Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show

We’ve been fortunate to see some of the same faces for many years, while each year brings new exhibitors as well. Thanks goes out to everyone who supported our show—through entries, sponsorship, volunteer work, and silent auction items.

For years, Brian McClelland did a great job of putting on the show, giving Welsh Pony and Cob owners, breeders, and enthusiasts a quality show with a varied class list. It’s an important event for the community—for Welsh owners to gather and reconnect, and for breeders to have their animals critiqued by judges who understand and respect the breed standard.

A ribbon may be merely a symbol of one person’s opinion on one day, but the show ring offers a valuable opportunity to re-evaluate our animals amongst good company.

Welsh Ponies and Cobs are known for their kind, trainable minds, for their exceptional movement, for their hardiness, and for their beauty. Under the Alvesta prefix, my mom has been breeding Welsh for over 50 years, so I grew up with the breed—as well as loads and loads of Welsh books and journals and magazines and videos—so I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to see and read about the best of the breed throughout its long history. A great Welsh Pony or Cob is a magnificent animal.

We all know the show ring atmosphere can have a number of downfalls, and it’s certainly far from the end-all-be-all that show results can be made out to be, but seeing our animals lined up for critique can offer us greater perspective to be more critical breeders and encourage us to strive for that magnificent breed standard that has made famous the Welsh Pony.

All three of our judges said they were impressed with the quality of the ponies they saw, and shared commentary on their top champions, highlighted below alongside comments from owners.

The MacLeay sisters of Seldom Rest Farm, Karen and Kathy, joined us from California, while India Baker of Waterford Welsh Cobs came in from Maine. Each was wonderful to work with, very professional, and a lot of fun.

And with that, let’s start with our Friday Futurity winners, before moving into the main show.

YOUNG STOCK FUTURITY & PERFORMANCE STAKE: JUDGE KATHY MACLEAY

This portion of the show begins with several riding and driving classes, for Welsh and Half-Welsh Ponies aged three to eight.

Judge Kathy MacLeay awarded the English Pleasure Ridden Pony trophy to Renée Sward’s six-year-old chestnut Section B mare, Memory Lane Easter Bunny (Legend Ring of Fire x Memory Lane Devine Design by Kobur Fire Dragon). Kathy says, “This was a very attractive hunter pony who moved well, was well mannered, and maintained a good headset.”

Renée had come across “EB” by chance. She and her daughters ride, so wanting to share some fun together, Renée was on the lookout for a horse when she ended up at Brian Donegan’s farm in Strathmore, Alberta.

“That day the pony chose me as much as I chose her,” says Renée. “Frankly, I had not been considering a pony for myself. She was only three when she came to us, and was later confirmed in foal. Working with young ponies has been a great project for my daughters and me, and has made me appreciate how much passion and work goes into developing a well-trained animal.”

Renée says EB has a great personality, enjoys going to work, and is learning quickly. “She may be a pony, but she is plenty of horse for me!” This was only EB’s third show under saddle, and Renée’s first as a rider. “I am a novice rider, and she took good care of me all weekend.”

Judge Kathy’s Pleasure Driving trophy went to a grey Welsh Mountain Pony mare who was one of the most prodigious winners of the weekend: Morgan Hill Twinkle (Nerwyn Gwyn x Shell-Crest Starlite by Young’s Country Rock). At three-years-old, Twinkle was eligible only for performance, being too old to compete under Kathy in the Futurity’s halter, but judges Karen and India would give her some of the top Welsh halter accolades over the following day and pin her up in driving classes as well.

“This pony had it all: excellent movement and headset, pretty, steady, and enjoyable to watch,” says Kathy.

And with the performance segment of the evening concluded, we moved into the Young Stock Futurity—breed and sport pony halter classes for Welsh and Half-Welsh, two years and under.

