WPCS Performance Show 2014 - Resuls and Photographs
The 17th and 18th May 2014 meant another sunshine-filled, action packed weekend for all that attended the WPCS Performance Show in Triley Fields, Abergavenny. The show field was resplendent in the sunshine, with competitors travelling from far and wide to battle it out for cash prizes, glorious rosettes and magnificent trophies. Despite entries being slightly down on last year, the standard of competition was at an all time high and the pressure was on to produce consistent performances all weekend.
Champion Section A this year was Rhesfair Llwynog, owned by Stephen Williams and ridden by his neighbour, Gail Butler. It is only by chance that this palomino five year old stallion is now competing under-saddle this year. A yard visit to admire the ponies turned into a discussion and a formulation of a plan. Some eight weeks later and this young stallion performed exceptionally all weekend to claim wins in the hunter trials, working hunter, open ridden and horse trials and two thirds in the dressage and show jumping to claim 32 points. He also claimed two wins in the novice working hunter and novice hunter trails to claim reserve champion novice, as well as reserve champion in the novice working hunter championship. Reserve to Llwynog and also on 32 points was Dolfeinog Ben ridden by Tirion Lloyd. They were only pipped into the reserve spot, the same place that Tirion occupied last year on Gorfelyn Busy Bee, because the Champion is chosen on the number of first prizes won if Champion and Reserve are on equal points. Tirion and Ben had won the dressage and show jumping and claimed second prizes in the hunter trials, horse trials, open ridden and working hunter.
Section B entries were at an all time low this year, with not a single competitor in the hunter trials, horse trials, working hunter or show jumping. Champion section B was Chenet Double Trouble, ridden by Liz Stewart and owned by Liz Stewart and Bridget Samuel. Double Trouble is sired by Rotherwood Goldfinger, making him a half brother to the successful French show jumping pony Celton Spellbound. He claimed third in both the dressage and open ridden to secure the championship. The reserve placing was shared between Scrafton Hubble ridden by Meg Williams and Talachddu Billy ridden by Jessica Price, the former winning the open ridden and the latter winning the dressage.
The Section C champion, Dycott Mark of Excellence, ridden by Violet Ward was only a chance entrant. He had not entered all disciplines but the owners had been rung and encouraged to have a go at everything. Luckily they had heeded the advice! This flashy, high stepping chestnut went like a train all weekend and won the dressage, hunter trials, horse trials, working hunter and show jumping and claimed a third in the open ridden to finish on 34 points. He also claimed the open working hunter championship and the traditional ridden championship, a new venture for 2014 judged upon extravagance of movement. Reserve champion was the ever consistent Victoria Kedward with her home bred Gurnos Welsh Chives. Chives is sired by Vicky’s multiple performance champion, Gurnos Welsh Jojo. Chives had been placed second in the dressage, open hunter trials, horse trials and show jumping to claim 20 points.
Champion Section D went to Ross Ffawydden ridden by Chloe Lloyd and owned by David Lloyd. Both have been regular competitors at this show and narrowly missed out on claiming the championship in 2012, when they had equal points to the champion, but fewer wins. This year they outstripped the competition easily to win the hunter trials and working hunter, claim second in the horse trials and show jumping and sixth in the dressage to total 23 points. Reserve spot went to Penstacan Elijah ridden and owned by Rachel Thomas. Elijah was second in the NFU WHP final last year at the National Welsh Show and here claimed fourth in the dressage and working hunter, first in the horse trial, fifth in the show jumping and sixth in the working hunter to claim fifteen points.
Champion and reserve small part bred titles both went home with the Blaenllain Stud, with both winners being sired by their stud stallion, Blaenllain Doodleba. Bryneos Tinkerbelle ridden by Amanda Jones and owned by Yvonne Jones was a former novice champion in 2012, showing how easily these ponies can progress and gain confidence at this show. This seven year old mare beat her half sister to claim first in the hunter trial and horse trials and second in the open ridden, show jumping and dressage to claim 27 points. Reserve went to Blaenllain Doodleba Supreme owned by Miss A & Miss T M Jones and ridden by Amanda Jones first working hunter, second in the horse trials and hunter trial and third in the dressage and show jumping to claim 24 points.
