"Where quality is a Quest"

Welsh ponies Section A & B

 


A few highlights from the first 21 years
at the Heniarth for you to consider:


Over seventy years combined interest in the breed but only twenty years and just over one hundred animals bred under the Heniarth prefix,

One of only four studs in the history of the Royal Welsh Show to own and breed both Section A & B Champions, (the others being Coed Coch, Gredington & Springbourne)

Heniarth Yum-Yum is the only Mountain Pony in the history of the Royal Welsh Show to become Youngstock Champion and return to stand Overall Champion.

The only stud to have homebred stallions appearing in both the Section A & B In-Hand Sire Ratings listing for 2014, as well as breeding the only Mountain Pony to appear in the Open Ridden Performance Section.

Champion A & B at the 2015 W.P.C.S. Performance Show were by Heniarth bred stalliions.

35% of the Open Ridden A class at the 2014 Horse of the Year Show had a Heniarth connection with 1st & 2nd by Heniarth Quinnell who himslf was 5th!

2015 Royal Welsh Show Champion Section B sire based on points won by his progeny was Heniarth Wood-Wind, whilst the Reserve Champion Section A sire was Heniarth Quip!

Champion A at the 2015 Swedish National Show was by Heniarth Yarra Glen, Champion A at the French National Show was out of Heniarth Tweedledee and the Champion B for the second year running was by Heniarth Wood-Wind!

Three Heniarth Mountain Ponies qualified for the Horse of the Year Show; one in the Lead Rein; one in the First Ridden and one in the Open, as well as various animals by our stallions.

Supreme Ridden Pony at the Horse of the Year Show 2015 - Sarum Rembrandt by Heniarth Quinnell.

2016 - Heniarth Quinnell is the recipient of the Brodrick Trophy for his outstanding contribution to the Welsh Pony & Cob Society

 





20th International Welsh Show


Following on from Denmark and Holland, the 20th International Show is in the dream location of the Sydney Olympic Equestrian venue, not that far from the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. If ever there was an occasion to make that "trip of a lifetime" now is it, to help the Australian Society celebrate their 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary.

Give it some serious  thought and mark it in your diary now! Sure you won't regret it!

Check it out : http://uk.sydney.com/


Unfortunately the website has become a bit behind the times during the summer of 2017 but we hope to give you an overview of what has been going on at Heniarth and we hope that you will continue to check back in at regular intervals of at least "Like" our Facebook page to keep ahead of things. Diolch yn fawr!

 



AUSTRALIAN SUCCESS -


The two year old colt, Heniarth Va Va Voom made his new season debut at Geelong Royal Show to stand Section B Champion recently. Va Va Voom is from the first crop of Tooravale Houston out of Weston Park Vanilla by Steehorst Kyro. Seems as if this cross is working well and Houston has three foals due out of Kyro mares back here at Heniarth in 2018.

Also the three year old colt, Tooravale Pryderi, the result of  a frozen semen mating from Heniarth Wood-Wind, made his show ring debut recently at Lancefield Agricultural Show to stand Overall Welsh Champion which hopefully spells an exciting future for him.

Many thanks to Wendy Trimble and Shane Bysouth for promoting these ponies and bloodlines "down-under" and also to Sarah Cattanach for handling them so professionally.
 

Tooravale Pryderi
Overall Champion Welsh Exhibit at Lancefield Agricultural Show
Sire: Heniarth Wood-Wind (AI UK)
Dam: Tooravale Rhiannon ( Weston Park Iolanthe x Trentlyn Rarity (Weston Cottonwood x Trentlyn Rhapsody)

 


HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW -


Really proud of Heniarth Yes Sir (Heniarth Mr.Milligan x Sunwillow Yasmin) standing fourth in the lead rein final, being the youngest pony at five years old ridden by the youngest rider aged four, and as can be seen by this amusing photo they took it all in their stride!

Really pleased for Anoushka, Sally and Anya Potter for doing such a great job with this combination throughout the summer, it has been a pleasure to hear their news.

Two offspring of Heniarth Quinnell featured in the top five of the Open Ridden Mountain Pony class, namely Sarum Charlie and Heidi Bennett for the Sarum Stud and previous winner Powys Sprite with India Latter. This in the same week that Quinnell's first Australian progeny were being born, via frozen semen.Fantastic that the Sunwillow Quest family keeps performing so well.

Hopefully a quiet time for the next few months and a few more Heniarth novices will be out on the circuit in 2018.
  Thank you to all those that attended our Merlod Myrddin joint open day in order to raise funds for the Royal Welsh Show Carmarthenshire Feature County appeal. The day, and the evening, was a huge success and raised in excess of £11,000 towards the improvement of the equine facilities at the showground.

VIEW IMAGES FROM THE DAY BY EUROS LLYR MORGAN

 
 
Photo: Sarah Hayman

Heniarth Yesterday (Colne Turbo x Sunwillow Yasmin by Pendock Legend) made her debut as a broodmare and after three outings, came away with three seconds! However, these were genuinely in good company being second to the champion Islyn Asbri at Ceredigion, second to the eventual champion Flydon Llwy Pwdin at the Royal Welsh and then second to the Cuddy qualifier and Supreme of Show, Fouroaks Coco Chanel at Pembrokeshire....so she held her own as a seven year old! Her  colt foal Heniarth Johnny B.Goode by Fouroaks Cameron will soon be winging his way to Eckbacken in Sweden in the hope he will be a  good cross for the Heniarth Mr.Milligan and Yarra Glen daughters.

and our other little superstar.....



Heniarth Sh-Boom
(Blanche Montana x heniarth Yippee-aye-Yeah by Roseisle Pandy Tudyr)
Property of Ceri Fell, handled by Justin Davis
 

 

 







HENIARTH YES SIR -

(Heniarth Mr.Milligan x Sunwillow Yasmin by Pendock Legend) has had a tremendous season with Horse of the Year Show qualification at the Scottish Horse Show as well as Supremes at Equifest and the British Show Pony Society Championships for young rider Aston Potter-Firth, all home produced by mom Anoushka, and granny Sally Potter.

Being based in North Yorkshire we rarely get to see the trio in action so it's nice to receive glowing reports on how well they went, often taking on the "professionals" and very often beating them!

Mr.Milligan has had quite the trio of performers out this year with his sons Malby Mahjong (out of a Heniarth Yarra Glen mare!) and Mynyddtarren Hugo scoring consistently well for their young riders in everything from lead rein and first ridden thru to working hunter pony! Great kids ponies and reenforcing our judgement to have used the Mr. Milligan son, Heniarth Scheckter on the mares at Heniarth this year.
        






RHOSON SHANCO - 
(Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Sipsi by Cottrell Faberge) has had a tremendous season under saddle this year having overcome various set backs along the way, but although getting some great marks and some even better placings, has become the "bridesmaid" in each of his Horse of the Year Show qualifying classes.

No doubt he will get there in time, but meanwhile he has given us and many onlookers a lot of pleasure.
        

HENIARTH YOURS TRULY
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(Heniarth Quip x Sunwillow Yasmin by Pendock Legend) was recently named Champion Welsh Mountain Section A at the French National Show under Mark Kilbey of the Idyllic Stud. "Yo Yo" was purchased as a foal by Etienne and Catrin Stevens of the Gui Nel Stud of Welsh Cobs so we are thrilled that their only Mountain pony choice has paid dividends!
As for Heniarth Quip, he will be staying in Belgium for 2018 with Marc and Anita Aaerts at their Voermanhoff Stud where he has become quite a hit, leaving some very promising stock.

Whilst in France....Heniarth Tintagel is not just proving himself as a succesful sire but also in his abilities as a show jumper placing 4th in the National competition for four year olds, whilst his yearling daughter Golden Rose Galicias was selected as Welsh Champion of Champions at the same event for owner /breeder Anais Lefebvre. Quite an achievement against all ages...and imports!

Photo: Ecary


HENIARTH SHOWBIZ -

(Blanche Montana x Heniarth Yippee-aye-Yeah by Roseisle Pandy Tudyr) managed to complete the grand slam of showing awards this season by not only winning his two year old colt class at Lampeter, then Glanusk, but also the Royal Welsh Show.

