the Sweden-based Heniarth Mr Milligan who is also sire of Heniarth Yeats. Little Owl, ridden by Shannay Landon and led by Tracey Landon then went on to win the mini championship, the NPS championship and finally the supreme Ridden championship with Heniarth Quinnell in reserve.
There were not many competitors in the Harness section judged by Mr Stuart Lloyd but the champion, the palomino Section C Cargarsar Silver Shadow would be very difficult to beat in any company and was last year’s RW driven champion from 38 entries.
Report by Dr Wynne Davies
WPCS Publicity Officer
Supreme Champion - Kylebeck Crespo
In Hand Champion Section A – Brynrodyn Bonheddwr
Reserve – Penboeth Bravo
In Hand Champion Section B – Thistledown Arctic Rose
Reserve – Melau Montana
In Hand Champion Section C – Pentrefelin Little Joe
Reserve – Fronarth Jessica Ennis
In Hand Champion Section D – Kylebeck Crespo
Reserve – Brynfa Julie Ann
Ridden Welsh Champion & Reserve Supreme Ridden – Heniarth Quinnell
Harness Champion – Cargarsar Silver Shadow
NPS Ridden Champion, Mini Champion & Supreme Ridden – Pantycoed Little Owl