First day of the 37th Victorian All Welsh….
You would be forgiven for thinking it was the middle of winter in Tatura on Thursday, with temp in the single digits and a stiff wind that would test the best winter coats. The 37th All Welsh will go down as the show were everyone used the stoves in there caravans as heaters to stay warm and keep jack frost away!
Friday morning however was close to perfect with low twenties and a light breeze, the show was on the way with the judging of the welsh youngstock first up. The welsh pony youngstock came out to strut there stuff for Judge Jerome Harforth, the first championship was awarded to the colt Tooravale Houston who has recently been sold to the UK to Meirion Davies and Richard Miller, reserve was a well mannered smooth character Lavuka Vagabond, bred and shown by Geoffrey Marks. The champion filly was awarded to Karanga Rhapsody in Blue, a well balanced feminin filly who took the judged eye and it would seem she was imposable to pass up as Jerome also awarded her the Best Welsh Youngstock award, an honour which she also took at the NSW All Welsh show last month. Reserve filly was another lovely pony Imperial Delight owned and bred by Mark Bullen of the Imperial stud.
The Welsh Mountain Pony Championships saw the yearling colt Imperial Baroque sashed, owned by the Ripplebrook Stud which just goes to show the stud owners have a fab eye for a pony and it will be very interesting to see how their latest addition matures and produces for them. Reserve was Nattai River studs Nattai River Swgwr a big moving colt with plenty of bone, just like a mountain pony should have.