Plenty of pedigree on display at Brecon County Show

By Ariane Brumwell in Community News

THE Brecon County Show on Saturday (August 5) attracted more than 4,000 visitors despite the chaotic weather.

The show which takes place in The Showground in Watton, Brecon, has been held on the first Saturday in August since 1755 making it the oldest agricultural show in the UK.

The farming show includes different awards for a variety of livestock including horses, cattle, sheep, goats and poultry.

This year it also featured dog shows and agility courses, sheep sheering, crop competitions, vintage vehicles displays, refreshments, entertainment for children, games and the Broke FMX Freestyle Motocross Display Team which features some of the UK’s biggest motocross riders.

The day was meant to include an aerial display by a Dakota plane from the Second World War but it was unfortunately unable to perform in the skies above the showground because of a mechanical problem.

However, the promised flypast by the Red Arrows still went ahead.

Peter James, the show secretary, said: “The Red Arrows were excellent and dead on time at 12.23pm. They really saved the day after the Dakota plane was unable to fly through. We weren’t expecting them to come either due to the adverse weather conditions, but they did.”

Some of the successful entrants from Powys were: Teresa Wood from Aberedw who placed third with her Greyface Dartmoor sheep in the ‘Any Other Breed’ category. It is believed to be the first time a Greyface Dartmoor has appeared at the show in Brecon.

David and Carol Williams from Sennybridge were awarded champion for their two-year-old Hill Radnor ram and reserve champion for their two-year-old Hill Radnor ewe. They also won the Glasbury Cup for the ‘best pair’.

David Davies from Cantref got first place with his Herdwick ram lamb, meanwhile five-year-old Iestyn Dillon from Beacons Park, Brecon, placed first with his badger faced old ram.

Jack Jones from near Sennybridge was awarded reserve champion for his Balwen old ram while his grandmother Maureen Jones, also from near Sennybridge, was awarded champion for her Balwen ram in the class for older sheep.

Tom Corbett came fifth with his limousine bull, second with one of his heifers and fourth with the other heifer. He also came second in the Young Handlers class.

Christie Joseph, from Llanstephan, had the overall supreme champion with his old two-year-old Hill Cheviot ram while his sister, Alex Joseph, had the champion badger faced yearling ewe.

Ken Flye, from Libanus received the champion cup for the best Herdwick Group with his Herdwick ewe while his partner, Jean Morgan, also from Libanus, was awarded reserve champion for her Herdwick ram.

Away from the livestock classes, the Horticultural marquee at the show proved as popular as ever. The horticultural events were staged in a single-span marquee which provided a light and airy atmosphere, which many people remarked upon.

Trophy and special award winners:

F.H.Moore Challenge Cup – best flower exhibit – Gareth Davies

E Simmonds Challenge Cup – display of vegetables – Jim Thompson

Committee Challenge Cup – three onions – Jim Thompson

F. M. Phillips Challenge Cup – potatoes – Lewis Thomas

Brecon Chamber of Trade Challenge Trophy – three vases of cut flowers – Ivor Mace

John de Winton Challenge Cup – sweet peas – Glyn Jones

Alderman S Jenkins Challenge Cup – mixed garden flowers – Ivor Mace

Pontgwillym Challenge Cup – gladioli – Gareth Davies

Dr T. C. R George challenge cup – hybrid tea roses – Gareth Davies

Mrs Marlie S. George Challenge Cup – floribunda roses – Gareth Davies

Brecon & District Fuchsia Society – best exhibit – Gareth Davies

Brecon & District Fuchsia Society – runner-up best exhibit – Rosemary Payne

Don Palmer Memorial Shield – Gareth Davies

Brecknock Gardening Association Challenge Cup – potatoes – Ivor Davies

Dr Kyle Challenge Cup – dahlias – Rosemary Payne

Ffrwdgrech Challenge Trophy – dahlias – Roy Tudor

Victor Games-Jones – Silver Salver – best floral arrangement – Mary Gittoes

E. A. Watts Challenge Cup – floral exhibit – Mary Gittoes

Lady Brecon Challenge Cup – children’s classes – Millie Evans & Cerys Davies (joint winners)

J. J. Morgan Memorial Cup – most points in honey section – Deborah Smith

Committee Cup – most points in open section – Rosemary Payne

Jack Davies Memorial Cup – most points in local section – Anthonie Sherwood

Gwent NVS Plaque – coloured potatoes – Lewis Thomas

Joan de Winton Memorial Challenge Cup – top vase – David Jay

Eunice Matthews Memorial Award – most points in floral art – Mary Gittoes.

There are more pictures of the show in this week’s Brecon and Radnor Express.