2017 Sale Report


Autumn Cob Sale boasts best average since 2008

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2017 Sale Report

Autumn Cob Sale 2017 - Summary

There was a welcomed feel good factor at the 54th Brightwells Autumn Cob Sale where the returns showed very encouraging averages over the three days. A total of 432 animals were forward with 359 selling to average £1062 with a clearance of 83%. This is the best average since 2008 when again 83% was achieved. Overseas interest was very much in evidence with 55 sold for export; German buyers were again the most numerous taking 20 animals followed by Holland with 15.

Top of the Sale Llwynhywel Crackling Rose £10,000

Foals were certainly on many shopping lists and accounted for five of the top ten prices. Sale leader was the upstanding cob filly foal Llwynhywel Crackling Rose by Glantraeth Masterclass and out of Llwynhywel Lady Camilla, the prolific winning daughter of Crugybar Mabon Mai. Well grown she really knew how to show herself to full advantage through her extravagant movement catching the eye of many however it was Jessie Penfold who had the last call on her at £10,000. He also bought something a bit special when he had the section C filly foal Llanidan Ruffle at £5500. Described by her breeder Eric Jones as “…. best he had ever bred” she certainly fitted the bill. Correct with the easiest of movement she really did look to have a great future and had the breeding to match being by the Synod Replay son Parvadean Recharge and out of a Dutch bred mare by Synod Grouse a direct descendant of the initial ‘G’ line from Synod and Tydi.

2nd top price Synod Rose Dixie Belle destined for Japan

Second highest price was the cream cob filly foal Synod Rose Dixie Belle which interestingly goes back to the other influential line at Synod, the ‘R’ line based on Tydi Rosina. The Jones’ have cleverly introduced colour into their breeding equation through the palomino Kallistalodge Gold Rush producing previous sale toppers the calibre of Red and Gold (£5200) and Rose Dixie Chick (£4000). Rose Dixie Belle was another to stand out from the crowd on the day but it was Japanese enthusiast Mrs Yumi Fukushima who secured her at £8500. Mrs Fukushima is no stranger to buying at the sale having bought five on last year’s cob sale with a further four at this year’s Spring Sale and an additional five more this time. These included the upstanding two-year-old chestnut section C filly Synod Rose Diamond at £1400; a very balanced filly she had the movement and carriage to have a useful future under saddle and be a worthy ambassador for her breed in Japan. The Fukushima family have much admiration for the Welsh breeds and will primarily have the animals for riding and pleasure.

Top price mare Tothamhill Briallan

A bid of £6000 by Mr N Fricker from Llangeinor secured Mr and Mrs R Robinson’s twelve-year-old dun mare Tothamhill Briallan. This deep bodied mare by Danaway Flash Jack was scanned in foal to Danaway De Niro and had previously been used for both ride and drive. Danaway Flash Jack also sired Scott Gibbons’ home bred three-year-old cob colt Tymor Butch Cassidy and out of a sister to his winning sire, Tymor Pele. The impressive fronted colt had ridden stamped all over him and was Mrs H Hanson’s choice at £5500. Also sharing the £5500 price tag were two others. The first, produced in great order, was Mr J Arnold’s section C Rhydeilian Telynor; by the Jessie Penfold bred sire, Gristhills Blazing Commando and out of that great producer Betws Iona the three-year-old colt was another that looked to have a performance future being bought by Mrs West from Abergavenny. However, the other £5500 was unquestionably destined for breeding; this was the black colt foal Cascob Deio Du bought by the Fronarth Stud being by Gwenllan Deio and out of the 2015 Royal Welsh winning mare Cascob Black Bess. He should make an interesting addition to the very successful established bloodlines already at Frongoy.

Cascob Deio Du £5,500 off to the Fronarth Stud

One of the last sons of Crugybar Mabon Mai and sharing a striking resemblance to his father was the Allen family’s Trenwith Invictus. Only ever shown as a foal but out of Drogeda She’s A Lady herself no stranger to the show ring having been a prize winner at Royal Welsh and champion at the Welsh National, he was Mr D Meredith’s choice at £3600. Late on the Sunday sale another three-year-old with performance potential brought on the now customary music which signifies lots making £3000 and over. This was Buckswood Master Class, a rich mahogany bay complimented with four even white socks and a blaze; he had breeding to back up the looks being by Rhencullen Martino a son of the Prater family’s winning mare Menai Golden Star herself sold here as a foal in 1999 for £3600. This time the grandson achieved the same being knocked down to Miss E A Evans, Llwynhywel.

