Established over 50 years on the beautiful West Wales coast, this small stud has consistently produced quality Palomino, Welsh (Section B) and Riding ponies.

Winners at the Royal Welsh, Horse of the Year
plus major European, USA & Australian Shows.
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Parc Cwmbarre
Saranu Golden Cloud
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Mrs J Edwards
The Sarnau Stud
Parc Cwmbarre
Rhydlewis
Llandysul
Ceredigion
SA44 5PJ

T: 01239 851 181
E: info@sarnaustud.co.uk
Visitors are welcome
 


parade of winners
Highlight Cream Puff Highlight Cream Puff

Sarnau Royal Gold Sarnau Royal Gold

Sarnau Golden Cloud Sarnau Golden Cloud

Sarnau Venus Sarnau Venus

My Pretty Maid Jane Edwards (centre) riding My Pretty Maid

Sarnau Viking Sarnau Viking

Sarnau Rheolwr Sarnau Rheolwr

Sarnau Rhisiart Sarnau Rhisiart

Sarnau Ponies Sarnau Golden Sunbeam and Sarnau Taurus


The Sarnau Stud - a gallop through

From Riding Pony Breeding...

The Sarnau Prefix was first registered in 1959, when Mr and Mrs E H L Edwards moved to Sarnau Park in Sarnau, Cardiganshire (now known as Ceredigion). However, even before, at their home in Llanfarian, Aberystwyth, they had successfully shown Welsh (Section B) Ponies, Riding Pony Breeding and Hunters.

Starting with the palomino stallion, Highlight Cream Puff, he sired Sarnau Royal Gold, who in turn, when put to Sarnau Midnight Star produced Sarnau Miss Mink. She produced the two Pony of the Year winners, Sarnau Squirrel and Wingrove Ermine (mother of the famous pony stallion, Wingrove Minkino).

Sarnau Midnight Star was also the grand dam of Sarnau Golden Cloud, champion Palomino at the Royal Welsh Show. Sarnau Golden Cloud was a prolific sire to Show Pony, WHP and Show Jumping Winners. These included champion stallion, Sarnau Golden Falcon and WHP Champion, Sarnau Kanga.

Sarnau Golden Cloud was also the grand sire of Sarnau Castaway, who achieved much success in so many different disciplines; starting as a novice Show Pony winning at Royal Windsor to claiming the title Show Hunter Pony of the year before finally achieving Reserve Champion Hack at the Horse of the Year Show.

Another Sarnau pony to achieve multiple accolades was Sarnau Royal Shrimp, not only Leading Rein Pony of the Year but followed this with First Ridden Pony of the Year. Retiring to stud became mother to top riding pony stallion, Lechlade Quince. Sarnau Royal Shrimp was the grand daughter of Sarnau Venus, leading brood mare at the Sarnau Stud.

Sarnau Venus was the daughter of Bwlch Valentino and one of the top post war, show ponies, My Pretty Maid (Pony of the Year 1953). Jane Edwards had previously worked at the stableyard of (Kavora) My Pretty Maid and her full sister, Pretty Polly.

Bought as a foal, Sarnau Venus, may have arrived at the Sarnau Stud in a very poor condition but she improved rapidly to win the following year at the National Pony Show. later, going on to win under saddle at, such shows as, the Royal Windsor and Royal Welsh. As a brood mare, she was the starting point of the 'V' line of Sarnau Riding Ponies. Mother of show winners such as Sarnau Viking, Sarnau Venture and top brood mare, Sarnau Volante.

Sarnau Venus's progeny have achieved great success in the UK, across Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand as Show Ponies, Driving Ponies, Endurance and Pony Games winners and have even found their way into the circus ring!

Many other Sarnau Riding Ponies which have been achieved accolades such as Sarnau Tirion, Leading Rein Pony of the Year and Horse of the Year prizes awarded to Sarnau Stowaway, Sarnau Messenger, Sarnau Royal Crusader, Sarnau Bouquet, Sarnau Black Magic, Sarnau Hazel Twig.

Sarnau Drumbeat, Sarnau Victory, Sarnau Super Nova, Sarnau Merrymaker, Sarnau Sir Galahad, Sarnau Pandora, Sarnau Crystal, Sarnau Veto, Sarnau Fandango, Sarnau Medallion and Sarnau Dixie are just some of the numerous Riding Pony Show and Working Hunter Pony (WHP) champions.

