About Nawarrah Park
Our ponies, including our stallions have always been performance animals. With achievements in the Performance Competition run by the welsh society, we have clocked up wins in dressage, eventing, harness, showing, jumping, novelties, endurance, you name it and together with our great welsh ponies we did it. It instilled a love for the breed that we still have today, so as we grew up, so did the ponies!
Nawarrah Park started in 1973 with the purchase of Graephil Limerick, an Australian Pony Colt with mostly welsh breeding. At the time we purchased a couple of mares bred from established studs, including the likes of Owendale, however by 1977 our direction was set to focus on breeding welsh, so we purchased the colt foal Thorpeville Peguiss, by Werncochlyn Pegasus (imp) and out of the Royal Welsh Champion mare Rowfant Prima Ballerina (imp). He was joined by 2 mares bought at the 1979 Inaugural All Welsh Sale held at the Royal Melbourne Show grounds as part of the All Welsh Show; one of these mares Doolkoora Debutante & Peguiss formed a great partnership. Their progeny included Nawarrah Park Haydn, winner of our first home produced rosette at the Victorian All Welsh in 1985, we were so proud in a strong gelding class to show our own stock for the first time and place 3rd. It was just the start, with Haydn going a step further the next year winning our first Victorian All Welsh Champion in 1986, going on to be an All Welsh Champion in 3 states, with awards to numerous to list, it’s no doubt he was the driving force behind the stud and the success it is today. Peguiss’ son NP Bentleigh is our current welsh mountain sire and a very successful show stallion, with a number of All Welsh Champions.
In 1985 we were back at one of those welsh sales held at the All Welsh Shows, when a C gelding from the Wingana stud caught our eye. We weren’t buyers on this occasion, but visited the stud, and came home with a colt and a mare. Wingana Burgundy was the most pleasant stallion to own, a true gentleman ridden by everyone from children to grandmothers. We bred a small number of C’s & D’s but it was the foundation stock mare, Nawarrah Park Rosé (Wildfire) that made us appreciate what a Welsh Cob is all about. Inheriting her sire’s great temperament, she was a top performance mare, taking riders to Supremes, right through the grades of Pony Club eventing and dressage.
In the 90’s a number of B’s found their way into the stud, again we have been lucky to obtain some super mares over the years and achieved great success in the welsh and Show Hunter arenas. Our B mares all go back to the great Sir Percy of Paxhall (Imp). Radnor Fair Lady was a grand old mare that had show success herself and has bred many successful stock at our stud including; Shenandoah Angelic Heights, Nawarrah Park Lady Luck and the super moving stallion Nawarrah Park Lady’s Man, sold to New Zealand where he is a leading sire and highly decorated show winner. We now have the lovely stallion Weston Park Versace to cross with our mares; we are very fond of the Weston Park ‘V’ lines, having also owned Weston Park Vincent, grandsire of many of our successful welsh ponies including Nawarrah Park Pioneer, Welsh National Supreme Gelding & Champion Show Hunter pony Canberra Royal. Weston Park Versace is a ¾ brother to show star gelding Weston Park Vivaldi. Vivaldi has been a star of the show ring since a foal, going on to be a multiple All Welsh Supreme Winner and capping it off with the 2009 NSW All Welsh Show Best Welsh In Hand exhibit and Supreme Ridden Welsh, a dream come true for us to win such prestigious awards, even better to do it all with a gelding. Since then he has been Supreme Gelding & Supreme Ridden at the SA & Victorian All Welsh Show, as well as many Royal & HOTY wins.
Back to our Welsh Cobs, it was a trip to the UK in the late 90’s that really got us firing, we had already purchased a colt from Sue Walsh of the Acheron Stud and were onto finding some mares. All coincided with the Annan stud selling the balance of their mares and 2 mares were purchased, Annan Pheobe and Annan Gwennan. Pheobe went on to be a multi All Welsh Champion and has produced some super performance stock for the stud, Gwennan was a brilliant producing mare and her partnership with Llanarth Cardiff Arms resulted in the likes of NP Go Go Girl, who’s wins include the Best Welsh Youngstock Exhibit at the 2009 Vic All Welsh Show, & Great Britain, a multi medal winner and has collected some prestigious awards across All Welsh Champions.
Our earlier stallion Acheron Absolutely Fabulous was exported to NZ, but he bred some top mares for us and also excelled as a sire of large part welsh when crossed with thoroughbreds, sire of the well-known eventer NP Happy Gilmore and dressage horse NP Bruce Almighty. We’ve retained a rather tall Welsh Cob son of his, Nawarrah Park Dark Knight, out of Tardebigge Dora (imp) to continue our breeding of the large part welsh.
When we went on a mission looking for the next suitable stallion to cross with our mares, we were determined to find a colt by Crugybar Mabon Mai, our search didn’t take long and in 2002 we purchased Llanarth Cardiff Arms (imp), since that time Mabon Mai and his sons have been some of the top rating sires in the UK, so a great forward step for our stud.
The next arrival for our stud came as a result of the Cob Weekend, run by the WP&CS there had never been an event like it before and we really think it was a turning point for enthusiasm for the cobs in Australia. A whisper about the C stallion Synod Aristocrat (imp) being offered for sale by Rod Oma of the Trapalanda Stud led to a drive across the Nullarbor and resulted in a long relationship with Rod and being fortunate to secure some top mares with great bloodlines, including Hazelmere Tarantella & Ulicia. Ulicia is the dam of Nawarrah Park Ursula, sired by Trapalanda Downs Dai Wynne (Synod Aristocrat x Hazelmere Ulicia), who as a young mare who fulfilled our lifelong dream – To win the Eileen Bartram Best Welsh in Hand Exhibit at the Victorian All Welsh Show with a Nawarrah Park Welsh Cob!
Aristocrat settled in well and in his first season over here was the winner of the Best Welsh in Hand at the inaugural Welsh National Show, with one of his daughters winning the same award at the 2009 show. Our C’s have also done very well under saddle, including Nawarrah Park Popgun winning the Grand Champion Ridden Welsh at the Barastoc HOTY. Acheron Powder Puff had huge success in the open show hunter ring at many HOTY shows, including the Show Hunter Championship at Barastoc. Our brood mare band of C’s has included the All Welsh Best in hand winner Waxwing Review (imp), All Welsh Supreme C winner Acheron Pytaten & Welsh Feature Show Supreme Winner NP Passion Pop.
Just after the 2009 Victorian All Welsh Show, where Cardiff Arm’s stock led the way in the D Youngstock classes, we got to thinking about the next step, so again we contacted the Llanarth stud. As luck would have it they had a lovely yearling colt available, Llanarth Gold Dust, this time by Menai Sparkling Magic. We unfortunately lost Llanarth Gold Dust in 2016, but not before leaving some beautiful mares we have retained in our stud.
In 2012, now looking for the next outcross we again contacted the Llanarth Stud and purchased Llanarth Gold Cup. Llanarth Gold Cup has exceeded our expectations as a sire and produced some top winning stock.
We are proud of our stock and their achievements in welsh and open competition, over the years breeding and producing All Welsh champions in every section of the welsh stud book. We are also fortunate to have had terrific riders grace our ponies over the years and have built some great friendships through our association with Welsh ponies and Welsh Cobs.