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WPCS Performance Show 2015

The Welsh Pony & Performance Show was once again held at the Triley Fields Equestrian Centre near Abergavenny but the date was put back a week to the bank holiday weekend of the 23rd & 24th of May to avoid clashing with the Royal Welsh Spring Festival as it had done the previous year.  The date seemed to suit as more than 100 ponies were entered over the weekend.  The show had the support of generous sponsors & a very hard working committee who were aided throughout by a friendly and diplomatic band of judges, stewards, course builders & helpers.  The WPCS exhibition unit & promotions team were at the show for the two days and the show was also visited by the Society’s Secretary, Roo Johnstone who came along with his family to see for himself how well the show is run.

Classes were available for Section A, Section B, Section C, Section D, Small Part-Bred & Large Part-Bred in the following disciplines: Dressage, Hunter Trials, Show Jumping (so in effect a three part eventing discipline) as well as Novice & Open Ridden Classes, including mini classes and Novice & Open Working Hunter Classes. As always competitors were free to compete in as many or few classes as they wished, with points from all of these going towards the final tally. There were also Welsh & Pleasure Driving Classes although currently the Driving Class’s results do not add towards the overall competition results.

This year’s president of the WPCS, Mr David Harris of the Pennal Stud, was on hand to award the Supremes, and gave a small talk prior to the presentation about the importance and relevance of the show to help promote & protect our beloved Welsh Ponies, Cobs & Part-Breds. The Supreme Points Champion was, for the second year running, the Section C gelding Dycott Mark of Excellence, ridden by Violet Ward and owned by her mother, Alex, who purchased him from the Dycott Stud as a yearling seven years ago.  With 33 points, he took the Supreme by just the one point, performing well across the board but really coming into his own with the timed section of the Hunter Trials & Jump Off in the Show Jumping.

Reserve Points Champion (sponsored by the Taraco Stud) was the seasoned under saddle campaigner Powys (NL) Sprite, a 10 year old Section A stallion exhibited and ridden by India Latter. The pair won their dressage class, the Open Ridden Supreme, the NPS Silver Medal as well as the Working Hunters Open Championship.  The Supreme Champion normally receives a portrait kindly painted (and donated) by India’s mother Chris Latter. As Miss Ward is already a proud owner of a portrait of her pony, presented at the 2015 WPCS AGM, and as it would be a bit awkward to donate the award to her daughter India, on discussion with the Committee & winning exhibitors, it was agreed that the painting would be made of First Reserve, namely the large part bred winner Darcie’s Law exhibited & ridden by Catherine Westran. 

Winner of the Novice Championship was the large part bred mare Langarth Spect-rum , bred and exhibited by the Powells with 17 points. Reserve Champion of the Novice Championship was  Cwmstar Ivy owned by Mrs G Wigley & ridden by Ffion Davies-Wigley with 12 points.  The Driving classes (sponsored by the Tireve Stud) were judged by Mrs NS Jones of the Blaengwen Stud. The classes were a bit low on numbers, but still high on quality with both the Champion, the Section C stallion Cargarsar Silver Shadow & reserve, Section A Stallion Senny Kendal, being exhibited by Clare Granger & George Mitchell of The Dycott Stud.

Every year the show is generously sponsored by Brightwells Auctioneers and each year an award is made to the highest placed exhibit which has been purchased from one of the Brightwells sales. This year it was awarded to Blackhill Tazmin owned by Liz Stewart & Bridget Samuel & ridden by Jess Stewart.  The Peter Pan Trophy (sponsored by the Latter Family) is awarded to the Section D Rider under 21 with the most points & the 2015 winner was 20 year old Serena James riding the Overall Section D Champion, a 9 year stallion, Dolebolion Outlaw.

Miss Gemma Paxford of the Fairgrove Stud judged the Open Ridden Classes (sponsored by the Ollandra Stud) & her overall champion was India Latter’s Section A Powys (NL) Sprite, with her reserve being the Section C winner, Popsters Movie Star, exhibited by Mrs J. Price & ridden by Miss Gemma Morris.   In the mini championships, the Open Lead Rein winner Malmswood Clarissa owned by Mrs N Hughes & ridden by Miss Aneira Hughes age 6 was overall champion with reserve champion being awarded to the winner of the Novice & Open First Ridden class, the 6 year old mare Colne Torpedo ridden by the very capable Miss Libby Grota who although only 10, also managed to come 2nd in the Novice Ridden class too.

