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MEDWIN BROAD

Richard Broad – 1 May 2020

Medwin Broad‘s funeral will be on Wednesday 13th at 1.30pm at Weston-super-Mare Crematorium. Obviously due to the Coronavirus situation we can only have immediate family attending.  However we will be having the service videoed and will be on a live link. We will upload the order of service and Live Link address as soon as we have it set up.   In the future when we all get through the lock down we will have a Thanksgiving Service for Medwin. Thank you all for your support at this difficult time from myself and all the family

Richard Broad – 30 April 2020

RIP my love, my friend, my rock Medwin Broad. We will all miss you so very much, friends and family alike. You have been such an inspiration to everyone you meet. We have lost a wife, a mother, a grandmother and the boss of the family. The horse/pony world has lost someone with so much knowledge, enthusiasm and a willingness to help everyone. You have left a very big vacuum for us to fill, and we know you will be watching over us. We are so very proud of you, and I will love you for ever.❤️❤️

THE WELSH PONY & COB SOCIETY

29 April 2020 at 09.05

WPCS appoint Weatherbys Scientific as the Society’s new Laboratory for DNA Profiling and parentage testing, for an interim period.

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society announced today that from tomorrow all DNA profiling of Stallions and Mares, and parentage testing when required, will be provided by Weatherbys Scientific.
This follows the threat of closure to the Animal Health Trust’s Laboratory services and their website statement earlier in March
‘that following a period of dire financial constraints, and with the economic implications of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK the charity was facing imminent closure.The Trustees and Executive Committee are continuing to seek out emergency funding and a final decision regarding the long-term future of the Trust will now be made towards the end of April 2020.Following recent guidance from the UK Government on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and in order to make use of the thoseGovernment’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the AHT has closed its offices until further notice.

During this period the WPCS Office have been in constant communication with the AHT and we are assured that any pending profiles and tests which are held up in their system will either be profiled when they re-open, or sent on directly to the WPCS; who will then forward the samples to Weatherbys Scientific. This will avoid any further costs to breeders whose Vets have harvested those DNA samples.
The data stored by the AHT on behalf of the WPCS is the property of the WPCS, and therefore is not at risk. That data is held on AHT’s behalf by Weatherbys Scientific so it will be possible to access past profiles.
The WPCS would like to thank the staff at the AHT for their helpful attitude during such a difficult time for the Trust and its employees.
Weatherbys Scientific are based in County Kildare, Ireland.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR BREEDERS
If you have ordered and paid for a Stallion License kit or a Mare DNA profiling – could you please contact the WPCS office via email noting the name of the Stallion or mare in each case (given the current restrictions in place) to ensure that you have the UPDATED form and address labels?
From May 1st, 2020 Weatherbys Scientific are the only laboratory acceptable as processors of DNA samples for the Welsh Pony and Cob Society. Kits can be bought via the Society website or from the office.
• DNA samples may only be harvested by a RCVS Accredited Vet.
• The hair follicle sample must be sent by the Vet to Weatherbys Scientific.
• The form must be signed ,dated and stamped by the Vet and returned to the WPCS Office.
• For all animals profiled from May 1st, 2020, upon receipt of the DNA profile from the Laboratory:
a) the WPCS will retain the original copy
b) a copy will be held at Weatherbys Scientific
c) the Owner will receive a copy of the Animal’s DNA profile.
• The WPCS cannot process applications unless we are in receipt of the signed, dated and stamped form.
If you have any queries regarding outstanding DNA profiles, or would like to purchase a Stallion licensing Kit or Mare DNA Profiling kit, please contact the Office by email enquiries@wpcs.uk.com

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WPCS PERFORMANCE AWARDS PRESENTATION 2019

WPCS PERFORMANCE AWARDS 2019

 

The Presentation of the Awards took place on Sunday 26 January 2020 at the Jury Inn Hotel, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Congratulations to all those SWA members who took part in this very prestigious competition, it grows every year and becomes more and more competitive so anyone who manages to be in the rankings is doing very well indeed. Firstly our teams did well especially when you think Clwyd won the Area Association class with 18995 points, over 7,000 points ahead of their nearest rivals from Home Counties. Clwyd’s success was mainly due to a very successful showjumper!

