AGM, Dinner & Performance Scheme Awards Trophy Night 7.30pm @ The Kastiel, Turriff - March (date TBC)
Spring Show @ Fountain EC - 22nd April (Blair, TSR & Caledonian Quals. Aff to SPSBS)
Summer Bronze Medal Show @ Fountain EC 11th August (National Welsh Quals. Aff to SPSBS)
Winter Show @ Fountain EC 18th November
Summer Bronze Medal Show 11/06/2017
With reasonable pre entries and a pretty decent weather forecast the committee were hopeful for a good day. It was great to see exhibitors from much further afield supporting the show. It was well worth the drive for Louise Russell as her lovely Sec A mare, Gartconnel Siaradus, took the medal and her foal by Gartconnel Shooting Star won the Purebred Foal Championship. Hazel Oswald's Cilsane Ballerina won the yearlings and was reserve youngstock champion with Kelly Howitt's Jedlea Lisa ably shown by Gavin Ingram as champion. The 4yrs & over class was won by Aimee Hugill with Cui Polly Rose who stood reserve in the adult championship.
Sadly the Sec B's were yet again very thin on the ground. However, Goldenwood Stud had a fabulous day with Cadlanvalley Miss Prim winning the 2 or 3 yr old class and the consistent stallion Cadlanvalley Georgie Boy going through the card to stand Overall Supreme Champion for the 3rd year running! Gartconnel Siaradus was Reserve Supreme. Auchmailiddie Stud's Hilin Olympian stood reserve Sec B champion. Young Innes Kilner won the 4yrs & over with Llanarth Sandpiper.
Gavin Ingram's striking homebred Sec C yearling, Comalegy Destination, won the youngstock championship with Auchmaliddie Stud's Popsters Satin Ribbon in reserve. Katie Common with Rhosen Glyndwr won the adult C class with Rhianna Gilmour's Popster Black Caviar reserve. Comalegy Destination took the Sec C Medal.
Kim Gill's sec D foal Fountainhill Hubert made his debut a winning one. This is surely one to watch for the future. Stacy Angus with her homebred Drymuir Bonny Prince Charlie won the 2/3 yr olds. Kim had another win with Northwick Samuel in the 4 yrs & over class. Beth Hill showing Twymelyn Tom won the stallion class and also the D championship.
WPB entries were very poor but the quality was good. Mary Steele had a one two in the yearlings and youngstock championship with Tylo Flora Dora & Tylo Pillow Talk. Fiona Leslie's versatile Ryehall Viscountess took the medal with Tylo Flora Dora as reserve.
Our Judge for the welsh classes, Mrs Gillian Sells, had not previously officiated in North Scotland and was impressed by the quality of the animals forward and thought that one or two were potential Royal Welsh winners. She was also impressed with the sympathetic way animals were shown and the professionalism of handlers
M&M classes were disappointing in numbers as many had been out the day before at the NPS Summer show. However, a previous champion made a welcome return. Wayne Gayler's Fell pony Unwins Tom Boy repeated his 2015 championship success.
We affiliated to the Shetland Pony Society this year so SPSBS rosettes were on offer which seemed to attract some new exhibitors.
The Junior championship went to Christine Forbes with Lynemore Isla with Margaret Greaves's Mr Whippy of Chapelhill in reserve. Christine was another to have a one two in the championship with her Lynemore Finness & Lynemore Isla champion and reserve respectively. Best miniature going to Margaret Greaves and Tamarin of Chapelhill and Best Gelding to Mike Bowman with Warrackston Glenfiddich. Lynemore Finness also stood Reserve Supreme Champion.
The Young Handlers Champion was Robyn Mae Lesley (under 10yrs) with Iona Ironside as Reserve Champion (10 - 16yrs).
The Mini Ridden Championship was one for the boys! Freddie Thompson riding Rockbury Omega won the L/R & Championship and Luke Barclay riding Fountainhill Cassandra won the F/R and Reserve Championship.
Novice Ridden Champion was Kayleigh Evans riding Thistledown Blue Moon with Kirsty Dunning on Clonhugh Aislinn's Stormcloud reserve.
Open Ridden Champion was Spirit of Sunnyeuk with Kayleigh Evans in the saddle, Reserve was Beth Hill riding Twynmelyn Tom.
The Supreme Ridden Championship proved to be a bit of a dilemma for Kayleigh. With both Thistledown Blue Moon and Spirit of Sunnyeuk through she had to make a choice. Luckily she made the winning choice of Thistledown Blue Moon!
