Welsh National Foal Show 2013
27th October 2013
There were 207 entries in 15 classes for the Welsh National Foal Show and with gales and cloudbursts raging, exhibitors and spectators were very grateful for the comfort of the Royal Welsh Glamorgan Hall, a far cry from the first Show there held out on grass 26 years ago.
Supreme champion with judge Mr Stewart Franklin of the Sarum Stud was Ceri Fell’s eye-catching black Section C colt foal Brynseion Lord Mayday, a full-brother to the yearling filly Brynseion Lady Maleficient with which Mrs Fell won her class from 21 entries at Lampeter earlier this year. Lord Mayday certainly looked a “colt with a future”, a true pony of Cob-type, the Section which has recently hit the high spots with three consecutive Cuddy championships over all breeds at HOYS.
The reserve Section C champion with judge Mr Daniel Morgan also came from the same class, another promising black colt Victor and John Moore’s Thistledown Ring of Fire purchased the previous week in this building at the Brightwells Autumn Cob Sale. By a coincidence, standing 2nd to Mrs Fell’s Lady Maleficient at Lampeter was Victor and John Moore’s home-bred Tycwm Abbey Grace. There were several winners at this Show bought at the Brightwells Autumn Cob and Fayre Oaks Sales.
Reserve supreme was Len and Anne Bigley’s grey Section B filly foal Llanarth Alis, sired by their Llanarth da Vinci out of Llanarth Arbennig who was the product of 29-year-old Twyford Signal (who qualified for HOYS In-hand championship four times) and 26-year-old Cennen Arbennig, one of the most successful of all the Cennen Section B’s. Alis was recently also champion at the Ceredigion Foal Show.
Ceri Fell came up trumps again in Section B with judge Mrs Margaret Edwards of the Nefydd Stud winning the reserve championship with the 2nd-prize filly Brynseion Vernams, again sired by Llanarth da Vinci.
Section A, judged by Mr Meirion Davies, had the largest entries totalling 29 fillies and 19 colts and champion and reserve again came from the same class. Champion was Tracy Jones’ grey filly Nantfforchog Blue Moondust sired by the Dutch-bred Centannial Ramos out of Pwlle Bangle who is also dam of Nantfforchog Blue Romance who was two weeks previously 8th in the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds HOYS Ridden Welsh Section A Of The Year.
Reserve champion was Dukeshill Chikorita sired by the 2012 Royal Welsh Junior stallion winner Nantdywyll Penaig and she will be assured to be well produced having been bought by David Morgan and Aled Lewis of the Clarmore Stud.
Two fillies again were champion and reserve in Section D judged by Mr Robert Howard from Buckinghamshire. Although this Section was not as numerous as it has been in the past, these two fillies were such that anybody could very proud of. Champion was Nelson Smith’s Trevallion Oh La La a daughter of Trevallion Connan, himself a son the of the elegant 1997 Royal Welsh George Prince of Wales cup-winner Trevallion Giorgio.
Gwyneth Griffiths’ reserve Dyffryngwy Welsh Model is again full of illustrious forebears, her sire Cascob Brynmor is a son of the 2009 Royal Welsh Male champion Gwenllan Brynmor and her dam Dyffryngwy Cariad B is another Royal Welsh winner.
Margaret Edwards also judged the Welsh part-breds where the champion came from Anglesey, Eirian Wyn Williams’ Rianwyn Prince Harry full-brother to her 2011 Royal Welsh Winter Fair champion Rianwyn Prince William. Prince William is sired by Telynau Just William out of the 2012 Royal Welsh Palomino champion Sarnau Sglein Aur. Reserve Welsh Part Bred champion was Kathy Hall’s over 147cm filly Penstrumbly Ooo Me Julie sired by her Welsh cob successful sire Abergavenny Armani.
Rianwyn Prince Harry was also champion of the Riding Pony Section judged by Lady Jennifer Evans-Bevan, the reserve champion this time being Jocelyn Price’s Courtway Serenade shown by Jocelyn’s grand-daughter Gemma Morris, showing in hand for the first time. Serenade is sired by Rotherwood Peter Pan who has left some very good foals at Courtway.
Dr Wynne Davies