Brightwells 56th Annual Cob Sale Report by David Blair

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Sale Records Smashed at the Autumn Cob Sales

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Brightwells 56th Annual Cob Sale Report by David Blair

Enthusiasm for the Welsh sections C and D and their part-breds was very much in evidence at the annual ‘cob sale’ held on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. A clearance rate of 89% was achieved for 320 animals forward; one of the highest recorded at this sale yielding an overall average of £1,408. A total of 68 animals broke the £2,000 barrier.

Topping the sale at £25,500 and creating a Builth Sale record for a Welsh Cob sold was the very attractive six-year-old dun mare Llanarth Fair Lady from Geraint and Jess Hughes. Sired by Penlangrug Deio, who was bought on this Sale by the Bigley Family in 2008 as a yearling, she is out of that prolific breeding mare Llanarth Pam Evans. For many, Fair Lady had it all looks, temperament and ability with an enviable show record which included both Olympia and HOYS qualification; less than a month ago she gained third at HOYS. When bidding reached £20,000 two were left to battle it out with the gavel finally falling in favour of Melanie Alford at £25,500. Mrs Alford is no stranger to this ring having secured in 2018 the three- year -old colt Danyreglwys Jac Daniels for £15,500 also bought for daughter Charlotte to contest in ridden classes.

Sale topper Llanarth Fair Lady (C) Carol Jones
Sale topper: Llanarth Fair Lady (c) Carol Jones

Andrew Thomas and his team at Caederwen pulled out all the stops to produce the filly foal Caederwen Miss Monroe to second top price of £13,500. The striking eye catching palomino by Waunoris Golden Boy and out of Caederwen March Euraidd was more than just colour having a classic head and front. Back in 1999 another striking palomino foal Menai Golden Star took many people’s fancy but then successful bidder was Carol Prater; now twenty years on the Prater family bought another which they will be hoping can follow in the footsteps of Golden Star. Andrew Thomas also had £2,100 from Jack Bowerman for the dun colt foal Caederwen Jax-Son, a son of Cascob Jack Flash and out of a Danaway Scrumpy Jack mare.

Caederwen Miss Monroe (c) TBC
Top of the foals: Caederwen Miss Monroe (c) Hayley Grota

The leading priced section C at £10,000 went to Carole Anderson and son Glyn’s homebred Tyntyla Catkin. A striking dun she had matured well for a five-year-old and looked a million dollars in the ring. She was one of the last out of the twice Royal Welsh winner Tyntyla Catrin who previously had also produced several HOYS qualifiers. The astute eye of Erik Koele and son Maarten, who operate a very successful stud of dressage animals in Holland, secured the mare and will be an interesting mare for their resident section C stallion Fronarth Defoe.

Tyntyla Catkin with her purchaser Maarten Koele
Top of the Cs: Tyntyla Catkin with purchaser Maarten Koele (c) Carol Jones

Kallistalodge Gold Rush has certainly lived up to his name since going to Synod. The Jones’ spotted his potential as a young colt as the one to cross on their Synod Remington mares which he has done with great regularity and most with the added bonus of colour. However their top foal this year was chestnut, the upstanding filly Synod Rose Diamante a sister to their previous sale toppers Rose Diamond and Rose Honeysuckle. It was John Townsend who led the ‘gold rush’ this year giving £7,200 for the filly who joins his Crayvalley Stud at Llandrindod Wells home to the 2018 reserve Prince of Wales champion Cascob Delwyn another of his Cob Sale purchases as a foal. The stud also had £2,300 for the similarly bred palomino filly Synod Rosina Gold Lace by Kallistalodge Gold Rush and out of Synod Red Rosina.

The Builth Sale continues to receive the support of many of the top breeders who in turn provide plenty of choice for those looking for that elusive foal; thirteen foals made £2,000 plus. Within this year’s catalogue Haydn Hudson’s Maesyfelin Seren Aur looked special with outlook, size and a superb set of front combined with top drawer breeding being by Llanarth Fiery Jack and out of Maesyfelin Emma. She sold to Ms Togner in Sweden for £6,500. Keenleyside Golden Rose was a different type being by another sale graduate Kallistalodge The Ice Man and making £3,400 to Mr Sawyer from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.

Maesyfelin Seren Aur (c) Jose Attrell
Maesyfelin Seren Aur (c) Jose Attrell

Also from North East England came the black filly Hillgarth National Mai with a real ‘look at me’ presence. By Thorneyside The Highwayman and out of a Gwenllan Sam mare, she was already a champion going to  Glyn Jones of Aberhosan Stud at £3,000. Gwenllan Sam was also the grandsire of Taiforgan Rocketman which looked a show colt for the future. Obviously Dutchman Henrie Leeuwenhaag thought the same snapping him up at £3,000.

