The Menai Stud

menai queen bee
Menai Queen Bee
Peter Jones, with his wife Ann took over the Menai Stud on the death of Peterís father, the late Willie Jones. The Stud was founded by Peter's great grandfather John Jones, and his  grandfather the late William Jones at the turn of the century, with registrations in the first few volumes of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society Stud Books.

In fact most of the Cís and Dís presently in the stud go back on both sides of their pedigree to a mating in 1913, when the legendary Welsh Mountain Pony stallion Bleddfa Shooting Star was used on Clettwr Polly to produce Menai Queen Bess, who when covered by the small Cob stallion Welsh Rebound, produced the grey Section C mare Menai Queen Bee. Queen Bee proved to be one of the most influential mares in the history of the Section Cís and the Section Dís. Her influence would have been even greater had she been bred from at an earlier age. She was, for most of her life, indispensable as a means of transport for Peter Jonesís grandfather who often took Peter with him in the saddle, even before he could walk. It was not until 1955 that she had her first foal at the age of 18.

caradog llwyd
Caradog Llwyd
Her first foal was Menai Ceredig by the Cob stallion Caradog Llwyd. Ceredig went to the Llanarth Stud where he sired such well know and influential stallions as Llanarth Rhys and Llanarth Meteor. Put back to Caradog Llwyd, Queen Bee produced the dun mare, Menai Ceridwen, to whom all of the Studís present Section C and Dís trace. Ceridwen was the dam of among others, the Section

Menai Ceridwen
 C stallions Llanarth Cerdin, and the outstanding Menai Fury (by Gredington Oswallt), foaled in 1963Ö. Peter Jones describes Fury as ďprobably the best I have had the privilege of showingĒ. He was a sensational mover, and although he only won the Royal Welsh stallion class once, he was placed second on five occasions. It is as a sire that he made an indelible impression on the Welsh Section Cís. ď I donít think there has been another stallion before, or since Fury that has had such an influence on the Section Cís in generalĒ, said Mr. Jones.

ďHe was very fortunate in that people like Cerdin Jones of the Synod Stud saw the virtue of using him, and his blood runs pretty thick in the veins of all the Synod Section Cís.Ē. Fury left a legacy at Menai through some of his outstanding daughters like Menai Cadwena, the dam of Calon Lan, but mainly through his two sons the full brothers out of Meiarth Blodwen, Menai Furious and Menai Bonheddwr.

Menai Fury

Menai Furious

Whilst Furious, the younger of the two was the ďposerĒ, and after an illustrious showing career both in hand and under saddle, winning Northleach and qualifying for Olympia as a four year old with local girl Mandy Jones in the saddle, it was only after he was retired from showing in hand that his serious ridden career took off. Furious went to live with Katie Girdler and was Supreme ridden Champion at the Royal Welsh in 1993 and 1994, Reserve Supreme Champion All Breeds at P(UK) and amassed a total of 10 Championships, 5 reserves, 23 firsts, and in the breedís points awards was Champion Section C stallion, Champion overall Sections and Champion owner bred. Such was his love of the show ring, that Katie successfully competed him in dressage competitions after his retirement. He remained with Katie until the end. Bonheddwr on the other hand never saw the show ring, but ran out with mares at Menai all his life. Among his stock are the full brother and sister,

Menai Lady Conpicuous
Menai Lady Conspicuous and Menai Lord Charles. Lady Conspicuous was only shown lightly, but was Female Champion and Champion Brood mare at the Royal Welsh in 1999 and Champion Brood mare at the WP&CS Centenary Show. Lord Charles won 12 firsts as a two year old including the Royal and Royal Welsh. As a four year old he came out under saddle ridden by Jo Bond. Having run out with mares for two years, he was shown seven times in 2002, ridden by Joís cousin Nicola, with whom he won six firsts one second and three Championships, including Champion ridden Section C at

Menai Cadfridog 
the Royal Welsh, a feat he repeated for his new owner Clare Laffey in 2005. At present the senior Section C stallion is the well known stock getter Menai Cadfridog, a son of Synod

Menai Calon Lan
Raynier (by Menai Fury) out of Menai Carmen (by Synod Roger). Cadfridog was sold to Tom Hughes (Alunís father) from Anglesey as a foal, with whom he excelled in the show ring and as a stock getter before he was bought back as a 9 yr old. He has left some outstanding stock including the aforementioned dun stallion Calon Lan with whom he shares stud duties.

Menai Curiosa
Calon Lan was lightly shown as a three year old in 2007 and was both Youngstock and overall Champion Section C at Glanusk Stallion Show, 1st and Reserve Champion at Aberystwyth, 1st and Reserve Youngstock Champion at Northleach and 2nd at the Royal Welsh. As a four year old he had some exciting wins under saddle and qualified for HOYS. His ridden career was put on hold as he proved with his first crop of foals to be an exceptional stock getter. His daughter Lady Callie winning the three year old class and reserve Champion at Lampeter in 2010 before being sold to Germany. Another of his offspring the multple Champion Menai Curiosa who won her class, the Young stock Championship and was Reserve female and was Reserve Overall Champion at the 2013 Royal Welsh.