Owned by Ceri Fell and produced by Team Popsters he has been a delight to see....not overshown but shown when it mattered and he's certainly made us proud breeders.

His full sister Heniarth Sh-boom was third at the Royal Welsh Show as well as reserve champion at the Royal Bath & West and looks set to become another fine representative for his HOYS finalist mother.

Yippee had another quality colt this year, Heniarth Shakespeare by Fouroaks Cameron and is back in foal to him for 2018. We think Shakespeare will be another one to follow in the future!



EYARTH CHLOE -

(Rhoson Shem x Eyarth Isabella by Eyarth Celebration) arrived here on loan from Jess and Joe at Eyarth to fulfill several roles. One, as a promotion for Rhoson Shem's progeny, two, as a potential wife for Tooravale Hoston and thirdly in the hope she might collect a few rosettes along the way. She has succeeded in all accounts!

A winner each time out, including gaining a W.P.C.S. medal she culminated her brief career by winning her class at the Royal Welsh Show where she also won many "grandstand admirers".

Chloe is now scanned in foal to Tooravale Houston for 2018 when we hope that the amalgamation of top Weston bred animals will come together to produce some exciting offspring.

Many thanks to all at Eyarth for giving us this opportunity.

Photo: Theo ten Brinke
        

 





RHOSON ANZAC -

(Tooravale Houston x Rhoson Anna-Lena by Millcroft Ghost) seen here in the rain at the Royal Welsh where he stood 6th, having won or been top three in his other outings before he makes his way to the Kulltorps Stud in Sweden.

The first U.K.  born son of Houston we hope he'll make his mark in Scandinavia and introduce the blood of Weston Choice and Mary Anne to the Scandinavian breeders.

Rhoson Anna-lena is scanned in foal to Houston once again for 2018

Photo by Wendy Trimble



HENIARTH ARIETTA
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(Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Anoushka by Steehorst Kyro) has been retained at Heniarth in the joint ownership of Wendy Trimble and Shane Bysouth of Tooravale in Australia.

A great character and a tremendous show-off she has been a pleasure to show and remained unbeaten from her five outings as a yearling, picking up a W.P.C.S. Bronze medal at Monmouthshire County Show.

Her chestnut 2017 full brother Heniarth Antique has turned quite a few heads this summer, unfortunately due to buyer default he is back on the market.

Rhoson Anoushka is scanned in foal to Tooravale Houston for 2018

(Anoushka photo below right)


HENIARTH LET'S DO IT -

(Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Dorti by Steehorst Kyro) was purchased as a foal by Eunice Jarvis in Devon and has been shown and produced by Sharon Gay who of course accompanied her grandsire Lemonshill Top Note to great success in his youngstock classes including Reserve Champion at the Royal Bath & West.

A big, scopey filly she is full sister to Kevin & Nicola Morgan's filly, Heniarth Daisydoesit (photo below) who has been a good winner again this season back in Wales for those that appreciate a good mover! Their full brother, Heniarth Derring-Do has been purchased for the Kulltorps Stud in Sweden where it is hoped he'll retain height and athletic ability for them.

Rhoson Dorti is scanned in foal to Tooravale Houston for 2018

(Dorti photo above left)

 


Eyarth Windflower with her two day old colt foal by Tooravale Houston.




Young foals of 2017.
With virtually a clean sweep of colt foals we would be silly to offer our only filly out of Heniarth Ting-a-Ling, and the first by Houston, for sale.
The colts are of a high standard and with unique bloodlines so are well worthy of your consideration. We will upload photos as they mature.


Expressions of interest always accepted!

 


WOOD-WIND'S FIRST PART-BRED FOALS
We'd like to congratulate Liz Falkingham for making the long trip down from North Yorkshire to use Wood-Wind to produce two Sports Pony foals, and she has been rewarded by these two promising  foals, Templefarms Golden Flute on the right, out a Thoroughbred mare and Templefarms Prince Caradoc on the left out of the Connemara/Sports Pony mare. Both look to have exciting futures!

 

CARMARTHENSHIRE WELSH PONY & COB ASSOCIATION SHOW

Gone are the days of us trailing hours up the M4 to trot around the rings at Royal Windsor, when we can find stronger competition at a fraction of the price on our doorstep, so we tootled eight miles up to Carmarthen and had an enjoyable show. All three ponies we took won their classes. Rhoson Anzac (left, by Tooravale Houston) startyed off the day, followed by the yearling filly Heniarth Arietta (below, by Heniarth Wood-Wind) and then Eyarth Chloe (below, by Rhoson Shem) also headed her class. Chloe and Arietta then stood Youngstock Champion and Reserve as well as standing above the seniors to take the Overall honours, W.P. & C. S. Bronze Medal and qualifications for the National Show in August.
Both Rhoson Shanco by Heniarth Wood-Wind and Sarum Charlie by Heniarth Quinnell won their ridden classes as well as other placings for stock again by Wood-Wind and Blanche Montana.

Thanks to Sarah Hayman for photos of the day.


Heniarth Arietta by Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Anoushka by Steehorst Kyro


Eyarth Chloe by Rhoson Shem x Eyarth Isabella by Eyarth Celebration

 

GLANUSK WELSH STALLION SHOW

One of our favourite shows of the year and it didn't disappoint with two wins for the fillies, both on their show ring debuts....the three year old Eyarth Chloe by Rhoson Shem won, shown by owner/breeder Joe Parry, following in the footsteps of her sire and then our own Heniarth Arietta wowed the crowds with her movement to head a nice class and become reserve champion filly, the fourth time a Heniarth Wood-Wind yearling has won here, following their sires, and uncles wins over the years! Great to see Heniarth Showbiz win and Heniarth Toucan Sam get a second in the Mountain Pony ring, both by Blanche Montana with Sarum Charlie by Heniarth Quinnell heading the ridden Section A's and Reserve ridden champion.

Photo: Anna Lowndes

 

YARRA VALLEY FOAL & YOUNGSTOCK SHOW

Lovely to have photos of Heniarth Va Va Voom come through from his first show where he placed second.

Va Va Voom is from the first crop by Tooravale Houston before he left for the UK and out of Weston Park Vanilla by Steehorst Kyro and looks very promising. Many thanks to Wendy Trimble, Shane Bysouth and David James for representing us so well in the Southern Hemisphere.

Though just to guarantee a presence in the winners circle the delightful filly foal Vanoca Park Touch Me Knot (below) by Heniarth Whistle-down-the Wind took the title of Grand Champion Foal and therefore took the Welsh Pony & Cob Society medal, for breeders Ash, Scarlet and Penelope Porter, a title previously won by Houston!

Think we'll be hearing a lot more of these two lovely examples.


 


LAMPETER STALLION SHOW 2017


Not the most vintage year for our home produced ponies this year, only taking the much admired Rhoson Anzac (Tooravale Houston x Rhoson Anna-Lena, right) to stand third in his class, a far cry from the glory days we have enjoyed there.......however the best was yet to come.

Heniarth Showbiz, (Blanche Montana x Heniarth Yippee-aye-Yeah, below) owned by Ceri Fell and produced  by the Popsters Stud appeared in fine form to win his two year old colt class, then the youngstock championship and the reserve Section champion to the stallion Tryfel Triumph who is of course out of the Heniarth Quip daughter Tryfel Dion!

Showbiz went on to stand Reserve Young colt of the show.

It also made for an enjoyable day to the progeny of Heniarth Yarra Glen, Quip and Question performing well for their owners. And it didn't rain!






HENIARTH MR. MILLIGAN AT 18


Three times Royal Welsh winner Mr Milligan (Roseisle Pandy Tudyr x Sunwillow Mutters by Revel Playsome) seen parading at the Swedish W.P & C. S. Annual General meeting with his owner, Inger Beckers son, Johan and grandson Leo....showing what a great temperament he has, a considerable factor in him producing three winners at this years British Show Pony Society Winter Championships.

Eckbacken Jackpot and Malby Mahjong, both Swedish bred and our own Heniarth Yes Sir each took home red rosettes and Champion or Reserve sashes for their young riders.

