At Ballytruckle Welsh Cob Stud we breed two types of horse, the purebred Welsh cob and the large Welsh partbred by breeding our Welsh cob stallion to NZ Thoroughbred mares. I started the stud in 2000 to breed horses suitable for myself and my family, we have enjoyed every minute, from the breeding and foaling, to all the different types of competitions we get involved in. Its been a thrilling journey and I especially delight in the new foals at spring time.
The Welsh Cob
Welsh Cob Mare Ballytruckle Alexandra Rose winning Champion Mare at NI Welsh Show
The Welsh Cob is the result of generations of careful breeding to produce a horse that all the family can enjoy from children to adults. Welsh Cobs will carry all in safety and with flair. They are extremely versatile and will hunt all day, win at any jumping sport as they are natural jumpers, excel at dressage and take learners through the grades at Pony Club.
In Wales the farmer didn't have room for a horse for each job -he needed a horse that could do all the jobs around the farm - so the Welsh Cob evolved as a steady trainable horse that could be used by all members of the family. Used for taking produce or the family to the market, the school run, ploughing the field, hunting, mustering and any other job that the farmer had in mind.
Below is a photo of my yearling purebred Welsh cob filly "Ballytruckle Kaleidoscope" Sire Cwmkaren Beaufort Express (imp) Dam Ballytruckle Alexandra Rose, performing a trick she learnt minutes before, standing on a pedestal at liberty. Says it all really, trainability, temperament, strength and conformation. I love Welsh cobs.
The Large Welsh Partbred- 50% welsh cob X tb
Photo above is the Large Welsh Partbred, Garmon Cerise, 50% Tb X 50% Welsh cob competing in eventing at Pau, France.
Ballytruckle Stud breed and produce the large Welsh partbred by breeding our Welsh cob stallion over quality NZ thoroughbred mares selected for their race record, pedigree and conformation. We have had much success with this cross in the NZ competitive scene, Ballytruckle Shamrock was a member of the winning Auckland Manukau Dressage Team that won the Helen Holden Memorial Salver at the Dressage Nationals 2008?, need to check that. My husband Steve won Northland Low Hunter Series 2012 as a rookie competitor and the Open Hunter Trials Class at Pakuranga Hunt 2013 on Ballytruckle Sally Gap. Lynette Jackson has ridden Ballytruckle Riley to many successes in the past season at Showhunter, coming second to Phillip Steiner in the NI Showhunter 1.20m Championship and won several 1.15m classes.
Photo above is Ballytruckle Sally Gap competing in the Waitemata Derby 2013 ridden by Conor West.
At Ballytruckle our horses are raised on quality clover and ryegrass pasture 24/7. They thrive on the clean New Zealand air and temperate climate that prevails in South Auckland. The large and spacious paddocks have plenty of shade and shelter from trees and hedges. Most fences are post and rail with numerous natural water features, so youngstock learn to be sensible around and through water when being handled and started under saddle.
At Ballytruckle we raise them in social groups with a head mare as matriach so most lessons in a pecking order are being reconfirmed during their formative years making them easy to handle when backing. With their natural outdoor living and herd structure the horses develop strength, soundness and competitiveness.