Shelley Snyder’s Shell-Crest Country Fashion (Friarly Firebox x Shell-Crest Country Gal by Young’s Country Rock) will now have her name added to the Futurity Grand Champion Section A perpetual trophy. Judge Kathy felt this chestnut two-year-old filly had “type, conformation, good bone, and moved well.”

Since she was 14 years old working for Stan Young, Shelley has been with the Welsh breed. In 1998, Shelley inherited the Young’s herd she’d spent so much time with, and in her words, became a “real breeder”—using her Shell-Crest prefix. This filly’s maternal grandsire, Young’s Country Rock, was a striking chestnut who came out to the shows for many years, often winning top championships; his offspring can be found across North America, and a number are in this article as well. Her dam, Shell-Crest Country Gal, was a typey, well-put-together mare who did well in the halter and driving rings, and was one of Shelley’s favourites. It was with Country Gal that Shelley taught her son, Braydon, and daughter, Kasandra, how to drive.

The Section A Reserve Grand Championship went to a yearling imported colt owned by Brenda Harder of Coyote Run Welsh Mountain Ponies in Ponoka. Though her locale and prefix (Arrow Valley to Coyote Run) has changed over the years, her breed of choice has remained the same for the last 40 years. And since her first visit to Wales some years ago, Brenda has dreamed of importing a colt from the Flydon stud. Last year, in came her weanling Flydon Parri (Flydon Harri x Flydon Llwy Pwdin by Flydon Dant-y-Llew).

He was an extremely well behaved yearling Section A colt, whether in the ring or in his stall, which Brenda says is typical for him. Clearly Parri has a good nature to go along with his other attributes. Judge Kathy MacLeay says, “This pony was typey, had good conformation, bone, and movement as well.”

Being out of one of the biggest winners from the famous Royal Welsh show in Wales, Flydon Llwy Pwdin (and one of my personal favourites) and sired by Flydon Harri—who spent some time in Denmark before being brought back to Flydon in England—Parri has some great breeding.

The Futurity Grand Champion Section B was also Kathy’s Futurity Supreme Champion Welsh Young Stock and Grand Champion Sport Pony: Drogheda Jedi Knight, sired by Double Diamond Raindancer II and out of the Futurity English Pleasure winner, Memory Lane Easter Bunny. Of this two-year-old buckskin gelding, judge Kathy says, “This pony had it all—type as a sport pony, a typey Welsh head, size, conformation, great bone, movement, and a beautiful eye.”

“Since he was delivered by our mare Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday in 2016, Drogheda Jedi Knight has been a pleasure in our lives,” says owner, Renée Sward. “He shares his dam’s good personality and loves to come for grooming, attention, or ground work. All credit for his good breeding is owed to Brian Donegan, and to those breeders before him who have for generations passionately bred beautiful, smart, strong ponies.”

Next spring, Renée’s daughters plan to start him under saddle, with the hope that one day they’ll see him as a hunter/jumper.

In reserve, both in the Futurity Supreme Championship and Grand Champion Sport Pony, came a Section B chestnut colt foal owned by Renée’s coach, Kerry Marit: Marit MVP (Coyote Run Frezno x Bar C Ban-na-righ by Skellorn Dauphinoir). “This baby was outstanding,” says judge Kathy. “Welsh type, perfect conformation, bone, and size—I found it hard to take my eyes off of him.”

Kerry owns and manages (alongside daughter, Augusta) Marit Stables in Cochrane, an equestrian center that provides lessons in English hunter, jumpers, and dressage—and offers training services.

Marit MVP, known as “Drax”, is the second foal sired by their Welsh Mountain Pony stallion Coyote Run Frezno. Kerry says, “He is a beautiful pony with an amazing, easy-going temperament inherited from his sire and dam. Born into a stable that has activity galore, Marit MVP is surrounded with little people, which has helped make him a sweet, kind pony.”

