*KENTCHURCH CHIME (Parc Commando x Llanarth Rhuddel), owned and imported by Mary Alice and Miriam Williams, is the first Cob to receive a Legion of Merit! His 1520 points were almost equally divided between breed and performance classes. He is only the second import so honored. Mary Alice tells us “During the first visit to the Kentchurch Stud in Britain in 1980 I saw a lovely palomino filly who was not for sale. A palomino colt with the same breeding was ordered and Kentchurch Chime arrived in 1983. This was Mrs. Vestey’s first foal born with a foaling monitor on the mare thus the name Chime. Kind temperament and eagerness to please soon identified him as a performance prospect. His career includes show ring wins in halter, pleasure, hunter and driving. Outside the Welsh world he has been successful in combined driving pairs, tandem driving, hunting and most importantly in dressage. Nancy Hinz began working with Chime in 1991 and took the dressage world by storm. His unique looks and personality, not to speak of flying feathers, were a tremendous advertisement for Welsh. He and Nancy competed up to Grand Prix levels. His musical freestyles were always spectacular and brought crowds to watch. When not showing Chime lived outside with his mares and foals. He died at the age of 28 in 2011.