Even more satisfying that we have his son Heniarth Scheckter back in our stables in the hope we can continue another generation of genuine childrens ponies.

  RHOSON KIZZIE (Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Sipsi by Cottrell Faberge)
Supreme Champion at the French Welsh Pony & Cob Association Spring Show
Property of Ingrid Delaitre
Photo by Agence Ecary
 
THE BOY'S COMING HOME!

We are pleased to announce that the young stallion Heniarth Scheckter has returned home from the Netherlands for the season, courtesy of The Zoet and Bosman Families.

Initially exported as a foal to the Turfhorst Stud we were under the impression that he had since passed away, however thankfully he had been purchased by Harold Zoet and Lambert Bosman who nursed him back to health and he appeared at the Dutch Stallion Grading Show in February (see below) where he was awarded a first class grading and took the eye of several enthusiasts.

Being by the three time Royal Welsh winner Heniarth Mr.Milligan and out of the twice Horse of  the Year Show finalist Heniarth Yippee-aye-Yeah he is the ideal choice to cover our three young Colne Turbo daughters, bringing back in our favourite Roseisle Pandy Tudyr blood that has crossed so well with that dam line in the past.


View extended pedigree


Photo: Vivien Hesen


March 2017 at Heniarth

 

RHOSON ADONIS - 3rd in 2016 Sire Ratings
Honoured to have two of "our" boys in the top of the Section B sire ratings for 2016, especially as neither has covered a huge book of mares.
Rhoson Adonis pictured above left as a yearling and right as a six year old is by the Dutch bred, and now Australian based Steehorst Kyro out of the Swedish owned Rhoson Anja by Australian owned Eyarth Sama - proving that his blood is recognised the world over. Adonis was purchased from us by the Nefydd Stud as a two year old and now is the property of the Eyarth Stud.
Heniarth Wood-Wind stood fifth in the same list.
However, we say it every year, the Sire rating lists tell only half the story as the proof of the stallions success is in the amount of progeny they have on the ground with the potential to gain points for them.

 

THE HENIARTH"BRAND"!

Thanks to the generosity of Wendy Trimble and Shane Bysouth we have had the honour of being able to register one of Tooravale Houstons first Australian born foals with a Heniarth prefix.
Va-Va-Voom is the first foal of Weston Park Vanilla by Steehorst Kyro and will remain at Tooravale in the hope that he can represent us at the Welsh Pony & Cob Society International Show in Australia 2019, celebrating 50 years of their Society.
In order to register him though we had to register  a brand, as all Australian equines are branded, (a few microchipped these days) so we came up with U.K....conjoined with an "H" for Heniarth!
Meirion wanted "Cymru am byth" but we guessed that might be a bit of an ordeal....either hot or cold!!


Photo: Ingrid Delaitre

 

DUTCH STALLION GRADING SHOW 2017

We are very grateful to Theo ten Brinke for capturing these two great images from the Dutch Stallion Show where our bloodlines did well.
On the left is Ingrid Delaitre's Adagio de l'Aurore by Heniarth Wood-Wind who was graded and stood Reserve Overall B Champion in the hands of Geert Verbaas and below is the Bosman Family's Heniarth Scheckter, the top four year old Section A by Heniarth Mr.Milligan out of the Sunwillow Yasmin daughter Heniarth Yippee-aye-Yeah, produced by the Ysselvliedts Stud.

Sunwillow Yasmin was also the grandmother of Oldenzijlser Buzz via Heniarth Yesteryear (Colne Turbo). Also approved was Challenge Royal Harmony by Heniarth Quinnell, a son of Sunwillow Quest, the dam of Yasmin.....so a consistency in bloodlines there for the Dutch jury!

Many congratulations to their owners, breeders and producers for making the effort to have them looking so well in February!





Heniarth Whistle-Down-The-Wind
(Lemonshill Top Note x Eyarth Windflower by Eyarth Celebration)
Photo by Julie Wilson.

Not only has "Will" proved himself as a show stallion for the Vanoca Park Stud in Australia, seen here going Supreme Led Champion at the Victorian Welsh Feature Show but his offspring are winning too, including Vanoca Park London who stood Supreme Led Champion at the South Australian All-Welsh Show as a yearling the following week.
 

 



LONDON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW 2016


A lovely photo of the Heniarth Trophy being presented to Harriet Dennison as the highest placed junior rider in the B.S.P.S./Heritage Ridden Mountain & Moorland Pony Finals at the Olympia pre-Christmas Show.

Harriet was partnering Di and George Beretons Highland stallion Dunedin Duncan, who was produced by Rachel Helliwell. The first time our trophy has been won by a Highland pony!

A huge achievement to have qualified but some reward for competing as a junior against the top professional adult riders in the country.

The trophy is in memory of Sunwillow Quest and is a bronze resin statue by Liz Henderson.

 

  VICTORIAN ALL-WELSH SHOW 2016 - We are excited  to hear that Tooravale Winchime, bred in Australia via artificial insemination has won her class at the most prestigious Welsh breed show in the country. Congratulations to Wendy Trimble and Shane Bysouth for having the foresight and the patience to wait for this filly to come to fruition. Doubly pleasing was that Heniarth Whistle -down-the Wind was selected as Male Champion and also sired the winning foal. The Overall Best Progeny group of the show was won by stock of the late Weston Manhattan, the sire of our Tooravale Houston so  thrilling to think we are working within the same successful gene pool on the other side of the World!


Tooravale Windchime by Heniarth Wood-Wind ex Weston Park Marigold by Weston Olympian
Photo: Joe Parry
 

 

 

Royal Welsh Winter Fair 2016 - A consistent day for Heniarth stock with the winning Mountain Pony colt foal Idyllic Prometheus being by Heniarth Quinnell; Heniarth Showbiz 3rd Mountain Pony yearling colt and the winning yearling filly and eventual Champion Tryfel Tickitiboo being out of the Heniarth Quip daughter Tryfel Dion. Congratulations to their connections.

 

 


HENIARTH WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND - has been out and about at the early Australian shows and secured some good titles taking the Welsh Pony & Cob Society Bronze medal at the Bach Pony Pageant as well Supreme Section B exhibit at the South Australian All Welsh Show. Congratulations to his owners Ash and Scarlett Porter of the Vanoca Park Stud for having him looking so well.
Whistle Down the Wind or "Will" to his friends is ofcourse full brother to our own Heniarth Wood-Wind and South African Supreme Heniarth Top of the Morning, by Lemonshill Top Note ex Eyarth Windflower.
 

 



COUNTRYSIDE LIVE 2016

The combination of a young rider and a young pony can often spell disaster but it hasn't proved the case with four year old Aston Potter-Firth and four year old Heniarth Yes Sir (Heniarth Mr.Milligan x Sunwillow Yasmin).

The pair completed a very successful steady first season together by taking the Mini Championship at the Countryside Live event at Stoneleigh which young Aston was even more thrilled about when he realised his older sister Anya was Reserve Champion!

We look forward to seeing how this combination  continue to grow

 





HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW 2016


Congratulations to India and Christine Latter on winning the Welsh Section A Ridden Pony of the Year for the second time at the Horse of the Year Show with Powys Sprite.

Bred in Holland by Ben and Anita van der Wielen, Sprite is from one of the early crops of foals by Heniarth Quinnell (Gwyn Rhosyn Frenin x Sunwillow Quest) making it four times out of the last five years that this title has been won by progeny of Quinnell, with Sarum Rembrandt and Brynodyn Savannah joining Sprite on the honours list.

Fifteen year old Heniarth Yarra Glen, on his first and only season under saddle also ended in the top ten so a great result for owner Rod Lewis and rider Eleri Marshalsay. Having journeyed to Scotland, then Sweden and also Holland in his stud career Yarra is now due a well earned rest back at Cwm-Meudwy in Carmarthenshire.

Congratulations to all that made this possible.

