We believe that a great sire is only half the equation.
Meet one of the Brood Mares of Gaslight Farm......


Chaparral's Crystal LOM/AOE

Talybont Little Joe x Chaparral's Queen Bee
***Four generation pedigree appears at the bottom of the page.***
1983 Section A Mare - WPCSA #A-29299
12.0 1/2 hands -- Permanent Measuring Card


Pictured in 1990, at age 7

The Gaslight Farm "story" really begins with this mare. Crystal was our first purebred Welsh pony, purchased as a greenbroke four year old, as a riding pony for our children and a driving prospect for David. At this time, I was still "dabbling" with Arabians, but David never liked the horses, though had an affinity to a grade Welsh-type black pony that Darci rode. He believed that families should do things together, and since we were not all joining him in the greenhouse with the orchids, he decided to join us in the stable. Through Crystal, and our need to keep her in training and get lessons for our son and daughters, we were introduced to a young Carrie MacKay, later to become Dr. Carrie MacWhorter, to whom we owe an incalculable debt for she has done with our ponies throughout the years.

Left: Crystal in 1990 at age 7.
Right: Crystal's grandsire, Chaparral's Centurion (aka Goofy)sharing "quality time" with Black Satin, Darci's grade Welsh-type pony mare that first attracted us to this breed.

With two children actively showing and only one trained pony, it was obvious that we needed a second pony so that each could ride their own. We acquired Crystal's grandsire, Chaparral's Centurion, an old show pony, retired for many years. He was lovingly dubbed "Goofy" for some of his peculiar quirks. We spent three years trying to convince him that he wanted to show again, and he spent three years explaining to us that we were VERY slow learners! In the end, Goofy got his wish to retire again, but not before he had taught Ben to be a rider, not a sitter.
Ben and Darci, at a backyard lesson, on Goofy and his granddaughter, Crystal.


Three generations of Chaparral ponies
Chaparral's Centurion, Chaparral's Queen Bee, and Chaparral's Crystal, with Ben and Darci Maurer in 1990.

Crystal was an extremely talented pony, able to be driven, ridden Western, Hunt and Saddleseat, each time changing her way of going to conform with the style of riding, not just a mere change of tack. We credit our experience with her as the foundation for our focus on ponies that are trainable and have the disposition required to make a successful performance pony.



As our breeding program developed and re-focused on imported bloodlines, Crystal has remained an important part of our family. Her first foal by our senior stallion, *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE, also his first foal, has proven herself to be one of the Greats in Welsh performance. Gaslight Chwyrlwynt LOM/AOE/OD, aka "Wendy" became the first Welsh Pony or Cob to complete the requirements fr an Individual Order of the Dragon from the WPCSA. By mid 2008, she had met and exceeded the 10,000 lifetime points needed for the title, and retired at the end of 2008 with a grand total of 11,449 lifetime points.

Crystal's foals have all gone on to do well in performance, in Welsh and Open competition, and as Halfbred on other breed circuits. Gaslight Carismadig, a 1994 gelding by our previous stallion, was re-registered as a Section B when he overgrew. He showed extensively in his early years with his young owner/trainer, Tiffany Bennett, though none of the points he earned could be creditied to him or his sire and dam for Lifetime Achievement awards because his registered owner failed to join the WPCSA! "Chuckie" was sold before we were all aware of the LOM program, but was later bought back by Tiffany's mother, MeiLei, for use in her riding accademy. In early 2007, "Chuckie" completed the last points he needed to complete the second leg for Crystal's Dam LOM. MeiLei also has Crystal's 2003 daughter, Gaslight Carnival Queen, being trained by her youngest daughter, Sarah. They made their performance debut in 2007 and completed the 3rd and final leg for Crystal's Dam LOM. As of this writing in 2010, Crystal's Lifetime Dam points total 12,252, making her the highest scoring Section A Dam of all time.

(Right to left) Crystal with her dam and grandsire in 1990, used on a WPCS calendar -- Portait by Jane Dunn

Crystal's personal performance record would likely have qualified her for an individual Lifetime award, had she been born a decade later, once the program was in place. We are just pleased that the foals she has produced for us throughout the years have been the quality that eventually won titles for her, proof that she deserves the praise we give her, in recognizing her as our Foundation Mare.



Crystal giving a beginning lesson to Ben's oldest daughter, Alexyss.



Pictured in 2005, at age 22
Highlights of Crystal's show career:
2007:
Awarded a Dam AOE at the 2008 AGM.
1999:
Retired from active showing.
1998: Champion Hi Point All Round Quarter Pony, IEEE—Western Trophy Saddle
Champion Hunter Hack, IEEE
Reserve Champion Section A Mare, WPCAC Summer Show (Gold)
1st Section A Brood Mares, WPCAC Summer Show (Gold)
1997: Retired
1996: Retired
1995: Four 1st places, Open Hunter Over Fences, 4-H (Qualified for State)
1994: AHSA Zone X Res. Champion Sec. A Pleasure Pony
AHSA Zone X 3rd Place Welsh Pleasure Pony, Adult Rider
1993: Western Welsh Nationals Champion, Western Pleasure
Western Welsh Nationals Res. Champion, English Pleasure
1992: AHSA Zone X R. Champion Sec. A Pleasure Pony
1991: AHSA Zone X Champion Sec. A Pleasure Pony
1990: AHSA Zone X Champion Sec. A Pleasure Pony
AHSA Zone X Champion Welsh Pleasure Driving

Crystal is the Dam of the following ponies:

