The festival is a truly unique event showcasing every aspect of the amazing breed, the Welsh pony and Cob. Exciting events right in the middle of Aberaeron. Horse & pony entry is free & everyone is welcome. The next festival will be on Sunday 13 August 2017.
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The Aberaeron Festival of Welsh Ponies and Cobs has become an important day in the calendar of events in this beautiful west Wales harbour town, recently voted the best location to live in Wales. The 2017 Festival is being held on Sunday 13 August, and for those who have never been to the event, it is a fun, non competitive occasion intended to celebrate and show case Britain’s most popular and versatile native breed.
Held in the Square Field, SA46 0AQ in the centre of Aberaeron we invite anyone who has a Welsh pony, cob or part bred to come along and take part. Experience the buzz of the grandstand and approximately 2000 spectators in this unique setting but without the pressure of competition. For Welsh pony and cob breeders, it is the perfect opportunity to show off their progeny without being in a ‘Show’ environment. Whether a Royal Welsh winner or a little hairy Section A being ridden by a small child, all exhibits are made welcome by the enthusiastic committee.
With the audience made up of a mixture of locals, equine enthusiasts and tourists the aim is to entertain but also educate people about the different Welsh sections; their versatility, temperament, intelligence and suitability for both children and adults to enjoy. The breed display at the start of the event, combined with expert and informed commentary, explains the breed standard and some history of the breed while explaining the differences between the five sections.
Various displays take place with the opportunity for exhibitors to take part in different disciplines; in hand, in harness and under saddle. Dressage, scurry driving, jumping, fancy dress and the Welsh Mountain Pony Grand National all promote how Welsh ponies and cobs are suitable for all ages for both fun and performance. To add to the entertainment there is also a display by the vaulting team ‘Galloping Acrobatics’ and the ever popular Inter Hunt Relay.
The highlight of the day is the Running of the Stallions which always draws a large and enthusiastic crowd. With all the sections on the Square Field at once it is the moment where the Section A stallions take the opportunity to give the Cob stallions a run for their money! A rare occasion where the best of the Welsh can be seen all together with everyone out to enjoy themselves and show their pride and passion for these beautiful animals.
In 2017 the Festival committee are delighted that a new initiative has been agreed by the WPCS Performance Awards so that those who take part in the ridden or driving displays at the Festival can collect 40 points to add to their Performance Awards card. This recognises that performance isn’t just about competitions. We are also able to offer some stabling at Derwen International Stud, by kind permission of WPCS President Ifor Lloyd, for those who want to bring ponies from further afield.
If you would like to join the fun and take part in this unique event please get in touch.
Contact the Secretary – Niki Brewer: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07825 291242
Horse and pony entries: FREE
*** Dogs are not allowed on the field as it’s a children’s playing area. ***