1996 Photo -- age 6
|In 1989, we leased a mare from Diana Fischer to be bred to their young Coed Coch bred stallion, Tri-Ef Cognac. We let Diana select the mare. Diana selected a mare with strong Coed Coch lines, to concentrate this line of breeding. Luck was in our favor, when the mare produced a flashy grey filly with a "to-die-for" trot. Although we wanted the strong Coed Coch line for our developing program, "Sherry" first had to be trained to assess her potential to pass on train ability.|
Right: Earlier, in 1993 as a green-broke 3 year old, winning Show Hack in a class of ten.
Sherry was first put under saddle, trained by a young Carrie MacKay, now Dr. Carrie MacWhorter. Even when still a green three year old, shown by Carrie, she was a competitive little pony. Next came her cart training. Again, she was easy to train and learned quickly. Her only problem, which plagues her to this day, is that, though she has a brilliant trot and beautiful gait changes, she HATES to walk! We have always called her our "energizer bunny" as she likes to go, go, GO, always giving everything she has every time it is asked for. Throughout the years, her jiggy walk has cost her many a class, but when she was "on," this was one pony that was hard to beat in carriage and pleasure driving. At the 1996 Carriage Classic during the LA County Fair, which was also the Frisian Nationals, Sherry narrowly missed 1st Place in the Open Ride/Drive class, taking second to a Frisian stallion and leaving the ten other Frisians and horses frustrated to have lost to a "pony."
Until 2006, we only had a 2-horse trailer, so were limited on how many we could take to a show. We had other ponies to concentrate on their performance, so Sherry was retired and her cart and harness were put away for seven years.
In 2006, Carrie asked us to bring Sherry out of retirement, in order to insure that the driving division would be full. In spite of coming straight out of her pen without any prior "tune-up," Sherry settled into her job as though she had never left it. She seemed happy to be working again, so the decision was made to bring her retirement to a close.
Sherry telling us all what she thinks of breaking retirement to also show halter at age 16! Compare the photo on the right to the two photos below of Sierra riding her in 2007 and see what a difference a year of performance did for the retired old lady!
At the American Nationals in 2007, Sherry was once again called upon to help fill a division, when she was needed to substitute for a pony that needed to scratch in the Junior Western classes. It had been at least ten years since she had been ridden, but eleven year old Sierra Haglund was game to ride her. Though she wanted to give her saddleseat trot for her rider, Sherry was obedient to everything she was asked. Sierra made the long trip from WA to Southern California again for the shows that followed, so they paired up again, this time in English Pleasure as well as Western. Her saddleseat trot was not appropriate for the hunt saddle she wore, but in Western, Sierra rode her to 2nd Place in the Stakes class, competing quite well against the other, more classic, western-moving ponies.
Left: Sierra and Sherry at the Holiday Welsh Show, November 2007. Right: American Welsh Nationals, September 2007.
At the last show of 2007, Sierra Hagland again made the long trip from OR to SoCA. With the help of Sarah Bennett, who pulled a saddleseat suit out of mothballs for her to use, Sierra was groomed and prepped to show the mare in the style she was bred for. Sarah is the youngest of the Bennett girls who rode Gaslight ponies for us through the years, and was the last to ride Sherry before she was retired over eight years ago. One of Sarah's youth suits fit Sierra beautifully. At last, the mare could be shown in the style appropriate to her movement!
Jazmin Jones driving, with Summer Duffy as chaparone, American Nationals 2007. Sherry taught Jazmin to drive and helped her win the Junior Driver National High Point Championship that year.
With the new trailer that could carry 4-5 ponies, Sherry continued to show in harness and occasionally under saddle whenever we had a young rider who was game enough to try Saddle Seat. We looked forward to sharing her each year with a new junior driver, who learned from this gutsy little mare, and will be part of the next generation that will keep this breed going.
Sherry is a prime example of the type of "work ethic" we want in the ponies we breed. She continued to pour her heart out at every show, whether David was driving her or she was teaching a junior driver. As the years progressed, however, Time and age finally caught up with her, and she was retired once again after the 2010 show season.
In 2011, her last daughter, Gaslight Siocled Kiss, provided the 3rd and final "leg" for her Dam LOM. Sherry lacks only 77 more halter points to complete her Individual LOM. It is possible that Time has just run out in her quest for this title, but as long as Sherry is still above ground, we know this wonderful little mare will continue to try anything we ask of her.
