Enthusiasm not deterred by the weather conditions
The 65th Fayre Oaks Sale overcame the worst of the remnants of hurricane Callum which had made many roads in South Wales impassable due to severe flooding. In many places it was the worst flooding in Wales for over 30 years. However it did not deter the usual enthusiasm this sale brings and proceedings got under way slightly later accommodating those who had to detour many miles to make it to Builth Wells.
Despite the conditions being experienced across the country the sale ran in its usual clockwork fashion over the two days. Because of the weather the grass ring was not used to its full potential as in previous years but this did not deter both vendors and buyers alike. A total of 416 animals were forward gaining a 65% clearance and producing an overall average of £492.The Saturday evening High-Flyer section of the sale had its best average since 2011 reaching £3,545. Sixty-two animals topped the four figure mark with the top 11 being section A. Overseas interest was again present with a total of 62 going for export; Holland 42, France 8, Sweden 5, Spain 3, Japan 2 and Ireland 2.
As it was in 2017, the High-Flyer section of the sale produced the sale leader. This time it was Stewart Franklin’s Sarum Charlie a six year old section A gelding by the much garlanded Heniarth Quinnell. Produced in fine form by Popsters, he had been lightly but very successfully shown including qualifying for HOYS at Royal Welsh and going on to stand 5th in the final at Birmingham. He certainly lived up to his catalogue description of being “one of the Sale’s attractive lots” eventually being knocked down to Mrs Parris at £7,000.
Also in the High-Flyer section was Sandy Anderson’s four year old stallion Thistledown The Special One. Broken and produced for the sale by Sharn Linney, he had all the makings of serious contender for future ridden classes and should be yet another to represent the highly successful Thistledown prefix within the ridden world. Miss J. Morgan from Chester won the bidding battle against a telephone bidder securing him at £5,700.
Ann Overton-Ablitt’s Colne prefix is another well-known in ridden circles and Colne Tiger Bay had the additional in hand showing credentials having qualified for the prestigious Cuddy Final as both a two and a three year old colt. Gelded, he returned to HOYS as a four year old gaining dual qualification for HOYS as a first ridden and open ridden section A. He was the choice of Mrs Conibear from Exeter at £4,700. Colne Tornado, a former Fayre Oaks graduate and a full brother to Tiger Bay by Nantydywll Telor out of Colne Tiara was previously champion youngstock at the 2012 Royal Welsh. Bought by Mr Howatson as a foal in 2009, a change in policy at his Sangrug Stud saw Tornado being offered, selling at £3800 to Mrs Summerfield who bought Menai Seren Wen on the first evening sale back in 2003.
Also with Royal Welsh credentials was the Cobley Family’s four year old mare Tryfel Cinderella. Sired by the 2017 Reserve Royal Welsh Male Champion Tryfel Triumph and out of the ‘Brightwells’ champion Tryfel Bethan she was scanned in foal the Royal Welsh winner Pendock Paige Boy. Sonia Smith of the Trevallion Stud had the last call on her at £3,700.
Another with an impressive showing record was the very attractive dun mare Tyrcoeds Dainty. Described as being “what mothers dream of” she certainly added credence to the statement when her little rider did an ‘underneath’ and ‘an around the world’ without the thirteen year old mare blinking an eye. Mr Swistun’s bid of £4,500 secured this eye catcher.
Thistledown Spring Melody attracted the attention of several buyers who had a show mare on their shopping list. Sired by Waxwing Victory and out of Pinfold Spring Melody who was sold on the 2008 Fayre Oaks for £3,500, the ten year old looked in her prime with personality to spare being knocked down to Sally Langford of Salbrook Stud at £4,500 who hopes to have her produced for the 2019 season.
Sharing the £3,000 mark were another two section A ponies. Colne Troika had been here before when he was sold by his breeder as a yearling for £2,600. Now a six year old the up-to-height stallion had matured well and looked ‘a picture’ selling to Vicky Wigglesworth from Hyde in Cheshire as a future contender in ridden classes. Also at the same figure was Stewart Franklin’s very attractive and much liked Sarum Rosalind. From his famous ‘R’ line at Sarum, the three year-old filly had an impressive array of championships to her credit and should be a very useful addition to Ilona Pykalainen’s stud which in recent years has relocated to Spain.
