The History of RosMel Pony Farm
The Gillett Family fell under the spell of Welsh in 1977 with the purchase of two Welsh mares- Shelly and Beauty Cream- both palomino daughters of 4183 Holly Run Sunray (*Dyrin Burma Boy x Maegeos Cribans Beauty by 1120 Criban Monarch). We were taken with their wonderful disposition, beauty, and the fact that they were such superb performance animals.
In 1981 we had the opportunity to purchase Supreme Champion Section B stallion GlanNant Tango, a *Cusop Sheriff son. He sired very athletic ponies with fabulous hunter movement that took his offspring straight to the top at Welsh and hunter shows. Later that same year, we made a trip to Canada's Ardmore Stud and purchased several ponies, including champion Ardmore Traveller, a three year old chestnut Section B stallion by Ardmore Fleetfoot. He was the National High Point Section B Stallion of the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America for five years- 1982-1986. These two Sec. B stallions became the foundation of our breeding program.
In 1998 GlanNant Tango received the honor of being awarded the Welsh Pony Society Sire Legion of Merit. This award is given to stallions whose progeny have won a minimum of 2500 points, with at least 5 individuals winning at least 300 points each. See GlanNant Tango's page for more pictures and information on this wonderful stallion. Click here.
We traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada purchasing Sec. A and B broodmares with the bloodlines of Coed Coch, Criban, Twyford, Ettrick, Severn, Solway, Rotherwood, Rosedale, Cusop, Farnley, Findeln, Revel, and Bristol bloodlines. We showed many of these mares to National Championships and they are now retired to our broodmare band.
Our farm name, RosMel, is a combination of the names of Rosanna and Melanie Gillett.
In 1990 we leased from Asgard Stud, Rosedale Fairy Prince (Rosedale Mohican x Rosedale Fairyland), a Sec. B imported bay stallion. We crossed him on our mares and got some beautiful foals with his elegance and extreme movement. We have retained six of his daughters for our breeding program, and one exceptional stallion, RosMel's Notorious, a bay roan son of Bristol Sun Sylph (Bristol Sun God x Coed Coch Swynan). To date, Notorious is producing extremely typey, fancy moving ponies that are already winning in the showring. His oldest, RosMel's Jamberry, has already been a Supreme Champion in hand as a two year old. On her dam's side, she is a GlanNant Tango granddaughter.
We have retained two sons of GlanNant Tango, Supreme Champion RosMel's Cotillion and Champion RosMel's Quadrille. They are both out of Supreme Champion HW Gwindy Glo. She was one of our best foundation mares that produced at least ten champion ponies for us. Both of these stallions are producing gorgeous, athletic ponies with wonderful temperaments.
We have also retained an Ardmore Traveller son, RosMel's Tapestry, who is out of RosMel's Scarlet Belle by RosMel's Cotillion. In 1995 he was the National Reserve Champion Sec. B Colt with the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America, and in 1996 he was the National 3rd place Sec. B stallion of the United States. He is doing a great job in following in his sire's footsteps.
In 1996 the Welsh Pony Society had a survey of all the breeding farms in America, and we were recognized as having the largest herd of Sec. B Welsh in the United States.
In the summer of 1997, we purchased a weanling colt from Sandy Constanzo, Brookside Stud, Canada, in hopes of him crossing well with our Tango daughters. His name is Brookside Pink Magnum, and he is a flashy liver chestnut roan by Eyarth Grenadier and out of Penucha Martina who is a granddaughter of Criban Victor. At his first show in 1998 G.C.W.P.A. Spring Show, he was Junior Champion Colt under both judges.
Our goal is to produce Welsh halter and performance ponies of exceptional quality and temperament. We specialize in breeding ponies of hunter type that will win at Welsh shows as well as hunter shows. In 1996 we purchased a spectacular crossbred colt, Salvandi Jazzman, who is by Ledinjadon Major Motion. We are crossing him with our Welsh mares in hopes of breeding fancy large pony hunters. His first foals arrived in 1997, and are everything we expected. Two have already been champions.
RosMel's Flirtasous by Salvandi Jazzman.
We are very proud of our pony rider, Angel Gillett. Angel showed our many time Supreme Champion Sec. B mare, RosMel's Amber Lace (Ardmore Traveller x Bailey's Fancy Lass by Bala's Keepsake). "Lacey" won the Welsh Pony Society Individual Legion of Merit in 1995 and to date has 3341 points- more points in this division than any other Welsh Pony in America. In 1995, Lacey was the W.P.C.S.A. National Champion Sec. B Mare, and in 1996 and 1997 she was the National Reserve Champion Sec. B Mare.
With the American Horse Show Association, Angel and Lacey have been the National Champion Welsh Pleasure Pony- 12.2 to 14.2hh for the past three years- 1995-1997. She was also Reserve National Champion Welsh Hunter with the A.H.S.A. in 1995. In 1996, Lacey was the Grand Champion Welsh Pony with the A.H.S.A. They have really accomplished quite a show career.
Angel also shows RosMel ponies on the A.H.S.A. "A" rated Pony Hunter circuit. Her small pony is RosMel's Bit O' Blue (CC Blue Knight by Findeln Blue Danube x Colwyn Myfanway). In 1996 and 1997 they were Reserve Champion Texas Hunter/Jumper Small Pony Hunter. (In 1997 the Champion Texas Hunter/Jumper Small Pony was RosMel's Curly Sue owned by Deborah Graves.) At Angel's last show with "Blue", she won the Pony Hunter Classic against twenty ponies of all sizes.
Angel's medium pony, RosMel's Fancy Image (Ardmore Traveller x Bailey's Fancy Lass), is a full brother to RosMel's Amber Lace. In 1997 "Image" was Reserve Champion Green Pony Hunter with the Southwest Series and A.H.S.A. Zone 7 3rd Place Green Pony Hunter-Small/Medium- coming in behind two RosMel ponies which we had sold.
In 1998, Angel and Image were the A.H.S.A. National Grand Champion Welsh Pony, A.H.S.A. National Champion Welsh Pony Hunter and A.H.S.A. National Champion Welsh Pleasure, over 12.2 to 14.2. With the Welsh Pony Society of America they were the National Champion Welsh Hunter Pony and English Pleasure Pony over 12.2 to 14.2h. She was also National Champion Stock Seat Equitation Rider for the third year in a row. They had quite a year!
Angel qualified both of her ponies at the 1997 A.H.S.A. Pony Hunter Finals at Brownland Farm, Franklin, Tennessee. Angel received good ribbons with both of her ponies, and we really enjoyed watching ponies that we had sold showing at this prestigious show. The overall Small Pony Hunter Champion was a pony we bred, Strike A Pose (RosMel's Blue Reign- by Findeln Blue Danube, out of one of our foundation mares, Bristol Sun Sylph).
During our 29 years with Welsh, we have bred and
shown numerous National Champion ponies in hand and in performance. In 1997 alone, RosMel
ponies were at the top in the year end awards with the National Welsh Pony Society of
For us there is no greater thrill than seeing RosMel ponies winning in the show ring for our family and for new owners. It is a great reward for all of the hard work involved on a pony farm.
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