Obituaries 

Mr Brynmor Jones - Fronarth Stud


It is with great sadness that I announce the passing away peacefully of Daniel Brynmor Jones, Frongoy, Pennant, Ceredigion on Friday evening 1st May 2015 at 97 years of age. A true gentleman who could turn his hand to many things - the last of the three brothers of Frongoy Farm and the Fronarth Stud - the late Isaac Jones and Defi John Jones. Rest in peace Brynmor Jones. Pleser oedd ei adnabod - it was my priviledge to know Brynmor Jones.

Mrs Anne Williams - Crawel Stud


Mrs Anne Williams died very suddenly on 15th January 2015.She joined the WPCS in 1962 and founded the Crawel stud, breeding and showing riding ponies and Welsh Section A and B ponies. She was a well –known and respected judge on several panels and always had great enthusiasm for the role of judge. It was only weeks before she had spent a day in the north judging and had several appoints for the forthcoming season.

Anne Williams was also held in high esteem in riding pony circles and had been show secretary for BSPS Wales.

A highlight for her was breaking, schooling and presenting a gift to Prince William of t pony Llanerch Topaz. 

 

 

Mrs Valerie Hickman - Graigyfforest


The death occurred on December 2nd of Mrs Valerie Hickman at the age of 69 after a very short illness. Val was passionate about her cobs which formed the Graig-y-Fforest Stud, Treforest, Pontypridd and she was always to be seen around the Shows, assisting her husband Andrew and taking numerous photographs. Her special favourite was the chestnut stallion Degla Flying Express and she would often be seen riding him in the sea at Porthcawl. Val had been declaration steward at the Royal Welsh Show for fifteen years, they stayed on the showground where they made so many friends and she will be sadly missed.

 

 

 

Mrs Jane Edwards - Sarnau Stud.

 

Mrs Jane Edwards of the Sarnau Stud passed away on 20th December 2014. Jane and her twin sisters, the Misses Patricia and Ann Roberts (of the leading  Hisley Dartmoor Stud) were brought up in Formby and Jane then worked at the Lee-Smith stables which housed the two famous full-sisters Pretty Polly and My Pretty Maid.

In 1955 Jane married Hugh Edwards of Ty Isa, Llanfarian whose uncle Gatty Lewis was a well-known hunter exhibitor and at the 1957 Royal Welsh Show at Aberystwyth they exhibited the Section B Sea Nymph, the hunter Sea Spray and the Welsh part-bred Sea Hawk. They moved to Sarnau Park, Llandysul in 1960 and registered the “Sarnau” prefix, the first two animals being the Welsh Cob stallions Sarnau Supreme Comet and Sarnau Royal Eiddwen, sons of Heather Bess who went on to produce champions at the Llanarth Stud.

During the next ten years Sections A and B were expanded considerably, starting with the stallions Coed Coch Anarawd, Coed Coch Moelfre, Clan Gylen and Downland Cavalcade. The mares to have the biggest influence on the Stud were Dwyfnant  Matilda (grand dam of Sarnau Showman) and Dwyfnant Julie (grand dam of Sarnau Senator, son of Showman). The two stallions, Senator and his sire Showman when put to Weston Welsh Flower produced Sarnau Blodyn in 1980 and Sarnau Rhodri in 1981. Then when Rhodri and Blodyn were crossed, they produced Sarnau Rheolwr (f.1985) sire of Cwrtycadno Cadfridog who was bought by Sarnau Stud and was overall champion yearling at Glanusk Show in 1990. Cadfridog was then sold to Cottrell Stud and was Royal Welsh champion and HOYS qualifier in 1996.

A stallion to have a big influence on Section B breeding in Australia was Sarnau Saunter who won 16 first prizes in UK as a yearling, he was sired by Sarnau Showman out of Sarnau Juno, dam of Senator.

Sarnau Stud also specialised in breeding palominos and won the Royal Welsh Show championship several times. They also bred some of the country’s best childrens riding ponies, Sarnau Miss Mink produced two HOYS Riding Ponies of The Year Sarnau Squirrel and Wingrove Ermine, dam of the top sire Wingrove Minkino.  Sarnau Venus (Bwlch Valentino x My Pretty Maid, the 1953 HOYS Pony of the Year) was bought as a foal and she was g-dam of Sarnau Royal Shrimp who won the Lead-rein HOYS Pony of the Year followed by HOYS First Ridden Pony 0f the Year and, as a brood mare, produced the leading sire Lechlade Quince. Sarnau Squirrel died aged 28 at Dolgellau in 1991.

