Spring Sale sees best average for a decade

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Spring Sale sees best average for a decade

A catalogue with a smaller number of entries than usual for this annual sale did not deter buyers travelling from all over the UK with others making the trip from overseas. Seventy-seven animals were catalogued with sixty-eight forward on the day resulting in only seven not finding new homes giving a 90% clearance. The sale average at £760 was the highest since 2009 with all sections within the catalogue recording improved averages on the year.

Topping the sale at £3600 was Hayden Hudson’s eye-catching three-year-old cob filly Maesyfelin Touch of Class. Aptly named, she was by previous Cuddy qualifier Llanarth Fiery Jack and out of the medal winning mare Maesyfelin Emma; the potential shown should ensure the filly having a successful future with her new owner Mr Harvey from Stoke-on-Trent. Also making over the £3k mark was the nine year old gelding Murrayhall Ceredig going to Miss Bradshaw from Droitwich at £3200. Interestingly bred being by Trevallion Hooch and out of the Crugybar Mabon Mai daughter Pennal Lady Patsy, the striking bay with ‘a leg at each corner’ has notched up wins in mountain and moorland classes both on the flat and over the rustics.

Another cob with champions’ blood in her veins was Mr Arwyn Hughes’ homebred Cefncoch Super Model being sired by Gwenllan Deio and out of Cefncoch Gweneira - both supreme champions. She caught the eye of Mrs Morbey from Monmouth who had the nine year old for £2200. Also going home with Mrs Morbey was the top priced C of the day, Mr Glyn Anderson’s Tyntyla Eleanor at £2000. Foaled in 2018 she is by the much acclaimed Donys Importance and out of the prolific producing mare Tyntyla Catkin whose offspring have excelled both in hand at under saddle including HOYS qualification.

German enthusiast Mrs Claudia Kessler is no stranger to this sale having bought well in the past. This time her pick was the five year old mare Penycrug Gwawr at £1950. Professionally broken last year she had  been brought on slowly and was ready to progress her ridden career. The year younger, Kilgour Black Magic suited those looking for a ‘project’ having been left totally unspoiled in readiness to start his education. Taking him on at £1650 was Mr Harvey who also secured the top priced Maesyfelin Touch of Class.

The astute eye of Mrs Debbie Barr found favour with the yearling part-bred piebald filly Llynhelyg Diamante Supreme taking her home to her yard in Lewes, Sussex for £1600. The top line of her pedigree had Synod Reflection as grand-sire while the dam was by the coloured sports horse sire Keltek Osbek. With her floating paces and look-at-me outlook she should be one to follow in the future.

Topping the section for A and B at £1000 was Mr Barry White’s Caeglas Sapphire a nine year old mare with many youngstock prizes to her name including fourth as a yearling at the Royal Welsh. Overall 14 animals in the Welsh section broke the four figure barrier.

In addition to the ‘Welsh’ sale there was also a general sale where several lots attracted the attention of the buyers with five making four figures. Best of them was Mr Lawlor’s eight year-old piebald gelding Paddy who was happily jumping coloured poles and made £2250 to Mr Stevens from North Tawton, Devon. The Moes Family’s Irish bred sports horse, Mirah, made £2000 to Mr Guilding from Oxford. The eight year old chestnut mare standing around 158cm had the makings of a real young rider’s competition horse. Also of similar height was Mark a twelve year-old skewbald gelding who was proving not to be the plodder required for the vendors trekking centre. Miss Pearson from Oxford saw a use for him having the last call at £1800.

The sale also included a genuine reduction sale of Mrs Angela Reed’s stud of Standard Shetland ponies well known for hardiness and amenable natures. The consignment of nineteen ponies and all chestnut was topped by the mares Lloegr Aloe, an eight year old by Claylands Classic and the nine year old Lloegr Diamond by Zennor Arthur both selling at £600.

Our next sale of Welsh Ponies & Cobs and their Part Breds will be Hay at Hereford on Saturday 28th September. Please put it in your diary.

Report by David Blair.