Spring Festival kick starts show season

LAST month’s “new look” Royal Welsh Spring Festival had an increased emphasis on smallholding with festival- goers able to visit the new dedicated Smallholder Centre and enjoy over 1,800 livestock entries.

VINTAGE PARADE: Just one of numerous showground attractions.

VINTAGE PARADE: Just one of numerous showground
attractions.

 

The large number of free workshops, talks, question and answer sessions, demonstrations and displays on offer throughout the showground attracted many visitors eager to learn about beekeeping, blade shearing, adding value to pork through direct sales, ornamental plants, keeping chickens, growing food in public places and much more.

The new additions to the event proved a hit with visitors and competitors alike. Gundog owners enjoyed the opportunity to put their dogs through their paces in the first British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) Chudleys Scurry League to be held in Wales.

As a result of unprecedented entry numbers (over 100 more than last year) the festival held the horse classes in two rings with working hunter and show jumping competitions and, for the first time, an affiliated CHAPS (Coloured Horse & Pony Society) Mid Wales regional show.

Spring Festival director Kay Spencer said: “It is no mean feat organising and hosting the number one event for smallholding, gardening and sustainable living in Wales and we are thrilled that the festival attracted so many visitors. “This year we have worked hard to make the Spring Festival appeal to a large variety of people whether they are smallholders, budding gardeners or countryside enthusiasts.

There was something for everyone to enjoy. “The Spring Festival compliments the other two larger society events (Royal Welsh Show and Winter Fair) and provides our visitors with a relaxed, family focused event with a wonderful friendly atmosphere. It really was the perfect family day out.” The success of the festival bodes well for the upcoming Royal Welsh Show to be held on July 20-23.

MAIN RESULTS

SHEEP: Supreme champion

– Louise Crowtherand Matthew Gray

(Polled Dorset), Bromyard;

Reserve – Aled

Groucott (Beltex),

Crumlin; Supreme champion

group of three –

Louise Crowther and

Matthew Gray (Polled

Dorset); Reserve group

of three – Glenda Hughes

(Black Welsh Mountain),

Caernarfon.

PIGS: Supreme champion

– A C & C Walton

(Any Other Modern

Breed), Chester; Reserve

– K M & S Austin (Large

White), Gower.

DAIRY GOATS:

Champion – Nick Parr

(British Toggenburg),

Guildford; Reserve – Ian

Johnson (British

Toggenburg), Ashbourne.

PYGMY GOATS:

Champion – Mrs S

Davies, Holsworthy;

Reserve – Mrs Pat Mercer,

Newcastle Emlyn.

BOER GOATS:

Supreme champion – Mr

and Mrs R Grinnall, Kidderminster;

Reserve – Mr

and Mrs R Grinnall, Kidderminster.

ANGORA GOATS:

Supreme champion – D

& V Lockton, Clynderwen;

Reserve – Rogers

Family, Rhayader.

ANGORA FLEECE:

Champion – D & V

Lockton.

CATTLE: Supreme

champion – Jill Williams

(Beef Shorthorn), Abergavenny;

Reserve Lynn

Foxwell (Welsh Black),

Harlech.

HORSES: Supreme inhand

champion –

Michelle Lewis Cwmcoedlan

Stud, Aberdare;

Reserve – B E Thomas

and Miss R Jones, Fronlwyd

Farm, Crymych;

Supreme ridden champion

– B E Thomas and

Miss R Jones; Reserve –

Alys Matravers, Wincanton.

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