REVEL TORC. HIS LIFE AT FORLAN.
REVEL TORC 1971/2000 Sire: Rhyd-y-Felin Serenllys. Dam: Revel Toots. By Bowdler Blighter
Writing this story of Torc has certainly exercised my memory, so many good times in his 29 years. In 1970 we bought a filly foal Revel Tootello, by Revel Cello at Fayre Oaks, Tootello was dam of Royal Welsh Winner Forlan Blue Boy by Torc. Showing Tootello the following year at Abergavenny Show, Emrys Griffiths asked if we were interested in her half brother and we agreed to visit the Revel. There loosed in the lane was Revel Toots (Bowdler Blighter )and her golden dun colt (it was only at three years he showed his roan colouring). As Toots trotted up & down the lane we could only gasp at the colt’s superb action and he had the bonus of type and substance. One problem we had thought of buying a grey colt and said we would sleep on our decision, all night I dreamt of this handsome dun colt and at 7.30 am rang and said yes please.
We agreed to pick him up at Fayre Oaks and as he was not handled we backed the trailers up and rested the ramps one on top of the other, Emrys climbed into the trailer and both trailers bucked and rocked until Emrys said (got him) we certainly hoped so, gates were opened to create a passage and with some struggling, he was transferred to our trailer and so homeward bound.
The first decision was to name him, he was strong, he was Welsh, so Torc it was after a welsh collar of gold called a Torque or Torc. He was all that we wished for, as a youngster he won many championships, as a two year old he won 13 firsts on the trot and as three year old, amongst his prizes he was Supreme in hand at Southern Counties W.P.C.A.. Also he was Champion at Kington and his son Forlan Blue Boy then one year old Reserve Champion, the result of a mating to Bowdler Belladonna by Torc when Torc was a yearling. Blue Boy was Supreme Champion at Northleach, when ten years old
At four years old Torc settled in as stud stallion, he especially nicked with Fayre Waterfall our foundation mare and between them produced superb fillies. All prize-winners and through their daughters Forlan Welsh Honey who is still with us and after a time away, Forlan Welsh Melody, also Champion Forlan Sugar out of Littleworth Sunset, Forlan Bronwen full sister to Blue Boy whose grandson Forlan Bora Da was first as a foal at the Royal Welsh in 1996.
Torc was a sire of mostly fillies. But the few colts were good, already mentioned Blue Boy, Sharpshooter 2nd/3rd/2nd in succession at The Royal Welsh, also Forlan Torchlight Reserve Champion youngstock at Royal Welsh,
Time moved on and we had a wealth of Torcs bloodlines and he was leased to other stud, in 1995 his daughter Highland Lady May was 1st Small breeds Mountain & Moorland at Olympia and many of his offspring were successful ridden or breeding including Welsh Honeys full sister Welsh Cream, her son by Charlie was also a supreme ridden M&M pony.
Torc loved to carry things around especially when young and I remember Brian had left his hammer in Torcs field, I had last seen Torc galloping across the field hammer in his mouth, we did not find it until was found two years later, of course it was Brian’s best hammer.
At thirteen Torc was broken in and for a year enjoyed jumping & hunter trials at 15 we brought him out again in hand at Forest of Dean where he was Champion “A
Torc covered 10 mares away at stud in Wales in 1997
He always liked to run out but later in life he had a field shelter and hard feeds each day.
He had always been kind and generous his temperament was superb which has followed down through all the generations. At the “A” &”B” Day at Glanusk in 1998 in the personality /veteran parade he gave a wonderful performance when asked to give a show.
At the beginning of his 29th year he moved as well as ever and we have a video of him trotting round his field, he did not show his age. Two months later the day before the Welsh Pony & Cob Society AGM, he appeared to have a stroke whilst in his field, the vet was called and it was agreed the kindest thing for him was to put him to sleep, he is buried beside Fayre Waterfall
Revel Torc and Fayre Waterfall