CHAPARRAL’S SACRE BLEU
1986 Section A Gelding x Chaparral’s Blue Print
1st Firestone Vineyard Presentation Pleasure Drive, ‘94 St.Ynez Carriage Classic and 2nd Progressive Obstacle, 1994 Santa Ynez Carriage Classic
CRYSTAL REIGN
1991 Chestnut Roan Half Welsh Gelding x Reign On (Arabian)
Now competing on the IAHA Half Arabian Circuit in Half Arabian Hunters
1996:
SCAWS Hi Point Half Welsh Champion
1st Half Welsh English Pleasure, Working,Western Welsh Nationals
1st Half Welsh Gelding Halter, Western Welsh Nationals
1994:
WPCSA Southwestern Champion, 1/2 Welsh
WPAC Champion, 1/2 Welsh Halter & Performance
SLWPA Res. Champion, 1/2 Welsh
SCAWS Res. Champion, 1/2 Welsh
Champion Gelding, SLWPA Summer Show
Supreme Champion Non-Welsh, SLWPA Summer Show
Western Welsh Nationals, 1st, 1/2 Welsh
Photo #2 || Photo #3
GASLIGHT HURRICANE
1993 Chestnut Roan Section A Stallion x Tri-Ef Cognac LOM
1995: Reserve Champion Section A, Utah State Fair
1993: 2nd, Western Welsh Nationals 2/Under Colts
GASLIGHT CARISMADIG
1994 Section B Gelding x Asgard Sultan Of Swing
Owned by MaiLei Bennett, shown by Tiffany, Ericka and Sarah Bennett
Click here for more photos and highlights of his wins
2006-2007:
Suffered severe hepatitis, recovered enough to show lightly in cart and junior ridden classes, to complete the 2nd "leg" for his dam's LOM.
2005:
None of the points earned previously when he competed on the Welsh circuit were counted, because his owner of record was not a member of the WPCSA at the time. As a courtesy to us, he was brought out of semi-retirement to show again on the WPCSA circuit, to complete the second "leg" for his dam's LOM. He achieved the following:
National Champion, WPCSA Year End Hi Point Section Junior Driver
Champion A/B Pleasure Driving, SLWPA Spring Show, CA
1999-2004:
Not shown on WPCSA circuit
1996-1998:
Multiple Division Championships in English and Western Pleasure 17/Under Division.
GASLIGHT CHWYRLWYNT LOM/AOE/OD
1997 Section A Mare x *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE/OD
Owned, trained, shown and loved by Dr. Carrie MacWhorter
Click here for Career Highlights, wins and more photos
GASLIGHT CHIWBACA
1998 Chestnut Roan Section A Gelding x *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE/OD
"Chewie" tragically died in 2001, so never saw his full potential in performance.
1998: Champion Section A Colt, WPCSA South West Region
GASLIGHT CARNIVAL QUEEN
2003 Section A Chestnut Mare x *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE/OD
Owned by MaiLei Bennet, Orange, CA
2007:
Reserve Champion, A/B English Pleasure Adult, 12-2/under division, Holiday Welsh Show
Reserve Champion, A/B Western Pleasure Adult, 12-2/under division, Holiday Welsh Show

To see a video of Queen while green under saddle, copy and paste the following link into your browser:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRhyoea3o_c
GASLIGHT CINDERELLA
2006 Section A Chestnut Mare x *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE/OD
Retained by Gaslight Farm

We decided to retain her last foal, her 2006 filly, as this mare has been a phenomenal producer of tremendously talented ponies. We had retained her 2003 daughter, but when Cinderella was foaled, we decided she was a better fit for our program. Queen is now in a performance home that has trained her and is showing her under saddle. We are extremely selective about the homes that Crystal's foals go to, as they have been tremendous performers and would be wasted if not given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in performance.

Crystal was bred to *Ceulan Lwcus LOM/AOE/OD in 2007, for repeat of the very successful cross that created GASLIGHT CHWYRLWYNT LOM/AOE/OD. Sadly, she did not settle that year. We suspect that there will be no more foals from this wonderful old mare. We hope that she will enjoy her retirement as a nursemaid for the weanlings here on our Oregon farm. She will also be allowed to live out her days in a pasture with one of the stallions, so maybe....? She has already given us more than we could have asked for, so if she has one more left to give, we will consider ourselves truly blessed.


Sire
TALYBONT LITTLE JOE
Sire
TEXAS BRIGHT LIGHT
Sire
CLAN DANA
Sire
COED COCH GLYNDWR
Dam
WENTWORTH GREY DAPPLES
Dam
REVEL BRIGHT DAWN
Sire
REVEL LOOKOUT
Dam
REVEL DAWN
Dam
CRIBAN SONNET
Sire
OWAIN GLYNDWR
Sire
TWYFORD GURKHA
Dam
TWYFORD MYFANWY
Dam
CRIBAN LYRIC
Sire
CRIBAN D-DAY
Dam
CRIBAN LEADING LIGHT

Dam
CHAPARRALS QUEEN BEE
Sire
CHAPARRALS CENTURION
Sire
CHAPARRALS BLUE PRINT
Sire
SEAMAIR BONANZA
Dam
TALYBONT BLUE BELL
Dam
TALYBONT FANTASIA
Sire
GLANNANT LEGEND
Dam
PARKERS COETH MEFUSAN
Dam
SEAMAIR QUEEN BEE
Sire
CRIBAN BUTTON B
Sire
OWAIN GLYNDWR
Dam
PARKERS COETH MEFUSAN
Dam
STOATLEY EDELWEISS
Sire
COED COCH GLYNDWR
Dam
REVEL SHADOW