Brightwells Spring Sale 2014
The total number entered (158) was considerably down on previous years but this is a good reflection of breeders being more discriminate in this current economic climate. Of the 143 forward 102 were sold for a Sale total of £61,965 representing an average of £608 which is higher than last year but well down on the 2009 average of £1,024. 18 were sold to Germany with one (Section A mare Weston Lily at £1,500) to Mr Coes of Holland and one (Section D three-year-old filly Caebryn Heidi also at £1,500) to Markus Bauer of Austria, her sister Caebryn Hatti selling to Kaja Wolle of Germany.
Usually the Section C and D average is about double the Section A and B average but this year the pony average at £536 was slightly higher than that for the cobs (£529) probably boosted by 11 representing the Dispersal of the world-famous Weston Stud which was established in 1957 at Llandyn Hall, Llangollen.
Top of the Sale and third-highest were from the Weston Stud, the yearling filly Weston Lily The Pink at £3,600 was bought by Jason Jones of Weston as a surprise gift to his mother who had been saddened at the thought of the end of an era. Third highest at £2,250 was the twelve-year-old cream mare Weston Blondie bought by Eirian Wyn Williams of Llanfair PG, Anglesey who has won many Royal Welsh championships with her Palominos and Welsh part-breds.
The second-highest at £2,700 was the eye-catching six-year-old ridden black cob gelding Monahawk The Magician consigned by John and Bev Batt of Abergavenny and bought by J B Woodcock of Driffield, Yorkshire. The Magician behaved impeccably in the Sale Ring and had been hunted with the Monmouthshire last winter.
A two-year-old colt Pencalow Crespo sired by the recent Lampeter supreme champion Kylebeck Crespo sold for £2,300 to Messrs Wallace and Smith of Balsall Common. Pencalow Crespo was highly placed at the 2013 Royal Welsh Show.
Two Welsh part-breds were next, E R Davies’ home-bred nine-year-old black mare Cilbran Rainbow Dust from Pontardawe, sired by the Irish Big John out of a Welsh cob mare sold for £2,000 to Miss Hughes of Broodtown, Swindon and Eurig Eynon’s four-year-old bay gelding Hatterall Walk Tall sired by Penstrumbly’s successful sire Yorkin Come Lucky made £1,800 to Miss H Taylor of Southwick, Trowbridge.
David Oliver sold a very smart dun three-year-old filly Rhoswen Siani Fach sired by the Lampeter Youngstock champion Drogeda Valentino for £1,400 to Heidi Hahn who owns some of the best Welsh cobs in Germany.
Rachel Reading of Llangain, Carmarthen sold the six-year-old chestnut cob brood mare Fronarth Morning Sunshine for £1,400 to Nicola Yates of St Austell, Cornwall and another chestnut cob, the four-year-old ridden gelding Sarnicol Ceredig sold for £1,350 to Miss G Letch of Boxted.
The biggest purchaser was Mr Schulte Ubermuhlen of Lathen, Germany who bought eight ridden cobs including Cerdin and Doreen Jones’ four-year-old black mare Synod Rocking Bird at £1,300, Miss Reid’s seven-year-old black mare Powysvalley Evie at £1,300, the nine-year-old chestnut mare Ciffig April for £1,200, the three-year-old black gelding Cwmtynant Saint William also at £1,200 and the three-year-old black gelding Haighmoor Mr Brynle at £1,100.
Dr Wynne Davies MBE
WPCS Publicity Officer