National Welsh Show 2015 - Report and Photographs
Three Counties Showground, Malvern.
9th August 2015.
The National Welsh Championship Show consists of two separate events, the usual Showing classes in the morning and the afternoon devoted to Championship classes which require prior qualifying at specified Shows.
The morning 50 silver medal classes In-hand A, B, C, D and Welsh part-bred sponsored by Brightwells Auctioneers, the four HOYS NPS/Baileys qualifiers sponsored by Delami Stud, the HOYS Welsh Part Bred qualifier sponsored by Rosedale Stud, ridden Welsh Part Bred sponsored by the Grant-Parkes family, Welsh Part Bred Mini-ridden sponsored by Rotherwood Stud and Working hunter section sponsored by Greenlands Insurance.
The five afternoon In-hand championships sponsored by Brightwells each carry prizemoney of £460, four ridden championships plus two minis each with prizemoney of £385 sponsored by Brynseion Stud, the gelding championship with prizemoney of £385 sponsored by Sarum Investments, the Ridden Welsh Part Bred championship of £385 sponsored by Greenlands Insurance and five Working hunter championships of £200 also sponsored by Greenlands Insurance.
Champion silver medal Section A judged by Mrs Sue Harries was Edwina Waller’s seven-year-old brood mare Brynrodyn Blodwen who was also overall Welsh champion judged by Mrs Mary Redvers. Blodwen is sired by Brynrodyn Stud’s Cwmhendy Buster who has topped the WPCS sire-ratings five times and Blodwen has Penual Mark as great grand-sire on both sides, Mark having also headed the sire-ratings five times in the ‘eighties. Blodwen won WPCS medals every year in youngstock classes plus 1st at the Bath and West, Three Counties, Cheshire County and Northleach and as a mare was 2nd at the Royal Welsh in 2014 and 1st this year. Reserve champion was the yearling filly Lingardswood Serefina who is Tamevalley-bred on both sides.
Section Bs were judged by Mrs Karen Cheetham and champion was Kerry Wainwright’s eight-year-old stallion Skellorn Bronze Soldier who is another with a long list of winnings to his credit including 3rd at the Royal Welsh as a two-year-old and 1st and reserve male champion at three, 2nd as a stallion in 2012 and 1st and reserve male champion again in 2013. He also won here last year and is equally successful under saddle.
Skellorn Bronze Soldier
Reserve champion was Bernard and Maureen Butterworth’s ten-year-old chestnut barren mare Paddock Pashmina who has been winning since her yearling days including four WPCS medals. Pashmina is sired by Moelview Charmer Boy who produced championship stock at Westaire before going to Paddock and her dam Paddock Peioni is granddaughter of the two original Coed Coch mares Gala and Penwn.
Mr Dai Williams judged the Section Cs and his champion was Michael Cobley’s nine-year-old stallion Caebryn Endeavour who was also the morning reserve overall Welsh champion and 2nd in the Brightwells afternoon championship. Endeavour has had a brilliant showring career starting with the Foal championship at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair and won the Royal Welsh every year in youngstock classes with youngstock champion in 2011 and reserve in 2010 and 2012, what a record! The Giles family’s five-year-old barren mare Leyeswick Eliza was reserve champion, she has three lines in her pedigree to Leyeswick Flyer and in four generations goes back to the original Leyeswick Section A mare Annell Betty foaled in 1969.
Section D judge was Mr Elgan Evans where the champion was Rhys Davies’ ten-year-old brood mare Pennal Princess Royal, daughter of Solloway Hooch who is of Trevallion breeding and her dam Pennal Free Dancer is granddaughter of Rhystyd Fashion (foaled in 1975) which was bought by one brother from another to launch the Pennal Stud. Her Royal Welsh successes include 2nd as a yearling, 1st and youngstock champion as a two-year-old, 1st junior brood mare and reserve female champion in 2010, 4th in 2011 and again 4th this year. Reserve champion was William Lloyd and Simon Charman’s two-year-old colt Geler Spartacys who was unbeaten last year with winnings at Lampeter, NPS and the Royal Welsh; he is sired by Geler Sparc who was reserve for the Royal Welsh Prince of Wales cup in 2010 and out of Geler Heti whose six-year-old daughter Geler Loti was reserve for the cup this year.
Pennal Princess Royal
The Welsh part-breds were judged by Mr John James who awarded the championship to Rosemary and Timothy Rees’ three-year-old chestnut gelding Small-Land Mondalay who also pocketed the afternoon £200 first prize with judge Mr Russ Owens. Mondalay, who was also champion at Pembroke County the following week, obtains his Welsh percentage from his grand-sire Small-Land Mambrino who was sired by the Welsh Section B Downland Mohawk owned by Rosemary’s mother the late Mrs Kathleen Cuff of the Downland Stud. Reserve Welsh Part Bred champion was the eight-year-old dun mare Moluccas Vanilla Dream by the top sire Strinesdale Matador. Mondalay also won the youngstock championship where reserve was the yearling filly Rosedale Mama Mia who also has Downland Mohawk as great-grand-sire; Mama Mia is entered for the Fayre Oaks High Flyer Sale.
The HOYS ridden classes always attract large numbers judged by Miss Lisa Barsoum (conformation) and Miss Stephanie Turner (ride) and the overall champion was Jonathan Batt’s Section D mare Abergavenny Valmai ridden by Claire Parsons. Valmai, who won as a two-year-old at the Bath and West, Cheshire and Three Counties in 2007 and Shropshire, RASE and NPS in 2008 also competed successfully as a brood mare for three years before appearing under saddle last year winning the reserve Ridden Supreme at the Royal Welsh and qualified for HOYS at the Ponies (UK) Championships but qualification had eluded her so far this year so it was relief all round for this well-deserved mare.
