Our History

mithril glenfiddich Ty Gwyn is situated in the North of the North Island of New Zealand, on fertile, rolling country, just two hours drive from New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland and 10 minutes from the world reknowned game fishing experience that is Tutukaka. We have the best of both worlds. Ten minutes drive from the city of Whangarei or 10 minutes the other way to a selection of golden beaches.

Established in 1974 to breed quality performance ponies, with looks, ability and temperament, our ponies are bred from generations of proven performance mares using imported stallions. We follow the lines of Coed Coch, Downland blood. All our ponies are registered with the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of New Zealand and some with the Pony Breeders Society of New Zealand.

Attitude to Breeding

Our aim is to breed ponies that are all rounders. That have the attitude and the will to perform without losing their individual spontaneity.

To help with that purpose, we imported Mithril Glenfiddich from Australia in 1996. He is full height at 13/2 and is jet black in colour. He is by Owendale Brandyman x Hazelmere Rosanna. He goes straight back to Croston Cufflink and Sir Percy of Paxhall, both of whom need little introduction, being the prolific sires of saddle ponies.

His first progeny have been backed. It has been found that they are extremely intelligent, quick learners, very eager to please and love to perform.

ty gwyn solitaire The Stud’s foundation mare was an Anglo Arab park hack Mill Valley Arab (Grey Swirl x Pammette) TB. Her first welsh foal was Ty Gwyn Forest Lake who was by the imported Forestland Robin (Criban Victor [the first section B to come to Australasia] x Cwmnantgwyn Primula). He became the stud’s first stallion. He was crossed over riding pony mares along with welsh part breds and produced many successful ponies who excelled in all disciplines. They included Ty Gwyn Trinity, Forest Pride, Forrester and his most successful daughter – Ty Gwyn Solitaire who won the Welsh National Performance Competition a record four times! Three on successive occasions. Her achievement was recognised when she was awarded the Priscilla Neil Trophy for excellence. Another of his offspring was sold to Japan as a show jumper. Forest Lake was later gelded and became a very successful pony in his own right, representing his area at Timberlands & Cambridge Show Jumping Championships as well as being a successful show pony.

glynmawr fragrance Our first Welsh mares were partbreds Evermore Miss Beauty (Chawton Glyndwr x Miss Burradoo), a lovely little black mare and Sheralee (Chawton Glyndwr x La Petite TB). Our first Welsh Section B was the highly successful Glynmawr Fragrance. Fay was a true type B. Full 13/2 with a glorious welsh head and a beautiful action. She was very successful in hand and under saddle and excelled in dressage. She was also a nifty little jumping pony. We have retained three of her daughters – all by imported section B stallions.

ty gwyn forresterDianne has been on the Council of the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of New Zealand for a number of years. She is a judge of saddle hacks and ponies and also most breed societies.

Shannon, like her Mother, has also been a rider and is now interested in the breeding side of the sport. Shannon is the present Convenor of the Welsh In Hand Trophy and a councillor for the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of New Zealand.

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Northland, New Zealand