SWA Welsh Champion of the Year 2017 - Sarum Pinot Grigio         2017 SWA Young Judges Team, Isabel Glazebrook, Brandon Joyner & Shannon King

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 6 November 2017

2018 SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE DUE ON 1 JANUARY.  AT the 2017 AGM a resolution was passed to increase the subscriptions to £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 renewed your membership before 31 March or if a new member have paid your subscription before entering.  DO NOT LEAVE UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO PAY YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AT THE SHOW.    If you pay by Bankers Order PLEASE REMEMBER TO AMEND YOUR BANKERS ORDER
Please send subscriptions to Hon. Secretary: Sue Hardy Tel: 01935 872069  Briar Thicket, Ryme Road ,Yetminster, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6JY 
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In Hand and Performance Competitions and Young Adult In Hand Points Competition.  The In hand Competition forms for  2016/17 are now available to download from the Show schedule page. 

Sunday 12 November 2017 SWA Winter Show for Welsh & Non Welsh, Chivenor Equestrian Centre, Silverwell, Blackwater, Nr Truro,Cornwall TR4 7QN.  A schedule will be sent out to members with the Autumn Newsletter. The schedule is now available to download from the Show Dates & Schedule Page a hard copy will be posted to all members in the next couple of weeks. 

Sunday 19 November 2017 SWA WPCS Bronze Medal & Ridden Show for Welsh & Non Welsh, Stretcholt Equestrian Centre, Stretcholt, nr Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 4SR.  The  schedule is now available to download from the Show Dates & Schedule Page .  A schedule will be sent out to members with the Autumn Newsletter.


SUNDAY 5 November 2017 AGM & Presentation of Stud Competition Awards was held at the Gipsy Hill Hotel, Monkerton, Exeter, Devon EX1 3RN. Our guest Speaker was  Mr IFOR LLOYD FRAgS of the Derwen Stud, President of the Welsh Pony & Cob Society, who gave us a very interesting talk about his life and the history of the world famous Derwen Stud.  He also kindly presented the awards to the winners of our Stud Competition.


Ifor & Myfanwy Lloyd with some of the members present at the AGM          The winners of the Stud Competition Supreme Championship John & Stacey Cuddy of the Kaydrith Stud being presented with their Trophy by Ifor Lloyd

13 to 16 September 2017. Our SWA Annual Autumn visit to studs, this year in West Wales.  Many thanks to Anne & Stewart Franklin for organising another succesful trip to studs.  This year we went back to Wales meeting at the Nantfforchog Stud of Section As, then travelling a few miles to the Tireve Stud of Section Ds.  Staying near Aberaeron the following day we visited the Ormond Stud of Section Cs and and then the Parc Stud of Cs & Ds.  On our way to the Ilar Stud of Section Cs & Ds we visited the WPCS offices and their museum which was very interesting.  The next day, Friday we visited the Derwen Stud SectionDs, Corscaron Stud SEction C & Ds, Fronarth Stud Cs & Ds and then in the eving visited the Ceredigion Foal Show.  On our last day we visited the Section B Stud Bryngwennol who had some lovely ponies and was a real treat to finish our trip there.  THis area has such a wealth of Welsh studs, mainly Cs & Ds that it is difficult to choose whoch ones to visit!!  The trip ended all to soon!

The SWA group at Fronarth photo by Sulwen Richards  More photos posted on our Facebook page

3rd to 5th September 2017, Judge Mrs Tanya Baldwin of the Janton Stud.  For full results please CLICK HERE.  Jenny Chesher and the Tanya Balwin spent a few hectic days travelling arounf the South West.   The weather was not kind and so at some studs the ponies had to be judged in the rain!  Congratulations to the Supreme Championship group from the Kaydrith Stud, Stacy & John Cuddy and the Reserve the Polmesk Stud, Karen & Rob Curtis.

The Supreme Champion Kaydrith Group - photos by Jenny Chesher - Kaydence Viper, Lilibet & Custard

The Reserve Supreme Polmesk Group - photos by Jenny Chesher - Polmesk Charm, Dhanak Ceridwen and Bodwenarth Hannah Lightfoot

Sunday 10 September South West Welsh Champion of the Year Final and Young Handler of the Year Final,  Hyperion EquestrIan Centre and Stud Farm, Clapham, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7YQ.  Open to SWA members ONLY.    The Supreme Champion In Hand and Ridden received one of the SWA own special medals which are much sought after plus cash prizes and more!!!.  Please CLICK HERE for the results.  Please support the official Photographer Steve Elswood Photography.  He will be uploading the photos on Wednesday (13 September).