Miss Lisa Barsoum of the Liaura stud judged the Novice Ridden Classes (sponsored by FSL Aerospace Ltd).  The 4 year old Section A mare, Springbourne Clarice ,exhibited by Mrs J Price & ridden by Miss Lucy Morris was her Novice Ridden Champion with the 5 year old part bred mare Penstrumbly Kanna exhibited by Mrs K Hall & ridden by Miss Rebecca Lamb &  taking reserve.

The Open Working Hunter Classes (sponsored by Gwilymparc Stud) were judged by Ms A Edwards of the Coychurch Stud & Mr A Phillips of the Amar stud. Their Champion was the Reserve Supreme Section A Powys (NL) Sprite & their reserve was the 14 year old bay Section D gelding Trenewydd Viking Warrior exhibited by Sophia Allen & Miss J Price & ridden by Sophia.

The Novice Working Hunter Classes were judged by Miss Heidi Bennett of the Popsters Stud & Mrs J Mann of the Maerton Stud who placed Tambrook Rude Boy exhibited & ridden by Miss Philippa James Champion with Stoatleytwo Red Dragon exhibited by Mrs RG Weller & ridden by Mrs J Weller.  Jane Weller is deeply involved in the running of the WPCS Awards Scheme which encourages competitors to participate in a broad section of disciplines, with points being awarded to 6th place. The results of the information submitted to Jane over the designated season are then collated and an awards ceremony is held annually.  In recognition of the importance of its ethos, the Welsh Pony & Cob Performance Show is awarded Double Points & Bonus Points towards this scheme. If you wish to take part, it’s not too late to enter your welsh pony, cob or part-bred, more details can be found on the WPCS website.

In addition to all the classes, the Welsh Pony & Cob Performance Show also runs a team event which was won by the Ceredigion B team with the Ceredigion A team being runners up.  The winning team comprised of Bryneos Tinkabelle ridden by Mandy Jones, Blaenllain DB’s Hazelnut Surprise ridden by Marina Boyes, Dolfeinog Ben ridden by Tirion Lloyd & Moon Over Miami ridden by Dawn Francis.  With the second team comprising Blaenllain Doodleba ridden by Mandy Jones, as well as Powys (NL) Sprite & Rhoson Shanco  both ridden by India Latter. It would be wonderful to see a few more areas putting forward a team for next year – there is ample stabling and room to camp for competitors coming from further afield.  Whilst the show is run with exemplary attention to detail regarding rules and regulations of each relevant Society & Class thanks in no small part to Mrs T Baldwin’s encyclopaedic knowledge of every rule book that’s ever been printed, it really is a show that has an atmosphere from a different era where competitors smile and talk to each other & help each other out if any query or problem arises. So all comers are welcome and it is an ideal opportunity and environment to try out a few more disciplines with your welsh pony, cob or part-bred, without fear of ridicule or belittlement if things don’t quite go to plan!

Nigel Burton, Chairman of the Show’s Committee handed out trophies and awards to the Section Winners & Reserves (sponsored by W.M Nicholls & Co.Ltd) who were as follows:

Section A Champion: Powys (NL) Sprite. Reserve: Dolfeinog Ben.

Section B Champion: Rhoson Shanco. Joint Reserve: Maybrook Aristocrat, San French Mustard & Thistledown Sea Anchor.

