Welsh National Show Report and Photographs
The National Welsh Championship Show consists of two shows rolled into one, the morning classes are the customary show classes for WPCS silver medals, also catering for ridden classes, WHP, dressage and driving. This was the 11th National Show, the first eight were on the Shropshire and West Midland showground in Shrewsbury with the last three on the Three Counties Showground at Malvern. All have been organised by a small independent committee which initially set out to provide an end-of-season show which would showcase the Welsh breeds, both in hand and in performance within a framework of healthy competition and a friendly atmosphere.
The pure-bred ridden classes, sponsored by Delami Stud are qualifiers for the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M+M Ridden Pony Championships at HOYS and attracted 15 (A), 27 (B), 21 (C) and 44(D) entries. The afternoon competitions are a “mini HOYS” where exhibits have to qualify at specified Shows to compete for 5 Brightwells In-hand Championships each with prize money of £400 + £75 for youngstock; 6 Brynseion Pure-bred Ridden classes (including 2 mini classes) again with prize money of £400; the Dengie Ridden Welsh part-bred class (£400); the Sarum Investments Gelding championship (£400) and 5 NFU Mutual Working Hunter classes (£200 each). To have the main ring at 1.15pm full of 33 Brightwells Section A’s, 19 Dengie WPB’s and 22 Brynseion Ridden Section B’s was a sight which one would not see anywhere else in the world!
Champion morning Section A with judge Joanna Sheil was the Cobley family’s thirteen-year-old bay mare Tryfel Dion who has been a consistent winner since her youngstock days and she is also dam of the winning stallion Tryfel Triumph; Jimmy Dykes’ good-moving two-year-old colt Crossfield Bantamcock was reserve champion.
Section B judge Doreen Jones is not generally associated with Section B’s but her Section C’s are world-famous for their correct type and conformation and her Section B placings fitted the bill exactly. Champion was the beautiful twelve-year-old Dutch-bred brood mare Valeour Dancing Fairy Lustre whose parents are the Yorkshire-bred Paddock Riverdance and Paddock Silver Lustre, both of the best old germane Section B bloodlines, Riverdance’s grand-parents are Coed Coch Gala (f.1964) and Coed Coch Penwn (f.1963) and Silver Lustre has Ceulan Silver Lustre (f.1939) as grand dam. Dancing Fairy Lustre, on lease to the Landon family from Dick Valk in Holland, was reserve champion out of 256 entries to Cwrtycadno Perlen at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. Reserve champion was the typey liver chestnut two-year-old colt Moelview Moonstruck. The winning yearling colt Heniarth Top Of The Morning has been sold to South Africa and the winning yearling filly Telynau Royal Diamond Jubilee sold to Australia.
Section C’s judged by David Roberts of Tawelfan were thin on the ground, possibly exhibitors holding back for the afternoon “big money”; however Julian Williams’ chestnut home-bred brood mare Cilmery Lullaby would have been a hard nut to crack in any company and was champion with Joe Giles’ three-year-old Leyeswick Pixie Lott reserve.
Richard Jones did a great job showing the Stud’s fourteen-year-old stallion Menai Sparkling Imperial to be champion Section D against so many experienced handlers under judge Yvonne Abrey. Richard’s younger brother Thomas was also amongst the prize-winners in the Young Judges competition (won by Scottish Gavin Ingram) held here the previous evening. Reserve champion was Owen Jones with his eight -year-old brood mare Nebo Chatterbox, daughter of former champion here Nebo Miss Maple and another who had more glory in the afternoon.
Welsh part-bred judge Megan Lewis, safely back after her three-year marathon ride from Beijing to London found her champion in Jane Busch’s three-year-old colt Stanleygrange Regal Empire sired by the Australian-bred Willowcroft Regal Bronze. The bay stallion Rotherwood Spring Storm, champion here last year, stood reserve.
Judges for the HOYS qualifier classes were Lizzie Briant and Jayne Wyatt and their champion was the Section D Felinmor Triple Crown owned by Keith and Llinos (former WPCS Assistant Secretary) Spenser and ridden by Lowri Reed, a stallion with the most perfect temperament who was a previous Royal Welsh winner in hand and HOYS ridden finalist. The 2nd placed Section D was the home-bred mare Morry Imary, having tied with Triple Crown with equal marks of 93 but losing out on the judges’ vote. Hannah Horler’s Section C Rivervalley Rosie Rogers was reserve champion having won her class from Popsters Kinky Boots. The palomino stallion Fosterhouses Romeo ridden by Jessica Matthews won the Section A class from Stewart Franklin’s Heniarth Quinell of whom we shall hear more in the afternoon. Joan Newbery’s cream gelding Eyarth Osprey won the Section B class from Gill Simpson’s cream mare Worley Imagination, an eight-year-old of the famous Ernford Benjamin x Desarbre Polyanthus family, six of which have qualified over the years for the HOYS and Polyanthus would have been 23-years-old when Imagination was born.
Now we come to the National Welsh Brightwells In-hand championships, Section A with 36 entries judged by Sidney Kidson of South Africa, 28 Secton B with judge John Kristensen (Denmark), 20 Section C for Nelson Smith (Trevallion), 25 D for Dafydd Morris (Neuaddparc) and 26 Welsh part-breds for Ali Fernyhough.