Champion large part bred went to Porthmorddwr Chaddle Gold Millie. It was definitely a case of third time lucky for this duo as for the last two years they have stood in the reserve spot. This year they won the hunter trial, horse trial, working hunter and show jumping, were second in the dressage and third in the open ridden to claim 33 points. They were also reserve in the open working hunter championship to Dycott Mark of Excellence. Reserve large part bred this year went to Blaenllain Doodleba ridden by Amanda Jones. This five year old stallion with a fabulous temperament, seen sleeping in the lorry park whilst he had a very little jockey on board, won the dressage and open ridden and was placed second in the show jumping to claim 17 points.
Aside from the section champions, there are also various other championships held across the weekend. The novice championship went to the appaloosa mare S.A.S. Spyda owned and ridden by Julie Light. Together they won the part bred exceeding 14.2 novice hunter trial and were second in the novice ridden and novice working hunter to claim 16 points. Unusually, there were three joint reserves this year all with 12 points causing the organisers to hunt high and low for extra rosettes! The Section A, Rhesfair Llwynog was first in the novice working hunter and novice hunter trials, the Small Part Bred, Blaenllain Doodleba Supreme, was first in the novice hunter trials and novice ridden and the Section C, Synod Rain Dancer, was first in the novice ridden and novice working hunter.
The NPS Silver Medal open ridden championship went to the mannerly palomino stallion, Jebeth Milky Way ridden by Carol Isaac and owned by Jean Smith. This stallion spent the first eight years of his life out in the field with his friends before learning his trade and embarking onto a career on the ridden circuit. Reserve went to Popsters Movie Star ridden by Gemma Morris and owned by Mrs J Price. This is Movie Star’s first season as an open pony after competing as a novice last year. The mini championship went to the grey gelding Hope Ghosts Little Boy owned by Pat Faulkner and ridden impeccably by the tiny Bonnie Probert Price. Reserve went to Heniarth Kookaburra owned by Mrs E.J Morris and ridden by Elinor Morris. Kookaburra is sired by Heniarth Quip, who is a former best of breed winner at Olympia.
The novice ridden championship went to the ever consistent Ringside Game Over ridden by Alex Williams who beat her sister, Kate Williams, into the reserve spot with Synod Rain Dancer. Rain dancer was also champion in the novice working hunter ring. The two sisters were the notable winners of the Cuddy Supreme at HOYS in 2013 with their Section C mare Synod Lady Lillian. Novice mini went to Duradens Eleanor owned by Stephanie Jones and ridden by Taylor Williams. Eleanor was successfully shown in hand as a youngster and then bought for a bargain price at Fayre Oakes as a three year old. Reserve went to the open mini champion, Hope Ghosts Little Boy.
The driving once again proved an excellent spectacle with spectators flocking to the ringside to watch in awe. These classes were once again dominated by the Essex contingency with their two stallions, the section C, Cargarsar Silver Shadow and the section A, Senny Kendall, owned by Clare Granger & George Mitchell. Silver Shadow high tailed it away with the Welsh championship and supreme and Kendall had to settle for the reserve spot in both championships to his stable-mate. Both stallions put on faultless displays of extravagant, ground covering action. The winner of the pleasure driving championship, an all together more relaxed affair, was Phensara Red Dragon, owned and exhibited by Mrs H Manns. Red Dragon could also be found competing under-saddle at the show, demonstrating his versatility as a performance animal. Reserve spot went to Winton Chive, owned by Mr R Faulkner and driven by Jamie Baldwin, who is more usually seen in the ridden ring but has obviously decided to add another string to his bow!
The end of all the classes and championships meant only one thing-who was to be the lucky recipient of the Supreme prize, plus a painting of their animal by artist Chris Latter? It was, of course, the section C champion, Dycott Mark of Excellence, winning by just one point over the large part bred champion Porthmorddwr Chaddle Gold Millie.
And so it was over for another year, the competitors loaded up, dragged sunburnt faces and bodies into vehicles with weary arms to start their long journeys home. The dust settled as the last lorry pulled out of the showground, the organisers rejoiced and ran for the nearest buckets of ice cold water to immerse their feet after all the running to and fro, but, one question remains…… could you be next years supreme champion?
Report by Gail Butler