National Welsh and Welsh Part Bred Championship Show - 14th August 2011
The Welsh National Championship Show held on the Three Counties Showground, Malvern on Sunday 14thAugust, consisted of two separate events, the morning session was devoted to showing classes sponsored by Brightwells, 9 classes per section with WPCS Silver medals awarded to the champions and the afternoon to one championship class per section for which the competitors had to qualify at one of 80 Area Association or County Shows. There were also Working Hunter and dressage classes sponsored by NFU Mutual in the morning and afternoon.
The prizemoney for the five In-Hand afternoon championships was £500 per class sponsored by Brightwells, the six ridden classes of £500 per class sponsored by Brynseion Stud, five Working Hunter classes each of £215 sponsored by NFU Mutual, a WPBR Ridden class of £500 sponsored by Dengie Horse Feeds and the Welsh Mini Ridden section sponsored by Colne Stud; this is the highest prizemoney offered on the show circuit to any native breed. In the morning there were also five WPBR Ridden classes sponsored by Rotherwood Stud and six Harness classes sponsored by Thorneyside Stud with champion Carl Nee’s Neebro Rising Sun ( C ) and reserve Clare Granger and George Mitchell’s Mitcheltroy Valiant Lady ( D ), both of which had won in strong competition at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. The champion gelding from all the sections received £100 donated by Millcroft Stud; this was the best line-up of geldings ever seen at this Show, it was judged by Aart Zoet from Holland and won by Menai Stud’s bay three-year-old Friarly Forest King.
New for this year were the four HOYS M&M NPS/Baileys Ridden Pony Of The Year Championship qualifiers also sponsored by Brynseion Stud and they attracted large entries of 15( A ), 29( B ), 31 ( C) and 35 ( D ). The winners were Tracey Landon’s Brynodyn Sirius ( A ) ridden by Katey Roberts, True family’s Thistledown Lucky Strike ( B ), Farhill Jasmine ( C ) ridden by Tanya Shields and Pennal The Great ( D ) ridden by Fiona Cork. Pennal The Great was champion, the previous week he had won both NFU Mutual and Ringside Ridden classes at the NPS Show. Brynodyn Sirius was reserve champion, last year he was overall supreme at Northleach a feat repeated by his sister Brynodyn Savannah this year.
The championship and reserve of the Silver Medal section A’s from 84 entries ended up in an unprecedented coincidence, Stephen Greenwood’s four-year-old stallion Pentrefelin Playboy was champion and reserve was his full-brother, Liz Hampton’s three-year-old colt Pentrefelin Playmate, two promising young males with spectacular movement.
Champion section B was Jayne Blackburn’s brood mare Westaire Saffron Lace, recently reserve female champion at the Royal Welsh Show where her sire, Moelview Charmer Boy was points winner having sired also her full-sister Westaire Chantilly Lace (2ndprize barren mare) and Paddock Alesha (last year’s RW overall champion and winner of the Brightwells £250 here in the afternoon). At Malvern, Saffron Lace’s three-year-old daughter Westaire Savannah and colt foal Westaire Tolomeo both won their classes. Reserve champion was Sandy Anderson’s three-year-old colt Thistledown Arctic Fox who was overall champion at the WP+C International Show the previous Sunday; he is entered for the Brightwells Fayre Oaks High Flyer Sale (lot 321).
Two brood mares were champion and reserve of section C, Nebo Stud’s Nebo Rebecca and Roger and Rhian Davies’ Hywi Pollyanna who was this year’s Royal Welsh female and reserve overall champion. These awards made them eligible to compete in the afternoon Brightwells National championship where they ended up 3rdand 4thin the same order to Michael Cobley’s thirteen-year-old brood mare Monoray May Queen (£250) and Wayne Groucott and Shirley Williams’ ten-year-old stallion Bryncarreg Lightning Jack who had also won his class in the morning.
There was a superb gathering of Welsh cob brood mares, they were obviously greatly admired and received much applause so it was not surprising that they received the championship placings over ths stallions and youngstock; champion was Geoff Schofield’s Hollytree Daisy shown by Scott Gibbons and reserve Hywi Mari shown by Patrick McBride.
Champion WPB was the Phillips family’s three-year-old bay colt Rotherwood Spring Storm (Rotherwood Peter Pan x Rotherwood Spring Flower) and reserve was Diana McKenzie-Tolhurst’s four-year-old bay stallion Linksbury Distinction by Small-land Maytino.
In the ridden mini championship, two dun mares were champion and reserve, Ellie Pearce-Morgan riding the lead rein mare Windmill Anglica was champion from the first ridden, Megan Williams riding Rockbury Remedy.
After Rachel Thomas won the 138 cms Working hunter pony class on her section C gelding Rivervalley Tyron, when it came to the championship, he was distracted by the harness exhibits entering their ring over an aluminium roadway and the championship was awarded to 2ndplaced Dewicourt Aphrodite, another section C ridden by Felicity Powell with the section D, Lisa Saycell’s Grofield Abigail reserve.
As stated, Paddock Elsha won the section B National Championship where the reigning Royal Welsh champion, Hywel and Yvonne Davies’ Cadlanvalley Georgia was 2nd with judge Aart Zoet from Holland and judge Peter Hussey awarded the section C purse to Michael Cobley’s Monoray May Queen. The Cobley family had another windfall when judge Heinz Spiekermann from Germany awarded the section A purse to father Chris with International winning brood mare Tryfel Bethan, a good-moving daughter of Ty’rcapel Sprig with Heniarth Stud capturing both 2ndand 3rdplacings with the International barren mare winner Heniarth Yum Yum and the stallion Heniarth Mr Milligan, HOYS Cuddy qualifier on the showground back in April. William Jenkins, section D judge, placed Gareth Lapping’s stallion Haniel Cochise 1stfollowed by two mares Nebo Stud’s Nebo Chatterbox and Mary Edwards’ Cascob Crown Princess. Finally Cindy Simms awarded the WPB Championship to K Robinson’s seven-year-old gelding Celtic Royale by the Welsh cob Nantyrast Turbo Express followed by Nick Snelling’s coloured Hendraws Gwen and Anne Pritchard-Simmons’ stallion Cupidhill Calvados.
Brynseion National Ridden Champions were Stewart Franklin’s Heniarth Quinnell ( A ) ridden by Katie Parry, receptionist at the new WPCS Offices at Bronaeron, John and Maggie Carter’s Millcroft Isca Roc ( B ) whose sire Millcroft Ghost was also amongst the prizewinners, Marged Simons’ Yrallt Mayday Surprise ( C ) who was champion at Pembroke County two days later, Mr & Mrs James’ Tardebigge Lord Thomas ( D ), Hywel and Yvonne Davies’ Finglebridge Funtime (LR) recently reserve champion at the International Show and D Plumb’s Rowfantina Tribute (FR). The Dengie National WPB Ridden champion was B Garner’s Basford Playboy. Rachel Thomas’ section C Rivervalley Tyron came up trumps again in the section C NFU Mutual National WH Championship, with Debbie Barr’s Waitwith Westwind ( A ), D Murray’s Casnewydd Polly ( D ) and N Bond’s He’s The Man (WPB).
Report by Dr Wynne Davies