 Mr Hugh Edwards died in April 1997 and the Stud moved a few miles inland to Parc Cwmbarre, Rhydlewis and Jane continued to produce winners and top-priced ponies at Sales, but with deteriorating health, some ponies were recently sent away to be produced. Jane judged the Section B ponies at the 2005 Royal Welsh Show in the same competent manner as she had produced countless successful ponies at her Sarnau Stud, ponies which have had an influence on Section B breeding worldwide. Their children Peter, Sue and Gay can be very proud of the immense contribution which their parents made to the Welsh Pony, Riding Pony and Palomino world.

Mrs Robina Mills - Rookery Stud

 

Mrs Robina Mills passed away aged 84 on 18th October. Her family had always been connected with horses and ponies and Mrs Mills rode in the Newmarket Town Plate three times. One racehorse then became the foundation of her Welsh part-breds producing two Royal Welsh reserve champions Rookery Grace and Rookery Graduate.

Mrs Mills joined the WPCS in 1957 when she bought a section A filly foal Rookery Kittiwake on the Cwmowen Sale and a mare Shalbourne Revelry from Miss Pam Horton of the Hinton Stud. Revelry was sent to the leading stallions of the day and many more mares were acquired notably Hinton Gentian, Bowdler Bonnie and Cui Ripple. Recent Stud stallions descended from these are Rookery Juniper and Rookery Rupert.

The first major showring success came in 1967 when Rookery Blue Cap won the yearling colt class at the Royal Welsh Show. Since then, Rookery ponies have won countless championships also a Royal Welsh Section C female championship with Rookery Flower Lady in 1985.

Mrs Mills was elected onto the WPCS Council in 1977 and remained until the rules were changed and members had to step down. She was President in 1992 which coincided with the International Show being held in Peterborough and she worked effortlessly for the success of this Show. She also was Chair of the Welsh National Foal Show for 23 years, building it up from very small beginnings. She judged at most UK Shows and also overseas many times; judging the Royal Welsh Section A in 1977, C in 1987 and B in 1992.

Mrs Mills always gave much encouragement to the young members of our Society; there are many adults now who owe her their interest in Welsh ponies and cobs. She was a very generous lady, fondly remembered by many and very proud of the achievements of her own family.

Mrs D. M. Cope - Beckside Stud

 

The estate of the late Mrs D. M. Cope of Beckside Stud, who passed away in January 2014, has bequeathed the Society with a total of £2,000.

Mr Donald Eltringham

 

The estate of the late Mr Donald Eltringham, who passed away in 2010, has bequeathed the Society with a total of £1,442.13.

 

Mr Charles Frank - Sunwillow Stud

 

 

 

Mr Charles Frank of the Sunwillow Stud (which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year) passed away on 30th July. Only a few hours previous to his death he was out in the field checking on the ponies.

Mr Frank had a great sense of humour and although he said he preferred his Thoroughbreds to his wife's Welsh ponies, he was very proud of the influence which the Sunwillow Stud has had on Welsh ponies world-wide.

Dr Wynne Davies

Charles Frank MRCVS died on the 30th July 2014 a true gentle man, as well as a gentleman.  Charles was born in London 1926, always said he was lucky enough to have grown up in an era when horses were still in common use, which helped with his knowledge, love and respect for all things equine.

He was educated at Rugby School and The Royal Veterinary College until he qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1949.

He began practice in Lambourn, Berkshire, becoming a partner in 1954.  He worked exclusively with horses, being associated with a Grand National winner, three Derby winners, many top class racehorses and show ponies.

During this period he co-founded the British Equine Veterinary Association and was president in 1967.

Charles worked as an advisor to the National Trainers’ Federation for 15 years and was advisor to the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (FEA) from 1977.

In 1978 he was one of three veterinary surgeons responsible for drawing up the codes of practice for the control of infectious equine reproductive diseases.

Charles joined the Veterinary Committee of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) in 1980, based in Switzerland, which controlled equestrian sports such as show jumping, eventing, dressage and driving.  This resulted in much travel, America, Australia, Europe for eventing/showjumping events, and Poland for Driving Championships, culminating in the presidency of the Veterinary Commission at the 1988 Olympic Games in Korea.