 


BLANCHE MONTANA HAS TAKEN TO THE HILLS


Having taken the decision to part with Blanche Montana we gave him the best chance by entering him for the Fayre Oaks Evening High Flyer Sale.
Sadly, over the last few years we have witnessed the sale go from an occasion for breeders to offer their stock to fellow breeders who appreciated pedigrees and type, to more of an auction of animals that will immediately go into the show ring or as Horse of the Year Show ridden prospects. This year appeared no different.
So we were delighted that within minutes of Montana leaving the sale ring unsold we had secured a future for him with the Lewis Family at Rhyd-y-Felin in North Wales, one of the most respected and long lived prefix's within the breed.
We know Montana will serve them well and look forward to seeing his stock out in the ring all too soon.
So from the South Wales coast, Blanche Montana now looks out over the Snowden ranges, and we're sure he's delighted!

Photo  courtesy of Rob Jones

 


PONTARDULAIS AGRICULTURAL SHOW...and beyond!


The last  show of the season for us and it was Heniarth Soliloquy's turn to strut her stuff which she certainly did in her own inimitable style to the very end when she was pipped at the post the second time this season to gain a WPCS Silver Medal by the current Royal Welsh Supreme Champion Valeur Dancing Fairy Lustre! So not a bad day when said and done! Hopefully the next time Soliloquy see's a show ring  it should be under saddle - fingers crossed.

Was also good to see Rhoson Shanco (left, Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Sipsi) out and winning following him gaining top conformation marks in the entire Horse of the Year show classes at the National Welsh and Welsh Part-Bred Show, just missing out on qualification. Also Cameron of Olandia by Heniarth Quip continuing his winning ways in the Section A yearling colt class for Anna Jerbo

News soon followed of Rhoson Kizzie, full sister to Shanco being named as Section B champion at the French National Welsh Breed Show for owner Ingrid Delaitre and then  Joelsbo Aztha, out of Rhoson Anja (dam of Anoushka) being Supreme Champion at the Swedish National Welsh Show for her breeder Ingela Johansson. Quite the weekend bringing the world together in sleepy Ferryside!

 

STOP PRESS - Heniarth Tintagel (Rhoson Adonis x Heniarth Ting-a-Ling) was recently selected as the top 3y.o sports pony of all breeds throughout France by the French Sport Pony Stud Book! Congratulations Ingrid Delaitre.
DUTCH NATIONAL WELSH SHOW - Champion Welsh Mountain foal was Cordials Cornet by Heniarth Yesteryear and the winning Section B yearling filly was M
argriethoeve's Narissa by Rhoson Amlyn, a son of Heniarth Wood-Wind, a brother to Anoushka!

 


Photo by Emily Frowen



BRECON COUNTY SHOW 2016

We hadn't attended Brecon Show for many years but as part of our policy of showing close to home this year we thought it would be a nice first outing for Rhoson Anoushka and her foal Heniarth Arietta. Numbers forward weren't huge, as is ever the case these days and sadly both mare and foal had a walkover in their classes. Though for Anoushka to be called in Champion and WPCS Bronze Medal winner was a great first outing. From there we went straight into the Overall Welsh Championship where we were more than happy to stand Reserve to the Heniarth Quip grandson, Tryfel Triumph. With a quick break for a well earnt drink in the heat for us all, and for young Arietta to greet the crowds of holidaymakers we were soon back for the Overall Supreme Horse exhibit. Lo and behold Anoushka was called forward as Supreme exhibit and recipient of a £100 cash envelope over the champion Show Hunter Pony.  Arietta has since been employed by the Breconshire Tourist Board as "mistress of charm"! A very pleasant day out in good company and glorious weather.

................swiftly onto PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY SHOW


Anoushka once again pulled out the stops and collected her second championship in as many outings and this time a WPCS Silver Medal  for her efforts, and was then pulled forward in the final six of the Cuddy in-hand Horse of the Year Show qualifying class. Meanwhile young Arietta continued to charm onlookers, getting herself a quarter page feature in Horse & Hound regarding her co-ownership to friends and fellow pony breeders Wendy Trimble and Shane Bysouth from Australia. Two shows with perfect results without getting soaked was enough for the pairs whose career was over before some would have even got going!


Photo: Owen Rees Griffiths

 


HENIARTH NOW YOU'RE TALKING, the second of our colts by Tooravale Houston, this chap being out of Heniarth Tittle-Tattle (Rhoson Shem x Eyarth Windflower), not born till June but shaping up nicely.

HENIARTH SHOWBIZ (Blanche Montana x Heniarth Yippee-aye-Yeah) finished his summer show season with another win at Denbigh & Flint for owner Ceri Fell, therefore remaining unbeaten! Congratulations to all involved, especially his producers, the Popsters Stud.

 






To the left; Heniarth Norman Stanley Fletcher (a.k.a. Porridge, by Heniarth Yarra Glen x Sunwillow Georgina by Heniarth Quip) whilst above the four year old grey Heniarth Yes Sir (Heniarth Mr.Milligan x Sunwillow Yasmin) with the "wannabe" two year old Heniarth Willy Wagtail (Blanche Montana x Heniarth Chiff Chaff)

 

ROYAL WELSH 2016 - no exhibits forward for us again this year, however we were represented by;


RHOSON KIZZIE (Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Sipsi by Cottrell Faberge) second two year old filly, matching her 2015 placing.

HENIARTH TALK THE TALK (Rhoson Adonis x Heniarth Tittle Tattle by Rhoson Shem), coming up to fourth yearling colt. Photo by Fabien Pellerin

 

NORTHLEACH SHOW 2016

Rhoson Kizzie (right) travelled back from France to take the Youngstock Championship and then the W.P.C.S. Silver medal in the Reserve Overall Section B slot for Ingrid Delaitre, produced by the Sianwood Stud. This two year old daughter of Heniarth Wood-Wind and Rhoson Sipsi by Cottrell Faberge has already fulfilled the potential she showed as a foal and we're looking forward to following her career  as she matures.

Over in the ridden rings we have to say that we were bowled over to hear the news that Heniarth Yarra Glen won his Ridden A class, therefore qualifying for the Horse of the Year Show for jockey Eleri Marshalsay and owner Rod Lewis. Such a good job by all concerned when you think Yarra is basically in his first novice season, aged 15, after having been broken at the last minute as a four year old in order to be considered for grading when he was on lease in Sweden. Always a pony that is happy to please, it will be an emotional moment to see him under the lights at HOYS.
Even more special was that the second placed pony Powys Sprite and the sixth placed Sarum Japhet were by Heniarth Quinnell and the highest ride mark in the class went to Heniarth Yeats. A great achievement for our small stud that couldn't be achieved without the dedication of their jockeys, owners and support teams.



Photo: Ingrid Delaitre


HENIARTH YARRA GLEN
Nerwyn Cadno x Sunwillow Yasmin by Pendock Legend
Horse of the Year Show qualifier, Northleach 2016
Ridden by Eleri Marshalsay. Owned by Rod Lewis, Cwm-Meudwy Stud
Photo Sarah Hayman

 

 
Photo Yann Queniart Photography
 

 



CEREDIGION W.P.C. ASSOCIATION SHOW


A great occasion to see Heniarth Yowza back in a Welsh show ring with owner Eleri Marshalsay who purchased him from Fayre Oaks Sale two years ago following his return from the Netherlands. By Colne Turbo out of Sunwillow Yasmin, Yowza was exported as a foal. Eleri has given him time and patience to mature into a lovely type of pony who will no doubt give her endless pleasure with the stock he produces.
Rosemarche Hollyhock by Heniarth Quip topped a very strong barren mare class for her breeder Helen Myers. Cameron of Olandia by Heniarth Quip won again and Heniarth Yours Faithfully gave a remarkable show to be placed third, as did Rod Lewis's Cwm-meudwy Atsain by Blanche Montana, so all in all a productive day in the A's.
However, Heniarth Soliloquy wasn't' to be outdone by winning her class, the Youngstock championship, the Overall W.P.C.S. Bronze Medal and then stood Reserve Overall Youngstock Champion at her second show.



