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Publicity Report 2017 by Dr Wynne Davies MBE

1st April 2017. 
Madam President and fellow members, I am very sorry that I am unable to attend the AGM. I have attended 69 AGMs and have kept all 69 minutes. Also I have given the Publicity Report for 39 years and was Assistant Publicity Officer to the late incomparable Mrs Nell Pennell for 20 years prior to this.
2016 was a fantastic year for the WPCS against all other breeds. At the HOYS Show Moelgarnedd Stadros (B) was In-hand Cuddy champion, Cadlanvalley Buzby (B) was M&M Ridden pony champion, the third Cadlanvalley champion in succession, Thistledown Van-de-Vaart (A) was M&M Mini Pony Of The Year, Laithehill Flute (B) was Junior M&M champion, Gryngallt Picture Frame (B) was Lead Rein SHP Of The Year and Fowfantina Hetty and Hocus-Pocus (B) were scurry champions with the Part-bred champions: Rotherwood Rainmaker (ridden PB) and Wytchwood Love Potion (Mini SP). The Supreme Pony Litton Enterprise is a descendant of the Welsh Part Bred Chirk Catmint.
After 7 Section B champions at Olympia, 2 @ Cs, and 4 @ Ds, we eventually got a Section A champion which was Tonwen Hughes’ Uphill James Fox ridden by Katy Marriott-Payne.
The WPCS website was kept busy during the first part of the year with reports of AGM (1282 words, 59 photos), Lampeter (630 words, 16 photos), Glanusk (945 words, 19 photos) and Brightwells Spring Sale (615 words, 6 photos). Council in August decided not to duplicate reports on the website and the usual reports from Northleach, Royal Welsh (where Gryngallt Page Too (B) was overall supreme with the harness Ciffyg Cymro Du (D) reserve, also Valeur Dancing Fairy Lustre (B) won the Cuddy qualifier with Brookvale Celtic Isle (WPB) reserve), National Championships, Fayre Oaks and Cob Sales, National Foal Show and Royal Welsh Winter Fair appeared in the WPCS Magazine or in the Journal.
The Native Pony Magazine published all 15 Reports and 57 photos plus South East by Angela Kember, Performance Show by Mili Lampard, South West by Janet Hardy, Ceredigion Foal Show by Owen Griffiths and the Performance Presentation by Jo Filmer along with additional photos from Sarah Hayman and Equinepix for which we thank them. Some reports appeared in the Daily Press e.g. Fayre Oaks and Cob Sales in the Daily Post. We had a generous 3 pages and 5 photos in the NPS Review and the story of Brockwell Spider in the Canadian Journal.
The main article in the Autumn Magazine was the “Celebration of our Patron’s 90th Birthday” with 8 photographs. The Magazine went to Buckingham Palace and you will see on p.35 of the Balance Sheet that Her Majesty very generously donated £50,000 to WPCS funds.
There have been interesting queries from the Office. A member of the Australian Trotting Association asked if we had a photo of Login Bess who won 64 trotting races in England and Wales in the 1870s; I don’t think there were cameras in those days but it was interesting to know that some of today’s New Zealand trotters trace back to her son Login Briton who was exported in 1894. Another member asked who the signatories were on the 1978 WPCS First Day cover; they were our late secretary Mr Tom Roberts and the designer of the stamp Patrick Oxenham. I had been in touch with Patrick since his original design was of a grey mare and I suggested it was changed to the roan Section B Criban Victor and I was supported by the Chairman, Lord Kenyon, owner of Victor!
Other notable events: 7th June: Presentation of Trooper Forlan Emrys Jones to the 1st The Queen Dragoon Guards at the Mansion House, Cardiff. 12th June: members of WPCS attended the Patron’s Lunch in London. 7th July Caebryn Endeavour (C) from the Royal Highland appeared on the front cover of “Horse and Hound”. 8th July: Ceulan Calon Lan represented the WPCS at the Display of Welsh breeds at the Senedd, Cardiff. 14th August: President’s Open Day at Forlan Stud. 19th August: Presentation of cheque for £11,077 by Mr Dai Harris to the Cardiac Unit of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board. 21st October: The appearance of the Society’s new Exhibition unit at the Cob Sale thanks to Messrs Elgan Evans, John Kirk and Colin Thomas for organising the purchase. Also at Fayre Oaks and the Cob Sales: Courty’s Last Stand, the retirement of Mr Terry Court the best Auctioneer in the world.
My health problems but more significantly Ruth’s force my resignation as Publicity Officer. I wish to put on record my enormous thanks to everyone who has assisted me over the 39 years. I could not have continued without their unfailing support. We are lucky that we have very able young members to continue the work.
31st Mar 2017