About the Stud
Moelbanc Stud was set up 11 years ago, when an in-foal Dyfed Pelydrog was purchased at the 2009 Fayre Oaks Sale. Crumplewell Blue Nell was purchased the following year also from Fayre Oaks, and Coedbach Sophistication arrived in October of the same year. This was the start of the journey to produce the typical old fashioned type Welsh Section A ponies that are hardy, full of stamina, have good temperaments and a leg at each corner. These ponies are willing and versatile and are suitable for any discipline, especially suited as children’s and driving ponies.
The Stud does not take visiting mares, but a couple of friends keep their ponies with Felicity and they run with and are part of the stallions’ harem. The breeding herd is kept in as natural a way as possible, so the stallions run with a group of mares each, all year round. There are often mares without foals at foot, who run with the herd and this has worked well with them taking on the ‘nanny’ role to the foals. The Stud’s policy is not to put mares in foal until they are at least four years old to give them the chance to mature physically and mentally.
Some of the foals are shown in the summer with their mothers at the local shows and more recently have even graced the Royal Welsh show in Llanelwedd. This has proved to be invaluable in their handling and training, and goes towards giving them a good foundation to their futures as successful showing or family ponies. Some of the foals will be sold at weaning and others retained as future breeding stock for the stud. Colts maybe gelded and kept as future riding ponies to be sold on to new homes at a later date once their training has been completed. Foals and young stock have been sold overseas and all over the UK, where they have taken on a variety of successful careers and loved as family ponies.
Foals that are not sold, once weaned are kept in for their first winter, and then in the following spring are turned out on the bank with other young stock and barren mares where they will be left to enjoy themselves with ponies of different ages and learn all the skills and etiquette of the herd. The young stock are also valuable to local conservation grazing programmes, and when they are old enough, usually a year onwards, they leave the farm for the summer to carry out this valuable service of grazing different habitats on local Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).