Weston Park Welsh Pony Stud History
Historically, the Weston Park Stud of Welsh Ponies is linked to the Weston Stud, which orginated in Wales in 1950 under the expertise of the Edwards family as Welsh Pony Breeders. From a small number of foundation mares developed a very successful stud of breeding ponies which have become consistent winners in the rings - both led and ridden - and whose influence has been passed on through generations of wonderful Welsh ponies of Sections A & B.
In those early years, stallions at stud were: Chirk Crogan (Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad x Chirk Heather), who remained unbeaten in native ridden classes; Coed Coch Brenin Arthur (Coed Coch Madog x Snowdon Arian II), and Gorsty Firefly (Criban Victor x Gorsty Dusk).
The first sale conducted at Llandyn Hall, Llangollen, was in 1968 - of 74 Welsh Ponies. A further sale took place in 1974, where Sec. A mare W. Mink Muff was sold to Australia, and Sec. B mare, Brockwell Japonica, went to Holland. In 1979, prior to emigrating to Australia, a reduction sale saw Weston Gigli sold to Miss Mary McDonald (Australia), and Weston Glimpse remained in Wales, brought by the late Mrs. Johns-Powell.
29 ponies were brought over to Australia - consisting of 3 stallions, 10 sec A. mares, 5 sec. B mares and 1 riding pony mare - with the remainder being made up of foals on their mothers. From this stock, a number of influential lines have continued.
Weston Park Stud was formed in 1990
In 1996, the stallion, Eyarth Sama (imp) - Carwed Charmer x Eyarth Arabella, out of Weston Twiggy, was purchased as a foal. Charmer has been Supreme Sec. B at the Royal Weslh on two occasoins. As a 2 yr old, Sama was Champion B, Supreme Youngstock, at Northleach Show, 1st and Res. Male Champion at the Royal Welsh, 1st at Glanusk Stallion Show, and was then imported in September 1998.
Three of his U.K progeny have won yearling colt and progeny awards at the Royal Welsh Show, and two fillies have won awards at Medal Shows. At the Weston Park Stud, of four foals from his first crop exhibited at foal shows, three Supreme exhibits of show and one Champion Sec. B were awarded. He has turned out to be a prolific and exceptional breeder and is the first new bloodline introduced into this stud, since Gorsty Firefly, some 30 years ago.
The principals of the Weston Park Stud will maintain the bloodlines - which go back some 10 generations from those famous Studs in Wales, most of whom have sadly disappeared for ever - and their priceless contribution to the Welsh Ponies of the world will never be forgotten, nor should it.
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