Presentation of Performance Awards 2011
147 owners and riders/drivers attended the Presentation of Performance Awards at the Thistle Hotel, Cheltenham on Sunday 4th December. In all 59 trophies were presented with rosettes to 10th place and highly commended rosettes in each section followed by rosettes to 6th place in the 31 different disciplines. The presentations were made by Mr Terry Court, Joint Managing Director of Brightwells who sponsor the competition.
Overall supreme and recipient of the “Riding” trophy, which was the only trophy awarded when the competition was started in 1972, was the 13-year-old section B gelding Wortley Celebration owned by Mrs Darlington and ridden by her daughter Georgia. They have owned Celebration for 6 years and originally competed in lead-rein classes when he was twice 2nd at HOYS and SHP champion in 2010 but now compete in first-ridden classes and were 1st and reserve champion at HOYS 2011. Altogether they collected 4,910 points with many for dressage and working hunter pony.
Reserve supreme with 4,500 points was Gail Butler with her section A stallion Rhesfair Picasso which Gail purchased as a foal from her neighbour, Steve Williams of Cowbridge. Picasso collected points for dressage, show jumping, working hunter, eventing and ridden M&M and also attended the Glamorgan Riding Club.
Champion section C with 4,240 points was the stallion Gurnos Welsh Jo Jo ridden/driven by Victoria Kenward. Jo Jo is now 14 years old and ran out with mares owned by Victoria’s father Mr Gwyn Parry until he was 9 years old. Jo Jo competed in One Day Events, cross country, private driving, driving trials and scurry driving and also won the Scole salver for versatility.
Champion section D with 3,970 points was the 9-year-old gelding Skelwith Rocket’s Flash Dance owned by Evelyn Aitchison and ridden by Lauren Aitchison. “Bart” has won everything from dressage to ridden showing and also competed in the Scottish BYRDS dressage team to Hunter Trials and One Day Evants.
The large Welsh part-bred, the International show jumper Mytice Minding Time owned by Chris Randell and ridden by Anna Strawson had collected 2,840 points and won this category for the fourth time. The small part-bred winner with 2,435 points was Toplines Flash Dancer owned by Eirian Wynne Jones and ridden by Ceri and Huw Jones. He competed in first ridden, show jumping, show hunter pony, pony club and showing and was the winner of the first-ridden final at the Welsh National championships 2011.
Trophies were presented to the breeders of the champions, also the Fontmell trophy for achievement to Rowfantino Hocus Pocus who started as a first ridden pony but now has become well-known as a scurry pony representing GB abroad twice, the Forsyth trophy for encouragement to 6-year-old Liberty Grota who qualified for HOYS with Finglebridge Funtime after losing her previous pony earlier in 2011 and the Highland trophy for junior versatility to Rockbury Taragon owned by Mrs Tracy Hook and ridden by Emily Langford who had awards in working hunter, eventing, Hunter Trials, dressage, combined training and show jumping.
The Brightwells trophy for a horse/pony bought on a Brightwells Sale was won by Rachel Thomas’ section C Rivervalley Tyron who won 2,635 points, was NFU Working hunter champion at the National Championships and missed qualifying for HOYS at Monmouth County by 1 point.
Glamorgan WPCA have not had enough competitors for 20 years to make up a team of 5 to compete in the Area Team competition (sponsored by NFU Mutual and the awards presented by Mrs Susan Barley) so in 2011 made a special effort and had two teams entered. The Glamorgan Red team comprising of Rhesfair Picasso (A, Gail Butler), Rockbury Taragon (B, Emily Langford), Tyntyla Gwyndaf (C, Victoria Woodland), Maesmynach Twela (D, Hannah Northway) and Honeyacre Miss Molly Malone(WPB, Laura Stevens) won with 13,465 points.
The Southern Counties team were 2nd with 10,920 points made up of Friars Osbek (A, Alice Barr), Millcroft Iska Roc (B, Sam Roberts), Jebeth Trillon (C, Samantha Watson) and Pennal Zedan (D, Vicky White) and Glamorgan Green team 3rd with Danjo Soladaster (A, Fiona Leadbitter), Cadlanvalley Teleri (B, Leah Mathias), Gurnos Welsh Jo Jo (C, Victoria Kenward) and Oldforge The Gladiator (D, Laura Stevens) totalling 9,415 points.
Gelding awards were given to: supreme champion Ashmeadow Rag-Time (C, Christopher Stansfield) and reserve to Wensley Matador (A, Liesl Burt). Central Prefix awards were presented by Mrs Pat Campbell to the breeders of Wortley Celebration ( B ) and Gurnos Welsh Jo Jo ( C ).
Bursaries were presented by Mrs Jan Pearce, Chairman of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society and Sam Roberts of the Roberts Native Show team to young competitors: Amy Scott (11), Emily Langford (13), Sophie and Samuel Williams (11), Louise Sayers (9) and Rebekah Parr (13). Mrs Geraldine Like presented the Rhydspence Bursary in memory of her father Mr Chris Gibbons who had generously sponsored this event for many years. The recipient was Joe Black (5), rider of the section A gelding Pwllsarn Sweetcorn.
This competition has involved Mrs Jane Weller and her hard-working team of Mrs Kathleen James (WPCS President 2011) and Mrs Sarah Page in enormous work for a whole year and they are already embarking on the 2012 competition. Entry forms can be obtained from Mrs Weller at Canada Farm, Shillinglee, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey. GU8 4SZ.