The spectacular-moving nine-year-old mare Springlane Sonnet, who was 2nd recently at the Royal Welsh in the biggest class of the whole Show (94 entries) won the Brightwells £200 Section A purse from last year’s champion, the stallion Stonedge Samuel who was also Section champion and Cuddy qualifier at the 2011 Royal Welsh Show. The yearling colt Penech Romeo, sired by the Penech Stud’s own Dukeshill Dot Com was 3rd and youngstock champion.
Valeour Dancing Fairy Lustre continued her winning form and added another £200 to her morning Brightwells Section B silver medal. Two consistent three-year-old colts produced by Colin Tibbey came next to also receive the youngstock and reserve additional prizemoney. They were the chestnut Paddock Rio owned by Mrs Wilson of Sheffield and the bay Moelgarnedd Stadross who was youngstock and male champion at the 2013 Royal Welsh.
The three-year-old filly Synod Romantika owned by Cerdin and Doreen Jones captured the Brightwells £200 Section C award plus the £50 youngstock. On her only other showring appearances this year she was champion at the Great Yorkshire and Midland, reserve champion at Devon County and 2nd out of 23 at the Royal Welsh. Her dam, Synod Rosie O’Hara was champion at Cheshire and Northleach in 2011.
The two-year-old filly Geler Ela also achieved the dual overall and youngstock awards in Section D; she was youngstock champion earlier this year at Glanusk and filly champion over all Sections. Nebo Chatter Box, reserve champion in the morning was 2nd.
Coloureds romped away with the part-bred awards, the skewbald stallion Honeypot Spunky Monkey was 1st, the piebald mare Maysmoor Isintshelovely was 2ndand Nick Snelling’s piebald Mare Hendraws Gwen, a former Royal Welsh champion was 4th. In 3rd place was the morning champion Stanleygrange Legal Empire.
The six pure-bred ridden classes sponsored by Brynseion Stud each carried a £200 first prize, Jenny Kilbey judged the ridden A’s and B’s and Australian Megan Howe the C’s, D’s and minis. India Latter riding the Dutch-bred Powys Sprite won the A’s from his sire Stewart Franklin’s Heniarth Quinell ridden by WPCS employee Katie Parry who won here in 2011. Quinell only recently returned from Holland where he had a very busy Stud season with Harold and Yvette Zoet. Section B winner was the six-year-old chestnut mare Birkinbrook Juliet sired by Heaton Romeo, top-priced animal of the 2005 Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale from the eight-year-old grey stallion Thistledown The Governor sired by Mynach Buccaneer.
Two stallions headed the Section C class, the winner Marged Simons’ Yrallt May Day Surprise has already qualified for HOYS at Cheshire and Olympia at Suffolk and won from Menai Calon Lan who was 3rd out of 51 entries at the RW where the judge rides the exhibits. The biggest numbers turned up for the ridden Section D’s won by Kate Chappell’s Brynseion Bendigo who was last year’s “Best of Breed” at Olympia. 2nd was Danielle Everitt’s Monahawk Masterpiece, the bargain of the 2012 Brightwells Cob Sale, he was sold since his breeder was giving up cobs due to ill health.
The Brynseion lead-rein winner was Cadlanvalley Stud’s Colne Tulip ridden by grand-daughter Liberty Grota; this pair were mini champion from 86 entries at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. Second-placed was Oldacres Lilli who was also 2nd in the morning’s Lead Rein class. The evergreen twelve-year-old palomino gelding Rowfantina Tribute won the Brynseion first-ridden class from Brynodyn Sirius who was reserve champion to Tulip at the Royal Welsh. Sirius was Section A HOYS Pony of the Year in 2012 and reserve to his sister Brynodyn Savannah in 2011. The coloureds held their own in the Dengie Welsh part-bred riddens, in the absence of the In-hand winner, the piebalds Maysmoor Isntshelovely won and Hendraws Gwen was 2nd. Spotted as a youngster by Nick Snelling as a youngster at Brightwells Hay-on-Wye Sale.
Gelding classes are the strongest Welsh in Australia and Australian judge Wendy Trimble had the largest class of the day, 54 geldings entered for the Sarum Investments National Gelding Championship won by the cob Llangwm Guto Coch bred by Arwel Jones in Corwen.
Sandra Seward and Jane Weller judged the NFU Mutual WHP championships over a very interesting course set by Simon Grundy; there was nothing tricky in the well-built course but it did require a good “hunting approach” as the course builder made very good use of the bank and the small wood.
It was no surprise therefore that regular hunters Victoria Woodland and hunter judge Rachel Thomas were 1st and 2nd Section C with Tyntyla Gwyndaf and Rivervalley Tyron (these two have headed this class for the last three years in various orders) and Rachel also 2nd Section D on Penstacan Elijah to Broughton Royal Glow. The Section A stallion Waitwith Westwind who has won at the HOYS for Cuddy In-hand and WHP won the A’s; Abaty Monarch the B’s and the 50% Welsh cob He’s The Man the Welsh Part Breds.
Sadly and despite generous sponsorship by the Thorneyside Stud, the driven animals were very thin on the ground but the champion, the palomino Section C stallion Cargarsar Silver Shadow would have been a champion in any company as he was when he claimed the overall driving title at the 2013 Royal Welsh Show where he had substantial competition.
The original aims of the committee would not have been achieved without the loyal support it has received from exhibitors, judges, stewards, helpers and the generous sponsors some of which have been on board since the first Show. With HOYS qualifiers firmly in place and the “National Finals” permanently established in the “Welsh” enthusiasts calendar, the committee looks forward to another successful Show in 2014.
Dr Wynne Davies,