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Sandpiper made his 6th appearence at Olympia and for the second year in succession was Best of Breed Welsh B


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Cardigan school girl Libby Grota has crowned a wonderful year by winning the 12hh Show Hunter Pony of the Year and the Reserve Supreme Hunter Pony Of The Year at the recent Horse Of The Year Show held at the NEC Birmingham.

The eleven year old pupil at Cardigan Secondary School who has been riding out since she was only 18 months old also won the overall Supreme Horse at the Royal Welsh Show back in the summer with her horse Grynallt Page-Too, more affectionately known to her as Billie.

Libby has also won the British Show Pony Society Rider of the Year for the past three years and has been competing at the Horse Of The Year Show since she was 4 yrs old and every year she has been placed.

Libby & Glebdale Jubilee First Ridden Mountain & Moorland pony of the year & Reserve Supreme Mini.

Libby & Glebdale Jubilee First Ridden Mountain & Moorland pony of the year & Reserve Supreme Mini.

Speaking to Sportsline Libby said that she had an amazing time at the Horse of the Year Show this year and added:” It was really good as it has been a dream of mine since I was about six to win at HOYS and I am lucky as my dream has come true for the second time and I am really pleased.”

Last year she was second in the Show Hunter Pony Section riding Grynallt Page-Too but this year she went one better. Libby also won the Mountain & Moorland First Ridden Pony Of The Year & Reserve Supreme Mini Mountain & Moorland riding Glebdale Jubilee at the annual festival regarded by many as the World’s most famous horse show.

Libbys home bred stallion Cadlanvalley Buzby was crowned Section B Pony of the Year for the second time and as a stud the north Pembrokeshire based Cadlanvalley ponies have won this award for three years running.

Cadlanvalley Buzby ridden by Katy Marriott-Payne

Cadlanvalley Buzby ridden by Katy Marriott-Payne

Buzby went on to be crowned Champion Mountain & Moorland Pony Of The Year and was ridden by Katy Marriott-Payne as Libby is currently too young to ride a stallion and speaking just after the event Katy said she was over the moon to add this prestigious HOYS title to her wins.

And she commented: “I’m almost speechless as I wanted it so badly. I’ve won every major title but this one had always eluded me!”

There were four Cadlanvalley ponies competing in the Welsh Section B class and all of them were placed in the top nine.

Cadlanvalley Buzby, who Katy says has a temperament to match his looks, has only been lightly shown this year. “He has been used as a breeding stallion at Cadlan Valley Stud for the last two years,” explained Katie. “He only came back to me in June this year. We’ve been to about six shows but he stood Royal Welsh Overall Ridden M&M Champion this season as well.”

Main pic: Libby and Grynallt Page Too.

The Reserve Supreme Show Hunter Pony of the Year.


Photo by Luke Dawson

We were pleased with Cadlanvalley Buzby,s Royal Welsh success, where he was Champion Welsh A and B then went on to be Overall M and M Hoys Champion.


Cadlanvalley Jorgie Girl was 3rd F/R Final at BSPS Winter Champs ridden by Libby. Pic again equine pix
BSPS Wales 1st Open Sec B and Res Open Champ ridden by Gemma James.
Celauron Spring Show Supreme Ridden Champion.


Our 1st show of the season was BSPS Wales ,we took our homebred 4yr old Cadlanvalley Camelot for the 13 hds Novice SHP which he won and was Reserve Novice Champion ridden by Libby. Then we took our F/R novice Cadlanvalley Jorgie Girl to BSPS Mid Wales show she was Novice Mini Champion and Reserve Open / Restricted Champion. The following week Jorgie Girl went to NPS Area 28 and was 1st Novice F/R and 1st Open F/R and Reserve Mini Overall Champion again ridden by Libby. Our foals are due from April 2016 , we have some due by Russetwood Elation, Cadlanvalley Buzby, Cadlanvalley Rio and our first crop of foals by our young Colt Mynach Sea Scout.

We were pleased to be able to purchase back the lovely filly Cadlanvalley Penny Royal,sold as a foal and shown successfully it was great to have her come back home.Penny is full sister to Cadlanvalley Miss Prim who was 1st Royal Welsh as a yearling in 2015


Well another year nearly over and showing season finished time to reflect.Would like to say massive congratulations to Kathleen Scott for being Best of Breed Welsh B at Olympia with Cadlanvalley Sandpiper,ridden by his new jockey Colette Green.So many times this boy has been so close so lovely to see him get it in 2015, and win his class at HOYS. His three quarter baby brother our stud stallion Cadlanvalley Buzby was 2nd to Sandpiper at Olympia, these two boys are best buddies …and both beautifully produced by Katy Marriott Payne. Would like to thank Roma Wright Smith for letting us purchase Eyarth Troy many years ago, he is sire of Sandpiper and also sire of Russetwood Elation (bred by Roma) who in turn is sire of Buzby. Their dam Stockham Domino bred by Tony and Pat Fillingham of the Stockham stud is a mare in a million, being dam to both these boys and many other good ponies. At this time of the year, personally I am very appreciative of the luck we have had in purchasing these animals, and to say thank you to their breeders, as without them they would not be here.


We are pleased to announce that Cadlanvalley Stud are now the Sponsors for the WPCS National High Point Junior Geldings for 2016.

We took our colt foal Cadlanvalley VIP to his first ever show Gwent Area WPCS foal and youngstock Autumn show where he was 1st Sec B colt foal class and Reserve Champion foal,then he was Reserve Overall Section B Champion to a filly we bred Cadlanvalley Paris owned by Shelley Dobbs.

Photo By Evan Parsons

Photo By Evan Parsons

Cadlanvalley Georgie Boy continued his winning ways up in Scotland winning Supreme Overall In Hand of the show at SWPCA Winter Show and this is the 4th time Georgie has taken the Supreme title at this show, quite an achievement.

Photo by Adrian Sinclair

Photo by Adrian Sinclair


October sees one of the most prestigious shows in the UK being Horse of the Year Show. With 3 Cadlanvalley ponies Qualified in the Welsh B ridden class we decided it would be lovely to sit and watch Katy Marriott Payne ride Cadlanvalley Sandpiper so left our own Buzby at home. Also qualified was his younger brother Cadlanvalley Bentley. What an overwhelming result when Sandpiper was called forward as the winner, following in Buzzbys success in 2014. Sandpiper has been so consistent there in the last few years being in the final placings, so exciting to see him win. His younger brother Bentley was 9 th and at only 4 years old was a tremendous achievement, he is owned by the Rockbury Stud and ridden and produced by Nicole Weyman.
Also there was a win for Cadlanvalley Super Ted in the Carrs BMW L/R of SHP. At only 4 years old he was an absolute star and behaved impeccably for his tiny jockey. He was sold by us only a few weeks before to the Kerr family and he was produced and shown at HOYS by Craig Eleanor.
Not to be outdone was our Libby with her successes in a few classes riding two of Emma Edwards Brady’s ponies who are produced by Debbie Thomas.
Libby was 2nd Open 12 hds SHP class on Gryngallt Page Too
4th M & M F/R on Castlemead Andy Pandy
10th on her own Colne Torpedo in the Welsh A Open Ridden class, and at 10 yrs old made us as grand parents very proud to see her riding so professionally amongst the adults.