 
HENIARTH SOLILOQUY, three year old filly
Heniarth Wood-Wind out of Rhoson Siesta by Steehorst Kyro
Photo by Anna Jerbo
 

 

CHESHIRE  COUNTY SHOW  - Congratulations to  Chris and Marie Cobley with the Champion Welsh Mountain Pony Tryfel Triumph and the winning three year old filly, Tryfel Thumberlina, both out of Tryfel Dion by Heniarth Quip, also Rosie Mckenzie with her homebred 2y.o filly Withymead Prosecco, 3rd in her class, by Quip's son, Heniarth Dan Dare. Dirion Bleddyn who we purchased in Hay on Wye sale as a foal also had a healthy win for Jill Falkingham in the 2y.o. colt class.


Heniarth Yarra Glen by Nerwyn Cadno x Sunwillow Yasmin
Overall Ridden Champion
Photo: Equinepix
  

Heniarth Scenario by Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Siesta by Steehorst Kyro

 




COTHI BRIDGE SHOW


Second show for Heniarth Tarantella and she only goes and wins the championship and a Welsh Pony & Cob Society silver medal! What a star she is. Heniarth Scenario managed to stay on top of her class this time and stood Reserve to her stable mate, so a clean sweep for the Heniarth fillies. Tarantella is now enjoying a summer in the paddock.

Over in the Mountain Pony ring it was great to see Brynodyn Savannah by Heniarth Quinnell back on form to take the championship and then Reserve Overall Welsh for Keith Hughes







Photo right by Sarah Hayman

 



SHOWBIZ BY NAME AND BY NATURE...


Great news from the Newark & Notts Show when Ceri Fell's Heniarth Showbiz won on his first outing and stood Reserve Youngstock Champion to Colne Tiger Bay who eventually went onto win the Cuddy qualification!

Showbiz is by Blanche Montana out of the Cuddy qualifying mare, Heniarth Yippee-aye-Yeah, his three quarter brother out of Heniarth Yesterday is offered for sale this year.

Beautifully produced by Team Popsters, Showbiz has since gone onto win and become Reserve Champion and best opposite sex at the Bath & West Show, a title that his sire won back in 2012.

We look  forward to following his career with great excitement.


Photo left by Tigertotz Photograpy

 


Photo: Sue Harries
CARMARTHENSHIRE ASSOCIATION SHOW

With only an eight mile trip to the show, this was a perfect first outing for our yearling filly, Heniarth Tarantella by Rhoson Adonis and out of Heniarth Ting-a-Ling, the full sister to Heniarth Wood-Wind. She certainly turned a few heads and it was lovely to get such compliments, especially from the judge, who had her to win her class,  youngstock champion and then overall champion, gaining a Welsh Pony & Cob Society bronze medal and National Show qualification, the same success her dam had here in 2010.

Heniarth Scenario was pulled top in the 2/3y.0 filly class but we were not at all concerned at being dropped to second as that meant Nicola and Kevin Morgans Heniarth Daisydoesit, also by Heniarth Wood-Wind came up to win and eventually stand Reserve to Tarantella in both championships.

To complete a hatrick, Sue and Mike Harries' Heniarth Talk the Talk by Rhoson Adonis out of Heniarth Tittle Tattle by Rhoson Shem also won his class.

A very satisfying day for all.

Heniarth Daisydoesit

By: Heniarth Wood-Wind Ex: Rhoson Dorti by Steehorst Kyro

 

 


EARLY FOAL NEWS

Foaling is well over half way through here now with three born on Lampeter Stallion Show morning!

All are doing well and we have pleasure in posting some early photographs of the little "critters". What mares have foaled are listed on the FOR SALE page and we welcome your enquiries and visits to see who could be available for purchase.

Pictured left is HENIARTH SHORTBREAD by Blanche Montana out of Heniarth Yippee-aye-Yeah who looks the image of her mother as a foal. Most will know that Montana is nicknamed "Shorty" at home and all Yippee's foals begin with "Sh" we thought the name appropriate as she really is quite "edible"!

Below left is the first UK bred foal by Australian import Tooravale Houston and we couldn't be more impressed how he has stamped his "look" on him. This fella is set to be known as RHOSON ANZAC being born on the day that honours the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Below is the second filly by Heniarth Wood-Wind out of Rhoson Dorti. Following on from her sister "Daisydoesit" this filly will be known as HENIARTH LETSDOIT, in recognition of the passing that day of the comedienne Victoria Wood ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BXv-cMoSbw )


 







FIRST FOAL OF THE SEASON

Our first foal of the 2016 season has arrived. His name will be Heniarth Twist and Shout, by Blanche Montana and out of Heniarth Yesterday who is a daughter of Colne Turbo and Sunwillow Yasmin.

Although only a matter of hours old in this snapshot of him he's already a proud little chap and very reminiscent of his Royal Welsh champion sire. We'll attempt to update the photos as and when the foals arrive and as they grow and alter. A full list of who is due and who is available can be found on the FOR SALE page.

Foals are due this season from the Royal Welsh Champions Rhoson Shem (B), Heniarth Wood-Wind (B) and Blanche Montana (A) and excitingly two by Australian champion Tooravale Houston.

 


Photo: Equinepix


FIRST SHOW OF THE SEASON


We ventured out to the Glamorgan Welsh Pony & Cob Association Spring Medal show with the two year old filly Heniarth Scenario (Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Siesta by Steehorst Kyro)

For her first time out since she was a foal, she behaved well and strode off with the championship, WPCS Bronze medal and qualification for the Brightwells final at the National Welsh Show in August.

Scenario is a full sister to Soliloquy who we showed successfully in 2014 and we hope to retain her as a future brood mare for Tooravale Houston (Aus)

 

 
Photo: Carolyn Parry

BRODRICK TROPHY 2016

As breeders we were very proud to hear that Heniarth Quinnell was selected by the Council of the Welsh Pony & Cob Society to receive the Brodrick Trophy for outstanding achievement. The highest honour given by the Society in memory of Miss Daisy Brodrick, Coed Coch Stud. All credit must go to the individuals that have been part of Quinnells career, from Rhode van Praat (Stal Vennebos) who purchased him as a young foal and took him to Holland; India Latter who broke him to ride and partnered him to Royal Welsh victory and his highest placed Horse of the Year Show placing in 2008 and Stewart Franklin (Sarum Stud) who has promoted him in the hands of Adam Fletcher, Harold Zoet and Katie Parry enabling him to receive such worldwide recognition.
The three year old Quinnell is photographed above with his then twenty three year old dam, Sunwillow Quest.

"Heniarth - where quality is a Quest"


Miss Daisy Brodrick with Coed Coch Siaradus,
great, great grandmother of Heniarth Quinnell





THE RESULTS ARE IN

With the release o f the 2016 Welsh Pony & Cob Society Journal came the sire rating results and the Heniarth boys scored well despite limited showing from home in 2015 and the fact that none are at "public" stud. For the first time in many years however Heniarth Quip didn't feature in the in-hand ratings this time but his success at being Reserve Champion sire at the Royal Welsh made up for that. However his half brothers Heniarth Question, together with his sire Roseisle Pandy Tudyr, featured in the Lead Rein?First Ridden performance section and Heniarth Quinnell in the Welsh Under Saddle listing, one of only two Mountain Ponies to feature. Both Heniarth Wood-Wind and Rhoson Adonis appeared in the top half of the Section B In Hand Awards. As usual the listings don't include the age of the stallion, nor the number of progeny sired to that date so they are difficult to interpret but nevertheless great to be recorded for their achievements.




MAKING THE NEWS

We were honoured to have been featured in a three page article (right) in the national Horse & Hound magazine at the beginning of March, focusing on our 21 years of being at Heniarth.
The story created much positive comment and we have to thank the author Liz Falkingham and photographer Anthony Reynolds for their work.
Best of all, Peg the Jack Russell featured as did one of Richards bantams as well as some great shots of the ponies. Altogether a great read.

 

SWITCHING HEMISPHERES

From the heat of the Southern Hemisphere to the chill of the Northern Hemisphere, Heniarth ponies are giving their owners plenty of winter enjoyment. Pictured above left in the snow of Sweden is Royal Welsh champion Heniarth Mr. Milligan and his "almost four year old"  jockey Leo Becker, whilst on the right is Mr Milligans four year old son son Heniarth Yes Sir winning at his first show in the frozen wastes of North Yorkshire with three year old Aston Potter-Firth. Think we're going to be hearing a lot more of these two pilots.

