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Evelyn's Pony and Cob pride; SOCIETY: Mileage in diversification and breeding from top class mares.

Byline: RICHARD MILLAR

THE eighth secretary in the 100 year history of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society has taken up her position.

Evelyn Jones has come to the job with a wealth of knowledge in agriculture and recommendations second to none.

Born in South Wales, Evelyn spent the first 25 years of her career working for the Milk Marketing Board based around Carmarthen, with jobs as varied as recording the minutes of advisory committee meetings, to becoming the first female artificial inseminator in the UK.

In 1995 she took up the position of Secretary to the Welsh Black Cattle Society, administering the affairs of the Society and maintaining the purity of their Herd book.

However, Evelyn's flair for promotion and determination to succeed, resulted in obtaining a pounds 1.23m bid for European/Welsh Office funding as well as raising pounds 25,000 to extend the Welsh Black pavilion at the Royal Welsh showground.

By promoting the breed, she increased registrations, memberships and the popularity of the breed to such an extent that the Welsh Black is now a thriving, major force in the industry.

One of the highlights was travelling to Highgrove House for the presentation of a Welsh Black heifer to Prince Charles on his 50th birthday.

"We had taken with us some Welsh Black beef on the bone, at a time when you weren't supposed to do that, so we were already sailing close to the wind, but we also took with us a Society tie for each of the Princes and it seems to be a favourite, " she says.

Obviously Prince Charles appreciated those gifts as a package arrived for Evelyn on her first day at the Welsh Pony and Cob Office in Aberystwyth, from Highgrove, with a personal message from Prince Charles, regretting Evelyn's departure from the Welsh Blacks, but wishing her well for her new venture with Welsh Ponies and Cobs.

As a life member of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society and chairwoman of the Welsh Agricultural Equine Association, Evelyn has long had an ambition to work in the equestrian field so was delighted to accept this new position.

"It's an honour to be secretary, " she says. "I think the countryside is at a turning point and there has to be mileage in diversification for farmers that have an interest in the breed to concentrate on breeding from a few top class mares and have fun doing it. We have a long way to go before farming picks up, but as it does, I feel the horse industry will go with it."

She will meet with breeders and new members.

Traveller

A WELSH speaker who is learning German, Evelyn is supported in all she does by husband Huw, and travels the world frequently from their home in Llanarthne, near Carmarthen.

Through the cattle world she has been awarded scholarships to study agriculture in Denmark and New Zealand as well as an outward mission to study agriculture in Paraguay.

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Date:Jan 29, 2002
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