Royal Welsh Show 2014 Results
Royal Welsh Show
21-24th July, 2014
Four glorious days brought forth an attendance of 237,694, slightly down on last year’s record 241,781 but almost six times the 42,427 attendance at the first Show (1963) on the permanent site.
Section A entries (judge: Mr Chris Cobley) at 518 were slightly down on last year but still had 89 in the barren mare class, 60 yearling fillies and surprisingly 56 three-year-old fillies. Yearlings are always the most highly supported (this year 35 and 60), then if they have not won much, two-year-old numbers are down (26 and 34) and three-year-olds down further but this year attracted 20 and 56 entries. The record entries for Section A was in 2005 (671) followed by 636 in 2003 and 623 in both 2009 and 2004.
Section B entries (judge: Miss Anne Bale Williams) were 289, up on last year’s 256 but less than the 2009 record of 323.
Section C entries (judge: Mr John Kirk) of 346 were up on last year’s 303, the only time they have reached 400 was in 2005 (401); but were 368, 367 and 362 in 2008, 2006 and 2008.
Section D entries (judge: Mrs Phillipa Owens) were 506, up on last year’s 475. The highest entries were 561 in 2009 closely followed by 559 in 2008 and 557 in 2007.
This was the third year with separate classes for geldings (judge: Mrs Jane Weller) whose entries have remained constant at 80 – 90. This year the four classes were re-arranged (85 entries), one class per section.
Welsh part-breds judged by Mr Geraint Thomas had additional classes this year but entries of 91 have been consistent for the last three years, the only times that they have exceeded 100 were in 2010 and 2011.
Ridden cobs and ponies of cob-type (judges: Misses Katy Girdler and Samantha Roberts and Mesdames Sara Williams and Laura Ferris) had 198 entries in the four classes, the Section C’s and the cob mares both having 53 entries.
Welsh lead-rein and first-ridden classes were judged by Mrs Jan Pearce and contained 50 and 31 entries. The HOYS qualifying ridden four classes (judges Mesdames Spears and Stephens) had 164 entries made up of 23 A’s, 33 B’s, 34 C’s and 74 D’s.
This is always THE Show for Welsh driving (judge: Ms Helen Williams) and there were 36 entries in the four classes. The three Private Driving classes (judge: Mr Allen King) with 19 entries are not confined to the Welsh Breeds, their champion (or reserve if the champion has qualified) qualifies for the finals at HOYS.
The star of the 2014 Show was undoubtedly the two-year-old Section C colt Rhoswen Guardsman owned by father and son Des and David Oliver of Cefn Coch, Llanfair Caereinion, Powys. Last year Guardsman won his class and ended up male champion, the only Section C yearling to achieve this in the 109 year history of this Show. In winning the section championship this year he is not the first two-year-old to do so, Synod William having won it in 1971 and Synod Roger in 1978.
Guardsman has developed well since last year and enthralled everyone with his spectacular movement. Six of his eight great grand parents are “Synod”: Synod Replay, Ginette, Reagan, Anna, Roy Rogers and the foundation mare of Rhoswen – Synod Gladness purchased as a foal in 1993. Guardsman then went on to be Terry Pendry’s (The Royal Mews, Windsor Castle) choice for the Royal Welsh In-Hand Championship and HOYS Cuddy qualifier. Guardsman goes to Birmingham with the support of all of Wales, the previous three Cuddy winners having been Section C’s, Parvadean Delight (2011), Glebedale Ding Dong (2012) and Synod Lady Lillian (2013). Des had expressed a wish that the family bought him a HOYS Spectator ticket as a birthday present; he will not now require one since he will get an Exhibitor’s ticket!
Jonathan Batt’s eight-year-old Section C mare Abergavenny Bayleaf fulfilled her three-year-old promise when she was youngstock, female and reserve overall champion by being reserve overall champion again, this time to Guardsman. Bayleaf is sired by Parc Hebog who won the Royal Welsh sire points again for the third time, having also been reserve twice. Her dam Rhyd-Ddu Rosina was sold to Hywi Stud as a yearling in 2000; her grand-dam is Donys Rosette (f.1986), daughter of the Donys Stud foundation mare Synod Glory Be foaled in 1982. The 1992 Royal Welsh Show was a never-to-be-forgotten day for this family, Donys
Rosette won the junior mare class and her dam Glory Be the senior class and reserve female championship. Parc Hebog headed the sire points (11) with Moorcroft The Master reserve with 10 points.