Supreme Ridden Champion and Reserve - Mynyddtarren the Marksman & Llanfyllin Apollo.  Supreme Champion of the Year - Sarum Pinot Grigio & Reserev Hammonds Half Time

SWA Young Handler of the Year -  Minnie Conibear and Reserve Champion Jessica Lerwill

Sunday 13 August Kernow Bronze Medal Show, Pendarves Equestrian Centre, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 0RT.   Qualifiers for the SWA WPCS Welsh Champion & Young Handler of the Year 2017, The National Welsh Championship Show 2018 and NPAC Grand Prix Arenas Champion of Champion Series  2017.  The Show was a great success.  Full results and photos.  We received lots of thanks for holding such a good show with a good atsmosphere  and they enjoyed the day.  For the full results please CLICK HERE.will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Supreme Show Champion Sarum Rembrandt and Reserve Wyedean Cameo with judges Tracy Hook and Suzanne Alexander-Ford    Photo by Rachel Bromage Photography

Saturday 5th August 2017  WPCS Young Judges Final. Many congratulations to our SWA team who took part in the WPCS Young Judges Competition Final.  33 young people had entered the Final.  Once again the standard was very high and our team kept the SWA flag flying.  The team Issy Glazebrook, Brandon Joyner and Shannon King were a great credit to the Association and we hope that they will put themselves forward to comptete in next years competition.  Isabel Glazebrook was second in the 10 to 13 age group and only one point behind the winner who went onto be the Overall Champion.  Well done Issy!

Issy Galzebrook, Brandon Joyner & Shannon Snow

Sunday 30 July 40th Anniversary of the Millcross Stud, Milverton, Somerset.  A small stud of Section Bs and one Section A!  By kind invitation of of Mrs Anne Brice to join her for a celebratory tea and cakes with the ponies.  A report and photos of this event will be posted soon!

Sunday 18 June 2017, ANNUAL SILVER MEDAL SHOW, Powderham Castle, Kenton, near Exeter, Devon. Including an unaffiliated ring open to all. What a lovely day with super friends and competitors.  Many, many thanks to all our judges, stewards, helpers, runners and secretarial officers.  For the full results please CLICK HERE.  This is the first draft and we have some results missing, please email Janet Hardy;  janhardy.briarth@btinternet.comi please let me email me if you know who was second in the NPS First Ridden. If you spot any mistakes or ommissions please let me know.  Thank you.

The official photographer was Elswood Equine Photography,  please see his Facebookor page or website  to view all the photos that he took.

The Supreme in Hand Champion - RSC The Ogopgo                The Supreme Ridden Champion - Cascob Locomotion      The Unaffliated Ring Champion - Vintage Rose

8 April 2017 NPS SUPREME DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Addington Manor, Bucks.  Many congratulations to Caitlin Clancy and Jess Talbot on their successes at the NPS Dressage Championships and for representing the SWA.  For the full results please CLICK HERE.  I have just quickly scrolled through the NPS results on their Facebook page so if I have missed anyone or any results please let me know.  Also if anyone has any photos taken at the Championships I would be grateful if you could email them to me!  Many thanks Janet Hardy

Sunday 30 April 2017, YOUNG JUDGES TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT, Forces Farm, Butterleigh, near Cullopmpton, Devon EX15 8QY.  Young Judges Team Selection 2017. Well done to our finalists, Brandon Joyner, Issy Glazebrook and Shannon King.  Many thanks to our judges/assessors Vanessa Mardon and Sharon Weightman who were absolutely amazing and enlightening with their insights.  Thanks also to Roberta Jones for organising the day and to Annie Franklin who provided a scrumptious lunch.  Thank you also to Sarah Finch for bringing ponies for our judges to evaluate.  It was a lovely day despite the weather not playing ball!      Nicki McGuire

The candidates with the judges, Sharon Weightman and Vanessa Mardon.  Photos by Nicki McGuire

Sunday 23 April 2017 OPEN SPRING SHOW , Chard Equestrian, Higher Purtington Showfield, Chard, Somerset.  We held a very successful show with Qualifiers for NPS, CHAPS.  In hand, Ridden & WHP classes.  Welsh, M&Ms, Coloureds and Senior Plus classes,  We were able  to use the supberb 60m x 95m outdoor arena for Rings 1, 2 & 3.  the WHP classes were held on a grass ring the new building which houses the Clubhouse/Secretarwithout whom we could not hold the show, alosy's office/Cafe and toilets was not yet open but will be by next year.  Many, many thanks to the hard working judges - Mrs S Seward, Mrs A Nicholls, Mrs L Ahmet, Mrs J Upton. Mr C Seward and stewards.  Also to  Roberta Jones and Nicki McGuire who helped man the 'office' and of course Sue Hardy, the Show Secretary. The official photographers were www.mudsports.co.uk  please look at their website, there are plenty of photographs on there of our show.  For the full results please CLICK HERE

Supreme In Hand  Champion - Sarum Rembrandt  Photo by Nicki McGuire      Supreme Ridden Champion Yersten of Alltnacailleach Photo by Mudsports Event Photography

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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 2016.  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

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 2017 arranged so far - Please CLICK HERE to see complete list also see our Facebook page.


SPONSORSHIP:  2017 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 janhardy.briarth@btinternet.com


          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 suehardy.briarth@btinternet.com

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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