The Autumn Cob Sale 2018 by David Blair
It was widely predicted that the previous record price of £22,000 was likely to be broken at this year’s Annual Cob Sale but no one could possibly have foreseen the way it was broken. It was not until almost the final hour of the sale that the fireworks began.
The section C stallion Tyrllawn Rolls-Royce (pictured above, (C) Sarah Hayman), produced in excellent order by owner Justin Walters, had a CV which would be the envy of many more than twice his age. He was not only a dual winner at Royal Welsh but had also produced Royal Welsh winners; he was the youngest ever winner of the WPCS Sire Ratings Scheme and had qualified ridden for HOYS despite still only being six years old. Bidding accelerated at a pace never seen at these sales with £5,000 increments the order of the day before the hammer finally fell at £45,000 in favour of Mr Billy Groom as a surprise early Christmas present for his wife Dawn. Mrs Groom is no stranger to these sales having bought the Thorneyside Gold Dust for £20,000 in 2014,the filly foal Fronarth Model Princess for £11,500 in 2013 and in 2012 the section C filly foal Taincwm X Factor for £6,500.
Just as Tyrllawn Rolls-Royce created ringside excitement on Sunday so did the McNeal Family’s Danyreglwys Jac Daniels on the Saturday sale. Brought to the sale looking ‘twelve o’clock’ he bore a striking resemblance to his sire Llanarth Fiery Jack and like his sire, was a Royal Welsh winner. Now three years old, he had been bought as a foal from his breeder Nia Llewellin who had shown his dam, Danyreglwys Ebony by Gwynfaes Culhwch with great success around the South Wales circuit. Many had marked him in their catalogues but as the bidding developed two were left with Melanie Alford having the last shout on him at £15,500 eclipsing a phone bid from Holland. Melanie Alford could not have been better pleased with her purchase being bought for daughter Charlotte to eventually contest HOYS classes. She said later, “He is a ‘no rush’ project and probably will not appear before he is five.” Delighted with his temperament she added, “I want him to become a normal pony first but will probably take semen from him before he is broken.”
[Lot 362 Danyreglwys Jac Daniels (C) Carol Jones]
Stock by the former Cuddy qualifier Llanarth Fiery Jack were very much in demand; the six year old Mountainhare Jack’s Lad was one. He had been successfully competing in dressage up to BD elementary level with owner Sarah Bosomworth who described him as a ”very well behaved stallion” which was very much in evidence in the ring. A young stallion with a big future he found a new home with Mrs Chapman from Dinas Powys at £7,000. Another Fiery Jack son and like the others a very good mover was the gelding, Danyreglwys Crackerjack which sold on the opening afternoon of the three day sale for £2,000.Only a four year old and recently broken he was full brother to Jac Daniels.
Kylebeck Crespo a twelve year old stallion by Crugybar Mabon Mai is not only a winner himself including supreme champion at Lampeter in 2014 but also a prolific stockgetter producing winners at major shows. Described by vendor Richard Francis as a “money making machine” he joined Graham Schofield’s Dearne-Valley Stud in South Yorkshire at £6,000.
[Lot 521 Nantwood Georgia (c) Carol Jones]
Good sound breeding mares, especially those into double figures age wise, struggled to find new homes which obviously reflected the cut back in breeding within the breed. If bargains were to be found then it probably lay within this category. However this was not the case for all with several of the younger mares selling to expectations. Mr and Mrs Bentley’s Nantwood Georgia was one such mare. By Derwen Sea Adventure and out of Gwynfaes Seren JR going back to Horeb Euros, the five year old looked a real eyeful in the ring exuding quality and character; big fronted and with quality to spare she was the choice of Rod Rees from Horeb at £4,500.The Smiths from Trevallion have an established tradition of the dun colour within their gene pool and brought two foals and a mare - all dun. The mare was the six year old Trevallion Blondie by Trevallion Hooch and scanned in foal to Trevallion Ritz and a daughter of great producer Trevallion Golden Girl herself by Crugybar Mabon Mai. She went north to Miss Pritchard from Cumbria for £4,000.