Glasfach Rattling Rose is another previous graduate and with her distinctive colouring is one that is never forgotten. As a foal she attracted considerable interest and again this time as a four year old mare going to Mrs Fukushima of Japan at £4,000.
Gary Atkinson who is more readily associated with section A ponies at his Coffeepot Stud in Co Durham, bought the top priced section B at £2,800.This was the seven year-old palomino mare Bannut Precious Charm bred by Jane Hill but sold here as part of the Thistledown consignment. By Hilin Pyrs Bach and out of a daughter of Carwed Charmer she was in foal to Thistledown Arctic-Air. Mike Johnston also consigned a palomino mare also with a touch of Bannut breeding being by his home bred stallion Fontmell Rheingold by Bannut Regal Light. This was the nine year old Fontmell Niobe which during the summer had been backed and sold to Miss Wallace for £2,600.
Ylva Lindh, who heads up the Welsh Society in Sweden, used the visit to Builth to increase her Welsh section B stud. Her choice at £2,400 was the top lot of Dewi Evans 2018 consigned the 10 year old Eyarth Leilani. Shown successfully in youngstock classes she is out of Eyarth Ophelia and by Hilin Etifedd. Mrs Lindh also bought the nine year old palomino Morwyn Bronze Desert Fleur at £500. Also heading to Sweden at £1,550 with Mrs K Andersson-Holm, secretary of her home society, was the Dutch bred six year old mare Hoekhorst J’Adore. By the 2015 Royal Welsh champion and HOYS ridden qualifier Paddock Marquis she is out of the Hoeke Family’s good line back to Talhaearn Jessabel by Eyarth Celebration. Making up the ‘Swedish section B’ quartet was Priestwood Majolica, a yearling daughter of Lemonshill Top Note going to Miss Nilsson at £1550.
Robert Hensby continues to be an excellent supporter of this sale and his annual draft is always viewed with much interest. Topping his 2018 offering and also section B foals was the cream colt foal Laithehill Toreador a double cross of Heaton Romeo through his sire Laithehill Oberon and dam Laithehill Magnolia. At £1,400 he was bound for Spain with Miss E Battin. Topping the section A foals was another en route for Sweden, the chestnut colt Thistledown Sugar Daddy going to well-known mountain pony breeder Per Aschan at £1,300.Carrying several of the successful lines at Thistledown he should provide a very useful outcross for Mr Aschan. Also selling at £1,300 was the chestnut filly foal Evadem She’s A Lady a full sister to last year’s top price foal being by Cascob Red Kite and out of Glyncoch Seren Wen.
Back in 1978 the Vaughan Family topped the Fayre Oaks Sale with Orielton Aristocrat then, at first evening sale in 2003 they topped the sale with their part-bred Orielton Beamish; now in 2018 they were again to the fore topping the part-bred at £3,000 with their three year old gelding, Heatherton Spectre. Already a winner at the Royal Welsh he was the type likely to make a 148cm show pony.
Kitty Bodily along with her mother Jill Williams have been having a great run with their breeding in the ridden classes culminating recently with the Mountain and Moorland Championship at HOYS a few weeks ago. Here they offered the up-to-height cream gelding Glebedale Versace half-brother to the 2017 International champion, Pendock Paige Boy, and by Thistledown Let It Be. He obviously had the potential to go far which was obviously spotted by Mrs Laity from Truro who had the gavel fall in her favour at £3,600. The best of the section B geldings at £2,200 was the four year old Waxwing Glory Days. Already successful in novice classes he also found a new home in Cornwall going to Mrs Lewis of Newquay.
A limited edition of the Royal Worcester model of Coed Coch Planed with certificate made £1,700 with a Beswick model Gredington Simwnt realising £250. WPCS Journals covering the years 1962 to 2016 made £380 and Stud Books 32 to 89 made £200.
Photos courtesy of Ann Fisher & David Blair