Interviews

Here at the TGCA we interviewed Liz Wright, owner of the extraordinary Moortown Frilly, successfully ridden by Vicki Myronidis.


The Name of Your most successful Part Bred (PB)Traditional Gypsy Cob?

Moortown Frilly is my most successful PB Traditional Gypsy Cob.


What section does your PB cob fit into?

She competed very successfully in Trad/Native show classes. 


What breeding does your part bred have?

She is by the Traditional Gypsy Cob stallion Bashful Bobby Dazzler out of a lightweight Traditional x Native type mare with no known breeding.


So when and what was your first experience with a traditional gypsy cob?

My first experience of a Traditional Gypsy Cob was at the age of 5. I had a little 12hh skewbald cob mare called Tammy. She wasn’t exactly a thing of beauty but she taught me to ride and put up with everything, being dressed up, climbed all over, etc etc. We regularly used to play “circus” with her which involved her endlessly going round on the lunge whilst we stood on her and jumped off..She also won lots jumping at our local shows,  she was an absolute saint!! I had her at a time when coloured cobs were very looked down upon but she was the best kids pony ever and I always loved Traditional Gypsy Cobs from then on.


Where did you find your special PB traditional?

I was lucky enough to breed Moortown Frilly my special PB Traditional.


What is your favourite discipline with your PB cob?

Showing was always Frillys thing, she was such a prolific winner.


What else have you done with her?

Frilly always had busy showing seasons and usually spent her winters turned out “being a horse” so apart from hacking she didn’t do much else under saddle. She has now bred 2 lovely foals, that will be her job from now on, shes is a great Mum and loves being a brood mare.


What is your proudest moment with your PB cob?

My proudest moment was seeing her win the small NTC class at Hoys with Vicky in 2012, going round the arena with the famous music playing! Tied with that was when she won the Show Pony Personality of 2013 (run by Showing world and the British Showing Council) it meant such a lot as she gained the most votes from the public across all the best show ponies of all types in the country!


Does your cob have any quirks?

Frilly doesn’t really have any quirks shes 100% reliable in everything! Shes just an incredibly genuine, easy little mare whos lovely to have around.


What is the highest award you and your PB cob have achieved ? 

Winning Hoys was her best achievement and also winning the Royal International small NTC , becoming Pony Champion and Res Supreme in 2011.


What tips would you give to other cob owners for show preparation?

My tips for show prep would be not to have them too fat, and not to have excessive length of hair. I feel that exceptionally long manes can make a cob look unbalanced and from a judges perspective hide what you're trying to see!


What item of your show kit could you not live without?

Definitely my most necessary item of show kit is whitening powder I couldn’t do without it!

My saddle preference would be Black Country they do wonderfully wide fitting saddles for cobs.


Name of favourite horse? 

My favourite horses are Frilly (of course) and my lovely stallion The Scoundrel I couldn’t choose between them! 


Who or what is your favourite equestrian personality / horse of all time? 

My favourite horse personality of all time would have to be Red Rum. To run in the gruelling Grand National 5 years on the trot and to win it 3 times and be 2nd twice was an outstanding record surely to never be equalled.


An enormous thank you to Liz Wright at Moortown Stud for this interesting and insightful interview!

Interview with Camilla Neame and Val Sheehan, proud owner of some of the top winning show Cobs in the Country.


Starry Night the consistent Winning heavy weight show cob superbly ridden by the Famous Robert Walker


Starry Night, or Basil, as he is known at home, has impressively won Horse of the Year show 6 times


The Royal International Horse Show twice and Supreme Champion at the BHSA Nat Champs

His first season contesting maxi-cob classes after measuring out in 2014,He took the title at Great Yorkshire Show and RIHS before entering the show ring at HOYS 2015 for the final time. Where he took the maxi Cob of the Year Title and with a huge cry of NO from the audience Robert dismounted and Starry Night spectacular retired from his show career

He is now happily enjoying his new role out in the hunting field


The Name of Your most successful Part Bred (PB)Traditional Gypsy Cob?

Starry Night


What section does your PB cob fit into?

Heavyweight Show Cob


So when and what was your first experience with a traditional gypsy cob or a part bred

Traditional? 

I bought a broodmare about 20 years ago to try and breed show cobs from!


What attracted you to the breed?

Substance and depth a good moving cob with a nice nature


Where did you find your special PB traditional?

Ireland


What is your favourite discipline with your PB cob?

Showing


What else have you done with him/her? 

He now hunts in his retirement


What is your proudest moment with your PB cob?

