Deadline for Submission is November 30, 2017
The Welsh of the Year Award is designed to recognize those Welsh Ponies, Welsh Cobs, Half and Part bred Welsh that have made extraordinary accomplishments in the current year.
Regional organizations or individual members are encouraged to nominate any registered Welsh they feel has done something special in the current year. Ponies/Cobs may be nominated for outstanding achievement in any equine discipline, so whether your nominee is showing in a specific discipline like hunters, dressage or combined driving, representing the Welsh breed internationally, or participating in a local handicapped riding program (or anything else that requires an equine) they can be nominated for this award! Remember, the nominees for this award do not necessarily need to be show animals or even competition animals, they just need to do something meaningful. To submit a nomination fill out the very simple nomination form and send it along with a photo to the WPCSA office by November 30. Owners must be members of WPCSA at the time of nomination.
Scroll through the photos below to access the write-ups for each pony:
2012 - Flying Diamond the Bailef
The Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America is pleased to announce that Section B Welsh stallion, Flying Diamond The Bailef LOM/AOH/AOE is the first recipient of the Welsh of the Year Award. Owned by Janice Early of Lazy J Welsh Pony Ranch, Linden, TX, trained and ridden by Wendy Stephens, 27 Training Center, Vivian, LA; Bailef and his entourage have crisscrossed the country to perform in competitions ranging from Dressage and Hunter to Cowboy and Trail Riding. Dozens of Welsh Enthusiasts recently supported the team’s trip to Calgary Canada as the first ever pony to compete in the “International Invitation Only Cowboy Up Challenge” held during the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, finishing in the top ten. The duo has also competed in the highly publicized “America’s Favorite Trail Horse Competition” against 1,000 other equines and the little pony with the big heart garnered thousands of votes finishing third. Competition within the Welsh world has garnered Bailef numerous WPCSA National Awards, his Legion of Merit, the Award of Excellence and the Award of Honour. This year, his offspring completed his Sire Legion of Merit for purebreds and his Sire Award of Honour for Half-Welsh adding to his previous honors and previous WPCSA national and reserve national championships. In 2012, nine nominees were submitted for Welsh of the Year, six of which were selected by committee to run for the award. WPCSA membership then voted a tightly contested competition culminating in the selection of the top winner awarded at Society’s annual meeting in February. Jackie Verkuyl of Gold Hills Welsh and program sponsor states that she is, “thrilled with the success of the first year of the program and very pleased with the quality of the nominees. The nominees demonstrate the versatility of the Welsh breeds and I congratulate each of them on their successes in and out of the show ring.” This exciting new program is designed to promote ownership, encourage involvement and spotlight the achievements of extraordinary Welsh breed individuals and Bailef certainly exemplifies that!