Monthly Archives: November 2011
Meyrick Brown visits Cothi Bridge and says that the family show continues to excel
AMONG the first of the agricultural shows scheduled in the summer season of events in West Wales is that to be held at Cothi Bridge in the splendid Towy valley of Carmarthenshire.
With huge local appeal on the last Saturday of May each year, the fixture has brought together all that is best from horse and cattle breeders over a very wide area since it was first held in 1898.
Cothi Bridge Show did not take place during some of the war years but, apart from the odd occasion when the weather has intervened, it is a family attraction looked forward to with great excitement and anticipation by all ages.
The organisers had this year made major improvements to ensure the safety of the public, as well as taking all the appropriate steps to meet the necessary bio-security demands for cattle and sheep entries, as directed by the Defra’s veterinary department.
Show chairman, Anthony Davies said, “Farms have got bigger and the number of people directly involved in agriculture has fallen but it is reassuring that particular families and farm names continue to be linked to the show.
“We, as a society, remain fully aware of the need to attract members of the wider community to these events, to continue to maintain the agricultural base, and to use the occasion to educate and demonstrate what family and country life has to offer.”
The new secretary, Bryan Davies, who was chairman of last year’s event, said he was particularly pleased with the excellent support the show was receiving from all quarters.
“This weekend with the annual show, together with the evening’s harness and horse racing events and Sunday night’s Cymanfa Ganu in the local chapel, are the true highlights of a busy year for the locality and the farming community. Everything is focused on these activities.”
From around 150 cattle entries, the supreme championship was awarded by the judging panel to Meirion and Linda Jones for their remarkable four-year-old Simmental bull, Sundial Lewis, now turning the scales at just 30 kilos short of one-and-a-half tonnes!
Not surprisingly in a predominantly dairying area, the reserve champion was a Holstein milking cow, the Christmas-calved third calver Gatrog Wade Torch 19, superbly bred by Elwyn and Cheryl Thomas.
Standing out from the very high number of entries in the horse section were Debbie Thomas’s Small Hunter, Banjo II, ably ridden by Peter Thomas, the Prater family’s five-year-old Cob mare, Menai Golden Star, and the seven- year-old Section A stallion, Haverford Walk in the Clouds, owned by Pauline Harper and Steve Downing.
However, the independent judge, Mr Tom Court of Leominster, gave best to 15-year- old Nicole George, who had successfully ridden her 11-year-old dun gelding, Clanmills Mr Fudge, to win the open working hunter championship.
Leading the entries from the sheep pens were Philip and Pam Thomas whose yearling Suffolk ewe, from their 80- strong breeding flock, found favour with the judges over Dai and Cynthia Morris’s Charolais tup.
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