The Society makes an annual award at its AGM to a young person(s) in recognition of their achievements within the Society and/or with the Welsh breeds.
Nomination of Young Achiever
The Society is keen to encourage nominations for this award, in order that recognition is given to significant achievements by its young members and the contributions they make to the Welsh Pony and Cob world.
The closing date for nominations this year is 23rd September 2016. If you would like to propose someone for the award, please send full contact details of your nominee and your reasons for nomination, stating why you think they should be considered, to the Society's office.
The award is kindly sponsored by the Glyncoch stud.
Criteria of Young Achiever
Being a WPCS “Young Achiever” does not necessarily mean winning prizes with ponies and cobs in the show ring.
The Society has come up with suggestions as to who could be eligible for this award.
These suggestions are in addition to and do not exclude success in the show ring. They do, however, widen the criteria in order to benefit our members and our ponies and cobs.
· Have young members considered giving assistance to another member who might be in need? Do you know of someone who is struggling due to reasons beyond their control, e.g. bereavement, ill health or advancing years?
Could you, perhaps, find the time to offer them assistance, in a sensitive way? Perhaps you could offer to help them to distribute forage in the winter. Providing water can also sometimes be a problem if we are sometimes infirm, due to whatever circumstance. Summertime ragwort control is also something young members could help with if someone is in need of assistance. The list of assistance that could be offered in a quiet and sensitive way is endless.
· Maybe you, as a young member have achieved success with a Welsh Pony or Cob that might have been unwanted or considered unmanageable. Have you seen an equine in need and done something about it?
· You would also be eligible if you are helping a charity to do with equines or RDA or similar.
You can apply for the Young Achiever award by being nominated by a member of the WPCS or through an Area Association. Do not be modest; approach a member to nominate you if you have helped in any way. Tell your friends about the award – they might like to join the Society as a Junior Member. Work in pairs or groups if you like. This could contribute to your Welsh Baccalaureate qualifications or perhaps the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Take responsibility for your achievements.
Many successful and well known WPCS members have started their careers with equines in this way. You don’t actually have to own a pony or cob. It is enough to make you eligible that you have shown concern and dedication for their wellbeing and welfare.
In 2015 the Young Achiever's Award was presented to Miss Anna Richards. Following Anna's accident in July 2011, her strength and determination has helped her recovery along with her passion for the Welsh ponies. During early 2014 Anna spent time with Colin and Sarah Tibbey in North Wales receiving tuition for showing in hand and the right turnout.
She has been showing Section A's in hand and also Sarum Japhet and Sarum Rhiannon in the ridden classes, Japhet was the first pony Anna rode following her accident and has helped her recovery immensly along with the encouragement of Stewart and Annie Franklin and many others. The Society wishes Anna well for her 2015 showing season.
In 2014 the Young Achiever’s Award was presented to Miss Kate Williams of the Ringside Stud, Castleton, Cardiff.
Kate had a very successful year in 2013, becoming Young Champion, Supreme Champion, Supreme Horse and HOYS Cuddy Qualifier at the Royal Welsh Show – all in her first year showing in-hand. Success continued when she was crowned Supreme Cuddy Champion at the Horse of the Year Show.