Charles was asked to act as an expert veterinary witness in a High Court case in London, which led to him working as a consultant for the Veterinary Defence Society, until his retirement after 13 years.

Charles married Wendy Maslin in 1955 and had three children Vanessa(Ned), Nigel and Nicholas.  At home he was involved in breeding thoroughbreds, producing a Group 2 winner.  In 1966 Charles and Wendy went to Fayre Oaks and had marked a mare, Coed Coch Seren Wen, being sold in the Greddington Stud consignment.  Charles was always in charge of buying and much to Wendy’s shock, paid top price for her.  Thank goodness, as she was the start of Sunwillow Stud, being out of the famous Coed Coch Siaradus, she was the dam of Sunwillow Bernina.  When not on his travels abroad, Charles was lorry driver, showman and drink buyer, at horse shows and tractor driver and castrator at home!

In 2002 he was asked to judge the Cuddy at The Horse of the Year show, with a great friend of his Henrietta Knight.

In 2012 he was exceptionally proud to go to Cambridge University to see his granddaughter, Georgina Frank, gain a Double First in Veterinary Science, focusing on the equine side.

Charles will be sadly missed by his wife and family, with his pipe, glass of whisky and his quick grasp of a situation, often funny simple response.  He was very intelligent, with a huge veterinary knowledge and even with all the modern veterinary technology, he always seemed to be one step ahead.

Mr Bleddyn Pugh - Dirion Stud

 

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His wide circle of friends were shocked to hear of the death of Bleddyn on 24th June at the age of 67. He spent a period in Prince Phillip Hospital, Llanelli at the beginning of the year and his health improved for him to attend Glanusk Show on 3rd May and when asked about his health, he just thanked everyone for their kind messages while he was in hospital.

Bleddyn first joined the WPCS in 1965 when he and Carole lived in Dukestown, Tredegar and, although he was interested in ponies and cobs, his main interest was in the hill ponies and the premium stallions and he took countless photographs of them, Coed Coch Cynfor, Rhiw Playboy, Tanlan Syndod etc. Particular favourites of his were Bowdler Blighter, Gredington Llewelyn and, in later years, Tafarnaubach Sion. His knowledge and collection of photographs of the premium stallions was second to none and he would have Area Associations enthralled on his visits to give talks. He would also regularly write articles for “The Hill Ponies of Wales” magazine e.g. The history of the Cwmnantgwyn Stud” in the Summer 2013 issue. Photographs which he often used as typical representatives were of Revel Choice and Ceulan Revelry.

A horrific accident in the steel works resulted in him losing a leg but he overcame this set-back and moved to the kinder climate of Llanddarog, Carmarthen in 2000. His house overlooked the A48 road and we would always look for the arrival of his foals when going past. There was always a hearty welcome to visitors from Bleddyn and Carole.

Bleddyn had a wonderful sense of humour, once when judging and one handler apologised for his pony stepping on his foot, Bleddyn remarked “Don’t worry, I didn’t feel anything, that was my artificial foot”! Owing to his immense knowledge of pedigrees, Bleddyn for many years checked the proofs of the Welsh Stud Books before they went to the printers. Imagine my shock, when loading the proofs into the boot of his car, to discover a spare artificial leg!

There are very few people around with the interests and kindness of Bleddyn and he will be sadly missed. Deepest sympathy is extended to Carole and the family.

Funeral service: Penuel Funeral Home Tredegar NP22 3QE, Friday 11th July at 13.45.

Committal: Llwydcoed Crematorium, Aberdare CF44 0DJ.

Dr Wynne Davies

Mrs Jean Shemilt

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It was a chance meeting with Mrs Rimington Wilson of Little Rowfant, Crawley, Sussex which introduced Mrs Shemilt to Welsh ponies. Mrs Wilson had bought some Welsh ponies which she was not certain if they were good ponies or not and when in 1959 she met Mrs Shemilt, who had a lifetime experience with ridden show ponies, she invited her to Rowfant to give her opinion. It turned out that they were not the best and they were sold off at Hay-on-Wye and Mrs Shemilt had the task of acquiring three of the best mares available and be responsible for looking after them and organising their breeding programme.

