Welsh Cob Breeding

As we stood looking at Carys standing so confidently beside her beautiful mother, Geler

Rosann, we had absolutely no idea that the seeds of the Nantgwinau Stud were being

planted. We had no thought of buying a filly at that time, nor of starting to breed cobs,

but we did agree that she was definitely the sort that we would like to own. A year later

Carys was for sale – we bought her with hardly any hesitation – and our lives were changed


Always supremely self-confident and sure of her place in the great scheme of things,

Carys accepted her “translation” from Llangwyryfon to North Bedfordshire with good

grace, quickly becoming a very important family member. Her first 3 colts were born in

England, but in 1990 we were able to realise our dream of moving to Wales and ended up

only 30 miles from her birthplace.

Carys produced 3 more colts after our arrival at Pantycelyn – all by Derwen Desert

Express. Sadly, whilst carrying the last of these, the first symptoms of arthritis and

laminitis appeared. These two afflictions caused bouts of severe pain over the next few

years and we felt she was never fit enough to put in foal again. In September 1999 the

hardest decision was taken and Carys was laid to rest in the sunniest corner of a favourite

field. We remember her as a tremendous personality and a true Cob mare who was a joy to

know. Her sons are listed below.

* 88 Stillborn colt by Nebo Prince
* 89 N Sioni Du by Nebo Prince – sold to Mrs Anderson, Wrestlingworth, Beds, for driving
* 90 N.Harri by Fronarth Flash Harry – now owned by Val Spinks, Cheshire
* 92 N Desert Spark by Derwen Desert Express – now owned by Kim and Craig Hunt, Cobblethrift Stud, Nr Ammanford
* 93 N Flyer by D Desert Express – owned by Geoff Waghorn, Swnynant Stud, Sennybridge
* 94 N Llwynog by D Desert Express – sold to D Steed Ebbw Vale

As many horses change hands several times in the lives, it is a sad fact that breeders often

lose track of their stock, and have no way of knowing how they have developed. If anyone

owns or knows of any Nantgwinau Cobs, or their offspring, we would very much appreciate

news of them.