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Royal Welsh Winter Fair 2013

2nd & 3rd December 2013

The favourable weather attracted a record attendance of 29,374 to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair (up by 2,500 on 2012) and horse entries of 539 included several which had been purchased by overseas breeders on Brightwells Sales but left in this country until after the Winter Fair.

Judge of the supreme was Mr Dillwyn Thomas, Assistant Honorary Director of Horses who was retiring at this Show after having been a steward/Director for 54 years and he handled the Welsh cob stallion Mathrafal to win the George Prince of Wales cup in 1952; he launched his Biography book at the Fair.

Mr Thomas pleased the Welsh breeds supporters by selecting two chestnut Welsh yearling colts, the supreme being the Section B Cadlanvalley Rio and the reserve to the Section C Rhydelian Rascal.

Rio was shown by Hayley Grota for her parents Hywel and Yvonne Davies and is sired by Cadlanvalley Buzby out of Telynau Firefly. Rio had already won four reserve championships and this was his second championship and WPCS bronze medal. Reserve Section B champion with judge Mr Gareth Price was Peter de Rade’s chestnut colt foal Zonneweide Royal Enquiry sired by his Zonneweide Royal Lustre who was champion and reserve supreme here in 2011 and Royal Enquiry had already won at the National Foal Show held on this site in October.

Alun Hughes showed Rhydelian Rascal for his parents Tom and Ann Hughes from Anglesey who are the only exhibitors ever to qualify a Section C yearling for the HOYS Cuddy competition. Rascal was sired by Donys Llawen who romped away with the 2011 Royal Welsh sire ratings competition by a very large margin. Rascal’s dam Betws Iona has produced a string of champions for Rhydelian. Reserve Section C champion was Graham Moffatt’s yearling filly Pwllmelin Sweet Dreams sired by Moorcroft The Master who also sired the winning colt foal Ty’rllawn Masterpiece.

Dutch breeder Henrie Leeuwenhaag was 1st and 2nd out of 34 Section C filly foals entered (18 forward) with Carless Dazzle bred by Glyn Williams and Cilmery Lilli Pop bred by Glyn’s son Julian. Judge Mr Alan Jones had his work cut out with these filly foals in a class which contained Brightwells Cob Sale purchases at £6,000, £4,500, £4,000 (to Finland), £2,100, £2,000 and £1,500.

Judge of the Overall Welsh championship was WPCS Past-President Mr Eric Davies and he selected Esyllt and Sian Evans’ outstanding Section D filly foal Llwynhywel Lady Camilla with Cadlanvalley Rio as reserve. Lady Camilla is sired by the 23-year-old Crugybar Mabon Mai; of all the hundreds of Section D stallions in the UK the 2002 RW champion Gwynfaes Culhwch and his sire Crugybar Mabon Mai headed the 2012 section D WPCS sire ratings and with 192 and 132 points left the other sections well behind. Lady Camilla was named after being photographed receiving her trophy from the Duchess of Cornwall when winning a huge filly foal class at the Royal Welsh.

The dam of Lady Camilla is Brynithon Super Lady and another Brynithon mare, Brynithon Southern Breeze was dam of the Reserve champion with judge Mr David Williams; this was Elgan Evans’ yearling filly Eglwysfach Neli who was 3rd here last year out of 46 entries.

Penboeth breeding came to the fore within section A; they have been successful for the judge Mr Philip Williams who sold Penboeth Bandit for £3,850 at the 2008 Hay-on-Wye Sale. The progeny of Penboeth Tantrum won three of the four classes, the colt foal Paul Hughes’ Ffermymorlais Banter also winning the championship with the filly foal Tracie Topliss’ Penboeth Tea Time being reserve and Francis Goggin’s own yearling colt Penboeth Flute also winning his class.

The Welsh part-breds were judged by Miss Joanna Sheil and her champion and reserve were placed in the identical positions at the National Foal Show here in October. Champion was Eirian Wyn Williams’ good-moving chestnut colt foal Rianwyn Prince Harry whose sire Telynau Just William also sired Telynau Covent Garden, this year’s small Welsh Part Bred champion at the Royal Welsh. Prince Harry’s dam Sarnau Sglein Aur was Royal Welsh palomino champion last year. In addition to the National Foal championship, Prince Harry has won another eight championships. Reserve champion was Kathy Hall’s over 148cm foal winner Pentrumbly Ooo Me Julie sired by the Welsh cob Abergavenny Armani who is noted for siring progeny with superb temperaments.

Dr Wynne Davies



16th Dec 2013