Our teams were:

4th – SWA Blue Team – 10025 points
Anna Richards Springbourne Cartier
Caroline Stagg Dycott Classy Rose
Caroline Sutton Thorneynewside Joey Essex
Olivia Banwell Delfyw Megan

Jess Talbot & Anna Richards accepting the rosettes on behalf of the Team from Catrin Reed (WPCS Young Ambassador)

6th – SWA Red Team – 7875 points
Nicki McGuire Sarum Japhet
Skyla Clements Drakelands Porsche
Caroline Sutton Peasedown Maddison
Jess Talbot Talmoor Rooney

Skyla Clements & Jess Talbot accepting the rosettes on behalf of the Team from Catrin Reed (WPCS Young Ambassador)

8th – SWA Green Team – 3670- points
Anna Richards Angels Rockaria
Skyla Clements Marons Romeo
Helen Jeans Y Ddol Robin
Skyla Clements Flaming Katie

Elsie Clements, Jess Talbot & Skyla Clements accepting the rosettes on behalf of the Team from Catrin Reed (WPCS Young Ambassador)

All the team members should be very proud of themselves, each team is made up of a representative from each Section plus a WPBR and then the best 4 scores out of the 5 are counted for the total.

Individual results were:

Section A
6th Sarum Japhet – also 5th First Ridden
8th Springbourne Cartier – also 2nd Mountain & Moorland, 3rd Stallion Championship
HC Angels Rockaria

Section B
HC Drakelands Porsche – also 5th Showing 12 & Under
Marons Romeo

Section C
7th Dycott Classy Rose – also 4th Senior Dressage
9th Peasedown Mambo
HC Peasedown Freddie

Section D
8th Browbank Jacob Black – also 5th Senior Dressage
HC Peasedown Maddison – also 3rd Senior Working Hunter Pony
HC Y Ddol Robin
HC Thorneynewside Joey Essex

Small Part Bred not exc 148 cm
2nd Delfyw Megan – also 5th Show Jumping, 4th Showing 12 & Under, 4th Mare Championship,& 4th English Championship
9th Talmoor Rooney – also 2nd Showing 13 & over
HC Flaming Katie

Also congratulations to Stacey Cuddy for winning the Section A breeder – Jilton Prince Charming Cup – with Lledrith Nemesis now owned by Sue Kernan and Aimee Stunt.

If anyone is interested in taking part in the SWA Performance Points Competition, a reply slip is enclosed with an entry form to be sent to Anna Richards and please mark on it if you are interested in being a member of a SWA team. You have to enter the WPCS Performance Awards as an individual but obviously the SWA pays the team entry – forms are on the WPCS website.

Good luck everyone and keep the SWA flag flying – you are all doing so well!

Sue Hardy
Just a few more photos taken at the awards ceremony:

Stacy Cuddy being presented with the Jilton Prince Charming Cup for the breeder of the Section A Champion LLEDRITH NEMESIS by the WPCS President Brian Foster
Fontmell Tankard – Outstanding pony achievement award – Browbank Jacob Black and Caitlin Clancy presented to Caitlin by Brian Foster

EQUINE HERPES VIRUS

EQUINE HERPES VIRUS – EHV

There has been a confirmed case of EHV in Hampshire which has resulted in equestrian venues in Hampshire, Dorset & Somerset cancelling events and others are considering whether to or not to at the time of posting this. So if you are planning to attending an equine event I would check before you leave that it is still being held.

The Animal Health Trust has posted the following:

15 January 2020

Further to the recent outbreak of neurological EHV-1 at an equestrian centre in Hampshire, which has resulted in the deaths of three horses, the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has been undertaking laboratory testing and analysis of samples taken from horses connected with the equestrian centre. The results have proven useful in identifying where the infection has been active and support the current veterinary advice on biosecurity.

Dr Richard Newton, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the Animal Health Trust, commented: “The swift action from horse owners and vets from the outset of this outbreak is to be commended. However, it is important that the shutdown at the centre remains in place for now and further testing is carried out before any restrictions are relaxed. If any horse owner is concerned about their horse’s health, they should consult their own veterinary surgeon for advice.”

The disease is a major welfare concern for horses and foals. It can strike any horse at any time, causing emotional, as well as financial strains, on horse owners and breeders around the world. Currently, there is no vaccine effective against all forms of the disease.

Equine Herpesvirus can cause a seemingly healthy pregnant mare to suddenly, and without warning, miscarry her unborn foal. It can cause a horse which appears fit and well to suddenly show abnormalities when walking and within hours be unable to stand. It can also cause respiratory disease, similar to a cold, which can easily spread from horse to horse.The virus lies dormant and then re-emerges when an animal is later stressed, such as when transported or mixed with new horses.

