GlanNant Bard Cross Creek Section B Welsh Ponies


 B26496 GlanNant Bard

(GlanNant Ballad - GlanNant Sonnet)

The American National Welsh Pony Show

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More pictures of Bard's sons, daughters, grandsons & grandaughters.


At home

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May 14, 1978 - January 13, 2004

Proven Sire of Champion halter and performance ponies AND

In 1979 I attended a breeding seminar at Cornell University, Ithaca with friends Ann Carol and Arthur Perry of Periwinkle Pony Farm. AC and I had decided that we would visit Mollie at GlanNant prior to the seminar. Mollie was waiting for us, and happily took us around to see the ponies.

Bard was in the barn, and after seeing how interested in him I was, Mollie put him in a round pen. It was love at first sight, I knew this yearling would someday be a Supreme Champion and sire of champion halter and performance ponies. I had never seen a Welsh pony with the movement that Bard expressed at liberty. I knew at once that his type, movement, and "look at me" attitude would draw recognition. I was not disappointed.

Thalia Gentzel first saw a mare in Wales in 1959 – who was none other than *Coed Coch Prydyddes aka "Puff", a daughter of Criban Victor and Coed Coch Pluen by Tan-Y-Bwlch Berwyn. Mollie Butler at GlanNant was interested in the mare as a larger riding pony for her daughter, Linda, but wished to import a bred mare. It could not be determined if the mare was in foal or not, but at that point in time Thalia and her mother were visiting Daisy Brodrick at Coed Coch and her observation was, "Buy her! She is the loveliest thing I've seen."

It turned out that Puff was indeed in foal to Rhyd-Y-Felin Selwyn by *Coed Coch Blaen Lleuad.

Including GlanNant Sonnet in utero, Puff went on to have 14 foals, and then Sonnet had 16 more, so the original importation of one bred mare resulted in 31 offspring!

Very elegant from her classic chiseled face to her deep hip and level croup, Prydyddes also had a breathtaking ground-eating trot with tremendous impulsion and a reaching step that seemed never to touch ground! She and her offspring also jumped well, these characteristics combining to serve them to best advantage in the model, hack, and over fences.

Let's take a look at Prydyddes foals and their offspring who have impacted our show arenas, right up to today! With *Cusop Sheriff were the sons GlanNant Limerick and GlanNant Ballad.

GlanNant Ballad sired 1998 Pony Hunter Finals Champion, (Helicon) Touch of Frost. Ballad’s son, GlanNant Bard (out of GlanNant Sonnet, the Puff daughter imported in utero) was National Welsh Supreme Champion and many time Grand Champion and Champion in hand as well as showing successfully under saddle, and standing in the USEF Leading Sire list for many years. Bard in turn sired GlanNant Skipper who was also a Welsh Supreme Champion, and, shown as Believe In Magic, was Champion Medium and Reserve Champion Overall at the 1999 Pony Finals.  GlanNant Mariner, also by GlanNant Bard, is the sire of Maranatha Tapestry a well known welsh sire in the ponyhunter discipline, along with his sire and his paternal greatgrandsire GlanNant Ballad who have sired many Pony Finals Champions, ponies who are still competing today. GlanNant Ballad was also the sire of Tapestry's dam!

Limerick's son, *Findeln Blue Danube, sired offspring such as Gayfields Vida Blue (USEF Leading Sire #1 in 2003 and 2004, Top Four 7 other years, thus making his owner Leading Breeder) and Cloe Olympian, Top Ten Sire 6 times, with his owner, also Leading Breeder.

*Coed Coch Prydyddes bred to Farnley Reflection, produced GlanNant Epic who had 7 appearances in Top Ten of the USEF Leading Pony Hunter Sires list.

Look at Maranatha Tapestry's bloodlines and you can see why Helicon is excited to have been able to use him to produce five 2009 foals. Tapestry's sire, GlanNant Mariner, is a full brother to GlanNant Skipper/Believe In Magic (Pony Finals Champion).

Tapestry's paternal greatgrandsire, GlanNant Ballad, sired many mares who produced Finals Champions such as Touch of Frost. Helicon Herald (venerable hunter champion), Helicon Headliner, Blackberry (Finals Ch), Hillcrest Dancing Bear and Hillcrest Silver Lining, and the great event pony, Hillcrest's McGyver. A few years back one offspring amassed over 10,000 USEF hunter points in one season!

