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Gwarchod Sparkling Comet

Gwarchod Sparkling Comet

Gwarchod Sparkling Comet

Versatile equestrian Alice McCullagh has rounded off a busy season with a clean sweep at the British Show Pony Society Native pony Championships held at Arena UK in Grantham.

Competing on 30th October 2008 on her own Section D 12 year old Welsh Cob Gelding Gwarchod Sparkling Comet, Alice took overall 1st place in all three of the Open, Gold Cup and Desert Orchid Classes. The event was rounded off with victory in two Championships and a final place in the Supreme of the show.

Gwarchod Sparkling Comet was bred by Dr Glyn Jones at the Gwarchod Stud, Banc y Pennau, Bow Street, Ceredigion. The dam was Gwarchod Sparkling Lady and the Sire was Cippyn Red Flyer.

This remarkable achievement came hot on the heels of a fantastic performance at Horse of the Year Show last month when Alice and Gwarchod Sparkling Comet came 2nd in a very strong M and M Working Hunter Pony class exceeding 138cm. In 2007 Alice was Champion Working Hunter Pony competitor riding Northallerton Veterinarian Mr David Witterick’s Folly II, and this year she took 2nd, 3rd and 7th place rosettes in the three classes that she contested.

Alice said "It was always going to be difficult to top winning and going Champion at Horse of The Year Show last year, but this season has been fantastic. We have had many individual wins including at British Show Pony Society Championships in the summer and also again as part of the very successful England Team [..] this has been a fitting end to a fabulous season".

This busy 2008 season has also seen Alice riding racehorses for North Yorkshire Trainer Edwin Tuer, and British Eventing for Jewellery designer Rosemary Hetherington in the Sculpture to Wear colours.

Alice is a student at Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick Park York is studying Maths, German, History and PE at ‘A’ Level, and is also putting the finishing touches to her programme plans for 2009 including an exciting new sponsorship which she expects to be announced before the London International Horse Show at Olympia in December 2008.

"We are very pleased to have done so well this year with our Welsh Cob Section D Gelding Gwarchod Sparkling Comet and with his exceptional temperament we have shown how versatile our Welsh Section D geldings can be. Comet will jump over everything we put in front of him" said Sarah McCullagh.

Sarah McCullagh
Northallerton, Yorkshire

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Gwarchod Sparkling Comet

Gwarchod Bonedigges

Gwarchod Boneddiges was purchased by ourselves the Whitehead family 2006, we took her on along journey from Bow St To Derbyshire, she fitted in well with our ponies.

Bonnie (her stable name) has plenty of character, especially that of a look at me cocky nature. We took her to her first inhand show at Adlington Cheshire, she took the Section C class, also that year in the summer she won best youngstock and qualified for Ponys UK.

Bonnie was good to break, we started the end of 2007 so by the time she was 3 she was ready to be backed, she was very good as we had dealt with the difficult issues previously.

Easter 2008 we moved to Wales, as it's in my family, Welsh breeding, and I do not mean horses! Bonnie was now back in the Welsh hills, I showed her in a Welsh C class in hand and gained a 2nd in good company. Once under saddle she was taken to a show at Anglesey and there in 2009 she won the riding pony class gaining the same trophy our Show pony had won the year previously, she shows lots of promise under saddle, she has won many classes ridden 2009 and 2010, she did her first Hoys ridden class at Bold Heath Cheshire amongst 42 exhibitors and did not get placed, but got a pleasing 38 and 37 score which is fab, for her first attempt.

Middle of september she won M&M ridden and Sec c ridden so she has definately proved to be a lovely ridden mare.

All of this is thanks to my daughter Jenna whom has worked so hard with Bananas, that is her pet name. Bonnie has just been introduced to jumping small fences and seems to like it, so personally she will make an ideal Nursery stakes pony.

By Carol and Jenna Whitehead

Gwarchod Bonedigges pony in a field
Gwarchod Bonedigges pony wearing a cover
Gwarchod Bonedigges pony with rider
Gwarchod Bonedigges pony with rider


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