Spring Sale Report
The annual Spring Sale this year took place on the Royal Three Counties Showground, Malvern and attracted an entry of 133 animals. Despite the inclement weather for most of the day, a clearance rate of 71% was achieved yielding an average of £618; though the average slipped from last year’s high of £725 it was on a par with other previous Spring Sales. Thirteen animals were sold for export and a similar number broke the four-figure barrier.
Topping the sale at £3,200 was the nine-year-old cob mare, Dunaire Dancing Angel consigned by Mr Gwilym Howatson who had bought her on the 2012 Cob Sales. In the interim she has been successfully shown under saddle and also bred two foals. Now standing 16.2hh she was the choice of Mrs Lines from Leicester, who also bought two lots later, Mrs Brittenden’s section C mare Parcybedw Pearl for £1,000. Pearl came to the sale having been competed regularly and successfully in 85cms jumping classes and also showing classes.
Black is always a popular colour with potential buyers. Fronarth Welsh Duchess, a ten-year-old mare by Fronarth Welsh Magic, proved no exception making £2,000 to Swedish buyer Theresia Ljungdahl. Also black was Julie Evans’ two-year-old filly Haighmoor Boneddiges; already a winner this year she is by the Royal Welsh Male champion, Haighmoor Orient Express and out of a daughter of her Cuddy qualifier Haighmoor Glain. Mrs Phillips from Port Talbot was the successful bidder at £1,700.
Mr and Mrs Dorian Lloyd brought the ten-year-old Haighmoor Rhosyn Gwyn mare in good form. By the much respected Crugybar Mabon Mai, she had been a winner at Winter Fair and Glanusk as a youngster; now ten years old and having bred several foals, she was back in work under saddle. Despite not being the biggest she looked one of the bargains of the sale when knocked down to Mr McCarthy from Cardiff at £1,100.
Llanmorlais Braveheart topped the gelding prices at £2500, being bought by Mr Kilpatrick of Dundee. The nine-year-old bright bay had previously been successfully campaigned in Scotland with several championships to his credit. At only four years of age, Solloway Super-Star offered potential buyers the opportunity to bring on a younger animal; lightly backed as a three-year-old, this flashy chestnut cob gelding looked an exciting project for Miss Rowley from Warwickshire who had the final shout at £1,700.
Welsh Part-breds were led by the very attractive yearling filly Swynol Tiana which had caught the eye many at the 2017 Royal Welsh Winter Fair where she was reserve champion. She looked to have potential to go far in any sphere being by Menai Super Star, sire of many winners and out of a half-sister to the HM The Queen’s heavyweight hunter, Tower Bridge. She was Mrs Harvey’s of Southampton choice at £2,000.
Catalogued as a real ‘head turner’, the eight-year-old skewbald gelding Neebro Rainbow Warrior lived up to his description catching the eye of German buyer Mrs Claudia Kessler who had him at £1,600. Broken last year he started to develop his education both on the flat and over jumps and with his exceptional temperament should serve his new owner well. Ben Orchard bought the eight-year-old skewbald mare Lonwind China Doll as a foal, successfully showing her as a youngster on the county circuit including Royal Welsh. Now going well under saddle, she found a new home with Mr David Stephens from Devon at £1,500.
P.S. The next Brightwells Sale of Welsh Ponies & Cobs & their Part Breds will be the Hay at Hereford Sale on Saturday 29th September. We look forward to seeing you all there.