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A new association for owners and breeders of Welsh cobs and ponies has been set up in the north-west of England.

Forty-nine Welsh pony and cob enthusiasts met on Tuesday, 6 April to form the Tudor Rose Association of Welsh Ponies and Cobs.

New secretary Barbara Fish, who breeds section Bs, told H&H: “Welsh ponies and cobs are extremely popular in the Lancashire area and we wanted an open and friendly society based here in the north-west.

“We will operate with an open constitution and all members will be invited to committee meetings.”

Ms Fish added that the group has requested affiliation with the Welsh Pony and Cob Society (WPCS).

Adult membership will be £10 a year, and the group is looking for sponsorship.

“We hope to hold a show this summer and three shows a year from then on, as well as many social events,” she said.

A committee will be voted in at the first AGM next month.

Mary Howarth, who breeds Welsh ponies and cobs at Whalley Stud in Darwen, is keen to join.

“An association like this can help the next generation, not just by promoting breeding, but with stud visits, lectures and social events with like-minded people,” she said.

A spokesman for the WPCS confirmed the affiliation of the Tudor Rose Association is not yet official.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (22 April, ’10)