The source material in this
section are excerpts and reworking of various materials from articles in
catalogues, yearbooks, the world wide web and reading Dr. Wynne Davies (Ceulan
This story of the famous "Coed Coch" stud is written at the request of
that we think many new welsh-owners - be they breeders, as riders - have
heard the name mentioned or encountered it several times in their ponies’
pedigree without really being aware of the history and background of the
It is relevant knowledge, as there probably is not a stud in history
that has had such an influence on the sec. A and B-breeding as the "Coed
Coch" stud. As loyal welsh mountain breeders, we have chosen only to
concentrate on this section, since it is also the section, "Coed Coch"
is best known for.
Coed Coch Estate
The "Coed Coch" estate is close to the city "Dolwen" in the "Abergele”
in North Wales. The place is now privately owned, and there is no public
access, but some of the property can be inspected from the outside. You
can go around on the public roads, as in the dawn of time was the whole
"Coed Coch" studs property. In addition to the main building and stables
the stud consists of a few farms, which are now leased. Some of the
leased farms is sold to Wyn Jones, descendant of the first head of the
stables John Jones (Nerwyn Stud), who’s ponies are on the "Coed Coch's"
soils today. The stud ended by an auction on the 7th of September 1978 at
10:30; there were sold 244 animals of the highest quality (136 sec. A,
84 sec. B and 24 ridding ponies of unknown section).
The family Wyn "Coed Coch" and their relatives - family Wyn Williams -
had for several centuries been serious horse breeders. It was a
predecessor to Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Wyn Williams - the last owner
of "Coed Coch" - which at the beginning of the 18-hundred were accused
of having sent thoroughblood stallion "Merlin" at "Rubon Hills." That
is why we still call the ponies from the north "Merlynnod" or "Merliws".
Up to 1920 the family Wyn had only thoroughbred and hunters on "Coed
Coch," and John Jones - who was head of the stables and born in one of
the property farms in 1875 - rode around with these champion-stallions
and covered mares as far north as Scotland . He was with family Wyn
until his death in 1965. At that time he had served 6 owners of "Coed
Coch", including Margaret Brodrick, which acquired the property in 1916,
after her deceased half brother Edward Wyn, and it was then it is said
that “Coed Coch" began.
Memorial tablet at the entrance to Coed Coch
The story begins on a Saturday in 1924, when Miss Brodrick and John
Jones returned from hunting. He suggested purchasing some small ponies
to grass the highest situated hills, and the choice fell of course on
welsh mountains. It was easy to persuade Miss Brodrick, however they did
not have any idea that this decision should be the start of a world
famous company. On the Monday the two then rode down to Mrs. Martha
Evans, who was a tenant on the property on one of the small farms, "Trofarth."
Here they bought 5 wild mares of medium quality, and later in the year
they got bought some better mare material - Coed coch Eirlys and C. c.
Stretton. At that time one could allocate its own prefix to purchased
It is undoubtedly C. c. Eirlys, which can be described as the stud’s
foundation mare. Her first foal, C. c. Seren (after Grove Sharpshooter),
was found in the pedigrees to half of the sec. A's, which was sold on
the action in 1978. Only after that C. c. Seren was born, they began
naming the foals after their mothers, for example: Ebril, Eira, Eog and
Eurliw Goch, which were all after Eirlys. It was C. c. Seren, which
started the studs showing career. She won 21 1st prices in significant
shows in the period 1931-37.
Coed Coch Madog
Other significant mares from that time include Gatley Stardust, which
was the beginning of the "Sensigl" - and "Symwl" lines, and Grove Madcap,
which was the mother of Mefusen, which was the mother of perhaps the
most important and famous stallion, C . c. Madog. Madog won 9 times on
the "Royal Welsh" during the period 1951-62. In addition Tanybwich
Prancio needs to be mentioned, a mother of Prydferth and Pioden, whose
offspring include Pelydrog (winner of 65 first prices and 30 championships),
Proffwyd, Pela, Pryd and not least Planed, which won the "Royal Welsh"
as a 2-year-old in 1954. The mare, Dinarth Penol, which was at the stud
for only 3 years, resulting in C. c. Glyndwr (after Revolt) in 1935.