Section C Champion: Dycott Mark of Excellence. Reserve: Redpools Mirene

Section D Champion: Dolebolion Outlaw. Reserve: Rhydycar Gwion

Large Part Bred Champion: Darcie’s Law. Res: Langarth Spect-rum

Small Part Bred: Bryneos Tinkabelle. Res: Kilmorie Prince Charming

Report and Photographs by Mili Lampard


Dycott Mark of Excellence



Powys (NL) Sprite




Darcie's Law




Langarth Spect-rum




Cargarsar Silver Shadow




Dolebolion Outlaw




Malmswood Clarissa




Colne Torpedo




Springbourne Clarice




Penstrumbly Kanna




Stoatleytwo Red Dragon




Bryneos Tinkabelle




Kilmorie Prince Charming




Blaenllain DBs Hazelnut Surprise




Rhoson Shanco - Photograph by C. Latter




Maybrock Arisocrat




Rhydycar Gwion




Sinton Cobweb




Maesmynach Cwrtais




Redpools Mirene




Synod Ieuan


Full results below:

Class 1 Dressage Section A

1st Powys (NL) Sprite

Joint 2nd Blaenau Hafwen & Dolfeinog Ben


Class 2 Dressage Section B

1st Rhoson Shanco

2nd Greendown Jody

3rd Rhydygrug Gabrielle


Class 3 Dressage Section C

1st Redpools Mirene

2nd Dycott Mark of Excellence

3rd Sinton Cobweb


Class 4 Dressage Section D

1st Masarnen J.J

2nd Llanfyllin Casper

3rd Ceredigion Lleuwen


Class 5 Dressage Small Part-Bred

1st Kilmorie Prince Charming

2nd Kilmorie Sweet Gemma

3rd Bryneos Tinkabelle


Class 6 Dressage Large Part-Bred

1st Langarth Spect-rum

2nd Darcie’s Law

3rd Penstrumbly Taffeta


Class 7 Section A Open Hunter Trial

1st Dolfeinog Ben

2nd Powys (NL) Sprite

3rd Cwmstar Ivy


Class 8 Section B Open Hunter Trail

1st San French Mustard


Class 9 Section C Open Hunter Trail

1st Dycott Mark of Excellence

2nd Synod Ieuan

3rd Redpools Mirene


Class 10 Section D Open Hunter Trail

1st Rhydycar Gwion

2nd Dolebolion Outlaw

3rd Caemansel Bright Spark

Class 11  Small Part-Bred Open Hunter Trail

1st Bryneos Tinkabelle


Class 12 Large Part-Bred Open Hunter Trail

1st Darcie’s Law


Class 13 Section A Novice Hunter Trial

1st Cwmstar Ivy

2nd Blackhill Tazmin


Class 14 Section B Novice Hunter Trial

1st San French Mustard

2nd Greendown Jody


Class 15 Section C Novice Hunter Trial

1st Gurnos Welsh Rhod

2nd Gurnos Welsh Chives


Class 16 Section D Novice Hunter Trial

1st Pricklegate Saint George

2nd Sinton Rheeney

3rd Penstrumbly The Smuggler


Class 17 Small Part-Bred Novice Hunter Trial

1st Kilmorie Prince Charming


Class 18 Large Part-Bred Novice Hunter Trial

1st Langarth Spect-rum


Class 19 Section A Horse Trial

1st Powys (NL) Sprite

2nd Dolfeinog Ben

3rd Blaenau Hafwen


Class 21 Section C Horse Trial

1st Dycott Mark of Excellence

2nd Redpools Mirene

3rd Sinton Cobweb


Class 22 Section D Horse Trial

1st Dolebolion Outlaw

2nd Stoatleytwo Red Dragon

3rd Rhydycar Gwion


Class 23 Small Part-bred Horse Trial

1st Bryneos Tinkabelle


Class 24 Large Part-Bred Horse Trial

1st Darcie’s Law


Class 25 Open Ridden Section A

1st Powys (NL) Sprite

2nd Hope Ghosts Little Boy

3rd Blaenau Hafwen


Class 26 Open Ridden Section B

1st Thistledown Sea Anchor

2nd Rhoson Shanco

3rd Bryngwennol Royal Tribune


Class 27 Open Ridden Section C

1st Popsters Movie Star

2nd Dycott Mark of Excellence

3rd Redpools Mirene


Class 28 Open Ridden Section D

