WPCS Performance Competition Awards 2012
59 trophies were awarded at the Thistle Hotel, Cheltenham on 2nd December to the Performance winners sponsored by Brightwells Auctioneers, Bursaries to young members and awards for geldings.
Both the supreme championship and reserve were won by Debbie Barr and both with Section A’s. Supreme with 4,770 points was the five-year-old gelding Waitwith Silver Gem who had qualified for the M&M lead-rein final at the HOYS. Silver Gem was also the Section A WHP winner at the Welsh National Championships.
Very close on his heels with 4,565 points was the eight-year-old palomino mare Doddenhill Coral Lily, one of the “bargains” of the 2011 Fayre Oaks Sale, her sister Doddenhill Coral Chloe having sold for £4,200 the previous year. Coral Lily was reserve overall champion WHP at the Welsh performance Show and 5th at RIHS.; she won the Brightwells trophy for the highest-placed horse or pony purchased on a Brightwells Sale.
Tryfel Arrow who was 3rd with 4,030 points had qualified for the Open Ridden at HOYS and was Welsh ridden champion at the NPS Summer championships.
Champion Section B with 3,940 points was the 12-year-old gelding Llanarth Grenade who had collected his points for Dressage, Pony Club, Eventing, WHP and Hunter Trials.
Then followed two nine-year-old geldings; Rockbury Tarragon was 2nd with 3,855 points and had competed in Show Jumping, Hunter Trials, Pony Club, WHP and Eventing. Cottrell Leonardo who was 3rd with 3,465 points is another purchased on the Fayre Oaks Sale; he was this year’s winner at HOYS and has qualified for the BSPS Olympia Final.
It was also Section B which secured the overall stallion award with 2,890 points; this was Millcroft Iska Roc who won his M&M WHP division at HOYS and was also champion of the PUK Burghley Event Pony Final.
Georgia Darlington was supreme champion here last year with 4,910 points riding Wortley Celebration (B); this time she was Section C champion with 4,490 points riding Tynwydd Good Friday. They also won the Llanelwy trophy for WHP and put up a great performance at the HOYS where they were placed 8th M&M WHP.
Well-known ridden hunter exhibitor and judge Rachel Thomas won 2nd place section C on 4,245 points riding her 7-year-old gelding Rivervalley Tyron. They also won the Druid trophy for best owner/rider and Cwrtycadno cup for best from Wales.
Emily Ham’s Team GB member at the International Driving competition in Austria Crossfield Glory was Section C 3rd with 3,625 points. They also won three trophies for 1st overall driving, 1st scurry driving and 1st driving trials.
Ailsa Duff’s Glanvyrnwy Teleri won the overall Section D award with 2,870 points despite being 18 years old; her sire Glanvyrnwy Country Swell is still hale and hearty at 27 years and his stablemate, the 22-year-old Glanvyrnwy Temptation, showed up many less than half his age at this year’s Royal Welsh show. Teleri was also overall Dressage winner and collected more points for eventing and WHP.
Lady Vestey’s dun mare Kentchurch Charity was 2nd with 2,815 points; she has been a consistent winner all season and qualified for HOYS at Ponies UK South.
The 23-year-old gelding Llanidan Prince ridden by Megan Isaac was 3rd with 2,570 points won for show jumping. Prince was beaten for the veteran trophy by the 25-year-old WPB Moore Talisman ridden side-saddle by Molly Boniface.
Oldforge The Gladiator ridden by Lara Stevens won the Section D stallion competition with 2,605 points; they were WHP champions at the Royal Welsh.
Flecknoe Fandango ridden by Sophie Williams and Isabel Johnson was best small WPB with 1,745 points won for show pony, dressage and Pony Club. A whisker away on 1,735 points was Toplines Flash Dancer ridden by Ceri and Huw Wynne Jones in lead-rein, first ridden, dressage and WHP.
Deirdre Powell and her daughter Judith have bred Internationally famous large Welsh part-breds with TB x Welsh cob crosses at their Langarth Stud; their winner here with 3,570 points was Langarth Sagramour who had won many open hunter trials and dressage competitions. Sagramour was supreme champion at the WPCS Performance Show at Abergavenny this year.
Endymion Entrechat, who was 2nd with 3,185 points ridden by Liz Halliday and Penny Sangster competes in British Eventing up to Intermediate standard.
Southern Counties WPCA won the team event (14,040 points) with Waitwith Silver Gem (A), Birkenbrook Juliet (B), Synod Rodrigo (C) and Kentchurch Charity (D) from Glamorgan Dragons (12,570 points) Henrhyd Imogene (A), Rockbury Tarragon (B), Rivervalley Tyron (C) and Oldforge The Gladiator (D).
WPCS President Mr Eric Davies presented Bursaries to Jack Kedward (Gurnos Welsh Replica), Emily Tisch (Gorfelyn Honeymoon) and Hope and Poppy Fisher (Tryfel Arrow) and the Roberts Native Show Team bursaries went to Tia Holland (Rowfantina Heaven Sent) and John Loudon (Bryngwenlli Eleni and Cadlanvalley Drum Major).
Successful young handler Christopher Stansfield won the in-hand junior gelding award (508 points) with the three-year-old Section A Sarum Rio which sold well on the Fayre Oaks Sale. Reserve overall on 499 points was also Section A, this was Miss Crouchman’s Springlane Firecracker. A Hibbert’s Laithehill Pageant was top Section B gelding, Christopher Stansfield’s Ashmeadow Rag Time top C and Mrs Garvey’s Tymor Dancing Brave top Section D.
Report by Dr Wynne Davies
Photographs by Gail Butler