The mares bought in 1960 were Coed Coch Sianw (f.1955: RW champion Coed Coch Madog x RW champion Coed Coch Symwl) in foal to Coed Coch Proffwyd just before he was exported to Australia, Revel Poplin (f.1958, Revel Crusader x Brecon Bicentenary champion Revel Playtime) in foal to Graig Royal and Dovey Prima Donna (f.1957, RW youngstock champion 1959: Tanffynon Twm Shanco x Gwen Tafarn Jem) bred by my uncle and sister to Ceulan Calypso, Ceulan Madam Butterfly etc. Prima Donna was top price female on the 1960 Hay-on-Wye Sale and in foal to the top-priced male Dovey Dynamite and produced Rowfant Primavera in 1961.

Sianw produced the striking palomino colt Rowfant Lutino in 1961 and Poplin produced Rowfant Plush. Poplin did not stay very long at Rowfant and was sold to Leith Stud where she produced the well-known Leith Popcorn (Denmark) and Leith Top of the Pops (Synod).

The progeny of Sianw and Prima Donna were to have a lasting effect on the Welsh Mountain pony breed. Using mainly stallions from the nearby Twyford Stud, Sianw produced the palomino Rowfant Santiago (New Zealand) by Twyford Grenadier and the chestnut Rowfant Seal (by Twyford Gamecock) who was top of the 1976 Fayre Oaks Sale (1,400 gns) for Mr Gwyn Price of Dyrin Stud.

Prima Donna was sent to Coed Coch Madog in 1961 and produced Rowfant Prima Ballerina who was RW female champion for Foxhunter Stud in 1970. Her biggest influence in Wales was via her 1968 son Rowfant Peacock a very highly sought-after sire at Carnalw. Another successful descendant was Rowfant Possum (son of Primavera) who was overall supreme champion at Glanusk for Hollybush Stud. Prima Donna was put to Solway Master Bronze in 1962 and Weston Chilo in 1974 to breed section Bs.

Mr and Mrs Shemilt were married in 1965 and their own Welsh ponies were registered under the Rowfantina prefix from 1978. At the 1978 Coed Coch Dispersal Sale Mrs Shemilt bought the section A stallion Coed Coch Barrog (sire of RW champion Nerwyn Cadno), the mare Coed Coch Oenig (Coed Coch Salsbri x Coed Coch Nodedig) and the two-year-old filly Coed Coch Rona (Coed Coch Hyder x Coed Coch Anwen, daughter of the famous Anwyled) and a super section B mare Coed Coch Boda (Downland Chevalier x Coed Coch Deryn), section B filly Coed Coch Rossanna (Coed Coch Berwynfa x Coed Coch Tinia) and a yearling colt Coed Coch Pippin (Coed Coch Berwynfa x Shawbury Priscilla).

The following year they emigrated to Pepperell, Mass., USA and took two stallions Coed Coch Pernod and Rowfant Peanut, three mares Rowfantina Finesse, Rowfantina Onette and Rowfantina Serendipity and three geldings Rowfant Bumble Bee, Twyford Sport and Millay Count with them. Later the yearling colt Coed Coch Pernod (Coed Coch Bari x Coed Coch Peri) followed, he was a foal entered for the Coed Coch sale but did not appear. The in-foal brood mares were not allowed to go and stayed with the daughter Mrs Mandy Burchell-Small.

When Mr and Mrs Shemilt moved to Colorado in 1986 they had 70 ponies including seven hunter ponies. Mrs Shemilt was in great demand in the USA for giving Demonstrations and lectures and the Rowfantina ponies became famous in many disciplines.

When Mrs Shemilt returned to the UK in 1999, she brought some of the ponies with her, notable amongst which was Rowfantina Old Fashioned (f.1988: Coed Coch Pernod x Rowfantina Onette, the foal by Coed Coch Bari which Oenig had the year after her purchase at Coed Coch). Ten years old and not broken to saddle, within a few months of her return in 1999, Old Fashioned qualified for HOYS. The following year she qualified again, won the M&M lead-rein class superbly produced by Oliver Small and went on to be champion; this was a unique occurrence with rider Owen Small, pony produced by his older brother, led by their mother and bred overseas by their grand-mother!

Mrs Shemilt put heart and soul into her ponies produced by her family. She was President of the South Eastern WPCA and did the floral arrangements for the WPCS International show in 1992. The Rowfantina prefix has played an important part in Welsh pony history.

A Memorial Service will be held at St Dunstans Church, Ashurstwood, East Grinstead on the 6th February at 2p.m. Donations will be for Riding for the Disabled.

