Some rather nervous but very smartly dressed young people gathered in the afternoon to receive a brief from Mrs Hazel Galbraith on the way in which the competition was organised. As this was the same procedure as we had followed in our assessment our candidates were well prepared. Representing the South West were Skyla Clements, Madlin Ridewood, Tamia Joyner, Millie Login and Charley White, unfortunately, at the last minute, Arabella Lawrence Hall had been unable to join them. Our coach, Jess Talbot, had spent a lot of time advising our team and we are very grateful to her.
Although no one from our team was in the first three in each age group, they did the Association proud when faced with the daunting task of placing 4 very different Section C ponies and then having an individual interview. Well done to all of you – do try again next year – and thank you!
See the For Sale Page for SWAWPCS own goods for sale. All full members were sent, with the Spring 2019 Newsletter, an Anniversary key ring. Additional key rings are available at a cost of £3.00. The Welsh Slate Coasters are for sale at £7.50 each
What a fantastic day we had at Forces Farm, Butterleigh, home of the Sarum Stud of Annie and Stewart Franklin and how very welcoming they were as with a team of helpers on the day, a wonderful spread was laid out before us. The Franklins’ generosity is becoming renown and this Celebration was no exception. The weather was just right and it was a marvellous opportunity for members to sit and socialise, catch up and see old friends.
Starting with a welcoming drink we were almost – but not quite – overwhelmed with the hog roast cooked to perfection, carved and served by Ian Jones and Vicky Stephens (that crackling was something else!) Yvonne Small and Jenny Stephens had prepared the rolls and put them in a serviette so it was a quick operation to add the beautifully moist and tasty pork, adding whichever sauce you fancied plus delicious coleslaw and salad. There were vegetarian choices with quiches brought by the Joyners so no-one could complain they couldn’t find something to eat. This feast was followed by a wide choice of desserts, at least half a dozen to choose from, I don’t think I was the only one to over indulge!
After a further drink of whatever you fancied, it was up to the outdoor menage to take part in or watch the various games which Maxine Ingham had devised, ably helped by Vicky Stephens in putting the teams together. Oh what fun the children – and adults – had, have you any idea how hard it is to ‘ride’ a spacehopper! And how those thighs ached afterwards! Other races included catching a soft boiled egg , catch a water balloon, 3 legged race, sack race, piggyback, and wellie wanging! Maxine was there with the appropriate sticker – some children had a whole chest full by the end of the games and thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to get both dirty and wet!
Some people had already had to leave but the rest of us then sat down to a welcome drink and to enjoy the wonderful celebration cake made for the occasion by Jo Rodd’s stepmother. A lovely moist chocolate sponge with the smoothest, thinnest icing you can make, it was just right with a plaque in the centre of the SWA logo. Invited to cut the cake, Mrs Jo Lutey, one of our longest serving members, said a few words reflecting on the growth and success of the SWA, remembering the founder members, and referring to the excellent reputation the SWA has gained within the Welsh Pony and Cob Society.
We are so grateful to the Franklins for generously sponsoring this memorable event and the approximately 50 members present will not easily forget the SWA’s 50th birthday celebrations.
14 to 17 September 2019
Our annual visit to studs in Wales will be in the Carmarthenshire area over 4 days. If you are interested in joining this trip please complete the reply slip sent with the Spring 2019 Newsletter and enclose an A5 stamped addressed envelope to :
Mr S Franklin, Forces Farm, Butterleigh, Cullompton EX15 1PJ
Accommodation is usually taken up very quickly and it is allocated on a first come first served basis. This has always been a very good trip with a chance to visit studs in a group without the pressure to buy!!! Although usually some one does!
Saturday 9th November 2019
At a new venue this year – Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter, Devon EX6 7UX. 2pm with a guest speaker. Further details to be announced.
Sunday 8th December 2019
Our Christmas Lunch and Competition Awards with be held this year at the Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter, Devon EX6 7UX, just off the motorway!