The Futurity Half-Welsh Championship went to another pony at Marit Stables, an American-bred yearling, Peter Parker, sired by ISR Oldenburg NA licensed stallion, Pixar, and out of a Welsh Section B mare, Stoneledge Confetti (Rosedale Elinvar x Shenandoah Watercolor by Farnley Prelude). Coincidentally, Rosedale Elinvar is a full brother to Rosedale El-Senor, a Section B stallion that spent most of his life in Alberta before going to British Columbia to spend his elder years—several of El-Senor’s grandget are featured here as well.

Peter Parker, however, was bred at Holland Brook Sporthorses in Connecticut. Just before Christmas of 2017, he had arrived at Marit Stables with a box of championship ribbons and a high point foal ribbon from the New England Dressage Association, the University of Massachusetts, and more.

Owner, Linda King, says, “Peter Parker has a wonderful temperament—so patient for a yearling. He is a really neat colt with a sweet, fun personality and clean, elastic gaits. He is being raised in a herd of five at Marit Stable in a large pasture setting, with meticulous attention to his health and welfare. Peter Parker has a bright future as a sport pony in the dressage and/or hunter world.”

Peter Parker had come to Marit Stables as a registered ISR Oldenburg NA Sportpony, and in order to compete in the breed classes at the Wild Rose Show, they also had him registered as a Half-Welsh with the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America.

The Wild Rose Show was Peter Parker’s first public appearance, and Linda felt he handled the show ring with a calm, cool attitude, attributing this to his handler, Nicole King. “We are so proud that Peter Parker was the Grand Champion Half-Welsh Pony—can’t wait to watch this colt develop under the keen eye of Kerry Marit!”

Judge Kathy MacLeay says, “He looked the part of a fine hunter pony—good body, bone, and well proportioned individual.”

Frontier Pharoahs Secret came in as the Futurity Reserve Half-Welsh Champion, a chestnut yearling out of a half-Arabian Sport Pony mare, Emmaraude De Rhiannon, and sired by the Welsh Section B stallion, Frontier Mystical Beau (Shell-Crest Key to My Soul x Bluebird Chloe by Mynach Mystical). Judge Kathy MacLeay says, “This Half-Welsh had type, legs, body, and movement.”

WILD ROSE WELSH & OPEN PONY SHOW (SAT-SUN): JUDGE KAREN MACLEAY & INDIA BAKER

The main show commenced with the gelding classes, so the first feature goes to a gelding familiar to the Wild Rose Show.

In 2008, Julie Foot imported Menai Step-On (Knolton Daylight x Menai Slip-On by Friars Generous). The big-moving, grey Welsh Mountain Pony competed in halter as a young stallion, and for some years since, he’s been competing as a gelding in the halter and driving classes under the ownership of Stacey Schaber—this year joining the ridden classes as well.

Utterly beloved by his owner, the judges often have kind words to share about Step-On as well. Judge Karen MacLeay says, “This pony represents my ideal Section A driving pony—very typey, maintained a great frame, showed transition of gaits, and had a good attitude. Any driver should strive to create this perfect picture.”

Over the course of the weekend, Karen made the 11-year-old Menai Step-On her Welsh Gelding Champion, Pleasure Driving Champion, Gr. Ch. Model Hunter Pony, and Res. Ch. English Pleasure Pony.

“A real little Welshman!” agrees judge India Baker. “Plenty of bone and full of Welsh type, he showed good gaits in harness and was consistent under saddle with a young jockey.” India awarded Step-On another Welsh Gelding Championship and the Res. Pleasure Driving Champion.

“Step-On is very eager-to-please and genuinely loves to work,” says owner, Stacey. “He enjoys his job, loves children, and can be mischievous. This was his first showing under saddle, and together with his nine-year-old rider, Logan Kropp, rode to a Reserve Champion English Pleasure Pony finish. We are Tulsa-bound this September, and have high expectations for the American National Welsh Show. I fell in love with Step-On when he was a stallion at Foothills Welsh. Julie’s decision to move back to the UK gave me the opportunity to own Step-On. He’s recently been doing well driving CDEs, as well as competing in several driving derbies. Step-On truly is a once-in-a-lifetime pony.”

