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Welsh Pony and Cob Society Annual General Meeting 2013

6thApril 2013.

The 2013 Annual General Meeting was held at Park Lodge Hotel, Aberystwyth under the Presidency of Mr Eric Davies, Maesmynach Stud. Mr Robert Manchip, Chair of Finance guided members through the Balance Sheet for the twelve month period ended 31st December 2012 and, as might be expected in the current economic climate with registrations reduced from 11,703 to 6,648 in three years, the incoming resources were considerably reduced, however the accounts still showed a surplus of £35k.

This year members were asked to submit names for Honorary awards with Council approving or otherwise; a large number of names were submitted and Honorary Life Memberships were  conferred upon Mr David Hibbert (Pontblyddyn) and Mrs Alison Squires (Yswain) and Honorary Life Vice-Presidency to Mrs Suellen Deane (Llanfairbryn, Australia). Mr Owen Griffiths was thanked for his exceptional work as Young Ambassador for 2012, with Miss Marged Simons installed as Young Ambassador for 2013 and Mr Shae Price as Young Ambassador-Elect. Miss Lowri Reed (Tyngwndwn) received the Young Achiever Award 2012 and Miss Cheryl Hillman received a Highly Commended award. Mr Steve Everitt, Chairman of Council gave a resume of Council decisions for the year, noting the Society's attainment of PQASSO Level 1 and reviews of the Governance structure and the Complaints and Disciplinary policies amongst other activities.

The In-hand sire-ratings trophies were presented to Blackhill Picalo (A, 5thtime), Hilin Carnedd (B), Bryncarreg Lightning Jack (C, 2ndtime) and Gwynfaes Culhwch (D, 6thtime) and the performance sire trophies to Blaengwen Brenin (ridden), Bengad Dogberry (LR/FR), Tynybryn Bobby Dazzler (harness) and Gower Prince (WHP). The Royal Welsh Show sire-rating certificates were presented to Friars Golden Glory and Idyllic Entrepreneur (A, joint), Eyarth Rio (B), Moorcroft The Master (C) and Danaway Tango (D). The Olympia Ridden Championship trophies were presented to Thistledown Scotch Whiskey (A), Bronheulog Harvey (B), Menai Thomas (C) and Brynseion Bendigo (D). The Royal Welsh spoons for the breeders of the highest-placed ridden geldings were presented to Mrs C Gregory for Bookhamlodge Tony Montana (C) and Mrs Claire Willis-Burton for Pentrefelin Bonny Prince Charlie (D). The Debbie Dunbar oil painting which goes to Royal Welsh champions in rotation, this time went to Mr and Mrs Len Bigley’s Llanarth Delilah (B). The Educational Bursary was awarded to Miss Briony Miller who is going on the AI course at Twemlows Stud. The Kentchurch trophy for welfare was awarded to the Wrexham County Council’s Trading Standard Officer Mr G Capper. The highest honour which the Society can bestow is the Brodrick Memorial trophy which was presented to Mrs Jan Pearce of the Glyncoch Stud.

Mr Terry Court of Brightwells Auctioneers presented the Sales trophies: Fayre Oaks Champagne Moment to Mrs T Hughes (Dolhelfa), Autumn Cob Sale to Mr Steve Davies (Taincwm), Section B at Fayre Oaks to Mr Robert Hensby (Laithehill) and Thorneyside Stud received three trophies, for achievement, for highest-priced brood mare and highest-priced foal.

Dr Wynne Davies presented the Publicity Officer’s report and congratulated everyone connected with the Society Sales, the Fayre Oaks Sale averaged £660 and the Autumn Cob Sale averaged £908 with the stallion record broken at £22,000 for Thorneyside Golden Boy and the foal record at £16,000 for Thorneyside Royal Command. Glebedale Ding Dong (C) was Cuddy In-hand champion at the HOYS with Boreton White Prince (B) reserve. Also at HOYS  Nebo Julie Ann (D) was reserve M+M ridden champion, Fairlies Red Flare (D) was M+M WHP champion with Pontsarn Sidan (A) reserve, Millcroft Dow Jones (B) was Open WHP champion, Stambrook Wedding Belle (B) and Treowen Ranger (B) were SHP champion and reserve and Rowfantina Hetty and Hocus Pocus were scurry driving champions. Welsh breeds swept the board at the Olympia Ridden championships, Bronheulog Harvey (B) was champion, Cadlanvalley Sandpiper (B) was reserve champion, Menai Thomas (C) was 4th, Thistledown Scotch Whiskey (A) was 5thand Brynseion Bendigo bob section D.

The WPCS web-site is proving very popular and has generated a considerable income; in addition to official Society matters, there are 27 publicity reports for the year with 297 photographs with monthly viewing figures of 15,000 and over 60,000 page views covering 10 languages. A sad occurrence on 24thJanuary was the death of Mrs Alison Mountain of the Twyford Stud who started the Society Journal in 1962 and was editor for almost 30 years. A Memorial Service to Mrs Mountain will be held at Twyford on 20thMay at 2pm.

Mr William Lloyd (Geler) and Mr Peter Jones (Menai) proposed and seconded the vote of thanks to the retiring President Mr Eric Davies. Mr Edwin Prosser (Mintfield) was elected President for the ensuing year and Mrs Mary Redvers (Bwlch) as President-Elect. Mrs Redvers’ mother, the late Mrs Nell Pennell was President of the WPCS in 1937 and 1954 and her grandfather, the late Mr Gwynne Holford was Vice-President when the WPCS started in 1901.

Because only 5 members were nominated to serve on Council for the period 2013 – 2016, there had not been a necessity for Council election. The new members are Mrs Kath Davies (Pica), Mr Stewart Franklin (Sarum), Mrs Danya Leyson (Paragon), Mr David Roberts (Tawelfan) and Mrs Gill Thomson (Penhasset).

This year’s Annual Collection was a hardship fund for those that have suffered livestock losses due to the recent severe weather.

Dr Wynne Davies, M.B.E.
Publicity Officer.

16th Apr 2013