[The Trevallion Stud Consignment (c) Carol Jones]
2018 will probably not be remembered as a vintage year for foals being offered which probably accounted for the auctioneers having to work harder than usual to find homes for most of the foals on offer. However the Smiths made the auctioneers task easy with the dun filly foal Trevallion Angelina. This upstanding filly by Trevallion Ritz and out of a full sister to Trevallion Blondie owned the ring with her movement and carriage finding a new home with John Townsend from Llandrindod at £6,000. John Townsend has a successful record purchasing from the Sale his highly successful Cascob Delwyn (this year’s Royal Welsh Show Male Champion and reserve champion Cob) came from the same sale ring in 2016.
Mrs Nesta Owen, Desach Stud had a very good sale last year selling; readily associated with colour this year on the ‘other side of the fence’ her astute eye found favour not surprisingly with Goldenrina Limited Edition a very smart palomino colt foal at £3,100. Consigned by Cath Powell this striking colt was yet another by Llanarth Fiery Jack. Completing a rather unique quintet of four-figure prices achieved by offspring of the Llanarth stallion was the prize-winning filly foal, Cwmhafod New Addition at £1,050.
Highest priced of the cob youngsters was the palomino yearling filly Keenleyside Glitter Girl at £4,000 bought by Carol Prater. She was by Kallistalodge The Ice Man himself by Trevallion Jumping Jack also sire of Kallistalodge Gold Rush the successful sire at Synod which was again responsible for their top lots. This year it was the turn of the cream filly foal Synod Rose Honeysuckle and the palomino colt foal Synod Royal-Gold to fly the Stud’s flag and both were bought by Danish enthusiast Jacob Larson for £2,800 and £3,000 respectively.
[Lot 484 Oldforge Brenin (c) Carol Jones]
A phone bid of £5,000 from Mrs Hughes secured the six year old dun stallion Oldforge Brenin. Presented under saddle, in the ring he exuded both presence and character and with his black ‘points’, four whites and with the much sought after substance he should attract the attention of the HOYS judges. Popsters Stud never fail to bring something that gets the buyers excited. This year the choice was the bay filly foal Popsters Storytime; a filly that had size, substance and scope. With breeding that has served the stud well in the past this “ready-made” filly was knocked down to Mrs Steeples of Ashbourne in Derbyshire for £4,100.
Parvadean The General topped the 2004 sale at £13,000. This year Doreen and Cerdin Jones offered a fourteen year old mare, Synod Ringlets Dancing Queen by him and out of their 2012 HOYS qualifier Synod Ringlets Last. A proven breeder at Synod she was covered by Synod Robyn Dundee and made £3,200 to Michelle Jones and Andrew Griffiths from Llanelly Hill.
The crossing of Welsh Cob on Thoroughbred is a well tried and tested formula for breeding a performance animal. Leading the part-bred prices was an eye-catching example of that crossing, the three year old gelding Rosedew Blue Print. Sired by Ionos Llion and out of the TB Brenda -Dell and standing around 16 hands, the well-mannered gelding looked the sort to find a home doing workers, dressage or eventing. He looked an exciting project for buyer Mrs Ray from Hampshire who was last in at £4,000.
Another with manners to spare was Murrayhall Ceredig an eight year old cob gelding. The owner’s lack of time had prevented him achieving his potential but though lacking mileage he had hunted, competed a 90 level cross country and won a gate jumping competition. Ann Staniland was successful at £3,800.The 15hh palomino part-bred mare Honeygold which had hunted and also show jumped at local level made £3,400. Described as “takes everything in his stride” Cochycwm Duke, an eight year old cob gelding attracted attention from potential buyers looking for an all-round family horse. Buying him at £3,000 was Mr P Brown from Hemel Hempstead.
From an entry of 494 forward, 377 sold averaging £1,078 with a clearance rate of 77%.This is the highest sale average since 2007 when it was £1,194. Eleven animals sold to £4,000 and over with a further 34 in the range £2,000 - £4,000.
Overseas interest was again very much in evidence with 60 sold for export with Germany having 25, Holland 13 and France 7. Others were Sweden, Ireland, Czech Republic and Denmark 3 each with 1 going to Belgium, Japan and Finland.
Report by David Blair
Photos courtesy of Carol Jones & Sarah Hayman