The reserve championship went to the five-year-old grey Section B Linksbury Miss Polly owned by Danielle Garner and ridden by Rebecca Penny; she has blood-lines which were very successful at this Show, Skellorn on the sire side and Paddock on the dam’s.
Linksbury Miss Polly
Jayne Lyden’s Section A stallion Criccieth Icon had already qualified at Lincoln and so the HOYS ticket went to Diana Volpe’s Beacons Chip; both these are products of the premium stallion scheme, Icon’s dam Cefn Stephanie is produced by the Gower premium stallions Uffington Leader (f.1979), Cui Maestro (f.1961), Monnow Silver Star (f.1967), Coed Coch Samwell (f.1956) and Ceulan Revelry (f.1943) whereas Chip’s Brecon Beacons forebears are Sunrising Meteor (f.1969), Meifod St Elian (f.1959) and Bowdler Blighter (f.1950).
Beacons Chip - Photograph by June Hunt - Welsh Breeds News
Nicole Musson’s nine-year-old stallion Popsters Tommy Cockles received the Section C ticket; he also qualified here last year and ended up 5th at the HOYS finals where he was one of the record-breaking six Popsters qualifiers. Tommy Cockles is the sire of Corstan Roselie who was 5th and reserve youngstock champion in the afternoon Brightwells Championships.
Popsters Tommy Cockles
There were many seasoned campaigners for the £200, £100, £50, £25 and £10 Brynseion Ridden championships starting with the lead-rein Gwauniarll Ruth, Thistledown Van Der Vaart, Thistledown Velvet Button, Westfirle Red Kite and Coychurch Pearl Drop followed by the first-ridden Browan Terfel, Hope Ghosts Little Boy, Colne Torpedo, Wellesbourne Prince Charming and Wernderris Romeo. Criccieth Icon added to his tally by winning the Section As from the 2014 HOYS winner Powys Sprite and his sire Heniarth Quinnell who was also in the 2014 HOYS final front row. The 2014 HOYS Section B winner Cadlanvalley Buzby (who has qualified in 2015 at Royal Norfolk) headed the Bs from Moelview Chieftain (qualified at North of England in 2014 and South of England in 2015) and Moelview Prince Charming.
Briarderyn Royal Hoity Toity
Another 2014 HOYS winner Tyreos Casanova bagged the Section C purse from Popsters Bootylicious who was one of the six “Popsters” qualifiers last year. Jess Price won the Brynseion Section D with her home-bred Briarderyn Royal Hoity-Toity daughter of Trevallion Princess Jade which she previously rode to many successes.
Jess Price also added to her finances with a 3rd for Thistledown Arctic Fox in the £200, £100, £50, £25 and £10 Sarum Gelding Championship to the Section D Brynmelys Meredith and the Section A Blackhill Osprey judged by Mr John Carter.
Blackhill Osprey - Photograph by Equinational
The Show highlight is the Brightwells In Hand Championships with £385 adult prizemoney and an additional £75 for youngstock. The Section A champion judged by Mrs Kerry Evans, who received both £200 adult and £75 youngstock, was David Morgan and Aled Lewis two-year-old filly Dukeshill Chikorita which they bought from Dukeshill Stud as a foal. Chikorita, who won at Severn Valley and Pembroke last year had already won at Lampeter, Aberystwyth (their home Show) and Clwyd this year, is sired by Nantdywyll Penaig out of the successful Dukeshill Chili Bean whose sire and dam Dukeshill Magnum and Dukeshill Charlies Angel are both sired by Dukeshill Action Man.
Mr John Greanleaf’s winner in Section B was Jane Blackburn’s seven-year-old cream mare Westaire Savannah who has been winning since she was 2nd foal at the Three Counties. Since then she won many Northern youngstock classes, bronze medal at Three Counties and silver medal at Cheshire County in 2011, 2nd at the Royal Welsh as a two-year-old, 3rd as a brood mare in 2014 and 1st this year.
Mrs Jackie Cooper is one of the most successful of the current Section C breeders with four of her “Rivervalley” ponies having qualified for HOYS last year, two of them sired by Synod Robinson therefore it was not surprising that her winner was Cerdin and Doreen Jones’ ten-year-old mare Synod Rubetta sired by Synod Goldsmith out of Synod Rose of Texas who is the oldest mare at Synod sired by the great Synod William (f.1969). Rubetta was not shown until last year when she won at Devon, Midland Counties, Clwyd and here in the silver medal classes and was 2nd this year at the Royal Welsh.
Stephanie Edwards and Paul Tyler’s three-year-old Section D filly London Olympic Gold, who was WPCS Chairman Mr Tom Hughes’ champion, is one of the most exciting prospects on the Welsh cob scene ever since she won at Carmarthen, Gwent and was champion at Bridgend as a yearling, winner at Glanusk, Cothi Bridge and 1st and reserve youngstock champion at the Royal Welsh as a two-year-old and champion at Northleach and supreme at Lampeter this year. Always produced by Paul Harper at Pontardulais, she is sired by the owners’ Swannhill Golden Rocket of Pantanlwg Red Fox and Synod breeding out of Trevallion Stella who is “Trevallion” breeding back to the Trevallion foundations.
London Olympic Gold
Dr Wynne Davies
WPCS Publicity Officer
Photographs by Equinepix unless otherwise stated