 

Mr Viv Thomas - Trisant Stud (1934-2013)


The death occurred on 1st September of Mr Viv Thomas of the Trisant Stud, Pontyclun. The family of one sister (Mrs Betty Sharp) and four brothers were brought up on the New Parc Farm, Talbot Green, now the site of the Tesco store. It was Betty who first kept Welsh ponies bought from Mr W R Jones, Glanrhyd Farm, Libanus and she registered her prefix Parcnewydd (Welsh for New Parc) in 1967.

Viv and his wife Anne then moved to the Hendy Farm, Pontyclun (facing Ceulan) and one brother Glyn stayed on to farm New Parc and Viv and Glyn as Thomas Bros became life members of the WPCS in 1975 and registered their own prefix “Trisant”. Their original mares were Parcnewydd Judy and Parcnewydd Topsy purchased from their sister and stallions used included Castellau Blaze-A-Trail, Revel Light and Clan Pip until they purchased their own stallions Carnalw Eros and Sixoaks Zebadee (bred by Tim Eales: Persie Concorde x Persie Bows). More mares were bought which included Persie Bingo and Edw Jean. They also bred a few cobs, using Ty’rcapel Morgan and Heliguchel Craddock.

The Thomas Bros would enter two or three foals annually on the Fayre Oaks Sales which always found a good trade, Trisant Peanut (1979) sold for 210 gns to start the Wilcrick Stud, Trisant Petal (1981) made 170 gns to Treowen Stud and Trisant Poppy (1983) 225 gns to Maestir.

The next outcross was Yaverland Nero (f.1983) which I advised them to buy on the 1984 Fayre Oaks Sale on condition that I would be able to use him! Nero’s foals soon made a name for themselves in the showring and commanded high prices. The black filly foal Trisant Pansy was the second-highest foal on the 1987 FO sale selling to the Hon Mrs Sheila Monck for 800 gns and Trisant Pansy, winner at the United Counties Show, went to Waitwith at 260 gns. Two or three foals were sold annually on Fayre Oaks up to 1996 including the colt Trisant Brewer (520 gns, 1989) and Trisant Blast (650 gns, 1993). Ceulan Siani by Nero sold for 720 gns on the 1991 Sale to Tymor Stud.  

Nero was leased to Gemstone Stud in 1995 then came to Ceulan, one daughter Ceulan Salome (f.1996) was third-highest foal on the 1996 FO Sale and her sister the following year, Sali was overall champion of the 1998 Show and is producing top stock. The remaining mares and youngstock came to Ceulan in 1997 to be sold.

Viv and Anne retired to Merthyr Street, Pontyclun.  Viv attended many Shows and most Sales; he was also a passionate Rugby follower, he always had a smile and would love a good joke. Sadly his health deteriorated and he spent a lot of the last two years in hospital and Anne did not miss one day to visit him. He was always glad to have any Welsh pony news and the large attendance at his Commemoration Service was testimony to the high esteem in which he was held by many.

 

 

 

Mr Chris George - Killan Stud


Sadly, Mr. Chris George the owner of last years male and Reserve Overall Champion Welsh cob at the Royal Welsh Show, Gwenllan Brynmor, lost his 5 year fight against cancer and passed away. Chris was a very straight forward and lovable man and his humour and no nonsense comments will be sadly missed.

 

Mrs Gladys Dale - Scole Stud
 

 

  

Mrs Gladys Dale of Seacliff and Scoughall Farm, East Lothian who passed away on 23rd May aged 91 years was President of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society in 1990. Her Scottish President’s AGM Party and that of Mr Terry Court at Newport in 2010 go down in WPCS history as some of the most memorable entertainment events ever experienced.

Always one for speeding, Gladys rode motorcycles at the age of 17 as part of the war effort and later in the war drove lorries in Belgium and France. She married Tommy Dale in 1949 and they had six children. Tommy’s family had farmed the fertile land at Scoughall since the 1800’s and he wrote Tommy Dale’s Diary every week for The Scottish Farmer during the 1970’s. Seacliff overlooked the Firth of Forth and had two private beaches which proved very popular for Pony Club camps and photographs of ponies and their riders swimming in the sea have appeared in WPCS Calendars.