 

 

SWA PERFORMANCE COMPETITION 2018/19 RESULTS

Please click on this link for the results:SWA Final Results 2018-19

 

Overall Champion – Delfyw Megan Welsh Part Bred (Photo by Julia Banwell)   Reserve Overall Champion – Drakelands Porche Section B

 

  

Section A winner – Sarum Japhet   at Royal Welsh                Section C – Peasedown Amarillo

Photo by Royal Welsh Official photographer                                  Photo by Emily Chubb

Section D winner – Llanarth Westminster Photo by Abbey Clarke Photography

SWA CHRISTMAS LUNCH and PRESENTATION OF THE IN HAND POINTS COMPETITION, PERFORMANCE POINTS COMPETITON AND YOUNG ADULT HANDLER OF THE YEAR 14 December 2019 Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter

SWA CHRISTMAS LUNCH and PRESENTATION OF THE IN HAND POINTS COMPETITION, PERFORMANCE POINTS COMPETITION AND YOUNG ADULT HANDLER OF THE YEAR 14 December 2019 Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter

Members, family and friends enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch after the awards were presented. This was a lovely relaxed social event. Thank you to Jess Talbot and Anna Richards for presenting the rosettes, sashes and trophies to the winners. A raffle was held with prizes generously donated by members which raised over £100.   A big thank you to Sue Hardy for organising the lunch!
The winners, the diners & the raffle prizes

Competition winners

SWA IN HAND POINTS COMPETITION 2018/2019

For the full results of  the SWA IN HAND POINTS COMPETITION 2018/2019 please click on this link: In Hand points results 2019

Overall Supreme Champion, Welsh Part Bred Champion, Owner Bred Champion

GYPSYLANE LITTLE GEM

 

Crumpwell Chandler ~ Section A Champion Photo by Lindsey Powell -Section B Champion ~ Linksbury Top Dollar

 

Cenwyn Llewellyn’s Gift ~ Section C Champion  – Aberlogin Valentine ~ Section D Champion

 

SWA YOUNG ADULT HANDLER OF THE YEAR 2019

SWA YOUNG ADULT HANDLER OF THE YEAR AWARD – 2018/2019

The number of entries for this year’s competition was 5 but only 3 people sent their forms back which was disappointing.  Congratulations to those who took part – keep up the good work!

Sue Hardy

 

Josh Cuming ~ SWA Young Adult Handler of the Year 2019

1st       Josh Cuming                                   586 points

2nd      Samantha Mackaill                       415 points

3rd      Katie Bennett                                 150 points

SWA GUESS THE NUMBER OF TREATS IN THE TUBE

SWA GUESS THE NUMBER OF TREATS IN THE TUBE
as seen at the Westcountry Equine Fair & SWA Christmas Lunch.

Many congratulations to Ellie Dorill of Somerset, the winner of this highly successful competition whose guess was the closest to the actual number of treats – 713. Well done Ellie who was thrilled to have won such a large hamper of prizes which varied from 2 tickets to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival (Flower Show), Fleece rug, various horsey treats, 2 bags of feed, whip bags, numnah, £10 voucher from Redpost, Just Chaps, childs fleece and more……

Thank you very much to everyone who took part and to Bex Vinnicome for sourcing the prizes and organising the competition.

7th & 8th December CHRISTMAS EQUINE FAIR, Westpoint, Devon County

 

Photos – the stand, Flaming Kate & Skyla Clements Welsh Part Bred representing the British Spotted Ponies,    Taking part on the Breed display – Shannon Down’s Sangrug Edwyn Section A, Charley Handley’s Synod Rain Dancer Section C, Millie Login’s Kaydence Whatever Section D.

Thank you for your time & effort in bringing your ponies to the Equine Fair.

Saturday & Sunday, 7th & 8th December  CHRISTMAS EQUINE FAIR, Westpoint, Devon County  Showground.   We had a stand there (No 1) as in previous years and we have once again been lucky  enough to receive funding from the WPCS towards the cost.  Many thanks to those members who manned the stand on Saturday Belinda Watson, Anna Richards,  Bex Vinnicombe, Sue & Janet Hardy.  Sunday Anne Brice, Judy Pring, Vicky Stephens and Anne & Stewart Franklin.

Also many thanks to Bex as she not only provided the column of horse treats that people had to guess how many there were but also arranged the prize – a hamper full of all sorts of goodies, for example 2 tickets to the RHS Malvern 2020 Flower Show, whip covers, key rings, tie, horse rugs, chaps plus many other items.    The cloth and bunting with our SWA logo printed on them.  Bex must have spent hours doing all this and asking firms and business to donate items for the hamper. 

Vicky Stephens says “Really enjoyed my stint on the SWA of WPCS stand on Sunday at the Equine Fair, great way of meeting new people. Would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated prizes for our hamper 👏 . Result next Saturday at Christmas lunch!
One thing which really struck me was how many Welsh ponies are out there doing all sorts of jobs and people don’t know we run performance competitions they could be entering! We are not just about breeding!! They all need a job and what ever it is we love to hear about them!! Please spread the word and check out our website plus the main society website too.😁

Annandale Royal Warrant Photo by Nicky Woods