Spring Sale of Welsh Ponies & Cobs 2015
Despite the net sale proceeds being down 17.8% on last year at £52,600, the average for those broken to ride (£1,010), and Welsh Part-breds (WPB) and geldings (£756) were up 19.3% and 14.4%, respectively. The sale carried a conspicuous message: that animals with a purpose proved in demand. This is a clear indicator to breeders that the potential to perform is nowadays crucial.
27 horses were sold to export: 12 to Germany, 10 to Holland and 5 to The Netherlands. Out of a total of 110 lots sold, 15 were sold for £1,000 or greater.
Top of the sale at £3,600 (plus VAT) was the five-year-old bay Welsh Cob stallion Maescrofta Don Juan by Maesmynach Enchanter, and out of Deildre Jubilee. His four great-grandfathers are all well-known: Derwen Llwynog, Maesmynach Viking Warrior, Nebo Daniel and Kilgour Welsh Monarch which highlights the continued importance of good, proven breeding. He had an excellent front and presence about him and could be seen amongst mares in the collecting ring but kept his cool which demonstrated his exemplary temperament. His breeder Marilyn Beach from Pontyclun admitted that had they a rider he would have been purchased back. He was produced by Adrian Bowen for owner Mr G Reynolds from Hebron, Whitland, and was purchased by Miss N Ham from Southampton.
Another great grandson of Kilgour Welsh Monarch to sell well was Miss S Branfield's bay Welsh Cob gelding Bercoed Selwyn by Gwenllan Selwyn which sold for £2,250, purchased by Mr David Thomas from Swansea.
The six year old strawberry roan Welsh Part-bred mare Treforys Dani was knocked down for £3,200. She comprised of 50% Welsh blood and was a typical Tireinon type - her mother Tireinon Castlemaid a granddaughter of Nebo Daniel. She had been broken to ride but was recorded in the catalogue as being “slightly green”. She had quality bone, feather and presence. She was purchased by Miss C Brown from Eastleigh, Hants.
Another Tireinon bred mare was the 14–year-old chestnut roan mare Cathael Tywysoges, line bred to Tireinon Triple Crown. Triple Crown is known for begetting good moving animals e.g Danaway Tango, Malnor Forest King. She looked a grand type and was admired by many. She was not the biggest of mares, possibly capable of breeding section Cs and Ds, but was full of quality. She was purchased for £1,500 by Melanie Burden from London.
Selling for £2,200 was Ms T Carlisle's 16hh chestnut gelding Yseulte Gabriel by the Welsh Cob stallion Yorkin Come Lucky and out of a thoroughbred cross mare. He was turned out to perfection and behaved impeccably. He was purchased by Mrs Susan Craven from Bolton.
Misses A Paddock and L Motton from Pontyclun near Cardiff sold their eight-year-old dark bay mare Saith Magical Hazelnut Whirl for £1,900, topping the section C/D under saddle. She possessed a highly attractive head, and a great top line. She was by Sydenham Dragon, and out of Glantraeth Cindy, full sister to Glantraeth Cymro Du who was also consigned at this sale. She was purchased by Mrs M O'Toole from Southampton. 
Miss C. A Powell's three-year-old dun Welsh Cob filly Janton Bailey's Welsh Cream sold for £1,450 purchased by Alun and Nerys Davies and family of the Dylasau Stud, Betws y Coed, Conwy. Another animal with Janton breeding was Mrs I J James-Morris’ yearling section D palomino colt Paith Magical Golden Dragon by Janton Phoenix which sold for £1,300 to J. I. Dark from the Gower.
Mr G Ruggeri’s two-year-old bay Welsh Cob colt Pentregwyn Dancing Jack sold for £1,500, purchased by A R Cartwright from Llandrindod Wells. He caught a lot of eyes with his four white socks and plentiful bone. He was sired by the double Cuddy qualifier and last year’s Royal Welsh male champion Llanarth Fiery Jack.
Rod Lewis' two-year-old chestnut Welsh Cob filly Cwmmeudwy Hwyl Fawr from Llandysul was destined to remain in her home county, Cardiganshire. At £1,250 she slipped out of Cerdin Jones' hands, the breeder of her father Synod Reflection, before being knocked down for £1,300 to E Pugh, Bethania near Llanon. She is the last filly by the late Synod Reflection who stood at Cwmmeudwy stud in 2012. Cerdin's wife Doreen Jones remembers Synod Reflection, which appears in Hwyl Fawr's pedigree twice, as being "a very pretty foal". Hwyl Fawr resembled her father greatly with her exquisite head, and had tremendous bone and feather to match.
At £400, the 18-year-old black stallion, previously owned by noted driver Joan Thomas, Glantraeth Cymro Du returned to an established Cardiganshire stud. He returns to a county that his ancestors once dominated and will reintroduce some golden lines such as Derwen Telynor (2 crosses), Nebo Black Magic (3 crosses), Parc Welsh Flyer, and Meiarth Royal Eiddwen. He very much resembled the old Rhandir line in his type, with a temperament second to none.
Report & Photographs by Owen Rees Griffiths.