The Welsh Gelding Reserve Championship went to a two-year-old dark bay Section B: Rosegarland The Maestro (Lemonshill Top Note x Alvesta Indira by Rosedale El-Senor). “This pony represents what appeals to me as an outstanding example of a Section B pony,” says judge Karen. “He has excellent conformation and balance.”

He was bred and owned by Muriel Hill from Viking, who says, “The ponies at Rosegarland Welsh are based on a foundation of lovely Alvesta mares. The Maestro is a gentle giant, who is the sweetheart of the barn. We look forward to watching him develop.”

The sire of this gelding remains a successful stallion in the UK, though was made available to North American breeders when Diane Jackson of Arnaby Farm in Ontario brought in frozen semen.

Judge India Baker would also choose a young Section B as reserve to Menai Step-On’s Welsh Gelding Championship: two-year-old Alvesta Sedona (Llanarth Tarquin x Alvesta Fairy Lustre by CadlanValley Pirate)—who India felt was an “elegant Section B gelding with the potential to make a lovely hunter pony.” She would go on to make Sedona her Grand Champion Model Hunter Pony out of 24 ponies, while Karen MacLeay would award him Junior Champion Sport Pony.

Also shown to championships as a yearling, this grey gelding is well loved at Alvesta Farm—being an eager pony always keen for attention and adventure. Though as it’s a breeding farm, Sedona is now of the age to find a new home.

“We feel this character will make a super performance pony,” says owner Brenda Podolski. “Sedona has generations of our breeding on his dam side, and is sired by a carefully chosen stallion of lines we love. We look forward to Sedona finding the perfect home to bring out his potential.”

In reserve to Alvesta Sedona for the Model Hunter Pony Grand Championship came Heidi Plotts’ 10-year-old Section B gelding, Kobur Comanche Sunrise (Morton’s Prestige x Crignant Little Queen by Asgard Argentina). “An elegant pony with quality, and full of pony character,” says judge India Baker.

“We decided to lease Caspian last year after only two months of training, knowing he had a dark past—our Caspian was, believe it or not, a rescue pony,” says Heidi. “This little guy has every reason not to trust anyone, but he trusts everyone. We decided to bring him home not only because he is cute as a button, but because Caspian has a heart of gold and loves his girl more than anything; he is the most honest pony we have ever met.”

Kasidee and Caspian have been to a handful of jumper shows and open shows, placing in every class they enter. This team will continue jumping and entering flat classes until Kasidee outgrows him.

Heidi says, “Although it will break Kasidee’s heart to let him go, when the time comes, we will be sure to find another little girl to give Caspian the love he deserves.”

Following the gelding championships came the young stock classes, culminating in the Welsh Young Stock Championship. Both judges made the yearling bay filly Alvesta Audelia their Welsh Young Stock Champion, and would later go on to award her Reserve Grand Champion Section B against the mature animals (unanimously won by her relative, Alvesta Caelia).

Alvesta-Audelia

Judge Karen says, “I loved this pony’s type. She’s a very balanced individual who showed freedom of movement and should excel in any performance division.”

Judge India agrees Audelia is a “very nice youngster with plenty of depth of body. I look forward to seeing this one mature!”

Sired by the Welsh Mountain Pony Nerwyn Gwyn and out of a Section B mare Alvesta Electra (CadlanValley Pirate x Alvesta Fantasia by Llandefalle Bonheddwr), Audelia is one of the rare A x B crosses coming out of Alvesta Farm.

Since the now 10-year-old Alvesta Electra was a yearling, we Podolski women have been looking forward to putting Electra to our senior Welsh Mountain Pony stallion. We loved watching young Electra fly around the pasture, her trot so like her dam’s—a powerful-moving mare. With her reach, elevation, and tremendous hock movement propelling her forward, Alvesta Fantasia could really put on a show. This Fantasia daughter made us think of our Betws Llew son, Nerwyn Gwyn, who inherited that incredible trot the Llew offspring showcase in the performance ring back in the U.K. However, with young Section B stallions to put her to, the Gwyn cross was put off for a while.