Highlights of Sherry's show career include:
Awarded her Dam LOM
Reserve Grand Champion Section A, OWPS, Eugene, OR
WPCSA National Hi Point Reserve Champion Junior Driver -- Cassidy Gates
WPCSA National Hi Point Champion Junior Driver -- Jazmin Jones
USEF Zone 10 Year End Hi Point, 3rd Place Welsh Pleasure Driving
WPCSA SouthWest Region Year End Hi Point, 4th English Pleasure 12-2/Under
Division Champion, Carriage Driving, 12-2/Under Division, Hallowe'en Haunt
2nd Western Pleasure Stakes Class, Junior Division, Hallowe'en Haunt
1st Place, Section A Mares, Aged Division (11/Over), American Nationals
Reserve Champion, A/B Pleasure Driving, 12-2/Under Division, California Sunshine Classic
Reserve Champion, Carriage Driving, Small Division, California Sunshine Warm-Up
Reserve Champion, A/B Pleasure Driving, 12-/Under Division, California Sunshine Warm-Up
** Breaking a seven year retirement, "Sherry" made her debut return to the performance ring at the Inland Welsh Classic in August. **
1st, A/B Pleasure Driving Stakes, Reserve Division Champion A/B Pleasure Driving, Inland Welsh Classic
3rd, all three A/B Pleasure Driving Classes (class of 6) in both the Brookside Show and Western Nationals
Reserve Champion Pleasure A/B Driving Division, Holiday Welsh Show
WPCSA Year End Hi Point Champion, SW Region, Pleasure Driving 12-2/Under
10th Nationally, WPCSA Year End Hi Point Pleasure Driving 12.2 and Under
WPCSA South West Division Champion A/B Carriage Driving
4th-- WPCSA Hi Point National A/B Carriage Driving
WPCSA Division Champion, A/B English Pleasure ATR, Am. Welsh Nat’ls
WPCSA Division Champion, A/B Carriage Driving, Am. Welsh Nat’ls
WPCSA Division Res. Champion, A/B Pleasure Driving, Am. Welsh Nat’ls
Reserve Grand Champion Sec. A, SLWPA Spring Show
WPCSA Carriage Driving Division Champion, SLWPA Spring Show
Reserve Supreme and Grand Champion Section A, SCAWS May Show
Reserve Supreme Champion, SCAWS Summer Show
1st Junior Reinsmanship, LA County Fair Carriage Classic
2nd Welsh Pleasure Driving, LA County Fair Carriage Classic
3rd Pleasure Driving Turnout Championship, LA County Fair Carriage Classic
2nd (tied for 1st with 0 penalty points), Whip’R’Snapper Hallowe’en Pleasure Marathon
1st, Welsh Pleasure Driving, LA County Fair Carriage Classic
2nd, Junior Reinsmanship (Open), LA County Fair Carriage Classic
Champion Section A Mare (UK judge), Sierra Gold Classic
Reserve Champion Section A Mare (USA judge), Sierra Gold Classic
Champion Sec. A/B Pleasure Driving, Sierra Gold Classic
Champion WPCSA A/B Pleasure Driving Division, Sierra Gold Classic
Reserve Champion Sec. A/B English Pleasure, Sierra Gold Classic
Reserve Champion Sec. A/B Western Pleasure, Sierra Gold Classic
5th Nationally, AHSA Welsh Pleasure Pony, 12.2/Under
Champion AHSA Zone X Welsh Pleasure Pony 12.2/Under
SCAWS Open Pony Hi Point Champion
Reserve Champion 17/Under Welsh English Pleasure, American Nationals
Reserve Champion 17/Under Welsh Western Pleasure,American Nationals
Champion, Welsh English Pleasure, Orange County Fair
Champion, Welsh Western Pleasure, Orange County Fair
Reserve Champion, Welsh Pleasure Driving, Orange County Fair
AHSA Zone X Champion Sec. A Pleasure Pony
AHSA Zone X Sec. A Res. Champion Welsh Pleasure Driving
WPCSA SW Region Res. Champion English Pleasure Pony
SCAWS Hi Point Champion, Open Division
SCAWS Hi Point Champion, Ride/Drive
SCAWS Hi Point Champion, Junior Driving
SCAWS Res. Hi Point Champion, Sec. A Driving
Whip’R’Snapper Spring CDE Mini Marathon-- 1st Small Pony Division
SLWPA Summer Pony Show-- 1st Show Hack (8 entries)
"Sherry" is the Dam of the following ponies:
Photo above by Tess Jones
GASLIGHT SWEET SURRENDER LOM
1996 Section A Gelding x Asgard Sultan Of Swing
His Individual LOM was completed in 2007.
Click here for Awards and More Pictures
1999 Section A Stallion x *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE/OD
Owned by Judy Dillman. standing at Nippenose Farm, PA
1999: Shown only once-- 1st 2yo/Under Sec. A Colts, both judges, Grass Valley Double Gold Show
GASLIGHT SIWGR BEAR
2001 Section A Chestnut Mare x *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE/OD
Retained at Gaslight Farm
WPCSA Southwest Region Hi Score Champion Leading Rein
GASLIGHT SIWGR PLUM
2002 Section A Mare x *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE/OD
Owned by Carrie Seigal, GA
Shown for the first time in 2007-- 2nd/4th Section A Mares, 2nd A/B Adult English Pleasure Conformation.
Used extensively in Carrie's acclaimed Pony Pals, a program for disadvantaged inner city kids.
GASLIGHT SIOCLED KISS
2008 Section A Mare x *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE/OD
Retained by Gaslight Farm
We have decided to retain this filly as a replacement for her dam, as a driving pony as well as to retain her bloodlines in our program. A bright chestnut with a smart blaze and four symmetrical stockings, we think "Chocolate Kiss" will bring flash to the driving arena in addition to the fantastic movement and great performance disposition of both parents.
"Sherry" came out of retirement for the 2006 and 2007 show seasons. She was bred again to *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE/OD. We have decided to retain this filly. Sherry returned to the performance arena with another junior driver and continues to show. With her predominantly Coed Coch breeding and her outstanding performance record, this mare produces foals that are as useful in the show ring as they can be in a breeding program. She has not settled since our relocation to the farm in southern OR, but we will continue to try for another foal.
TRI-EF COGNAC LOM
COED COCH PERNOD
COED COCH BARI
COED COCH SALSBRI
COED COCH SWYN
COED COCH PERI
COED COCH BRENIN ARTHUR
COED COCH PELYDROG
COED COCH CEINWEN
COED COCH PWYLL
SMOKE TREE SIWGR
COED COCH SANDDE
COED COCH MADOG
COED COCH SERYDDWR
COED COCH MEFUSEN
COED COCH SENSIGL
COED COCH SYMBAL
COED COCH PROFFWYD
COED COCH MADOG
COED COCH PRYDFERTH
COED COCH SOSI
COED COCH SENSIGL
SIRE - TRI-EF COGNAC