Haydn Hudson’s consignment also included Black Velvet a two year-old full sister to Seren Aur knocked down at £2,600 to Erik Koele. Their dam, the nine year-old Maesyfelin Emma, was also dam of Maesyfelin Rosie the 2017 Royal Welsh Youngstock champion. Covered again by Llanarth Fiery Jack she could well be one of the bargains of the 2019 Sale at £6,500 going to Kent breeder Joe Lee of Leebron Stud.

The eight year-old stallion Perthog Sir Terry attracted the attention of those looking for an up and going animal. A winner at Lampeter as a yearling, he has since been in Denmark competing in FEI pony dressage with much success. Well-schooled, he had manners to spare taking everything in his stride. Jane Vosper of the Badgeworth Arena in Somerset who previously had taken the ridden cob championship at the Royal Welsh twice in the late nineties was looking to return to county showing and seized the opportunity to have him at £7,000. Sir Terry’s breeders Michelle and Dorian Lloyd who produced Sir Terry for his owner Carl Trock also had forward their own half-brother Perthog Pele by Haighmoor Orient Express. A three year-old colt that oozed quality and balance, he looked the sort to have a real future in ridden classes. Mrs S O’Connor from Somerset bought him at £5,200.

Perthog Sir Terry
Perthog Sir Terry in his new home

Gemma Paxford’s three year-old colt Fairgrove Eli was another one would expect to see next in the ridden ring. By Gwenllan Deio and out of Menai Eliza Rose, the Winter Fair foal champion had matured well with HOYS potential stamped all over him. Mrs K Machin from Stafford had him at £5,000. 

Section C females also had their share of the spoils. The ten-year-old Synod Miss Judy was up-to-height but remained a true pony much of which undoubtedly came from her sire Synod Grouse. She combined the best of the ‘R’ and ‘G’ lines at Synod and was in foal to Synod Robyn Dundee. Aimee Devane, more readily associated with ridden animals, had the last call on her at £4,800.

Synod Miss Judy (c) Carol Jones
Synod Miss Judy (c) Carol Jones

More quality was on offer with John and Jacky Kirk’s three-year-old Donys Dawnus out of their three times Royal Welsh winner Donys Lili-lon and by Blaencila Bonheddwr. She had the scope for both in-hand and ridden so it will be interesting to see which direction she goes with the Joyner family who had her at £3,300.The Joyner Family sold the versatile Synod Rose Andrea; only a five year old she had wins in hand, ridden and working hunter. This is just the sort of animal Gunn Johansson has favoured for her riding centre in Sweden and she went home with her - a very good buy at £2,400.

Another no stranger to winning was Fronarth Miss Nerys a twelve-year-old mare by Fronarth Ginola and out the prolific mare Fronarth Nightshade. Miss Nerys won endless youngstock championships including at Lampeter. She was a real breeder’s choice and was yet another to go overseas this time to Dick Hols from Holland at £3,100.

Leading the part-breds was Geraint and Jess Hughes’ four year-old gelding Nantshan Usher. Interestingly bred by Llanarth Revelation and out of Summergrove Attraction a 17hh sports horse he was the sort to be a real force within future working hunter classes. He was another bound for Sweden with Gunn Johansson having the last call on him at £6,000. Gunn Johansson also bought the 15.2hh Regal Ruby at £4,500. Still green but with plenty of potential to make a very good all-rounder, the quality six year-old is sure to be a hit with her Swedish clients. One with a little more mileage was the four -year-old hunter type gelding Caegarwmawr Winston by the riding pony Telynau Just-William and out of a coloured native type mare. Miss P Stubbs from Buxton had him for £2,600. Eurig Eynon’s black colt foal offered buyers an opportunity to acquire a top potential competition animal being by Lodor Ffrwlyn Llwyd and out of the grade A show-jumper Positana. He looked a very good buy at £1,000.

Nantshan Usher (c) Carol Jones
Nantshan Usher: top of the Part Breds (c) Carol Jones

Across the board there was a feel good factor with many of the regular sale goers reflecting on what was generally agreed to be one of the best for many years. A total of 57 animals were sold to overseas buyers; France 18, Germany 13, Sweden 10, Holland 8, Czech Republic 4, Denmark 2 and Ireland 2.

Sale Report thanks to David Blair