Bred and raised by the McLellans of DeWinton, Alberta, from the very beginning, Gladdy had all of the presence, spirit and kindness desired in the Welsh Pony breed. At the age of two, she traveled to the Western American National Welsh show in Sacramento, California, where she won the two year old filly class. Following the show, an arrangement was made to sell Gladdy, but when the intended purchasers were unable to pick her up by the next morning, she traveled back to Alberta to start her driving career. As a three year old, Gladdy won both the Section A Mare class and the Pleasure Driving class at the Calgary International Horse Show. That same fall, Gladdy returned to the Western American National Welsh Show in Sacramento and took home Grand Champion Mare, with her sire Whirlwind winning Grand Champion Stallion. Needless to say, Kiltie’s Glad-ness was no longer for sale and, in fact, she stayed with the McLellans for the entire 32 years of her life.

 

Gladdy’s show career continued with many wins throughout Alberta, at the PNE in British Columbia and in Montana. A trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the American Welsh Show saw her win her halter class, all of her pleasure driving classes, and also her under saddle class…a multi-talented pony. In 2006, at the age of 30, Glad-ness taught McCol Iles (9 years old) to drive, and together Sheila, Gladdy and McCol won the Junior Driving Championship at the Pleasure Driving Show held at Spruce Meadows.

In addition to showing, Gladdy was a mainstay in the Calgary Stampede breed displays and demonstrations, representing the Welsh breed, for 29 years. She was a riding school pony, teaching many young children to ride, and a driving instructor, teaching youth and adults alike. Over the years, on many occasions, Gladdy’s past students brought their own children to meet the pony they rode when they were a child.

A benevolent girl, Gladdy participated in therapeutic riding programs and also visited seniors’ homes, the veterans’ hospital and several schools. She landed roles in the movies, playing parts in a video created for Expo ’86 in Vancouver, and in an Access TV movie. Highly trainable, Sheila McLelland’s daughter taught Gladdy to “shake a hoof”. It was a great trick, very popular with the kids during demos, but not always appreciated by her handler when she would lift up a hoof for a judge during a show class!

In January of 2008 the McLellans had to say goodbye to their wonderful Gladdy following a bout of colic. Her kind nature and loving spirit touched many in her 32 years and she will long be remembered by those who knew and loved her best.