 

Amongst the proud connections of Heniarth Top of the Morning accompanied by Supreme judges, Frank Burrema and Rhode van Praat from the Netherlands and Shelley Perham and Nigel Hollings from the UK, together with "Top" and handler JJ Kemp.

 



 

 

Thrilled to receive this photograph from the heat of Australia of HENIARTH WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND. A full brother to Wood-Wind, Top of the Morning and Ting-a-Ling, by Lemonshill Top Note and out of Eyarth Windflower. The property of Ash and Scarlet Porter of the Vanoca Park Stud in Victoria, he has already proved himself in the show ring, both in the UK and Australia and is now siring some lovely foals in the Southern Hemisphere. Very proud to have bred and exported this fellow.

 

  1995 - 2016....TWENTY ONE YEARS OF BREEDING WELSH PONIES AT HENIARTH

In January 1995 we moved into our current home here on the South Western coast of Wales. Little did we realize what lay ahead in the terms of work and investment to make a "stud farm" out of a rather neglected "dairy farm". Similarly we could never have imagined the enjoyment we were to have by establishing ourselves here. The fact that in those twenty one years our lorry has returned home from the Royal Welsh with over thirty first prizewinners; a dozen championships and an equal amount of reserve championships plus two Supreme Horse titles is a statistic we are very proud of, only equaled by being able to make and welcome here friends from all over the World.
Not sure what the next 21 years will bring, but we can only hope it will be as satisfying as the  first!
 

 


 




QUIP ON HIS TRAVELS


It seems a very long time ago, well actually nineteen year, that Heniarth Quip, (pictured left), won his yearling colt class at the Royal Welsh Show under David Sorton Davies (Ceulan Stud).

The first foal of Dukes Hill Magnum; what an ambassador he has been for our stud with his exploits under saddle and in harness? He has gone on to sire his own Royal Welsh winners and Horse of the Year qualifiers and after enjoyable spells at the Cosford Stud and the Cwm-Meudwy Stud, Quip is off to pastures new.

The Voermanhof Stud in Belgium is his latest home and already he has endeered himself to Marc and Anita Aerts who have big plans for him in 2016. We wish them all the best of luck and we know this latest escapade will be as successful as all of his others!

 




Photo courtesy of Equinational

 

 


 





Photo: Rob Jones

Photo: Chris Latter
BOYS ABOUT TOWN

Heniarth Beaudacious (above left by Colne Turbo ex Heniarth Yum Yum) became the second highest priced Section A stallion at the Fayre Oakes Sale when he sold from the Hope Stud to the Colosso Family who hope to have him out under saddle next year. Heniarth Yarra Glen (above right, by Nerwyn Cadno x Sunwillow Yasmin) has made his debut under saddle with Eleri Marshalsay for the Cwm-Meudwy Stud. As the Horse of the Year Show brings the 2015 season to a close we're already looking forward to what these two boys can achieve next season.

 


FRANCE COMES TO WALES


We recently welcomed a group of French breeders and judges who were making a tour of Welsh Studs on a fact finding mission. Several of them not having visited the principality before. All coming from a very performance minded back ground it was interesting to hear their comments as we were able to present them with three Royal Welsh Section B champions as well as several Horse of the Year Show ridden finalists. Obviously the discussion of type versus ability was at the fore with the French enthusiasts making note of a performance movement and conformation with our job being to appreciate that but ensuring they combine that with "Welsh type".
All in all we enjoyed the visit and were able to sell them three animals...... albeit three Dutch Bantams!

 

 






HORSE OF THE YEAR - HERE WE COME!


Great news arrived from the new Grandstand Media/Stoneleigh Horse Show when Heniarth Gloriumptious and Anya Potter-Firth qualified for the Horse of the Year Show.
Such a job well done by her mom Annoushka and grandmother Sally who have made a great job of this young daughter of Colne Turbo and our extra special Royal Welsh Champion, the late Heniarth Yum Yum, narrowly missing out on several prior outings.
Not only did they collect their ticket but they concluded the day in great style by taking the overall Mountain & Moorland Ridden Supreme of the Show.


Photo: Stephanie Fitt

 

Tooravale Houston(Aus.)  - enjoying some rare Welsh sunshine!

 

INTERNATIONAL WELSH PONY & COB SHOW - DENMARK 2015

We both had a truly incredible time attending the International Show at Vilhelmsborg in Denmark where Richard was judging the Section B and Part-Bred ponies, alongside Janet Evans from Weston Park in Australia.
The beautiful venue was a fitting setting for the great array of ponies and Cobs that had gathered from ten different countries to compete over two days and somehow the layout, scenery and organisation skills of Chairman Carl Trock and his team led to a tremendous atmosphere from the beginning to the end of the event with enthusiastic onlookers proudly standing to the national anthems of the various countries that received championships.
Personally we were proud when the winning Section A yearling filly from Holland  was announced as being by Heniarth Question and the winning Section B yearling colt from Germany was out of Heniarth Ticketyboo - a small World!
As far as "officials" went we were treated to the best catering we have ever witnessed at a show, anywhere, and we were all in awe of the "mega" efficient catering lady that seemed to produce a bounty of fresh and unique offerings at every sitting. The mid show dinner saw some 500 enthusiasts gathered together to celebrate the event in fine style, with some of the younger members not retiring to their bunks until the wee hours, (some we gather didnt make it at all!)
All in all it was a hugely enjoyable weekend - one we shall remember for a very long time.








"I was lucky enough to have a co-judge that was looking for similar traits in a Section B as I was so the judgement was generally one of discussion and agreement rather than discussion and debate. The Section B youngstock were a mixed selection in both degrees of type and of behaviour! We were both looking for something that looked "Welsh" at us and had good limbs. Sometimes it was difficult to assess the ponies in front of us as they danced around but between the two of us we felt happy with our decisions and our final two youngsters, the three year old filly Stougjeshoeve Estelle by Cwrtycadno Cymro and the yearling filly Telynau Della by Eyarth Rio we felt showed us the traits we were looking for and were presented in good condition. Potentially the overall standard in the senior classes was higher with some pleasing representatives on view, many with good things to offer the development of the breed in their various countries. However it became immediately apparent to the two of us that the brood mare Stougjeshoeve Elaine (above) was in a class of her own with her depth, limb, movement, femininity and type so she was destined to become our champion with the German Breeton Dai son, Stortebekers Dorkas taking the reserve slot.
Unfortunately Part-Breds were thin on the ground but the champion sports horse type Donwell Allegra was a correct and useful animal as a Welsh Cob/Warmblood cross should be so were were proud to have her as both Youngstock and Overall champion.
I'm sure I can speak for both Janet as well as myself when I say we were both immensely proud when the Section B mare was pulled forward in an almost unanimous decision between the six judges, to stand Supreme In-Hand of the 18th International Welsh Show."                                                                RLM

 



Rhoson Kizzie

(Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Sipsi by Cottrell Faberge)

Property of Ingrid Delaitre - Shown by David James, Sianwood

Champion Royal Three Counties Show, 2nd Royal Welsh Show

 



PERFORMANCE TO THE FORE


Fantastic to see another Heniarth Wood-Wind offspring taking to jumping. The three year old filly Coppelia de l'Aurore, owned and bred by Ingrid Delaitre, has qualified for the French National Show of potental sports ponies at her first attempt. We look forward to seeing more images at the final in August. 


STOP PRESS

Coppelia became fourth in the National final of some twenty seven ponies of all breeds, receiving the highest mark for conformation!


 

NEARLY A NORFOLK TICKET - for Sunwillow Jubilee by Heniarth Quip who stood Mountain Pony Champion, Overall Welsh Champion and then Reserve in the Cuddy In-Hand Championship at Royal Norfolk Show for his owner Sal Keswani. So very close but what a great ambassador this pony has been, not only for Quip but for the versatility of the breed.

