South Western Association of the WPCS

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The aim of our association is to promote Welsh Ponies and Cobs (Sections A, B, C, D and Part-Breds) in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.  For membership application form please CLICK HERE.

Updated 19 August 2016


2, 3 & 4 September STUD COMPETITION.  The judge this year will be Miss Rosie Russell-Allen of the Aston Stud.  A replyslip was enclosed with the Spring Newsletter. Closing date for entries 21 August 2016.  Please conact the organiser Jenny Chesher tel: 01276 671775 for quieries or futher details.

Sunday 28 August LATE SUMMER SHOW WPCS BRONZE MEDAL SHOW. Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall TR8 5NT.  In Hand and Ridden classes for registered Welsh Ponies and Cobs and thier Part Breds also an Unaffiliated ring with similar classes to those held at the Annual Medal Show.  The schedules are available to download on the Show schedule page. PRE SHOW ENTRIES CLOSED ON 18 AUGUST.

Sunday 11 September SWA Welsh Champion of the Year and Young Handler of the Year . **** New venue ***  Wellbeck Equestrian Centre, Farringdon, Exeter, 3 miles from M5 just below Exeter Airport, past Westpoint and Crealy.Please CLICK HERE to see if you have qualified.  You have to be a current SWA member to qualify.  The schedule is available to download on the Show schedule page. PRE SHOW ENTRIES CLOSE ON 3 SEPTEMBER.

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Saturday 6 August 2016 The WPCS Young Judges Competition, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcs.  Many congratulations to Jess Talbot who not only won her Section  (19 to 21 years) old but out of 37 competitors forward on the day was the Overall Champion, winner of the Llanarth Trophy and a lovely show cane made & given by Mr Mike Daley.  (One of Mike's cane had been given to the Queen the previous week).  Our SWA team was Alice Major, Emily Chibb & Jess Talbot. Many thanks to them all for represnting the SWA, they were a great credit to the Association.  Unfortunately Maddie & Jasmine Wills were unable to compete due to transport difficulties.

Alice Major, Jess Talbot & Emily Chubb

Sunday 31 July CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS OF THE SARUM STUD OF WELSH SECTION As.  By kind invitation from Anne & Stewart Franklin.  Spectators came from far & wide to see the ponies from this very successful Stud with winners in the show ring in hand and under saddle.  We saw a lovely display of ponies in the outdoor arena - Broodmares, foals, stallions and youngstock with a break for lunch - a hog roast and delicious desserts.  We then returned to the arena where presentions weres made to Annie & Stewart.  We then saw some more ponies  followed by a tour of the fields.  So many Royal Welsh winners, Supreme Champions and Champions.   Thank you so much Annie & Stewart for showing us your lovely ponies and to all your hard working helpers!! 

There are more photos on the SWA Facebook page.

Annie & Stewart with Katy Parry                                       Sarum Charlie                                                          Sarum Rose Sparkling Wine    photos by Janet Hardy


Many congratulations to Brandon Joyner who won the Junior Young Handler class at the Royal Welsh.  the photo shows Brandon receiving his rosettes from the sponsors Brian & Janice Foster.  Brandon was also Reserve Champion Young Handler, the Champion being the winner of the Senior class.

Well done to all our SWA members who did well at the Royal Welsh Show.  Details and some photos have been posted onto our Facebook page.

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Alice Major, Louise Cowling and Lexi Opperman  Photo by Lindsay Opperman

The Seavington Pony Club Dressage team were 3rd at the Pony Club Area 15 Dressage Competition and included our members Alice Major on Linksbury Zigmeister  and Lexi Opperman on Peasedown Apollo with non member Louise Cowling on In The Know.  Lexi was 4th in the individual placings.  Well done!


