The encouraging trade continues at Hay at Hereford

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The encouraging trade continues at Hay at Hereford

Brightwells Hay Sale at Hereford 2017.

The encouraging trade experienced at both Fayre Oaks and Autumn Cob sales continued at the later-than-normal ‘Hay’ Sale, now in its third year at the purpose-built Hereford Market. The overall sale average was up on the year from £225 to £273 with an 84% clearance of lots forward. The improving trade was experienced across all four sections of the stud book. 

Topping the sale was Mrs C Burles’ eleven-year-old cob mare Moelgwyn Vinosa at £1120 to Mr T Ljungdahl from Fristad in Sweden. Equally at home doing a round of show jumps or hacking and attending fun rides Vinosa is the epitome of the ‘all-rounder’ and should do her breed proud with her Scandinavian owner. Another cob, though with not the same mileage on the clock, was Mrs Weale’s black gelding Craigyrock Midnight. Seven-year-old but not broken until he was five, Midnight displayed a very positive attitude and looked a useful project for Miss New from Swindon who bought well at £800.Close on his heels at £780 was Cerdin and Doreen Jones’ Synod Robbie George, a black cob colt foal by their prolific palomino sire Kallistalodge Gold Rush; a real eye catcher he caught the attention of Mr H Allen (Dio) from Gwent.

Section A ponies traditionally attract most attention at this sale and this year proved no exception. Leading them was Brian Taylor’s chestnut stallion Stowhill Sir Tom. Line bred on his dam’s line to Penual Mark he made £900 to Miss Emma New from Billericay in Essex. The very-good-moving mare Cefnfedw Lilly boasted very good breeding of her type including Llwynan, Penboeth and Revel. In foal to the 2016 Royal Welsh winner Ffermymorlais Tempo, this home bred nine-year-old was the choice of Mr Van de Wetering from Holland at £680.Different in type was the next highest priced mare Molton Bella from Mrs J Lees. A very attractive dapple grey six-year-old, she is by Dukeshill Prince Caspian and out of Bengad Winter Iris herself by Bengad Dogberry; also broken to ride she represented a sound buy for Mr Dark from Swansea at £520.

The three-year-old section A gelding Gadlys Musketeer attracted much interest. Flashy in appearance, he had temperament to endear him to any parent as a confidential child’s pony. Already a big winner in youngstock classes he had the added bonus of also having been broken to drive. Described as a ‘rosette machine’ a great future lay ahead with Miss Hudson who had him at £850.Another gelding no stranger to winning was Debbie Barr’s home bred Westfirle Peregrine. The seven-year-old section A had been making his mark as a show hunter lead rein with several wins to his credit. He was the selection of Mr D Mabbitt from Banbury at £600.

Though not coming in numbers as in the past when this sale hosted drafts from all the major hill studs, there is still a useful selection of section A foals for the discerning buyer. One such buyer was Mr J Giles from Grimley in Worcestershire bidding to £500 for Mr and Mrs Simon Williams’ filly Penymorfa Charm a striking bay with four whites with Royal Welsh winners in her breeding being by a son of Frongoch Cardi and out of the winning mare Penymorfa Poppy. Another similarly marked filly was Windmill Elegant Lady going at £450 to the Sherlock Family who bred her grand dam Swinford Lilly. Attracting a similar bid but contrasting in type was the striking colt foal Pinewell Hamlet by the dual HOYS champion Pinewell Bucks Fizz going to Mr Harvey from Stoke-on-Trent. The regular consignment from Eppynt this year had leading the draft Silver Starlet, a grey filly by Criccieth Jaffa and out of the Eppynt Skyline dam, Eppynt Silver Star. Mrs Janet Williams, Llanmorlais had the final call on her at £420.Mr Van de Wetering also paid £420 for the black roan filly, Caeglas Blossom Thyme.

A bid of £700 from Mr W Harvey from Stoke-on-Trent secured for him the yearling section C filly Glynceirch Lady Louise to top the section C prices. By Newbrook Reflection, a son of the Olympia champion Persie Ramrod, this well grown filly had the makings of a future ridden prospect to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather.  Richard Morgan brought from his Lampeter stud the charismatic filly foal Ormond Rosa. Steeped in some of the best of Synod bloodlines she was gifted with four balanced whites complimenting her rich bay colour. Ms Kilshaw had the final call on her at £650.

Within the sale was a section for registered Shetland ponies which attracted considerable interest with ‘colour’ being eagerly sought. Twenty-nine ponies were forward with 26 finding buyers to top at £850 yielding an average of £375. The leader bought by Miss S Fortt from Maldon in Essex was the standard bred skewbald mare Claife Contessa. Broken to both ride and drive she had been successfully shown in both breed and coloured classes. Another broken coloured mare made £820; this was the miniature Castellfryn Topaz carrying the influential North Wells bloodlines. The well-known Howard family from Castle Douglas in Scotland secured the piebald mare Mardlebrook Natasha for £700. The miniature mushroom dun and white colt foal Cresthope Union Jack consigned by Yardley and Rowbottom made £780 to Miss C Cartwright.

Next year the sale returns to a September date. It will take place on Saturday 29th September at Hereford Market courtesy of Hereford Market Auctioneers. This will place it in the calendar before Fayre Oaks (13/14th October) and Autumn Cob (26/27/28th October).

David Blair