 

NORTHLEACH WELSH PONY & COB SHOW - saw the Heniarth Quinnell son, Powys Sprite take the Supreme of the Show title under saddle and Rhoson Shanco by Heniarth Wood-Wind win his novice under saddle class and qualify for the Picton Novice Ridden Championship. Congratulations to India and Christine Latter. Our own Blanche Montana took the same Supreme award in 2012.

 


BLAENAVON PONY IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY SHOW

Our third outing of the season to Blaenavon saw a better entry of B's than most events we've read about this season. We were delighted with our results that saw Rhoson Dorti (left, Steehorst Kyro x Rhoson Sipsi) take the championship and W.P.C.S. silver medal. Her daughter Heniarth Daisydoesit (below left) by Heniarth Wood-Wind was third in her class for Kevin and Nicola Morgan whilst Ceri Fell's two year old colt, Rhoson Amadeus (below right, Heniarth Wood-Wind x Rhoson Anna-Lena) was youngstock champion.





 

GONE AND DONE IT AGAIN!
A lovely image of Heniarth Quasar (Roseisle Pandy Tudyr x Sunwillow Quest) qualifying for the Horse of the Year Show for the fifth time. Huge congratulations to his jockey Kizzie Lucas and family as well as loyal owner Cath Pickering. He really is one in a million.


SCOTLAND THE BRAVE!
The lead rein riders at the Royal Highland Show this year were indeed brave, to stay mounted for over two and a half hours in a massive Horse of the Year Show qualifying class. From the fourty plus entries Heniarth Gloriumptious (left, Colne Turbo x Heniarth Yum Yum) just missed out on her ticket by claiming a creditable second, whilst Heniarth Norman Stanley Fletcher (above, Heniarth Yarra Glen x Sunwillow Georgina by Heniarth Quip) were 10th and the highest placed Scottish owned entry!
Meanwhile Heniarth Noteworthy (Lemonshill Top Note x Heniarth Tittle-Tattle by Rhoson Shem) was second in his Section B in-hand class.




THAT WAS A WEEK

An exciting week for Heniarth bloodlines which started off when Sunwillow Jubilee by Heniarth Quip took the championship at the South of England for his dedicated owner Sal Keswani.
Then, Rhoson Kizzie by Heniarth Wood-Wind, pictured left by her owner Ingrid Delaitre, won her class at the Royal Three Counties following in her mothers footsteps eighteen years before! However Kizzie went one better by lifting the championship shown by David James, Sianwood. At the same show the Roseisle Pandy Tudyr son, Rhoson Swmran won his huge Show Hunter Pony class and took the Reserve Championship  for owner Jayne Neath.
Finally to put the icing on the cake, Kizzie Lucas partnered Cath Pickerings Heniarth Quasar to win his Mountain & Moorland First Ridden class and qualify for the Horse of the Year Show for the fifth time at the Derbyshire Festival.
We cant thank all those involved enough for bringing out the best of our breeding.

 



FOALING UPDATE


All of the mares have foaled happily with any theory of colts arriving late and fillies arriving early being well and truly thrown out with the dishwater! We seem to have an abundance of colt foals but amongst them are some very nice ones who we hope will have exciting careers ahead of them. The only filly we are able to offer at present is a great opportunity for someone being a full sister to Annwyl Eto and Amadeus, both medal winners. Please take a look at the for sale page. Meanwhile we're enjoying getting to know them.


"Last foal of the season at six hours old"
A colt out of Rhoson Anoushka by Heniarth Wood-Wind

RHOSON DORTI (Steehorst Kyro x Rhoson Sipsi by Cottrell Faberge)

OUT AND ABOUT
The local agricultural shows in West Wales have got underway and the Heniarth flag has been held aloft by young Kizzie Lucas and Heniarth Quasar (Roseisle Pandy Tudyr x Sunwillow Quest) who took the Open Ridden Mountain & Moorland championship at St.Clears, going on to be the Reserve Supreme of the Show. We made our second venture out to Cothi Bridge Show which was unremarkable with good placings for us, other than Kizzie and Quasar were champion again; Wood-Wind gathered eight sire rating points by virtue of a win and a third for Bryngwennol Colorado and Rhoson Kizzie respectively; the Champion Mountain Pony, Tryfel Triumph is of course out of the Heniarth Quip daughter, Tryfel Dion and Heniarth Nellie Melba scored a win in the ridden A class for Eleri Marshalsay. More importantly we were able to support the classes that offer W.P.C.S. silver medal status close to home and be home by lunchtime to cover mares!


RHOSON SWMRAN

Great to hear that Rhoson Swmran continues his winning ways by qualifying for the Royal International Horse Show for new owners Jayne Neath.
Swmran is actually a small Section B. Sired by the Mountain Pony Roseisle Pandy Tudyr, he is out of the Section B Rhoson Si-Lwli by Eyarth Harlequin, now owned by the Longhalves Stud. Luckily we have retained some of the same blood here at Heniarth through Si-Lwli's daughter Rhoson Siesta, and her two young daughters Heniarth Soliloquy and Heniarth Scenario, both by Heniarth Wood-Wind. We look forward to the day that they can be out performing.


W.P.C.S. PERFORMANCE SHOW


Congratulations to India Latter and her two stallions on their successes at the Welsh Pony and Cob Society Performance Show. Powys Sprite by Heniarth Quinnell, bred by Ben and Anita van der Wielen was named Supreme Section A whilst Rhoson Shanco by Heniarth Wood-Wind was named Supreme Section B. Also the Champion mini ridden, Malmswood Clarissa is by the Heniarth Quip son, Sunwillow Jubilee. Without breeding huge numbers of foals it's great to see Heniarth stock having an influence. Congratulations to all those involved.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Interesting to see recent photograps of Colne Turbo (above left) in France and his four year old son, Heniarth Yesteryear in Holland

IRISH EYES ARE SMILING

Wonderful news from the Goldengrove Stud in Co. Tipperary that their three year old Heniarth Wood-Wind filly, Rhoson Annwyl Eto was Champion and took the W.P.C.S. Overseas Bronze medal on her first show ring appearance at the NWI Association Show. Full credit to Claire and Sarah who persevered against all odds when the filly was taken critically ill last year. We're so thankful you did and let's hope this is just the start of a glittering career.
Her full sister, Arianna, out of Rhoson Anna-Lena is offered for sale this year.

SHOWTIME!

 

Having not attended either Lampeter or Glanusk Stallion Shows for the first time in many years, we did finally make it the four miles down the hill to the Ffos Las racecourse and the Carmarthenshire Welsh Pony & Cob Association Spring Show. The lorry was packed full...with one Section A yearling colt! This was the colt Dirion Bleddyn who, to say the least, was an impulse purchase at Hay-on-Wye sales last autumn  at the dispersal of the ponies from the late Bleddyn Pugh. Needless to say we were delighted when young Bleddyn, on his show-ring debut, not just won his class, but took the Youngstock championship and then the Overall Section A title claiming the Welsh Pony and Cob Society bronze medal! Hopefully his breeder was looking down and having a wry smile and enjoyed the day as much as we did.


Dirion Bleddyn
(Brynrodyn Sion x Dirion Caniad by Pendock Buttonhole)

 

The show continued to be a great day for Heniarth bred ponies with the lead rein Cwm-Meudwy Sali Mali by Heniarth Question taking both the Welsh breed and National Pony Society Mini Championships before going on to become the Reserve Supreme  to the India Latter ridden four year old Section B stallion, Rhoson Shanco by Heniarth Wood-Wind  . Meanwhile on the same day in France, the Wood-Wind son, Adagio de l'Aurore has now turned his hand to show jumping and managed his first clear round in a showjumping qualifier class for the French national final for young sport ponies, on only his second outing. Great results for everybody.

 

FOALING IN FULL SWING

Details and some photos of our 2015 foal crop have been added to the For Sale page and as you can see we have been blessed with a monopoly of colt foals! However, we are very pleased with all of them and of course all stem from the best foundation lines of Sunwillow Quest and Eyarth Windflower that have proved so succesful.
Meanwhile, we're enjoying watching the foals grow and become ever more cheeky. We will endeavour to keep the page updated and  expressions of interest are more than welcome.

