Royal Welsh Winter Fair 2012 - Results and Photographs
Royal Welsh Winter Fair 2012
There were 532 horse and pony foals and yearlings entered at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair held on 26th and 27th November. The most entries (151) were for Section A, followed by 97 for section D, 90 section C, 81 section B, 45 Sports horses, 38 Welsh part-breds and 30 coloureds.
With entries having travelled from far and wide, with many from overseas, the supreme champion with judge Mr Len Bigley was the grey Section A yearling colt Llwyfo Ianto produced by Colin Tibbey and the reserve, the coloured yearling filly Caereini Chikateta both live in the same small village of Bethel near Bala.
Llwyfo Ianto, owned by mother and daughter Elizabeth Hughes and Sharon Evans from Amlwch, Anglesey has had an enormously successful show career, beginning with winning the colt foal class from 52 entries here last year and then the yearling colt class at the Royal Welsh from 49 entries. Ianto is sired by Lacy Pishyn and has inherited the impressive movement of his champion grand-parents Blackhill Picalo and Idyllic Pavlova. Ianto’s dam is the twenty-two-year-old Leinws Bella Fach by Skellorn Rhythm.
The reserve Section A champion with judge Mrs Judy Roach also came from the yearling colt class, this was Blanche Montana owned by Richard Miller and Meirion Davies of Heniarth. Soon after purchase from his breeder Cerys Brook of Blanche Stud, Montana was male champion at the Royal Bath and West and this was followed by the overall supreme championship at Northleach.
Ianto was also overall Welsh champion judged by former WPCS President Mrs Kathleen James, reserve in this case being the Section D champion, the dun filly foal Ridgehill Lady Luisa owned by Steve Patch and Kevin Howdle of Felton, North Somerset and sired by the Stud’s young stallion Cascob Golden Wonder. During her previous two visits to Pencoed College, Luisa was reserve champion at Glamorgan WPCA and champion and supreme foal at NPS Area 29. She was also Reserve Section D champion at the Welsh National Foal Show.
Reserve Section D champion with judge Dafydd Lloyd Jones of Ystrad-Dewi was Julie Evans-Davies’ yearling filly Brynfa Julie Ann who has lived up to her promise when she was a very impressive 2nd prize filly foal from 47 entries here last year.
Section B’s were judged by Clive Morse who has bred some exceptional Pennwood ponies for 45 years; his champion was the palomino yearling colt Waxwing Glimmer owned by Debbie and Gareth Jones of the Fairywood Stud, Ammanford. Glimmer, who already has a host of prizes and championships under his belt, is a son of Cwrtycadno Glain, one of two mares leased to Waxwing by their breeder Megan Lewis while she rode for four years from the Olympic site in Beijing to the London site to raise money for a childrens’ charity.
Reserve Section B champion was Bunbury Stud’s liver chestnut yearling filly Bunbury Filligree sired by the Stud’s Millcroft Beluga whose foals sold well on the recent Fayre Oaks Sale.
No-one can doubt the credentials of the Section C judge Anne Abrahall, her Wyken Rob Roy is the sire of the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th ridden Section C’s at this year’s Horse Of The Year Show. One could visualise her winners developing into useful animals full of pony character. The bay yearling filly Abergavenny Hetti was champion for Wendy and Nicol Wayman of Rotheram, a beautiful filly as could be expected of a grand-daughter of Donys Rosette. Donys Stud themselves were reserve champion with the bay yearling colt Donys Jolly Roger, grandson of another successful mare Synod Rosie O’Neill.
Kathy Hall’s chestnut colt foal Penstrumbly Out Latif captured two championships, Welsh part-bred judged by Mrs Jill Williams of Glebedale Stud and Sports Horse judged by Robert Luke from Haverfordwest. Our Latif, who is 25% Welsh cob was orphaned at three days when his dam Penstrumbly Our Annie died suddenly. Our Latif, who is sired by the Olderburg Liberace, had as a companion his “aunt” Penstrumbly Okee Doke who was champion WPB horse at the Welsh National championships at Malvern this year.
Huw Gruffydd owner of the coloured champion Caereini Chikateta, who was the reserve overall supreme, also bred the sire Caereini Voluut and the dam Caereini Lishara. The sire is a successful eventer and there are high hopes for Chikateta to follow suit.
Dr Wynne Davies