Stallions, which have stood at the Sarnau Stud, include pure Arab, Malan, Riding Pony stallion, Litton Talisman, palomino, Sarnau Golden Fax and Welsh (Section B) Ponies, Pendock Black Penny, Sarnau Rhisiart, Sarnau Rhodri and currently Sarnau Pedr.



...to Welsh (Section B) Ponies

The breeding of Welsh Ponies at the Sarnau Stud has been very important from the start. The first registered Sarnau Prefix going to two Welsh Cob Stallions Sarnau Supreme Comet (by Mathrafal) and Sarnau Royal Eiddwen (by Meiarth Royal Eiddwen), both sons of the well known mare Heather Bess. Heather Bess was subsequently sold to the Llanarth Stud and became one of their leading brood mares, where her progeny fetched consistently gained top prices at Llanarth Sales. Descendents of Sarnau Supreme Comet have made a real impact on Welsh Cobs in the USA and Canada.

Welsh Mountain (Section A) and Welsh (Section B) ponies were also bred at the Sarnau Stud, bringing in stallions such as Coed Coch Anarawd, Coed Coch Moelfre, Clan Gylen and Downland Cavalcade. Bought in mares, Dwynant Matilda (Dam of Sarnau Merry) and Tydi Elsie (dam of Sarnau Eros) were a great influence on the Stud. Many of the ponies from the Sarnau Stud left for new homes in Holland and Germany. Sarnau Eros when mated with Sarnau Merry produced influential Welsh (Section B) stallion, Sarnau Showman.

Sarnau Showman, after UK show success as a yearling, later returned to the show ring winning the Welsh (Section B) Pony Championship at the International Welsh Pony Show. Sire to many show winners including Sarnau Senator, Sarnau Sea Jade, Sarnau Rhodri and International Welsh Show champion, Sarnau Pharaoh.

His grandson, Sarnau Rheolwr, continued the winning line, his progeny kept him in the top section of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society Sire ratings from his first foal to his last. Siring amongst others, Royal Welsh Champion and Templeton Qualifer, Cwrtycadno Cadfridog.

The grey mare, Sarnau Juno, was a great influence on the Sarnau Stud Welsh (Section B) Ponies, mother to many winners including Sarnau Salute, Sarnau Storm, Sarnau Solitaire and Sarnau Saunter.

Sarnau Saunter, won 16 first prizes as a yearling, before being exported to Australia. Here his success continued in the show ring, winner of Melbourne Royal and New South Wales Shows and at stud as an influential Welsh (section B) stallion.



...always Palominos...

Palominos have always had a key place at the Sarnau Stud. In pursuit of producing the 'Golden Horse of the West', many top quality palominos have been bred here.

Top palomino stallions include Sarnau Golden Cloud, Sarnau Golden Wonder, Sarnau Golden Banner, Sarnau Golden Dreamer and presently at stud, Sarnau Golden Vertex

Sarnau Golden Fanfare and Sarnau Golden Bauble have won accolades at the National Palomino Championships, whilst others such as Sarnau Golden Fax, Sarnau Festival of Shepley and Sarnau Golden Sunbeam enjoyed much success in the show ring. Sarnau Golden Fame even went on to become the parade horse of the Chief of Police in Oman.



and now...

These are just a few of the many Sarnau bred ponies, whose offspring are now scattered around the world. Whether competitive carriage driving in Poland and Germany to representing France at Pony Games to winning Order of Merit medals in the USA. They share the Sarnau qualities of kind natures, good bone and good movement.

Hugh Edwards with his keen eye for quality ponies, true to type with forward flowing movement, made the Sarnau Stud one of the top rank pony studs. His preference was for judging rather than for showing. As such he was a respected International Pony Judge and on the panel of judges of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society (WPCS), The National Pony Society (NPS), The British Show Pony Society (BSPS), Palomino Society and the Arab Horse Society (AHS).

However, Jane Edwards has much preferred producing and showing the ponies in the ring, though nowadays, her wealth of show knowledge puts her judging skills much in demand and has judged at major shows, here and abroad.
She is a long standing member of the WPCS, NPS and founder committee member of BSPS Wales (Area 28)

Since Hugh's sad death in 1997, the Sarnau Stud has moved from Sarnau Park to Parc Cwmbarre, a few miles inland from Sarnau. This beautiful quiet valley is now home to this small pony stud, which even after 50 years still produces champions.

Why not call in and see the Sarnau ponies for yourself?
Visitors are very welcome, though it would be very much appreciated if you would telephone first.