THE Welsh Pony and Cob Society have approved a newly-formed Cornish Association, which is hoped to help those who are keen to promote and show their Welsh ponies in Cornwall, without having to travel further afield.
The idea was the brainchild of Ladock-based Welsh enthusiast Kate Lutey, herself a keen breeder of Welsh Cobs under the Kensa prefix and has a wealth of experience in the show ring.
She approached fellow Welsh breeders Jenna and Jonathan Payne of Trekerwys stud and Chris Green of Anabia stud to help take her idea to fruition.
The group held a meeting last November to gauge interest and support and the team were overwhelmed with how much enthusiasm there was for forming a group that was not only about showing and breeding of Welsh ponies, but of welcoming a much wider range of enthusiasts who use the ponies, cobs and part-breds for other disciplines.
Those who attended brought new and different skills and ideas that it is hoped will ultimately become the foundation of the new association.
Chairman Jonathan Payne said: "We are totally thrilled to be able to offer this new opportunity to Cornwall.
"There is a wealth of Welsh ponies and Cobs in the Duchy doing all manner of wonderful things for the breed and it will be excellent to be able to bring the enthusiasts together with a variety of different events and activities."
Alongside Jonathan Payne, the committee also comprises Kate Lutey as the secretary and Chris Green as treasurer. They will be holding their first official meeting of the association on Saturday March 15 at Crofthandy Village Hall, near St Day at 7.30pm.
The association welcomes anybody with an interest in Welsh Ponies, Cobs and their part-breds and all are welcome to put forward their ideas and support for the coming season.
They will also be welcoming a presentation from Mark Ingham, a British Carriage Driving course designer and technical delegate and an FEI candidate course designer who will be introducing the sport with his expert knowledge and experience.
Threewaters Riding Club held their popular dressage competition at Chiverton Riding Centre.
Becky Williams, of Ruan Minor, dominated both the Prelim and Novice classes with her Skewbald maxi cob, Colour Collision.
The 11-year-old gelding has been owned by Becky since a foal and is completely home produced and is a complete all-rounder.
Becky and 'Smudge' won the Prelim with 74.1%, scoring more than 3% than second placed and went on to win the Novice with 67.5%, qualifying her for both of the finals due to be held at Hartpury in May.
Becky said: "It came as a real shock to win both classes, I only hoped when I entered to scrape at qualification to the finals.
"I could not continue to ride or compete without the help of my parents who look after my two children and I am really looking forward to the rest of the season."
Becky will also be contesting Horse Of The Year Show (HOYS) maxi Cob qualifiers with Smudge in the hope of gaining that golden ticket.
The Cury Hunt Pony Club held their triathlon at Helston Sports Centre which attracted both children and adults showcasing their talents.
The awards were presented by Sarita Perkins, area representative of the Pony Club for Cornwall and West Devon.
Class 1 Open Boys: 1st Chris Harris aged 15 - Fourburrow Hunt PC (Best shoot, run and swim).
Class 2 Open Girls: 1st Nina Ball aged 20 -North Cornwall PC (Best shoot and swim).
Class 3 Junior Boys: 1st Henry Ware aged 14 – Spooners and West Devon (Best swim and run).
Class 4 Junior girls: 1st Freya Haase aged 13 – Western PC (Best Shoot and swim).
Class 5 Minimus Boys: 1st Christopher Watson aged 11 – Western PC (Best swim and run).
Class 6 Minimus Girls: 1st Charlotte Hicks aged 11 – East Cornwall (Best swim and run).
Class 7 Boys/ Girls under 9: 1st Katrina Henwood aged 9 – Lamerton.
Class 8 Adults Fun TRI: 1st James Holman – Fourburrow Hunt PC.
Best Shoot: Joint Gemma Jones (Cury Hunt PC) & Pippa Preston (Western Hunt PC).
Best Swim: Pippa Preston (Western Hunt PC).
Best Run: Chris Reddan (Cury Hunt PC).
March 6 & 13: Gwennap RC Open show jumping @ Colraine EC, 5.30pm start.
March 8: Combined training @ Colraine EC; Open show @ Chenhale EC. 10am start.
March 9: Indoor Cross-Country clinic @ Chenhale EC.
March 14: Four Burrow Hunt Pony Club open evening in conjunction with Cornish Saddlery. Blackwater.
March 15: Cornish Association of the WPCS AGM @ Crofthandy Village Hill, nr St Day, 7.30pm start. Everybody welcome. Call Jenna Payne on 07837 733 564 for details.
March 16: TWRC Open dressage show with the Wadswick Country Store championship qualifier @ Chiverton RC; NPS Area 26 dressage @ Polean, Pelynt.
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