Mrs Nesta Ann Owen certainly did herself proud in her presentation of her three-year-old cob filly, Llanwnen Silver Charm. The striking dun had a great outlook with much more to her than simply colour and could well prove an astute buy for Miss Croker from Cleveland at £4800. Mrs Owen’s consignment also included another three-year-old Llanwnen Gold Lace selling at £2800 and the three-year-old piebald gelding Desach Jack the Lad standing sixteen hands and with an obvious future in HOYS coloured and Maxi Cob classes. He found a new home with Mr Manning in Norwich who made an astute buy at £2200.

The proven ridden stallion Foryd Daniel afforded those looking for a well-schooled animal an opportunity. He boasted a CV which included HOYS qualification and Royal Welsh Ridden Champion; his performance on the day spoke volumes for his temperament. He was bought locally by Miss Sophia Chambers from Builth Wells no stranger to success in ridden classes including champion at Glanusk, who had him for a bargain at £5000.

Second highest priced section C foal, the Williams’ well grown section filly Carless Bobby Dazzler, reserve champion at recent National Foal Show made £4200 to Ian Sainsbury from Southampton. Out of the section D bred mare Tardebigge Black Tulip but by Fronarth Rossi a full brother to the many times Royal Welsh section C champion, Fronarth Robben. There was spirited bidding for Mr M Dixon’s striking palomino stallion Dyffryncowin Dynamite; only a five-year-old and professionally broken, he looked to have a great future within the performance world being by Caerneuadd Hywel, also sire of the 2017 Royal Welsh winner and HOYS qualifier Lynuck The Showman. Mr W Harvey from Stoke on Trent made the final call at £3600.Also at £3600 and palomino, though darker in colour than the stallion, was the five-year-old section C mare Cascob Polly Flinders. Presented ridden in the ring and despite little mileage to her credit she looked to have temperament to go further in the ridden world like her sire Menai Calon Lan. It was Dumfries buyer Mrs Etherington who spotted her potential taking her home to the Scottish Borders.

There was a varied and interesting selection of part-breds on offer on the first day. Leading them at £2950 was Mr J Hart’s five-year-old piebald mare, Mycathlly Lady Elegance. Standing 15.1hh and showing lovely paces with a good jump in her, she looked the useful all-rounder for Mr D Stephens of Higher Lowton Stables in Devon. Another five-year-old but a hand taller, was the black gelding Evanllwyd Tywysog Du by the Irish Draught Hazevern Joseph out of Cwmmeudwy Lady Model. A horse bred to hunt his athletic paces should take him far with buyer at £2700 Mr J Gorry from Middleton in Lancashire. Those looking for a future show riding horse needed to look no further than the very exciting home bred yearling Penstrumbly Sugar Barlow.A winner every time out including champion youngster at 2017 Royal Welsh, he is interestingly bred taking his ‘Welsh’ from sire Monahawk Real Magic and out of the Thoroughbred mare, Madonna. At £2600 he appeared a good investment for Mrs Lawrence from Nottingham.

Best of the Welsh geldings was Miss N Daniel’s Llanilar Deryn Du at £4000 to Mr Price from Kinross. The ten-year-old was yet another example of the good all-rounder having done shepherding at home combined with working hunter and eventing. Another black and overall champion at the pre-sale gelding show was the four-year-old 15 hand gelding Pensawel Lucky Ace which made £2600 to Mrs Harrison of Southampton. Reserve champion cob in the show judged by WPCS president Mr Ifor Lloyd, was the very promising three-year-old Cwmmeudwy Teyrn. Coming from very good performance bloodlines he looked well bought by A Davis, Llanalyn Stud at £2400.

The new layout brought much deserved praise from all concerned. It will be remembered as a sale that brought revised enthusiasm for the Welsh breeds when sixty-five animals broke the £1500 barrier which included 18 foals and brought the best averages for a decade. It would be fool hardy though to predict the future as within the successful sale there was inconsistency making it very difficult to assess values. Perhaps worrying for breed enthusiasts is that, with few exceptions, rosette winning appeared to have a higher value than pedigree however most encouragingly is the continuing and sustained interest in the breed for performance. 

David Blair

Photographs courtesy of Carol Jones, May Whiston Photography & Natalie Wenman