One of Tommy’s friends in Wales was Mrs Betty Davies (Llanina Stud) and it was through her and Miss Pauline Taylor (Llanarth Stud) that Welsh cobs were introduced to Scougall in 1968, firstly the palomino mare Golden Jewel (f.1959: Llanarth Braint x Eiddwen Chess) who had won several prizes under saddle for her breeder Miss Joan Startup of Etchingham, Sussex. Five generations on, there are still descendants of Golden Jewel at Scole.

After leasing stallions, the first owned stallion at Scole was Verwood Tewdwr and then Llanarth Touch-and-Go which Gladys thought was too small and he was replaced by the bigger, extravagant-moving Llanarth Rhun. Rhun proved to have a superb temperament and was very versatile. At the 1986 Royal Highland Show, Rhun was champion in hand (qualifying for the Lloyds Bank Horse Of The Year Show In-Hand championship alongside Ebbw Victor, Derwen Groten Goch, Revel Japhet and the winner Chirk Windflower) also champion under saddle and champion in harness. Scole Model (f.1974: Verwood Tewdwr x Llanarth Morwena) was one of the first Welsh cobs to be exported to Denmark and was noted for his jumping prowess. Of the 97 section D’s registered in Denmark up to 2005, no fewer than 60 were sired by Scole Model, the best known of which was the many-times champion Merlyn Welsh Diamond.

Gladys started driving with Caegwerlas Jago (f.1965: Coedllys Caradog x Egryn Neuadd IV) in 1974 and she would compete against her daughter Carol driving Granby Gent (f. 1966: Llanarth Brummel x Pantseiri Welsh Lady) at FEI driving trials. It was rumoured that Gladys drove at such break-neck speeds that some umpires refused to accompany her! Up to the age of 89 years, Gladys was driving Scole Jemima around the farm.

Driving supremo George Bowman drove Scole Zircon and Scole Jade (both sons of Golden Jewel) to win the pairs class at the Royal International Show. Then, in 1984, he drove a team of four Scole Welsh cobs (which he called “Cumberland cobs”) to win the world championships in 1984 for which they were awarded the Brodrick memorial award, the highest honour of the WPCS.

Gladys was a very popular visitor to Wales, she had record entries when she judged the cobs at the 1994 Royal Welsh Show. She was a member of WPCS Council for 24 years and rarely missed a meeting travelling the long journeys, again at great speeds. It was rumoured that the traffic cops got to know her personally by name.

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society owes a great debt of gratitude to the late Mrs Gladys Dale. The funeral service was held on 3rd June at Whitekirk, the village next to Scole.

Dr Wynne Davies

 

 

Mrs Alison Mountain - Twyford Stud

 


1927 - 2013
Past Chairman, Journal Editor and Lifetime Achievement award recipient of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society

 

A memorial will be held on 20th May 2013 at Twyford Stud, Horsted Keynes, Sussex at 2pm.

Mrs Alison Mountain of the Twyford Stud, Horsted Keynes, Sussex who passed away 24th January 2013 represented all that has been good in the WPCS over more than half its existence. She may have thought that she benefitted from having made countless friends all over the world; the WPCS has most certainly benefitted a lot more from her involvement.

Alison's interest in Welsh ponies began in 1945 when her father Arthur McNaught bought a riding pony for her in Tattersalls Market which turned out to be a registered Welsh mountain pony Wentworth Spotless. Spotless was such a success that they were encouraged to buy some more and start breeding under the "Clan" prefix, Alison buying Dinas Moonstone as a yearling filly for £25 in 1946 from Mrs Armstrong-Jones, mother of Lord Snowdon. Additions to the Clan Stud were mainly from their great mentors Emrys and Dinah Griffiths of the Revel; these included Llwyn Tinwen, Revel Sweet Briar and Revel Heather Lass which they showed with success at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

When Alison married John Mountain and moved to live in Twyford Farm she started up with her own "Twyford" prefix with her father continuing to breed at East Mascalls, Lindfield. Mr McNaught died in 1961 leaving Alison some ten stallions and a similar number of mares but Alison had very firm views on what she wanted to keep and all the stallions and most of the mares were sold in one lot to the Revel. My father was at the Revel when they arrived and he commented that a twoyear- old Clan Pip was the best colt he had ever seen and he had been a member of the WPCS since 1915. But Alison disapproved of the fact that his pedigree contained the Barb Sahara and the Arabs Cairo and King Cyrus and while the rest of UK breeders rushed to benefit greatly from his services, Alison was never tempted to join forces.

