The 52nd Autumn Cob Sale
The encouraging trend experienced at the Brightwells Fayre Oaks Pony Sale in September continued at the Autumn Cob Sale when 370 animals sold for a Sale total of £354,010 averaging £957 which was well up on the £825 in 2014 and £692 in 2013 and the highest average since 2008. Eight sold for £5,000 or more, 47 for £2,000 or more and 109 for £1,000 or more. 40 were sold for export, 16 to Germany, 8 to Holland, and 5 each to Sweden and France, 4 to Denmark and 2 to Ireland.
Top of the Sale at £10,000 was Fronarth Stud’s exceptional chestnut filly foal Fronarth Royal Queen sired by the twenty-year-old chestnut Fronarth Welsh Magic out of the chestnut Derwen Duges Y Mor who was the highest priced foal when purchased by Fronarth at the Derwen Reduction Sale in 2008. Duges Y Mor is from the successful Derwen “Royal” family which produced the Royal Welsh champions Derwen Princess and Viscountess and her g-g-dam is the original Derwen foundation mare Rosina foaled in 1962.
Royal Queen was bought by Mr Mark Swistun of the Llanmorlais Stud, Gower and he also bought the second-highest lot at £8,800, the five-year-old bay stallion Teifi Navigator Nick bred by Stuart Lloyd of Lampeter. Navigator Nick is sired by the Royal Welsh winner Gwenllan Brynmor who also sired the 2009 Royal Welsh champion Pennal Brynmor; Gwenllan Blodwen is grand dam of Navigator on both sire and dam’s side and his grand sire Dimbeth Sion won at the Royal Welsh under saddle and in harness the same day. Mr Swistun also bought for £2,600 the filly foal Cascob Gwerfyl Goch from Mrs Mary Edwards who has been breeding Welsh cobs for sixty years.
Mr Gwilym Howatson of Rhyl, who sold seven dun colt foals all sired by Burghwallis Welsh Wizard, bought the top-class five-year-old mare Haighmoor Seren Wen for £7,000 from Mrs Julie Evans of Llanfyllin; her dam Haighmoor Glain won the Prince of Wales cup and qualified for the HOYS Cuddy supreme at the 2010 Royal Welsh Show.
The Greenwing Stud from Diss, Norfolk sold their two-year-old dun colt Greenwing Di John (Left) for £6,800 to Clive Mages of Swansea; his dam is the well-known winner Bryneglur Molly by Geler Sparc. Four cob three-year-old colts which attracted much attention were the two bays Erdyl Prince William and Avonvalley Patriot, the palomino Keenleyside Golden Legend and the liver chestnut Llanan Glyndwr. Prince William, who was 1st at Cheshire County and 2nd at the Royal Welsh this year, sold for £5,000 to Miss Saxton of Lichfield, Patriot sold for the same figure to ridden expert Debbie Barr of Lewes, Sussex, Golden Legend sold for £4,800 to Mrs Mulholland of Crewe and Glyndwr sold for £4,400 to Mr Cordrey of Somerset.
It was sad to read in the Sale catalogue that Paul and Jane Woolman of Haverfordwest were giving up breeding, they have never kept large numbers but reached great heights with such as the 2012 Royal Welsh youngstock champion and Stafford Cuddy qualifier Bryncadno Heledd (photo right: Anthony Booth) sired by eight-times top sire Gwynfaes Culhwch. They sold Heledd’s full -sister, the lovely two-year-old Bryncadno Luned for £4,200 to Mr Broster of Huddersfield.
Along with top-of-the-Sale Fronarth Royal Queen, foals in general were very much in demand; the second-top foal and fifth-highest of the whole Sale being the dark bay section C filly Popsters RockChick which sold for £5,500 to Miss Wayman of Rotherham. Rock-Chick is sired by Popsters Tommy Cockles who has qualified many times for the ridden championships at HOYS and Olympia and her dam Knockbridge Cleo is sired by Synod Ivor out of a daughter of Synod Lady Jane. Another daughter of Tommy Cockles, the bay foal Popsters Panache sold for £1,700 to Mr O M Davies of Beaumaris. Synod Stud themselves sold the chestnut filly Synod Majestica, daughter of Synod Gold Smith, for £2,000 to Mr Wilkinson of Southend. The bay section C filly Llanidan Gracie did not have to travel far, she was sold from Brynsiencyn and returned to Anglesey bought by Mr Davies of Beaumaris for £1,600. The Taincwm palomino filly foal Taincwm Angelic Angelina sold for £1.050 to Mr A Bebb of Oswestry; she is a fullsister to Taincwm X Factor which was bought by Mrs Dawn Groom of Maidenhead on the 2012 Sale for £6,500. On this Sale Mrs Groom bought the dun filly foal Menai Moon Lady for £1,200 and Julian Williams’ medal-winning bay mare Blaencila Rihanna for £3,000. Two section C colt foals which sold for £1,400 were the bay Menai Velocity to Mrs H Brock of Bristol and the black Neuaddparc Roberto Black to Miss C Oldham of Aberdeen. The attractive three-year-old palomino colt Dycott Golden Boy sired by the harness champion Cargarsar Silver Shadow sold for £3,500 to Miss H Snook of Kearby, West Yorkshire.