On the distaff side there is GlanNant Ballad again as sire of Tapestry's dam! Tie Tapestry in with his three Prydyddes crosses, and it is a most marvelous linebred gene pool.

GlanNant Cadence, by Cusop Sheriff and out of GlanNant Rhyme whose dam was Puff, is a multi-Champion in halter, under saddle, over fences and driving. He is a USEF Leading Sire and has sired USEF Champions. These lines have proven to be a wonderful performance gene pool.

GlanNant Bard

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USEF 2007 LEADING PONYHUNTER SIRE #113 with 758 points

USEF 2006 LEADING PONYHUNTER SIRE #74 with 2382 points

USEF 2005 LEADING PONYHUNTER SIRE #29 with 7638 points

USEF 2004 LEADING PONYHUNTER SIRE #47 with 4491 points

USEF 2003 LEADING PONYHUNTER SIRE #30 with 7336.5 points

Bard's offspring have been winning since the 1980's; in 2008, five  years deceased, Bard has five sons and grandsons listed in the USEF Leading Pony Hunter Sires and Leading Welsh Pony Sires ~ Mariner, Tapestry, Sunray, Tom Thumb, & Corsair.

Bard's Sire, GlanNant Ballad - 2007 USEF #7 Leading Welsh Sire and 2007 USEF #176 Leading Pony Hunter Sire

BELIEVE IN MAGIC (WPCSA reg. (GlanNant Skipper)  (by GlanNant Bard) Sire of Helicon Corsair

TREASURE ME  (WPCSA reg. Cross Creek Sterling Silver) by GlanNant Bard


2007 USEF #4 Leading Welsh Sire and 2007 USEF #138 Leading Pony Hunter Sire

GLANNANT SUNRAY  (by GlanNant Bard)  Sire of Precious Cargo
2007 USEF #47 Leading Pony Hunter Sire

MARANATHA TAPESTRY (by GlanNant Mariner) Sire of High Hopes Spitfire and Kiss Me Kait
2007 USEF #13 Leading Welsh Sire and USEF 2007 Leading Pony Hunter Sire #84

 HILLCRESTS TOM THUMB  (by GlanNant Bard) Sire of Mr McGregor
2007 USEF Leading Pony Hunter Sire #79

CASMARAN WELSH LEGACY (by GlanNant Bard x Kressley's Talaria) Ch. Pony Hunter

CASMARAN MAGIC SPELL (by GlanNant Bard x Liseter Brillian Topaz)

Some of Bard's Youngstock


CASMARAN MAGIC SPELL (by GlanNant Bard x Liseter Brillian Topaz)

In 2011


Cross Creek Taylormade

Cross Creek By Design

Our Bard daughters are being started under saddle, and will be bred to our Section B stallion Clanfair Eclipse and Glynhafan Raspberry Twist. Both stallions are linebred Criban Victor from some of the best halter and performance stock in the United States.


Grandson Maranatha Tapestry

GlanNant Mariner


GlanNant Skipper
(Shown as: Believe in Magic)

Cross Creek Sterling Silver
(Shown as: Treasure Me)

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Casmaran Welsh Legacy

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We had Bard for 25 of his 26 1/2 years. Bard was a unique stallion ...... very intelligent and extremely athletic.
When the girls were young they would play in his stream, along would come Bard and stand in the deepest part pawing and splashing until all were soaked. When he heard our truck coming down the road he would run to greet us. Bard was also very full of himself, at shows he trumpeted to everyone who passed his stall and would stand on his hind legs to improve his view of surrounding stalls, he was quite the show off. As quiet as he was at home, away he was high spirited and audacious, and always looking for fun. One time he got loose at a show which was fun at first, but when he realized that he didn't know where to go he ran to an empty stall, stuck his head inside and waited for someone to rescue him. Sara, eight at the time, was the closest ..... a man said to her "watch out little girl, wild stallion". Sara said "he's my wild stallion", walked up took the reins and led him back to his stall.
We can never express how grateful we are to Mollie Butler and GlanNant Farm for giving us the opportunity to spend 25 years with this outstanding 'character', we will miss him always.


