The 60th Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale
There were 570 Welsh mountain ponies, Welsh ponies and Welsh Part Breds entered for the 60th Brightwells Fayre Oaks Sale held on the Royal Welsh showground on 28th and 29th September. The trade was much better than feared with the top lots selling better than ever but trade was slower for animals which were not top class. Of the 502 ponies forward, 311 (55%) sold for an average of £614 compared with the £650 to £670 of the previous four years. 51 lots sold for £1,000 or more with a top price of £9,000.
41 were sold for export, 13 to Holland followed by 12 to France, 4 each to Sweden and Denmark, 3 to Ireland, 2 each to Australia and Belgium and 1 to the U.S.A. Of the 12 lots of Stud Books/Journals/statues/paintings, 8 were sold to Holland including a complete set of 93 Stud Books from the Welsh Pony and Cob Society which fetched £2,000 and a set of Journals for £700.
Top of the Sale at £9,000 sold to the Oliver family of Cheltenham was Kathryn Lloyd’s five-year-old dun Section B stallion Mynach Orsino who impressed everyone with his perfect manners and brilliant way of going when ridden in the grass ring before entering the Saturday evening “High Flyer Sale”. The Mynach ponies owned by nanogenarian Miss Margaret Gethin of Inverness have been based at Waxwing Stud ever since they left Devon for Scotland thirty-five years ago and have had an enormous influence on the Section B breed over the years. Orsino, who has also produced very promising foals, beat all the seasoned performers and qualified for the Horse Of The Year Show at his first attempt this spring and the best wishes of everyone at the Sale go with him to Birmingham on 10th October.
The Sale offered an opportunity for Britain’s most successful Mountain and Moorland riders and producers to purchase exciting new prospects for future years, Katy Marriott-Payne of Wellingborough bought Oakville Paris (B mare, £2,000), Marged Simons of Narberth bought Thistledown Sea Anchor (B gelding, £1,750), India Latter of Llandysul bought Rhoson Shanco (B colt, £1,200), Paul Starkie of Bacup bought Shamrocklake Faithful Charelle (A filly) and Cromagtir Gawain (A gelding), Debbie Barr of Lewes bought Waxwing MacAdam (B gelding) and Jane Needham of Ingatestone bought the two Section A geldings Springbourne Concorde and Barracks Vision and the Section A mare Aros Julietta.
Thistledown Stud offered 12 ponies which were eagerly sought after, the three-year-old Section A filly Thistledown Vanilla Orchid sold for £3,000 and the five-year-old Section A gelding Thistledown Velvet Button made £2,000; a charming chestnut filly foal Thistledown Red-Hot was bought by Mrs Laity of Truro for £800, the proceeds of the sale being donated to the childrens charity “When You Wish Upon A Star”.
Other large Section B consignments were 10 from Hilin Stud, Pentrefoelas which included the exceptional filly foal Hilin Patriche sold for £2,500 to Miss Smith of Haddenham, Bucks; a major reduction of 12 for health reasons from the Telynau Stud, Caernarfon with top prices of £3,000 for the five-year-old stallion Telynau Torres sold to Anna Macey of Fordingbridge and £2,800 for the seventeen-year-old former National champion mare Telynau Royal Gala sold to the Cadlanvalley Stud, St Dogmaels, Cardigan and 7 from the Laithehill Stud of Wakefield with two filly foals Laithehill Fairytale and Laithehill Moonbeam both selling for £1,300 to Idyllic Stud and Rene Vandebrout of Belgium. Another two of the Laithehill foals were sold to the same French purchaser, the chestnut colt Laithehill Cello (£900) and the grey filly Laithehill Springtime (£620).
David Blair and Tom Best of the Waxwing Stud having been responsible for the top-price of the Sale at £9,000 then secured the second and third-highest at £4,000 and £3,800 on behalf of their Australian friend, Dr Harry Cooper of the Arcadian Stud. Brightwells Auctioneers made special presentations during the Sale to David Blair for his unfailing assistance to Brightwells during his period as Editor of the WPCS Journal, to Dr Wynne Davies for having sold at 58 of the 60 Fayre Oaks Sales including the first in 1955, to Catryn Bigley for her expert and conscientious organisation and cataloguing of these Sales and to assistants Derek Morgan and Malcolm Lindsay who have been responsible for the animals for 45 years. A look at the Australian Arcadian Stud web-
site shows some stunning animals that could hold their own anywhere in Britain to which will now be added the nine-year-old mare Idyllic Aurora and the three-year-old filly Colne Tsvetana. On top of the purchase prices there will be upwards of £12,000 each to fly them to Australia. The beautiful Aurora’s pedigree is unique, her sire Idyllic Entrepreur is a Royal Welsh youngstock champion and HOYS qualifier and her dam Idyllic Fonteyn is a double Royal Welsh champion and she is scanned in foal to Lacy Buzbee which Idyllic Stud purchased on the 2009 Fayre Oaks Sale for £9,200. Tsvetana is a daughter of the Royal Welsh winner Colne Tatiana who is also dam of Colne Turbo bought by Heniarth Stud for £10,500 on the 2007 Sale. Tatiana is grand-dam of Colne Tornado which young Tomos Howatson of Llanefydd bought as the top foal on the 2009 Sale and ended up winning the Royal Welsh youngstock championship with him last year.
This year Tomos fancied Geraint Williams’ bay roan colt foal Gadlys Picalo sired by Criccieth Stud’s Shorebrooks Stanley out of Synod Precious, a mare which Geraint purchased from Cerdin and Doreen Jones of Synod at this Sale a few years ago. Precious has three strains of dual Royal Welsh champion Brierwood Rocket in her pedigree and, unfortunately for Tomos, Cerdin had also spotted Picalo and after a ding-dong battle the auctioneer’s hammer fell in favour of Cerdin at £3,100, a record price for a Section A colt foal.
The next-highest Section A at £2,900 was the eight-year-old lead-rein gelding Rhydygrug Peter Pan, bred by Ian Sellick of Treharris and grand-son of Courtway Pandora, one of the most prolific lead-rein ponies ever. Peter Pan has won championships at County level and twice been in the top three at the Royal Welsh; he went to the Loggan family in County Antrim and will surely give much pleasure to many young riders in Ireland.
The second-highest Section B at £3,200 came from Bernard and Maureen Butterworth’s Paddock Stud in Hebden Bridge; this was the elegant chestnut roan filly Paddock Jamila the produce of two famous parents Eyarth Rio and Paddock Peioni. Jamila has won 14 first prizes and when she visited Wales last year, she was champion filly over all Sections at Glanusk Show. Paddock Stud’s other offering was the cream yearling filly Paddock Juliana which was sold to Gretchen Aitken of Oregon, U.S.A. Last year Gretchen purchased the cream yearling colt Laithehill Wild Wind for £3,400 so now has two of the best Section B’s to go through these Sales in recent years.
Top part-bred was the bay-tobiano eight-year-old mare Leevale Jingle sold for £3,000 to Mrs Burgess of Glossop, Derbyshire; Jingle was champion at the Coloured Horse and Pony Championship Show and also at Derby County. The second-highest part-bred at £2,500 was also a bay-tobiano mare, this was the six-year-old Classicolours Secrets Justdevine, another CHAPS champion, she was bought by Sian Blackmar of Bath.
Dr Wynne Davies, M.B.E.