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The sun shone down on Tal y Garth and Ty’n y Groes fields for the Ceiriog Valley Sheepdog Trials and Show on 26 and 27 August. The Local Class started off the Trials competition on Friday, won (to great applause) by Jo Lloyd of Pontfadog with his dog Mac. The Novice Class followed and was won by Allan Von Dinther of Whitchurch with Tom, despite some challenging behaviour from the sheep during the course of the day! The Open Trials took place on Saturday, welcoming competitors from near and far, including handlers from Belgium, Germany, Holland and Poland. After a fascinating day of watching the combined skills of collies and their handlers, first place was secured by Arwyn Davies of Bryneglwys with Meg. Despite being just the tender age of 22 Arwyn is an accomplished handler; both he and Meg displaying great focus, patience and teamwork to win the title.This report was written by Ms Katie Harold, Secretary to the Ceiriog Valley Sheepdog Society.
The Sheep Competition was a great success with a record number of entries and some very fine exhibits. Congratulations to David Edwards, Pentre on winning the trophy for Overall Interbreed Champion.
Close by, competitors demonstrated their strength and speed in Machine Shearing and those who have mastered the old art of shearing by hand also gave a skilful display in the competition, drawing a large and vibrant crowd. The Young Farmers ran various fun competitions for visitors to take part in, pleasing the young and old alike.
The Companion Dog Show brought people and their pooches from far and wide, dogs putting on their best behaviour (most of the time!) amid a very happy crowd with a beautiful black Giant Schnauzer from St. Martins winning Best in Show with his owner Jen Tobianski.
The Horse Show brought in riders of various ages and abilities with a wide range of classes to suit all. The horses always bring an air of elegance and finesse to the field and their riders showed great skill and understanding of their steeds. Of course, we love it the most as spectators when they don’t do as they’re told! Congratulations to Andrew Butler, Hanmer on winning Overall In Hand Champion and also to Olivia Hughes, Tregeiriog who the judges chose as their star of the day as Child who Most Encapsulates the Spirit of the Show.
A display of fine vintage tractors were a hit with young and old and various stalls offered local produce and crafts along with NFU and Wales Air Ambulance.
It was a truly fantastic day and a warm, happy atmosphere so we would like to say a big thank you to all the visitors who came along to help create that and for joining in the fun with such enthusiasm.
We have some wonderful people volunteering in various capacities who show true community spirit and give very generously of their time. To all these people (unfortunately there are too many to name!) we are truly grateful and we undoubtedly could not put on the show without you, or without our incredibly kind sponsors whose financial support allows us to continue this historical event.
We are all blessed to live in such a great community. Thank you to everyone who came together at Tal y Garth for a day which beats in the heart of it.