Our last day with Bard - January 13, 2004 Midlantic Equine Clinic

2011 Casmaran Magic Spell

Preservation Breeding

Preservation breeding is an attempt by many animal breeders to preserve bloodlines of animals, either of a rare breed, or of rare pedigrees within a breed. One purpose of preservation breeding is to protect genetic diversity within a species, another is to preserve valuable genetic traits that may not be popular or in fashion in the present, but may be of great value in the future.

Genetic diversity is a level of biodiversity that refers to the total number of genetic characteristics in the genetic makeup of a species.

Biodiversity is a broad concept, so a variety of objective measures have been created in order to measure biodiversity. Each measure of biodiversity relates to a particular use of the data. As a consequence, biologists argue that this measure is likely to be associated with the variety of genes.

Genotype and phenotype. One's genotype differs subtly from one's genomic sequence. A sequence is an absolute measure of base composition of an individual, or a representative of a species or group; a genotype typically implies a measurement of how an individual differs or is specialized within a group of individuals or a species. (see homozygous, heterozygous).

Any given gene will usually cause an observable change in an organism, known as the phenotype. The terms genotype and phenotype are distinct for at least two reasons:To distinguish the source of an observer's knowledge (one can know about genotype by observing DNA; one can know about phenotype by observing outward appearance of an organism).
Genotype and phenotype are not always directly correlated. Some genes only express a given phenotype in certain environmental conditions. Conversely, some phenotypes could be the result of multiple genotypes. The Genotype is commonly mixed up with the Phenotype which describes the end result of both the genetic and the environmental factors giving the observed expression (e.g. blue eyes, hair colour, or various hereditary diseases).

Natural selection is the process by which favorable heritable traits become more common in successive generations of a population of reproducing organisms, and unfavorable heritable traits become less common, due to differential reproduction of genotypes. Natural selection acts on the phenotype, or the observable characteristics of an organism, such that individuals with favorable phenotypes are more likely to survive and reproduce than those with less favorable phenotypes. The phenotype's genetic basis, genotype associated with the favorable phenotype, will increase in frequency over the following generations. Over time, this process may result in adaptations that specialize organisms for particular ecological niches. In other words, natural selection is the mechanism by which evolution may take place in a population of a specific organism.
Natural selection is one of the cornerstones of modern biology. The term was introduced by Charles Darwin in his groundbreaking 1859 book The Origin of Species in which natural selection was described by analogy to artificial selection, a process by which animals with traits considered desirable by human breeders are systematically favored for reproduction.

"Breeding stock" is a term used to describe a group of animals used for purpose of planned breeding. When individuals are looking to breed animals, they look for certain valuable traits in purebred stock for a certain purpose, or may intend to use some type of crossbreeding to produce a new type of stock with different, and presumably superior abilities in a given area of endeavor.

Purebred breeding

Mating animals of the same breed for maintaining such breed is referred to as purebred breeding. Opposite to the practice of mating animals of different breeds, purebred breeding aims to establish and maintain stable traits, that animals will pass to the next generation. By "breeding the best to the best," employing a certain degree of inbreeding, considerable culling, and selection for "superior" qualities, one could develop a bloodline or "breed" superior in certain respects to the original base stock.

The observable phenomenon of hybrid vigor stands in contrast to the notion of breed purity. However, on the other hand, indiscriminate breeding of crossbred or hybrid animals may also result in degradation of quality.

Our Welsh ponies and cobs are not registered Sportponies, nor do we have any interest in pursuing that route. Sportponies are bred to resemble and perform like horses. See the breed description for Sportponies below.

What is a North American Sportpony?

A North American Sportpony is a pony in the general range of 13.2-14.2 h that looks and moves like a small horse, capable of competing in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing, as well as in Driving. It is not your traditional Thellwell type of pony, but rather is much more athletic and horse-like in appearance and ability.

Welsh are not Thelwell type ponies, nor should they look and move like horses. Welsh ponies and cobs are unique in themselves, bred for many generations to a higher standard for conformation, movement, beauty and disposition.

As the Sportpony Breed Standard encompasses differing conformation, movement and type principles for the various disciplines in which they compete, and is open to all ponies conforming to sport horse type, it is obvious that the sport horse and pony standard contradicts the unique though multifaceted qualities of Welsh ponies and cobs bred to the Welsh Breed Standard.

Our goal is to breed Welsh ponies to the WELSH Breed Standard.
Welsh ponies lived the Olympic disciplines of jumping, dressage, eventing and driving for centuries before those 'sports' were invented, in fact those "sports" aptly describe Welsh pony & Cob lives.
If  we go to a show and enter one of our Welsh in a Sportpony class and place...... well, good for them, but it certainly is not our priority.

