Pony Pedigree

I don't know a whole lot about horse breeding, but it's a facet of the equine world I am very interested in learning more about. I love history, and every once in a while I find myself going down the never-ending internet rabbit hole of long-ago sires and dams that were influential in creating this or that breed. It's pretty fascinating stuff.

Maddeningly, my pony's dam side is a big fat mystery (someone had a favorite little Morgan lesson horse and decided to breed her to a nice Welsh stallion), but his sire's side is real fun to look at...

Here are a handful of photos from Clay's sire's pedigree:

Clay's sire! PENRHYN SWORD OF HOPE pal. H, WELSH PONY OF COB TYPE, 1988

Clay's sire! PENRHYN SWORD OF HOPE pal. H, WELSH PONY OF COB TYPE, 1988

PARC WELSH FLYER  b. H, WELSH COB, 1966 – Royal Welsh winner at 3yrs, 3 times tricolour at Lampeter Stallion Show, Supreme champion at Royal of England show 1974

PARC WELSH FLYER  b. H, WELSH COB, 1966 – Royal Welsh winner at 3yrs, 3 times tricolour at Lampeter Stallion Show, Supreme champion at Royal of England show 1974

PARC LADY  b. M, WELSH COB, 1948

PARC LADY  b. M, WELSH COB, 1948

PENTRE EIDDWEN COMET  b. H, WELSH PONY OF COB TYPE, 1946 – Bred by J Davies, UK. owned by John Hughes, UK. Pentre Eiddwen Comet was a bold free moving stallion, winner in 1951 of the George Prince of Wales cup, supreme accolade in the Welsh Cob society an award which he was to win again five years later. It was at the 1951 Royal Welsh show that he brought the house down and the grandstand to its feet when he won the Tom and Sprightly Cup, an award which he won a total of five times. He made his presence felt as a sire throughout Wales by his participation in the Premium scheme, where he was an exceptionally popular stallion. He appeared just as fiery and active travelling the various counties as he was when waiting to go into battle in the show ring.

PENTRE EIDDWEN COMET  b. H, WELSH PONY OF COB TYPE, 1946 – Bred by J Davies, UK. owned by John Hughes, UK. Pentre Eiddwen Comet was a bold free moving stallion, winner in 1951 of the George Prince of Wales cup, supreme accolade in the Welsh Cob society an award which he was to win again five years later. It was at the 1951 Royal Welsh show that he brought the house down and the grandstand to its feet when he won the Tom and Sprightly Cup, an award which he won a total of five times. He made his presence felt as a sire throughout Wales by his participation in the Premium scheme, where he was an exceptionally popular stallion. He appeared just as fiery and active travelling the various counties as he was when waiting to go into battle in the show ring.

MATHRAFAL  ch. H, WELSH COB, 1936 – Bred by David Griffiths, UK. Owned by Frongoy Stud (Jones Bros). Mathrafal has been the most influential Cob Stallion in terms of siring potential future Royal Welsh Champions. Between his progeny they represented a total of 13 Championships. Mathrafal duly won a first prize at the 1937 Montgomeryshire Show. At the 1938 combined Royal Agricultural Society of England and Royal Welsh Show he won the young stock class and went on to win the male championship. His show career was then interrupted by the war years. He won a second prize at the 1947 Royal Welsh Show, third in 1949, second in 1950, third in 1951, champion in 1952 and fourth in 1953.

MATHRAFAL  ch. H, WELSH COB, 1936 – Bred by David Griffiths, UK. Owned by Frongoy Stud (Jones Bros). Mathrafal has been the most influential Cob Stallion in terms of siring potential future Royal Welsh Champions. Between his progeny they represented a total of 13 Championships. Mathrafal duly won a first prize at the 1937 Montgomeryshire Show. At the 1938 combined Royal Agricultural Society of England and Royal Welsh Show he won the young stock class and went on to win the male championship. His show career was then interrupted by the war years. He won a second prize at the 1947 Royal Welsh Show, third in 1949, second in 1950, third in 1951, champion in 1952 and fourth in 1953.

MATHRAFAL EIDDWEN  b. H, WELSH PONY OF COB TYPE, 1914 – Bred by Evan Lloyd, UK. Owned by J Davies, UK. Died 1940. 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930 Royal Welsh Supreme Champion - WINNER the GEORGE PRINCE OF WALES RWS 1926,1927,1929 & 1930.

MATHRAFAL EIDDWEN  b. H, WELSH PONY OF COB TYPE, 1914 – Bred by Evan Lloyd, UK. Owned by J Davies, UK. Died 1940. 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930 Royal Welsh Supreme Champion - WINNER the GEORGE PRINCE OF WALES RWS 1926,1927,1929 & 1930.

KING FLYER  ch. H, WELSH COB, 1894 – Bred by John Jones, UK. Won THE GEORGE PRINCE OF WALES CUP RWS 1913 & 1914

KING FLYER  ch. H, WELSH COB, 1894 – Bred by John Jones, UK. Won THE GEORGE PRINCE OF WALES CUP RWS 1913 & 1914

LLANARTH MARVEL pal. C, WELSH PONY OF COB TYPE, 1956

LLANARTH MARVEL pal. C, WELSH PONY OF COB TYPE, 1956

...All photos and info from the public pedigree database

With hunks like these in his sire line, it's no wonder Clay is so handsome! ;) I love how substantial and strong all these ponies are...you can tell their purpose was farm work originally and they really look like mini draft horses.

Have you researched your horse's breeding, or learned anything interesting or surprising about the history of your favorite breeds?