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Presidents Dinner Dance 2017 Menu and Auction Information

Presidents Dinner Dance 
Saturday 1st April 2017

Double Tree by Hilton, Swindon

Please let the venue reception know on arrival for any special dietary requirements.


Crisp tartlet of red onion, goats cheese & sun blushed tomato, rocket and pesto.

Roasted breast of chicken wrapped in bacon with a tarragon cream sauce

Glazed lemon tart, raspberry sorbet

Tea/Coffee and chocolate mints

WPCS President's Dinner Dance Auction

I am proud to announce a special auction item at the upcoming AGM.

Past W.P.C.S President Mary Redvers has kindly offered a private visit, together with luncheon, for four people to her family’s Tweenhills Stud, near Hartpury, Gloucester.

Tweenhills is the home of some of the finest Thoroughbred breeding stock in the country, if not the world. Managed by David Redvers, acting for Pearl Bloodstock, Qatar Racing and Qatar Bloodstock they stand four top stallions on behalf of Sheikh Fahad Al Thani and his brothers from the Royal Family of Qatar.

Whilst anybody with an appreciation for fine bloodstock and an immaculate and professionally run stud set up will welcome the chance to visit Tweenhills there is also a considerable link to the stud and the Welsh Pony and Cob Society.

A well-known judge, Mary Redvers is of course the daughter of the late. Nell Pennell of the Bwlch Stud who was W.P.C.S President herself in 1937-38 and again in 1954-55 as well as long term Publicity Officer prior to Dr. Wynne Davies. Nell Pennell’s father Mr J. Gwynne Holford was the first Vice President of the W.P.C.S between 1901-3.

The family moved from Bwlch in Breconshire to Hartpury House which is now the home of Hartpury College and its equestrian centre, later moving to the neighboring Tweenhills Farm. Mrs Pennell bred ponies predominantly from Criban bloodlines, including Criban Scilla who was Champion broodmare at the N.P.S. in 1948 and whose foal Bwlch Stanley went onto become a premium sire and Criban Red Heather, the dam of Bwlch Hill Wind, Redwing and Melody. However it is her Riding Ponies that left the greatest legacy including the great Bwlch Valentino and the Welsh Part-Breds, developed from the Foundation Stock mare, Miss Minnette, who led to the creation of the top sires Twylands Troubadour and Westacre Concerto.


1962, saw a gathering at Tweenhills of leading Section B breeders and enthusiasts to a conference on the future of the section. Over thirty ponies attended including the likes of Coed Coed Berwynfa and Criban Victor to be commented on in an open and productive manner. It’s fantastic that fifty years on, members of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society have an invitation to return to Tweenhills.

Auction Items

Two prints of Welsh Ponies and other Equines - Kindly donated by Dr Wynne Davies



Oil painting by Yvonne Garner, depicting the renowned Criban ponies grazing above the reservoirs at Ponsticill, Merthyr Tydfil in in the 1950’s. Kindly donated by Colin Thomas.  




Painting by Yvonne Garner of Derwen Replica, Cyttir Telynor, Parc Welsh Flyer, Llanarth Flying Comet and Nebo Daniel. Kindly donated by the Gwent WPCA.



A lovely painting, donated by the Artist Jill Abrahall (Flydon Stud) I am sure as you look at the painting that it has a very good title “Caught! Between a Rock & a Hard Place” many times animal lovers have been in these situations but thankfully not all at the same time. Lovely to having it hanging on my wall at the moment, it makes me smile.



Welsh Pony and Cob Society Australia Commemorative Plate depicting Coed Coch Proffwyd. Kindly donated by Kathy Sheil




10 Journals from 1962-1971. Kindly donated by Betty French.



Case of Chateau de Pizay Beaujolais red wine - 6 bottles. Kindly donated by Ceri Fell.

Four tickets for Horse of the Year Show. Kindly donated by Sandy Anderson.

A Day at Tweenhills - Kindly donated by Mary Redvers.

23rd Mar 2017