1st Cwmmeudwy Triw

2nd Ringside Game Over

3rd Llanfyllin Casper


Class 29 Open Ridden Small Part-Bred

1st Lucky Lady Madeline

2nd Bryneos Tinkabelle

3rd Cupidhill Caprice


Class 30 Open Ridden Large Part-Bred

1st Blaenllain Doodleba

2nd Penstrumbly Taffeta

3rd Langarth Spect-rum


Class 31 Open Lead Rein

1st Malmswood Clarissa

2nd Cwmmeudwy  Sali Mali

3rd Gilfach Bobby Dazzler


Class 32 Open First Ridden

1st Colne Torpedo

2nd Hope Ghosts Little Boy

3rd Gilfach Bobby Dazzler


Class 33 Open Lead Rein Part-Bred

1st Kennelwood Magic Maker


Class 35 Novice Ridden Section A

1st Springbourne Clarice

2nd Colne Torpedo

3rd Heniarth Nellie Melba


Class 36 Novice Ridden Section B

1st Thistledown Sea Anchor

2nd Rhoson Shanco

3rd Crossfield Bantamcock


Class 37 Novice Ridden Section C

1st Synod Rain Dancer

2nd Kirkhamgate Rendition

3rd Menai Lone Ranger


Class 38 Novice Ridden Section D

1st Sydenham Pansy

2nd Cwmmeudwy Triw

3rd Llanfyllin Casper


Class 39 Novice Ridden Small Part-Bred

1st Penstrumbly Kanna

2nd Lucky Lady Madeline

3rd Cupidhill Caprice 


Class 40 Novice Ridden Large Part-Bred

1st Langarth Spect-rum

2nd Goldenstorm Trilogy

3rd Moon Over Miami


Class 41 Novice Lead Rein

1st Earlsmeadown Kara’s Elegance

2nd Glebedale Abigail

3rd Cwmmeudwy Sali Mai


Class 42 Novice First Ridden

1st Colne Torpedo

2nd San Jazmyn

3rd Abercribin Alfi


Class 43 Open Working Hunter Section A

1st Powys (NL) Sprite

2nd Blaenau Hafwen

3rd Cwmstar Ivy


Class 44 Open Working Hunter Section B

1st Maybrock Aristocrat


Class 45 Open Working Hunter Section C

1st Sinton Cobweb

2nd Dycott Mark of Excellence

3rd Redpools Mirene


Class 46 Open Working Hunter Section D

1st Trenewydd Viking Warrior

2nd Alltwen Rhys

3rd Dolebolion Outlaw


Class 47 Open Working Hunter Small Part-Bred

1st Kilmorie Prince Charming


Class 48 Open Working Hunter Large Part-Bred

1st Darcie’s Law


Class 49 Novice Working Hunter Section A

1st Cusop Caramel

2nd Cwmstar Ivy

3rd Thistledown Pearl Diver


Class 50 Novice Working Hunter Section B

1st Maybrock Aristocrat

2nd Greendown Jody

3rd San French Mustard


Class 51 Novice Working Hunter Section C

1st Tambrook Rude Boy

2nd Guevara Hyddgen

3rd Erfan William


Class 52 Novice Working Hunter Section D

1st Stoatleytwo Red Dragon

2nd Glantraeth Pride

3rd Alltwen Rhys


Class 53 Novice Working Hunter Small Part-Bred

1st Bryneos Tinkabelle

2nd Blaenllain DB’s Hazelnut Surprise

3rd Kilmorie Sweet Gemma


Class 54 Novice Working Hunter Large Part-Bred

1st Blaenllain Doodleba

2nd Langarth Spect-rum

3rd Goldenstorm Trilogy


Class 55 Show Jumping Section A

1st Blackhill Tazmin

2nd Dolfeinog Ben

3rd Blaenau Hafwen


Class 57 Show Jumping Section C

1st Dycott Mark of Excellence

2nd Sinton Cobweb

3rd Synod Ieuan


Class 58 Show Jumping Section D

1st Rhydycar Gwion

2nd Dolebolion Outlaw

3rd Trenewydd Viking Warrior


Class 59 Show Jumping Small Part-Bred

1st Kilmorie Prince Charming

2nd Blaenllain DB’s Hazelnut Surprise

3rd Bryneos Tinkabelle


Class 60 Show Jumping Large Part-Bred

1st Langarth Spect-rum

2nd Blaenllain Doodleba

3rd Darcie’s Law

Report and Photographs by Mili Lampard

29th May 2015