Sunday 12 June 41ST ANNUAL BRONZE MEDAL SHOW Powderham Castle, Kenton Exeter Devon.  Another very successful show held at Powderham Castle.  We were blessed with good weather and the ground the going good.  Many thanks to the judges, Mrs J D Roach. Mrs J E Etheridge, Mr D J Dykes, Mrs M Turner, Miss G Paxford, Miss E Y Dean and Mrs A G Williams and also to all our stewards, Mr J Brice (PA announcer), Mr T McGuire (judges lunches), Mrs N McGuire Show Director and  Mrs R J Jones Show Secretary. Please CLICK HERE for the results, the Unaffliated Ring results will be posted here soon.   The following photos are the copywrght of Elswood Equine Photography and must not be copied without their permission.  All the photgraphs that they took at the Show can be viewed/purchased from their website or Facebook page.  page.

Supreme In Hand Champion - Rhyd-ddu Confetti                             Supreme Ridden Champion - Sarum Japhet

WHP Champion - Annandale Master Fox              Winner Class 51 Young handlers 12 to 16 Years - Brandon Joyner

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Dr Wynne Davies' latest book - From The Horse' Mouth an autobiography

This book was launched at the Royal Welsh on Tuesday 21 July.  RRP £12.99  The SWA will have copies of the book on sale at £11.50, a lower price than the RRP in their shop.  If requested we can arrange for the book to be signed by Dr Wynne for you.  PLEASE BUY THIS BOOK THROUGH THE SWA as we will receive a small discount.

 SWA's own goods

There are still are few SWA 2016 Calendars for sale at £4.75 (plus £1.50 P&P) now reduced to £1.00 plus P&P.  The calendars have photos of SWA Members Welsh Ponies, Cobs and Part Breds.  Available from Sue Hardy.


Mugs £3.00 each - choice of white, purple, green or blue.  All with the same drawings, one each side of mug.  Our own calendars with photos/paintings of SWA ponies, cobs and part breds £4.75, please CLICK HERE for preview.  Also T Shirts, Polo Shirts and Sweat Shirts various colours and sizes can be posted at extra cost for P&P.  Contact Sue Hardy.

SWA forthcoming events for 2016 arranged so far - Please CLICK HERE to see complete list also see our Facebook page.


SPONSORSHIP:  2016 SWA Sponsorship Form and detail please CLICK HERE   Please sponsor our shows. 

LIST of 2016 Sponsors CLICK HERE                          

SWA NEWSLETTER  The South West Association of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society is looking for interesting stories, news, photos (own copyright ) etc  for there  newsletters. Will members wishing to contribute please send items of interest to


          This is an appeal for anyone who has ever won a SWA cup or trophy to look and see if they have still got it, we are missing a few cups and in spite of the signed receipts accepting full responsibility whilst in their care, people deny still having them.   Before going to the expense of replacing these missing cups, we would ask everyone to check extra carefully.   If you find you do have one of the SWA’s cups please return it to a committee member or the relevant show secretary.   We intend to start a list of people who have not returned cups and they will not be allowed to take any in the future and we may publish in the Spring Newsletter a list of those cups for which we have receipts but which the people who signed for them deny having.    PLEASE CONTACT  Hon. Secretary: Sue Hardy Tel: 01935 872069  Briar Thicket, Ryme Road ,Yetminster, SherborneDorset DT9 6JY  Email

ADVERTISEMENTS: If you would like to advertise on here (members only) or add anything useful and informative please contact Janet Hardy at the address below. To have your own website and address advertised on this site please send us your web links.

For a complete list of contact details for Officers, Committee members, Show Secretaries etc please CLICK HERE

  The association holds shows, events including "teach ins", meetings, talks and stud visits,

SEVEN shows each year culminating in the

South West Welsh Champion of the Year

also a young judges competition, young handler and young adult handler competitions

 and a stud competition

and an annual Christmas dinner including performance & in-hand points awards schemes.

Please sign the guestbook on your way out

Contact - Hon. Secretary: Sue Hardy
South Western Association of the WPCS
Briar Thicket, Ryme Road, Yetminster, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6JY

Tel: (+44) 01935 872069

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