Welsh National Foal Show 2012
This was the 25th Silver Anniversary Welsh National Foal Show, held on the Royal Welsh Showground on 28th October and to celebrate the event, there was an exhibition of photographs of prizewinning foals of the past accompanied by photographs of them in later life when they had achieved great fame. Despite the economic climate entries kept up well at 213.
Supreme of the Show with judge WPCS President Mr Eric Davies was the Section D filly, Vicki Merrick’s Brynithon Super Model and reserve was the Section C colt, Justin Walters’ Ty’rllawn Rolls Royce.
Section D was judged by Mr Gwyn Dobbs and Super Model was an attractive liver chestnut with lovely limbs, a good “front” and well-set tail which she carried gaily. Vicki cleverly bought her in-foal dam (Oughtrington Honour) from her father and Super Model was born a few months later. Reserve Section D champion was another attractive filly, the dun Ridgehill Lady Louisa owned by Steve Patch and Kevin Howdle of Felton, North Somerset; two weeks previously, Lady Louisa was also reserve champion at the Glamorgan WPCA Foal Show.
The Section C champion with Judge Mr Jonathan Batt was Justin Walters’ Ty’rllawn Rolls Royce, a bright chestnut with four white legs which he used to good advantage; he was a very sharp colt who always had his head well up. Rolls Royce is sired by the Howard family’s Moorcroft The Master who was this year’s Royal Welsh Show sire points champion having sired the winning colt foal Rolls Royce, the winning yearling colt Ty’rcwm Master Joe and the winning two-year-old colt Moorcroft Master Tom who was also youngstock champion. Reserve champion was the 2nd prize colt Mrs Veronica Layton’s Caebryn Take That whose dam, the former Royal Welsh youngstock champion Parvadean Denise is also dam of Caebryn Endeavour, reserve youngstock champion this year having been youngstock champion in 2011 and reserve male champion in 2010 – what a record!
Section A’s judged by Mrs Diana Thomas were numerically the strongest with 40 fillies and 28 colts entered. Champion was the grey deep-bodied filly, Angela Broomhall’s Elcon Laci Maci, daughter of Criccieth Lace who has another four daughters retained at Elcon. The 2nd - prize filly was Henrie Leeuwenhaag’s Eppynt Victoria Pendleton purchased at the recent Fayre Oaks Sale for £1,300. Reserve Section A champion was the Williams family’s chestnut winning colt Ffermymorlais Tempo; this will be the last crop of foals on the Gower by his sire Fronbach Destination which they sold for £2,500 on the 2011 Fayre Oaks Sale.
Section B’s and Welsh part-breds were judged by Miss Catryn Bigley and her Section B champion was Julie Russell’s winning colt Bryngwennol Chicago, a grey with a nice outlook sired by Heniarth Woodwind who has now had three crops of foals who are winning in Holland, France, Sweden and Britain. Reserve champion was Mandy Jones’ filly Melau Milli sired by her Eyarth Syena who has twice won at the Royal Welsh and was champion at Glanusk.
Champion and reserve of the part-breds were both from the class to make over 147 cm at maturity and both sired by Continental sires out of Welsh cob mares. The champion Tynyfid Monarch’s Jubilee owned by Gaynor Edwards from Warwick and her father M I Lloyd from Ebbw Vale is sired by the Dutch-bred Libro and the reserve Kathy Hall’s Penstrumbly Our Latif, an orphan foal is sired by the Oldenburg Liberace. Monarch Jubilee’s full-brother Tynyfid Murphy’s Law won at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in 2010.
Champion and reserve of the Riding Pony foals judged by Mr Richard Miller also came from the same 127cm class, they were David Lynn Jones’ bay home-bred Lynmarie Lizzy and Eirian Wyn Williams’ Courtway Picasso bred by Jocelyn Price of the Courtway Stud. Lizzy hails from a long line of champions, her g-dam is Varndell Verity by Downland Mandarin who is also sire of Keston Royal Occasion, five times top of the WPCS sire ratings.
Dr Wynne Davies