The Welsh Pony Breed Standard  - Click here.

There obviously is a market for a pony sized horse, we recognize and respect that there are individuals desiring those qualities.
However we want our Welsh ponies to LOOK like Welsh ponies, MOVE like Welsh ponies, have the bone, body depth, and conformation that Welsh should have, and have the disposition, the look of eagles, and the stamina that the Welsh breed has been noted for, for centuries. It is for these characteristics that so many other pony breeds have based their lines on,American Crossbred ponies, Sportponies, POA, Welara, and even many American Shetland ponies.

A Welsh should look like a Welsh, not a crossbred, thorobred, warmblood or arabian. Those that look like or are conformed like other breeds have absolutely too much horse blood in their ancestry. Check out the various lines of the Welsh breed on the All Breed Pedigree page, or in books and articles. Yes, it will take effort to do this, but you will see first hand how the human manipulation of the Welsh breed has been taking place all over the world, and how human manipulation is slowly destroying the inherent true characteristics of  Welsh ponies and cobs.        Denise

Did you know....

Welsh Section B Criban Victor (born in 1944) is the best example of Section B ponies with the "outside" influence of Welsh Cob breeding for size; not T-Bred, not Arab but Welsh Cob blood.

Champion at Ponies of Britain Show in 1959, 1962, 1965, and 1966 and the NPS Shows in 1956, 1959, and 1960; made a glorious retirement from the show ring in 1969, aged 25, when he won the Section B Championship and was Reserve Supreme Champion of the whole show at Caern. In 1978, his image was included in a series of stamps depicting horses, produced by the Royal Mail. Following his death at the age of 29, his breeder had his head stuffed; and it has since been donated to the WPCS.  CRIBAN VICTOR was sired by CRIBAN WINSTON and gained his height from his dam CRIBAN WHALEBONE, of Cob parentage. CRIBAN VICTOR spent most of his active life at the Gredington Stud where he left the greatest mark on Section B ponies throughout the Stud Book.

In volume 1 of the Welsh Stud Book the Welsh Mountain Ponies were allowed to be up to 12 hands 2 inches and every entry had to be inspected and passed, both by an Inspector of the Society and (for stallions only) by a Veterinary Surgeon. Entries amounted to 9 stallions and 273 mare; of the stallions one was grey, the others were dark coloured, mainly bays and browns, of the mares 66% were bay/brown/black, 14% chestnuts, 8% roan, 4% creams/duns and others of unrecorded colour (only two mares).


Influential Section B sire Tan-y-Bwlch Berwyn's sire, Sahara was an African Barb.
And you wonder where the excessive white comes from??

In 1565, noted writer of British horses, Thomas Blunderville, stated that horses commonly called “… Barbarians do come out of the King of Tunis land, out of Massilie Numidia, were small, but very swift and durable … which is the cause why we (Britains) esteem them so much.” Many people and historians assume Barb horses are Arabian horses. This confusion and misinformation stemmed from the fact that both breeds eventually shared the Arabic culture. Also, their respective names were bluntly misused in literature. In 1875, in his British book “The Book of the Horse”, S. Sidney comments: Every oriental horse, Turk, Barb or Egyptianbred, is called an Arab in this country.” An excerpt from a 1916 Department of Agriculture “Breeders of Livestock Handbook” confirms: “Recent investigations indicate the Barb to have been the real source of oriental blood. A common error results in the use of the term ‘Arabian’ in sense synonymous with ‘oriental’.”
The Berbers from North Africa formed a substantial part of the Muslim armies that invaded Spain in the 8th century, and it seems clear that their Barb horses played a major part in the development of the Spanish Horse, Including the modern version of which is the Andalucian .
The Barb was also influential in the evolution of the Thoroughbred Horses from North Africa. Variously termed Berber, Barb, or Barbary, were imported to the Royal Studs of England from before the time of the Plantagenets. Roan Barbary, the favorite horse of Richard II (1377-99), was one of many horses of the same origin at the king's studs. Barb blood, together with that of the Spanish Jennet, itself at least a first cousin to the Barb, was certainly a predominant element in the Royal "running horses", which formed the base stock for the early Thoroughbred.

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