PROFILE: Llannor Two Rivers, Welsh A Gelding

In the ribbons at Cornwall Open Show

Llannor Two Rivers, or 2R as he is known at home, was put through the Fayre Oaks sale ring as a yearling by his breeder, Mr D Griffiths, of North  Wales. Andy Jones from Cornwall had spotted the colt in the catalogue and was keen to see him as Two Rivers was the full brother of a filly Andy had bought previously and with the experienced eye of of Oliver Burchell at hand, he asked for the yearling colt to be run up. A few steps of trot and the colt was on the shopping list. He was successfully bought by Andy to show in-hand later and he was later to be broken for riding by Ollie.

2R was successfully shown in-hand and also sired a number of colts, including Tresparrett Spirit of Two-Rivers, who was the first Welsh A graded by the Sports Pony Stud Book Society.

Enjoying a day hunting.

2R was broken by Oliver Burchell at the Rowfantina Stud in Sussex and then returned to Cornwall. Upon his return, he needed a rider to give him confidence and Andy approached us (Sharon & Chloe Hawken) and Chloe was very quickly introduced to her new ride. Chloe spent lots of hours of riding & playing with 2R and this during this time she built a special bond with this special pony. The galloping long hedges to build him up, the hours of grooming and loving and  I think we can say 2R is Chloe’s best friend.

Everything we have put in front of this very special boy he has taken to, with Chloe’s support saying “we can do it”. The many hours hacking the woods and fields around Trelash and the weekly lessons at Tall Trees he has bloomed into a super all rounder, giving his all. He has successfully competed at show jumping, WHP, First Riddens, Open Riddens last winter and this winter he has also hunted.

Proving himself in the show ring.

As a family we decided as he was a novice not to show him much this year but he has come home with sashes, a Bronze Welsh Medal and champion rosettes galore. Last summer, we took 2R to NPS championships which he took in his stride even competing in an evening performance. Chloe’s birthday is September the 16th and this year it was South West Welsh Championships and the two paired up to win Young Handler Championship so Chloe really did have a dream birthday.

To top the year off, at the South West Welsh performance awards the pair won: Best Sec A, Best Gelding, Champion Novice, Pony with most 1st & the grand finale was to be Supreme Pony. We were so proud of them both. Chloe and I say a huge thank you to Andy Jones…. BUT you are never having him back!

by Sharon Hawken.

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