Mensi Sparkling Lady
Menai at present, have about 20 Section D mares. Menai Sparkling Lady, foaled in 1982, had the uniqe distinction of winning her class at the Royal Welsh as a yearling, two and three year old and was the flagship of the stud for the next 30 years. She is the dam of Menai Sparkling Imperial that won

Menai Sparkling Imperial winning the Champion M&M at HOYS 2007
the 2007 HOYS M & M Ridden Championship, and in 2011, shown in hand, he was crowned the Lampeter Stallion Show Supreme Champion. A feat his grand sire Sparkling Comet achieved two years in succession, some twenty five years earlier. Sparkling Lady  a

Menai Sparkling Magic
daughter of the great Nebo Daniel bred a super filly foal at 25 by Sparkling Image, a full sister to Sparkling Imperial, and a lovely palomino filly by Cardi Llwyd at 27. Sparkling Lady goes back to Menai Queen Bee in five generations. Her first foal Menai Sparkling Magic having won his class at the Royal Welsh was exported to the H-S Stud in Germany, where he became both National and International Champion. He came back to Menai
Menai Martino
for the last time in 2007 and sired one of his best offspring in Menai Miss Dynamite who won the yearling class at the Royal Welsh in 2009 and took the three year old filly class and was reserve youngstock Champion at the 2011 show. Sadly Magic died in the back end of 2011, but he will be well remembered through his stock. The Cob stallions standing at Stud at Menai for the 2013 season is the inimitable senior stallion Sparkling Imperial with the 2010 Royal Welsh Ridden Champion, and twice HOYS and Olympia qualifier Menai Martino together with his full

Elonwy Shooting Star
brother, the dun ridden Champion Cardi Llwyd who won the ridden stallion class at the 2011 Royal Welsh. Both are by Menai Cosmos and out of the 2000

Menai Sparkling Comet
Royal Welsh Female Champion Elonwy Shooting Star. Another un-shown son of Cosmos thatís certainly proving himself as a top stock getter is Super Star out of a daughter of twice Lampeter Stallion Show Champion Menai Sparkling Comet, whose death at an early age was a great loss to the breed. He was the sire of such wonderful mares as the Royal Welsh Supreme Champion Gwenllan Sali and the previously mentioned dun mare, Elonwy Shooting Star, who was Royal Welsh Female Champion in 2000 and also dam of the Prater familyís illustrious winner Menai Golden Star. His most famous son without doubt would be Sparkling Image, who remains to be the only stallion to have sired the winner of the Prince of Wales Cup as Supreme at the Royal Welsh, the Fronarth Studís Llamri Lausanne, and the Supreme ridden M & M at HOYS Menai Sparkling Imperial.

Much of the credit for putting the Stud on such sound footing must go to the late Willie Jones the father of Peter Jones whose obvious passion for the Welsh Mountain Pony was unfailing, he was responsible for re-introducing the Section A's to the Stud with a few select mares some fifty years ago. At that time the Section B colt Menai Shooting Star was making a name for himself in the show ring with the Springbourne Stud. Some of the mares were put to Shooting Star on his return to Menai, but soon the Section A stallion Gredington Oswallt was leased, and it did not take long for there to be more Section A than Bís at Menai.

On the death of Willie Jones in 1986 his daughter Janet Morgan took over the Section Bís and they have since been registered under the Cloigen Prefix, though one daughter of Shooting Star remained at Menai, laying a solid foundation to breed true to type Section Bís. The present Section B stallion is the celebrated stock getter that needs no introduction, Newtonhill Naughty Boy Charlie.

Since those days fresh Welsh Mountain Pony bloodlines have been introduced to the stud, by purchasing stallions and

Gredington Asa
 colts, some of which became very influential sires. Worthy of mention was the outstanding show stallion Gredington Asa. This spectacular moving son of Coed Coch Planed won Championships at all the major shows. In those days a big moving Welsh Mountain Pony was essential to gain any recognition in the show ring, and Asa had to hold his own against such stallions as his father Coed Coch Planed, Coed Coch Siglen Las, Gredington Simwnt and other notable stallions of the time. Another stallion that left his mark on the stud was Twyford Santa, the bay son of Twyford Gurkha. Santa was sold on to Australia where he became the leading sire

Revel Japhet
in that country for many years. Twyford Marchog left some superb brood mares at Menai, before he was also exported to Australia. Despite having had two major reduction sales in 1996 and 2006 there are now no fewer than thirty Section A brood mares and six stallions at the Stud. Due to economic pressure from farming and having recently gone organic, it is likely that half of these lovely mares will be looking for new homes in 2012. Some of the older mares in the stud are daughters of the very influential Champion of Champions Revel Japhet who retired from the show ring as Supreme Champion of all breeds at the 1986 Royal Welsh Show and qualifying for the Lloyds Bank Championship (now known as the Cuddyís) at HOYS for the second time. Despite being blind for the last fourteen years of his life Willie Jones derived tremendous pleasure from Japhetís wins and for years took the responsibility of feeding him three times a day. It was particularly sad that Willie Jones was in a coma during his final appearance at the Horse of the Year, and died a couple of days later. Japhetís influence through his outstanding daughters will not go unrecognized neither will the contribution of the home bred Menai Smartie who still has three daughters in the stud.