Photo: Ingrid Delaitre
 
HOME TO WALES - SAFE & SOUND

Whilst the rest of the UK were caught up with General Election voting fever we had the date of May 7th firmly booked in our diary as the day for Tooravale Houston to land in Great Britain after his mammoth trip from Melbourne to London via Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. We were able to travel up to Heathrow and collect him from the quarantine station ourselves following his months quarantine in Victoria. Despite what seemed unnecessary delays in paperwork he was released from Customs and at approximately 3.15a.m on the 8th of May 2015 he set foot on Welsh soil! Many thanks to all of those that have supported us in this venture, none more so that Wendy Trimble and Shane Bysouth of Tooravale who made it all possible. Houston leaves there with four mares in foal (plus a collection of frozen possibilities) so we hope his influence will be felt in both hemispheres in times ahead.


Having left an an Australian autumn his arrival in a Welsh spring has seen every kind of weather thrown at him, except snow, but he seems to have taken it all in his stride and appears quite happy in his new surroundings. A true Welsh Pony in that "food conquers all!"
Many thanks for all the best wishes from friends around the world for this venture. The investment and faith of Australian breeders who realised that the merit of some ten top animals from these shores were worthy of their import back in the seventies will hopefully pay us dividends. Especially when some of these bloodlines have been seriously depleted in the UK as a result. As far as we are aware he is the only Welsh Pony Section B colt to return to Wales? An exciting new chapter for Heniarth.

OUT AND ABOUT

With no rush to venture into the show-ring this season we had an enjoyable day out at Lampeter Stallion Show  - the first time for many years that we haven't exhibited. So it was great to witness Wellijemz Mr Biggles by Heniarth Wood-Wind win his three year old colt class, then see Rhoson Shanco win two classes under saddle in his first season. Furthermore the top three in the ridden Section A class were Powys Sprite by Heniarth Quinnell, Heniarth Yeats by Heniarth Mr.Milligan and Heniarth Nellie Melba by Heniarth Yarra Glen! Meanwhile the yearling filly Rhoson Kizzie, also by Wood-Wind out of Rhoson Sipsi, so therefore a sister to Shanco has taken two championships for Ingrid Delaitre and we look forward with great excitement to her return to the UK for some further appearances.



Rhoson Kizzie, photo by Ingrid Delaitre
Rhoson Shanco (left), photo by Chris Latter
FIRST FOAL OF 2015

It came as a surprise to find appearing out of the early morning mist, Heniarth Yesterday by Colne Turbo with her first foal, born two weeks early. All looked well and mother and "babe" have had a great start to life with the warm spring sunshine, looked over by twenty-four year old retired grandmother Sunwillow Yasmin who is never too far from the pair.
In searching for a theme to the new family from Yesterday we have settled on Beatles tunes! So this little man, by Blanche Montana will be "Heniarth Sgt. Pepper"!
Hopefully by the end of April, beginning of May he should have some room mates!

TOP TITLE FOR TURBO

We were very proud of Colne Turbo when we heard he had become Supreme Champion at his first show in France for his new owner, Aurilie Tuderi.

He looks fantastic in his photographs and seems to have benefitted from his new found ridden career.

Two of his daughters, Heniarth Yesterday and Heniarth Chiff-Chaff are due to foal here in 2015, with the third, Heniarth Gloriumptious already winning under saddle herself this year.



Photo: Julie Wilson
 

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES -

Early on Easter Sunday morning Tooravale Houston left his home ready to start his 30 day quarantine prior to his arrival in the U.K. To say we're excited by this is an understatement!
None of this could have happened without the generosity  of his breeders Wendy Trimble and Shane Bysouth, who have   supported us in this venture. We only hope that the four mares he has left them in foal are the start of something great in both hemispheres. Also to Greg Gerry and Darren Telford at Whitmere who started his early education for us. Houston leaves with a W.P.C.S. medal and a Victorian All-Welsh championship under his belt on his only two outings, as well as a whole lot of hopes and dreams. We'll keep you posted!

HONORARY LIFE MEMBER - JOHN DAVIES, RHOSON
It was a great day at the WPCS when Meirion's father was honoured by the Society for a lifetimes' work as a breeder of Section B's.He joined the society in 1971 and he and Glenys based the stud on the Coed Coch and Weston lined Claydon Bluechip.
Over the years he became a devotee of the Downland lines forging a great friendship with Kathleen Cuff and Phoebe Sandford purchasing many ponies from the stud. He has bred 13 Royal Welsh winners to date including Rhoson Shem who not only took the breed title but also the Supreme of the Show qualifying for the Cuddy. Shem still remains to be the only Welsh Section B to qualify for HOYS in hand and under saddle in the same year. He was also twice National Champion and Best of Breed at Olympia and won the Royal International. Other notable highlights of John's career are breeding Rhoson Carmen sold for a World Record price at the Fayre Oaks sale. Rhoson pomies have been exported to Canada, USA, Denmark, Holland, Germany, France,  Sweden, Ireland, Portugal and Australia. John judged the Royal Welsh show in 1995 where his Champion was Cottrell Aurora now a resident at the Bamborough Stud in NSW Australia.He also served on the WPCS council for several terms. He and Glenys still breed one foal a year from their two retained mares, Rhoson Sipsi and Anna Lena.

2015 W.P.C.S. JOURNAL ERRATA - It appears that our claim to be one of five studs to breed both an A & B Royal Welsh Champion, in our Journal advertisement on page 367 was incorrect. Dr Wynne has kindly brought to our attention that the 1951 champion Revel Nance was in fact bred by Tom Williams at the Vardra Stud, not Emrys Grifiths who had bought her three months earlier from the Vardra Sale for 11gns, as a Section A! So, it appears only four breeders have achieved the double,  Coed Coch, Gredington, Springbourne and ourselves,! Very proud to join such illustrious company.



SOUTH AFRICAN HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW 2015


We're very pleased to receive news of Heniarth Top of the Mornings South African show ring debut at none other than the countrys Horse of the Year Show. He was entered in the General Breed section where he took the Youngstock Championship before going on to  the Reserve Overall title, thus enabling him to return on the final day to compete in the interbreed Supreme Championships where he stood in the top three stallions at the tender age of two and a half. We gather he turned a few heads en route which spells an exciting stud career in a country where Section B imports have been few and far between recently. Well done Neville, Dolan and the Dolarch Stud Team for getting him to look so well.







SIRE RATINGS 2014


We were incredibly proud of Heniarth Wood-Winds second placing in the Section B sire ratings for the second year running. More remarkable as only two stallions in the fifty years of the competition have gained higher than his 194 points; Laithhill Oberon being the highest this year and Rotherwood State Occasion gaining 204 in 1988, with Wood-Wind being the youngest at seven years with his two oldest progeny being four years old in 2014. State Occasion also gained 194 in 1992, aged 13 and Cottrell Artiste also 194 in 1995, aged 9. We figured out that from his 39 living progeny, 17 are abroad, leaving 22 offspring in the UK as potential points gatherers, 13 of which were shown.
As exciting is that Heniarth Quip features yet again as the only Section A in both the in-hand and ridden sire ratings, joined in the latter by his succesful half brother Heniarth Quinnell, the only two A's in that Open Under Saddle section. Roseisle Pandy Tudyr, who spent half his life here at Heniarth remains in the Lead Rein/First Ridden line up that he has headed some six years running. Sincere thanks to those owners that have been out gaining points for "the boys".


 



RHOSON AMLYN AT ERMELO

The Heniarth Wood-Wind son, Rhoson Amlyn made his first public appearance at the Dutch Stallion Grading in February where he greatly impressed enthusiasts from around the world. Beautifully produced and handled by Davy Wormgoor for his owners, the Horinga Brothers, Amlyn has already sired some outstanding foals for their Margriethoeve Stud in the North of Holland.
Amlyn who is out of the Royal Welsh winner Rhoson Anja by the Australian based Royal Welsh winner Eyarth Sama, was purchased as a foal and looks to offer the discerning Dutch breeder a great future.


Photos: Frank Megans