‘Her Own Boss’
Name: Dyfed St Helena
Height: 16.2 hh
Sire: Clarach Aristocrat Lad
Dam: Dyfed Countess
A ‘little sister’ to Dyfed Grey Celt now serving as ‘Major Mercury’ Drum Horse in the Household Cavalry and to Dyfed JR now stationed in Oman, Dyfed St Helena was born in 2008 to one of our bloodline matriarchs Dyfed Countess.
She was named after the island in the Atlantic which the farm owners had called home for a period of time. But her day-to-day name quickly reverted to ‘Santes’ – the feminine Welsh translation for the word ‘Saint’.
Although a relatively small shire standing at 16.2hh, don’t be fooled! Santes is a real character with more attitude than a battalion of soldiers!
A regular with the horse and wagon ride, she has performed immaculately in a number of weddings – typical, as she loves being the centre of attention!
She has struggled of late and underwent surgery on one of her hooves to remove a nasty abscess, but we’re pleased to report that she has recovered well.
In 2020 she gave birth to her first foal. Fittingly with her big brother’s Royal connections in London, Santes’ first born was named Guinevere by none other than Celt’s Boss – Her Majesty the Queen! How? Because Guinevere and Her Majesty share the same birthday – 21st April!
‘Our Miracle Girl’
Name: Dyfed Morgana Le Fay
Height: est 18.1hh
Sire: Metheringham Upton Sidney
Dam: Dyfed Willa Rose
Our beautiful Morgana is the first 5th generation Dyfed shire born on the farm.
Born 2 weeks premature and arriving unexpectedly, she was the first born to our Dyfed Willa Rose. They both became very ill within days and only a plasma boost and excellent veterinary care saved young Morgana’s life.
Showing signs of recovery, she and Mami Willa Rose left the stable for the paddock for the first time at 6 days old. A day later, she was ready to meet our special visitors HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH Duchess of Cornwall when they arrived for their Royal visit!
Now maturing into a fabulous young 2 year old filly with a wonderful temperament, she is very much the future for our Dyfed bloodline.
‘Our Boy About Town’
Name: Dyfed Merlin
Height: 18hh (est adult height)
Sire: Acle Timelord
Dam: Middlemeadow Beauty
We had previously purchased his beautiful mother Middlemeadow Beauty from John Harrison near Merthyr in south Wales and she foaled with us in May 2018 to this young chap!
In July during a Royal Visit, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall officially named him ‘Dyfed Merlin’ having chosen the name from a shortlist offered to her.
He has grown into a fabulous, gentle and quiet young stallion and is a testament to his mother Beauty who passed away suddenly at Xmas 2018 when young Merlin was only 7 months old.
In 2020 he was chosen by the Shire Horse Society as one of its ‘Premium Stallions’! He was one of only 12 Shire Horses in the 2 year old category to have been given the accolade and one of only 38 throughout all of the UK in all age categories.
In our long history of breeding, he is the first stallion carrying our Dyfed prefix to have been granted this distinction whilst still in residence on the homestead here in Eglwyswrw.
Anyone who has met Merlin knows that he is a special young man!
“Our best ever mistake!”
Name: Sedgemoor Bosley Pride
Sire:Drayhorse Fallen Oak
Dam: Sutton Forest Primrose
Ed (short for Edmund, definitely not Edward!) came to us in the autumn of 2015 aged 18 months.
Named Sedgemoor Pride on birth, the name ‘Bosley’ was added to his registration a year later in memory of the 4 lives lost in the Wood Flour Mills explosion in Bosley, Cheshire in July 2015.
Known by his day-to-day name ‘Ed’, he was bought in Uttoxeter by mistake – we had gone to the sale without a horsebox and had no intention of buying a horse the day – but Ed had other ideas!
As unintentional purchases go, Ed’s was the best! He settled in well with us and quickly became a farm favourite! By age 4, Ed began to help with the horse and cart ride and like Celt before him, his quiet and laid back demeanour made everyone who met him fall head over heels!
That same year, Ed was centre of attention when HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall were welcomed to the farm. Ed took Camilla around in the horse and carriage and she even had a go driving him and did a good job!
Ed continued his great work on the farm in 2019 when the Household Cavalry came calling. Knowing that he would be well looked after and would have his very own ‘big brother’ Celt from our farm to look after him, it was time to let Ed fly.
Ed left us for London in the autumn and is making a great impression during his Drum Horse training. We very much hope to see him on duty alongside our Celt, or ‘Major Mercury’ in the near future. How amazing would that be!
Name: Cotebrook Dark Lady
Height: 17.2 hh
Sire: Rookhills Black Knight
Dam: Sparkland Laura
Cotebrook Dark Lady, know to us on the farm as ‘Bonus’ is the oldest shire here on the farm. Born in Cotebrook Cheshire in 2002, Bonus came to us as a yearling.
An expert gate-kicker, Bonus is every inch the matriarch of the heard. But, she’s a sweet natured mare at heart and secretly loves the fuss and attention she gets from our visitors.
A mother to General, Epona and the sadly missed Taurus and Liberation, Bonus has seen horses come and horses go despite her own health challenges over the years.
Yma o Hyd!
Name: Ladysmith Alpha
Height: 18.2hh (est. adult height)
Sire: Moorfield Manor Mac
Dam: Middlemeadow Amey
Alfie was born 1st May 2016 on a dairy farm in the Forest of Dean.
We purchased him in July 2017 when he was a yearling – we sold our Coldplay concert tickets in Cardiff to help pay for him! He was collected between the Little Mix concert at Chepstow Racecourse and Coldplay in Cardiff to avoid being caught up in traffic!
He has excellent breeding and has a quiet nature. He has now been broken into ride and drive to take over from Ed in the horse and carriage.
He may still be young but with Ed’s departure back in late 2019 for the bright lights of London, Alfie has already become the senior living male shire on the farm – so he thinks he’s now in charge!
Whether you call him ‘Alfie’ or ‘Alpha’, he’s already become a big farmyard favourite and has the potential to be a proper worker for the future!