Reserve male champion to Guardsman was Godebog Stud’s eight-year-old stallion Pentrefelin Little Joe who was youngstock champion here in 2009 then not seen until Lampeter this year when he was Section C champion. Little Joe is only the third North Wales Section C stallion to win at the Royal Welsh in 110 years, Ceulan Comet (Dinarth Hall) won in 1932,1932 and 1934 and Glanarthen Cardi Bach (Caradog Evans, Caernarfon) in 1978. Godebog Stud added to their success by also winning the junior brood mare class with Nebo Betty.
Reserve to Guardsman for both HOYS Cuddy and Royal Welsh Supreme In-hand was the Jones family’s nine-year-old Section D brood mare Fronarth Super Model, aptly-named since she was super in every respect and won the coveted George Prince of Wales trophy for the seventh time for Fronarth. Super Model belongs to a “third time lucky” family, her equally elegant dam Fronarth Welsh Model was female champion in 1991 and 1994 before finally winning it in 1996; Super Model’s ten-years-older full-sister Fronarth Model Lady was female champion in 2002 and 2005 before winning in 2007 and now Super Modal was reserve female in 2011, female champion last year and now supreme this year.
Reserve Section D champion to Super Model was Simon Bigley’s junior stallion winner Llanarth Fiery Jack who qualified for HOYS Cuddy at the New Forest Show the following week having also qualified at Newark in 2013. Fiery Jack is five generations away from one of the most famous mares ever at Llanarth, Rhosfarch Morwena (f.1955) who had 16 progeny including the noted stallions Rhosfarch Frenin and Llanarth Meredith ap Braint. Fiery Jack is sired by Menai Sparkling Magic whose dam Menai Sparkling Lady (f.1982) is also the dam of Menai Sparkling Imperial (f.1999) well shown by Tomos Jones to win the senior stallion class and be reserve male champion to Fiery Jack.
The same strain (same sire as Fiery Jack) was also responsible for the youngstock champion, the eye-catching German-bred three-year-old colt Aleanto Bon A Parte which was bought for £6,200 on the 2013 Brightwells Cob Sale by Simon and Alison Walker of the Cyntaf Stud, owners of the 2012 Cuddy HOYS pony champion Glebedale Ding Dong (purchased as a foal on Brightwells Sale) and have also qualified this year the Section C mare Parvadean Estelle two days before the Royal Welsh.
Danaway Tango won the sire points competition with 19 points, the joint-reserves with 14 points being Geler Sparc and Menai Sparkling Magic, Bon A Parte being his last foal.
The Tom and Sprightly competition for the champion of Sections A, B, C and D was judged by the 2011 WPCS President Mrs Kathleen James who gave Fronarth Super Model another trophy with the Section B champion, the seven-year-old stallion Heniarth Wood Wind reserve.
Wood Wind is sired by Lemonshill Top Note who was the 2003 Royal Cornwall Cuddy qualifier (grandson of Cottrell Artiste and Eyarth Rio 2000 Cuddy qualifier at the Great Yorkshire) out of Eyarth Windflower who won at the Royal Welsh six times and was three times female champion (2002, 2003 and 2006) and who qualified for the HOYS Cuddy in 2009 at the RASE. There were Wood Wind progeny in the youngstock classes, also progeny of his son the French-bred four-year-old Adagio De L’Aurore.
Reserve Section B champion was the nine-year-old brood mare Sandy Anderson’s Thistledown Sheer Lustre sired by Mynach Buccaneer out of the 2007 Royal Welsh champion Paddock Northern Lustre. It is amazing how much influence this “Lustre” family has had on the Welsh Section B breed, Sheer Lustre going back 76 years in only four generations to the original Ceulan Silver Lustre. Last year’s Brightwells National champion, the Dutch-bred Section B Valeur Dancing Fairy Lustre goes back the 76 years to Ceulan Silver Lustre in an almost incredible three generations. Joe Parry won the largest Section B class of the day (43 entries) with the cream barren mare Eyarth Titania who was later reserve female champion to Sheer Lustre.
Section B youngstock champion was the bay three-year-old colt, Janet Mansfield’s Janpete Tom Thumb, a type very similar to Baledon Squire which the judge exhibited to be Royal Welsh male champion in 1978. Tom Thumb’s dam Cadlanvalley Venus is another of the “Lustre” family; she is granddaughter of the 1987 Royal Welsh champion Millcroft Copper Lustre. Reserve youngstock champion was the third win for Thistledown, the two-year-old filly Thistledown Arctic Rose, their other winner being the junior brood mare Thistledown Eye Candy.
