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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Breeds combine for a wintery display of foals and youngstock

ABOVE: Supreme purebred Welsh was Cara Cavanagh’s Cob filly Daquara Misty Blue. Picture: CARMEL PETHICK

THE Riding Pony and Welsh Pony people combined to produce a display of lovely youngsters at the Winter Fair at Tatura.

Both breeds are known to be prime contributors to show horse classes and there’s no doubt that the babies present will in a couple of years be making their presences felt under saddle or in harness.

The judge in the Welsh foal ring, Sue De Crespigny, comes from a family whose Viewbank Welsh Stud is one of the oldest in the country. She chose Whitmere Brittania, a part Welsh filly, as her supreme champion part bred.

Normally shown in hand by Mitch Fox for Annie Williams, she was capably handled on the day by his fiancée Brooke Sweeney because Mitch was laid out with a set of spectacular bruises to his knee and thigh courtesy of a kick from one of their horses.

“He didn’t like getting his tail washed,” Mitch said ruefully.

The filly had a big day as she also competed in the Riding Pony ring, taking out the Supreme exhibit sash there as well.

In the pure-bred Welsh section, Ms De Crespginy chose Joanne Raper’s gelding as her supreme champion.

Loris Kellock judged the Welsh Youngstock and the winning supreme pure bred was a popular choice with all onlookers. The Palomino Cob filly Cara Cavanagh’s Daquara Misty Blue shown by Lauren Farquhar is a great mover and a true Cob. The fact she is such a beautiful colour is a bonus. The supreme part-bred youngster was Wynara Stud’s Wynara Summer Love. Possibly the busiest, and no doubt the fittest, person at the show was Taylah Lee, showing a team of ponies for owners. She took home the sashes for champion Section A Foal with Kiuna Park Pop Candy, champion Cob foal with Glengarry Gattuso, reserve champion Cob Foal with Hillswood Lilliebet, reserve champion Part Welsh Filly with Kiuna Park Primadonna and a first with the Section A Colt foal with Woranora Nomad.

In the Riding Pony ring, judged by Maryjane Mitton, the champion show pony gelding was Roseden Minks Masterpiece shown by Allison Banks.

The society acknowledges the difference between show hunter and show pony types.

The Show Hunter Pony foals ring saw Dean Mathews’ Heritage Park Chada named champion filly. The champion Show Hunter Pony Colt/Gelding sash went to Carra-Leigh Park Tennessee Whisky owned by Christie Linke and handled by Nicole Guppy.

The award for the Pair of RPSBS foals by same sire went to the progeny of “Lyrics”.

GALLERY: 1. Wynara Summer Love owned by Lia Blacket and shown by Terry Hocking was Champion RPSB Part Welsh Youngstock and Supreme Part Welsh Youngstock. 2. Lavuka Isabella, owned and shown by Geoffrey Marks, was champion youngstock. 3. Supreme Welsh Foal Glengarry Gattuso was shown by Taylah Lee. 4. Champion Show Pony Colt or Gelding Roseden Minks Masterpiece owned by Allison Banks. 5. Gentry Park Sunday’s Secret shown by Fox Equestrian was Champion RPSBS male foal and Supreme RPSBS foal. 6. Ashtan Park A Night to Remember, owned by Chris Symmons, was Champion part welsh Colt and Supreme Champion Open Breeds. 7. Emily Pearn's Ripplebrook Never Never. 8. Annie Williams’ Whitmere Britannia was Champion RP Show Filly and Supreme Champion Riding Pony Foal. Pictures: CARMEL PETHICK

Welsh Pony and Cob Society of Australia – results Winter Fair 2022
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