Next highest section D filly foals to Royal Queen were two sold to Holland, Tom and Alun Hughes’ black Rhydeilian Ultraviolet sired by their supreme champion Trefaes Black Flyer sold to Mr Henrie Leeuwenhaag for £3,200 and Byron Preston’s bay Aberlogin Lady Gaga, daughter of his Royal Welsh reserve female champion Aberlogin Amazing Grace sold for £3,000 to Mr G Verbaas. Mrs Sarah Hamer’s bay Cwmhir Violetta by Drogeda Valentino sold for £2,000 to the Misses Sian and Esyllt Evans of Llwynhywel who sold their own palomino filly foal Llwynhywel Golden Girl for £1,200 to Mr Bebb of Oswestry. Mr Arwel Davies of Ammanford sold the chestnut filly foal Brynmeillion Gold Dust for £1,500 to Mr J James of Cardigan; Arwel bought Gold Dust’s dam Fronarth Fonhesig to top the 2009 Sale at £11,200. Five filly foals from the oldest Studs in Wales were the dun Rhydypandy Princess Charlotte (£1,250 to Professor Didier Riethmuller, France), the liver chestnut Cefncoch Sara (£1,100 to Miss D Poole, Luton), the bay Glanteifi Erin (£1,000 to Mr M M Davies of Brecon), the black Trefaes Ariana (£1,000 to Mr T H James of Aberystwyth) and the black Rhosygarreg Davina (£1,000 to Mr G Gordon of Carmarthen).
Top colt foal at £2,000 was Dorian Lloyd’s bay Perthog Game On, son of the 2015 Royal Welsh male champion Haighmoor Orient Express and the 2012 Youngstock champion Bryncadno Heledd; he is another who did not travel far being bought by Gareth Andrew of Berriew, Welshpool. Three dun colt foals sold for £1,000, Goldenrina Icon by Llanarth Fiery Jack to Ms A Togner of Sweden, Dylasau Roberto Aur by Ionos Euryn to Nicola Yates, Cornwall and Sangrug Dun El Paso who was one of the seven duns by Burghwallis Welsh Wizard to Mr C Pugh, Surrey.
Mrs Kathy Hall of Penstrumbly, Goodwick had a splendid consignment of uncommon colours, her section D blue roan colt foal Penstrumbly Royal Blue sold for £1,100 to Mr J Tarrant, Hampshire, her palomino filly Penstrumbly Pili Pala topped the Part-bred foals at £1,300 to palomino enthusiast Karen Hooper of Llanelli and her six-year-old grey section D gelding Penstrumbly The Smuggler was top gelding and sixthhighest overall at £5,400 to Mrs E Kerr of Glanconwy. The Smuggler won a very impressive 3rd cross country prize at his first attempt at the WPCS Performance Show; a grey section D is a very rare commodity, The Smuggler’s grey can be traced back nine generations to Mari Llwyd (foaled in 1949) one of the top section A show mares of the ‘fifties, all the other 502 animals in his nine-generation pedigree are bay, chestnut or black. Penstrumbly Calypso a grey/dun three-year-old filly out of the same dam as The Smuggler sold for £2,000 to Mr M Howell of Basildon. A three-year-old palomino gelding Penstrumbly Gold Daps topped the Welsh part-breds at £2,800 to Mrs K Ashley of Clunderwen and finally the bay fouryear-old gelding Penstrumbly Keith-Fit’Ere sired by the supreme champion ridden Penstrumbly Sax-MadJohnny sold for £1,500 to Miss C Jones of Ellesmere.
Two other cob highlights at £3,000 were the eight-year-old bay stallion Royal Welsh winner Kiron Jim Bean sold to Mr P Bassett of Lancashire and the seven-year-old bay mare Mitcheltroy Lively Maid sold to Mr D L Jenkins of Llandysul.
Dr Wynne Davies M.B.E.