SWA 2018 - Young Handler of the Year - Amelia O'Connor, In Hand Competition Supreme Champion Brookvale Prince George (Photo Rob Bayes Photography), Performance Points Award Supreme Champion Earlsmeadow Kara's Adam (Photo Julia Banwell), Young Adult Handler Champion Sam MacKaill (Photo by Ross MacKaill)


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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 16 February 2019

2019 SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE DUE ON 1 JANUARY  The subscriptions rates are £15.00 for a full member plus £3 for each family member.  Remember that to take advantage of reduced rates for SWA show entry fees you must be a fully paid up member before you enter the show and renew your membership before 31 March or if you are new member have paid your subscription before entering.  DO NOT LEAVE UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO PAY YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AT THE SHOW.    For a Bankers order form please CLICK HERE. For a membership form please CLICK HERE, if you are paying direct into the SWA bank account please make sure you email the Secretary with details of the members names, email & postal address and telephone numbers.    Please send subscriptions to Hon. Secretary: Sue Hardy Tel: 01935 872069  Briar Thicket, Ryme Road ,Yetminster, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6JY 

Please note that you can now enter online through Showing Scene for some of our shows.  A list of of the SWA fully paid up 2019 members have been loaded onto our section of the site which is not in the public domain.  The list only contains the members name and email address so that they will be able to claim the reduced entry fees.  An email has been sent out by Showing Scene to all those 2019 members where we have their email addresses to confirm that you will be able to enter the relevant SWA shows at the reduced rates.

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WPCS Stud books for sale - see For Sale page.

WPCS AGM 2019: Please note that the AGM next year will be held a week earlier that in previous years on 30 March 2019 at the Crowne Plaze Hotel, Glasgow.


Sunday 10 March 2019, SWA Pre Season Practice Show, The World Horse Welfare,  Glenda Spooner Farm, Brincil Hill, Kingsdon, Somerton, Somerset TA11 7LA.  The schedule and entry form are now available to download from the Show Schedule page.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT relating to The World Horse Welfare's new rules concerning Equine Flu please CLICK HERE

April date to be confirmed-  Young Judges Training & Assessment.  This year the ponies that will be used for the assesment and our training will be Section Cs.  Three representatives will be selected to represent the SWA in the National Finals at Three Counties Showground, Malvern In August.  Any young people who would like to take part but do not want to be considered for the final will be very welcome and whilst it is aimed at those aged between 10 and 21 years, anyone younger is also welcome to come along and take part.

Sunday 14 April 2019, SWA Open Spring Show with WPCS Bronze Medals, NPS Ridden & WHP qualifiers & CHAPS qualifiers.  Chard Equestrian Showground, Higher Purtington, Chard Somerset.  The schedule and entry forms are now available to download from the Show Schedule page.  You can enter online for this show through

Sunday 23 June 2019, SWA Annual Silver Medal Show, Waterside Field, Powderham Castle, Nr Exeter, Devon.  Please note we have applied for Silver Medals as 2019 is the the Association's 50th Anniversary.

Sunday 14 July celebration of the Associations 50th Anniversary - might be a hog roast or similar and maybe a gymkhana but with a difference no equines just humans!!!  Please note the date which is on a Sunday not as published in the newsletter.

Sunday 18 August 2019, SWA Kernow Bronze Medal Show, Chiverton Riding Centre, Silverwell, Blackwater, Truro, Cornwall TR4 8JQ

September 2019 dates to be confirmed.  Visit to studs in Wales over 4 days.

Saturday 9th November 2019, SWA AGM.  Gipsy Hill Hotel, Gipsy Hill Lane, Monkerton Exeter EX1 3RN .

Sunday 10 November 2019, SWA Winter Show, Chiverton Riding Centre, Silverwell, Blackwater, Truro, Cornwall TR4 8JQ

Sunday 17 November 2019 SWA WPCS Bronze Medal & Ridden Show for Welsh & Other Breeds and types.  Venue in Somerset to be confirmed.

Sunday 8th December 2019, Christmas Lunch and Awards for Performance Competition, In Hand Competition and Young Adult Handler of the Year.

COMPETITIONS - 1st November 2018 to 31st October 2019

In Hand and Performance Competitions and Young Adult In Hand Points Competition 2018/19. The organisers for 2018/19 are - In Hand Points Competition - Sue Hardy and Performance Points Competition - Sara Glazebrook.  The entry forms and rules can now be downloaded from the Competition and Show schedule page. 

