WRITTEN FOR WELSH BREEDS NEWS – 2012
Welsh Cobs have become very popular in the far north of Scotland with classes for Welsh Cobs being included in some shows and
four shows per year being dedicated to the Welsh breeds. There are several studs in Scotland focussing on breeding these magnificent animals. One of the most influential studs is Gems Cobs of Elgin, owned by Richard Deptford and managed by Sherlene Murray.
Richard Deptford is well known in Welsh Cob circles. Before moving to Scotland in 1988 he showed in hand and judged at many of the most prestigious shows, such as the Royal Welsh, Great Yorkshire, Shropshire and West Midlands, BSPS Championships, and Ponies UK Championships. At the time he was the only star judge north of Perth qualified to judge at HOYS, HOYS qualifiers, and to have probationary judges under him.
In 2000 Richard started acquiring quality horses to start up Gems Cobs. He bought Thorneyside the Toff from his great friend Sarah Russell of the Brimstone Stud. The Toff went on to become Best of Breed at Olympia in 2003. He also bought Ffoslas Royal Ivy and Caebryn Shona in order to breed Section D foals.
In 2002 he purchased Brimstone Dai from Wales in order to breed Section C foals, and to show in hand. At 4 years old Dai had been to the Royal Welsh Show four times and had never been out of the first four placings.
In 2006 Richard bought ten Section D mares which had Thorneyside Flyer, Thorneyside the Gladiator and Brynymor Welsh Magic in their blood lines. He also bought three Section C mares from the Gurnos stud.
In 2009 he was fortunate to buy the section C stallion Parvadean Replay, who is still in the sire ratings.
In 2013 Gems Cobs will be showing Section Cs and Ds among them Gems Aliona, who was champion at the MPS Scottish Summer Show last year as a yearling.
After acquiring such quality stock and breeding some excellent foals, Gems Cobs has become well known in the far north with horses being sold as far afield as Shetland. Richard breeds horses for temperament, conformation and movement and this strategy seems to be paying off, given the outstanding show records of some of his ponies.
Profiles of some of the Gems Cobs based in the north of Scotland.
Owner: Kayleigh Page Evans
Gems Isabella is a rising star in the cob scene in the far north. She is an 8 year old Section C mare out of Gurnos Welsh Pollen by Tireve Might
Atom. Based in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, she has an impressive show record, too many to mention here!
In 2013, Kayleigh is aiming more for more working hunter classes, including the Royal Highland show to compete in the M&M HOYS working hunter classes as well as the in hand mare class. Equifest is another aim as is the Royal Welsh which has always been Kayleigh’s dream.
As with many Welshies, Isabella bores easily, so she is taken to local show jumping classes and hopes to do her first affiliated BSJA show jumping in February. Dressage is another of Isabella’s impressive skill set and she loves hacking out. She is a prime example of the Welsh breeds – a good all rounder with a great temperament.
Gems Swn Y Mor (Sound of the Sea)
Owner: Sian Broderick
“Jonesy” is a stunning 4 year old chestnut Section D gelding by Brimstone Swell out of Brimstone Abbi. He has already had an impressive in hand showing career and was backed last year by Fiona MacKinnon of Balhagan Equestrian Services, Banff, Morayshire.
Jonesy also has a very impressive showing career and has won at a wide range of riding club and agricultural shows in Scotland. He was Supreme Mountain and Moorland of the Grampian Foal Show, Supreme Champion of the Strathbogie Farmers Club show which included a 1st in the ride and drive section. At the Ythan Riding Club Show he was 1st Ride and Drive and overall Supreme Champion.
Plans for 2013 include doing some RC dressage, the Winter Woollies Show at Fountain in March, the North East of Scotland Welsh pony & cob group show, the Scottish Horse Show, Ingleston, the Royal Highland Show and as many local shows as possible. Sian’s dream is to see Jonesy strutting his stuff on her home turf of Builth Wells in 2013 – both in hand and under saddle!
Gems Soul Man
Owner: Sgt. Martin Marks
3 year old Section D gelding Gems Soul Man aka Biff was sold to RAF Sgt. Martin Marks by the writer in December 2012. He remains at the Lossiemouth Equestrian Centre (LEC) in Morayshire where he had his show debut at the Xmas show, taking the championship ribbon for the first time. He has now been backed and is going well under saddle. Gems Soul Man is by Thorneyside the Toff by Brimstone Charm and is destined for a busy showing season in 2013.
Gems Maggie MayOwner: Lossiemouth Riding Centre
Gems Maggie May was sold as a 3 year old to the Lossiemouth Riding Centre. She is such an easy filly to do. No problems backing or anything at all. A filly which would make a great children’s riding pony.