Our long-awaited Alvesta Audelia arrived last year, a very well-conformed filly that moved just as we’d hoped for, with a good, steady mind as well. She’s a clever, confident filly, this one.

We realize not everyone might be on the same page about the breed value that comes with periodically infusing typey, big-moving Welsh Mountain Ponies to the right type of B line. And so we were delighted to see that in good company, and of classes with at least six, Audelia was well received in the Welsh, Sport Pony, and Model Hunter classes. She has plenty of growing and developing yet to do, but we’re happy to see so much of both parents in Audelia.

Judge Karen’s Reserve Welsh Young Stock Champion went to Kerry Marit’s Section B foal profiled above, for his wins in the Friday Futurity. Karen had similar compliments to bestow upon Marit MVP, saying, “This youngster showed great type and balance—just a lovely individual that I enjoyed judging.”

Meanwhile, judge India would choose another Futurity winner in reserve to her Young Stock Champion, Alvesta Audelia: the imported, yearling Welsh Mountain Pony colt, Flydon Parri (profiled above).

Onto the mature ponies, the unanimous Section B Grand Championship went to a three-year-old grey mare, whose first show ring outing this was: Alvesta Caelia (Alvesta Helios x Alvesta Fairy Lustre by CadlanValley Pirate). Judge Karen says, “This was a very balanced, typey Section B with exceptional movement. It was a great pleasure to judge a pony of this quality.” She would later award Caelia Res. Grand Ch. Model Hunter Pony, and award her maternal brother, Alvesta Sedona, Junior Champion Sport Pony.

Of her choice for Grand Champion Section B, judge India says Alvesta Caelia was a “well balanced, elegant pony, retaining pony character.”

Breeder and owner, Brenda Podolski, says, “We are so proud of Caelia in her first show. We were blessed with eight lovely foals in her birth year, so she had to wait for her turn to shine! Caelia is everything we could ask for in a Section B mare. Both sire and dam are homebreds and successful themselves. It was exciting to see Caelia win her mare class of nine before being presented the overall Section B Championship trophy!”

Albesta-Caelia

Though homebred males aren’t typically kept at Alvesta, as outcross stallions are brought in, the typey, palomino Mynach Mystical son, Alvesta Helios, did remain to be shown and have a few foals before being sold to the United States. Daughter Caelia remains in his stead, and should be a particularly good cross for Alvesta Farm’s young import, Thistledown Arctic Lore.

Karen MacLeay would award the Supreme Championship sash to a promising Welsh Mountain Pony stallion bred and owned by 20-year-old Kasandra Miller, from a long-time Welsh family. Karen says, “Sunburst Heart of Jubilee exhibited true Welsh Mountain Pony movement, presence, and conformation—truly an outstanding individual. It was a pleasure to judge him.”

Sunburst Heart of Jubilee

This three-year-old palomino stallion is another successful result of using frozen semen from the UK with a domestically bred mare—sired by prolific winner and sire, Sunwillow Jubilee (Heniarth Quip x Sunwillow Dido by Randan Walter), and out of Young’s Heart Breaker, who is another Young’s Country Rock daughter.

Karen would also award this young stallion Grand Champion Sport Pony, while co-judge India Baker would place him nearly as well, with Res. Supreme and Res. Gr. Ch. Sport Pony.

India says, “He’s a lovely young stallion that has bone, quality, and pony character—another one I look forward to following throughout his career.”

Following her success in the Friday Futurity’s driving class, the Nerwyn Gwyn x Shell-Crest Starlite three-year-old mare, Morgan Hill Twinkle, went on to be Karen MacLeay’s Res. Supreme Champion Welsh and Res. Gr. Ch. Sport Pony. Karen says, “This pony is an outstanding example of true Welsh Mountain Pony: very balanced conformation and possessing extraordinary movement—just a joy to watch this pony perform.”