Llanarth Da Vinci won the Section B sire competition with 14 points and Lemonshill Top Note and Mynach Buccaneer were joint reserve with 12 points.
Section A barren mares provided the largest class of the whole Show with 89 entered and 52 actually present; unfortunately due to time restrictions, the final judging was restricted to 18 exhibits and 34 (including some which had travelled from overseas) were required to leave after the first trot-out. The victor from this bevy of beauties was Hayley and Julian Williams’ nine-year-old chestnut mare Cilmery Hot Chocolate; her breeding in the Show catalogue is incorrect so it is important to list it here - sire: Rookery Rupert by Penual Mark; dam: Cilmery Springtime by Trefaes Taran out of Escley Talesh by Twyford Swltan. The good show mare Escley Talesh visited Trefaes Taran (res champion HOYS 1997) five times and each time had a bay filly, two of which fetched top prices on Brightwells Sales. One of them Cilmery Spring Time is the dam of Hot Chocolate and the Stud also has Spring Time’s bay 2008 equally impressive daughter Cilmery First Edition which was champion at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair as a yearling but not shown since until a week after the Royal Welsh when she won her class and was reserve champion at Brecon County Show.
The Friars Stud continued their winning ways after being champion last year with Friars Still My Sunshine by being 2nd to Hot Chocolate with the roan Friars Queen of Hearts, 1st in the senior brood mares with the liver chestnut Friars Donnatella and 1st and male champion with the grey senior stallion Brynrodyn Bonheddwr (shown by Simon Charlesworth) who was this year champion at Lampeter and Glanusk. Bonheddwr’s previous Royal Welsh victory was in 2007 when he was youngstock champion in the ownership of Eifion Williams of the Bethel Stud, Caernarfon. Bonheddwr is sired by Cwmhendy Buster who topped the sire points (26), having previously also achieved it in 2007 and 2008 with Dukeshill Magnum reserve with 17 points.
Reserve female and reserve overall champion was Jill and Lottie Abrahall’s four-year-old light grey junior brood mare winner Flydon Llwy Pwdin. When she was at the Royal Welsh Show in 2012 she was also reserve Female champion and reserve Youngstock champion as a two-year-old, what a record! Flydon Stud is where the famous Clan Pip (Royal Welsh champion 1963 and 1964) died in 1981 at the comparative young age of 22 years. One week before he died, his son Flydon Henri ap Pip was born and he is sire of Flydon Dant-y-Llew (sire of Llwy Pwdin) and double grandsire of Flydon Llwy Arian (dam of Llwy Pwdin), what an extraordinary pedigree!
Section A youngstock champion was Heniarth Stud’s three-year-old colt Blanche Montana who was champion at last year’s Royal Bath and West Show two weeks after being purchased from his breeder Cerys Brook. Montana is a son of Blanche Mia, full-sister to Blanche Mimic who was Royal Welsh champion at the age of two years in 1993 and they are descended from Bryniau Misty Morn (f.1957) one of the foundation mares at Springbourne/Blanche. Reserve youngstock champion was Sandy Goodwin’s Brynrodyn Briallen Wen who contributed another 6 sire points to Cwmhendy Buster’s winning total.
Welsh part-breds rarely have classes with double-figure entries, this year was the exception with 28 two- and three-year-olds and 31 barren mares or geldings. Champion was the five-year-old stallion Greenbarrow Mr Smee owned by Tracy Jones of Llansantffraid who must have been a very busy lady since she had entered 13 different animals in 29 classes! Mr Smee, who is sired by Rotherwood Peter Pan was shown by her neighbour Huw Gruffydd. Reserve champion was Sarah Whitfield’s four-year-old barren mare Penskyber Mayflower by Small-Land Maytino.