As the Committee are keen to grow the Summer show and to appeal to more exhibitors we introduced unaffiliated classes this year. These seemed to be fairly well received with entries in most of the classes. Ring 3 In Hand Champion was Sarah Taits veteran cob Troedgwnau Nathan with Emma Gayler's Will.I.am in reserve. The ridden championship was won by Morag Durno's Glenivet Fortune with Will.I.am as reserve. We hope to build on these classes in the future.
For the first time we accepted entries on the day for medal classes in the hope it would attract more entries and be useful to exhibitors. Unfortunately this has proved to be quite problematic with some exhibitors not providing registration numbers - despite asking for them on the entry form and reminders! Without this information competitors qualification/medal will be null & void. The association could well lose its medal status if incorrect or missing information is entered on the cards which we have to return. It is therefore very unlikely we will do this for future medal shows.
Spring Show 16/04/2017
Pre entries were a bit light in some classes but the quality forward certainly impressed our judges, Kathleen Scott and Josie Raffan. David Hibberd's long drive certainly paid off - with a win in the Section A & B yearlings, taking the Welsh Youngstock Championship and finally standing Supreme Champion with the lovely palomino Sec A yearling Waithwith Jeeves. David was clearly delighted! Reserve Supreme was Dennis Andrews Sec B stallion Hilin Olyimpian. The Young Handlers Championship went to Abbie Ironside with Davdor Spring Musik and Robyn-Mae Lesley in Reserve. The Lead Rein class was won by Ella Anderson riding the delightfull Dartmoor pony Pumphill Tirella who went on to take the Mini Ridden Championship and the Reserve Supreme Ridden title. The First Ridden was won by Hilary Cowie on Thistlewon Elpasso who was Reserve Mini Ridden Champion and Freddie Thompson riding Rockbury Omega winning the 1st Year First Ridden. Hilary also won the Novice Ridden A & B class with Meiklekims Minnie Mouse. The Novice ridden C & D class was won by Rhianna Gilmour on the smart Sec C Popsters Black Caviar who also won the Novice Ridden Championship. Joanne Smith's Neighfield Atomic won the Novice Ridden Partbreds. The Open Ridden Championship was taken by Kayleigh Evans on the consistent Trehewed Cardi with Annabelle Brooks on the equally consistent Anri Cleo.
Due to the continuedlack of entries in some classes, particularly the WPB's, the committee will be reviewing the viability of these classes. We simply cannot continue to put on classes that are not supported. The Summer show is likely to be the last show to offer Partbred classes - if you don't want to loose it - you must be prepared to support it!
Full results are available here
AGM 17th March
This year's AGM was a combination of Performance Awards Prize giving, buffet supper, raffle and guest speaker. The committee would like to thank all those who attended - it was possibly the largest turnout for some years! Adrian and his team at the Kastille provided a fantastic spread which everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy! Our guest speaker, Suzi Law from Topspec gave a very informative talk about 'Feeding the Native Pony for the Show Ring' followed by a short Q & A session with 'Goodie Bags' handed to all. Suzi then presented the Performance Awards. Full results may be seen here.
For personal reasons Donna Campbell had, earlier in the year, stepped down as Chairperson so Gavin Ingram chaired the meeting and was duly elected as our new Chairman. Due to the pressures of work Karen Campbell has also stepped down. Sherlene Murray will now act as Performance Scheme Secretary, Sophie Bryce remains as Trophy Secretary, Susan Reeve continues as Secretary with Stacy Angus as Treasurer. Dennis Andrews and Kayleigh Evans also remain. To see the full report please click here. Some minor changes to the Constitution were adopted which may be seen here.
Winter Show 06/11/2016
Despite bringing good Judges up from the South, sadly entries were very light, particularly in the Welsh In hand classes. We were pleased with the level of entries in the re-introduced Shetland classes and the M & M's were reasonably well supported. Although the weather forecast was poor (which probably contributed to some staying at home) the sun did make an appearance and the rain was spasmodic. We held all classes indoors and had some quality ponies forward. The Committee will have to re think future shows. We cannot run if shows are not supported so it really is a case of 'use it or loose it'. Full results here
WPCS 2017 Journal
We are putting together an Association Report for the Journal. It is currently being drafted. If you have any results, stories etc that you would like included, please email to email@example.com ASAP. The deadline is 30th October.
