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Southern Counties WPCA Report 2015

Southern Counties WPCA Report

2015 has been a busy year, starting with our AGM on Saturday 7th March at The Angel, West Meon. Attendance was a bit lower than previous years, however it was productive with two new committee members elected; Hannah Caunt & Jean Smith. We also had a raffle and our performance points awards were given out.

The Winner of our overall performance points was our youngest member; 5yr old Maddie Caunt on her mother’s Section A mare, Wintersend Mimosa. Mimosa is by the successful ridden stallion Wintersend Nimbus and out of Yaverland Magnolia. The cheeky pair started the year by winning our points scheme and carried on their lucky streak with many wins, including at the BSPS Heritage Championships, NPS Spring Festival and NPS Summer Championships.


Wintersend Mimosa
Photograph by Fred the Cat


We have run two successful clinics with the fabulous Lucinda Sims in March and October at Harroway House. Both events were very well attended & everyone picked up lots of tips for the show ring and beyond. We look forward to running more in 2016.

We were blessed with a beautiful spring day for our first show of the year, and would like to thank all officials, members and other exhibitors for attending and making our show a success.

The Welsh in hand medal classes gave our judges, Mrs Rees of the Small Land Stud and Mr Willis of the Boniface Stud, plenty of quality animals to deliberate over. The Section A classes saw SCWPCA member Lizzie Deacon’s Leafycroft Price tag, who was a big winner in our 2014 performance points, go right through the card. The beautiful roan 2yr old filly by Penboeth Goldfinger out of Friars Secret Passion, won her section, the youngstock championship, the overall Section A championship and went on to take reserve in hand supreme of show.

It was also lovely to give out plenty of best gelding rosettes, resulting in a hotly contested Millcroft gelding championship. The victor was Vanessa Mardon’s Section A Blanche Goldleaf, beautifully shown by Amber Cox. Goldleaf is by the legendary Yaverland Carousel and out of Springbourne Gemma, bred by the local Springbourne and Blanche stud. Reserve went to Clare Snellgrove’s Section D Blaengwen Freddie Flintoff who stood top in one of the largest classes of the day.

It was a fantastic day for the Baker family, long time supporters of SCWPCA who started the day with a 2nd in the Section C yearling colts with new purchase Abergavenny K.O. Dean Baker then showed his own 3yr old Section D colt Llanidan Bolt, another who went through the card, impressing judge Mr Willis throughout to win his class; Section D youngstock champion, overall Section D Champion and supreme in hand of show.

The wins didn’t stop there, with Debbie Baker piloting 6yr old stallion Cavyl Barley, to win the NPS Ringside open ridden, the open championship and supreme ridden of show, reserve going to Jess Matthews on her mother’s Section B, Llanarth Windsor. Megan Rogers spoke fondly “Boo as he is known at home, was consistently placed last year in HOYS qualifiers and stood 3rd at The Royal Welsh. The horses really are a family affair, we buy them as foals for Dean to show until they reach 4yrs old when the reins are handed to Debbie to ride under saddle”


Cavyl Barley
Photograph by Fotofabulous


The mini ridden classes, echoing entries from our Autumn show, were very well supported. Mrs Upton of the Bluebury Stud found her NPS Mini Champion in Olivia Page on her mother’s Afan Christopher. This is a new partnership, and Olivia’s first championship off the lead rein, Oliva said "I feel very pleased and very proud of Chris, he has taught me a lot".

We held our Summer BBQ on Saturday 4th July, at Sue & Roger Page's. It was a lovely evening, relaxed atmosphere, plenty of good food and a chance to catch up with friends mid season. We also have a members Christmas meal planned for the 6th of December, so plenty to look forward to.

Before we knew it, it was Royal Welsh time, with many of our members making the trip to show and spectate. Charlotte Hill and Jordan Sainsbury of the Lonwind Stud had a great show, coming 4th with their coloured part bred filly, Lonwind Dainty Delilah. The super smart 2yr old filly was also part bred youngstock champion at our Summer Show. The Stone family also enjoyed success with their upstanding D mare, Llanidan Lisa Lan, finishing 7th in the ridden mares.

However Ben Orchard of the Stanray Stud had a truely outstanding show. Synod Rohanna, his 15yr old C mare, finished 3rd in a massive barren mares class. Not to be outdone, Rohanna's 3yr old filly Stanray Skybella finished 5th, and she has also produced a future stallion for the stud, Oldeworlde Rolls Royce. Finishing off the great show for Stanray was their 3yr old colt Wynbrook Playfair, also finishing 5th.


Stanray Skybella


For our Summer Show we were blessed with a beautiful summer day in August and spectacular views at our new venue; Harroway House in Hampshire. We were able to run 4 showing rings, a dedicated working hunter ring, as well as a fun dog show in our new spacious surroundings. We are pleased to report it was a profitable event for the association and we saw many quality animals forward.

Mrs Berryman-Horne of the Greenlinks Stud had plenty to choose from in the Section A's, she found her youngstock champion in Lizzie Deacon's successful 2yr old filly Leafycroft Price Tag. Lizzie and Price Tag also won the open m&m small breeds in hand and stood in hand champion. The overall Section A champion was Katie Robert's stunning 11yr old stallion Nantdywyll Llanc. This versatile combination also collected their Picton ridden ticket in the afternoon.

Maxine Fowle's stallion Durleyhall Elvis (by Springers Crackerjack, out of Polaris Elfreda) took top honours in the Section B's, and was the eventual reserve supreme of show. Maxine also enjoyed success with Durleyhall Rhapsody a son of Millcroft Riviera who went on to win the hotly contested Millcroft Gelding Championship.

Mr Port of the Tregole Stud found his youngstock champion in the Stanray Stud's 3yr old colt Wynbrook Playfair. The striking chestnut by Parvadean Darius, out of
Wynbrook Paradigm is being retained as a future stallion for the Hampshire based stud. Overall Section C honours went to Megan Rogers Crossfield Llawen.

Dean Bakers yearling Abergavenny First Edition, by Trevallion Travis out of Thorneyside Debutante, took the Section D youngstock championship, reserve overall D and youngstock supreme. The top honours in both the D's and our overall supreme champion went to the Booth family's stunning 11yr old mare, Rainhill Olwen.

The NPS mini ridden classes provided Mr Pink with lots of young combination's to deliberate over. His champion went to the first ridden winner Olivia Page riding her mother’s Section A, Afan Christopher. Reserve Champion was Sam Roberts striking roan Churchwood Jethro, who partnered by Chloe Lemieux won the lead rein and was 2nd in the First Ridden.

The large breeds NPS junior ridden and championship went to Emily Knock and her lovely Buckskin gelding Llanfyllin Apollo. This combination's good luck continued coming 2nd and reserve in the NPS Ringside ridden, and then reserve ridden supreme.

Our supreme ridden champion came in the shape of Heather Comley's magnificent Section D stallion 10yr old Renvarg Maverick. Maverick has had an illustrious show career and this year has secured his Olympia Semi Final ticket with Heather.

We would like to thank all officials, helpers, members and competitors that made this show firstly possible, and secondly successful.

Looking forward to 2016, here are some dates for your diary.....

1/5/2016 Spring Show @ Sparsholt College, Hampshire.
26/6/2016 Summer Show @ New Park, Hampshire.
13/11/2016 Autumn Show @ Sparsholt College, Hampshire.

By Miss H Caunt.

2nd Mar 2016