South Eastern WPCA Spring Show 2015 Report and Photographs
Sunday 15th March, 2015, aka Mothers’ Day, saw all roads lead to Crockstead Equestrian Centre, Halland, in Sussex for the South Eastern Welsh Spring show. Far too early for most breeding animals but still a fair number turned out to compete at this well established spring show.
Our Welsh Section’s A, B and Welsh Partbred in hand classes were judged this year for us, by our winning SEWPCA (South Eastern Welsh pony and Cob Association) Young Judge, Miss Cheryl Hillman, having won the NPS mountain and moorland event in 2013, she went on to win at the National Welsh for us in 2014. Cheryl found her Section A champion in Lauren Wren’s Thistledown Maid of Pearl for her Ashenvale Stud. The same exhibitors went on to take reserve champion slot with their own bred Ashenvale Esmeralda, winner of the Youngstock award. The Section B champion was found from the two year old class, in Mrs Pat Cole’s Pennway Tiwlip, shown by her daughter Rachel. Reserve went to Mrs Sue Ash’s 4 year old and over class winner, Rhydspence Charm, shown by Emily Kember. A slight delay in the part bred classes taking place, so that the Section D stallion classes had use of the whole ring! Eventually led to Cheryl finding her champion in the 4 year old and over class winner, Mrs Mandy Burchell-Small’s Seamoor Lady Derby, shown by her son Oliver with reserve going to the youngstock champion, Fielden Minks Legacy shown by Jan Carmichael.
Our Welsh Section’s C & D classes were judged this year for us, by Mr Dewi Roberts from the Trofarth stud. He found his Section C champion in Mr Phil James’ 2 year old class winner, Penthill Bright Spark with reserve going to the 4 year old and over Mare or gelding class winner, Mr John Grays’ Thorneyside Rosemary. Dewi found his D champion coming from the final class of the D’s, namely the Stallion class. This went to Dean Wallace’s Danaway Cheyenne of the Theydon Welsh cob stud, with reserve slot going to Sonia Smith showing her Yearling class winner and youngstock champion, Trevallion Apollo .
After lunch these two judges joined forces and judged the Traditional trotting classes, finding their champion in Mr D Baker’s Cavyl Barley and reserve slot going to Chloe Chubb riding her own, Popsters Loaded Weapon.
Mrs Sara Hird started her day early and found her outside mixed ring in hand champion in Jan Hoares’ Carlung Monach shown by Jane Gregory with reserve going to Judy Hawkins’ Sharptor Truffle. These classes were followed in the sand school by Mrs Pip Baker-Beall covering the judging of our plaited classes. She found her champion in Maria Fairy’s Mount Pleasant Lady in Waiting ridden by Eleanor Fairey with reserve going to Mandy Burchell-Small’s Manorcourt Mayflower ridden by Martha Good.
Our mini classes gained a following this year and Mrs Sara Hird found her champion in D.J. Aungier’s novice class winner, Uphill Freddie Fox ridden by Gracie Aungier. Reserve going to the open class winner, Rowfantina Royal Occasion, owned by Mrs Mandy Burchell-Small ridden by Martha Good. Sara went on to find her young riders class winner in J. Rogers riding Popsters Jenny Maguire for D. Willis with Gemma Kent taking another Popsters pony to victory in the Amateur class, namely Popsters Bertie Wooster. Mrs Hird finished off her day in finding the Novice M and M large breeds class winner, Lisa Barsoum’s Northwich Notorious Ridden champion with Alex Kelly standing reserve with Walstead Guiness.
We would like to thank all our judges and stewards for giving up their time on Mothers’ day.