The Twyford ponies soon went to the forefront from the mares Dinas Moonstone, Wee Georgette and Reeves Coral followed by Revel Nannie EP (bought from money which her nannie EP left her in her will) and Twyford ponies were winning major awards and progeny groups at the Royal Welsh Show.

The Twyford Stud has had such a big influence on the breed worldwide that a booklet about them was published by the Australian Society.

Alison's involvement with section B was shortlived but nevertheless again very influential with such as Twyford Signal four times qualifier for HOYS; she gave up breeding section B's at the time when the more "modern" type became fashionable. She was always interested inWelsh cobs and Collen Queen was her first Welsh cob hunter followed by Madeni Duchess which unfortunately she failed to breed from. Latterly, after several illness, she turned her attention to section C finding them easier to cope with and Twyford section C's also became very successful especially as performance animals. Even as late as last year she asked me to look out for a replacement section C stallion for her, and this after losing both her legs but managing to go around the farm in a specially adapted "dormobile".

After joining the WPCS in 1950, Alison was elected onto Council the following year and when it was decided in 1961 to produce an annual Journal, Alison was the obvious choice to be editor and no-one could have done it so conscientiously or devoted so much of her life to producing it. To follow in her footsteps was made so much easier with Alison having laid such a firm foundation. When Lord Kenyon relinquished the chairmanship of Council after 30 years in 1991, Alison was elected and she remained a highly respected chairman for eight years finally giving up her membership of Council through ill-health in 2005.

Alison remained very interested in Society affairs, when she received regular reports she would inform her loyal helper Victoria Williams that she would be occupied for the next couple of hours and Victoria would hear her chuckle as she read. Only last week she phoned me about the WPCS and, despite what she had been through in terms of health in recent times, she was full of enthusiasm for her ponies, farm, Border terrier dogs and the various animals which she had around her at Twyford.

I can honestly say that my life has been a lot the richer from knowing Alison and I'm sure I can say the same for countless other members.

Dr. Wynne Davies

 

Miss Jayne Withers

The funeral for Miss Jayne Withers of the Hollyvale Stud will take place on Tuesday 12th March. The Service will be 12.00pm at Westlion Chapel, Trinant, Crumlin, Gwent, NP11 3LF. 1.30pm at Cwmbran Crematorium, and afterwards, where everyone is invited, refreshments at Trinant Rugby & social Club (family flowers only)

Mr John Parry-Jones MRCVS

The death occurred just before Christmas of Mr John Parry-Jones of the Bronllwyn Stud, Caradoc Road, Aberystwyth at the age of 91 years. His father Mr E.T.Jones of the Bodafon Stud, Llandudno had been a member of the WPCS since 1952 using the Bodafon prefix and the stallions Revel Jones (A) and Criban Recorder (B).

When John moved to Aberystwyth he brought Revel Jones and Criban Recorder with him and bought the colt foal Ceulan Valentino in 1958 to carry on from Revel Jones. Valentino became a major prize-winner at Welsh Shows, the photograph of John and Valentino was used by the Swedish WPCS for many years in their Breed Pamphlet to depict Section A. Valentino was replaced by Frongoch Meical who was also shown with much success and served a period as a Hill Premium stallion.

A 1972 son of Criban Recorder, Bronllwyn Cha Cha became a top sire in Holland. Cha Cha’s dam was Coed Coch Perwyr daughter of two famous parents, Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad and Coed Coch Pendefiges. Cha Cha was at the Steehorst Stud in Holland where he produced Steehorst Superstar champion at the 1988 International Show in Brussells, Steehorst Shadow champion foal at the 1984 International Show in Ermelo and Steehorst Free Bird dam of Steehorst Free Flowergirl who is dam of Steehorst Kyro (Heniarth and  Weston Park, Australia).

The most recent Section B stallion used at Bronllwyn was Gwystre Cassius, foaled in 1997: Merryment Blade x Rhoson Mwyn and nearly 200 foals were registered up to last year.

John was a member of Council for many years, he was a member of the Panel of Judges for Section A; he is survived by his widow Win who is also a member of the Panel of Judges but for Section B.

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Mr David Garrett

Mr David Garrett, Deri Stud, Bargoed, who passed away aged 76 years in November 2012 joined the WPCS in 1959 when he bred section A ponies in conjunction with the late Mr Tom Williams of Cefn Bach Farm, Deri. Their original stallion was Gredington Llewelyn, foaled in 1955; they could not have had a better start since Llewelyn was the progeny of two of the most famous names in the WSB: Coed Coch Madog and Coed Coch Seirian. Their mares were mainly from the Revel such as Revel Carnival and Cora Ann.

