In the 1930's the Welsh Pony and Cob Society recognized the need for the
registration of "ponies of riding type". Up until this time, the
Section B designation had been used for ponies of Cob type standing
between 12.2 and 13.2 hands. The early days of the registration of Section
B "ponies of riding type" held much confusion. Many Cobs and
what could be termed by today's standards as "part-breds" crept
into the Section B registry. Ponies of Oriental, Thoroughbred, Polo pony
and Welsh Cob breeding played important roles in the development of today'
s Section B pony. Certainly, the Section B pony had more "growing
pains" than any other Section of the Welsh.
|*Cusop Sheriff at GlanNant Farm, N. Y. a great-grandson of Criban Victor.
|Criban Victor has certainly played a major role in the development of Section B ponies here in the United States. Three sons of Criban Victor have played important roles at several major studs. The first son of Criban Victor that was imported to the United States was Ankerwycke Victor 2231 (2391) (x Ankerwycke Criban Snowdon (9555)) a brown stallion born in 1955 and imported in 1956 by Bray's Island Plantation, Yemassee, SC Ankerwycke Victor spent his last years at Neilsondale Farm, East Caledon, Canada and died in the fal1 of 1984. While at Neilsondale Stud, Ankerwycke Victor produced several foal crops and his blood will continue on.|
|Ankerwycke Victor (Criban Victor x
Ankerwycke Criban Snowdon
|Coed Coch Bal1og B2919 (2518)(x Berwyn Beauty(9270)) is a bay stallion born in 1956 and imported in 1958 by D. H. Fraser, North Sidney, Nova Scotia., Canada. While at Duntulm Stud he produced numerous get. In more recent years, he has been owned by Cherry DeSpain of Bristol Pony Stud, Channelview, TX and is currently owned by the Burkharts of Rambur Stables, Newton, KS. Coed Coch Ballog is still alive and siring foals. Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad B-4962 (2222) (x Berwyn Beauty (9270)) was a chestnut roan stallion born in 1953 and imported in 1959 by Elliot Bonnie, Urbana, OH. Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad spent the rest of his life at the Bonnie's and his get are most commonly seen under the Buckeye prefix.|
|*Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad (Criban Victor x Berwyn
Beauty) – Imported USA. 1959.
|Three daughters of Criban Victor have greatly influenced Section B breeding here in the United States. In 1955 Mrs. Chambers of Lithgow Pony Stud, Millbrook, NY imported the two mares Vanity B-1945 (10363) (x Coed Coch Silian (9388)) and her ful1 sister Verity B-1944 (9974). Verity was the older and larger of these two full sisters. Vanity, though a hand smaller, produced a great deal of size in some of her get. Upon Mrs. Chambers death, John Lindemann of Richmond, VA took over Lithgow Pony Stud and produced the most famous get of these two mares who are Lithgow Gay Grenedier (Kirby Cane Jay x Vanity) and Lithgow Wishnik (Cusop Sheriff x Verity). Their get can be found at Bristol Pony Stud, GlanNant Farm, Madoc Welsh Pony Farm, Caer Wydr Welsh, Timbercreek Stables, and many others around the country. In 1959, Mrs. Karl Butler of GlanNant Farm, Ithaca, NY imported the great producer Coed Coch Prydyddes (B-9 3 9- F. S. 2) (x Coed Coch Pluen 312-F.S. 1). At the advanced age of33 years old, this grand old dame of Section B breeding recently passed away in the fall of 1985. Her two most famous sons, both by Cusop Sheriff are GlanNant Limerick of Findeln Stud, Bluemont, VA (sire of Findeln Blue Danube) and GlanNant Ballad who is senior stallion at GlanNant to his "kissing cousin" Bristol Victor (Coed Coch Ballog x Lithgow Wishnik). Another son, GlanNant Epic (by Farnley Reflection) is making a name as a pony hunter sire. Her most famous daughter was GlanNant Sonnet daughter of the lovely Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad son Rhyd-Y-Felin Selwyn.|
|*Coed Coch Prydyddes (Criban Victor x Coed Coch Pluen) at GlanNant Farm, N. Y.|
|GlanNant Ballad (*Cusop Sheriff x Coed Coch Prydyddes) at GlanNant
|The influence of Criban Victor upon breeding in the United Kingdom is tremendous. Criban Victor daughters have also been used in Section C Welsh Cob breeding programs. Today there are still three living Criban Victor sons standing at stud in the U.K. The oldest of these is Gorsty Firefly (4963) (Gorsty Dusk (12951) born in 1965. Firefly is not only a Criban Victor son but his greatdam was also by Criban Victor! Burstye Flavius (5678) (Burstye Minerva (8078-F.S. 2) is a bay stallion that was born in 1966. Flavius' dam was by Clan Tony and combines some interesting Section A breeding. To the best of my knowledge the last son of Criban Victor is Wharley Taliesin (10793) (Rawthey Top Note (14623)) a grey stallion born in 1971. Rawley Top Note is an interestingly bred pony being by Pendock Zenith who was out of Pendock Stud's foundation mare Pendock Bluebell.|
|Gorsty Firefly (Criban Victor x Gorsty Dusk) at 18 years in the UK|
Flavius (Criban Victor x Burstye Minerva) UK
|The last son of Crib an Victor Wharley Taliesin (x Rawthey Top Note) F. 1971
at the Plush Stud, UK
The influence of one Criban Victor son, Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad, has left
its most lasting mark. Dr. Wynne Davis devotes a whole chapter of his
book to Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad. Even though Blaen Lleuad (Welsh for
"new moon") only spent three mature years in the U.K. his sons
and daughters have changed Welsh Section B breeding throughout the
world. In an interesting letter from Mrs. Colbatch-Clark (Collena
Stud) she retold the story of seeing the 1959 Coed Coch Sale that Coed
Coch Blaen Lleuad was sold at. She remembers Mr. Eckley of Cusop Stud
bidding on Blaen Lleuad almost until the gavel landed for the last time.
Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad sold for 320 guineas which is little by today's
standards but a great deal for pony in those days. How the history of
Section B ponies would have to be re-written if Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad
had stayed in the UK. where he could have seen the best of Section B
mares. I am sure that it couldn't be anticipated that Blaen Lleuad would
be such an outstanding sire and would be lost forever to the British
Section B breeders.
Two daughters of Blaen Lleuad were retained by Coed Coch and went on to produce the noteworthy stallion Coed Coch Pedestr (Mrs. Smalley, Mynd Stud) and the dam of the Royal Welsh winner Coed Coch Targed. Most famous of his sons are Chirk Crogan (3566) and Chirk Caradoc (3331) who were the only progeny of Chirk Heather (1899-F.S. 2) (Criban Victor x Gredington Bronwen 312 F.S. 1). Chirk Caradoc was retained by Lady Margaret Myddelton (Chirk Stud) and produced many fine ponies for Lady Margaret. Sadly in 1984 most of the ponies had to be sold since Lady Margaret's husband gave up farming with only four mares being retained. Chirk Crogan had gone to the Weston Stud where he produced many winners and finally in 1970 went to Mrs. O. M. Weston of Seaholm Stud where he still lives. Two other Blaen Lleuad sons bear mentioning and they are Coed Coch Pawl (3350) (x Coed Coch Pluen) who sired the Royal Welsh Winner Cusop Banknote and Rhyd-Y-Felin Selwyn (2720) (x Rhyd-Y-Felin Seren Wyb) who was sold to Sweden and then re-imported by Mrs. Mountain of Twyford Stud and now lives with the Buckett's at Moorsfield Stud on the Isle of Wright.
|Rhyd-Y-Felin Selwyn (C C Blaen Lleuad x Rhyd-Y-Felin Seren Wyb) F. 1956. Photo 1980
from the Neilsondale Farm,
||Rhyd-Y-Felin Selwyn at Isle of Wright 1982.|
One test of the
greatness of a stallion and his influence are the number of people that
continue his blood through a line-breeding program. In the U.K.
Lady Margaret Middleton (Chirk), Mrs. Colbatch-Clark (Collena) and Mr.
and Mrs. A. P. Allen (Bleachgreen) just to mention a
few are using this program. Here in
the States, Mrs. Karl Butler (GlanNant) and Cherry DeSpain (Bristol) are
currently doing Criban Victor line-breeding. In Canada, Anita Neilson
(Snow Pony) has one of the largest groups of Criban Victor relatives
that I know of in the world.
What impresses me most with these ponies is their bone, type and athletic nature. Snowgoose (Duntlum's Pride of Erin by Coed Coch Ballog), a Criban Victor grandson, dominated the AHSA Medium Pony Hunter circuit for many years. Two AHSA Open Pony Hunter winners have been by a Criban Victor grandson (GlanNant Epic). In the last six years, 10 ponies related to Criban Victor have been in the AHSA top six Welsh Pleasure Pony including the 1979 winner of Section B Welsh Pleasure Pony, Timbercreek Morning Mist by Lithgow Grenadier (Criban Victor grandson) and the 1985 winner of Welsh Pleasure Driving, Bristol Salome (Cusop Sheriff and Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad granddaughter and great granddaughter of Coed Coch Ballog). Whether you are doing combined driving, the hunter pony circuit or just want to go out for a good ride, these ponies will carry you to the day's end. Perhaps more than any other stallion, Criban Victor has carried on the true legacy of the Criban stud
|Chirk Eos - A Chirk Caradoc granddaughter|
|Collena Nest (Nebo Dafydd x Merlin Verbena) Section "C" Criban Victor granddaughter.|
|Bristol Salome (Cusop Sheriff & Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad granddaughter & great-granddaughter of Coed Coch Ballog).|