Spring Sale of Welsh Ponies and Cobs Sale Report
There was a definite upbeat feeling at the Brightwells Spring Sale of Welsh ponies and cobs held on the Royal Welsh Showground on 14th May. 133 of the 163 animals present sold for a Sale total of £82,250 averaging £626, well up on last year’s figure of £478 and the highest average since 2011.
27 animals were sold for export, 19 to Holland, 5 to Germany and one each to Sweden, Denmark and France.
Top of the Sale at £4,800 was the eye-catching seven-year-old dun stallion Brynithon Lightning Strike ridden by Lily Bower bred by John Merrick of Crickhowell and sold by Mrs Mary Blanks of Littlehampton, West Sussex to Mr Mackin of Taunton, Somerset. This family of cobs continue to fetch high prices, his brother Brynithon Parragon sold for £4,900 in 2014.
The second and third-highest prices of £3,600 and £3,300 were also paid for cobs; the Oliver family of Cefn Coch, Welshpool, Powys who won the Horse Of The Year Show supreme In-hand championship at the 2014 Royal Welsh Show, sold their exceptional three-year-old filly Rhoswen Tille for £3,600 also to Somerset, to Mrs Donna Malin of Minehead. Tillie was sired by Llanarth Prince of Wales and out of Derwen Tina Maria bred by Mr Ifor Lloyd, President-Elect of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society.
Mrs Finnegan of Southampton sold the beautifully-mannered ridden four-year-old palomino mare Hwylog Hanna for £3,300 to Miss Hayes of Pontnewynydd, Pontypool. Hanna was bred at the Hwylog Stud, New Cross, Aberystwyth and her pedigree goes back in the Hwylog Stud to the first volume of the Welsh Stud Book in 1902.
The next two highest prices were for section C ponies of cob-type, Glyn Anderson of the Tyntyla Stud, St Mellons, Cardiff received £3,100 from Mrs Caunce of Longton, Preston for his good-moving bay three-year-old filly Tyntyla Lady Catrin whose dam Tyntyla Catrin has twice won at the Royal Welsh and her siblings qualified for HOYS under saddle.
Another bay three-year-old but this time a colt Ringside Poker Dot bred very near to Lady Catrin at Castleton, Cardiff sold for £2,100 also to Lancashire to Mrs Kershaw of Bury. Poker Dot is the only foal produced from his famous dam Popsters Roulette who has spent most of her life winning ridden classes at top level including qualifying for HOYS in 2015.
Top section B at £1,450 was the seven-year-old mare Brynley Rhiannon who had won championships for combined training at Pony Club camps and she has gone to experienced exhibitor Susan Thomas of Ffairfach, Llandeilo. Her lovely dam Llandaff Rhapsody was bought by the Brynley Stud when Ken and Shirley Thomas dispersed their Llandaff Stud in 2008.
There were not many section As on offer but Clare Willis-Burton of Abergavenny sold a very smart grey three-year-old filly Blackhill Parrianne for £700 to Miss Shepherd of Calf Heath, Wolverhampton. Under-bidder on Parrianne was Isobell Clutton of the long-established Bonnie Stud in Newcastle-under-Lyme who then paid £650 for Chris Cobley’s attractive chestnut two-year-old filly Tryfel Jasmin who hails from a long line of well-known winners.
Top part-bred at £1,200 was Robyn Howell’s 14.2hh ridden black gelding Davids Daylight Robbery. Robyn from Llanharan is a former winner of the WPCS Young Judges competition and has also won the overall working hunter championship at the WPCS Performance Show. Daylight Robbery went to Germany being bought by Mrs Kessler of Utzerath.
The individual section average prices were: sections A and B (27 sold) £326, sections C and D in hand (59) £708, broken to ride and drive (11) £1,340 and Welsh part-breds and geldings (36) £498.
Dr Wynne Davies.