The Deri youngstock soon made their presence felt in the South Wales showrings, the yearlings Deri Dan Patch and Carnival were top winners with Carnival winning the Wales and Border Counties cup for most prizes won in 1966. Carnival was sold to Twyford Stud where she produced some top stock. The colt Deri Dandy, foaled in 1966 was another good winner; he was sold to Denmark where his registration number was WMH15 in that country.

David then married Olwen of the Ysgwyddgwynisaf Farm and his ponies were moved there. David judged in Denmark in March 1968 and section A’s at the Royal Welsh Show in 1980 where his popularity attracted large entries. He was very proud of Deri Cleo who won at the Royal Welsh and had her photograph in the Prizewinners section of the WPCS Journal. He was elected an Honorary Life member in 2007 in recognition of his considerable services to the Welsh mountain pony breed.

Olwen sadly died very suddenly in 2000 and David never really recovered from his grief, his health deteriorated progressively from that time. His many friends are very grateful to Andrea Fussell and family who looked after him most caringly for this long period.

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Mrs Angela Andrews

Sadly, Mrs Angela Andrews (formerly Poles) of the famous Horsegate Stud has passed away.  She bred all sections of the studbook but latterly concentrated on section Bs, breeding such well known ponies as Horsegate Ambassador.

Her funeral will be at 1.30 pm on Wednesday 22ndAugust at Llanfair Caereinion church.

Mrs Sylvia Meecham-Jones

The Society has regretfully been informed that Life Member, Mrs Sylvia Meecham-Jones of Tyrcanol Stud, has passed away in February 2012.
 

Mrs Sheila Johnsey

Mrs Sheila Johnsey died suddenly on February 2nd 2012 at her home in South Gloucestershire. Sheila was widely known and respected by a large number of WPCS members and a loyal member of Avon and Border Counties Association.

Her lifetime passion for ponies was evident from an early age and she founded the well known Wilcrick Stud which bred many wonderful Welsh Mountain ponies. She owned the stallions Synod Scamp, Baledon hy Jack and more recently Llanai Tarquin along with her famous mare Wilcrick Scarlet Ribbons a many times Champion in the ring.

Sheila’s filly foal Wilcrick Easter Lily (by Tarquin) won the Sec A foal Championship at the 2011 Royal Welsh Show. Tarquin has also sired Wicrick Envoy who had a great season last year. Sheila thought the world of her ponies.

Sheila was an expert and sought after panel judge who gave every animal brought before her a keen and honest appraisal.

Her funeral was held at Canford Crematorium Bristol on Friday February 17th 2012. 250 family and friends gathered to say goodbye including Mrs Kathleen James President of WPCS and many WPCS members from all over the country.

She will be sadly missed.

John Russell

It is with regret that the Society has been informed of the sad death of Mr John A. Russell, Gartconnel Stud on Thursday 25th August 2011.

John was a valued Life Member and past-Trustee whose work for the Society will be remembered.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

The funeral will be held at 2pm on Friday 2nd September 20ll at Clydebank Crematorium, G81 1TG & afterwards at the Black Bull Hotel, Killearn G63 9NG.

 

Brynle Williams & Dai Davies

Two prominent Society members have recently passed away, Mr Brynle Williams AM of the Cefn Melyn Stud near Mold and Mr Dai Davies of the Glanrannell Stud. Both gentlemen were former trustees and Life Members of the Society, with Dai Davies also being a past President.

Mr Brynle Williams was an avid enthusiast of the Welsh breeds and provided invaluable support to the Society in his capacity of Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs with the Welsh Assembly Government.

Mr Dai Davies will be rememberd for his famous Welsh Cob weeks that he hosted for many years, promoting the breed to new and old enthusiasts alike.

Our thoughts are with the families and friends.

There will be a memorial service for former trustee and Life Member of the Society, Mr Dai Davies of Glanrannell Stud.

The service will be held on 19th October at Brondeifi Unitarian Chapel, Lampeter at 12pm.

Past President Mr Dai Davies will be rememberd for his famous Welsh Cob weeks that he hosted for many years, promoting the breed to new and old enthusiasts alike.