Welsh at Monmouthshire Show
28th August 2014.
The Monmouthshire Show has developed over the years to be the largest one-day Show in Wales with record attendances and plenty of entertaining events for all the family. The Presidents for the day were Mr Terry and Mrs Diane Court. Mr Court is Director and Head of the Equine Department of Brightwells Auctioneers. Also present was Mr David Morgan, President-Elect of RWAS and Mrs Nancy Morgan
Being the penultimate opportunity to qualify for HOYS, the Show is guaranteed large entries for these classes, this year they were 116 for the TopSpec ridden hunters, 163 for the M&M WHP, 217 for the NPS/Baileys M&M Ridden ponies, 39 for the Colne Lead Rein and 37 for the Brineton/Kare-Plus First Ridden classes.
Judges of the M&M Ridden pony classes Mrs Sharon Thomas (Ride) and Mrs Jackie Webb (conformation) began judging at 8am and did not reach their championship until after 5pm, such was the turnout of exhibits, the Fell/Highland/Dales class had 36 entries and the ridden Welsh Section D had 40 entries. The judges pleased the Welsh spectators when, from 14 first and second-prizewinners of all breeds, they awarded the championship to the Section D Wishaw Red Rosie and the reserve to another Section D Nantymynydd Ysbryd.
Wishaw Red Rosie was bred by the Cotterill and Burgoyne families of Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield who have been breeding top Welsh cobs for over thirty years and she is sired by their well-known Wishaw Revelation out of Synod Red Lace. Three of the four Welsh classes were causes for celebration for Synod Stud, Synod Red Lace was the dam of the winning Section D, Synod Poplin was the dam of the winning Section A (Waxwing Painter) and Synod Robinson was the sire of the winning Section C (Rivervalley Rosie Rogers)!
Wishaw Red Rosie, ridden by Amy Simcox is a grand sort of Welsh cob and her performance was exemplary, she started the year by being 3rd in the HOYS qualifier at North of England followed by two 2nds and now collected her ticket for Birmingham. Reserve champion Nantymynydd Ysbryd ridden at Monmouth by Hannah Atkinson is often ridden by her mother Linda; she was bred locally at Heolgerrig, Merthyr Tydfil and her grand-parents were bred even nearer at the Cathael Stud, Blackwood. Nantymynydd Ysbryd has qualified for HOYS and been placed three times; last year his sister Nantymynydd Briallen qualified at NPS Area 25 and was placed 6th.
Waxwing Painter, the qualifying Section A, although bred in Fife has ancestors bred in Wales, one grand-parent Brierwood Rocket was twice Royal Welsh champion, the other three Cantref Glory, Revel Hetty and Revel Poplin were bred on the Brecon Beacons. Painter darted off after the NPS/Bailey’s championship in ring 3 to compete in the HOYS Brineton M&M FIRST RIDDEN qualifier in Ring 6 with judges Mrs Ann Bigley and Mrs Gill Wright and ended up 2nd of 37 to Hope Ghosts Little Boy owned by Pat and Rebecca Faulkner and ridden by Bonnie Probert-Price.
Mini-champion of this Section was the lead rein winner Malmswood Clarissa ridden by five-year-old Aneira Hughes. Clarissa was spotted by local producer Mark Wilson at the 2011 Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale where he bought her as a three-year-old for £3,000 and this is her first season under saddle. Mark, who won HOYS twice with Ceffylllwyd Snowdrop, is very clever at spotting potential at Brightwells Sales, the cream Section D gelding Soden Gwynfor, who was 3rd to Red Rosie and Nantymynydd Ysbryd at Monmouth ended up with Mark soon after the 2012 Brightwells Cob Sale and very soon won the HOYS ridden class of 72 at the Royal Welsh and then the championship.
Morgan Starkie won the HOYS Ridden Section B class on the dun Duntarvie Dragon, another Scottish-bred pony but his grand-sire Cottrell Artiste was bred at nearby Glamorgan and his dam is descended from Cefn Bess bred on the Gower peninsula.
Kelsey Bishop who had Rivervalley Rosie Rogers to win the HOYS ridden Section C lives almost within walking distance of the Showground and Rosie Rogers is the fourth qualifier bred at River Valley, the others being Rivervalley Rhion who qualified at the Great Yorkshire and the Atkinson family’s Rivervalley Lou-Lou and Rivervalley Reaction, Hannah having to enlist her mother Linda to ride Reaction at Birmingham.
New Forest ponies dominated the HOYS M&M WHP classes, the champion being the 143cm Willoway Free Spirit and the ex 143cm category was won by Willowcourt Court Jester but Reserve champion was the 133cm Welsh Section B, Charlie Letham’s Hollizan Hosanna and 2nd in the 122cm class was Kerren Bissmire’s evergreen Penllyn Marten.
In-hand entries have suffered at many Shows this year, the 28 classes for the four In-hand Welsh Sections attracting only 91 entries in total but there were plenty of animals present who have won in good company at major Shows.
Champion Section A with judge Mrs Ann Bigley was the two-year -old colt Pendock Paige Boy produced by Popsters for owners Kitty Bodily and her mother Jill Williams of Glebedale. Paige Boy has had many successes this year including youngstock champion (also with judge Ann Bigley) and Supreme youngstock at Glanusk and Section champion at Royal Bath and West. The sixteen-year-old light grey mare Marons Crystal Rose was Section B champion, she is full of old Downland, Weston and Solway Master Bronze blood-lines.
Mrs Cheryl Frith judged Section C and D, her champion C was the seven-year-old brood mare Kirkhamgate Roisin; produced by Graham Roberts in Wrexham, she is “Persie” breeding on both sides, Persie Ramrod on the dam’s side and on the sire’s side, Persie Nanette which I had here at Ceulan for ten years. Sam Beach’s big three-year-old colt Maescrofta Royal Magic by Maesmynach Enchanter was Section D champion; his dam Jonbachgen Morning Star has the well-known grand-sires Derwen Replica and Nebo Magic. Royal Magic earlier this year won a very big class at NPS Area 29 and was youngstock champion at Cheshire County.
Monmouthshire Show offered their own Sections C and D ridden classes before they staged the HOYS classes and have continued with these. Champion was the Section D Abergavenny Valmai ridden by Claire Parsons for owners/breeders John and Bev Batt; Valmai was ridden champion at the Royal Welsh. Reserve champion from the same class was Alex Williams’ Ringside Game Over, HOYS qualifier at NCPA Staff and Supreme Horse or pony at Pembroke County. The Williams family also won the Section C class with Synod Rain Dancer with Jocelyn Price’s Popsters Movie Star 2nd having qualified for HOYS at Northleach.
Dr Wynne Davies M.B.E.
WPCS Publicity Officer