Coed Coch Glyndwr
The story tells that Glyndwr was a very pitifully
small colt at birth, and had it not been for John Jones' grandson, Shem,
which coincidentally came over and saw him lie there on the field, he
had not survived. Shem carried Glyndwr home to the farm with the mare
Henol walking after them, and thereby saved Glyndwr's life. Did this
little lad know at the time that he saved this stallion, that over time
this would have the greatest importance for the whole welsh-breeding at
Glyndwr and 33 other ponies was sold at the action in 1937, but was
quickly back again, as the new owners had no grass for ponies. Between
the ponies, which was sold, was C. c. Sirius, which was later the mother
of Siaradus (after Glyndwr) born in the "Rhyd-y-Viljandi” Stud, and
first got its name; C. c. Siaradus when she was bought back to "Coed
Coch." She was, as all Coed coch ponies, late developed, and when she finally was developed, she won 55 first places and 41
Home of Wyn Jones, "Nerwyn
She was an exceptional filly and show pony, and of those who saw her
“live”, she is regarded as one of the most beautiful ponies, and her
match will never come again. She is the mother of C. c. Sws, Salsbri and
St. Iwan. C. c. Salsbri was the father of Saled, Bari, Shon (Dk.) and
Targed. She is buried in the park on at "Coed Coch."
Coed Coch Siaradus Coed
Coch Siaradus Memorial
Wyn & Coed Coch Siaradus
Glyndwr was both grandfather and mother's father to C. c. Madog, who
died in 1978. Madog was sold as a foal, and as a 3-year old he woke John
Jones' interest, who wanted him back. John Jones proposed Madog's
owners to sign him up for a show. They did so - took Madog from the
field, mucky and out of training, and came in as last in the class. So
was John Jones allowed to buy Madog, and it was the last time he was
last in a class. He won 139 first prices and 63 championships, including 9
times "Royal Welsh" winner.
Glyndwr was at "Coed Coch" stud in 6 years, and was amongst others
father of Pioden, Prydferth, Siaradus and Sirius. He was also at one
season at the “Criban stud”, and here he became the father of Criban
Winston (father of Criban Victor). In 1943, Miss Brodrick was in Europe
for "Red Cross", and Glyndwr was sent to Lady Wentworth at the “Crabbet
stud”. He proved to be a bit of an escape artist, and destroyed often
the neighbours’ gardens with the Lady’s mares. Therefore, he was in 1949
passed on to Mr. Mcnaught on Clan stud, where he was until 1953. In this
way we have consistency between Clan-(Clan Tony was the father of Clan
Pip, which is ancestor to Revel - and Flydon-ponies) and Twyford-ponies,
as it is Mcnaught's daughter Alison Mountain, which has "Twyford." While
he was on the "Clan" he also covered the Coed Coch-ponies. From this
came Cc Anwyled and Mari (mother of Salsbri). This means that we have
consistency between the ponies we see today - Coed coch, Clan, Revel and
Twyford - and the past. In 1953 Glyndwr went on to Miss The Beumont at
Shalbourne stud, and here he was until his death in 1959.
From left: Coed Coch Glyndwr,
Siaradus, Madog, Pwyll
Back on the "Coed Coch" stud Miss Brodrick still breeded ponies on a large
scale. She was a pioneer and a classy ambassador for the whole
welsh-breeding. Together with her stableman - John Jones - excited she
the breeders with good advice, and she exported more and more ponies for
example to U.S. and Australia. Dr. Wyenne Davies, for instance told how
he enjoyed playing truant from school to take with Miss Brodrick and
Jones around in the middle-and South Wales, looking for ponies, which
could be exported. Here, he has probably heard many pony-stories, which
has been reflected in his many books.
Miss Brodrick was never hiding the fact that her hard work could not
have been done without Jones and his family's assistance, which also
included the grandchild Shem and great-grandchild Wyn. When she received
MBE-Order from the Queen in 1961 John Jones and his daughter Lili were
of course there also.
In 1958 at Wembley, four generations of the family Jones were to "Horse
of the Year" show where they showed 4 generations of Coed coch-ponies:
Prydferth, Pryddest, Pathew and Madog, who behaved as a playful 2-year
colt and enjoyed all the attention.
Shortly before Christmas 1962 Miss Brodrick died, and the "Coed Coch"
stud went on to Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Williams Wyn. He got very
serious about breeding, and again using the Jones family, he managed the
stud with great seriousness until his death in 1977. He tried with great
success to take up the legacy after Miss Brodrick, by shows and breeding.
