Welsh ponies increased their impressive record in the hugely prestigious Cuddy in-hand supreme at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) when a section B stallion claimed top honours on Wednesday. Colin Tibbey led the six-year-old Moegarnedd Stadros to victory, following in the hoofprints of the section C Synod Lady Lilian in 2013. Both are owned by Gareth Williams.
“This means everything,” said Williams.
Stadros is out of a mare called Weston Park Musk Rose, whom David and Eirian Williams of the Moelgarnedd Stud imported from Australia, and is of the same bloodlines that they used to start the stud in 1970. Having stood youngstock and male champion at the Royal Welsh in 2013 as a three-year-old, Stadros was used at stud for the following two years and returned to the show ring this season, qualifying for HOYS at Royal Cheshire.
Other Welsh winners at Birmingham over the past 10 years include Ceri Fell’s section C Paravadean Delight, who triumphed in 2011, Pinewell Bucks Fizz, who won two years on the trot in 2008 and 2009, and the section A Waitwith West Wind in 2006.
The reserve in this year’s HOYS Cuddy went to the winner of the horse section, the three-year-old bay gelding Ballycreen Rainbow Magic. He is owned by Martin Wood, who claimed the supreme last year with Romanno Royale and in 2014 with Rendene Royal Charm.
Image by E.S. Photography, courtesy of the Horse of the Year Show