Please CLICK HERE for the 2017/18 In Hand Competition results and CLICK HERE for The 2017/18. Performance Points Competition results. 

The Young Adult In Hand Points Competition 2018/19     A points competition for members aged between 16 and 25 years of age which is based on a points scheme similar to the In Hand Competition.  There was an entry form enclosed with the SWA Newsletter.  No entry fee.  For more details or and an entry form please contact the organiser Sue Hardy or download the entry form and rules from the Competition and Show schedule page.  


Sunday 10 February South West Clinic at Duchy College, Cornwall.  Unfortunately due to lack of support this event had to be cancelled. As the event was going to be hosted jointly by the five pony societies/associations that cover the Cornish area - Cornwall BSPS Area 13a, NPA, NPS, SWA WPCS and Cornish Welsh,  is was a great shame that it was not supported.

Sunday 9 December - Christmas Lunch and Awards for Performance Competition, In Hand Competition and Young Adult Handler of the Year.   Gipsy Hill Hotel, Gipsy Hill Lane, Monkerton Exeter EX1 3RN .   Members and their families gathered  at the Gypsy Hill Hotel for the awards presentation  before the Christmas Lunch. The In Hand Competition Supreme Champion was the Welsh Part Bred BROOKVALE PRINCE GEORGE and Reserve Supreme and Champion Owner Bred another Welsh Part Bred TRENLEYGROVE RUBY TUESDAY.  For the full results please CLICK HERE.  The Performance Competition Supreme Champion was The Section A EARLSMEADOW KARA'S ADAM and the Reserve Supreme Champion the Section B STRAWBERRYFIELDS PRIME SPIRIT for the full results please CLICK HERE.  The 2017/18 SWA Young Adult In Hand Competition Champion was SAMANTHA MACKAILL who unfortunately was unable to attend the presententaion. 

Samantha MacKaill showing Moulaccas Vanilla's Dream at the 2018 SWA Spring Show - This is the only photo I can find of Samantha at the moment, I hope to have a better one of Samatha soon!  Photo by Rob Bayes Photgraphy

The presentations were followed by Christmas lunch.  The 'Guess the number of horsey treats in the Tub' competition was won by Caroline Wilkins (senior) and Sklya Clements (junior).  The very popular pipe cleaner competition was judged by Lydia Forrester and what a difficult job she had.  They were amazing, we have so many talented members!!  The winners were Claire Rafferty (senior) and Mollie Strange (junior).  Many thanks to Top Spec for giving us a the feed voucher for the raffle.

The Award winnersThe Claire Rafferty's winning pipe cleaner was the Christmas tree and the Log fire with some of the other creations.  Mollie Strange with her her winning pipe cleaner creation.       


Congratulations to all those members who competed in the WPCS Performance Awards .  The awards were presented on 2 December at Jury Hotel, Cheltenham.   Please CLICK HERE here for the list of successful members.  Foe more photos see our FaceBook Page.

SWA Red Team - Caitlin Clancy & Jess Talbot                               SWA Green Team - Jess Talbot & Olivia Banwell    Photos by Rosie Filmer

Unfortunately not all our members could attend the presentations so the above members of our teamswho were present collected the team rosettes on their behalf.  Well done everyone.


SATURDAY 24 November - Grand Auction in Aid of SWA, Cedar Suite, Gipsy Hill Hotel, Gipsy Hill Lane, Monkerton, Exeter EX1 3RN  We had a lovely social evening which everyone enjoyed whilst raising money for the Association.  We sold all the lots except for one and another one that did not reach the reserve.  We are sharing the proceeds from two of the lots with the Charity SEND A COW.  Many thanks to all those that attended and to everyone that generously donated items.

Some of the auction lots                                                                         The auction in progress


 SWA's own goods

Mugs £3.00 each - choice of white, purple, green or blue.  All with the same drawings, one each side of mug.  

Also T Shirts, Polo Shirts and Sweat Shirts various colours and sizes can be posted at extra cost for P&P.  Contact Sue Hardy.


SPONSORSHIP:  2019 SWA Sponsorship Form and details please CLICK HERE.  Forms were enclosed with the last newsletter.    Please sponsor our shows. 

LIST of 2018 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, Sherborne, Dorset 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 bi-annual 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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