Northleach Welsh Breeds Show 2013.
13th July 2013
Although the numbers of entries at the Northleach Welsh Breeds Show held on the magnificent grounds of Cirencester Park held up well, the numbers coming forward were down on previous years, noticeably in the mares and foals classes with many owners not wishing to travel in the intense heat.
President of the Show was Mrs Pippa Balch of the Sinton Stud, a stud well-known for its exceptional ridden Section D’s and C’s since they began in the 1960’s and Pippa’s choice for supreme championship was the great performing eight-year-old Section D gelding Tardebigge Lord Thomas by Thorneyside The Jackpot. Lord Thomas was purchased as a three-year-old colt and, since appearing under saddle, has many successes under his belt, he was the Brynseion champion at the 2011 Welsh National championships and the same year qualified for HOYS in an enormous class at the Great Yorkshire and ended up 5th at HOYS in the class won by the M+M champion Sydenham King George.
Reserve overall supreme and In-hand supreme was Kathy and Joanna Sheil’s seven-year-old Section A stallion Nantdywyll Penaig; purchased as a foal from Nantdywyll Stud to be an outcross stallion, Penaig has been a consistent showring winner for six years, the highlight of his career probably was winning the junior stallion class of 29 entries at last year’s Royal Welsh Show.
Reserve Section A champion was Kitty Bodily’s twelve-year-old Glebedale Savannah, another with countless championships under her belt, she had the great honour of winning the Lord Arthur Cecil cup over all breeds at the National Pony Show. Kitty had a good day, she was also youngstock champion with her yearling colt Pendock Pageboy bred by WPCS past-President Miss Rosemary Philipson-Stow. Reserve youngstock champion was Lorna Reynolds’ two-year-old filly Springbourne Clarice who swopped places last minute with Ann Overton-Ablitt’s Colne Tsvetana who is entered for the Brightwells High Flyer Fayre Oaks Sale.
The Danaway Stud had a field day amongst Section D’s including their brood mare Danaway Cracklin Rose who was champion and reserve In-Hand supreme. It has been the ultimate aim of every Welsh cob breeder since 1908 to win the George Prince of Wales cup at the Royal Welsh Show; this trophy has only ever left Wales six times, twice to Danaway with Cracklin Rose winning it last year. Reserve champion was Kirsty Slack’s three-year-old colt Danaway Danny, who like Cracklin Rose was sired by Danaway Tango while reserve younstock champion to Danny was yet another Danaway, the Ingram family’s two-year-old filly Danaway Jose.
Champion Section B was Brookhall Stud’s nine-year-old brood mare Brookhall Porcelain by Barkway Artiste. Brookhall Stud also won the foal class with Brookhall Fine China and the yearling colt class with Brookhall Regal Charm which meant that they also won the Lord Vestey cup for most points, this year awarded to Section B.
Section B youngstock champion was Ingrid Delaitre’s three-year-old colt Adagio De L’Aurore who already has some very creditable foals in France. Adagio, produced by Sianwood Stud, has been unbeaten in the UK this year winning WPCS silver and bronze medals; he returned to France where he had Stud duties awaiting, straight after the Show arriving home at 4am! Christine Williams’ palomino two-year-old filly Thistledown Golden Zumba added another first prize to her long list of winnings and was reserve youngstock champion.
Adagio De L’Aurore was overall Supreme youngstock champion where the reserve was the Section C very promising three-year-old filly Horeb Eira owned by the Scammell family from Wickford, Essex. Champion Section C was the well-known eleven-year-old roan stallion Dycott Touch Of Class; the same owners winning the yearling colt class with Dycott Equality and the harness championship with their stunning palomino Cargarsar Silver Shadow.
Louise Hall won the Welsh part-bred championship with her eleven-year-old black mare Heavenly Surprise with Jocelyn Price’s three-year-old dun filly Courtway party Girl reserve.
Reserve ridden champion to Tardebigge Lord Thomas was Louise Ripper’s Section A Afan Christopher who won both Picton Section A and the Olympia Section A, Louise Ripper also won the ridden Peasedown Section A with her Dyfed Rhyddin.
Report by Dr Wynne Davies, M.B.E.