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South Eastern WPCA Report

South Eastern Welsh Pony and Cob Association yearly report.

The South Eastern Association year commences in September, when we bi-annually hold our stud judging competition (not held in 2014) so we swiftly move onto October which stages the Horse Of the Year Show which saw so many of our members attend and come victorious, such as Sara Hird, with Saith Magical Ginger winning the Welsh Section D class. We then move on to our annual general meeting, together with our points awards and a table top tack sale. Again very well supported and we welcomed into office our presidents Jose and Matt Attrell of the Danaway stud for the ensuing year. Our new young Ambassador William Nunn was very well received with our membership and the young achiever award was presented to Hannah Carmichael of the Fielden Stud, with Mrs Jo Filmer of the Longhalves Stud gaining the senior achievers award. Our in-hand individual points winner was won by Fielden Cottontail owned and shown by the Fielden Stud, with the performance individual winner being Nikki Gurden’s Hillgarth King Flyer, both of these worthy winners were awarded wonderful embroidered rugs presented by the Quick Stitch Embroidery.

Moving on to November when we hold our Foal, Youngstock and Novice ridden show, held again at Merristwood Equestrian Centre, Guildford, Surrey. We welcomed down to judge our Welsh Section A, B & Welsh Part Breds inhand, Shae Price, Welsh Pony and Cob Society Young Ambassador. He found his Section A young stock champion in Nynwoods Zvangelos owned by Terry Wall, this pony also went on to stand reserve Welsh Youngstock champion. His Section A filly foal class winner went on to stand reserve Welsh Foal champion. Onto the Section B’s and his young stock champion was found in Redlays Stud’s Redlays Thesus with his part bred championship going to Bookhamlodge Pick’n’Mix.

Mr Carl Robinson kindly judged our Welsh Section C and D classes and he found his Section C colt foal class winner in D’Abernon The Real Thing which then went on to stand overall Welsh Foal champion. His Section C youngstock champion was found in Zabeth Rhian. The Welsh Section D’s were out in force and Danaway Noodles ventured to us from his Cornwall home to not only take the D Youngstock championship but went on to take the title of Supreme Welsh young stock champion.


D’Abernon The Real Thing. Welsh Foal Champion
LRG photography



Danaway Noodles. Welsh Youngstock Champion.
Photograph by AJK


January and February our quiet months for SEWPCA (aka South Eastern Welsh) but our yearly journal, well read world wide, is at the printers during these two months. It is distributed to our membership at our Spring show held in early March. Again 2015 saw this event held at Crockstead Equestrian Centre, in Halland, Sussex. Our own SEWPCA winning Young Judge, Miss Cheryl Hillman judged our Welsh Sections A, B and Part Breds. She found her A champion in Ashenvale Stud’s, Thistledown Maid Of Pearl with reserve slot going to the same stud with Ashenvale Esmeralda. The Section B’s champion was Mrs P Cole’s Pennway Tiwlip with Sue Ash’s Rhydspence Charm taking the reserve award. Moving on to the Welsh Part breds, she found her champion in the 4yr olds and over class winner, Seamoor Lady Derby owned by Mandy Burchell-Small and reserve being awarded to the Fielden Stud’s Field Minks Legacy.

Mr Dewi Roberts came down to judge our Welsh Section C’s and D’s and he found his C Champion in the 2yr old class, namely Mr Phil James’s Penthill Bright Spark, reserve going to Thorneyside Rosemary owned by Mr John Gray from the 4 yr old and over class. His Champion Section D was awarded to the Stallion class winner, Danaway Cheyenne owned by Dean Wallace with reserve coming from the yearling class, Trevallion Apollo owned by Sonia Smith. The two judges combined to find their overall welsh in hand champion in Danaway Cheyenne with the reserve slot being awarded to the Section A champion, Thistledown Maid of Pearl. The mini ridden champion of this show was awarded to Uphill Freddie Fox owned by The Aungier family and ridden by Gracie Aungier, Reserve slot going to Mandy Burchell-Small’s Rowfantina Three Wishes ridden by Martha Good. These classes were kindly judged by Mrs Sara Hird for us.

April saw the 2nd of our gelding days held at the Rowfantina stud, and May all roads led to the Fielden Stud’s open day. June is the month our WPCS Silver medal show is held, and all roads led again to Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Surrey. Mrs. S Hamer from Cascob joined us for the Section A’s, she found her silver medal champion in the youngstock champion, Ronswood Gale Force who went on to take overall Supreme of this show later in the day. Reserve A slot went to Springbourne Clarinda.  Mrs Ann Berryman-Horne joined us to judge our Welsh Section B’s and Part breds and she found her B champion in Brookhall Anemone with reserve going to Lemonshill Swan Song. Her Part Bred Silver Medal winner went to Mandy Burchell-Small’s Spring show winner Seamoor Lady Derby and reserve to Newoak What’s Up. Our Section C and D’s were judged this year by Mr Roger Davis of the Hwyi Stud and he found his Section C silver medal winner in Danaway Bugsy with Shankly Man of War, Welsh Section C Youngstock champion taking up the reserve. His Section D medal winner was found in Haniel Cochise who had travelled some distance to this show, with reserve slot going to the Section D youngstock champion, Mathfred Survivor. Our traditional trotting championship went to Popsters Loaded weapon owned and ridden by Miss Chloe Chubb and reserve going to Bookhamlodge Tony Montanna. Our ridden welsh championship was awarded to Waxwing Rheel with Moelview Chieftain taking up the reserve. This show saw us introduce a wonderful fun ring for the afternoon which gained 47 exhibits, and something we hope to develop more in the future. This was run and created by our young people of SEWPCA. June also saw on the 27th of the month an open day held at the D’Abernon Stud by the Hussey family.

July hosted our second medal show held in our three counties, namely Kent County were excellent entries were out in force for these bronze medal awards alongside traditional trotting classes which are so well received at this show. July also saw the Ponies UK summer championships held and overall Supreme champion for the inhand mountain and moorlands was our long standing member, Ms Jean Smith and Twyford Elenora shown for her by Sam Watson.  Moving onto August, this see’s the third and final medal show held at Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural show on august bank holiday. Again another excellent entry of our welsh ponies and cobs. Overall Welsh Champion being award to D’Abernon Stud with D’Abernon Lilly Allen and reserve slot going to Hannah Carmichael and Marsh Midas.


D’Abernon Lilly Allen
Photograph by AJK

Just had news that SEWPCA have won the 2015 WPCS Performance Teams competition. Well done Hannah Caunt - Wintersend Mimosa,(A)  Cheryl Hillman - Llanarth Grenade (B) and William Nunn – with Ladysden May Rose (C)  & Florida Jac (D)  winning by over 2200 points difference. 

Report by Angela Kember, Chairman

4th Mar 2016