He engaged in "Society's work, and was a transition president in WPCS.
Unfortunately, it appeared that there were no descendants with
sufficient interest in pony breeding, which could carry on the stud and
for example pay the huge death duty to takeover the stud. One even
considered the possibility that the stud could be transferred to the
University of north Wales, but in vain one realized that it was not
possible to keep the large stud going, and it was decided to hold an
auction in 1978 and thereby shutting it down. The last time that "Coed
Coch" participated in a show, was late summer 1978, which took part in
"Flint and Denbigh Show" in north Wales. The stable men who were
involved here, each with their favourite: Shem with Cc Rhion, "Big" John
Jones with Cc Bari, "Little" John Jones with Cc Hillstream and Wyn with
Coed Coch Bari
Now, all ponies were prepared for the
great auction, and Shem showed them all, with the exception of Bari, as "Long"
John Jones showed himself . All the older mares (over 16 years), however
were not in the auction. They were given away for good homes, where they
could be allowed to enjoy their retirement. This is something we could
learn from today, where you often see older mares and stallions switch
homes. Besides this the four stablemen were allowed to choose each a
mare, which some of them founded their own stud with for example Wyn
chose the 3-year-olds mare Cc Lili, he covered with Cc Barrog, and this
combination resulted in Nerwyn Cadno.
Nerwyn Cadno, 27 years old
mare after Nerwyn Cadno
The weather on the auction the 7th of
September 1978 was miserable, but still this did not provide a damper on
the many present people spending. People had come from all over Wales -
indeed of all the Earth's 4 corners of the world - to bid on the result
of 54 years of breeding. There was sold ponies for a total of 184,453
pounds, which was 842 pounds on average - 36 of them were A foals.
The last pony, which bar the "Coed coch" name was catalogue No 175 - a
colt called Coed Coch Pen-y-Daith, which in Welsh means "end of the
journey." He was sold for 320 pounds to the Patterson family in Scotland.
Below we have chosen some examples of Coed Coch- ponies show results,
which is quite impressive:
Coed Coch Anwyled, born in 1953
(after Glyndwr): 30 First prices and 10 championships.
Coed Coch Madog, born in 1947 (after Seryddwr): 139 First prices,
63 championships and 53 other prices.
Coed Coch Pelydrog, born in 1955 (after Madog): 65 First prices
and 30 championships.
Coed Coch Salsbri, born in 1957 (after Madog): 42 First prices
and 12 championships.
Coed Coch Siaradus, born in 1942 (after Glyndwr): 55 First prices
In addition, the following were all gold medal winners from the
various shows and "Royal Welsh":
Coch Pioden, born in 1941 (after Glyndwr)
Coed Coch Prydferth, born in 1943 (after Glyndwr)
Coed Coch Pryd, born in 1963 (after Madog)
Coed Coch Shon, born in 1961 (after Salsbri)
Coed Coch Seryddwr born ? (after Glyndwr)
Coed Coch Swyn, born in 1958 (after Glyndwr)
Coed Coch Mari, born in 1965 (after Salsbri)
Coed Coch Pibwydd, born in 1956 (after Llanerch Titmouse (after
Pathew (after Madog)))
Coed Coch Neredd, born in 1959 (after Proffwydd)
Coed Coch Asa, born in 1958 (after Gredington Hyned (after Madog))
Coed Coch Marli born ? (after Madog)
Treharne Tomboy, born in 1959 (after Treharne Reuben (after CC
Coed Coch Saled, born in 1963 (after Salsbri)
Coed Coch Bari, born in 1971 (after Salsbri) - he was sold at the
action in 1978 to Lady Creswick - Australia - for 21,000 pounds.
We know that there is only mentioned a
fraction of the ponies breed on the "Coed Coch" stud but we hope that
you still have a little insight into the importance of this stud and its
work, which 2 persons - Miss Margaret Brodrick and stableman John Jones
- have archived.
We are very proud that the main part of our ponies’ pedigree is
connected to many of the above names.
If you have had a taste for more knowledge about the coed coch-ponies, we
suggest that you read further in Dr. Wynne Davies' books and seeking
knowledge on the world wide web.