Morgan Hill Twinkle

Meanwhile, India Baker would flip Twinkle’s placings, putting her Supreme Welsh and Gr. Ch. Sport Pony. “A lovely mare with real Welsh character and powerful movement in hand and in harness,” says India. “Plenty of bone, but full of quality, she was shown to perfection in-hand and showed her ‘look at me’ personality in the Liberty class.”

This was the first year the show offered the Liberty class, allowing exhibitors an opportunity to unbridle their animals and properly showcase Welsh movement freely to music of their choice. Allowing a fun break from formalities for exhibitors, judges, and the ponies themselves, it was very well received. In a class of 12, Morgan Hill Twinkle was placed first under both judges.

This Welsh Mountain Pony mare was one of the first Welsh foals Shannon Comeau of Leduc bred—as the prefix suggests, the Comeaus are Morgan horse breeders, though have recently delved into the Welsh world, breeding and training ponies for their grandchildren.

Living not far from Alvesta Farm, Shannon hauled her mare, Shell-Crest Starlite (Young’s Country Rock x Young’s Atomic Lady by Liseter Star Design), to the Podolski’s imported stallion, Nerwyn Gwyn, and were thrilled with the result. Shannon has put Starlite back to Gwyn for a 2019 foal with the hopes of producing “another Twinkle”.

While the Welsh and Sport Pony halter classes wrapped up, the driving ponies stepped up. As noted earlier, Menai Step-On took the Pleasure Driving Championship under judge Karen, while she would award another Welsh Mountain Pony would the reserve: Rhiannon’s Ffiona (Young’s General Lee x Young’s Golden Fascination by Liseter Star Design). Karen felt this nine-year-old chestnut mare, “showed true Welsh type, and a distinction between working and strong trot. She was soft in the mouth and had a good attitude.” Shannon Comeau also owns Ffiona.

Step-On

India, however, made Ffiona her Pleasure Driving Champion, feeling this mare performed consistently in the driving classes and showed beautiful gaits.

All judges seemed to have the same opinion of where Peter Parker should go in the Half-Welsh halter division: noted earlier as the Futurity Half-Welsh Champion, Linda King’s yearling would be awarded Grand Ch. Half-Welsh twice more over the weekend, by Karen and India. Judge Karen MacLeay says, “This pony showed Welsh type and fit my description of a good hunter pony, with balance and movement.”

In reserve came seven-year-old grey gelding Marsh Haven Smoke and Mirrors sired by the Section B stallion Pajon’s Royal Illusion (Kenwood’s Royal Charter x Pajon’s Fantasia by Rosedale El-Senor) and out of a mare named Wynona. Judge Karen says, “This pony was a very balanced individual and showed his Welsh breeding. Just a lovely pony.”

“We had a blast,” says owner, Nichole Vestby. “Henry did really well; it was his first time being away from home by himself. He is pretty laid back most times and likes to be busy. Clownish and occasionally a dragon, his stomach always takes priority. I would not change a thing about him.”

The Vestbys have begun training him under saddle, and though green, he enjoys jumping. Planning to do more gridwork as well as driving, and dabble in dressage and jumping, it looks like Henry is on his way to becoming a good all-around pony.

Nichole says, “When I was looking for a horse/pony, I knew I wanted a potential driving prospect, so that tempered some of the desired personality traits. I also wanted a competitive soul, who would be up for fast-paced activities. Though I really like the smaller horses, I did not think I would end up with a pony; I have always adored the Welsh breed, but I am an average-sized person. The warmblood cross adds to Henry’s bone and substance, while the Welsh Section B refines the coarseness you sometimes see with warmbloods. Both sides of this pedigree are athletic (jumper and driving). I have met Henry’s sire, and Illusion sure stamps his personality. Henry is up for anything; he has developed a stellar work ethic and is curious and calm about new things thrown his way.”

