Equine Obituaries 

Arad Miss Molly



Belan Boy Oh Boy x Penycwm Louise

2012 was a sad year for us, as we had to say good bye to both Miss Molly at the age of 22 and her mother Penycwm Louise aged 31.

Miss Molly was born on the hill, she was due in April, but April came and went, so did May, June and July it was not until the 1st August that she appeared at her mother's side, but gosh was she worth waiting for, during her showing career she never let us down, she was a prolific prize winner, winning numerous championships and WPCS medals also winning The Pony of the Year three times.

We have 5 full sisters to Miss Molly at the stud that Penny (Penycwm Louise) has left us. Arad April Love, Arad Charisma, Arad Serena, Arad Pandora, Arad Lili-Wen with their progeny to carry on her line.

We purchased Penny (Penycwm Louise) Vectis Panache - Penycwm Coronet at Fayre Oaks sale in 1983 as a 2 year old from John and Betty Collorick (Glenwood Stud).

What a beautiful mare she was running on the hill. Both ponies will be sadly missed, but leave us with some lovely memories, never to be forgotten.

Pat Thomas, Arad Stud

Gymcro Misty Morning


1977 - 2013

Purchased in 1978 as a yearling, Misty was lot 381 in the Fayre Oaks sale at Hereford, she was 120 gns and writing about her now I think she was probably the best purchase at the sale that year, a little gem.  My daughter was also born that year and I was unable to go to the sale, so when my husband, father and his brother arrived home I waited with anticipation to see what they had bought. Out of the trailer came this beautiful red roan filly with four matching white socks. Her sire had been exported to Australia and her dam was out of the Royal Welsh winner Brockwell Misty Morning, so she was well bred. At three she was broken to ride, and proved to be a bouncy forward going pony, but with excellent brakes and manners. At first she did a little showing and show jumping with a  borrowed jockey, she had excellent jumping ability. My daughter now three started to ride her and she was very good never going beyond a trot, but at 12.1 she was too big for lead rein and first ridden, so she was sidelined for a smaller pony and for the next few years continued her show jumping career with borrowed jockeys. In the autumn of 85, when she was seven and Claire six, Claire started to learn to jump on her and the following year they started competing together, working hunter, which she excelled in, show jumping and showing, what a versatile little mare she was. They rarely came home from a show without at least one red rosette, often more, and she won many a championship. When she went in the ring she was in her element, her shows were perfect and her manners excellent. All the hours spent teaching Claire and Misty how to do a show and get on the right leg were more than made up for in the success and pleasure she gave to my daughter and us as a family. Mind you she could be a little madam, all the baths she had she never learnt how to stand still for one, and if she felt like it she would play me up when I wanted to catch her, ironically Claire could always walk up to her any time.

When Claire eventually outgrew her, her brother rode Misty for a while. When he had outgrown her we had a list of people wanting to have her, but though we did not want to sell her we knew she loved competing, so we loaned her out to various homes to teach other children, always ensuring she would be well looked after. We finally retired her in her early twenty's when we felt she was ready for it, she joined our other mare Coed Coch Rachel who wa our other purchase in 1978, she was 12 months older than Misty and they remained together until Rachel died aged 35 in 2011.

We lost Misty on January 22nd when she passed away peacefully with my husband and I in her stable. We buried her next to her best friend Rachel, together again. 

I will always remember her cantering through the field and trotting up to the stable when I called her and Rachel for their feed, she never lost her bouncy action (why walk when she could trot). She never slowed down.

She was a little treasure, we loved her dearly and she is very much missed.

Linda Davies

Thorneyside The Boss



Thorneyside the Boss 27969, 1983-2014,
Sire: Brynymor Welsh Magic
Dam: Thorneyside Flying Lady by Ross Black Prince.

Thorneyside the Boss passed away peacefully at his home at Thorneyside Stud at the age of 31 years on Thursday 30th January 2014. Peter Gray, Fiona and Jack said that Thorneyside the Boss will be greatly missed by all at Thorneyside and they are all extremely grateful to the contribution he has made to Welsh Cob breeding in the stock he has created. He was Male Champion at the Royal Welsh Show in 1990 and won numerous shows.

Sire of Thorneyside The Foreman - Harness Horse of the Year 2009, Thorneyside The Intruder - several times Royal Welsh Winner Welsh Driving and Brimstone The Fenman - driving champion.

Sire of Thorneyside The Magic Man, Synod Reflection, Thorneyside The Enforcer and Synod Rambo to name only a few. Numerous mares by him have produced fantastic stock.

A legend amongst Welsh Cob Stallions who has definately made a great contribution to the breeding of welsh cobs.

Dr Glyn Jones
Gwarchod Stud