Weston Park Welsh Pony Stud History

Historically, the Weston Park Stud of Welsh Ponies is linked to the Weston Stud, which orginated in Wales in 1950 under the expertise of the Edwards family as Welsh Pony Breeders. From a small number of foundation mares developed a very successful stud of breeding ponies which have become consistent winners in the rings - both led and ridden - and whose influence has been passed on through generations of wonderful Welsh ponies of Sections A & B.

Llandyn Hall Mountain
Llandyn Hall Mountain

Llandyn HallIn those early years, stallions at stud were: Chirk Crogan (Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad x Chirk Heather), who remained unbeaten in native ridden classes; Coed Coch Brenin Arthur (Coed Coch Madog x Snowdon Arian II), and Gorsty Firefly (Criban Victor x Gorsty Dusk).

The first sale conducted at Llandyn Hall, Llangollen, was in 1968 - of 74 Welsh Ponies. A further sale took place in 1974, where Sec. A mare W. Mink Muff was sold to Australia, and Sec. B mare, Brockwell Japonica, went to Holland. In 1979, prior to emigrating to Australia, a reduction sale saw Weston Gigli sold to Miss Mary McDonald (Australia), and Weston Glimpse remained in Wales, brought by the late Mrs. Johns-Powell.

29 ponies were brought over to Australia - consisting of 3 stallions, 10 sec A. mares, 5 sec. B mares and 1 riding pony mare - with the remainder being made up of foals on their mothers. From this stock, a number of influential lines have continued.

Section A

Weston Song

Weston Song (imp)

Hislander Singer x Weston Pearly Queen
Song is the grand daughter of W. Fair Lady. She won the Youngstock Championship both at the Royal of England and The Royal Welsh, continued to win in Australia, and produced such eminent offspring as Weston Wyseworth, a colt who was sold back to Wales. W. Serenade, and her last daughter Weston Park Soprano, the winning sec. A Champion mare at the 1999 Victorian All Welsh Show.


Weston Twilight

Weston Twilight (imp)

Bengad Hercules x Gosrty Twilight
Twilight when covered by W. Hoopla, produced W. Treasure and W. Tina, and crossed with W. Paladin, produced the prolific sons W.P. Talisman and Talybont, both of whom won the Youngstock and Foal Futurity Championships. The W. Paladin, Treasure, Tina matings produced W.P. Tipperary (Foal Futurity and Supreme Champion of S.A. All Welsh) and W.P Tully respectively.


Section B

Weston Choice

Weston Choice (imp)

Gorsty Firefly x W. Princess Mandy
Amongst Choice's progeny, are such ponies as W. Chippendale, W. Cherrywood, W. Chanel, W. Chantel, W. Christina, and her last foal W. Cottonwood. W Chantel (by Rotherwood Acrobat) has produced the Riding/Part Welsh ponies W.P. Coachman, Craftsman, Catrina, Countryman, Chairman, Chelsea and Langtree Cartier.

Choice II, the only daughter by a sec A. stallion, (W. Hoopla), has won the Open Pony up to 14h.h. at Barastoc, and her daughter, Falconhurst Intricate, won Barastoc twice. Her son Falconhurst Classic, won the E.F.A Grand National Small Pony in 1999. W. Cottonwood, by Kirreway Playfair (W. Olympian x W. Carousel), won Supreme Exhibit of Show, at the 1999 Victorian All Welsh, and has sired W. Mimosa, W. Manhattan, W.P. Mary Rose, W.P. Venus, and W.P. Verity to name but a few.


Weston Mary Ann
Weston Mary Ann with Weston Park Mary Rose


Weston Mary Ann (imp)

Weston Chilo x Weston Romany

Mary Ann has produced W. Charlotte, W. Marie-Louise (Barastoc, Melbourne Royal and All Welsh wins), W. Mimosa (including in her wins, have been Supreme Youngstock and Sec B. plus Foal Futrity, as a 2 yr old, all at the one show in 1995). W.P. Magnolia (Supreme Sec. B at the 2000 All Welsh Show), and her foal W.P. Mandingo (by Eyarth Sama), was Supreme Champion Foal. Four of the her daughters remain in the stud at present.

Weston Park Stud was formed in 1990

In 1996, the stallion, Eyarth Sama (imp) - Carwed Charmer x Eyarth Arabella, out of Weston Twiggy, was purchased as a foal. Charmer has been Supreme Sec. B at the Royal Weslh on two occasoins. As a 2 yr old, Sama was Champion B, Supreme Youngstock, at Northleach Show, 1st and Res. Male Champion at the Royal Welsh, 1st at Glanusk Stallion Show, and was then imported in September 1998.

Three of his U.K progeny have won yearling colt and progeny awards at the Royal Welsh Show, and two fillies have won awards at Medal Shows. At the Weston Park Stud, of four foals from his first crop exhibited at foal shows, three Supreme exhibits of show and one Champion Sec. B were awarded. He has turned out to be a prolific and exceptional breeder and is the first new bloodline introduced into this stud, since Gorsty Firefly, some 30 years ago.

The principals of the Weston Park Stud will maintain the bloodlines - which go back some 10 generations from those famous Studs in Wales, most of whom have sadly disappeared for ever - and their priceless contribution to the Welsh Ponies of the world will never be forgotten, nor should it.