Spring Sale of Welsh Ponies & Cobs Sale Report
Brightwells Spring Sale
The Royal Welsh Showground again played host to the annual Brightwells Spring Sale. Despite a lower number than normal catalogued, 97 animals were forward with 80 selling to average £725 , the highest average at this event since 2009. All sections of the sale witnessed improved averages from 2016; Sections A/B £398 (£326 in 2016),Part-bred/geldings £778 (£498), Sections C/D £808 (£708) and broken to ride and drive £1344 (£1340).
There was interest from abroad with Germany and Holland buyers having 6 apiece while 4 were bound for Japan.This followed on from last year Autumn Sale when 5 were bought for Japan.
It was in fact German buyer Mrs Rusch-Graf who made the top bid of the day of £2400 to secure the five year old cob mare, Cruglwyd Esyllt. By Tymor The Tramp and from a female line rich in Derwen and Llanarth breeding, she had bred a foal as a four year old following a successful career as a youngster.
Top of the Sale Cruglwyd Esyllt - photo (c) Meurig Thomas
Another with superb bloodlines was the well-named Triad U Beauty bred by Sandra Watkins in Buckley, Clwyd who had bought her dam, Horeb Undeg by Gwynfaes Culhwch, on the 2003 Cob Sale for £4600. U Beauty was professionally broken last year as a five year old and provided the opportunity for a future career under saddle or as a classy brood mare. Mr Smith from Morecombe had the final call on her at £2200. Mr Smith had to part with £1220 to secure Cascob Welsh Tweed, another with similar potential having been broken and also with a credible pedigree being by Fronarth Welsh Lion and out of the Gwenllan Brynmor mare, Cascob Penblwydd.
Sussex-based Debbie Barr is a regular buyer and as a real eye for a performance animal. The all-rounder Iouar Cusan was her choice giving £2050 for the eight year old mare by Coednewydd Comet. Cusan excelled in all pony club activities and had turned many a head in the hunting field.
Mr Grist from Ebbw Vale is more readily associated with section C and D animals but on this occasion had the gavel fall at £2050 on Bronwen Goch, a very quality 15.2hh part-bred consigned by Mr Lewis. The four year old mare was the product of the well tried formula of cob and Thoroughbred being by Maesmynach Cymro Coch and out of Welsh cross TB dam.
Like the top priced mare, the top of the geldings also headed for Germany. This was the seven year old palomino cob gelding, Llanveynoe Golden Cracker, which was broken both to ride and drive. Mrs Claudia Kessler had him at £2000. Geldings were obviously on Mrs Kessler’s shopping list as she bought the top-priced section C gelding, Tydi Mayhem, from his breeder Amanda Harries for £1400; broken at the end of last year, this four year old palomino gelding showed a very trainable disposition. Also added to the list was Soden Meurig , a five year old bay knocked down at £850 and representing a project in the making. The German buyer completed her quartet of geldings with another section C, Tanya Baldwin’s Gurnos Welsh Rhod at £1000; the seven year old boasted ride and drive within his CV which also included taking Santa to the fair!
Top of the Section C geldings Tydi Mayhem - photo (c) June Hunt Welsh Breeds News
Dutch buyer Mr Van Zutphen-Sabbe bought five animals on the day giving his top bid of £1000 for the ten year old section B palomino mare Kalevan Havana, a true competition pony with success in many spheres including showing, eventing, working hunter and pony club.
Topping the part-breds geldings at £1400 was the skewbald gelding Ollandra King Louie. Standing around 15.1hh,the six year old son of a traditional coloured mare and by Janton Lightning, he had been recently backed and looked an interesting project for Colchester buyer Miss G Letch.
Top of the C & D Youngstock Cruglwyd Gwawr - photo (c) Meurig Thomas
Twenty one animals made four figures and these included the best of the youngsters on offer. Meurig Thomas realised £1600 for his home-bred three year old filly, Cruglwyd Gwawr by Cruglwyd Brenin and out of the consistent mare Cruglwyd Edith. The best of Haighmoor breeding was to be had in the yearling colt Haighmoor Captain by the Gold Medal winning sire, Haighmoor Orient Express, and out of the previous ridden winner, Haighmoor Groten Goch, a daughter of Derwen Railway Express. He remained in Powys going at £1500 to Mrs L G Jones from Llanfyllin. The eye catching Abergavenny K O topped the section C youngsters at £1400; already no stranger to winning, this three year old son of Blaencila Ashley is a half brother to the prolific winners Abergavenny Bayleaf and Heti.