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Red Rupert - Champion at Kaikohe A&P

Red Rupert is a 4yo 15.2hh chestnut Welsh cob X Standard bred owned by Emma Wiggins from his first breath to this Championship. Emma has worked hard to get him to this level with many hours spent trotting him harnessed in her gorgeous large wheeled gig, around the picturesque rural roads of Waimate North.

He is by Mill Creek Valiant and is out of bay trotter mare Sasha

Emma and Rupert won 3 firsts, 3 seconds and went Overall Champion Driven. Congratulations from us all.

Photo galleries- foal crop

Go to the on the left hand list and see a gallery of photos of some of this season's crop of foals by our resident black Welsh Cob stallion Cwmkaren Beaufort Express (imp AUS).

To his foals he is consistently throwing fantastic calm temperaments, knockout four feet in a square conformation, quality bone and fabulous lightness of movement, lightly patting the ground with each stride.

Over the field gate- a lovely bunch of Mill Creek Valiant's Ballytruckle Youngstock


Photograph taken with the help of Julie Tyler. This curious bunch of Ballytruckle youngsters all by MillCreek Valiant are watching and hoping for hay in spring 2009.
Left to Right are 2yo Tb X B. Tara, 2yo Welsh cob B. Grace, 2yo Tb X B. Riordan, 3yo Tb X B. Rafferty, 3yo Tb X B. Rosheen and 3yo Welsh cob B. Full Moon.

Showhunter HOY - here we come!

In December 2009 the partnership of our son Conor West and homebred mare Ballytruckle Shamrock accumulated the points necessary for Showhunter classes at Horse of the Year 2010.

Shammy is a Welsh cob X Tb mare, 7yo, 146cm. She is a lovely schoolmaster for Conor who started riding her in March 2009. Shammy is by our elderly Welsh cob stallion MillCreek Valiant and is out of an unregistered Thoroughbred mare "Star" by Indian Ore (US) out of Blazing Star (Blazing Keel (US).

Kerikeri Outing for Millcreek Valiant progeny

One weekend in November 2009 we travelled to Kerirkeri with full sisters Tb welsh cob crosses Ballytruckle Shamrock and Ballytruckle Sally Gap on board to compete in the Showhunter registered and training rings.

Present on the day was another of Mill Creek Valiants progeny Red Rupert, owned by Emma Wiggins of Waimate North. He is out of a standard bred mare and is trained for harness and ridden. He has just started in the Showhunter training ring and from his clean action and laconic attitude he should do very well.

Hot Chocolate wins Champion C&D at North Island Welsh Foal Show- May 2009

cleofillysept408-3-1.thumbnail.JPGThe gorgeous filly foal Ballytruckle Hot Chocolate (Cwmkaren Beaufort Express(imp) X Ballytruckle Cleopatra) won the filly class and went on to win the Champion C&D Foal Section Rosette under NZ judge Kevin Cholmondeley-Smith.

Sophie Arnoux wins the Camelia Park Cup riding 5yo Ballytruckle Sally Gap

Sophie and Sally had a fabulous time competing in the TVARC Points Series 2009 Novice Ring. Their placings were
  • 1st place 70cm
  • 1st place 75cm
  • 1st place 50cm
  • 2nd place 60cm
  • 1st place 80cm

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They won Champion Overall Novice Ring SJ
2nd place Overall in the 3 day series
Camelia Park Cup for TVARC member overall winner

Ballytruckle Welsh cob x Tbs win top prizes for Showhunter, Showjumping, Tip and Out and Highest Points for a Member at TVARC!!

Thames Valley Adult Riding Club 3 day Series was a huge success for the Ballytruckle Stud. In such a varied competition the versatility of the Welsh cob was evident in all three phases.

Showhunter Day at Thames Valley Adult Riding Club, 3 disciplines points series

As a result of Nelson damaging his eye severly in late January I have not been able to venture far from home. Currently in early April he is still stabled daily and has numerous ointments and powders administered throughout the day. Subsequently the summer competitions came tyo an end for me and Shamrock as Steve and I cared for Nelson- I feel like my right hand has been cut off as I have always found him to be invaluable with starting the young horses. I have to rethink some of my strategies.

Gig ride behind Rupert at Kerikeri

Emma Wiggins took me for a drive in her lovely gig pulled expertly by Rupert. He is by Mill Creek Valiant out of standardbred mare Sasha. He is a 15.2-3 hh chestnut with four whites and certainly knows his job very well, even though he is still only 4 yo!! Emma was telling me all about his training- it certainly was like another era in the gig, people were very friendly and many stopped to talk to Emma. What a fantastic way to get about the countryside.


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