ROTHERDALE STUD of WELSH COBS.
The Stud began in 1978 with the purchase of Gerrig Dulais, a yearling filly by Hewid Cardi and out of Rhystyd Actress. We registered the stud prefix shortly afterwards, and slowly built up the stud to its present level.
Dulais was joined in the early years by Tangarnfelen Mel, by Geler Cardi Model (out of a Hendy Brenin mare) and Abertawe Dorinda by Nebo Black Magic (out of a Llanarth Valiants Image mare). Most of the early stock was based around Nebo Black Magic, Hendy Brenin and Pentre Eiddwen Comet blood lines, as indeed it still is. Although we stayed small to start with, we now try to keep between six to eight brood mares with their followers, and two or three colts or stallions. Most of the colts are in fact gelded, and run on for the performance market.
Later additions to the brood mare herd were Trevallion ap Fashion (a full sister to Trevallion Prince Comet) and Rhystyd Rosina by Geler Cardi Model.
Our first foal, born in 1981 (by Nebo Magic and out of Gerrig Dulais) was Rotherdale Actor. As a yearling at the South of England Show in 1982 he was awarded the Reserve Cob Championship. At the 1986 N.P.S. Mountain and Moorland W.H.P. Championships at Malvern, ridden by Katie Harris, he stood fourth overall and best of breed. (see page 25 of the W.P.C.S. journal 1987).
Our next important purchase in the spring of 1982 was a yearling colt, Gwrthafarn Commander (by Twyford Druid and out of a Cippyn Red Flyer mare). Maturing to 15.hh, Commander has proved to be a brilliant sire of brood mares and competition horses in all disciplines (part-breds as well as pure-breds). Two of our, now senior, mares are by him and Carl Trock's Vahalla Stud in Denmark was founded on two more (see links page). Both of these mares have been National Junior and Senior Champions in Denmark, and are now breeding National Champions themselves.
Probably the most famous addition to the stud came in 1983 with the purchase of Tydfil Magic Princess. The "Princess family" has been our most prolific line. Her offspring have proved to be valuable assets not only to ourselves but also to other studs, both for showing and breeding. The "Princess Story" is featured in the 1994 journal. Her most famous daughter of course is Rotherdale Magic Princess, foaled in 1993, the last year in fact that we exhibited her mother. They both won huge classes at the Royal Welsh Show, and Tydfil Magic Princess retired with a gold medal as Female Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion.
We try to breed a type of cob that is useful for a variety of jobs as well as looking beautiful. We like a long-striding, free action which covers a lot of ground, and coupled with this we try to achieve a height range of 14.2 hh to 15.0 hh.
From small beginnings in the 1970's we have come a very long way. There is still much to achieve and we feel even more to learn.
Our greatest honour to date, came during the Society's Centenary Celebrations at Builth Wells 2002, when after 25 years of breeding our efforts were rewarded with the Supreme Championship at the World Centenary Show.
Many Rotherdale cobs are being ridden and driven for pleasure, as well as succeeding in competition both at home and abroad. We constantly get letters and phone calls from delighted new owners, with news of their successes.