Equestrianism in Cornwall, August 22
FRED and Debbie Kellow of the Chywoon Stud, Penryn, have been at the forefront of the Native Pony Association of Cornwall for many years and in addition to breeding top class stock they are renowned for their encouragement and support of up and coming young handlers and producers of the future.
Aware that these young producers are crucial for the future of the sport, the couple initiated and sponsor the Native Pony Association of Cornwall Young Handler championship which comes to an exciting conclusion at the Stithians Country Fair, Stithians Showground on Bank Holiday Sunday (August 25).
"The aim of the Young Handler championship is to nurture up and coming young horsemen of the future," said Fred. "Young people coming through are the future of our native breeds and we believe that this championship encourages good breeding, correct handling and producing."
Young handlers who qualified for this final at local shows have their eyes firmly focused on the massive rosettes and super sashes sponsored by the Kellows.
Buy one get one free on main course and specials excludes fillet steaks and beef wellingtons
Must book to qualify 01209 860332 and present voucher on arrival
Contact: 01209 700617
Valid until: Sunday, December 15 2013
Fred and Debbie have enjoyed immense success in their own right combining their busy working lives with running their small Chywoon Stud at Penryn. Their flagship Welsh Section B stallion, Chywoon Paddington Bear has accrued a prolific record for the couple and has put the Chywoon Stud firmly on the map.f
This charismatic stallion has stood champion all over the county securing NPS and Welsh Pony & Cob Society silver and bronze medals during his illustrious career.
This year's Native Pony Association of Cornwall's annual breed show held at the Royal Cornwall Showground was no exception for the 15 year-old who emulated his success of nine years ago.
"Nine years ago Paddington went through the card and it's great to come back and do it all again," said Fred whose stallion stood Section B champion, medal champion, exhibitor champion, stallion champion and reserve supreme.
"I just wish we had more time to go to the shows as when we do Paddington always comes up trumps. We've known all along that Paddington is a special boy and the judge at the breed show couldn't believe his age. We felt very proud when she commented how much of a credit he is to us."
The couple celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year and showing their home-bred ponies as a joint hobby has brought them huge joy.
"It's been a wonderful journey for us both," said Fred. "Our next outing is at the NPA Champion of Champions final on Sunday which is run in conjunction with the Young Handlers at the Stithians Country Fair.
"It's one of the highlights of the Native Pony season, bringing together native ponies who are all champions in their own right. Both the in-hand and ridden champions have qualified on the local showing circuit and the competition is extremely hot as they come together in a showdown for the honour of being crowned champion of champions.
"We'd love to win the title once more. We haven't bred a lot of stock from Paddington and for us it's rewarding showing his progeny. We were thrilled to stand reserve champion with his son Chywoon Granite at Stithians Show."
The Native Pony of Cornwall Association Champion of Champions final takes place alongside the Young Handlers championship at the Stithians Showground on August 25.
For details of the Young Handlers final call Fred on 01209 861406 or of the Champion of Champions final call Sue Payne 01736 851243.