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Welsh National Foal Show 2014

Royal Welsh Showground
26th October 2014

There were 206 entries in 15 classes for the 27th Welsh National Foal Show. Mrs Robina Mills who had been Chairman of this Show for 23 years passed away one week before the Show and an appreciation of her great contribution to the Welsh breeds was given by Dr Wynne Davies, Publicity Officer of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society.

Supreme of the Show judged by Mrs Mary Redvers, President of the WPCS was the bay Section D colt foal Brynseion Methuselah bred by Mrs Ceri Fell of Brynseion and sold to Mrs Nicki Oldershaw of the Larnleighs Stud, Derbyshire. Methuselah is sired by Ceri Fell’s home-bred Brynseion Bendigo who has qualified for the ridden class at the Horse Of The Year Show for the last three years and been placed twice. Bendigo is a wonderful ambassador for Welsh cobs, along with his fantastic ridden record, he is now siring champions! The Larnleighs Stud have had many successes with their ridden Welsh cobs and Methuselah looks capable of keeping their record in the forefront in the future.

Reserve Section D champion to Methuselah with Section D judge Mr Simon Bigley was Mrs Bridget Wessely’s winning filly Penstacan Tiger Lily sired by Gwynfaes Culhwch who is also the sire of Bendigo. Mrs Wessely has been breeding Welsh Cobs at her Penstacan Stud since 1982 and won the Private Driving class at the Royal Welsh Show twenty years ago driving a pair of Welsh cob sisters to a four-wheeled brake.

Reserve supreme to Methuselah was the scopey chestnut Section A colt foal Penboeth Artist owned by Francis and Sallie Goggin of Merthyr Tydfil. Artist is sired by their Penboeth Bantam, male champion at the 2010 Royal Welsh Show and son of Criccieth Bridie who has common breeding to Criccieth Actores, dam of Artist.

Some of the foals present had been bought for very high prices on the recent Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale. Reserve Section A champion to Artist with judge Mr Dylan Rees was Iwan and Ellie Pearce-Morgan’s bay filly Blaencilla Coralicious, daughter of their Blaencila Chatter who was youngstock champion at the 2010 Royal Welsh Show. Coralicious is sired by the bay Penboeth Bon Jovi who is another son of Penboeth Bantam.

The Section B judge was Mr Sandy Anderson who, this year had the top prices of both Brightwells High Flyer Sale and Fayre Oaks Sale. His Section Bs are mainly up-to-height and his champion was the big chestnut colt Bronheulog Cool Cat owned by Rowena Andrew of Manafon, Welshpool, a colt that could well end up making a mark under saddle. Reserve champion was the smaller, but very correct filly Menai Starletta sired by Menai Stud’s Newtonhill Naughty Boy Charlie whose colt foals sold for £1,600 and £1,400 on the Fayre Oaks Sale.

Section C champion and reserve with judge Stuart Morgan both came from the filly class, Gavin Ingram’s chestnut Ashmeadow Darcy Bustle and Nicole Musson’s black Corstan Magdalena. Gavin, who was the 2013 WPCS Young Judge, came all the way from Aberdeen to show his filly; he bought her and her dam Ashmeadow Destiny earlier this year but left them in Wales for showing. Nicole Musson was placed 5th at HOYS this year riding Popsters Tommy Cockles, sire of Corstan Magdalena; 6 of the 23 Section C qualifiers having been bred at Popsters.

There were only two in the over 14.2hh Welsh part-bred foal class also judged by Sandy Anderson and he awarded them both championship and reserve over the smaller exhibits. They were Geraint Hughes and Jess Collard’s bay filly Nantshan Chocolate Orange from Llangurig and Sian and Micky Bond’s dun colt Cwmplas Celtic Thunder from Llandysul.

Judge of the riding pony foals was Mr Andrew Phillips who judged in Australia last year. Mr Dennis Morgan of the Lowland Stud has been champion here many times in the past and this time was champion again with his 12.2hh filly Lowland Pollyanna, Lowland-bred on both sides, by Lowland Sensation out of Lowland Portrait. Reserve champion was Eirian Wyn Williams’ 12hh Telynau Martinique which was also placed in the Welsh part-bred class.

The second-largest class of the day (23 entries) was for Mountain and Moorland lead-rein foals where the winners Nantfforchog Blue Bowtie, Ceulan Cressida and Castlemead Hanky Panky (all Section As but not entered in the Section A classes) all had connections with this year’s HOYS where Nantfforchog Blue Romance qualified for the NPS/Baileys ridden Section A where Ceulan Shem was 3rd and Castemead Andy Pandy was Colne/Brineton lead-rein/first-ridden champion.

Wynne Davies 
WPCS Publicity Officer



29th Oct 2014