Peterís wife is the daughter of the late Mr Robert Owens and Mrs Owens of the Friars Stud, and whilst Ann is very much a

Friars Sion
 ďhands onĒ partner, and hugely responsible for much of the success of the Menai Ponies, she has maintained her own identity by registering her own ponies under the Friarly Prefix, however the influence of the Friars bred stallions is now very evident. Having seen the influence of Friars Ranger on his father in lawís Friars ponies, Peter considers himself very fortunate in being able to bring Ranger back from Denmark for the latter part of his life. He left some very good brood mares at Menai, whilst his grand son Friars Sion, now in America, left amongst others the invaluable little dun mare Menai Silver Sian, which in the expert hands of Jocelyn Price and ridden by her granddaughter Gemma Morris won the prestigious Lobster Pot Trophy at Ponies UK, as well as qualifying for HOYS. Sian was ready made, and was the perfect schoolmistress on whom both Peter and Annís sons Richard and Thomas enjoyed invaluable experience and countless prestigious wins in lead rein classes. 2007 was Thomasís last year in lead rein, and it was most fitting that they both retired on a high by winning the M&M Micor Demolition Supreme Championship at the NPS Summer Show. Sian was exported to the USA where she joined her sire Friars Sion, whilst her half brother, also a dun, Menai Silver Sion is still at Menai, he has had a very successful ridden career, both in first ridden and in working hunter classes with both boys, but he has now been outgrown and will be looking for a new home in 2012 . Friars Generous, Sionís full brother also left his mark prior to his

Menai Meteor as a yearling
untimely death, but fortunately his outstanding son out of a Friars Ranger daughter, Menai Meteor is proving to be an exceptional stock getter. Meteor was shown very successfully as a yearling being Reserve young stock Champion at the Welsh Pony and Cob Societyís Centenary Show, and second at the Royal Welsh. He has been on lease at the Bryndefaid Stud for 2011 and no doubt he will leave his mark there. Another stallion to have proved his worth at Menai, prior to being sold to Germany, was Bengad Whitebeam and he leaves some lovely mares at Menai. Peter and Ann are particularly proud of Richard and Thomasís achievements in ridden classes on our home bred ponies. Menai Silver Sian having given them both a fantastic start in lead rein classes, Richard had a lot of success with Menai Llew Aur and Friarly Flyaway (both now sadly outgrown) including the Mini Championship at the Royal Welsh in 2007, whilst Thomas won numerous Championships on Menai Mary Jane the lovely daughter of Betws Llew who was taken off the hill to pursue a ridden career, despite the fact that she was an extremely valuable brood mare, and her daughter Mary Alice was Champion Section A at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair. In 2013 Thomas has very succesfuly  presented the Section C stallion Menai Calon Lan, and Richard the Cob Stallion Menai Cardi Llwyd  under saddle, whilst Menai Martino ridden by Gemma Paxford won the Royal Welsh ridden championship for the second tim.

Some thirty years ago in order to further the interest in Welsh Ponies and Cobs on the Continent, and to enable overseas clients to purchase animals in Wales with confidence, Peter Jones started a new business of providing an Export Service for overseas clients called P.J. Exports. From modest beginnings P.J. Exports has exported hundreds of Welsh Ponies and Cobs and other native breeds all over the world. November 14th 1994 saw the biggest shipment of Welsh Ponies and Cobs to have crossed the Atlantic for 35 years, and the biggest shipment ever by air when no fewer than 32 Ponies and Cobs from all Sections arrived safely at Toronto for distribution through North America, of these 15 were Menai bred. Since then P.J.Exports have been responsible for the safe shipment of over 500 horses and ponies of all breeds including bloodstock by air to Canada and North America. P.J.Exports continues to provide an export Service to North America and after a gap of a few years, 2012 saw a consignement safely delivered via Toronto of with another shipment scheduled for November 2013.

Menai ponies and cobs continue to enjoy tremendous success in the show ring, and their bloodlines are sought after both in this country and all over the world. Peter and Ann find it very gratifying that both their sons, Richard and Thomas, have inherited such a keen interest in the ponies and cobs. They have also derived a lot of satisfaction from seeing their home bred cobs and ponies enjoying so much success both in hand and under saddle. No doubt that with such enthusiasm the future of both the Menai and Friarly Studs is secure.

Revised and updated September 2013


Mr & Mrs Peter Jones,

Menai Stud, Pantydefaid, Llandysul, Ceredigion.

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