It is in the Performance arena that Welshmans offspring are excelling. It was the chance visit of Rudy Kerramans from Belgium in 1992 (upon the recommendation from Jane Etheridge of the Wheelers and Minsmere Studs) that it all began.
This was, for us, the introduction into the world of FEI Driving, a world in which Templedruid Teams and pairs are now excelling. In the 1st World Championships held, in 2003, at Karlstetten in Austria, the world saw evidence of this. No fewer than 10 finalists were Templedruid, all, without exception, bred, born, and reared and grown on in the same arable Fenland basin in Cambridgeshire, England.
Some, uninformed people consider this to be a wild place. But visitors from all over the world, who are sufficiently knowledgeable, are universally, and adamantly, saying that there can be no finer place for the breeding, rearing, and growing of such performance stock.
Above all, they say, (and we believe this) Native ponies must have clear, unfettered minds and not be spoilt by mans intervention at too early an age so that their natural temperaments (so essential in performance) can mature properly.
Templedruid was lucky in that Belgian Kerremans then brought with him some of the best drivers of FEI in the World, notably Edwin Flerackers and Mia Allo. They, in turn, brought Bart Verdronken winner, at Karlstetten, of the team Precision phase in the World Championships, Claudine Laplume, the Bockstaelle van der Stappen family (Andy having since having won the single pony at Karlstetten), Fransoise Thiery (now with a complete Templedruid team) and Jan de Boer, from Holland, he having won the Pairs precision phase at the World Championships. He now drives a team and has already won gold in the World Championships