Online entry to all our shows is being introduced. We are trialling two methods: an online entry form together with payment via bank transfer and Equo the Horse & Hound online system. Both are quick, convenient and easy to use but you will need your Membership No. These were emailed out some time ago, so if you need a reminder please contact us
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard Deptford of the Gems Cobs Stud, Elgin. Richard was a great contributor, supporter and past Chairman of the Association. His funeral will be held on Friday 16th September at 2.30pm at the Moray Crematorium, Buckie. Family flowers only.
Huge congratulations to all our Members who competed at this years show. Below are their amazing stories.
"Mum and I headed off to The Royal Welsh 2016 with our two boys: Neuaddparc Roberto Black. Sec. C yearling colt and our homebred WPB Stallion Auchmaliddie Royal Party. We arrived and with the ponies settled, everything was fantastic. Tuesday morning was the day for Roberto Black to do his thing. He flew into the ring and managed to bag himself a very creditable 9th place out of over 30 entries. Thursday was the day for the partbreds so me and Auchmaliddie Royal Party (Eck) headed into the part bred stallion class. I couldn't believe it, a first at The Royal Welsh, all my dreams come true! After a quick lap of honor we went back into the ring for the male Championship. After we had all done our shows and been pulled in for a closer look, the judges hat was off and was pointing at me. I just couldn't believe it - Male Partbred Champion at The Royal Welsh. What a win! I could just about hear Mum, Dad and Shelley over at the side of the ring cheering. I don't think any of us could quite believe it! The final hurdle was the Overall Partbred Championship. It was between myself, the Female Champion and the Youngstock champion. Our trot out came around and I could feel that Eck knew this was crucial and he trotted his best and biggest ever. Well, that was it, we could do no more. Again the judges hat was off. We had done it we were pulled forward as the 2016 Royal Welsh Overall Partbred Champion and winner of that coveted Gold Medal. No way could I believe this was happening to me and my mother's spectacular homebred pony. On our lap of honor I was able to stop and give Mum a massive hug. What an achievement for a small stud all the way up in Aberdeenshire. Our dream really did come true that day. Thank you Eck for doing your absolute best for us. You truly are a pony of a lifetime."
"This year’s Royal Welsh Show was beyond our wildest dreams. We travelled 12 hours from Inverness, in the North of Scotland, to compete with the best of Welsh ponies and cobs. Our Section D Nantwood Solomon (Gwynfaes Culhwch x Tongwynlais Magical Lady) won the ridden Section D geldings from 59 entries and went on to be Champion. Bred by Owen and Rebecca Bentley and foaled in 2007. Our aim for 2017 is to qualify him for HOYS”
Vicky & Katie Common
With fantastic weather and good entries, the Summer Show was a great success. Both Judges were very impressed with the quality of the ponies and the professionalism of the handlers and riders. It was good to see the number of entries in the Part Bred classes steadily increasing. The Judge thought they were all top class animals The Section A 4yrs & over class was particularly well supported, but sadly the Section B' were very thin on the ground as were the Novice Ridden C's & D's. All other classes were well filled. Mrs McArdle was especially delighted with the L/R, F/R and Young Handler classes. Mr Berry chose the very consistent Sec. B Stallion Cadlanvalley Georgie Boy owned by Lynneanne Cameron as his Welsh Champion and Overall In hand Supreme Champion with L. Tait's lovely Sec A mare as Reserve Supreme. Full results are available on our results page.
The Spring Show on April 10th was a great success. The weather could have been a little kinder but at least it did stop raining eventually. We had good entries in most classes, particularly the Lead Rein. Sadly some classes had no entries which means we will have to carefully consider whether to run them at future shows. The association was keen to have a memorial trophy for Nick Mason who was a much loved and well respected member who sadly and unexpectedly passed away after last year's show. It was an emotional moment when Alex presented the trophy to the Supreme In Hand Champion, Wayne Gaylers beautiful Fell pony Unwins Tom Boy. We raised a small amount for The British Heart Foundation who, for this year, will remain our chosen charity to support. Donations are still being accepted, please click here for details. We are now busy organising the Summer Bronze Medal Show to be held on June 4th at Fountain Equestrian Center. Sponsorship Packages are available if you would like to support the show. Schedules will be available soon, if you would like a copy please send us your email address via the contact us page. We would like to thank our Judges, Beryl Bruce and Ruth Thacker and all those who supported the show, especially those who stepped in to take photos after our usual photographer was unavoidably not able to attend. We hope to have a gallery of photos uploaded soon. We look forward to seeing you all at the Summer Show