The Monday ridden classes for Sections C and D are about the only ones in the UK where the animals are ridden by the judges who give them 50 marks for ride and the other judge 50 for conformation. 33 of the 53 entered Section C’s turned up and Menai Thomas repeated his last year’s win, this time with another “Menai” also 2nd which was Gunilla Anderson’s cream Menai Christopher which has returned to the UK after a few years in Sweden. The cobs were divided into three classes, Bridget Wessely winning the geldings with Penstacan Abrham, Danielle Everitt the stallions with Monahawk Masterpiece and John and Bev Batt the mares with Abergavenny Valmai, both Masterpiece and Valmai being sired by Abergavenny Stud’s Trevallion Picasso. Mrs Wessely won the Private Drive here twenty years ago with a pair of Welsh cob mares Nesscliffe Jewel and Nesscliffe Tanya. Abergavenny Valmai ridden by Claire Parsons won the championship with Monahawk Masterpiece reserve. Claire regularly hunts the Abergavenny cobs thoughout the winter, an experience which fares them well when it comes to their mannerly behaviour on the Brightwells Sales. Valmai ended up winning the £100 reserve Supreme ridden exhibit to the coloured Brechfa Brynach with judge Mr Richard Meade OBE.
There were 50 entries in the Welsh lead-rein class and 31 in the first-ridden. Pantycoed Little Owl ridden by Shannay Landon and led by Tracey Landon won the lead-rein class and the championship. Little Owl, sired by the Sweden-based Heniarth Mr Milligan, made their first appearance at Lampeter where they were mini champions and later Supreme ridden of the whole Show. First-ridden winner and reserve champion was Madison Dalley riding Treowen Rhys who has been a most wonderful schoolmaster for many young riders in the Cardiff area. Rhys, who has qualified and competed at HOYS four times, was due for retirement but has been given a new lease of life with the Dalley family and has had an enormously exciting and successful year. The week after the Royal Welsh, he won the first-ridden at the Royal International.
The four HOYS ridden classes for the Welsh breeds had fierce competition, the Section D with 74 entries having to be split into two groups. It was the eventual winner of this class, David and Anita Heys’ nine-year-old stallion Foryd Daniel ridden by Katie Brown who ended up champion. Daniel was only broken to ride early this year and this was only his fourth Show. Daniel has been leased from his breeder Meirion Jones of the old-established Foryd Stud and is the fifth generation “Foryd” back to the foundation mares Llanarth Clara and Ffoslas Linda of the early ‘seventies. Monday’s Section C winner Menai Thomas had qualified for HOYS at NPS Area 5 and did not compete on Thursday. Menai Christopher who won on Thursday had already qualified for HOYS at TSR Spring Show, Jocelyn Price’s Popsters Movie Star ( 2nd had qualified at Northleach, Lisa Barsoum’s Popsters Kinky Boots (3rd) had qualified at Royal Norfolk and the Musson family’s Ty’rllawn Masterclass (4th) had qualified at NCPA Staffs so there will not be a Royal Welsh Section C representative at HOYS. The Section B winner and reserve champion Cadlanvalley Sandpiper had also qualified for HOYS at the TSR Spring Show so Charlotte Edwards’ Monalaw Malcolm got the ticket. The Section A winner Powys Sprite had qualified at NPS Area 25 so Lyn Scott’s Dutch-bred Coelenhage’s Jarno (whose two parents Friars Bantam and Penllyn Jasmin were bred in Wales) received the HOYS ticket.
The palomino Section C stallion Claire Granger and George Mitchell’s Cargarsar Silver Shadow repeated his Welsh harness championship of last year but went further this time with a new Supreme Driving purse of £250 judged by Brian Brazier. Neil Wray driving his non-Welsh pair Eril and Binkie champions of the Private Driving were reserve; they had already qualified for HOYS so the HOYS Private Drive ticket went to Vicky Morris driving the Section C Drysiog Daniel ap Jet.
Report by Dr Wynne Davies, M.B.E.
WPCS Publicity Officer
Section A - Cilmery Hot Chocolate
Reserve - Flydon Llwy Pwdin
Section B - Heniarth Wood-Wind
Reserve - Thistledown Sheer Lustre
Section C - Rhoswen Guardsman (Cuddy Qualifier)
Reserve - Abergavenny Bay Leaf
Section D - Fronarth Super Model (Tom & Sprightly Perpetual Cup)
Reserve - Llanarth Fiery Jack
Welsh Part Bred Champion - Greenbarrow Mr Smee
Driving Champion - Cargarsar Silver Shadow
Overall Welsh Ridden Champion - Abergavenny Valmai
Gelding Champion - Caenest Alfie
Royal Welsh Champion Young Handler - Lucy Morris
Royal Welsh Reserve Young Handler - Tiffany Powell
Full results can be found on the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society website.