Cross Creek Section B Welsh Ponies
 
Sussex, NJ

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Mares: Our mares are our treasure. Bred to either of our B Stallions, produces a concentration of Criban Victor blood thru such outstanding individuals as Cusop Sheriff, Coed Coch Prydyddes, Verity, Vanity, Coed Coch Ballog, and more with just enough outcross to Section A Welsh to retain the wonderful Welsh type .... conformation, bone, body type, stamina, beauty and ABILITY of the TRUE Welsh pony. These are PROVEN bloodlines for performance and an asset to any breeding herd. The concentration of Cob blood not only thru the B's but also thru the A's maintains size thru generations, you will NOT find a preponderance of T-bred here.
Cross Creek Taylormade  
 

Most importantly our goal is breeding top-quality Welsh ponies which can be, and are,
shown both under saddle and in-hand, and all possessing excellent temperaments.

Cross Creek By Design

  

GlanNant Fairytale Our Bloodstock
Bristol Serafina

Cross Creek Ember

 Evan's Dark Wisdom

Bristol Safire

B42148

C Eclipse

(click on Eclipse's picture to go to his page)

Stallions:

Clanfair Eclipse

Glynhafan
Raspberry Twist

GlanNant Bard

 

(Bristol Encore x Bristol Safire) Linebred Criban Victor and Cusop Sheriff

  Eclipse has bone, substance, and elegant movement to the Welsh Breed Standard.
His natural walk, trot and canter cover ground with extension and suspension. He is not only a pleasure, but also exciting to ride!
Eclipse' 2011 Filly
Bay roan, out of Bristol Solara
 

Two of our mares ... Evans Dark Wisdom & GlanNant Fairytale

Our beginning with Section B Welsh

 

 

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GlanNant Bard

B26496

(GlanNant Ballad - GlanNant Sonnet)

May 14, 1978 - January 13, 2004

 

Proven Sire of Champion halter and performance ponies AND
of SIRES OF USEF CHAMPIONS

USEF 2008 LEADING PONYHUNTER SIRE #107

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

 

The Welsh Pony Breed Standard is here.

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.

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.

ur 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.

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 including 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 purebred Welsh ponies and cobs.        Denise

 

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.
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.
n 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).

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