Winning HOYS 6 times


What’s the funniest quirk your PB cob has?

Terrified of bikes


What is the highest award you and your PB cob have achieved? 

He won every major title in the showing world


What tips would you give to other cob owners for show preparation?

Watch the Professionals


What item of your show kit could you not live without? 

Gel pad for under the saddle to stop it rolling


What is your saddle preference?

Ideal


Name of favourite horse?

So Smart


Who or what is your favourite equestrian personality / horse?

Robert Walker and Starry Night!!


A great thank you to Camilla Neame and Val Sheehan for this amazing interview

Interview with Jane Turnbull and Helen Armstrong from Burghwallis Stud.


The Name of Your most successful Part Bred (PB)Traditional Gypsy Cob?

Burghwallis Razamatazz


What section does your  PB cob fit into?

Native Cob Traditional Pony


What breeding does your part bred have?

Welsh Sec C X Traditional


So when and what was your first experience with a traditional gypsy cob or a part bred Traditional?

Breeding our own


What attracted you to the breed? 

Always admired the traditional especially the coloureds. After breeding Welsh Sec C for a number of years we decided to try and breed a coloured Sec C, which we feel we have achieved


Where did you find your special PB traditional?

We were lucky enough to breed him


What is your favourite discipline with your PB cob?

Showing both in-hand and ridden


What else have you done with him? 

Working Hunter/Dressage


What is your proudest moment with your PB cob? As a four year old qualifying HOYS


What’s the funniest quirk your PB cob has? 

He is a very selective chappie when turned out to who and whom may catch him


What is the highest award you and your PB cob have achieved?  

A fifth at HOYS & CHAPS 2017 pony of the year, BSPA Equifest in hand pony of the year


What tips would you give to other cob owners for show preparation? 

Always keep on top of stains, we try to remove daily


What item of your show kit could you not live without? 

Horse Shaves 


What is your saddle preference? 

Black Country Saddles


Name of favourite horse? 

Jasper Bailey ridden by Kirsty Pickles (Ahern)


Who or what is your favourite equestrian personality / horse? 

Jayne Webber 


A Huge thank you to Jane Turnbull and Helen Armstrong at Burghwallis Stud, sponsors of the TGCA Part Bred Championship at TOYS 2018

Interview with Jacquie Bland about her amazing stallion, Cassius


The Name of Your most successful Part Bred (PB)Traditional Gypsy Cob?CASSIUS


What section does your PB cob fit into?Native Cob


What breeding does your part bred have?

His Parents Rock On & The Jordie Mare were Cobs, think he has a bit of Connie in his back breeding.


So when and what was your first experience with a traditional gypsy cob or a part bred Traditional?

As a child on our farm


What attracted you to the breed? 

Cobs are amazing at turning a hoof to most thing , Hard as nails, Will be happy live out side, Fun to own


Where did you find your special PB traditional?  

Kirkby Stephen Auction in Cumbria He was 2yrs rising 3yrs. Looking very leggy but as he trotted across the car park he looked like he could float on water, he has rhythm and upward paces


What is your favourite discipline with your PB cob?

I love to watch Cassius in action. He just has that LOOK AT ME factor


What else have you done with him/her? Cassius is a true all rounder, being a champion in working hunter, Coloured Performance Champion. Placed in BE , winning the best turned out on the day at Hutton in the forest when he was 4th in his section.. He will also be doing BD after Christmas ! Joining His Daughter Paintball Perfect Picture who is strutting her stuff with BD points Ridden By Sammy Wilson


What is your proudest moment with your PB cob?  

Cassius’s Two sons Paintball Marksman & Romeo both winning at the great Yorkshire show


What’s the funniest quirk your PB cob has?

Loves to play with his foals in summer when he running with out his wives in the field. He tends to get his self and them in to lots of trouble.


What is the highest award you and your PB cob have achieved ? 

Cassius has won his class twice at HOYS


What tips would you give to other cob owners for show preparation? 

Take time to do the ground work with your cob, make sure they will run out in hand, stand up and show them selves off with out jigging about or being dragged along. Cassius was 5 yrs old before he went into the ring


What item of your show kit could you not live without?

Never go in to the show ring without a bit of velvet cloth ( takes the last dust off and sets the shine on the coat)


What is your saddle preference?

Old black Falcon working hunter style


Name of favourite horse?

Cassius!


Who or what is your favourite equestrian personality / horse?

Has to be Orion Sun…..Cobs Can JUMP


A massive thank you to Jacquie Bland for this interview! You can find more on her website: paintballgypsycobs.com