Just beginning his journey into the public, we can expect to see Marsh Have Smoke and Mirrors in upcoming clinics and on the show circuit.

The final championship judges Karen MacLeay and India Baker would award went to the same animal for the Champion English Pleasure Pony: Kerry Marit’s seven-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony stallion, Coyote Run Frezno (Anderin’s Caerwynne x Young’s Golden Fascination by Liseter Star Design).

Karen says, “This pony was a true English Pleasure entry, displaying a good attitude, very soft and collected in all gaits, and the most outstanding english pleasure pony I have seen in many years of judging—a true pleasure to watch.”

India offered praise as well, saying, “He showed the perfect pleasure frame: moving well underneath himself and with correct headset on lovely, soft contact. A pleasure to judge, and I am sure a wonderful ride.”

Owner Kerry Marit, of Marit Stables, feels similarly. “He’s the ultimate pony,” she says. “Frezno has a wonderful and pleasing disposition. He proudly wins driving classes against horses, goes smartly in a dressage ring, and can pull off a spectacular jump course any day of the week.”

Kerry drives Frezno in a buggy in the summer and a cutter in the winter, and it is a common sight to see her driving Frezno down the road to the feed store. Waving the Welsh flag, Frezno also goes to open shows, and won the Grand Champion Halter Stallion Open Class at a Paint Horse show.

While judge Karen sent Menai Step-On and his rider Logan Kropp home with the Reserve English Pleasure Championship, judge India would honour a newcomer to our show: Rockin’ Rose (Young’s Country Rock x Midnight Country Rose by Young’s Country Brat). India says, “A typey pony and consistent in performance throughout the show. A wonderful ambassador for the Welsh breed.”

Yet another Welsh Mountain Pony taking a top accolade, this black 13-year-old gelding is a special guy, says owner, Nicole Heilman. “He’s loaded with personality and has a big heart, aiming to please. He is very well loved by his two riders, Shay and Taylor Heilman.”

This would be no surprise to anyone who watched his performances in the gymkhana classes—as he and his rider were the most focused team to speed through the keyhole and pole bending races, taking firsts in both.

Rockin’ Rose joined the Heilman family farm in 2015, purchased as a confidence booster for the girls, who quickly fell in love with him. Rockin’ Rose spent the past three summers showing throughout central Alberta, bringing home many ribbons in halter, showmanship, Western Pleasure and Equitation, English Pleasure and Equitation, and many gymkhana classes. Taylor and Rockin’ Rose will continue in the 4-H program.

“It was an honour for Shay to show him in the 2018 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show and take home Reserve Grand Champion English Pleasure Pony under judge India Baker.”

And with that, another successful show wrapped up. We were fortunate to have some fantastic sponsors supporting our show and beautiful donations to share through class prizes and the silent auction. Thank-you goes out to all those who helped to make our show possible.

This includes owners/breeders: Marit Stables, Kerry Marit; Alvesta Farm, Brenda Podolski; Podolski Farms Ltd.; SilverViewS Welsh, Stacey Schaber; Airth Farms Ltd, Linda Airth; Rosegarland Welsh, Muriel & Dave Hill; Rainbows End Welsh, Kathy Stanley; Wendy & Don Williams; Mary Podolski; Heather Worden; Dani-Lynne & Duane Rutschke; Déva Dickson.

And thank you to those companies/organizations giving back through sponsorship: the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of Canada; High Country Carriage Driving Club; UNIQENERGY Solutions; Greenhawk Equestrian Sport; Horse-Canada; Neerlandia Co-Operative Association Limited; Westlock Vet Clinic; Excel EQ at 10 Mile Ranch; Equine Essentials and More; Tudor Equestrian; Blue Eyes Horseshoeing; Latimer Training Stables; SeaBoost.

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